YMCA of Topeka
John Mugler is a native Kansan, born and raised in Manhattan and a graduate of Washburn University where he studied Political Science and Public Relations. During college John was active in athletics and student government as captain of the basketball team, President of the Student Body, and Vice President of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Outside the University he was involved in several statewide campaigns including Governor Hayden’s bid for re-election in 1998 and House Speaker Jim Braden’s efforts for State Insurance Commissioner.
Upon graduation, John went to Washington to accept a position with Senator Robert Dole’s office. In 1994, he began work with US Senator Steve Symms of Idaho and upon the Senator’s retirement assisted in the development of the consulting firm, Symms, Lehn & Associates, Inc. The firm was involved in issues ranging from foreign trade to pharmaceutical patenting. John is a graduate of the Foundation of Economic Education’s school in New Haven, New York; Congressional Quarterly’s advanced course in congressional budgeting; and the Library of Congress Congressional Research Service classes on campaign finance and grassroots lobbying. Nation-wide campaign activities included Bush for President, Dole for President, Kansan's for Graves and Brownback for Senate.
In December of 1998, John moved back to Kansas where he was named Vice President of Governmental Relations for American InVestors and later AmerUs Annuity Group. After 16 years, including four mergers, the company, now Athene, moved to Iowa in 2014.
Today, John serves as President and CEO of the YMCA of Topeka. In two short years the Association has been restructured with a new vision that will promote a cause driven YMCA. With a renewed focus on putting Christian principles into practice through the development of youth, families and seniors, John is excited to be service those in need in Topeka. John and his wife Christie have four daughters; Elizabeth, Samantha, Sydney and Kathryn Grace and are members of the Fellowship Bible Church.