Paul Thein - Core Health Partners, CHP

Paul Thein

Paul J. Thein, ED.S.

CEO/ President

Professional Education:
ED.S.  Pittsburg State University – Major: Education Leadership; Pittsburgh, Kansas
M.S.  United States Sports Academy – Major: Sport Management; Daphne, Alabama
B.A.  University of Minnesota Duluth – Major: Physical Education; Duluth, Minnesota
B.S.   Minnesota State University, Mankato – Major: Liberal Studies; Mankato, Minnesota
A.ARochester Community & Technical College-Major: Liberal Studies; Rochester, Minnesota

Administrative Leadership Results

Thein Pioneers the Clinic to Community Movement in the YMCAs

New Video of the YMCA Fire Rebuild

Paul Thein leads the Core Health Partners movement with over 30-years of successful experience in providing oversight for community education and fitness. Paul’s community wellness and education experience, includes direct facility oversight, community outreach and partnerships, and serving as a college instructor in the areas of health, wellness and physical education.

Thein views the YMCA as a platform to strengthen community.  Click Here to watch Paul’s video-interview with Naples Daily News, where he exposes  his personal  vision for strengthening the community through the platform of the YMCA.


A native of Rochester (Minnesota), Paul Thein was a scholarship athlete and selected as team captain of the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) wrestling team before earning his BA degree in physical education.

Thein captained his college wrestling team his senior year to back-to-back Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Championships, while he qualified both years as an individual for the college national tournament.

Thein qualified In for the National wrestling tournament in both his junior and senior year and was selected to represent the United States in international wrestling competition in the former Soviet Union.

After closing his career as an athlete, Thein started his professional career in coaching at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota Duluth where he gained employment as an assistant coach in the men’s athletic department and supervisor overseeing the athletic department’s weight room. Gaining recognition for his contributions in the coaching arena, Thein was recruited for the head coach position at Rochester Community and Technical College, RCTC (Minnesota) and accepted a position in the RCTC’s Health, Physical Education and Recreation department to coach college wrestling and serve an assistant on the football staff. As the Head Coach of RCTC wrestling, his teams earned a #1 National ranking in NJCAA wrestling and his contributions to the RCTC Football staff helped earn a Minnesota State Community College football championship title.

During Thein’s tenure he completed a second bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a master’s degree in Athletic Administration & Management from the United States Sports Academy (Alabama).


Thein was awarded the “Outstanding Service to Community Award”  by the Naples Rotarians & he was named a “Naples Superman” by Naples Illustrated (2016).

With credentials and experience, Thein’s career in higher education led him to pursue higher education administration in the Kansas Community College education system. Thein started his path of higher education administration as the Director of Student Life at Coffeyville Community College (Coffeyville, Kansas) then transitioned to Dean of Students at Neosho County Community College (Chanute, Kansas). As a leader in student services, Thein implemented enrollment growth strategies for these colleges that included: new services, sports and academic programing. At both Colleges in Kansas, Thein’s oversight included renovating and invigorating the college’s community wellness centers. Proving his talents in the Kansas Community College System led to his peers to elect Thein as President of the Kansas Student Services Association. While in Kansas Thein earned an Educational Specialists Degree in Leadership from Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, Kansas). Paul eventually moved on to a Vice President position within the California public community college system (Feather River College in Quincy, Ca.). While at Feather River College (FRC), Thein’s style of collaborative leadership led to new partnerships and several new education programs funded through the United States Department of Education.  His accomplishments in the area of providing opportunities and support to those underrepresented in higher education earned just over 10-million dollars of Federal Department of Education to the FRC . Under Thein’s tenure he led the effort to expand extracurricular activities and offerings, including several new inter-collegiate sport programs and the acquisition of a large community-based wellness center. The success of these initiatives led to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) selecting Paul Thein as a National Presenter at their National Conference.

YMCA Vice Chair Deb Campbell, Philanthropist Lavern Gaynor, and YMCA CEO Paul Thein at the YMCA Anniversary


With over 15-years of higher education experience, Thein transitioned his career to become a leader in the YMCA movement; first serving as CEO of the Waycross Georgia YMCA and later the Naples Florida YMCA. Through the same methods of partnership and innovation, Thein grew the YMCA membership. Providing new clinical and health education services and programs to the community through the YMCA became a common theme.  While serving the YMCA of  Waycross, Georgia he was responsible for bringing in the Mayo Clinic Education Center inside the walls of the YMCA and an education classroom sponsored by the Regional State Community College. Thein’s vision of expanded access to the YMCA’s fitness facility, led to opening the Y’s fitness facility 24/7 using technology. The community’s response to these unique programs and expanded access led to large growth in YMCA membership (three-fold) and revenue (two-fold).

Soon Thein was recruited to re-energize a YMCA in Naples, Florida. Under Thein’s leadership he championed as a capital campaign to rebuild the Naples YMCA from a fitness center to a Healthy Living Campus that was fully accessible to the community for fitness 24/7. Thein led a campaign that raised $12-million to rebuild and renovate the YMCA.

When complete the new amenities at the Naples YMCA included; a Diabetes Education and Resource Center, an Epilepsy Resource Center, a Culinary Teaching Kitchen, full service Pediatric Medical services (including therapy), Mixed Martial Arts/ Self Defense Studio  (named after Dan Gable), as well as an artificial turfed roof top.

In result, the Naples YMCA was bestowed with the Grand Aurora Award for the Best Recreational Facility in the SE United States. Thein earned the 2016 Rotarian Citizen of the Year and a selection by Naples Illustrated Magazine as one of 7-Supermen of SW Florida.



Paul Thein Experiences the Special Olympics Athlete Screenings at Area 9 Games.

In order to expand on the effort and relationships, Thein resigned his position as CEO of the Naples YMCA in 2018.

He joined a group of visionary pioneers from the YMCA’s healthy living movement (Community Health Partners of Clive Iowa). Together they shared a vision to expand a partnership model of medical-integration and clinic to community partnerships that would strengthen community. A year later that vision resulted in 8 CHP facilities in the Des Moines Iowa region and first two-venues opening in Florida. The  Florida facilities include the Academy of Sanchez Casal and the YMCAs of South Collier (Marco Island).

Thein loves his role as the Senior Vice President for Advancement & Partnerships for Core Health Partners. The flexibility has allowed him to strengthen past relationships and grow new ones in pursuit of community well-being. Paul Thein service to community included services on the board of directors for the Special Olympics Florida and Meals of Hope, an organization focused on feeding the hungry.

Paul is the founder of Core Health Partners and he is joined by family members who have invested in his vision to help build Core Health Partners as a mechanism tool to help the improve the community partnerships, programs, and information needed to improve the wellbeing of persons living with chronic disease.


October 18, 2021

Core Health Partners launches medical services at Grace Place

Core Health Partners and Grace Place Center for Children and Families have partnered to provide greater access to preventive healthcare screenings, diabetes and nutritional education, as well as medical interventions through speech, physical and occupational therapy. […]
October 16, 2021

Core Health Partners launches medical services at Grace Place Center for Children and Families

Core Health Partners and Grace Place Center for Children and Families have partnered to provide greater access to preventive healthcare screenings […]
September 24, 2021

Core Health Partners launches medical services at Grace Place Center for Children and Families

(Naples, FL – September 21, 2021) – Core Health Partners and Grace Place Center for Children and Families have partnered to provide greater access to preventive […]
September 24, 2020

Marco Y adds clinical programs to its services

Marco’s YMCA of South Collier is bolstering its “healthy living” mantra by introducing clinical fitness programs and screenings. The Y has collaborated with Core Health Partners, […]
September 18, 2020

Marco YMCA Expands Clinical Services

Two local organizations that promote healthy living through wellness programs have further cemented their relationship by offering an expanded assortment of clinical services. They are the […]
May 12, 2020

A childhood of YMCA experiences firmed up CEO’s roots

PROFILES IN PARADISE By Staff | on May 16, 2013 bobHARDEN e-mail: As the new president and CEO of the Greater Naples YMCA, Paul Thein […]
December 18, 2019

Seeing a need: YMCA hosts new diabetes education center, inaugural conference

      Seeing a need: YMCA hosts new diabetes education center, inaugural conference One thing about Naples: when a problem is identified, concerned citizens will […]
November 30, 2019

Marco Y Celebrates Blue Zones Designation

Marco Y Celebrates Blue Zones Designation November 30, 2019 – Certification Underlines the Y’s ‘Healthy Living’ Mission, By Quentin Roux Anybody familiar with the Marco YMCA of […]
January 19, 2018

Former YMCA Exec, lands job with a purpose

Former YMCA Exec, lands job with a purpose After months of meetings over coffee and reflection over his next move, Paul Thein has found a new […]
May 4, 2017

HEALTHY LIVING Greater Naples YMCA ‘chips’ in to help Neapolitans lean to make healthy choices

March 23, 2017

Naples YMCA President Joins Special Olympics Florida Board of Directors

Naples YMCA President Joins Special Olympics Florida Board of Directors Special Olympics Florida today announced that Paul Thein, President and CEO of the Greater Naples YMCA, […]
January 18, 2017

‘Beyond the plate’: YMCA kicks off healthy cooking and dining series

‘Beyond the plate’: YMCA kicks off healthy cooking and dining series Sometimes, a love for fine food can get in the way of a healthy lifestyle. […]
September 9, 2016

Paul Thein, 2016 Super Man

Paul Thein, 2016 Super Man When Paul Thein decided to reposition his career out of higher learning, he thought the YMCA would benefit from his education […]
March 29, 2016

Ceremony showcases new additions to Greater Naples YMCA

Ceremony showcases new additions to Greater Naples YMCA The Greater Naples YMCA celebrated another milestone Tuesday with several long-awaited projects aimed at making local children happier […]
January 1, 2016

YMCA Rebuilt in a Flash

YMCA Rebuilt in a Flash Greater Naples YMCA in Naples, Florida The lives of Paul Thein and Jay Howard didn’t figuratively change in a flash. They […]
December 1, 2015

A Partnership for Youth Development

NFL and Greater Naples YMCA