MEET OUR STAFF
Executive Director / CEO
"I have had the privilege of serving the Wilson Family YMCA since 2004. Every day I witness the Y strengthening our community and transforming lives. At the Y we want to intentially foster a cause-centered culture and invest in all people. My education at UNC-W and Union Theological Seminary helped prepare me to be part of the nations' leading charity."
Middle School After School Program Executive Director
"I am excited about joining the Wilson YMCA family as the new Middle School After School Program Executive Director. During my 24 year career in education, I have had the privilege to serve as a classroom teacher, reading interventionist, AVID program coordinator, assistant principal, and after school program director. I received my education training at East Carolina University and administrative training at Gardner-Webb University. I am confident my experience and passion about youth development and empowerment, community engagement, and relationship building will allow me to make a positive impact on the lives of youth and the community. I look forward to implementing the YMCA's mission and vision of developing youth and promoting healthy living and social responsibility within the MSAS Program."
Health, Wellness, and Youth Director
"Raised in Henderson, NC, my YMCA career started at the young age of 15 as a junior counselor working with youth camps. Since then I have worked in four other Y's both full and part time. After graduating from college in late 2007 with a degree in Fitness and Wellness Management, I was fortunate enought to have the opportunity to come to the Wilson Family YMCA. I truly believe the Y is a place for all. Being a part of an organization that offers wonderful programs, both on site and in the community is a privilege."
Business Services Director
"My first experience with the Wilson Family YMCA was as a volunteer for the Learn to Swim program. I have many years experience in accounting and am happy to utilize my skills to benefit the Y. I believe we all can do our part to create the kind of community we all want to live in. The YMCA offers something for everyone such as healthy living, community, and outreach programs."
Member Engagement Director
"I arrived in Wilson in 2005, via St. Louis, Mo. I graduated from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville with a degree in Parks and Recreation. In 2014, I was given the extraordinary opportunity to join the Wilson Family YMCA as the Member Services Director. The YMCA's three areas of focus: For Youth Development, For Healthy Living, For Social Responsibility allows me to combine my passion for my community with the work that we do every day at the Y. Diversity in my surroundings is very important to me. I am proud to work for an organization that welcomes and celebrates everyone who walks through our doors. As Member Services Director, I have the privilege to meet people where they are, connect and share with them, the Y message of inclusivity."
Marketing and Social Media Coordinator
"I grew up in Raleigh NC, where I had the privilege of being a part of my local YMCA. As a youth, I played soccer there for many years, was a part of the Y's Indian Princess program, and continued as a youth volunteer for the Long Bow Council. Some of the best times of my childhood were spent in YMCA programs, attending camps, and serving my community. I am a recent graduate of East Carolina University where I majored in Business Marketing. I look forward to starting my professional career here at the Wilson Family YMCA."
Personal Fitness Coordinator
"I have been with the Wilson Family YMCA almost since its beginning. Currently I am the supervisor for our incredibly talented and dedicated personal training staff. I have a master’s degree in Exercise Science and I am an ACSM certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist, and an ACE Personal Trainer. My experience with cardiac rehab and post rehab training leads me to work mainly with individuals in recovery or hoping to maintain their functionality as they age."
Group Fitness Coordinator
"My husband and I joined the Y in December 2001. In 2003, I obtained my group fitness certification and started teaching group fitness classes and continue to do so today. Prior to working with my husband in the photography business in 2001, I was a paralegal for sixteen years. I loved that position, but I have always been interested in fitness. Around 2012, I obtained my personal training certification and started working as a personal trainer at the Y part time in addition to teaching my group fitness classes. Shortly thereafter, I became the Group Fitness Coordinator. Although my job can be time consuming at times, I enjoy scheduling classes and working with the instructors. We, by far, have the greatest team of instructors around. I continue to train individuals as well as teach classes. In addition to my group fitness and personal training certifications, I am also certified in kettlebell, indoor cycling, barre, TRX, senior fitness, nutrition, weight training, and women's fitness."
Board Members 2021-2022
Vanessa Barnes • Michael Bell • John L. Benson • Doug Boone • Carol Bowen • Kathie Davis, Executive Director • Nick Ellis • Jim Farmer • Elisabeth Farnsworth-Grant • Sharyn Hardister • Robert E. Kendall Jr. • Rodger Lentz • Melissa Packer • Tad Rhodes • Mary Sargent • Callie Stutts • Terri Stutts • Al Thomas, Board President • Steve Thomas • William Tulloss • Willie Williams