MEET OUR STAFF
"I have had the privilege of serving hte 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."
"Raised in Henderson, NC, my YMCA career started at the young 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."
"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."
"The Y is my happy place! I have been a member of the Y since 2010 and taught group fitness classes here for many years before joining the leadership team. I have an Associates of Applied Science in Apparel Design and Services. My love for design has led me into a career in Marketing. I enjoy using my creative side within my position and being a part of the Wilson Family YMCA team. The Y's commitment to Healthy Living, Youth Development and Social Responsibility are important to me and my family. I believe our community is stronger because of the work we do."
Member Services 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 with them and share with them, the Y message of inclusivity."
"At age five I began gymnastics class one day a week. It soon became evident that I had found my passion. I begged my Mom to go every day and never wanted to leave. I continued taking gymnastics, and cheering, throughout high school. The last two years of which I participated in the EC Cats Competition Team. I have been a tumbling coach at the Wilson Family YMCA for close to eight years. Coaching has been a dream come true for me. I so much love the opportunity to work with kids just like I once was. I hope to make a very positive impact."
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."
"I graduated from East Carolina University in 2001 with a Bachelor in Accounting. After college I began my career and also married my soul mate, Chris. Shortly after our first child was born I knew in my heart I wanted to be at home. In 2007, I became a stay at home mom. After having our second child in 2008, I needed a great place to work out that also had childcare. My family and I joined the Y. In 2010 I began working in Child Watch a few hours a week. It gave me the opportunity to earn a little extra money for our family and was also the perfect place to take my kids while I worked! In the years that followed I started homeschooling my children and had another bundle of joy. In 2018 I become the Child Watch Director. The years of experience I had with my coworkers and the children at the Y made it a great fit. Through my workouts at the Y and working in Child Watch, I am able to meet many other moms who are on similar journeys. I love my Y kids and their families."
Board Members 2019-2020
Vanessa Barnes • Michael Bell • John L. Benson • Doug Boone • Carol Bowen • Kathie Davis, Executive Director • Nick Ellis • Jim Farmer • Elisabeth Farnsworth • Sharyn Hardister • Robert E. Kendall Jr. Rodger Lentz • Clark Moore • Melissa Packer • Brian Paxton • Pete Peterson • Tad Rhodes • Mary Sargent • Callie Stutts • Terri Stutts • Al Thomas, Board President • Steve Thomas • William Tulloss Woody Tyner • Willie Williams