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 intentionally 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 nation's leading charity."
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 enough 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 of 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."
Facility and Operations Director
"I grew up in Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. I worked for many years as Superintendent of Public Works for a first-ring suburb of St. Louis, Mo. I relocated to Wilson and in 2014 I was given the opportunity to join the Wilson Family YMCA in the Membership Director capacity. As our Y has grown and we are now the Foundation YMCA, so too have I. I had the good fortune to be able to return to my professional roots, when I was offered the Facility and Operations Director role. I am honored to work with an organization that celebrates each of our strengths."
Membership Engagement/ DEI Director
"My name is Rhonda Nixon, and I am a native of Wilson, County and actively serve in the Wilson Community. I have over 25 years of corporate experience (banking), ranging from Project Management to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. I was familiar with the “Y” but not an active member until I began working here. One of the things I live by is…. I cannot talk about what our community lacks if I am not taking an active role in making it better. Working at the “Y” will afford me the opportunity to live out the Y’s mission which is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. I look forward to making a positive impact with my role as Membership Engagement and DEI (Diversity Equity and Inclusion) Director at the Foundation YMCA."
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 continued my education by attending Functional Medicine Coaching Academy in 2019 and became a board certified health and wellness coach in December 2020. I also offer these services at the Y.
"Hello all! My name is Mary Fisher and I am the new Aquatics Director for the Foundation YMCA of Wilson! With 8 seasons/years of experience within aquatics, I am beyond excited to begin my journey here as we strive to build an aquatic community for all! I am looking forward to seeing you all poolside soon!"
Y-GIG Staff and Leadership
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."
Y-GIG Logistics Coordinator
"My name is Ashley Davis, and I am a native of Wilson County and part of the Wilson community, I can say it has impacted my life in so many positive ways. In 2009, I received an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Business Administration from Wilson Community College. Soon after I decided to further my education at Strayer University and in 2013, I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Later in 2017, I attended East Carolina University to obtain my teaching certification. I have been in education for over twelve years and when allowed to become a teacher at Darden Middle School, this gave me the chance to understand middle school-aged children in a better light for the past five years. With my background in education, I have been allowed to work with all age groups and different demographics of students in Wilson County and Guilford County. I am excited to be a part of the Y-Gig team!"
"As an educator of five years, community and youth outreach has invaded my philosophy and fueled my passion. I relocated to Wilson in the summer of 2017, and I quickly realized how important building a community of positive possibilities is for the youth of our area. I received my Bachelor of Liberal Arts in English Education at West Liberty University and my Masters of Teacher Leadership K-12 from Walden University. My education and experience have allowed me to understand middle school-aged children in various aspects. Understanding how vital community partnership is with youth development led me to begin a new path with Y-Gig. I am thrilled to be a part of this new program, and I can't wait to see the opportunities we will bring to our children of Wilson!"
"Being an educator for five years has opened my eyes to a broad mission of uplifting youth in our community. I transitioned to Wilson in 2019 with an assignment to be fulfilled. I graduated from Livingstone College in 2017 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. During my five years in education, I have worked with a community that celebrates milestones for our youth. I am excited to embark on this journey."
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