Shane, an Estherville, IA, native and graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, began his YMCA career with the Heritage YMCA Group in Naperville, IL. While at Heritage YMCA Group, Shane held the positions of Program Director, Director of Childcare, Family and Outreach, and Operations Director. He became Branch Director of the Andover YMCA in 2013.
Alisha is a Wichita native and received a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science from Wichita State University. She began working at the South YMCA in college and has worked as membership associate, manager on duty and fitness. She took time off from the Y to work as Wellness Coordinator at Breakthrough, a mental health organization, and served as an English teacher for a year in South Korea. She joined the West YMCA when she returned. Alisha is certified in Strength & Conditioning through the YMCA, CPR, AED, First Aid, O2, and TESOL.
Tracy is a native of Andover and a Wichita State University graduate. She has been a community volunteer for many years dedicating her time to organizations such as Girl Scouts, Andover Advantage Foundation, Andover Public Library, Wichita Festivals, Inc., and Andover Public Schools.
Brandon is an Omaha, Nebraska, native. He most recently worked at Lifetime Fitness in Columbus, Ohio, before joining the Andover YMCA Staff. He currently holds a Master’s Degree from Western Kentucky University, where he served as a Graduate Assistant for the Western Kentucky Strength and Conditioning Staff. His certifications include ACSM-HFS, NSCA-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NASM-CPT and USAW-Sports Performance Coach.
Since 1998, Shannon has coached gymnastics at the El Dorado and Northwest YMCAs. Before joining the Andover YMCA team, she had gymnasts medal at local, state, and national competitions. Shannon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Wichita State University. She also has certifications in Personal Training, USAG Safety, CPR, AED, First Aid, and O2.
Matt received his Bachelor's in Recreation from Emporia State University. He has worked for the Greater Wichita YMCA for 5 years having started at the South Branch as a Manager on Duty. Most recently, Matt was the Sports Director for both the West and Downtown Branches.
Kristen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Pittsburg State University. She began her Y career in Nebraska before moving to Andover in 2007. Kristen holds certifications in Foundations of Group Exercise, Cardio and Step, Pilates, Personal Training, Reebok Cycling, Muscle Pump, Body Design, Ultimate Strength and Cardio, Gliding, Foam Roller Fusion, Silver Sneakers and Johnny G Spinning. She is also certified in CPR, AED and First Aid.
Amy McKenna has been a Youth and Family Coordinator with the Greater Wichita YMCA since April 2006. She has a B.S. from Wichita State University and oversees the Kid Zone, Birthday Party coordination, and Mom’s Day Out at the Andover YMCA.
Megan began her Y career as a swim instructor, lifeguard, and lifeguard trainer in August 2010 at the Downtown YMCA. She also gained experience in member service, kid zone, and youth & family programs while working at the Downtown Y. In February of 2014 she accepted the roll of Aquatics Director for the Downtown branch. In August 2015, Megan transferred to the Andover YMCA as Aquatics Director. Megan spent her childhood around aquatic environments and started helping with swim lessons and jr lifeguarding when she was a teenager. Megan earned her Bachelor's in Business Entrepreneurship from Sterling College.
Al’s years of aquatic experience includes coaching student-athletes of all levels, including younger age groups, NCAA Division III All-Americans, and USA Paralympians. His coaching accomplishments include being a multiple finalist and winner of Oregon Coach of the Year, and three-time Northwest Conference Coach of the Year while at Willamette University.
Alexa began working for the Andover YMCA in 2011 as a group exercise instructor and became the Cheer and Dance Coordinator in 2013. Her dance and cheer exerperience includes 11 years of competitive dance participation and 3 years of cheer and dance at the collegiate level. She is currently working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Wichita State University. Alexa has certifications in CPR, AED, First Aid, and Zumba.
Bachelor’s Degrees from Kansas State University in Kinesiology and Human Nutrition
Certifications: ACSM CPT, ACSM HFS, YMCA Personal Trainer, and Pilates
Specialties: Active Older Adults, Special Populations, Weight Loss, and Pre and Post Natal
Fitness Mission Statement: “Everyone measures progress differently, and my goal is to do whatever I can to help someone see progress based on how they measure it. That can be general health, weight loss, injury rehab, disease control or prevention, or anything that makes them feel better physically and mentally. The biggest reward of my job is helping someone increase his/her quality of life.”
Bachelor’s in Exercise Science from Wichita State University
Certifications: ACSM-HFS and YMCA Personal Trainer
Specialties: Weight Loss, Group Fitness, Mass Building, Strength Training, Sports Specific Training, Youth Fitness, and Motivational Encouragement
Fitness Mission Statement: “My mission is to help each individual member in a way that is specific to their goals through promotion of health and fitness.”
Completing a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science from Wichita State University
Certifications: ACSM-CPT and YMCA Personal Trainer
Specialities: Strength Training, Sports Performance, Weight Loss, Youth Fitness, Balance and Coordination
Fitness Mission Statement: "It is my passion to use my knowledge and skills to teach others the benefit of exercising and developing an active lifestyle. Nothing is more rewarding to me than seeing someone who really has the desire to change and watching them improve and achieve their individual goals. It is not only my job, but it is my pleasure, to assist others to become healthier and happier and feel accomplished."
Completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Wichita State University
Certifications: YMCA Personal Trainer
Specialties: Muscle Gain, Fat Loss and Toning, Body Re-composition, Strength Training and Muscular Endurance, Sports Performance, Powerlifting, Circuit Training, HIIT and Youth Fitness
Fitness Mission Statement: "As an enthusiastic and committed health and fitness coach, my mission is to personally tailor programs for each individual member and offer much more than just training. I am passionate about improving quality of life by providing the knowledge and ability to develop continuing skills through empowerment, motivation, and accountability. I am invested in our members and strive to inspire and challenge every one of them to exceed their own expectations."
Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health from the University of Kansas
Certifications: YMCA Personal Trainer
Specialties: Strength training, Injury Rehab, Mass Building for Women, Weight Loss, Toning, Stretching & Flexibility and Sports Performance
Fitness Mission Statement: "Many people like myself measure their happiness through the goals that they achieve. Meeting those goals whether they are life goals, professional goals, or health and fitness goals, can be hard to do alone. My mission is to partner with people to help reach their goals no matter how big they are, being there for them every step of the way. Because of my experience, I am able to be an advocate for a healthy lifestyle as well as guide individuals to meet their personal goals which will lead to a happier, healthier life!"
Patrick ("Ricky") has always had a passion for people and helping those around him. "The sweetness of life increases exponentially when we push ourselves to be better than who we were the day before." His mission is to help build a healthier mind and body through the gift of fitness for all who seek it.