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Management Staff | Personal Trainers

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Mike began his YMCA career in Oklahoma City as a Sport/Aquatics Director. He spent 4 years in that position and was named Executive Director of that Y in 1998. He served in that capacity until accepting the responsibility of Executive Director of the West YMCA in Wichita in 2001. Mike became the Executive Director of the DeVore South YMCA in April of 2010. He has a degree in Physical Education from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Jami began her YMCA career as a Membership Associate at the North YMCA, where she spent four out of the six years as a Manager on Duty, before accepting the position of Membership Director at the South YMCA in October of 2009. She was a student at WSU and Kansas State University, where she studied biology.

Starburst holds a BS and MS in Health and Human Performance, both from Fort Hays State University. She has been with the YMCA since May 2008, spending her first year as a Healthy Lifestyle Coach at Hawker Beechcraft. She holds certifications as an ACSM Health Fitness Specialist along with YMCA Strength and Conditioning and Healthy Lifestyle Principles.

Denise holds a B.S in Administration of Justice from Wichita State University. She has taught dance for several years and has trained several organizations in dance technique, choreography and group motivation. She has been a member of the Y for several years and has been a YMCA Fitness Instructor since 2008. Denise has multiple fitness certifications and has group exercise experience in instructing, recruiting and mentoring, which she has put into practice since joining the South YMCA staff in August 2009.

Hillary returns to the South YMCA after serving as the Cheer Coordinator/Associate Executive Director in the Springfield Missouri Association from 2011-2013.  She is a graduate of Wichita State University with a BA in Dance.  Hillary has over 20 years experience in competitive dance, cheer and gymnastics.   

James has been with the South YMCA since May of 2000 as a head lifeguard and swim instructor and took over as Aquatics Director in February of 2007. He earned an Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Butler Community College. James is certified as a YMCA lifeguard, YMCA lifeguard instructor, and YMCA swim instructor.

Catherine graduated in December 2008 from Wichita State University, earning her MA in Sports Administration. Catherine began working for the YMCA in June 2007 as a Site Supervisor at the Farha Sport Center. She joined the West YMCA in November 2009 as the Sports Coordinator, before coming back to work as the Sports Director at the South YMCA & Farha Sport Center in January 2011.

Kayla holds a BS in Sport Management with a minor in Sociology from Wichita State University. She has held internships with the Wichita Wingnuts, Kansas Women’s Golf Association, Derby Recreation Commission, and the Farha Sport Center at South YMCA. Kayla joined the South YMCA & Farha Sport Center as Sports Director in October 2011.

Sam holds a B.S. in Sports and Exercise Science from DeSales University

Certifications: ACSM Health Fitness Specialist and YMCA S&C Certification

Specialties: Sport specific training, weight loss, general fitness, TRX, RIP Trainer, and personal training

Sean holds an Associate’s Degree in Health and Fitness and is currently pursuing a B.S. in Exercise Science from WSU.

Certifications: YMCA S&C Certification, NSCA-CPT

Specialties: weight loss, speed and agility, TRX, and Olympic lifting


Jordan holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from WSU. 

Certifications: YMCA S&C Certification

Specialties: body building, personal/group training, TRX,  and bootcamps