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Management Staff | Personal Trainers

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Hillary started her Y career teaching dance at the South YMCA 13 years ago.  She left the Wichita YMCA Association for a short time to join the Ozark Mountain Family YMCA.  While there she worked her way up to Associate Executive Director.  In that role, she was responsible for daily operations, facility management, budget, Annual Campaign and Special Events.  In addition she gained experience in volunteer and board recruitment and management.  She returned to the South YMCA last Fall as the Dance, Cheer and Gymnastics Director. 

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.

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.

Whitney holds a B.S. in Health Promotion from Emporia State University. She has been with the YMCA since November 2013, starting out as a full time personal trainer until February 2014 when she took the Assistant Fitness Director position. She holds certifications with YMCA Strength and Conditioning, and Healthy Lifestyle Principles. As a trainer she specializes in general fitness, weight loss, personal/group training, and healthy lifestyle development.

Derek is currently pursuing a B.S. in Exercise Science from WSU. 

Certifications: YMCA S&C Certification

Specialties: General fitness, weight loss, personal/group training, speed and agility