GREATER WICHITA YMCA 

ROBERT D. LOVE DOWNTOWN YMCA

Address & Contact Info
402 N. Market Street, Wichita, KS 67202

Downtown YMCA Staff

YMCA staff are committed to serving you and your family. That's why we strive to both model and exemplify the Y's core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

 

 

 

Terrell Benton

Terrell Benton: Branch Director

Terrell began as the Branch Director of the Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA in February of 2017 after many years of service to multiple organizations in the health and fitness industry. Terrell and his family have been members of the YMCA of Greater Wichita since returning to the area in early 2016. Terrell has served the Wichita area in several capacities such as being a volunteer for Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, Communities in Schools, and the Real Men Real Heroes campaign, in addition to his service as a Board member for The Boys and Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas. Terrell received his degree from Wichita State University after four years of basketball, and lives here with his two daughters.

Brittani Poland

Brittani Poland: Senior Program Director

Brittani is responsible for overseeing the departments of Membership, Fitness, as well as Youth and Family. Brittani earned a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology from Kansas State University and is a certified American College of Sports Medicine Health and Fitness Specialist (ACSM-HFS). She joined the Y team in December 2009 as a South YMCA personal trainer, served as Fitness Director for the Downtown YMCA from November 2010 to November 2014, and has now taken on the role of Senior Program Director. Brittani enjoys building relationships with new members as well as working with current members to reach their wellness goals.

Derek Helmers

Derek Helmers: Fitness Director

Derek received a degree in Communications and his Bachelor's in Exercise Science from Wichita State University in 2014. Derek started his Y career as a personal trainer in 2013 and specializes in rehab, sport specific training, weight loss, nutritional coaching, and strength training. Derek became a Fitness Director in August of 2015 at the South Branch YMCA. He joined our team in 2018 as the Fitness Director where he oversees the fitness floor and team.

Warren Balthazor

Warren Balthazor: Aquatics Director

Warren started his career with the YMCA as a lifeguard and swim instructor in El Dorado. In December of 2016 Warren was promoted to Aquatics Coordinator at the South Branch YMCA. In September 2018 he was promoted to Aquatics Director at the Downtown Branch YMCA. He holds an Associates degree in Liberal Arts from Butler County Community College. Warren is very passionate about teaching kids and adults lifesaving water skills.

Rebecca Crawford

Rebecca Crawford: Youth and Family Coordinator

Rebecca, the Youth and Family Coordinator for the Downtown YMCA is responsible for overseeing programs such as Fun Fit, in addition to overseeing our Kid Zone. Since working here, she has gained a passion and new found respect for the Y and all that it does for the community Rebecca's enthusiasm for the YMCA and its mission, along with her passion for Early Childhood Development make her a wonderful resource for all parents here at the Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA.

Heather Jarman

Heather Jarman: Group Exercise Coordinator

Heather has spent most of her life in the Wichita area and graduated from Wichita State University. She has been involved in athletics her entire life, from youth gymnastics to the Wichita State University Cheer team. Her lifelong commitment to fitness and strength lead her to join the YMCA team in 2017 as a Group Exercise Instructor. Heather has found a true passion in helping others reach their fitness goals and brings in a high degree of energy and enthusiasm to her classes and group exercise team. In 2018 she was promoted to Group Exercise Coordinator of our Downtown Location.

 

Brod Rodriguez

Brodryk Rodriguez: Membership Coordinator

Brodryk is in charge of all things membership in regards to staff, member experience, and outreach. He has been involved in community volunteering and work for 5 years. Brod is currently pursuing degrees in Chemistry and Communications from Wichita State University, and intends to pursue a Master’s after graduation.

Bekah George

Rebekah George: Administrative Assistant

Bekah has been with the YMCA for a little over three years now.  Her experience with the YMCA started as a member after graduating college. She always felt welcomed and cared for by the staff and wanted to be a bigger part of that. She began working at the Y as a Kid Zone attendant and immediately fell in love with the Y’s commitment to better the local community.  This led Bekah to pursue working as a membership associate where she felt even more of the Y’s impact on the community. Her passion for helping people reach their full potential led her to instruct cycle and to work as a Healthy Lifestyle Coach for the Y’s Corporate Wellness Branch. Bekah is excited to continue her time and growth with the YMCA as an Administrative Assistant.

 

Jerry Nguyen, Personal Trainer

B.A. in Exercise Science from Wichita State University

Certifications: Y-USA/ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Specialties: Weight loss, endurance training, group training, balance training (BOSU, free weights, body weight, etc.), older adults, water exercises for arthritis and spinal conditions, TRX training

 

Meghan Hill

Meghan Hill, Personal Trainer

Education: Pursuing a B.A. in Exercise Science from Wichita State University

Certifications: Y-USA/ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Y-USA/ACE Certified Group Exercise Instructor, Group Cycle Instructor, Barre Above®, Y-USA Water Instructor.

Specialties: Strength training, group training, HIIT training, Barre, Bootcamp

Joanna Whittit

Joanna Whittit, Personal Trainer

I spend my time chasing 2 little boys, running, at the YMCA, and as a WIC dietitian. 

Education: B.S. in Dietetics from Kansas State University

Certifications: Y-USA/ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Y-USA/ACE Certified Group Exercise Instructor, Turbokick® Instructor.

Specialties: Running, weight loss, resistance training, group training.

 

Carlea Miles

Carlea Miles, Personal Trainer and Fitness Floor Associate

Education: Pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and Exercise Science from Wichita State University

Certifications: Y-USA Certified Personal Trainer

Specialties: Weight loss/management, strength and toning, sports specific/track and field.

 

Julie Oler-Manske

Julie Oler-Manske, Personal Trainer

Education: B.A. in Exercise Science from Wichita State University, M.S. in Community Health Education from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

Certifications: Y-USA/ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Y-USA Certified Group Exercise Instructor, Keiser® Cycle Instructor.

Specialties: Strength and conditioning, weight loss/management, active older adults, group training.

 

Arielle Orsuto, Personal Trainer

Education: B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Sports Administration from the University of Miami

Certifications: Y-USA/ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Specialties: Strength training, HIIT, group training

 

Josh Richards

Josh Richards, Personal Trainer and Fitness Floor Associate

Education: A.S. of Sports Medicine, B.A. in Exercise Science from Wichita State

Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Specialties: Body weight training, stretching, balance, HIIT, functional movements, dance, weight management.

 

Kim Arias

Kim Arias, Personal Trainer and Fitness Floor Associate

I enjoy being outside, working out, and hanging out with friends and family!

Education: Pursuing a B.A. in Exercise Science from Wichita State University (graduating May 2018)

Certifications: Y-USA/ACE Personal Trainer

Specialties: Multilingual- English, Spanish, and French; weight loss, strength and conditioning, older adults

 

Ryan Tholen

Ryan Tholen, Personal Trainer and Fitness Floor Associate

I enjoy a full and active lifestyle, from hiking in the mountains, to lifting daily at my local gym. I never turn down free pizza or Chipotle! The search for improvement is never ending.

Education: Pursuing a B.A. in Exercise Science from Wichita State University

Certifications: Y-USA/ACE Personal Trainer, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

Specialties: Endurance and strength training, physique competition, bodybuilding and power lifting, weight loss

 

Vicki Florine

Vicki Florine, Personal Trainer

I am an Ironman Boulder 140.6 finisher 2016, Ironman Austin 70.3 finisher 2015, 2017

Education: Doctor of Chiropractic, BA Sports Administration

Certifications: Y-USA/ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Y-USA/ACE Certified Group Exercise Instructor, USA Triathlon Level I Coach

Ashley Kayl

Ashley Kayl, Personal Trainer and Fitness Floor Associate

I love to eat, collect shoes, watch sports, and binge watch Netflix.

Education: B.A. in Psychology from Wichita State University

Certifications: Y-USA Certified Personal Trainer

Specialties: Weight loss, athletic performance, HIIT, balance support, functional training.