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Josh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Administration from Wichita State University.  He started his YMCA career in Wichita, Kansas as an intern in the Sports Office in March of 2001 at the East Branch YMCA.  By August of 2001, Josh was promoted to Sports Director and served in that role until May of 2005 when he became the Executive Director of the East Branch YMCA.  While serving in this role, he was also responsible for leading the associations sports quality team and continued in that capacity while he was in Wichita.  In July of 2009, Josh became the Executive Director of the North YMCA and served in that role until March of 2012 when he was extended an offer to become a Group Vice President for the YMCA of Greater Omaha, Nebraska.  While serving in Nebraska, Josh was responsible for turning the Sarpy YMCA around that was financially negative while also leading the Association’s strongest branch and leading the associations sports branch.  Upon leaving in January of 2014, the Sarpy YMCA was the second best Y in the association and youth sports grew over prior year for the first time in seven years.  In January of 2014, Josh received an opportunity to come home and be a part of leading and serving in the role of Director of Sports Initiatives for the Greater Wichita YMCA with the goal of serving 40,000 participants by the year 2020. In addition to his role as Director of Sports Intiatives, Josh accepted the positions as Vice President of Programs in April of 2016 and the Northwest YMCA Branch Director in February of 2017. 

Jennifer graduated from Maize High School and holds a BA in Art from Newman University. She is a Certified Instructor, Certified Junior Olympic Team coach through USA Gymnastics, and a Level 7/8 rated USA Gymnastics Judge.   Jennifer has been a part of the NW YMCA since it opened in 2006.  She has been the Gymnastics Director, the Head Gymnastics Coach, Senior Program Director of Sports Citywide, and now Senior Program Director of Competitive Teams here at Northwest. 

 

Jacob started his career at the YMCA in 2011 as a part-time lifeguard at the Northwest branch after moving to Wichita from Southwest Kansas to finish his degree in Exercise Science at Wichita State University. During his career with the Y he has also taught swim lessons and worked at the Climbing Wall. In late 2012 he moved to the Membership Desk were he has worked under a multitude of titles until becoming Membership Director in May of 2015.  

Beth has been a Lifeguard for 30 years and has been a Lifeguard Trainer for the past 25 years.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management from Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia.  Beth was the Aquatic Director at the Jewish Community Center in Cincinnati before moving to Wichita.  She taught the lifeguard training class at the South Y, as well as swim lessons and arthritis water classes.  She became the Aquatic Coordinator at the West Y, before again moving to Augusta Georgia where she continued to teach lifeguarding and coach swim team.  Her last move was back to Wichita, where she has been training lifeguards, as well as certifying people in CPR, AED, O2 and First Aid.  

Rob graduated from Wichita State University in 2015 with a BA in Criminal Justice. While at Wichita State University, Rob competed in Cross Country and Track and Field. During his time as a member on the cross country and Track team he was a Team Captain and All-Valley performer. Rob began his career at the YMCA as a Youth Sports Site Supervisor in 2015 for the Northwest branch until he was promoted to Youth Sports Director in the fall of 2016. 

Hydi has studied various forms of dance including: ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, pointe, modern, lyrical, and musical theatre, and has performed with many prestigious ballet companies. She attended Lindenwood University and was a dance major, and has choreographed many routines for her school’s cheer team and dance team. Hydi was also the choreographer for many area high school musicals including: Annie, The Music Man, 42nd Street, and The Wizard of Oz. Hydi has been with the Northwest YMCA since 2007 and began the competitive dance (Limelight Dance Company) and cheer (Storm Cheer) teams in 2008. Both teams have won numerous National titles and judge’s awards.

Matt graduated cum laude from Wichita State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. At Wichita State, Matt competed on the Track and Field team for 4 years. Matt started as a part time personal trainer at the Andover Branch YMCA. He then got bumped up to full time with an emphasis on group training and bootcamp. After 2 years at Andover, he received a promotion and became the Fitness Director at the Northwest Branch. His certifications include: ACSM-HFS, YMCA personal trainer, CPR/AED, First Aid and Oxygen.

Nicole graduated from East High and Newman University. She is a Professional Member of USA Gymnastics and has a Safety Certification through USAG. She has a degree in Occupational Therapy with specializing in pediatrics. Nicole has been a part of the NW YMCA since 2007 and has coached competitive gymnastics since 2008. 

Candace joined the Northwest YMCA Neptunes staff after most recently coaching at the Masters level. As a swimmer, Candace qualified for Junior Nationals at age 12, was a Junior National Long Course Champion, a Senior National qualifier and an Olympic Trials qualifier. In college, she was Captain of her swim team and an Academic All-American. Candace holds a BS in Exercise Science and Sports Studies from Arizona State University.

Holly graduated Sum Cum Laude from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor's degree in Community Health Education with emphasis in program management and development. She has helped develop many youth programs and worked with children around the world before coming to Wichita, Kansas. Holly started with the Greater Wichita YMCA as a healthy eating instructor with Community Development and now works with the Kid Zone, birthday parties and Mom's Day Out program. She is certified in CPR and First Aid.

Jeannie’s passion for group exercise started as a Y member in 1987. Three years later, she began teaching classes, and has taught at the West, South, Downtown and Northwest YMCAs since then. Jeannie teaches a wide variety of group exercise classes and holds certifications in Water Fitness, Step, Turbo Kick, Martial Arts, ZUMBA, Cycle, Pilates, CPR, AED, First Aid and O2.

Tina joined the Northwest YMCA fitness staff in November of 2013 as the Fitness Service Associate. She previously worked for the Northwest YMCA in the aquatics department as a lead guard and swimming coach for 4 years and now serves as our Youth Wellness Coordinator and Assistant Fitness Director. She holds certifications in CPR/AED and is a certified YMCA personal trainer.  

Emily has studied acro, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theatre, pointe, and tap. She attended Maize South High School where she was a member of her dance team her senior year and she also received the All American Award at UDA camp and choreographed many routines for this team. After graduation, she went to Barton Community College where she was a member of the dance team for two years where she had the privilege to be a part of the nationals team and compete at the NDA Collegiate Nationals. Emily graduated from Barton in 2014 with an Associate’s Degree in Science and became a dance instructor for the Northwest YMCA. She has been teaching dance for 5 years and became an assistant coach for Limelight Dance Company last year until she became the Dance and Cheer Coordinator in October 2014.