Newton YMCA

Address & Contact Info
701 E Wheatridge Dr., Newton, KS 67114

Newton 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.

Tera Thomas: Branch Director 

Tera comes to us with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska and a long, successful career with the YMCA across multiple states. Since 2003, she has continually taken on new opportunities and challenges with the Y. Starting out in Omaha, Nebraska, in the fitness department, Tera later moved into leadership roles, directing programs for teens and corporate membership. With a passion for connecting her community to the Y movement, she also spent two years with YMCA of the Rockies in Colorado where she successfully led their Annual Giving Campaign to raise $425,000 for youth & families in need. Soon thereafter, the YMCA of Greater Omaha called her back to serve as the Senior Membership Director followed by the role of Executive Director of their Sarpy YMCA in Papillion, NE. Under her leadership, this location grew in membership, community involvement and financial support. In 2016, Tera became the Newton YMCA's first Branch Director and has played a vital role in opening and operating the new facility. 

Josh Gunderson: Senior Program Director

Josh has been a part of the YMCA in Minnesota and Kansas. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science from North Dakota State University, and has over 15 years in the Fitness industry with a focus on Wellness and Club Operations. Josh joined the Newton team in March 2016 and was instrumental in the preparation of the Y’s grand opening. Josh is very excited to be a part of the Newton YMCA, and hopes he can help in bringing the community together and making the surrounding area a healthier place to live.


Becca Bradley: Senior Program Director

After graduating from Bethel College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary and Special Education Ages K-6th, Becca was an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher at the Cooper Early Education Center located right here in Newton for two years. She is currently enrolled in a graduate program at Emporia State University with a primary focus in Early Childhood Special Education Birth to Age 8. Becca started her YMCA career at the Northwest YMCA as a gymnastics instructor and birthday party host. Since then, she has served the Y as a lifeguard, Summer Day Camp and Teen Counselor, and most recently as the Youth and Family Director at the Sarpy Community YMCA in Papillion, NE. Becca joined the Newton YMCA team in 2016 and continues to play a vital role in operating all Youth Programming. 

Julie Colborn: Administrative Assistant

Julie has an Applied Science Degree in Retail/Marketing from Hutchinson Community College. Upon graduating she had a successful career in retail management. She has been a Newton resident for 19 years. Julie is regularly active in the community and her church.  During her spare time, you will find her cheering on her kids at their sporting events and activities, playing on a local volleyball team, and working out. Julie joined the Newton team in 2016.

Katelin Calhoun: Youth Program Director

Katelin was born and raised in Emporia, KS. While growing up she was on the competitive swim team, showed horses at a national level, and was very active in 4-H. Her first experience with camp was attending as a camper, and then later becoming a Camp Counselor, Camp Facilitator, and then a Camp Director. Katelin is a certified Life Guard Trainer through Red Cross, and certified in First Aid, CPR, AED, Small Water Craft, and Level 1 Archery. Katelin enjoys spending time with her husband, Adam and her one year old daughter, Berkeley. 

Jamie Mott: Membership Director

Jamie joined the Newton YMCA team in 2017. she has a Bachelors Degree with a major in Psychology and minor in Human Biology. Jamie has been a member of the Newton community for a number of years, working as a City of Newton employee for 6 years. She enjoys learning new skills while overcoming challenges. Jamie has a passion for connecting with people and cultivating an atmosphere of positivity and enthusiasm.