Northwest 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.

Josh Whitson

Josh Whitson: Branch Director, Vice President of Programs

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 Initiatives, Josh accepted the positions as Vice President of Programs in April of 2016 and the Northwest YMCA Branch Director in February of 2017. 


Jacob Stein

Jacob Stein: Senior Program Director

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 and Senior Program Director in April of 2018, 

Hydi Diaz

Hydi Diaz: Dance Director, Limelight Head Coach

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.

Mark Casanova

Mark Casanova: Maintenance Director


Scott Hill

Scott Hill: Sports Director

Scott holds a BA in Sport Management from Wichita State University.  He has over 25 years of experience involved in organized sports, extensively but not limited to baseball.  He serves on the board for a local NBC baseball team, Kansas Canons. After completing his internship as Facility and Operations intern at the South Farha Sports Center, Scott become the Sport Director at the East YMCA before transitioning to Northwest.

Elizabeth Beversdorf

Elizabeth Beversdorf: Gymnastics Director, Northwest Saltos Head Coach

Elizabeth has an accumulated nine years of coaching competitive and recreational gymnastics experience. She comes to the Northwest Branch after completing her Bachelor of Science in Biology Pre-Occupational Therapy from Fort Hays State University. Elizabeth has been with Northwest for a year and a half, recently being promoted to Gymnastics and Cheer Director and Head Coach of the competitive Gymnastics team the "Saltos". She's a Certified Junior Olympic team coach through USA Gymnastics, a certified team coach through AAU Gymnastics and had state and national champions in the 2016-2017 season.

Jeannie Scott

Jeannie Scott: Group Exercise Coordinator

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 Stein

Tina Stein: Aquatics Director

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, Youth Wellness Coordinator and Assistant Fitness Director. Since April of 2018, Tina has served as the Aquatics Director. She holds certifications in CPR/AED and is a certified YMCA personal trainer.  

Ginnie Wong-Newman

Ginnie Wong-Newman: Administrative Assistant

Ginnie joined the Northwest YMCA Team in 2015. She helps with the Strong Community Campaign as well as daily functions at the Branch. She is an active community volunteer organizations such as the Sedgwick County Zoo, Exploration Place and Wichita Asian Association.

Nate Jensen

Nate Jensen: Northwest Neptunes Swim Team Head Coach

Nate has been with the Northwest YMCA for two years. He has a B.G.S. in Psychology from Wichita State University, is a trained massage therapist and a certified nursing assistant. Previously, Nate has vast experience in the health and retail fields and prior to becoming head coach was the Head Age Group Coach and Assistant Coach for the Neptunes Swim Team. He was a     Scholarship Swimmer for the University of Wyoming and in High School was a N.I.S.C.A. High School All-American in the 100 Butterfly (1998) and a Kansas High School 6A State Champion in 100 Butterfly (1997). Nate has one son, Jack.