South 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.

Hillary Alexander: Branch Director

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. 

Kasey Williams: Senior Program Director

Aquatics and Youth & Family

Kasey has been with the Greater Wichita YMCA for twelve years and is very excited to be working with the South staff and community. Kasey has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology/Human Services and a Masters in Organizational Development from Friends University.

Jessie Gorges-Sawhill: Senior Program Director

Membership, Fitness, Group Exercise, and Housekeeping

Jessie started her career at the Greater Wichita YMCA in 2011 working at the Andover branch in member services. She worked as a Fitness Service Associate for the South Y in 2012 and went on to open the Downtown YMCA as a Membership Director. She left the Y for two years, following a different career path, but she’s excited to be back. Jessie has a bachelor’s degree in communications and is currently pursuing her master’s in that field.

Derek Helmers: Wellness Director

Derek received a degree in Communications and his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Wichita State University in 2014. Derek started his Y career in 2013 as a personal trainer and he specializes in rehab, sports specific training, weight loss, nutritional coaching and strength training. Derek became our Fitness Director in August of 2015.

Elizabeth Apollo: Cheer, Dance, and Gymnastics Director

Elizabeth started her career with the YMCA in 2013 as a competitive cheer coach.  She was then promoted to cheer/dance/gymnastics coordinator in July of 2014. Elizabeth has years of teaching experience and grew up at the East Y while competing on the competitive gymnastics team there. 

Joel Fosnight: Group Exercise Coordinator

Joel graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in Business Administration with minors in Business management and Entrepreneurship. Joel teaches not just Zumba and Turbokick, he also is an instructor of Core, YBox and Water Tabata. His dream is to become the biggest fitness instructor around. He loves to interact with members and have a good time while helping them reach their full potential and get healthier. He loves to put a smile on everyone’s face.

Thomas Liss: Membership Coordinator

Thomas began his career with the South YMCA  in November of 2015 as our Assistant Member Director. He has his Associate's Degree in Exercise Science from Heritage College. Thomas is passionate about bettering his community. 

Warren Balthazor: Aquatics Coordinator

Warren started his career with the YMCA in 2012 as a lifeguard and swim instructor at El Dorado. In December of 2016 Warren was promoted to Aquatics coordinator here at the South Branch. He hold his Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts from Butler County Community College. Warren is very passionate about teaching kids life saving water skills. 

Toby Baxter: Youth Sports Coordinator

Toby oversees recreational basketball, volleyball, baseball and flag football.

Cameron Jackson: Late Night Coordinator

Cameron graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University with a Bachelor in Sports Management and Masters in Business Administration. Previous to the YMCA Cameron was the Director of Spiritual Development at Kansas Wesleyan University. Cameron is very passionate about his faith, family and making a positive impact on the next generation. He is excited to be a part of the mission of the YMCA and the Greater Wichita team. 

Alexa Baker: Youth and Family Coordinator

Alexa started her career with the YMCA in 2011 as a group exercise instructor at Andover. She was then promoted to  Cheer and Dance Coordinator. Alexa graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in Sociology. She is passionate about giving back to the community and helping children  become the best versions of themselves! 

Mason Pauly: Personal Trainer

Certifications: YMCA Personal Trainer

Specializes in: General fitness, rehabilitation, muscle gain, weight loss and sport specific training.

Blake Redenbaugh: Personal Trainer

Certifications: YMCA Personal Trainer

Specializes in: Strength training, weight loss, power lifting, sport specific training and general fitness.

Danielle Heflin: Personal Trainer

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

Specialties: General fitness

Kim Jerrick: Personal Trainer

Certifications: YMCA Personal Trainer

Specializes in: Strength training, general fitness, rehabilitation, sports specific training and weight loss.

Kim Durrett: Personal Trainer

Certifications: YMCA Personal Trainer

Derek Whitney: Personal Trainer

Certifications: YMCA Personal Trainer

Jennifer White: Personal Trainer

Certifications: YMCA Personal Trainer