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.

Ashley Sorensen: Branch Director

Ashley began her YMCA career in 1999 where she started as a program director in Jacksonville, Florida.  In 2003 she moved to Tampa, Florida to continue her career with the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA.  There she gained experience as a Senior Program Director and spent the last 5 years as the Executive Director of the Northwest and West Park Village YMCA.  Ashley joined the Greater Wichita YMCA in May of 2015 as the East Branch Executive Director and then the West Branch Executive Director in November 2016.  Ashley holds a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Mobile.

Kasey Williams: Senior Program Director

Aquatics, Youth Programs, and Kid Zone

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, 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.

John Grundy: Senior Program Director


John started his Y career as a personal trainer at the Central Virginia YMCA in 2012 as a personal trainer. He grew a passion for helping others reach their goals. His journey led him to the El Dorado Y in 2015 and recently to the South YMCA. His goal is still the same and everyday he tries to help people reach the "impossible."

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. 

B'Aylana Morgan: Group Exercise Coordinator

.B'Aylana started her career at the Greater Wichita YMCA in 2014 as a Group Exercise Instructor. After a short break to focus on her family she is excited to be back and doing what she loves; Group Exercise! She has a BS from the University of Arkansas and is currently pursuing a degree in physical therapy. 

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. 

Cameron Jackson: Late Night Director

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. 

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

Jennifer White: Personal Trainer

Certifications: YMCA Personal Trainer

Melissa Morrow: Personal Trainer

Certifications: YMCA Personal Trainer

Christian Beck: Personal Trainer

Certifications: YMCA Personal Trainer