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ROBERT D. LOVE DOWNTOWN YMCA

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Management Staff | Personal Trainers

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John became the Executive Director of the new Downtown YMCA in November 2012. His involvement with the YMCA started when he was old enough to play youth basketball in Atchison, KS. He also worked for the Salina, KS, YMCA in the Pro-Shop during his high school and college years. John was a member of the East YMCA Board for 14 years. For 23 years, he worked for ManpowerGroup, a global staffing company, as a Branch Manager, Regional Director and most recently Government Solutions Executive. John is a graduate of the University of Kansas. He and his wife Kriste live in Northeast Wichita and have two children.

Brittani is responsible for overseeing Membership, Group Exercise classes, MY FIT, and Personal and Group Training. Brittani earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Kansas State University and is a certified American College of Sports Medicine Health and Fitness Specialist (ACSM-HFS). She joined the Y team in December 2009 as a South YMCA personal trainer, served as Fitness Director for the Downtown YMCA from November 2010 to November 2014 and has now taken on the role of Senior Program Director. Brittani enjoys building relationships with new members as well as working with current members to reach their wellness goals.

Emily has been involved in the YMCA since birth and recently joined our team as the Fitness Director for the Downtown branch.  Prior to graduate school, Emily worked with the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities as canoe guide throughout Northern MN and Canada as well as an outdoor education instructor at YMCA Camp Widjiwagan.  Emily earned her bachelor's degree in exercise science from the University of Minnesota Duluth and her master's degree in exercise physiology and nutrition from Montana State University in Bozeman.  She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has experience coaching elementary through masters level athletes.  As fitness director, Emily oversees the personal training staff, offers paid training sessions for members, and is responsible for the safety and management of the fitness floor.

Specialties: Endurance/Ultra-Endurance Training & Nutrition; Balance & Strength for Older Adults; Muscular Imbalance, Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation; Sports Specific Conditioning; Weight Control

 Ben oversees swim lessons, lifeguarding, life guard training, and pool management.  He began his YMCA career in 2010 as an instructor and lifeguard at the North branch.   Ben grew up participating in water sports and began swimming competitively at a boarding school.  He was able to train with two nationally known competitive swimmers such as Mark Noetzel and Mat Biondi.  He is also currently pursuing his Business degree from Wichita State University.

Courtney Hoefer manages the Downtown YMCA Kid Zone, programs such as Mom’s Day Out, and coordinates birthday parties for the downtown branch. She began her Y career as a Night Shift Lead Kid Zone Attendant, and was subsequently promoted to the Youth and Family Program Coordinator in April 2015. Courtney has fifteen years of experience caring for children in a childcare setting.  She will be graduating with her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fort Hays State University in the Fall of 2015. 

 

Cassidy became a member of the Y as soon as she moved to Wichita and instantly fell in love with muscle pump. With a background in massage therapy and bootcamp training, she decided to pursue her love of fitness and started at the Downtown Y as a certified personal trainer and as a group fitness instructor. As the Group Exercise Coordinator, she is responsible for overseeing all group exercise classes.

B.S. in Exercise Science from Wichita State University

Certifications: YMCA Personal Trainer, ACSM HFS, TRX Instructor, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Certified Instructor

Specialties: Weight Loss/Management, Older Adult Training, Group Training, Resistance Training, Motivational Encouragement

Pursuing a B.S. in Exercise Science from Wichita State University

Certifications: YMCA Personal Trainer

Specialties: Weight Loss, Endurance Training, Weight Training, BOSU and Balance, Sport Specific/Track and Field

B.S. in Exercise Science from Wichita State University

Certifications: YMCA Personal Trainer

Specialties: Muscle Mass, Endurance and Strength Training

Education: Pursuing B.S. in Exercise Science from Wichita State University

Certifications: YMCA Personal Trainer

Specialties: Weight Loss, Balance, Kettlebell, Endurance, HIIT, Strength Training

 

Education:Pursuing B.S. in Exercise Science from Wichita State University

Certifications: YMCA Personal Trainer, Strength and Conditioning, TRX Instructor

Specialties: Weight Loss, Strength and Conditioning, Injury Rehabilitation, Athletic Performance, Sport Conditioning

 

Education: M.M. in Voice Performance from Wichita State University

Certifications: YMCA Personal Trainer and TRX Instructor

Specialties: Weight Loss, Sport Specific, Kettlebell, Endurance, Strenth and Conditioning

Education: Pursuing B.S. in Exercise Science from Wichita State University

Certifications: YMCA Personal Trainer

Specialties: Weight Loss, Muscle Gain, Physique Competition

Education: M.S. in Exercise Psychology from the University of Kansas, B.S. in Exercise Science from Rockhurst University

Certifications: ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, ACE-GFI, YOGAFIT

Specialties: Weight Management, Balance, Yoga, Injury Rehab, Older Adult, Teens, Bilingual in Spanish

Education: B.A. in Exercise Science from Wichita State University

Certifications: YMCA Personal Trainer, NCCPT, Navy Command Fitness Leader, 9 years military, 6 years active

Specialties: Military Special Programs Conditioning, High Intensity Interval Training, Water Confidence Training, Functional/Occupational Strength and Injury Prevention