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Shane is an Estherville, IA native. He holds a degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Northern Iowa. Shane began his YMCA experience during college at the YMCA of Blackhawk County where he worked as camp counselor, lifeguard, fitness, childcare programs, sports and membership. He began his career with the Heritage YMCA Group in Naperville, IL as Program Director working mainly with children programs throughout the community. Shane moved in to the role of Director of Childcare, Family and Community Outreach managing programs within the Naperville community as well as with the Oswego YMCA. He held the role of Operations Director at a community outreach branch and membership branch before moving in to his current role at Andover. Shane is married to Nicole and they have a 5 year old daughter, Ava, and recently welcomed Ayden to their family.
Membership, Fitness, Group Exercise, Housekeeping
Alisha is a Wichita native and received a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science from Wichita State University. She began working at the South YMCA in 2006 and has worked as membership associate, manager on duty and in fitness. She took time off from the Y to work as Wellness Coordinator at Breakthrough, a mental health organization, and served as an English teacher for a year in South Korea. She joined the West YMCA in membership and fitness when she returned to Wichita. She joined the Andover team in 2014 as Membership Director, and gladly accepted her new role in fall of 2016.
Aquatics, Sports, Rock Wall, Facility Rentals
Bryan grew up in Blytheville, Arkansas. He graduated from Arkansas State University with a degree in Physical Education – Exercise Science. He has over 15 years’ experience with 4 different YMCA associations. He was the Program Director for Blytheville Regional YMCA, Program Director/Associate Executive Director for YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South, and Senior Program Director for Twin Lakes Family YMCA in Texas. He has worked with all ages in programs such as sports, fitness, gymnastics, aquatics, membership, after school and summer camps. He has also helped run the daily operations of the branches. Outside of the YMCA, he has management experience from Royal Caribbean cruises, 20 years’ experience in HVAC and electrical work, 10 years’ experience as a volunteer firefighter, an EMT for 6 years and also served as a Sheriff Deputy. Bryan has two beautiful daughters, ages 15 and 10, living in Arkansas.
Jennifer is a native of Andover and a Butler County Community College graduate. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Non-Profit Organization Leadership from Fort Hays State University. She began her career with the YMCA as a Membership Associate in 2014, and started her current role at the beginning of 2016. She has been a community volunteer for many years, dedicating her time to organizations such as the Girl Scouts, Tornado Alley Young Marines, and Andover Public Schools. Jennifer is married and has three children.
Ally is a Denver, Colorado native and holds a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from the University of Kansas. Ally began at the Andover YMCA in 2014 as a Personal Trainer before accepting the position as Fitness Director in 2018. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA as well as a Fitness Nutrition Specialist. She holds additional certifications including USAW Sports Performance Coach, TRX Group Trainer, and BOGAfit Instructor. Ally and her husband, Shawn, are the parents of four fur-babies, Gunner, Jax, Ella, and Harley.
Shannon Mallinson has been a gymnast since age six. Since 1998, she’s coached gymnastics at the El Dorado and Northwest Ys and Sunrise Gymnastics. Before joining the Andover Y team, she had team members medal at local, state and national competitions. Shannon holds a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts with an emphasis on Psychology from Wichita State University. She’s also received certifications in Personal Training, USAG Safety, CPR, AED, First Aid and O2.
Gideon graduated from Sterling College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Management. At Sterling, he played football for four years. Gideon started his YMCA career as a membership associate for the South YMCA before stepping in to the Sports Coordinator role. He started as the Andover Sports Director in October of 2018.
Kari Ames is a Friends University alumni and has been working with children of all ages since 1990. Kari began her Y journey as a dance and gymnastics instructor for the Northwest Y in 2006 and spent four years working in the corporate offices in Financial Development before coming to Andover. As a mother of four, she understands the importance of having a safe, caring environment for little ones to stay while the parent gets to recharge and invest in self-care to be the best parent possible.
Kristen Daniels holds a Bachelor’s in Marketing from Pittsburg State University. She started her Y career in Nebraska as a Group Exercise Instructor before moving to Andover in 2007. Kristin holds certifications in Foundations of Group Exercise, Cardio and Step, Pilates, Personal Training, Reebok Cycling, Muscle Pump, Body Design, Ultimate Strength and Cardio, Gliding, Foam Roller Fusion, Silver Sneakers and Johnny G Spinning. Kristen is also certified in CPR, AED and First Aid.
Holly is an Andover native and has worked for the Andover YMCA for over six years. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Education. In her time working at the Y, she has been a swim instructor and lifeguard and has now stepped into her role as the Swim Lesson Coordinator. She has a passion for water safety and heads up the SPLASH Program with enthusiasm.
Austin is a native of Wichita, KS and holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Wichita State University. His Y journey began in 2016 as a Member Service Associate at the Northwest YMCA before moving into his position as Membership Coordinator at Andover in May 2019.
Bachelor’s Degrees from Kansas State University in Kinesiology and Human Nutrition
Certifications: ACSM EP-C, ACSM CPT YMCA Personal Trainer, and Pilates
Specialties: Active Older Adults, Special Populations, Weight Loss, and Pre and Post Natal
Fitness Mission Statement: “Everyone measures progress differently, and my goal is to do whatever I can to help someone see progress based on how they measure it. That can be general health, weight loss, injury rehab, disease control or prevention, or anything that makes them feel better physically and mentally. The biggest reward of my job is helping someone increase his/her quality of life.”
I have been teaching at the YMCA for over 10 years. I did competitive dance for 14 years and danced for 2 years on a college dance team. I have a passion for helping children realize their full potential and attain their goals no matter how big or small
Master's in History from WSU
Specialties: Strength Training, Cable Machines & General Health
Fitness Mission Statement: "I have been an active weightlifter/power lifter/bodybuilder for more than 40 years. During that time I have learned a lot about what to, and what not, to do in pursuit of a stronger and healthier body. I see my mission here at the Y as two-fold. First, to share what I've learned in those 40-plus years with anyone interested in improving their own strength and/or overall health. Second, to learn all I can that will help me to do a better and more thorough job in pursuit of that first goal. If I've learned anything at all it is that there is no end to what can be learned in this field.
Certifications:YMCA Personal Trainer
Specialities: Weight Loss, StrengthTraining, Advanced Boot Camps, Small Groups Training
Fitness Mission Statement: "I enjoy encouraging others to work towards the best version of themselves. I appreciate the challenge of working with current and chronic health concerns and incorporating a regimen that allows the participant to continue with their fitness goals. I want everybody to have the opportunity for wellness as it benefits every facet of their lives. Lastly, I like to empower those who have not developed a fit lifestyle to reach their goals and continue to set new ones."
Certifications:YMCA Personal Trainer
Specialities: Active Older Adults, Water Strength, Cardio Training, Beginners Training