GREATER WICHITA YMCA 

ROBERT D. LOVE DOWNTOWN YMCA

Address & Contact Info
402 N. Market Street, Wichita, KS 67202

Downtown 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.

 

 

 

Terrell Benton

Terrell Benton: Branch Director

Terrell began as the Branch Director of the Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA in February of 2017 after many years of service to multiple organizations in the health and fitness industry. Terrell and his family have been members of the YMCA of Greater Wichita since returning to the area in early 2016. Terrell has served the Wichita area in several capacities such as being a volunteer for Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, Communities in Schools, and the Real Men Real Heroes campaign, in addition to his service as a Board member for The Boys and Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas. Terrell received his degree from Wichita State University after four years of basketball, and lives here with his two daughters.

Brittani Poland

Brittani Poland: Senior Program Director

Brittani is responsible for overseeing the departments of Membership, Fitness, as well as Youth and Family. 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.

Warren Balthazor

Warren Balthazor: Aquatics Director

Warren started his career with the YMCA as a lifeguard and swim instructor in El Dorado. In December of 2016 Warren was promoted to Aquatics Coordinator at the South Branch YMCA. In September 2018 he was promoted to Aquatics Director at the Downtown Branch YMCA. He holds an Associates degree in Liberal Arts from Butler County Community College. Warren is very passionate about teaching kids and adults lifesaving water skills.

Rachael Runda

Rachael Runda: Fitness Director

Rachael graduated from WSU in 2015 with her Bachelors in Exercise Science. Her career at the YMCA began with an internship which then led to Personal Training for the North YMCA for over 4 years and is excited to now be the Fitness Director at the Downtown YMCA. Fitness has been a part of her everyday life, and she has enjoyed helping others make it apart of theirs as well. She says being able to witness the impact it makes physically, mentally and emotionally has been the greatest reward. 

 

Carissa Biering

 

Carissa Biering: Membership Director

 

Carissa has a passion for connection with individuals in the community.  She has 10+ years of working with local nonprofit organizations.  The most exciting part as the Membership Director for Carissa is the ability to welcome in new members while continuing to walk along beside our current members.  Working for the Y combines Carissa's education in nutrition and fitness with her love of family.

 

Rebecca Crawford

Rebecca Crawford: Youth and Family Coordinator

Rebecca, the Youth and Family Coordinator for the Downtown YMCA is responsible for overseeing programs such as Fun Fit, in addition to overseeing our Kid Zone. Since working here, she has gained a passion and new found respect for the Y and all that it does for the community Rebecca's enthusiasm for the YMCA and its mission, along with her passion for Early Childhood Development make her a wonderful resource for all parents here at the Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA.

Heather Jarman

Heather Jarman: Group Exercise Coordinator

Heather has spent most of her life in the Wichita area and graduated from Wichita State University. She has been involved in athletics her entire life, from youth gymnastics to the Wichita State University Cheer team. Her lifelong commitment to fitness and strength lead her to join the YMCA team in 2017 as a Group Exercise Instructor. Heather has found a true passion in helping others reach their fitness goals and brings in a high degree of energy and enthusiasm to her classes and group exercise team. In 2018 she was promoted to Group Exercise Coordinator of our Downtown Location.

Bekah George

Rebekah George: Administrative Assistant

Bekah has been with the YMCA for a little over three years now.  Her experience with the YMCA started as a member after graduating college. She always felt welcomed and cared for by the staff and wanted to be a bigger part of that. She began working at the Y as a Kid Zone attendant and immediately fell in love with the Y’s commitment to better the local community.  This led Bekah to pursue working as a membership associate where she felt even more of the Y’s impact on the community. Her passion for helping people reach their full potential led her to instruct cycle and to work as a Healthy Lifestyle Coach for the Y’s Corporate Wellness Branch. Bekah is excited to continue her time and growth with the YMCA as an Administrative Assistant.

 

Nathan Clyde

Nathan Clyde: Maintenance Technician

Nathan is responsible for all the facility maintenance at the Downtown YMCA. Nathan previously worked for Homewood Suites and Meritrust Credit Union. Nathan started working for the YMCA in maintenance/janitorial at the South Branch YMCA in February of 2018. He was promoted to Maintenance Tech at the Downtown YMCA in September of 2018. Nathan enjoys spending his free time with his wife Kasey and two kids Tatum and Kaden. Nathan enjoys playing golf, fishing, and watching his favorite team the CHIEFS during football season. Nathan also enjoys participating in Zumba and Aqua Zumba at the YMCA. 

Jerry Nguyen, Personal Trainer

B.A. in Exercise Science from Wichita State University

Certifications: Y-USA/ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Specialties: Weight loss, endurance training, group training, balance training (BOSU, free weights, body weight, etc.), older adults, water exercises for arthritis and spinal conditions, TRX training

 

Joanna Whittit

Joanna Whittit, Personal Trainer

I spend my time chasing 2 little boys, running, at the YMCA, and as a WIC dietitian. 

Education: B.S. in Dietetics from Kansas State University

Certifications: Y-USA/ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Y-USA/ACE Certified Group Exercise Instructor, Turbokick® Instructor.

Specialties: Running, weight loss, resistance training, group training.

 

Julie Oler-Manske

Julie Oler-Manske, Personal Trainer

Education: B.A. in Exercise Science from Wichita State University, M.S. in Community Health Education from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

Certifications: Y-USA/ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Y-USA Certified Group Exercise Instructor, Keiser® Cycle Instructor.

Specialties: Strength and conditioning, weight loss/management, active older adults, group training.

 

 

Josh Richards

Josh Richards, Personal Trainer and Fitness Floor Associate

Education: A.S. of Sports Medicine, B.A. in Exercise Science from Wichita State

Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Specialties: Body weight training, stretching, balance, HIIT, functional movements, dance, weight management.

 

Kim Arias

Kim Arias, Personal Trainer and Fitness Floor Associate

I enjoy being outside, working out, and hanging out with friends and family!

Education: Pursuing a B.A. in Exercise Science from Wichita State University (graduating May 2018)

Certifications: Y-USA/ACE Personal Trainer

Specialties: Multilingual- English, Spanish, and French; weight loss, strength and conditioning, older adults

 

Vicki Florine

Vicki Florine, Personal Trainer

I am an Ironman Boulder 140.6 finisher 2016, Ironman Austin 70.3 finisher 2015, 2017

Education: Doctor of Chiropractic, BA Sports Administration

Certifications: Y-USA/ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Y-USA/ACE Certified Group Exercise Instructor, USA Triathlon Level I Coach