A Place Where We All Can Be Leaders

The Greater Wichita YMCA Leadership Team
Ronn

Ronn McMahon, CEO and President

Mim McKenzie, Chief Operating Officer

Shelly Hammond

Shelly Hammond, Chief Finance Officer

Brian Pond

Brian Pond, Vice President, Information and Technology

Jennifer Keen, Vice President, Membership and Fitness

Adam Elliott, Vice President, Properties

Shane Loy

Shane Loy, Vice President of Operations (East)

Jason Pedigo

Jason Pedigo, Vice President of Operations (West)

Hillary Alexander

Hillary Alexander, Associate Vice President, Philanthropy

Shamain Bachman, Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Brandy Weber

Brandy Weber, Associate Vice President, Human Resources

Branch Leadership
Shane Loy

Shane Loy, Branch Director, Dr. Jim Farha Andover YMCA

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. 

Andrea Eliot

Andrea Eliot, Branch Director, Child Care and Camp

Andrea holds a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Friends University Wichita as well as an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education. She began her career at the Greater Wichita YMCA in 1997 as the Program Director for the East YMCA Early Learning Center. Andrea accepted the position as Branch Director for Child Care and Camp in 2016. She is dedicated to our mission to serve all and advocates at both the local and state level for youth development programming and the needs of Kansas families.

Terrell Benton

Terrell Benton, Branch Director, Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA

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.

Casey Garten

Casey Garten, Branch Director, East YMCA

Casey holds a Bachelor's of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness from Fort Hays State University. He began his YMCA career at the Northwest YMCA as a Personal Trainer in 2008. In 2009 he became the Fitness Director at the East YMCA. In 2012 he moved to the North Y as the Associate Executive Director. Casey has been a Branch Director of the Northwest and East YMCA's since 2014.

Jason Pedigo

Jason Pedigo, Branch Director, Ken Shannon Northwest YMCA

Jason graduated from Wichita State University in 2004 with a BA in Sport Administration. He began his career with the Y in 2003 as an intern and Manager on Duty for the South YMCA. In 2005, he left Wichita to become a Sports Director for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. He returned in 2009 as the Sports Director of the new Andover YMCA. In that role, he’s served on the Andover Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the City of Andover Parks Committee. He also earned the Annual Campaign Staff Campaigner of the Year award for the Andover YMCA, as well as the Kevin Padrnos award for the Greater Wichita YMCA.

Ryan Fitzgibbons

Ryan Fitzgibbons, Branch Director, Newton YMCA

Ryan has been with the Hanover Area YMCA since June of 2016 as their Chief Operating Officer, and prior to his YMCA experience, he worked in the hospitality industry with a variety of hotels on the east coast. He has been involved with several philanthropic organizations/activities in the United States, Haiti, and Ireland. Ryan joined the Newton YMCA team in 2019.

Trey Hightower

Trey Hightower, Branch Director, Dennis Schoenebeck North YMCA

Trey graduated from Friends University, in 2007, with a BA in Health Management and Minor in Business Administration.  Trey began his career with the Y in 2006, as an intern.  In 2007 he began working at the East YMCA as the Manager on Duty and after a year was then promoted to Membership Director.  In 2013 he then moved to the North YMCA as a Director in the same role.  In 2014, Trey left the YMCA and began to work in the health field as the Chief Operations Officer for a Health & Dental Clinic in Wichita. In August of 2018 he returned to the Y and accepted a position of Senior Program Director of the Dennis Schoenebeck North YMCA. 

David Foster

David Foster, Branch Director, Richard A. DeVore South YMCA

David Foster is in his 23rd year as a full-time employee of the YMCA.  He began his YMCA career as the Sports Director at the YMCA in Edmond, OK in 1997 and he has served at YMCAs in Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, and Kansas.  He is currently the Branch Director at the Richard A. DeVore South YMCA in Wichita, KS. 


Foster is very involved in his local community having served in local Rotary Clubs, Chamber of Commerce Boards, and various other leadership capacities.  He is a YPN (YMCA Professionals Network) Member and former Chapter 71 YPN Board Member.  In addition, he has spoken at national YMCA conferences on a variety of topics including board/volunteer development and community partnerships.  He is also a YMCA certified trainer in Volunteerism and Leading and Coaching Others.


He is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and has completed coursework toward a master’s degree in Sports Administration at Oklahoma State University.  He is married to Ali and they have a daughter, Audrey.  In his spare time, he enjoys exercising, golfing, exploring the outdoors, watching sports of all kinds, and spending time with his family.

George Sorenson

George Sorensen, Branch Director, Steve Clark YMCA

Prior to joining the Greater Wichita YMCA, Sorensen completed construction of, opened, and managed Wichita’s Opti-Life. Before moving to Wichita, Sorensen ran employee wellness initiatives at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, now part of AdventHealth. He has 17 total years of YMCA experience in several roles, including Executive Director for the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA in the under-served North Brandon community of Seffner, Florida, and a Branch Director within the First Coast YMCA in Jacksonville, Florida. Sorensen has also worked in sports information and media relations for Jacksonville University.

Ashley Sorensen, Branch Director, West YMCA

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. She also served as the Director of the South Branch and is currently the West Branch Director. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Mobile.

Matt Engel, Branch Director, El Dorado YMCA

Matt, who is from St. Louis, Missouri has been working for the YMCA since 2007 and for the Greater Wichita YMCA since 2020. Matt has experience in youth programming, camp, sports, operations, and aquatics. As a youth, Matt was able to participate at his local Y through the Annual Campaign so he knows firsthand how a YMCA can impact its community. Matt is married to Jill and they have 2 boys, Emmett and Tucker. Matt holds a degree in Physical Education from Lindenwood University. 

Catherine Seals

Catherine Seals, Senior Program Director, Farha Sports Centers

Catherine graduated in December 2008 from Wichita State University, earning her MA in Sports Administration. Catherine began working for the YMCA in June 2007 as a Site Supervisor at the Farha Sport Center. She joined the West YMCA in November 2009 as the Sports Coordinator, before coming back to work as the Sports Director at the South YMCA & Farha Sport Center in January 2011. In 2014, she transitioned to full time Director of Basketball Operations until May 2018 before accepting her current role as Senior Program Director. 

Our Board of Directors

The Greater Wichita YMCA’s board is an incredible group of volunteers who give their time, talents, and resources to help guide our organization and shepherd our commitment to serve the community and live our mission through our programs and offerings. Each of our branches has its own Advisory Board, and we have three boards that oversee our association-wide efforts and presence. The following is a list of our board members and officers as of March 1, 2020.

Executive Board
Randy Carlgren

Randy Carlgren, Chairman

FP&A Director, Cargill Protein Group

Aron Dunn, Treasurer

Tim Alexander

Tim Alexander, Secretary

(Retired) VP/CFO, Industrial Commercial Insulation

Directors

Askia Ahmad

Managing Director, Stand Together Foundation

Greg Allison

Vice President, MKEC Engineering, Inc.

Pat Boyarski

(Retired) Cessna Aircraft Company

Mike Bukaty

(Retired) President, Wescon Products Company

Steve Clark

Chairman and CEO, Clark Investment Group

Debbie Coan

Partner, Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd, L.L.C.

Steve Cox

CEO, Cox Machine, Inc.

Richard DeVore

Investor

Aron Dunn

Vice President, Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C.

Ron Engelbrecht

Engineer, (Retired) VP of Engineering, LSI/NetApp

Todd Farha

President, Channelside Capital, LLC

Steve Funk

President and CEO, The Graham Foundation

Jim Hattan

Chairman of the Board, Don Hattan Chevrolet

Helen Healy

Community Volunteer

Mary Beth Jarvis

Executive Director, e2e Accelerator, Inc.

Dr. Greg Joyce

Optometrist and Owner, Drs. Joyce & Hursh L.L.C.

Joe Kiefer

Director of Sales, Cox Communications

Amy Mounts

Vice President of Sales, High Touch Technologies

Steve Packebush

Owner and Principal, Elevar Resources, LLC

Marilyn Pauly

Vice Chairwoman, Commerce Bank

Dan Peare

Member, Hinkle Law

Gordon Ramsay

Chief of Police, City of Wichita

Mike Relihan

President, Bullseye Shooting Range

Joe Rothwell

President and CEO, Advance Catastrophe Technologies

Todd Tangeman

COO and CHRO, Newton Medical Center

Grant Tidemann

Vice President, JP Weigand & Sons, Inc.

William Voloch

President and CEO, Wesley Medical Center

Blake Wells

Vice President, IMA

Josh Wells

Corporate Communications, Spirit AeroSystems

Lavonta Williams

Community Advocate

David Shannon

David Shannon

President, Shannon Group

Tom Lasater

Member, Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch, LLL

YMCA Foundation of Wichita, Inc.

Board of Directors

STEVE CLARK - FOUNDATION CHAIR TIM ALEXANDER
PAT BOYARSKI DAVID SHANNON CHARLIE CHANDLER
STEVE COX RICH DEVORE TODD FARHA
STEVE FEILMEIER TOM GENTILE HELEN HEALY
RUSS MEYER DAN PEARE KEN SHANNON
ARON DUNN