Branch Director
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.

Support Staff
Administrative Assistant

Kelsey Meyer, Administrative Assistant

Kelsey earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Friends University. She joined out Child Care and Camp team as the Administrative Assistant in 2019. Kelsey has a wealth of experience supporting a large corporate office both in customer service and human resources. She is an important part of our team coordinating the branch annual campaign, recruitment, training/certification records and service to our program participants. Kelsey has a passion for helping others and has done this through numerous community outreach projects. 

CALL KELSEY 316.776.8251

Nutrition Program Coordinator

Sandy Kimball, Nutrition Program Coordinator

Sandy Studied Music Education at both Butler Community College and Friends University. Starting her career at the YMCA in 2005 as a group leader in our Key Academy Before and After School Program where she later took on the role of Site Director. Sandy has worked in all three of our key areas; After school, Summer Camp, and Early Learning. She accepted her current position in 2015 and her dedication to health and nutrition is a valuable asset to the team as she leads our nutrition services, oversees the Child and Adult Care Food Program, Summer Food Service and is project lead for the annual Healthy Kids Day event out at Camp Hyde. 

CALL SANDY 316.264.1610

Child Care Centers
Senior Program Director

Debbie Ogle, Senior Program Director (Early Education Centers)

Debbie attended California State University where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Social Work. She is a dedicated advocate for children and families with over 30 years of experience. Working at the Mt. Diablo YMCA  in California Debbie supervised both school age and early childhood programs. She moved to Kansas in 2013 where she supported families and educators as a family partnership coordinator for Early Head Start. Joining the Greater Wichita YMCA in 2016 Debbie's passion for youth continues as she oversees all of the Y's licensed early childhood programs and champions the free Y Scholars summer reading camp.

CALL DEBBIE 316.776.8242

SHERRY SYAKHASONE

Sherry Syakhasone, Child Care Program Director (East YMCA ELC)

Sherry is a dedicated early childhood professional who earned her Associates Degree from Butler Community College. Working in the field since 1994 she has both classroom and administrative experience. She joined the Greater Wichita YMCA Child Care and Camp Branch in 2007 and has built a strong team at East Early Learning Center dedicated to the families and children they serve. 

CALL SHERRY 316.685.2059

Director (Andover YMCA ELC)

Jackie Tanner, Child Care Program Director (South YMCA ELC)

Jackie completed her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2012 from Cowley County Community College. Jackie has worked in the early childhood field for more than 25 years, starting her journey as a family child care professional, moving on to working a child development center overseas, and as an adult education trainer in the Wichita area. Jackie joined the YMCA Child Care and Camp Branch in 2013 as the Program Director at our Andover Branch ELC. Jackie believes that strong relationships with a parent and child are the key to building a strong program. 

CALL JACKIE 316.942.9782

LISA WHALLEN

Lisa Whallen, USD259 CDC Program Director

Lisa attended Butler Community College after high school and started her career at the YMCA as a membership associate at the West Branch YMCA. She joined the Child Care and Camp Branch in August of 2006 as a part time staffing coordinator and was promoted to Program Director over the Child Development Centers in 2019. Lisa is well connected in the YMCA movement and a member of the YUSA Hispanic Latino Leadership Network. She loves being able to support staff in fulfilling our mission and the opportunity to make a difference to students and teen parents in her programs. 

CALL LISA 316.776.8256

Program Coordinator (Andover YMCA ELC)

Kelli Moughan, Child Care Coordinator (Andover YMCA ELC Temporary Location - Augusta)

Kelli has over 40 years of experience in the early childhood field. She has had many roles throughout her career: teacher, cook, assistant director and director. Kelli started her journey here at the YMCA in 2009 and was one of the first people hired when the Andover ELC opened their doors. She moved into her leadership role as the Program Coordinator in 2016. Kelli loves to spend her time in the classrooms and believes parent relationships are important when enriching young lives. 

CALL KELLI 316.390.2303

KEY Academy and Summer Camp
Program Coordinator (School-Aged Programs)

Chris Brown, Program Director

Chris earned her Bachelor's degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wichita State University. Her areas of focus were social work and ethnic studies. Chris has worked in public education and non-profit youth development programs throughout her career. She has worked in several Greater Wichita YMCA programs including Teen Night, summer camp, and KEY Academy dedicating over 20 years to the Y mission and youth development. In 2018 Chris accepted her current position as a Program Coordinator with Child Care and Camp. Chris's leadership inspires her team and her passion is evident through her commitment to the programs and families she serves.

CALL CHRIS 316.776.8248

Morgan Furnish

Morgan Furnish, Program Director

Morgan earned her Bachelor's in Education through the Teacher Apprenticeship Program at Wichita State University. Previously, Morgan worked in public education teaching PreK, 1st and 4th grade. She brought her passion for youth development and love of teaching to the YMCA school age programs in 2022 as a Coordinator and shortly after was promoted to Program Director. Morgan is skilled in curriculum development and is always looking for things to engage and expand the experience of our youth mind, spirit, and body!

Tre Sills, Program Director

Tre Sills earned an Associate Degree in Biblical Studies and is currently working towards a Bachelor of Ministerial Leadership at Southeastern University. Tre has experience in program development and youth ministry from his years as a local Youth Pastor. He joined the YMCA Child Care Branch in 2022 as a Program Director overseeing a variety of youth development programs for school age youth. Tre is passionate about building strong and lasting relationships with kids, parents, and staff because we are the Y!