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

Keeleigh Smith, Child Care Program Director (South YMCA)

Keeleigh received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science from the University of Kansas in 2016, and her master’s degree in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis from Endicott College in 2019. She specializes in working with children under the age of 5 and has several years’ experience working with children with developmental disabilities. She is active in the early childhood community and a member our local Early Childhood Professional Organization and Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children. Keeleigh joined the YMCA Child Care and Camp Branch in 2021.  She believes in the importance of collaborating with other community organizations and advocates for affordable childcare for Kansas families and professional pay for early educators.

Director (Andover YMCA ELC)

Jackie Tanner, Child Care Program Director (Andover 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 316.448.1060

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)

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 316.448.1060

KEY Academy and Summer Camp
Senior Program Director

Jon McReynolds, Senior Program Director (KEY Academy/Camp)

Jon earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern University in Psychology. He worked as a School Age Child Care Director at the Oklahoma City YMCA before joining the Greater Wichita YMCA in 2000. Jon Provides leadership to our school age team overseeing the Key Academy Before and After School programs, School Day Out Fun Clubs and summer camp programs, including Camp Hyde in Viola, Kansas.

CALL JON 316.776.8243

Colton Kester Greater Wichita YMCA

Colton Kester, Program Director (KEY Academy/Camp)

Colton earned his bachelor’s degree in Park Management and Conservation from Kansas State University with a secondary major in Natural Resources and Environment Sciences. Colton has a wealth of experience in youth development, summer camp and facility management. He worked previously at the Greater Wichita YMCA in our Middle School Afterschool Program before moving to Nebraska where he worked at a 4H residential camp, was an assistant YMCA Summer Camp Director and then moved in a leadership position as the Regional Facilities Director for the YMCA of Greater Omaha. He returned to the Greater Wichita YMCA in Summer 2021 as the Camp Hyde Director. With an innovative spirit Colton is excited to grow programs at Camp Hyde continuing to expand our school age programming to meet the changing needs of families and youth.

Program Coordinator (School-Aged Programs)

Chris Brown, Program Coordinator (School-Aged Programs)

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

Tara Janzen

Tara Janzen, Child Care and Camp Program Coordinator

Tara grew up in Wichita graduating from Southeast High School. She has extensive experiences in both licensed childcare and leading staff teams with 10 years in management. She joined the Child Care and Camp team as a Key Academy Site Director at Goddard Apollo and shortly after was promoted to a Coordinator. Her favorite past time involves volunteer at VFWs and fundraising for the Young Mariners program. Her goal is to develop as a YMCA leader and loves the impact her programs make within the community supporting children and families.