Branch Director
Casey Garten, Branch Director

Casey Garten

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.

Staff
Elizabeth Hardyway

Elizabeth Hardyway, Senior Program Director

Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications-Integrated Marketing.  She started her YMCA career working in the Middle School After School Program while in college.  Once she graduated, she accepted a position at the YMCA in Community Development as the Community Outreach Director.  She worked for the YMCA in Community Development for 10 years.  She is very excited to be a part of the East YMCA as the Senior Program Director.

Marissa Oak, Youth Sports Director

Marissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training and a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from Wichita State University.  She also holds a Master of Education in Sport Management from Wichita State University.  She began her time at the Y in 2017 as a lifeguard and has since been a Sports Site Supervisor, Member Service Associate, Sports Coordinator and now Youth Sports Director. 

Rhonda Ormsby, Administrative Assistant

Rhonda Ormsby, Administrative Assistant

Rhonda has worked for the East YMCA since 1991. She began her career in membership.  Currently she helps with the Annual Strong Community Campaign and special events.  She also helps with the day to day functions at the branch including accounts payable, assisting at the membership desk, volunteer coordination, senior events and more.

Morgan Plummer

Morgan Plummer, Wellness Director

Morgan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Wichita State University. She began her career at the Andover YMCA teaching dance in 2009. After taking a break from the YMCA to pursue a career in marketing, she returned to the Andover YMCA as a personal trainer in January of 2016. Morgan transferred to the East YMCA to become Fitness Director in May of 2018.

Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith, Aquatics Director

Rachel earned her Bachelor's in Communication and a Marketing Minor from Pittsburg State University.  She began her YMCA journey in the Andover Aquatics department as a lifeguard, swim lesson instructor, and swim coach in 2013.  She then was promoted to Membership Coordinator in March 2017.  She recently has gone back to her roots and has joined the East YMCA as their Aquatics Director. 

Anne Hickerson

Anne Hickerson, Group Exercise Coordinator and Personal Trainer

Anne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Benedictine College and upon graduation she served as a missionary for two years. Anne has been a lifelong member of the YMCA and is so grateful to begin her professional career in a place that feels so much like home. Two of her biggest passions are people and fitness and she is so excited for her new role in Group Exercise that brings the two together.

Ashley Cooper

Ashley Cooper, Youth Programs Coordinator

Ashley attended Pittsburg State University in 2003 and studied early childhood education.  She began her career at the East YMCA in 2006 as a Kid Zone Attendant.  She has since been the lead teacher in our Mom's Day Out Program, worked Parent's Night Out, taught in our gymnastics program and was promoted to shift lead in 2016.  She became the Youth and Family Coordinator in late 2018.

Personal Trainers
PJ Barrett, Head Trainer

PJ Barrett, Head Trainer

Degree :
B.S. in Exercise Science
Certifications :
ACSM Health Fitness Specialist, YMCA Personal Trainer, Pilates Tower
Specialty :
Volleyball, Health Risk and Special Needs Populations, Strength Training, Health and Wellness for All Ages

Tanner Smith, Personal Trainer

Degree :
B.S. in Exercise Science
Certifications :
ACSM Health Fitness Specialist, YMCA Personal Trainer
Specialty :
Sport Performance Training, Special Needs Populations, All Ages
Rosa Weaver

Rosa Weaver, Personal Trainer

Certifications :
ACE Personal Trainer
Specialty :
Small Group Training, Beginners Fitness, and Female Weight Training
Heidi Heuer

Heidi Heuer, Personal Trainer

Certifications :
ACE Personal Trainer
Specialty :
Group Exercise, Small Group Training, and Injury Recovery

Kurtis Heit, Personal Trainer

Certifications :
ACE Personal Trainer
Specialty :
Strength Training, Sport Performance, Weight Loss, and Youth Fitness

Valon Neal, Personal Trainer

Certifications :
ACE Personal Trainer
Specialty :
Boot Camp and Sport Performance

Marcus Baugh, Personal Trainer

Certifications :
Ace Personal Trainer
Specialty :
Weight Loss and Weight Training