Branch Director
George Sorenson

George Sorensen, Branch Director, East YMCA

George was raised in Neptune Beach, Florida and earned a degree from the University of North Florida. Prior to joining the Greater Wichita Area YMCA, George completed construction of, opened and managed Wichita’s Opti-Life Vitality Club & Spa. Before moving to Wichita, he ran employee wellness initiatives at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel and Advent Health. He has 19 total years of YMCA experience in several roles including the recent opening of the Steve Clark YMCA on the campus at Wichita State University in January 2020. He has also been an Executive Director for the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA in the underserved North Brandon community of Seffner, Florida and a Branch Director within the Florida’s First Coast YMCA in Jacksonville, Florida. George has also worked in sports information and media relations for Jacksonville University. He is married to Ashley, and they have two children Alexis and Blake.  

Staff
Elizabeth Hardyway

Elizabeth Hardyway, Senior Program Director

Elizabeth has a Bachelor’s 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. 

Carson McAfee

Carson McAfee, Youth Sports Director

Carson holds a Bachelor’s in Sport Management from Wichita State University. He started his career with the YMCA as a sports coordinator for the YMCA Farha Sports Centers. Prior to joining the YMCA he worked for the Northern Texas Professional Golf Association and returned to Wichita to work for the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission. He has been a life long YMCA member and began playing sports at the youth level with the YMCA.

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.

Alyssa Cameron

Alyssa Cameron, Group Exercise Coordinator and Personal Trainer

Degree
Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science
Certifications
ISSA Yoga Certified, ACE Personal Trainer

Alyssa received a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science with a minor in French from Wichita State University. She started her career with the YMCA as a competitive gymnastics coach at the Northwest YMCA. She then transitioned to the East Y branch, where she started off as a gymnastics instructor, but also took on several other roles. During her first two years with the East Y, she was a Kid Zone attendant, a fitness floor associate, a personal trainer and a group exercise instructor, before taking on the role of Group Exercise Coordinator in 2021. 

Jami Pratt

Jami Pratt, Membership Director

Jami began her YMCA career in 2002 as a Membership Associate at the North YMCA.  She spent four out of the six years there as the Manager on Duty.   In October of 2008, she became the Membership Director at the South YMCA.   In May of 2014, Jami brings her experience to the East YMCA as the Membership Director.

Ashley Cooper

Ashley Cooper, Youth Director (Kid Zone, Mom’s Day Out, Parent's Night Out and Gymnastics)

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 with Parent’s Night Out, taught in our gymnastics program and was promoted to shift lead in 2016. She became Youth and Family Coordinator in 2018 and recently became the Youth Director in 2021.

Whitney Goodrich

Whitney Goodrich, Wellness Director and Personal Trainer

Certifications
ACE-CPT
Degree
Bachelor's Degree in Athletic Training
Specialty
Strength Training, Sports Performance Training, Injury Recovery, Small Group Training, Weight Loss, Overall Health and Wellness for all Ages

Whitney received her bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Arkansas State University.  She started with the East YMCA in 2020 as a Fitness Floor Associate and in March 2020 received her ACE Personal Training Certificate. As an avid runner and fitness enthusiast she desires to help everyone from athletes to weekend warriors take responsibility for their health and be able to achieve their full potential. She enjoys being a part of the YMCA community and truly feels they are a second family.  She is married to Gary and they have two children, Zoey and Oliver.

Keaton Holmes

Keaton Holmes, Aquatics Director

Keaton received his bachelor's degree in Health and Human Performance from Emporia State University.  He began working at the East YMCA as the Manager on Duty immediately following his graduation. He has accepted a position as the Aquatics director for the East branch in July of 2021. He loves the community and family feel that the Y offers and is excited for the opportunity to help foster that community in the pool area. 

 

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

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
Valon Neal

Valon Neal, Personal Trainer

Certifications
ACE Personal Trainer
Specialty
Boot Camp and Sport Performance
Anne Hickerson

Anne Hickerson, Personal Trainer

Anne holds a Bachelor’s 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.

Daniel Kaufman

Daniel Kaufman, Personal Trainer

Certifications
ACSM Certified
Alyssa Cameron

Alyssa Cameron, Group Exercise Coordinator and Personal Trainer

Degree
Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science
Certifications
ISSA Yoga Certified, ACE Personal Trainer

Alyssa received a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science with a minor in French from Wichita State University. She started her career with the YMCA as a competitive gymnastics coach at the Northwest YMCA. She then transitioned to the East Y branch, where she started off as a gymnastics instructor, but also took on several other roles. During her first two years with the East Y, she was a Kid Zone attendant, a fitness floor associate, a personal trainer and a group exercise instructor, before taking on the role of Group Exercise Coordinator in 2021. 

Whitney Goodrich

Whitney Goodrich, Wellness Director and Personal Trainer

Certifications
ACE-CPT
Degree
Bachelor's Degree in Athletic Training
Specialty
Strength Training, Sports Performance Training, Injury Recovery, Small Group Training, Weight Loss, Overall Health and Wellness for all Ages

Whitney received her bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Arkansas State University.  She started with the East YMCA in 2020 as a Fitness Floor Associate and in March 2020 received her ACE Personal Training Certificate. As an avid runner and fitness enthusiast she desires to help everyone from athletes to weekend warriors take responsibility for their health and be able to achieve their full potential. She enjoys being a part of the YMCA community and truly feels they are a second family.  She is married to Gary and they have two children, Zoey and Oliver.