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Jason Pedigo Branch Director Ken Shannon Northwest YMCA

Jason Pedigo, Branch Director

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.

Tina Stein Senior Program Director Ken Shannon Northwest YMCA

Tina Stein, Senior Program Director

Tina has worked for the Northwest YMCA for numerous years and has served in multiple departments throughout the YMCA. Her first job when she turned 16 was here at the Northwest YMCA in our aquatics department where she was a lifeguard, lead guard, swim instructor, and swim coach. After taking 2 years away from the Y she came back and joined the team as our Fitness Service Associate where she was promoted to Assistant Fitness Director and Youth Wellness Coordinator in September of 2014. From there Tina moved into our Aquatics Director role in 2018 and served as our Director until October of 2019 where she took on her current title as Senior Program Director over our Aquatics, Gymnastics, and Dance programs and competitive teams.

Austin Hoheisel Senior Program Director

Austin Hoheisel, Senior Program Director

Austin started at the Northwest YMCA in 2016 as a Member Service Associate before moving to Manager on Duty thereafter. Upon graduation in 2018 he moved to Andover branch as the Membership Director. He was brought back to Northwest in 2021 to serve as their Senior Program Director over Membership, Fitness, and Youth and Programs. In June of 2022 he moved to serve as our Senior Program Director over Membership, Sports, and Housekeeping. Austin is passionate about all things sports, dogs and outdoor activities. 

Kristine Meyerson Senior Program Director Northwest YMCA

Kristine Meyerson, Senior Program Director

Degree
B.A. Behavioral Sciences from the University of Houston
Degree
M.A. Psychology from the University of Houston
Certifications
YMCA Organizational Leader, YMCA Faculty, Trainer, and Instructor for Y Swim Lessons, and Y Lifeguard, Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor, CPR and First Aid Instructor and Trainer, Body Pump Certified

Kristine has served in various capacities throughout her career with the YMCA.  She has worked for the YMCA of Greater Houston, Y-USA in Chicago, and the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region in Colorado Springs. She especially enjoys program development, training, and opportunities to expand programs into communities. While at Y-USA she led the campaign to develop a national water safety program called Safety Around Water. She has received numerous awards for program excellence including selection as the Association of Y Professionals (AYP) Director of the Year, and two Program Development awards also through AYP. Kristine was honored as one of the USA Swimming Foundations Make A Splash Heroes for her work in making swimming lessons available to children and families through community partnerships. Kristine is recently widowed, and has two adult children, Madi and Jacob, and a dog named Puddles.

Scott Hill Sports Director

Scott Hill, Sports Director

Scott holds a BA in Sport Management from Wichita State University.  He has over 25 years of experience involved in organized sports, extensively but not limited to baseball.  He serves on the board for a local NBC baseball team, Kansas Canons. After completing his internship as Facility and Operations intern at the South Farha Sports Center, Scott become the Sport Director at the East YMCA before transitioning to Northwest.

Jamison Jetter Sports Coordinator Northwest YMCA

Jamison Jetter, Sports Coordinator

Jamison Jetter is our Sports Coordinator and has been with the Northwest YMCA leadership team since July 2021. Jamison has worked in marketing coordination, sales, and game day operations for professional indoor football. He enjoys working in sports and with the youth and currently holds a bachelor’s degree in Sports Marketing & Media.

Kaitlyn Keck Aquatics Director

Kaitlyn Keck, Aquatics Director

Degree
M.Ed. in Sport Management, Wichita State University and B.S. in Health Management, Friends University
Certifications
YMCA Certified Lifeguard

Kaitlyn has a M.Ed. in Sport Management from Wichita State University and a B.S. in Health Management from Friends University. Her passion for aquatics started at a young age when she started swimming competitively for the Haysville Swim Team. After working at the Haysville Pool for 8 summers she moved to the Kansas City area to work full-time as an Aquatics Supervisor for 4 years. Recently, she moved back to be closer to family. One of her favorite things about aquatics is the opportunity for children to learn water safety skills that keep them safe around the water. 

Nate Jensen Head Swim Coach

Nate Jensen, Northwest Neptunes Swim Team Head Coach

Nate has been with the Northwest YMCA for two years. He has a B.G.S. in Psychology from Wichita State University, is a trained massage therapist and a certified nursing assistant. Previously, Nate has vast experience in the health and retail fields and prior to becoming head coach was the Head Age Group Coach and Assistant Coach for the Neptunes Swim Team. He was a Scholarship Swimmer for the University of Wyoming and in High School was a N.I.S.C.A. High School All-American in the 100 Butterfly (1998) and a Kansas High School 6A State Champion in 100 Butterfly (1997). Nate has one son, Jack.

Hanna Moss Aquatics Coordinator

Hannah Moss, Aquatics Coordinator

Certifications
YMCA certified lifeguard/Swim instructor
Specialty
Adaptive swim lessons

Hannah was raised in Harper Kansas where she started lifeguarding at her hometown pool. She started her career at the YMCA back in 2019 as a lifeguard at The North Y. Hannah then Transferred to the West Y where she got more Opportunities to grow her love for the community and aquatics. January 2022 Hannah got the Aquatics Coordinator position over here at Northwest. 

Kelly Patterson Dance Director

Kelly Patterson, Dance Director

Degree
BFA in Dance and a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in entrepreneurship from San Diego State University

Kelly Patterson is a dance choreographer, performer and educator. She began dancing in high school and has been teaching dance for over 10 years. Kelly has a BFA in Dance and a B.S in Business Administration with an emphasis in entrepreneurship from San Diego State University. She specializes in contemporary ballet, modern dance, lyrical dance and somatic dance practices. She has taught dance in California, Wyoming and Kansas and has a passion for teaching and working with youth.

Jeannie Scott Group Exercise Coordinator

Jeannie Scott, Group Exercise Coordinator

Jeannie’s passion for group exercise started as a Y member in 1987. Three years later, she began teaching classes, and has taught at the West, South, Downtown and Northwest YMCAs since then. Jeannie teaches a wide variety of group exercise classes and holds certifications in Water Fitness, Step, Turbo Kick, Martial Arts, ZUMBA, Cycle, Pilates, CPR, AED, First Aid and O2. 

Dakota Bridle Gymnastics Director

Dakota Bridle, Gymnastics Director

Degree
AS in Physical Education and Coaching, Pratt Community College
Certifications
USAG Instructor Certified

Dakota has been a part of the gymnastics world as both a team gymnast and coach.  Dakota started her gymnastics career late in life; she began tumbling at the age of 15, and competed her sophomore and junior year before retiring, proving that you are never too old to start gymnastics. She has coached cheer, tumbling, rec and team gymnastics since 2015.

Kristen Brown Youth and Family Coordinator

Kristen Brown, Youth and Family Coordinator

Whether in public schools, in the community, at the YMCA, or with her own three boys at home Kristen has always had a passion for working with children and their families. Kristen attended Wichita State University focusing on History and Education and has spent many years working in public schools with a wide variety of students. Kristen began working at the Northwest YMCA in 2016 as a kid zone attendant and became a shift lead in 2017. She is excited to bring a passion for serving the community as the Youth and Family Coordinator. 

Mark Casanova Maintenance Director

Mark Casanova, Maintenance Director

Susanne Balukat Administrative Assistant

Susanne Blaukat, Administrative Assistant

Personal Trainers
Jayne Roberts

Jayne Roberts

Certifications
Y-USA/ACE-Certified Personal Trainer
Specialty
Sports-Specific Training, Weight Loss

Jonathan Brewer, ACSM-EP-C

Degree
B.A. Exercise Science
Certifications
ACSM-Certified Exercise Physiologist, Y-USA/ACE Personal Trainer, EMT, TRX, LIVESTRONG
Specialty
Pre-Existing Health Conditions, Kettle Bell, Weight Loss, Sport-Specific Training

Corey Ratzlaff, ACSM-EP-C

Degree
B.A. Exercise Science, Minor Sport Admin
Certifications
ACSM-Certified Exercise Physiologist, Y-USA/ACE Personal Trainer, Pilates Tower
Jo Bensing

Jo Bensing

Degree
B.A. in Health and Wellness
Certifications
ISSA- Certified Personal Trainer, ISSA-Nutrition Certified
Specialty
Beginner Fitness, Weight Loss, Weightlifting (Beginner to Intermediate)
Holly Ritthaler

Holly Ritthaler

Degree
B.S. in Biology, Pursuing M.Ed in Exercise Science
Certifications
Y-USA/ACE-Certified Personal Trainer
Specialty
Weight Loss/Management, Beginner Fitness, General Health and Well-Being, HIIT