Branch info
Today's hours:
4:30am-10pm
All hours
All hours
Branch Director

Matt Engel

Matt, who is from St. Louis, Missouri has been working for the YMCA since 2007 and for the Greater Wichita YMCA since 2020. Matt has experience in youth programming, camp, sports, operations, and aquatics. As a youth, Matt was able to participate at his local Y through the Annual Campaign so he knows firsthand how a YMCA can impact its community. Matt is married to Jill and they have 2 boys, Emmett and Tucker. Matt holds a degree in Physical Education from Lindenwood University. 

Staff
Senior Program Director

Kasey Williams, Senior Program Director

Aquatics, Dance, Gymnastics, Youth & Family, Sports and Late Night
Kasey has been with the Greater Wichita YMCA for twelve years and is very excited to be working with the South staff and community. Kasey has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Human Services and a master’s in organizational development from Friends University.

CarolGibbon

Carol Gibbon, Wellness Director

Degree
Sports & Recreational Studies Master’s Degree; Transdisciplinary Childhood Obesity Prevention Graduate Certificate; Communication Bachelor’s Degree
Certifications
AFAA/NASM Personal Training Certification; ACE Group Fitness Certification; 200 RYT
Specialty
Obesity Prevention, Weight Loss, Active Older Adults, New to Fitness, Functional Training, Yoga/General Flexibility Training, Strength Training, Post-Rehabilitation, Balance, Mobility, Stability, MMA, Group Fitness, General Fitness, Bootcamp, Triathlon Tr

Carol started her career in fitness and wellness as a Personal Trainer in 2012 working at the Heskett Center at Wichita State University. Joining the YMCA in 2021, she is putting her knowledge and experience to good use by helping further the mission of the YMCA. She has worked in a variety of settings and in many rolls including group fitness, lifeguard, rock wall, and summer camp counselor.

For formal education, Carol has earned a bachelor’s of Communication from Wichita State University, a Master’s of Sports and Recreational Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Transdisciplinary Childhood Obesity Prevention from South Dakota State University. She has also sought out many other certifications in the health and wellness field, including Personal Training, Group Fitness, and a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training to list a few.

Specializing in special cases, Carol enjoys working with individuals to help them find the right fit and enjoy exercising. Her passion emerged during her first year at college, when she took action to get healthier one step at a time, fighting her obesity. Since then, she has been a proponent of fitness and wellness, specifically helping others to find ways to engage in healthy behaviors to improve their overall fitness and wellbeing.

Dance/Gymnastics Director

Caitlin Craig, Membership Director

Caitlin began her career with the Y in May of 2016 as a dance and gymnastics instructor. She graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in dance. Caitlin is passionate about reaching the youth in our community and helping to instill lifelong skills and values in them.

Bella Warne, Youth & Family Coordinator

Bella is an undergraduate student at Wichita State University. She first started at the South YMCA as a gymnastics instructor in 2018, but has since grown in the Y and served in multiple departments. From teaching dance and gymnastics, life guarding the pools, to manager on duty in membership, Bella has discovered her passion of helping others and keeping the YMCA a fun and safe place or all of our members. She is thrilled to step into the role of Youth and Family Coordinator, and is eager to work to make the program the best it can be. 

Aquatics Corodinator

Jessi Coleman, Aquatics Director II

Jessi began her career April 2009 right here at the Richard A. DeVore South YMCA as a lifeguard. She has filled many important roles throughout the years, and she is very excited to be our Aquatics Coordinator. Jessi is pursuing her degree at Wichita State University. She is very passionate about water safety and the impact of swim lessons.

Kelly Homan

Kelly Homan, Sports Director

Degree
BA in Sports Management, Wichita State University

Kelly has over 10 years of experience in organized sports between interning with the KJCCC, Wichita Sports Commission NBC World Series. Kelly worked as the Sports Coordinator at the Northwest YMCA before transitioning to the South YMCA as the Sports Director.

Elizabeth Axe

Elizabeth Axe, Dance and Gymnastics Director

Elizabeth began her YMCA career at the South YMCA in April of 2013. She moved into a coordinator role in 2014, then a director in 2017. Elizabeth left the YMCA for 3.5 years before finding herself back in Wichita. She is passionate about helping our youth reach their full potential.

Personal Trainers
Carol Gibbon Personal Trainer 2022

Carol Gibbon, Personal Trainer

Carol started her career in fitness and wellness as a Personal Trainer in 2012 working at the Heskett Center at Wichita State University. Joining the YMCA in 2021, she is putting her knowledge and experience to good use by helping further the mission of the YMCA. She has worked in a variety of settings and in many rolls including group fitness, lifeguard, rock wall, and summer camp counselor.

For formal education, Carol has earned a bachelor’s of Communication from Wichita State University, a Master’s of Sports and Recreational Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Transdisciplinary Childhood Obesity Prevention from South Dakota State University. She has also sought out many other certifications in the health and wellness field, including Personal Training, Group Fitness, and a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training to list a few.

Specializing in special cases, Carol enjoys working with individuals to help them find the right fit and enjoy exercising. Her passion emerged during her first year at college, when she took action to get healthier one step at a time, fighting her obesity. Since then, she has been a proponent of fitness and wellness, specifically helping others to find ways to engage in healthy behaviors to improve their overall fitness and wellbeing.

Jeri Edwards, Personal Trainer

Degree
Associates in Science
Certifications
YMCA Certified Personal Trainer, CPR/AED
Specialty
Weightlifting/Weight Training

Jeri began her own fitness journey about 8 months after turning 30 years old, losing right over 65 pounds over the course of a few years. As she progressed through this journey, the YMCA became a big part of it, along with its members. With that passion and while working in Membership, Jeri started to feel like she could better help others begin, continue, or progress their own fitness journey's by becoming a personal trainer; so she began the process of becoming certified through the YMCA in order to provide opportunity to others. She brings fun and energy to every training experience, enjoying every connection built with a client or member through interactions both big and small. Her goal is to help motivate and drive those who are struggling with where they are, and to help those new to physical fitness find the perfect fit program for them in their current stage and fitness level.