In response to COVID-19-related public health concerns, the Greater Wichita YMCA has suspended traditional operations:

  • ALL branches/facilities are CLOSED. Spring Programs (Sports, etc.) are CANCELLED.
  • ALL Summer Program (Sports, Camp, etc.) Enrollments have been PAUSED.
  • ALL charges/fees are PAUSED. Credits were automatically issued, refunds are available.

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Address & Contact Info
6940 Newell Street, Wichita, KS 67212

West YMCA Staff

YMCA staff are committed to serving you and your family. That's why we strive to both model and exemplify the Y's core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

Ashley Sorensen: Branch Director 

Ashley began her YMCA career in 1999 where she started as a program director in Jacksonville, Florida.  In 2003 she moved to Tampa, Florida to continue her career with the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA.  There she gained experience as a Senior Program Director and spent the last 5 years as the Executive Director of the Northwest and West Park Village YMCA.  Ashley joined the Greater Wichita YMCA in May of 2015 as the East Branch Executive Director. She also served as the Director of the South Branch and is currently the West Branch Director. Ashley holds a Bachelor's of Science from the University of Mobile.   Contact Info:, 776-8141

DeAnna Opland: Membership Coordinator 

DeAnna joined the West YMCA as a Member Service Associate in 2017.  Shortly after, DeAnna was promoted to Membership Coordinator.  She is currently working towards be bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing.  She plans to graduate December 2018.  DeAnna is passionate about getting to know people and helping them grow to reach their highest potential.  Contact Info:, 776-8144

Kenny Pedigo: Fitness Director 

Kenny graduated from Emporia State University with an Associate of Science degree in Marketing.  He is passionate about making an impact on the lives of others each and every day.  Kenny is a certified trainer through ACE and specializes in:  Strength and Conditioning, Olympic Lifts, Sports Specific, Ankle Dorsiflexion and LHPC, Core Strength, and Stabilization and Balancing.  Contact Info:, 776-8145

Summer Gerhardus: Group Exercise Coordinator

Summer became a member of the YMCA in 2005.  Because of her love for Group Exercise classes and the relationships made, she became a Group Exercise Instructor in 2012.  In September of 2016, Summer was promoted to the position of the West YMCA Group Exercise Coordinator.  She earned a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Education from Pittsburg State University.  She believes in the importance of group exercise and is devoted to helping members find connections to other members, instructors and classes so they can continue on a healthy lifestyle path.  Contact Info:, 776-8148

Kristen Todd-Cook:  Aquatics Director

Kristen began her Greater Wichita YMCA journey in 2016 when she started as a Lifeguard at the Richard A. DeVore South Branch. There she gained experience as a Lifeguard and Swim Instructor until joining the West Branch team as the Aquatics Director.  Kristen holds both a BA in Social Work and Master of Social Work degree from Wichita State University.  Contact Info:, 776-8146

Angie Carter:  Youth & Family Coordinator 

Angie began working for the West YMCA Kids Zone in December of 1997. She worked there for 11 years before being promoted to the Youth and Family Coordinator position at the West Branch in 2009.  Contact Info:, 776-8149

Marshall Thomas:  Administrative Assistant 

Marshall began his YMCA career in 2013 where he started as a Lifeguard at the Northwest YMCA in Wichita, Kansas. Marshall then attended Emporia State University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Business. In January of 2020 he took on the role as an Administrative Assistant at the West Branch. His love for the YMCA has only grown since he first began. He finds joy in fitness, building connections, and helping others.  Contact Info:, 776-8151

Aaron Borst:  Maintenance Technician

Aaron joined the West team in January of 2020. He started his YMCA career in 2017 at the Andover YMCA. The experience he has gained from the Andover Branch will be a huge asset to the West YMCA. When not working, Aaron enjoys playing the 7 string guitar, spending time with family, and tinkering with technology.   Contact Info:, 776-8150


Personal Trainers:

  • Kenny Pedigo
  • Cameron Carruth
  • Joyce Urban
  • Lee Ann Shaw
  • Austin Sublett 
  • Jason Parks
  • Aaron Stucky