GREATER WICHITA YMCA 

Network Outage

In an effort to better serve you, upgrades to our website and systems will take place on Sept. 30 starting at 1 pm until the end of the day. Processes such as purchasing memberships, digital check-in, signing up for sports or checking schedules may not be available. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTICE - FACE MASKS REQUIRED INSIDE OUR Ys

Face masks (covering nose and mouth) are required while inside our 10 branches and 3 YMCA Farha Sport Centers with few exceptions. Read our full policy for details. Thank you for your cooperation. 

South 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.

 

David Foster

David Foster: Branch Director

David Foster is in 23rd year as a full-time employee of the YMCA.  He began his YMCA career as the Sports Director at the YMCA in Edmond, OK in 1997 and he has served at YMCAs in Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, and Kansas.  He is currently the Branch Director at the Richard A. DeVore South YMCA in Wichita, KS. 

Foster is very involved in his local community having served in local Rotary Clubs, Chamber of Commerce Boards, and various other leadership capacities.  He is a YPN (YMCA Professionals Network) Member and former Chapter 71 YPN Board Member.  In addition, he has spoken at national YMCA conferences on a variety of topics including board/volunteer development and community partnerships.  He is also a YMCA certified trainer in Volunteerism and Leading and Coaching Others.

He is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and has completed coursework toward a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration at Oklahoma State University.  He is married Ali and they have a daughter, Audrey.  In his spare time he enjoys exercising, golfing, exploring the outdoors, watching sports of all kinds, and spending time with his family.

 

Kasey Williams

Kasey Williams: Senior Program Director

Aquatics, Dance, Gymnastics 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 Masters in Organizational Development from Friends University.

 

Jessie Sawhill

Jessie Sawhill: Senior Program Director

Membership, Group Exercise, Kid Zone and Housekeeping

Jessie started her career at the Greater Wichita YMCA in 2011 working at the Andover Y in member services. She also worked as a Fitness Service Associate for the South Y in 2012. She assisted in opening the new Downtown Y as the Membership Director in December 2012. Following a different career path in marketing, she left the Y for two years. In 2016, she was excited to return back to the South Y as a Senior Program Director. Jessie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Friends University, and she studied at Wichita State University in the Master of Arts in Communication. She married and has a pug named Sweet Pea.

Vincent Martin

Vincent Martin: Fitness Director

Vincent joined the South YMCA’s leadership team in March of 2020. Before that, he was the Power Sports Coordinator at the Farha Sports Center. He is from Dallas, Texas and played football while majoring in Psychology at Tabor College. He’s been both a football coach and athletic director. Vincent also started an athletic training business in 2017, called Elite Athletic Training. He’s been married for 9 years and has 4 children. He is passionate about helping people reach their fullest potential! 

 

Thomas Liss

Thomas Liss: Membership Coordinator

Thomas began his career with the South YMCA in November of 2015 as our Assistant Member Director. He has his Associate's Degree in Exercise Science from Heritage College. Thomas is passionate about bettering his community. 

 

Cameron Jackson

Cameron Jackson: Late Night Director

Cameron graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University with a Bachelor's in Sports Management and Master's in Business Administration. Previous to the YMCA, Cameron was the Director of Spiritual Development at Kansas Wesleyan University. Cameron is very passionate about his faith, family and making a positive impact on the next generation. He is excited to be a part of the mission of the YMCA and the Greater Wichita team. 

 

Kelli Long

Kelli Long: Sports Director 

Kelli holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from Bethany College.  Kelli’s previous experience includes managing the KidZone at Saint Francis Community Services and serving as the Recreational Services Coordinator at K-State Salina.  Kelli is passionate about impacting the lives of youth and families in our community through engagement and being active.

 

Caitlin Craig

Caitlin Craig: Dance/Gymnastics 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. 

Jessi Coleman

Jessi Coleman: Aquatics Coordinator

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. 

 

Lindsey McCartney

Lindsey McCartney: Group Exercise Coordinator

Lindsey graduated from Wichita State University with her degree in Engineering. She worked as an engineer for a few years before deciding serving people better suited her. Lindsey is very passionate about inspiring others on their fitness journey. 

 

Kim Durette

Kim Durette : Youth and Family Coordinator

Kim has been an employee of the South YMCA for many years. She continues to grow and succeed within the company. She is now very happy to be our Youth and Family Coordinator. Kim has a passion for our youth. 

Personal Trainers

 

Melissa Morrow

 

Melissa Morrow: Personal Trainer

Certifications: NASM CPT and CES (National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist), FAI Functional Aging Specialist/Group Exercise Functional Aging Specialist, Livestrong Certified Trainer

Specialties: Functional Training, Corrective Exercise, Pre- and Post-Natal Fitness

 

Ken Hoover

 

Ken Hoover: Personal Trainer

Certifications: ACE Foundations of Strength and Conditioning Certified Personal Trainer

Specialties: Weight Loss, Self-Defense, Strength Training, and General Fitness

 

Jamarae Finnie

 

Jamare Finnie: Personal Trainer
Certifications: ACE Foundations of Strength and Conditioning Certified Personal Trainer

Specialties: Strength Training, Weight Loss, Powerlifting, Bootcamps, and General Fitness

 

Grover Williams

 

Grover Williams: Personal Trainer

Certifications: ACE Foundations of Strength and Conditioning Certified Personal Trainer

Specialties: General Fitness, Health and Wellness, and Active Older Adults

 

Aaron Ellison-Ross

 

Aaron Ellison-Ross: Personal Trainer

Certifications: ACE Foundations of Strength and Conditioning Certified Personal Trainer


Specialties: General Fitness, Weight Loss, Powerlifting, Sports Training Agility and Balance, and Strength and Conditioning