Seeing some new faces around the Y? Many of the “new” employees that you see at the front desk are not actually new hires. Many of these employees worked behind the scenes doing administrative work prior to COVID-19 and are now stepping in to assist at the Welcome Center or Wellness Floor in addition to their administrative work. Others were primarily located at other Y facilities such as our Bakerview Sports Center and have been trained to assist at multiple Y locations. These employees that have remained with our Y have shown incredible flexibility and dedication to the Y as they have stepped up to serve in ways that go well beyond what they were initially hired for.
Our new flexible staffing model is key to keeping our operating costs low so that our Y can continue to serve our community during COVID. We look forward to welcoming back more long-time employees in our newly updated positions.
Meet the team:
Jane: Jane has been teaching at the Whatcom YMCA since 2015 and joined Skagit YMCA in March of 2019. She specializes in chronic disease prevention & management classes. She holds a B.S. in Kinesiology specializing in Movement Studies from Western Washington University with certification for Behavior Change Specialist from A.C.E. Jane’s favorite thing about working at the Y is helping people improve their health and well-being. “Nothing is more rewarding than knowing you’ve helped someone to improve their health, increase their energy, and feel stronger.” ~ Jane
Martin: Hello, my name is Martin. I’ve currently been working for the YMCA since 2018. My position here at the YMCA is working at the front desk helping people with any questions they have or signing up any programs or memberships. I also help volunteer as a coach with some of our sports as needed.
Christina: Christina has been a member of the YMCA since 2019. Christina’s position at the YMCA is working at the Welcome Center helping people with current questions they have. Christina loves doing arts and crafts. You might see her crafts around the Welcome Center and our Welcome Center tree. In Christina’s free time she likes hanging out with her family and taking care of their pets.
Amy: I’ve been with the Skagit Valley Family YMCA since 2015. I currently work in Fitness & Membership. I teach Yoga, Pilates and Strength Classes. I love working at the YMCA and getting to help and see our members reach their fitness and wellness goals. I live in Bow with my husband, two middle-school children and our two rabbits. I love mountain biking and hiking which is good because I also love to eat good food, especially Thai food and ice cream!
Joel: I’ve been working at the Skagit YMCA since 2016. I was originally a sports department employee before becoming the Assistant Sports Director a few years back. Recently, I was promoted to the Bakerview Sports Coordinator. I was raised in Mt. Vernon and currently live in Anacortes. I played basketball and soccer at Mt Vernon High School. After that I played soccer at Skagit Community College for two years before transferring to Western Washington University. I graduated from W.W.U. in 2013 with a major in Communication Studies and a minor in Audio Technology, Music and Society from Fairhaven College. I enjoy mountain biking, playing golf, and watching sports.
Kimberly: Kimberly has been a member of the Y since 2002 and instructing fitness classes at the Y since 2014. Currently teaching the Strength and Conditioning class, she is also a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Federation of Personal Trainers. She has trained for running races, triathlons, bodybuilding competitions, and obstacle races. Lifting weights, cooking, hiking, backpacking, volunteering, and gardening are some of her hobbies. Helping people build strong bodies and create sustainable health habits, without fads, is one of her passions.
Marie:I have been on staff with the Skagit YMCA since January 2019 when I got hired in the sports department. Since then, I have served in several different departments and one of my favorite Y programs would have to be coaching bitty sports. I do not consider my work as just any ordinary job – I love what I do and really value my coworkers. I enjoy being a part of this community to invest in youth and help better the lives of others. In my pastime I love mountain biking, paddle boarding, going to the beach, hiking, working out, drinking coffee, and spending time with my family.
Monique: Monique has been a Certified Personal Trainer-NFPT, Certified Group Fitness Instructor-ACE, Fitness Nutrition Specialist-NFPT, LiveStrong Instructor, and Parkinson’s Cycling Coach with our Y since 2019. “I love working at the Skagit Valley YMCA because of their value for investing in people; during every age and stage of life. We have an incredible staff who care about each other and the members they serve.”
Stefanie: Stephanie is a Certified Personal Trainer though ACE and teaches group fitness classes including Strength and Core, HIIT, Zumba, Aqua Zumba & Aqua Aerobics. I started working at the YMCA in 2008 after graduating from Western Washington University with a BS in Exercise and Sport Science specializing in Sport Psychology. I love spending time with my family as well as spending time outdoors, wake-surfing, snowboarding, playing volleyball, and hiking. “It is my passion to be able to share my knowledge and love for fitness and to help others obtain their goals through personal training and group fitness classes.”
Charlotte: I am born and raised in Mount Vernon and very proud to be a part of our Skagit Valley community. I have been with the Y for since 2014. I am a devoted mom and love sharing my love of exercise with my family and friends. I love being able to work with all levels of fitness. I strongly believe that anything is possible and that a slow progression is the way to meet your goals.
Jacob: I have been with the Skagit Valley Family YMCA for since 2019 working with membership and sports. I enjoy lifting weights, biking, football and playing basketball with my friends. I live in Mount Vernon with my parents and my two dogs Zoe and Oakley. My favorite ice cream flavor is without a doubt mint chocolate chip.
Kamara: I haven’t been working here too long yet, but I’ve quickly grown to enjoy this facility. Since my sister started working at this location a few years ago, I became a member. It didn’t take long for me to appreciate the Y. My passion has always been following up with and playing sports. My favorite sports are baseball, football, and basketball. I play high school baseball for the Sedro Woolley Cubs. I’m currently working at the wellness center and the front desk, while waiting until my schedule clears in order for me to work at the YMCA Bakerview Sports Center.
More bios coming soon!