Leadership Staff-Contact Page
Todd Latta - CEO/Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Contact Todd for more information about:
-Donations & Fundraising
-Community Relations, Collaborations and Partnerships
-Financial Management of the YMCA
-Statewide & National YMCA Initiatives
-Maintenance and Day to Day Operational Concerns
Todd has worked for the YMCA for more than 15 years. The Y is where he learned to swim, joined his first wrestling team, earned a black belt, spent time with family and built a lifetime of relationships. He says that his fondest childhood memories happened at the Y. Todd has two decades of experience as a personal trainer and is a certified trainer for the YMCA of the USA in the areas of personal training, fiscal management, and intro to leadership. He has bachelor’s degrees in Not-For-Profit Leadership and Human Resources, and a master's degree in Organizational Leadership. Outside of the Y, Todd enjoys spending time with family, music and exercising. Todd has the pleasure of seeing the impact that the Y has on the lives of others, and the opportunity to create programs that changes lives.
Pam Santos - Business Operations Director (email@example.com)
Contact Pam for information about:
-Banking and Payment Information
-Birthday Parties and Rentals
Pam has worked at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA since 2000. Her responsibilities include business operations and member services. She also specializes in Quickbooks and Daxko Operations systems for the YMCA. Pam loves spending time with her family and enjoying outdoor activities. Her favorite aspect of the YMCA is that the staff is wonderful to work with and the members are amazing. She says, “The Y has helped me blossom in my career and I am so thankful for the opportunity to help the Huntington community.”
Jill Gradeless - Chief Operations Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Contact Jill for information about:
Jill has worked at the Y since 1999. She has taught water aerobics, swim lessons, silver sneakers, ballroom, various fitness programs, personal training and dance at the Y. Jill started the Y school of dance in 2003 with 7 students. To date, there are over 220 students in the dance program which includes ballet, tap, jazz, clogging, lyrical, and hip hop. She started the Y School of Dance Competition Teams in 2014. Jill is passionate about quality programming, engaging kids and families and providing opportunities for all. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, decorating, traveling and lots of family time with her husband and 5 kids.
Contact Joy for information about:
-Annual Campaign and fund development
-Major Gifts and Heritage Club
Joy began working at the YMCA in 2019. She and her family have been 10-year members and the Y is where their two daughters (Kayla and Karmen) learned how to swim and got their start in sports programming. As a kid, Joy learned how to swim at her local YMCA in Van Wert, Ohio. Joy first came to Huntington as a college student where she was an accomplished athlete on the volleyball and basketball courts while receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Pyschology. Prior to working at the Y Joy was employed at the United Way of Huntington County. When not working, Joy and her husband, John love spending time with their family, enjoy boating and sporting events. Joy says that she is excited to serve the Huntington community through her work at the YMCA as she builds relationships with the Y community and members, works to promote and market the vast array of programming and guides the fund development for current work and future growth.
Vanessa Macias-Hannie - Director of Healthy Living (email@example.com)
Contact Vanessa for information about:
-Silver Sneakers and Active Older Adults
-New Member Orientation
-Lunch and Learn
Vanessa has worked at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA since November 2008. Her areas of responsibility include welcoming new and prospective YMCA members and helping them connect to the programs and classes that fit their passion. She also has been involved in Fitness programming for several years, including personal training and group exercise, and Silver Sneakers. Vanessa has a degree in Exercise Science from Huntington University, and served as a physical therapy exercise specialist for one year before coming to the Y. She enjoys running and time with her family, and loves the flexibility and relationship-building that are a part of her YMCA career.
Mariah Town - Youth & Family Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Contact Mariah for information about:
-Sports Programming (Kim League Basketball, Soccer,
First Tee Golf, Champions League)
Mariah graduated from Huntington University with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology in 2013, and is a YMCA certified Strength & Conditioning Instructor. She began her career at the Y as a Summer Camp counselor, fitness instructor and personal trainer while in college. Mariah leads our Summer Day Camp Program, Kids Klub, Homeschool Gym and Swim, and Power Club with middle-schoolers, as well as developing youth and family events throughout the year. Her favorite thing about working at the Y is interacting with so many different individuals who come from different backgrounds, and seeing how the Y holds a special place in each of their lives.
Sarah Kowalski - Aquatics Director (email@example.com)
Contact Sarah for more information about:
-Lifeguard Training & Employment
Sarah began swimming on the Huntington YMCA swim team at the age of 9. She went on to swim in high school where she broke four records, three of which still stand today. She attended college and obtained associate degrees at IPFW and IVY Tech. Sarah began her career at the Y as a lifeguard and swim Instructor at the age of 15. After college she worked as a swim coach and assistant to the Aquatics Director for five years. She is a certified Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor. In her free time, Sarah enjoys water skiing, hiking, and spending time with her husband and four children. Sarah has witnessed the Y impact so many children in the pool by teaching them to swim and hopes to continue teaching that life skill to our community for years to come.
Contact Dave for more information about
- Building maintenance
- Contractor communications
Dave began working at the YMCA in 2019. As Property Director he provides professional leadership to the day-to-day operation of our 57,000 square foot facility. Dave’s daughters have been active in the dance program, Lauryne since 2009 and Lienna since 2013. His daughter, Lauryne and son, Landen also learned how to swim at the Y with Landon active in Y soccer for several years. Dave graduated from Purdue Fort Wayne in 1998 with a degree in Organization Leadership and Supervision. He began his professional career at Huntington University where he worked as Maintenance Technician; worked at Manchester University as their Building Systems and Automation Manager and for Parkview Huntington Hospital as a Facilities Engineer. Dave is excited to utilize his skills to help make the Huntington YMCA a clean and safe environment for members and support all programming offered. Outside of the Y Dave enjoys spending time with his family and being outdoors. His favorite aspect of the YMCA is working in his local community alongside a talented and caring staff. Dave is also interested in the history of the YMCA and its impact on our community.
Contact Karen for more information about:
-All things related to preschool
-Play & Learn child care
Karen has been working at the Huntington YMCA since October 2003 in the Play & Learn child care program and as a Preschool Teacher. The 2018-19 school year is Karen's first year as Preschool Coordinator. She has also worked at the front desk for 2 1/2 years. Karen said, "The most rewarding part of my job is seeing my preschoolers grow and learn over the course of a school year. Their smiles as they come into the classroom, and their excitement about learning is what drives me to be my best." In her free time and when she is not at the Y, Karen enjoys spending time with her family, having lunch with friends, watching favorite TV shows, walking and vacationing on the lake in upstate Wisconsin.
Contact Amanda for information about:
- Becoming a member
-Financial Assistance opportunities
-Corporate Partnership opportunities to assist your employees to increase their Health and Wellness goals
Amanda has served at the Parkview Huntington YMCA in several different capacities since 2015. Initially Amanda worked as Certified Strength and Conditioning personnel functioning as a Wellness Coach, Active Older Adults Coordinator and Member Service Representative. In her new role, Amanda's areas of responsibility include Member Services, Customer Service, Corporate Partnership and assisting members and guests to "connect" in our YMCA to help them reach their goals. Amanda's passion here at the YMCA is to find common ground across all demographics to provide a safe environment for them to reach goals.
Jody Alsman - Group Exercise and Homeschool Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
As Wellness Coordinator, Jody organizes all group fitness classes at our YMCA. She is a group exercise instructor, who has taught a wide variety of classes for over 12 years. Jody enjoys being able to lead and coach YMCA members of all ages; from elementary-aged swimmers, to teens and adults in high-intensity fitness classes, to active older adults in functional fitness classes. She currently leads Body Pump, Aqua Stand Up (for kids, adults, and seniors), Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Silver Sneakers Classic, and Silver Sneakers Yoga classes. Jody is a swim coach for our YMCA youth Stars Swim Club and swam competitively herself from age 5 to 18. She is certified to teach Rock Steady, a boxing-style workout program designed to help individuals fight Parkinson’s Disease. Jody also works as part of our marketing team to create flyers and newsletters to promote all our YMCA programs. Jody is a former elementary teacher who graduated from Ball State University. Her passion is exercise, but also likes to garden, paint murals, and camp out with her two young children.
Ren is currently in fitness at the Y as a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Strength trainer and Group Exercise Instructor for various classes. Ren has had a love for staying active and working out since she was a kid. She enjoyed cheerleading in high school and loves outdoor activities such as hiking. She also been involved in Silver Sneakers, Wellness Coaching, and more. What Ren loves about fitness is that it doesn’t discriminate. There are ways to help everyone at every fitness level from young adults and teens working on being athletic to active older adults working on aging gracefully and everywhere in-between. Ren also works as part of the Y marketing team creating flyers, newsletters, Facebook and Instagram posts working to promote YMCA programming. Ren is thankful to be apart of the diverse and welcoming community that has been built here at the Y.
Christy grew up in Huntington and took her music lessons in North Manchester. She grew up playing and performing in this and neighboring counties and began teaching violin at age 13. Christy has performed with area orchestras since that time and leads a string quartet (The Kil-so-quah quartet). With this quartet she performis at weddings, receptions and other special occasions. The YMCA School of Music is the result of dreams, hard work and the patience of many at the Parkview Huntington YMCA. Christy began the Y School of Music in January of 2016 and it has grown each session. As of 2019 there are six teachers and over 30 students. Christy is excited to continue offering lessons in piano, violin, voice, guitar and cello and group string.
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As our Character Development Coordinator, Joshua’s primary mission is to serve our members and community by facilitating high-quality, inclusive sports programming while implementing character development curriculum along the way. As a certified Strength & Conditioning Instructor, Joshua also works with elementary and middle school-aged youth providing instruction in our Homeschool Physical Education program, leadership of our Power Club after-school program, Strength & Conditioning Camps and school group trips. Joshua’s personal mission is to use his passion for uplifting people and developing character as a tool for cultivating relationships and experiences that strengthen our community. Wiithin our sports programming, Joshua is leading the Character Development Leadership Initiative as we purposefully encourage our athletes and coaches to display the YMCA Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect & Responsiblity.