Our YMCA is staff is proud proud to work "for a loving, not a living"
Strengthening relationships with and among members is the heart of our YMCA! This will help transform our YMCA from a transactional experience to a transformational experience! The number one focus is establishing, building and supporting relationships with our members, particularly the new members. These new members are health seekers! These are the people who need us most and with whom we can have the most impact! Our staff is proud to be a part of such an amazing organization and is looking forward to helping our members in any way we can!
Stacie Droste, Healthy Living & Aquatics
Hello everyone!! I am extremely excited to be able to fill such an important role here at the Dodge City YMCA! I grow up in the small town of Fowler Kansas, where I was able to participate in all sports…including cheerleading!! After high school, I continued to cheer at Fort Hays State where we went to Nationals my freshman year. After college, I moved to Dodge City and worked for a home health agency. While working there, I attended a Body Sculpting class with a co-worker and instantly fell back in love with fitness. At that point I knew what I really wanted to do; I wanted teach fitness classes and make a difference in people’s lives. I then went on to get my Group Fitness Certification through AFAA and also certified to teach Zumba. Still not satisfied, I wanted to do more to help people, so I went on to get certified to teach RIPPED. When I was offered the job of the Healthy Living Director, I instantly knew I was where I was meant to be, and I was looking forward to helping more people. Within my first year I got my personal training certification through NETA and got certified to teach the LIVESTRONG in the YMCA program. In January of 2016, I took on the task of the Aquatics Director as well. Not knowing much about the aquatics word, I challenge and am slowing learning what great things the water can do for people. In the last three years I have be able to lend my knowledge to help others and I hope to be able to help many more for years to come. Let me help make a difference in you!
Family – I am married to Brad Droste, we have a beautiful baby boy named Broxton and two wonderful yorkies Butler & Zoey
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Cassie Roths, Family Director
I was born and raised in Goodland, Kansas until my sophomore year of high school. Then I moved to Dodge City, where I graduated high school. I grew up playing sports, dance, and gymnastics and also did a lot of traveling softball. In my hometown Kanorado I was involved in the community, and spending countless hours with friends and family. I have 2 wonderful boys one in 1st grade, at age 7 and the other one in preschool, at age 4. Over the past three years working at the Dodge City Family YMCA, has been such a blessing getting to know families and building relationships with them. I started out in August of 2013, as homework enrichment staff member for our Afterschool program. Then shortly after In February of 2014, I became the Childcare Coordinator for the past two years. I couldn’t be happier, than to grow such a great bond with my employees, families and staff members daily. In April 2016 I was offered the Position as the Family Director, which is such a blessing. I look forward to gaining more relationships with people in and out of my community.
1 Corinthians 2:12-- What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the spirit who is from God; so that we may understand what God has freely given us.
Zephaniah 3:17-- For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a might savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.
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Danny Finder, Sports Director
I was born in Madison, Wisconsin but moved to Kingman, Kansas when I was 6 and have spent the majority of my life there. I grew up playing every sport that I could and have always loved to compete. In high school I played football, baseball, one year of basketball, was involved in FFA and was a member of NHS. I graduated from Kingman High School in 2010 and went to Sterling College to play football and baseball.
In my time at Sterling, I had the opportunity to play baseball for some very successful teams. In 2013, our team became the first KCAC team in conference history to qualify for the NAIA World Series. Unfortunately, it was not the fairytale ending as we lost our first two games and went home early.
I graduated from Sterling College in December 2014 with a major in exercise science and a minor in business. From there I spent two years as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach for the Sterling College baseball team and also commuted back and forth from Kingman where I served as the head middle school coach for one season.
In the spring of 2016 I moved back to Kingman to work for the Kingman Recreation Commission and also coach high school baseball. After one season coaching middle school football, I was moved to the high school the following fall where I coached wide receivers and defensive backs.
In moving to Dodge City, I intend to use my past experiences to help build sports programs that not only teach athletic skills but also emphasize the development of character traits that will transfer to all areas of life.
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Gabriel Del Real, Property Manager
Hello my name is Gabriel I was born in Mexico I have lived on the west coast through the east coast and have found my way to Dodge City. I'm married with four children. I am so happy to live in Dodge City and to be apart of this community!
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Hi Everyone ! I was born and raised in Kinsley. After graduating from High School I went to Colby Community College to study broadcast journalism. I then transferred to the University of Kansas and then to Friends University where I received my degree in Human Resource Management. I came to the YMCA after being a Retail Store Manager for over 9 years. I was really excited about making a change in my life and helping others.I have been married to my husband Aaron for twenty years, we have one daughter in college and one spoiled Chihuahua! I look forward to helping our members and getting the YMCA message out to the Dodge City community.
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Chad Knight, CEO
Being a YMCA rat at a young age and growing up in Garden City, I was blessed to learn many lifelong skills at the Y. I was fortunate that my mom and dad provided me the opportunities to learn and play racquetball, basketball, swim and learn many other values at the YMCA. I graduated from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk Jayhawk) with a Bachelor of Science in Education. My major was Recreation Management. Growing up in the YMCA, it was always my dream to come back and work at the Y. I would always tell the Sports Director, Greg Reinert that I was going to come back and have his job! I was the Sports Director twice before I came back in 2000. to become the Executive Director. Being the CEO, it gives me great honor to lead our YMCA and provide those lifelong skills to others. I believe in the YMCA Mission and I couldn’t think of anywhere else I would rather work! You could say I am living the dream! I can assure you that we will continue our mission, stress the importance of healthy lifestyles, listen to your needs and wants and make sure our Character Counts in all of our programs! My family includes my wife Roni, daughter Caleigh and son Camden. I enjoy playing racquetball, basketball and swimming at the Y. I love to officiate all sports, particularly basketball and football. My biggest thrill is coaching my kids, especially baseball/softball, and other kids in all their YMCA activities or other programs.
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Karen Berry, Chief Financial Officer
There are many things I like about working for the Y; people being proactive regarding health, believing in family values and mostly a Christian environment. The Y has given me many opportunities for travel, education and experiences that have enriched my life. Each day at the Y brings new challenges and opportunities for learning. Our volunteers teach me something new at every committee meeting. My co-workers encourage me.
In the morning I make an inspirational commute from Scott City where I reside with the love of my life, my husband, Denton. We are blessed with two beautiful daughters, two wonderful sons-in- law, and three remarkable grandchildren. I love every day of being a parent more than the day before and being a grandmother has enlightened me on the meaning of God's unconditional love. My faith, friends, family and church bring me joy. My favorite things to do are learning, beholding nature, laughing, watching movies and reading or listening to books.
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Jackie Regan, Chief Operations Officer
I grew up in Andale, KS and played volleyball, basketball and ran track at Andale High School. I played basketball at Northwestern Oklahoma State in Alva, OK and graduated from there with a degree in Wellness Promotions. Before I moved to Garden City, I worked in the youth sports department at the Wichita YMCA and coached middle school track and field. I started my career at the Garden City branch as Sports Director and with the addition of the Dodge City branch have changed positions. I am proud to be a part of the YMCA both In Garden City and Dodge City! It's exciting to work with great people and spread the Y mission and values to our programs and members!
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