At the YMCA, we believe in hiring by the KASH method. KASH stands for Knowledge, Attitude, Skills, and Habit. There are two traits you cannot change; Attitude and Habits. We focus on hiring people with great, positive attitudes and great, working habits. We can give them the knowledger and skills they need to perform their job! Another characteristic we strive for is service. We believe in providing the exceptional service and making a difffence in the lives we serve. Our creed is GYM-GEM. This stands for Greet Your Member, Go the Extra Mile. We want all our team members to 'go the extra mile' and please let us know if you notice someone not doing this!!
Chad Knight, Chief Executive Officer
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 both of our YMCA branches 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!
Family: My family includes my wife Roni, daughter Caleigh, and son Camden.
Hobbies: 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.
Krystal Richardson, Chief Administrator
I LOVE the OPPORTUNITY that I have to be a part of this wonderful YMCA family! I have been with the YMCA since 2006 and have worked the front desk, supervised the front desk, served as Family Director, a short stint as Branch Executive Director and now the Chief Administrator . I am married to my best friend Jeremy. I am a HUGE fan a football, basketball, music, camping, fishing, cooking, and smiling. I am eternally grateful for this wonderful OPPORTUNITY, and will always believe and proudly support the YMCA Mission.
Crystal Ibarra, Membership Director
Hi!! I'm Crystal Ibarra the Membership Director here at your Garden City Family YMCA. I was born and raised here. I have worked here at the Y since August 2012. I started at our Front Desk, was promoted to Membership Coordinator in November 2012, & in May of 2013 I was promoted to the Membership Director. I love everything there is about our non profit organization. There are so many opportunities working here. The YMCA is like my second home and I wouldn't change it for anything. I enjoy meeting new people each day to help them have a healthier lifestyle.
Stacy Castoe, Dome & Healthy Initiatives Director
I was born and raised in Garden City. I am married to Chris Castoe and have two boys. I first started at the Garden City Family YMCA in 2006 as the MSA Manager, then in August of 2006 I became the Health & Fitness Director till March 2013. I was gone for five years but the Garden City Family YMCA has always been a huge part of my life, and I am glad to be back home learning a new department and seeing our members.
Manuel Guzman, Adult Sports Coordinator
I am 27 years old and was born in San Jose, Calif. My family and I moved to Garden City in 1999. After graduating from GCHS, I attended GCCC for three years where I was the women's college soccer manager and assistant coach, training some of the college athletes on the side to help them compete at the Division II level. After graduating from GCCC I attended Kansas State University where I studied in the College of Human Ecology and received a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science. While attending KSU I was the assistant manager for the Kansas State Track and Field team for two years, and later became the head track manager. During this time, I learned a numerous amount of exercises while working under an Olympic coach and with a few Olympians as well. After graduating from KSU in 2016, I returned to Garden City where I worked at Accelacare as a Physical Therapy Technician. I helped patients and recovering athletes by making sure they were using proper technique when doing their exercises. I look forward to spending the next few years in Garden City working as a personal trainer and the Sports Director. My goal is to own my own gym some day.
Manuel Gonzales, Youth Sports Coordinator
Sarah Volden, Child Care Coordinator
Aaron Riojas, Aquatics Coordinator
Hi, I'm Aaron Riojas and I am 22 years old. I was born in Lakin, KS but Garden City is my home. I started my YMCA Journey as a Childcare Counselor. Later on, I moved to Aquatics as a lifeguard in 2018. Now after three years, I came back to take over as Aquatics Coordinator in 2021. I enjoy helping others and our beautiful community. Some hobbies I have are running, swimming, music, and hiking. Being able to work and swim as part of the job is something that I really enjoy. It's because of all my time here and the happiness I feel being in an active environment that the YMCA has always been home.
Daniele (Nela) Gallardo, Healthy Living Coordinator
Hello I am Danielle Gallardo or as most people know me as "Nela". I am 24 years young and was born right here in Garden City, KS. I attended Fort Hays State University for two years where I studied in the College of Health and Human Performance. I transferred to Wayne State College in Nebraska where I recieved a bachelor's in science degree, with my emphasis in Sports Management. While living in Nebraska I was employed with the YMCA as a Swim Instructor and lifeguard for over a year. After graduating from WSC in 2021, I returned to Garden City where I continued my journey with the YMCA as MSA and Building Supervisor at the Dome. Within a month I accepted The Healthy Initiatives Coordinator position at the YMCA. I look forward to continuing my journey with such an amazing organization and being a part of something bigger than myself!
Caleigh Knight, Community Engagement Coordinator
Not only did I grow up in Garden City Kansas, but I also grew up at the YMCA. I was only two years old when my father became the Executive Director here. From that moment on, the YMCA was a second home to me. I played whatever sport I could, went to every family fun night and YMCA sleepover, attended the Childcare program, as well as watch all the Corporate Cup challenges take place. I adored every minute of it. On top of that, I would help out whenever I was needed. There were many times I’d assist with setting up events and sometimes I had to show the new Directors what to do too. Sure enough, my first part-time job was working the front desk. After graduating with honors from GCHS, I enrolled at Bethany College. Four years later, I graduated summa cum laude with a double major and a minor. Immediately following, I resumed working at the YMCA. That summer we began the SFSP program. It required somebody to take over and run it. Soon enough, I was asked to, and I accepted. The rest is history.
Board of Directors
President: Terry Darden
President-Elect: Jared Torres
First Vice President: Terry Johnson
Past President: Joey Ramos
Treasurer: Kelly Drees (Serving as an Executive/Finance Committee member, not on Board of Directors as a voting member)
- Healthy Living Chair: Brian McCallum
- Dome & Sports Chair: Sean Sheets
- Building & Grounds Chair: Terry Darden
- Finance / Executive: Terry Darden
- Family & Christian Emphasis Chair: Michael Hageman
- Membership Chair: Therese Cruz
- Aquatics Chair: Robert Lewis
- Community Engagement Chair: Ginny Ortiz
Other Members: Hector Martinez, Max Owen, Terry Johnson, Brandon Rojas & Quang Nguyen