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!
Jackie Regan, Branch Executive Director
I grew up in Andale, KS and was a multi-sport athlete at Andale High School. I went on to play basketball at Highland Community College and then at Northwestern Oklahoma State in Alva, OK. I graduated NWOSU with a degree in Wellness Promotions and got my start in the youth sports department of the YMCA of Greater Wichita. I moved to Garden City in 2006 to become the Garden City Family YMCA Sports Director. After five years, I was promoted to Senior Program Director and then Chief Operations Officer for the YMCA of Southwest Kansas. I loved my time working with both the Garden City and the Dodge City branches, but our CEO really doesn't like me to keep the same title for longer than a couple years, so in May of 2017, I accepted the position of Dodge City Family YMCA Branch Executive Director. I am excited to work with the team here to expand our mission and services more in the Dodge City community.
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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 grew 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 at the YMCA program. In January of 2016, I took on the task of the Aquatics Director as well. Not knowing much about the aquatics world, I challenged myself, 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! I am married to Brad Droste, we have a beautiful baby boy named Broxton and two wonderful yorkies Butler & Zoey. Contact stacie: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gabriel Del Real, Property Manager
Hello, my name is Gabriel I was born in Mexico. I have lived on the West coast to 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 a part of this community! Contact Gabriel at email@example.com
Karla Springer, Membership Director
Hello everyone! My name is Karla Springer and I was born and raised in San Dimas, Ca. I moved to Dodge City in 2016, and have loved it since! I grew up traveling with my parents and participated in many sports. I was a gymnast , and an all-star cheerleader for most of my life. I also played softball in Middle School and High school. After High School I joined the US Navy where I continued my traveling adventures around the globe, and met some amazing people. I really enjoy the community in Dodge City! There's so much history, and more importantly, Christian/family values that are often forgotten elsewhere. Out of all the places I've seen throughout my travels there is always one place I feel at home, and that is Dodge City. I love Dodge City and everything it stands for. That is why I am honored to be your Membership Director. Contact Karla at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Sanchez, Interim Sports Director
Hello, I grew up here in Dodge City. I graduated High School a Red Demon and I also got my associates in education here at DCCC. I currently take education classes online through FHSU. I am super excited to be part of the team here at the YMCA. The passion I have for sports and the love I have for children, to me this truly is a dream job. I feel I can bring a lot to the table; I am an active member to the community. I have played almost all rec sports for over 15 years as well as coach my son’s sports teams for the YMCA. We love playing basketball, soccer, football. And baseball. I share a blended family with my fiancé Whitney Ernst, she is also a big inspiration to many in the community as well. Together we have 4 children. Two girls, Hayden and Lyric and two boys Brayden and Tavyn. I strongly feel I can make a difference here at the YMCA. I have set huge goals that I want to meet for our sports programs and with the help from my Y team and the community I feel they can easily be accomplished. For any questions don’t hesitate to ask, I can be reached at this email anytime.
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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 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. Email Chad at: email@example.com
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. Email Krystal at firstname.lastname@example.org