LEADERSHIP IN ACTION!
Director of Development
Senior Director of Member Experience
Youth Sports & Wellness Director
Before & After School Care Director
Director of Ice Operations/Director of Summer Day Camp
Assistant Aquatics Director
Assistant Membership Director
Employee of the Month 2023
JANUARY 2023 ^ ASHLEY REMINGTON
Ashley joined the YMCA team in the fall of 2022 and has already become an MVP player! As the Director of Membership and Marketing, she works with new, current, and prospective members. Her positive attitude and kind spirit touch many each day. In December, and most of January, she was responsible for covering front desk shifts, as well as hiring and training new member services team members. Ashley goes above and beyond and is always willing to pitch in to help other departments with projects and events. She has a lot of new and innovative ideas and the initiative to implement them. Thank you, Ashley, for making our Y community STRONGER!
FEBRUARY 2023 ^ JODI NEMEC
The Fremont Family YMCA would like to recognize and thank Jodi for sharing her warm smile, creativity, and dedication to our Fremont Y community. Jodi is the talent behind our social media accounts and manages our website, all things marketing related, and our email marketing. She often steps in to help plan a majority of our community events and makes sure all of our employees get cards on their birthdays and work anniversaries. Jodi has been a team member of the Fremont Family YMCA for over 13 years! Thank you, Jodi, for being a valuable employee and for your commitment to keeping the Fremont Family YMCA STRONG.
MARCH 2023 ^ KYLIE BROWN
The YMCA would like to give a BIG thumbs up to this amazing employee! Kylie Brown has been our Director of Before and After School Care for 15 years. Her bright spirit blesses so many children in our community! Recently, Kylie wrote a childcare grant for the YMCA and was awarded over $500,000 to go toward remodeling the Y Care kitchen and for new playground equipment. Kylie is exactly the kind of team player that every association wants on their staff. Thank you, Kylie, for your hard work and dedication!
APRIL 2023 ^ JOHANNA CULVER
The Best of Fremont Winner is JOHANNA (at least in our book)! We would like to thank Johanna for MANY years of remarkable service to our YMCA. From teaching tennis, to landscaping, to keeping everything spic-and-span, this Johanna-of-all-trades is simply invaluable to our team. She is so deserving of recognition for all she selflessly does to keep this building humming. Plus, her dry sense of humor always keeps us smiling. THANK YOU, Johanna, for always going above and beyond for this organization. We appreciate you!
MAY 2023 ^ KERRI PENTEL
The Fremont Family YMCA would like to recognize our ACE, Kerri Pentel, for her work ethic and her ability to SERVE. Kerri has RALLIED as our Tennis Director for almost 6 years and as an instructor for 11 years. For the past two years, she has also managed rentals at the Hazel Keene Lodge at the Christensen Family YMCA Camp. Kerri SMASHES goals and always puts a positive SPIN on situations. She enjoys VOLLEYING new ideas on how to improve the facility. Most importantly, she has taught me all the tennis lingo so I could use it in this post! Thank you, Kerri, for being a STAR!
JUNE 2023 ^ JACKIE MEADER
The YMCA would like to give a big SHOUT OUT to Summer Fun Club leader, Jackie Meader! Jackie is a fantastic asset to the YMCA childcare team. She is extremely flexible, doing whatever is asked or needed of her. Whether she is coming in early, staying late, or moving from group to group, she is always willing to help. Her positive attitude is infectious, despite some often chaotic situations! Thank you, Jackie, for all that you do at the YMCA!
JULY 2023 ^ ANGIE WYLE
The Fremont Family YMCA would like to give a huge shout-out to one of our COOLEST employees...Ice Arena and Camp Director, Angie Wyle! Angie tirelessly runs the Sidner Ice Arena PLUS runs Summer Day Camp at the Christensen Family YMCA Camp. This year was especially challenging as the Ice Arena stayed open during the summer, so she ran both programs simultaneously. Her work ethic, can-do attitude, and integrity make her an integral player on the YMCA team. Thank you, Angie, for all that you do for our Y community!
August 2023 ^ Cooper Morrison
Cooper has been a stud since day one and is always coming in to see how else he can help. On the day we had a late opening in the winter, he came in to open the wellness center at the hospital so that our healthcare heroes could be rewarded. Coop has also stepped up on holidays and other much needed times. He also put together the opening checklist that staff use today to open wellness in the morning. Thank you, Cooper, for all that you do for our Y community!
Employee of the Month 2022
JANUARY 2022 ^ ANDREW FELLERS
The YMCA would like to recognize Andrew Fellers for his commitment to making our Y community STRONG! Andrew has been working in the Hazel Keene Wellness Center for almost a year now. He is always willing to assist guests, members, and staff with any task. Multiple times he has gone out of his way to help in setting up basketball tournaments, In addition, he works as a building supervisor and fills in with shifts at the hospital wellness center. Thank you, Andrew!
FEBRUARY 2022 ^ JENNIFER KOCK
"Teamwork makes dream work!" This is a popular phrase for Jennifer Kock, one of the key members of our YMCA maintenance team. Jennifer has been making our Y a better place to belong since 2019. She has an incredibly positive attitude and is always willing to step in and help with additional duties. Thank you, Jennifer, for your commitment to our YMCA community!
MARCH 2022 ^ SHANE AHRENS
The Fremont Family YMCA would like to recognize and thank Shane Ahrens for his devotion to the YMCA community! Shane started coaching the FAST swim team at the YMCA IN the summer of 2019. In the fall of 2019, he began coaching THE Silver group, ages 8-16. He also works at the Dodge County Extension Office full time. He has shown not only his excellent coaching skills but his caring and patience with his swimmers since he has been at the YMCA. He takes on any task, large or small, with a smile and a positive attitude. The YMCA is very lucky that he moved to Fremont with his wife Shea in 2018, and blessed us with his swimming knowledge and expertise.
APRIL 2022 ^ MIRANDA LONG
Miranda Radke Long is the Aquatics Director at the Fremont Family YMCA as of February 2022. Before that, she was the assistant director at the Dillon Family Aquatics Center. Her duties include organizing and supervising swim lessons, training lifeguards, aquatic exercise classes, and much, much more. During February and March, Miranda oversaw several large swim meets at the Dillon Aquatic Center including the four-day GPAC college conference meet, the Heartland Conference high school meet, the YMCA state swim meet, and the Midwestern Swim Championships. She spent countless hours, preparing, supervising, and making sure they all went off without a hitch. Miranda loves what she does and it shows by always a friendly smile and the time and effort she puts into everything she does. Thank you so much, Miranda, from all of us at the Fremont Family YMCA.
MAY 2022 ^ RONDA STIEREN
We would like to recognize Ronda Stieren's outstanding work at, and devotion to, the Fremont Family YMCA! Ronda has been with the YMCA daycare team for 18 years. She is always willing to jump in wherever she is needed and loves being hands-on with the kids. Ronda plays a big role in our daycare as the assistant director and is very diligent with her work on the food program and Title XX paperwork. We can count on her for anything and everything! Her dedication and commitment to the YMCA and their families are very much appreciated.
JUNE 2022 ^ BARBARA ROY
The Fremont Family YMCA would like to thank Barbara Phillips-Roy for being a member of our outstanding front desk crew! Barb is a ray of sunshine and is always willing to lend a helping hand. Thank you, Barb, for being an integral part of the team that keeps our YMCA community STRONG!
JULY 2022 ^ CHERYL KANOY
The Fremont Family YMCA would like to recognize Cheryl Kanoy, one of our many amazing group fitness instructors! Cheryl teaches Water Aerobics, Silver Sneakers, and Movement to Improvement. She is a fabulous team player, filling in when injuries have hit different instructors. She brings fun and different ideas to add excitement to her classes. Thank you, Cheryl, for keeping our Fremont community STRONG!
AUGUST 2022 ^ MARTHA SHORT
The Fremont Family YMCA would like to recognize Member Services Representative, Martha Short, for her outstanding efforts to make our Y a friendly place to be! As a newer employee, she has been a wonderful addition to the Fremont Family YMCA team. Her willingness to step in and help out this August with extra shifts at the front desk and painting our facility during clean-up week is greatly appreciated! Thank you, Martha!
SEPTEMBER 2022 ^ JACK JACOBS
The Fremont Family YMCA would like to recognize Jack Jacobs for his outstanding work in our Y community. Jack has been with the FFYMCA for 13 years in the maintenance department. He is a great help with all tasks and is wonderful with the patrons. The kids love to say "hi" to him. Jack makes every day easier with his willingness to help anywhere, and his sense of humor lightens the load. Thank you, Jack!
OCTOBER 2022 ^ DIANA HERNANDEZ GARCIA
The Fremont Family YMCA would like to recognize and thank Diana for infusing her perky personality and abundant enthusiasm into making our Y a welcoming place!
Diana works as a wellness center attendant, a personal trainer, and a group fitness instructor. She often steps in as a translator to assist our Spanish-speaking members. Her smile is contagious. Thank you, Diana, for keeping our Y community STRONG!
NOVEMBER 2022 ^ MADISON HOLCOMB
The Fremont Family YMCA would like to recognize Y Care employee, Madison Holcomb! Madison just celebrated her one-year work anniversary with Y Care. She has been a dedicated and dependable staff member from the very start.
Madison started with no teaching experience but showed so much patience, enthusiasm, and initiative that she quickly became our 3’s teacher.
Her room is always filled with love, encouragement, silliness, and lots of fun. We are very lucky to have her on our team. Thank you, Madison, for blessing our Y community with your gifts and talents.
DECEMBER 2022 ^ JAVONTE WILLIAMS
The Fremont Family YMCA would like to recognize Javonte Williams and his dedication to our Y community!
Javonte is the site director at JCAC’s after-school program and the Y is also lucky enough to have him in his first year as the daycare preschool teacher! He has been part of the YMCA team for three years. He is VERY patient with the kids and gets on their level. Kids swarm to him because of his fun, easy-going, loving personality. We are very lucky to have Javonte as part of our YMCA team. Thanks for all you do!
Employee of the Month 2021
JOE BAUER ^ JANUARY 2021
The Fremont Family YMCA would like to recognize and thank our Y employee, Joe Bauer. Joe works full time for the Fremont Police Department, and on his days off, he drives bus routes for the YMCA's Before/After School Care Program. He inspects the bus before and after each route and always keeps up on all maintenance. He is committed to the safety and wellbeing of the children he transports, as well as our community overall. Joe is responsible, trustworthy, and dependable. He has worked at the YMCA since November 2019. We are blessed to have Joe as part of our YMCA community!
MIRANDA LONG ^ FEBRUARY 2021
The Fremont Family YMCA would like to recognize Miranda Long for her dedication to our YMCA community! Miranda works in the Dillon Family Aquatics Center and is an amazing employee! She is very passionate about swimming and infuses that enthusiasm into her work. Miranda lifeguards 5 days a week, teaches most of the parent-tot classes, and coaches the Master’s Group. She also assists with running our swim lessons and comes in clutch whenever we need her. Thank you, Miranda!
ANGIE DECKER ^ MARCH 2021
The Fremont Family YMCA would like to recognize employee, Angie Decker, for her amazing commitment to our Y community! Angie serves as the YMCA's Fitness and Wellness Manager. She currently teaches seven classes per week, in addition to being a personal trainer. During COVID she taped workout videos for our members in order for them to stay fit while in quarantine. She definitely does her part to keep our YMCA community STRONG! Thank you, Angie!
DARCIE KING ^ APRIL 2021
The Fremont Family YMCA would like to recognize Darcie King for her job excellence and dedication to the Fremont Family YMCA. Darcie has worked in our Wellness Center for seven years. Her demeanor is always pleasant and she is extremely reliable. Thank you, Darcie, for doing your part to keep our YMCA community STRONG!
JADE ARVANITIS-GRAVES ^ MAY 2021
The Fremont Family YMCA would like to give a big shout-out to Y employee, Jade Arvanitis-Graves. Jade is a site director for our Before and After School Care program and also works with the Summer Fun Club program. She has been a part of the YMCA team since 2007, and is one of our star players! Her dedication and dependability are appreciated by kids, members and staff. Thank you, Jade, for building into the youth of our YMCA community!
JAVONTE WILLIAMS ^ JUNE 2021
The Fremont Family YMCA would like to recognize Javonte Williams for being an outstanding member of our child care team! Javonte works in the Before & After School and Summer Fun Club Programs. He is a leader who is helpful, trustworthy, fun. He is willing to step up and do more whenever asked. For example, he stepped in when we needed him and drove the little bus for our before-school morning route! Javonte would often tell his coworkers to call if they needed help with their group. The kids, staff, and parents all love “Mr. J”! Thank you, Javonte, for being a part of our YMCA community!
JORDAN MARTIN ^ JULY 2021
The Fremont Family YMCA would like to recognize one of our many amazing child care workers, Jordan Martin. Jordan works in the Before/After School program and with our Summer Fun Club program. She is also willing to sub up in YCare. She is a hard worker who is diligent, organized, consistent, and on time. Jordan is flexible and willing to help wherever she is needed, without complaint! She steps up and takes charge when the situation calls for it. The kids, parents and her co-workers enjoy her immensely! Thank you, Jordan, for all that you do for our YMCA community!
JILL WALLER ^ AUGUST 2021
The YMCA would like to thank Jill Waller for her devotion to our childcare program. Jill is the cook for Y-Care, which can be a very demanding job. She, at different times of the year, feeds up to 200 children and 24 staff. Although her main focus is in the kitchen, she is always willing to help out wherever needed. She is a very dedicated and hard worker and takes pride in her work. Jill is a person that can always be counted on to leave in charge and know that everything will be taken care of. She is a valuable asset to the Y-Care and to the Y. Thank you, Jill, for being an integral part of our Y community!
MORGAN BENJAMIN ^ SEPTEMBER 2021
The Fremont Family YMCA would like to thank Wellness Center employee, Morgan Benjamin, for his commitment to our YMCA community! Morgan has repeatedly worked extra shifts when asked of him, and a majority of the time worked them solo. When the Wellness Center is short-staffed, Morgan is someone who not only works the desk but also actively cleans and does laundry. Morgan always greets members and has a very good rapport with all. This fall Morgan helped referee our NFL Flag Football program and he currently teaches a Queenax Class at 4:30 on Tuesdays! Morgan is an appreciated team player! Thank you, Morgan!
JIM COPE ^ OCTOBER 2021
The YMCA would like to thank employee, Jim Cope, for his service and dedication to the Y community! Jim started at the Y in 2011 as a referee for youth basketball. Since then he has added being a referee for our youth volleyball and adult flag football (3 seasons). Last year he started leading our Little Tykes program for preschoolers and summer pick-up sports program for kids. Always ready to help when we are in a pinch, he has given tours of the facility to new members too. Jim's versatility and kind heart are a blessing to the Y. Thank you, Jim!
STEPHANIE CARTER ^ NOVEMBER 2021
The Fremont Family YMCA would like to recognize employee, Stephanie Carter, for her outstanding work and devotion to our YMCA community. Stephanie does it all..she works in the Hazel Keene Wellness Center, at the front desk, and at the Dillon Family Aquatics Center desk. In addition, she helps with swim lessons and works as a building supervisor. In her "spare time", Stephanie plays on the YMCA tennis leagues; and manages to do all of this while raising 5 kids. Thank you, Stephanie!
SHIRLEY BOSCHULT ^ DECEMBER 2021
The Fremont Family would like to recognize Shirley Boschult as an outstanding team member of our YMCA community! Shirley has been a loyal group fitness instructor at the Fremont Family YMCA since September of 1997. She specializes in teaching our adult Tai Chi classes. Thank you, Shirley, for your commitment to the YMCA.
Employee of the Month 2020
JANUARY 2020 ^ AUSTIN MORA
Congratulations to Austin Mora, the January YMCA Employee of the Month! Austin is a passionate, fun-loving employee. He has been with the Fremont Family YMCA for 2 years and has worn many hats. He has worked in the wellness center, as a personal trainer, as a youth sports performance trainer, and as a front desk manager. He is an upbeat person that cares about our members. He is great with the youth and with our active older adults. Thanks, Austin for your hard work and the fun personality that you have brought the YMCA. We wish you the best of luck, and we will miss you!
FEBRUARY 2020 ^ ANNA ANKERSEN
Thank you, Anna Ankersen, for your commitment to keeping the YMCA clean and safe as a member of our housekeeping staff! Anna has been with the housekeeping department at the YMCA for approximately 8 months. She is an asset in all areas of the building. She is always willing to help out with extra duties when needed and also is ready with a welcome smile. We are grateful for all of our employees at the YMCA but would love to give a special shout out to the members of our housekeeping team who diligently maintain our facilities to high sanitary standards. Thank you Anna for being a part of our YMCA community! We appreciate all that you do.
MARCH 2020 ^ ELIZABETH SMITH
The YMCA would like to thank our childcare worker, Elizabeth Smith, for her dedication to providing safe and loving care to our Y Kids! Elizabeth has worked in the Y-Care for almost four years. She arrives bright and early (6 am) with a smile! She is always willing to take on extra duties without complaint. She arrives on time and is extremely dependable. She is kind and patient with kids and develops creative and fun ideas to engage them in learning. Elizabeth an all-around wonderful employee and a huge asset to our team. We are proud to have her as part of our amazing Y Staff!
APRIL 2020 ^ REQUITA KEELER
Requita has been a rock star as we have navigated the uncharted issues posed by COVID - the facility closing, emergency child care, cancellations of programs, and many more. Requita has taken on new challenges and roles with a beautiful smile on her face. Requita brings a bright, energetic personality to our front desk. Through the ups and downs of customer service and through the unknowns during this pandemic, Requita has gone above and beyond! We are truly blessed to have her as an employee!
MAY 2020 ^ MALLORY YOUNG
The Fremont Family YMCA would like to thank Mallory Young for blessing our YMCA community with your gifts and talents! Mallory has worked at the FFYMCA for almost a year in our Before and After School program, in our Wellness Center, and in the Summer Fun Club kitchen. She is very dependable and always willing to chip in whenever and wherever necessary. Mallory has really embraced keeping the Y clean and safe for our members in the Wellness Center, especially during COVID. She knows which machines members like to use and is diligent in keeping them clean. Some of our older members with walking canes can't carry the spray bottle and towel, so Mallory will go and clean off the machine for them. Thank you, Mallory, for going above and beyond to make our community a better place for members and staff! We appreciate you!
JUNE 2020 ^ CHRISTY CONRAD
The Fremont Family YMCA would like to thank group fitness instructor, Christy Conrad, for her dedication to the Y, and for her POSITIVITY! Christy has been a fitness instructor for the past 22 years and currently teaches BODYPUMP, Spin, Kickboxing, and Barre classes. During the time the YMCA was closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, Christy taped workout videos in her basement and posted them on the YMCA's YouTube Channel so our members had access to classes from their homes. When we re-opened, Christy volunteered her time to work in the Wellness Center until we had enough staff to cover all of the shifts. Christy goes above and beyond to make our YMCA STRONG. Thank you, Christy! We are so proud to have you as part of our YMCA COMMUNITY.
JULY 2020 ^ ANDRA BERHOW
Congratulations to Andra Berhow, the July YMCA Employee of the Month! Andra has worked in the Y-care since January 2017. She is an amazing worker who shows a lot of pride in her work. She is very dependable, kind, and hard-working. Andra works with 3-year-olds, which is a very spirited group, full of personality and energy. She is involved with Pyramid Training, which is a three-year program directly working with a coach to further develop skills in working with children. Andra is making a difference in children’s lives and in our community! Thank you, Andra!
AUGUST 2020 ^ JAYDEN KUMM
The Fremont Family YMCA is proud to have Jayden Kumm as part of our community! Jayden is one of the awesome employees who work in the Hazel Keene Wellness Center. He goes above and beyond with everything he does. He is welcoming and kind to our members. When we started offering fitness classes via Zoom, he became the technical advisor who set up for the early morning classes. He works hard to keep the YMCA clean and safe for all. You will see his smiling face during the 5am shift, which takes an extra special person to wake up that early! Thank you, Jayden!
SEPTEMBER 2020 ^ STEPHANIE MATSUMURA
The YMCA would like to recognize one of our many amazing front desk staff! Stephanie Matsumura started working at the YMCA at the beginning of 2020, right before COVID-19 hit. She has been willing to adapt to additional duties and changes during this difficult time and truly has made a difference at the front desk with members, nonmembers, parents, kids, and guests. She knows all of our Y kids and parents by name and is kind in her interactions with everyone. Stephanie is very reliable and trustworthy. The Fremont Family YMCA is so blessed to have her as part of our community!
OCTOBER 2020 ^ ANDREA NEAHOUS
The Fremont Family YMCA would like to recognize Andrea Neahous for her kindheartedness and dedication to caring for kids at the Y. Andrea (AKA “Moana”) has been working at the YMCA since August 2017. She is our site director for the Before & After School program at Howard Elementary. On top of that, she is currently student teaching there, so she is in the school building from 6 AM-6 PM! Her kind, sweet, compassionate personality makes it easy for kids to love her! Thank you, Andrea, for being a part of our YMCA community!
NOVEMBER 2020 ^ CATHY ROSS
Cathy Ross has worked at the YMCA for over 40 years, helping with several different programs and working in a multitude of areas of the Y. Cathy currently spends most of her time at the Y in the Dillon Family Aquatics Center. She works at the front desk, kindly helping people with a big smile! She is always willing to lend a helping hand and is very gracious about covering open shifts. She is an assistant coach for the Special Olympics swim team, where she helps teach over 15 swimmers twice per week. The kids all LOVE Cathy as a coach. Cathy leads the CPR and Lifeguarding certification classes, which is a big help to consistently add staff to our aquatics team. Thank you, Cathy, for being such an integral part of our YMCA community!
ASHLEY SCHLIEKER ^ DECEMBER 2020
The YMCA would like to recognize Ashley Schlieker, one of our many outstanding child care staff members. Ashley does an amazing job working with the 4 & 5-year-olds in Y Care. She is willing to go anywhere she is needed, and often helps when the Y needs extra staff to cover a shift. In addition, she recently enrolled in college to study Early Childhood Education in order to enhance her skills. Ashley is a very caring and sweet person who does a fantastic job building into our Y kids. Thank you, Ashley, for being an integral part of our YMCA community!