Meet The Staff

Passionate. Dedicated. Nurturing. Genuine. The Leadership Team at the Y works day in and day out to deliver and grow quality programs and services in our community. Spanning all ages, backgrounds and life experiences, the team is devoted to developing the potential of youth, improving the community’s health and well-being, and providing support to our neighbors.

Mike Brown, President and CEO

Mike Brown

Mike has been involved in the YMCA for over 20 years as a YMCA employee in California, Houston and Georgia. Mike grew up in the Visalia, CA, YMCA starting in pre-school and continuing with sports, camps and after-school services. He eventually made his way back as an employee hoping to give back what so many gave back to him. Mike remembers how the YMCA affected his life as a recipient of the Y's financial aid program that helped his mom enroll him in Y programs. He believes that the YMCA is here to serve all people and aims to ensure that the Y mirrors the community in which it serves. Mike is a graduate of Springfield College with a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership. He is currently working on his PhD in Organizational Psychology at Walden University. Mike is also a national trainer for the YMCA of the USA in Board Development, Volunteerism, Group Work, and various programs.

Central Office

Brent PentenburgSr. Vice President & COO
Jason BehrendsChief Finance Officer
Michelle GorhamChief Advancement Officer
Tyler AndersonChief of Staff
Michelle PolivkaExecutive Director of Marketing & Communications
Trisha TousantDistrict Executive of Operations
Audrey KunertSr. Director of HR & Staff Development
Emmet DingleAssociate Director of Human Resources
Nick MaierDirector of Corporate Engagement
Julie PhelpsPayroll
Chris CozadAccounts Payable
Tara VeraAccounts Receivable Coordinator
Jan TullockSpecial Projects
Bridget LedenBrand Manager
Matt YangGraphic Designer
Gary SchwerinCoordinator of Spiritual Development
Chase CainDirector of Annual Giving
Daniel NordExecutive Assistant
Laura ZapataAdministrative Assistant
Sharon MattisAdministrative Assistant

I.D. Pennock Family YMCA

Kim LapeBranch Administrator
Gina KarvelisHealthy Living Director
Brian WatkinsProperty Director
Leslee ScurlockYouth and Family Program Director
Carrie ClaassenExploritorium Coordinator
Jenny SalbergAquatics Director
Shannon DoyleAquatics Coordinator
David RilottHead Swim Coach
Jane JohnsonGroup Exercise Coordinator

Northeast Family YMCA

Melissa BurnsExecutive Director
Margie HennigMember Experience Director
Rob GiglioSenior Program Director
Burk MarlerProperty Manager
Alexandria LeavyYouth Coordinator
Holli TankHealthy Living Director
Nancy BaligaLIVESTRONG Program Coordinator
Kathleen HedrickBranch Administrator
Darcy HouserActive Older Adult Coordinator

Youth Achievement

Andre AnthonyExecutive Director
Emma ShackletonSenior Director of Teen Programming
Tonya LewersMulti-Site Coordinator
Mark VicencioMulti-Site Coordinator
Adam SmithMulti-Site Coordinator
Jacquelyn LopezMulti-Site Coordinator
Rosie FrascaFinancial Assistant Coordinator
Sharetha HopsonProgram Director
Salina BrownKids’ Place Site Coordinator
Tamica FricksProgram Coordinator

Camp Winnebago

Bif BuchanDistrict Executive
Audi StroupBranch Administrator
Seth BartosProgram Coordinator

YMCA Children's Learning Center

Sarah RenickerExecutive Director
Ami PenningBranch Administrator
Leslie Hazelbauer-WetterProgram Coordinator