From YMCA executives to volunteer leadership, everyone here is passionate about making Washington County a better, healthier place.

We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why at the Y, strengthening community through our leadership roles is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

Join the YMCA today so you can learn, grow and thrive. 

Chief Executive Officer - Kristy Purlee

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Kristy began her Y career in 2012 as a Membership Director. She is a Salem High School graduate and received her B.S. from Indiana University in Bloomington. She has a deep passion for family and her community. Purlee said “I love being able to serve my community everyday through the efforts of the YMCA and the various volunteer organizations I am blessed to be a part of. I believe in the Christian values that are woven into the Y's mission, which influence the services and programs we offer to the community. 

According to her coworkers, Kristy is a caring, warm hearted mom and wife, who loves good coffee and glitter. Kristy strives to go above and beyond in all that she does for her community, family and the Lord. She loves spending her free time in the company of those who make her laugh and feel loved. Kristy loves her job and the position God has put her in at the Y to help others.  

 

Operations Director - Krista Martin

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Krista began her Y career as the Operations Director in 2019. Krista is committed to community involvement and believes that her background in HealthCare Administration will allow her to look at the individual pieces of the YMCA and help them work together as a cohesive organization. She is looking forward to making collaborations within our YMCA and within the Washington County community.

She resides in Washington County and is dedicated to making our community better for Y members, residents, and visitors to our beautiful county. Krista is an advocate for the arts, historic preservation, and supporting those who strive to improve.

 

Membership Engagement Coordinator - Mellisa Pate

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Mellisa is the Y’s Membership Engagement Coordinator. Her position includes leading the front desk and staff and connecting members and our community to the Y.

Mellisa is a lifelong resident of Washington County and graduate of Salem High School. You might recognize Mellisa as Sissy from The Tasty House. She is excited to join the YMCA as a way to work with and for the community that she’s been a part of for so long. Mellisa aims to encourage members and non members alike to put their best selves forward. Baking is Mellisa’s free time passion and she loves sharing her bakes with family and friends.

 

Youth First Director - Chelsey Miller

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Chelsey MillerChelsey graduated from Ball State University with a B.S. in Child Development in 2014. She has worked with children ranging in age from 6 weeks to middle school students in many different capacities. She joined the Y in 2017 and loves being able to get to know the children and families in the YMCA programs and serve them in a way that helps strengthen their families.

According to her coworkers, Chelsey is fiercely devoted to her family consisting of one loving husband, two children and two dogs. She has a passion for helping change the lives of children. Chelsey remains positive and passionate about the job she does.

 

Pre-School Director - Robin Deaton

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Robin DeatonRobin was born and raised in Salem and graduated from Salem High School. She has been teaching preschool for over 30 years. Robin has so much love for her family and being a part of her 4 grandchildren's lives.

Robin enjoys racing, swimming, sports, and spending time with her family. She loves teaching and making a difference in the lives of her students. 

 

Fitness & Wellness Coordinator - Kim Beard

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Kim BeardKim started her YMCA career in 2010. She loves having the opportunity to make a positive difference in peoples lives. Kim is passionate about helping those who need a jump start to a healthier, happier lifestyle. Kim is not only a fitness instructor, she also offers personal training and wellness consultations as well as holds a certification as ARC Lifeguard. "I love watching the transformation of our members when they realize they can accomplish the goals we set together. "

According to her coworkers, Kim is positive and encouraging.  She enjoys working with people, challenging them to be the best person they can be.

 

Administrative Manager - Debbie Rutherford

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Debbie RutherfordDebbie joined the YMCA team in 2015. Prior to her role at the Y, she served as an accounts payable and receivable clerk for local factory for over 20 years. "I love meeting new people, and building friendships at the Y."

According to her coworkers, Debbie is strong and loving. God made her a mother once, but she mothers all in her reach. Debbie's heart is huge - her love knows no stranger, person or animal. Debbie supports her family fiercely. At the Y, Debbie is like glue, keeping all of the pieces together.

 

Sports Coordinator - Brittany Hobbs

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Brittany Hobbs is the YMCA's Sports Coordinator. Brittany is a familiar face as a volunteer and former Membership Representative at the front desk. Brittany and her husband Adam have been active members and volunteers with their children, Ty and Kynlee in our sports and camp programs. Brittany enjoys spending time with her farm animals and crafting.

Brittany loves the YMCA! She's excited to work with everyone and see how the kids grow in YMCA sports , and confidence in themselves for things they will do in the future. Brittany is excited to meet all the participants and families and is excited to see how our sports programs can grow.

 

Program Site Coordinator - Hailey Jackson

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Hailey joined the YMCA team in 2018 as a tumbling assistant. Soon after she shifted to our After School and Camps team as the Program Site Coordinator. Hailey enjoys her job working with families and children because she loves making a positive impact on those around her. Having the ability to meet new people and build strong relationships, is one of the reasons she loves being part of the YMCA team.

In Hailey's free time she enjoys binge watching Grey's Anatomy! Hailey loves interacting with all Y members and visitors throughout the day!

 

 

  

Staff2020 August

Evan Motsinger - Martial Arts Instructor
Josh Tullis - Martial Arts Instructor
Eddie Lincks - Martial Arts Instructor
Linda Darkis - Preschool Teacher Assistant
Chastity Anderson - Preschool Teacher
Karen Gay - Fitness Instructor
Lekisha Loveday - Fitness Instructor
Jessica Lloyd - Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer
Carol Hickey - Fitness Instructor
Tammy Motsinger - Fitness Instructor
Lisa Lemmons - Fitness Instructor
Sandy Jackson - Fitness Instructor/Maintenance
Montana Wilson - Maintenance
Dallas Apple - Maintenance/Grounds
Lauren Ritchie - Preschool Teacher
Lacey Durham - Preschool Teacher
Carrissa Burns - Preschool Teacher
Saydi Scifres - Preschool Teacher Assistant
Larrissa Williams - Preschool Teacher Assistant
Chloe Davis- Child Watch
Michaela Callaway- Child Watch
Hannah Fleenor-Child Watch
Sawyer Davis- Child Watch
Alex Sorrels-Front Desk
Chloe Feist-Front Desk
Kara Hopkins-Front Desk
Karli Denny-Front Desk
Erin Henry-Wellness Center Attendant
Blake McGlaughlin-Wellness Center Attendant