The Y achieves its mission one person at a time. Our success is driven by the passion, enthusiasm, and dedication of our employees.

  • Bev Thiel
  • Executive Director, Spartan Stores YMCA Interim Director, Visser Family YMCA
  • Brianna Gohlke
  • Associate Executive Director
  • Matthew Augustin
  • Youth & Family Director
  • Brett DeRoos
  • Aquatics Director
  • Stacie Fifelski
  • Childcare Director
  • Mike Howes
  • Membership Director
  • John Ybarra
  • Senior Health & Wellness Director

Personal Trainers

Tamara is a graduate from the University of Michigan, with a BS in Movement Science. She is pursuing her Physical Therapy Doctorate at GVSU. Her professional certifications are from the American Council on Exercise, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and is Red Cross Certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED. She has experience training a wide variety of clients ranging from children to the elderly, which supports and helps spread her passion about living an active and healthy lifestyle.

As a graduate from Western Michigan University, exercise science and psychology, Brandy is certified with the following: Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), American Medical Massages Association, Certified Zumba® Instructor, Certified TurboKick® Instructor, Certified PiYo Instructor® and is American Heart Association, CPR and AED Certified. She has extensive experience working with a diverse clientele including beginner health seekers, athletes, cancer patients, diabetes patients, and clients with special needs.

Heather attended Liberty University. She is certified by: American Council on Exercise, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and Red Cross Certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED. Heather has worked in the health and fitness industry since 1993 and has competed in fitness, figure, and bodybuilding competitions. Her passion is to help people achieve their fitness goals whether it is to lose fat, gain muscle, relieve stress, or just to feel better.