December Members of the Month Gilbert & Martha Sanchez

DECEMBER 2022
MEMBERS OF THE MONTH

GILBERT & MARTHA SANCHEZ

The Duneland Family YMCA’s Member of the Month is designed to help you get to know the members that help make our Y community great. This month, we’re introducing Gilbert & Martha Sanchez, who have continually been a loyal Y members. Let’s get to know them!

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself: what are some fun facts about you?
    • We both love exercising early. Gilbert is retired from AT&T and Martha is a Bank Manager at Woodforest Bank in Portage. We attend St. Patrick’s Community Church in Chesterton, and we have 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
  • What types of fitness/ training/ exercise do you enjoy the most?
    • We like weightlifting- we enjoy the weight room and machine area.
  • What fitness classes do you participate in?
    • We are looking at several different classes, but we haven’t decided which ones to try as of yet. There are so many to choose from.
  • What is your favorite part of the Duneland Family YMCA?
    • Both the staff and the fitness crowd here are all friendly! 🙂  
  • Why is the Duneland Family YMCA your preferred gym in Chesterton, IN?
    • We live in Chesterton- it’s close to us and very accommodating, and they provide many services. 

December Employee of the Month Annamarie Stokum

DECEMBER 2022
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

ANNAMARIE STOKUM

The Duneland Family YMCA’s Employee of the Month is designed to help you get to know the employees that help make our Y community great. This month, we’re celebrating Annamarie Stokum! Let’s get to know her:

  • What is your name and current title?
    • My name is Annamarie Stokum, and I work as a Teacher’s Assistant at the Forchetti Center for Early Learning.
  • How long have you worked at the Y?
    • I have worked at the Y for 1 year and 6 months.  
  • Was your first experience with the Y as a staff member, or had you been introduced to the Y before becoming an employee?
    • I was a student at the preschool prior to working here.
  • What’s your favorite aspect of being a Y staff member? 
    • They are helping me to achieve my goals and have also helped me gain great friends.
  • What would you say to anyone wanting to join the Y as a member or employee?
    • Do it!
  • Wild card: Is there anything else you would like to share? 
    • The Y has given me the chance to be successful in school, and I will be forever grateful

November Employee of the Month Andrea Brophy

NOVEMBER 2022
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

ANDREA BROPHY

The Duneland Family YMCA’s Employee of the Month is designed to help you get to know the employees that help make our Y community great. This month, we’re celebrating Andrea Brophy! Let’s get to know her:

  • What is your name and current title?
    • I am Andrea Brophy and I work in Membership Services 
  • How long have you worked at the Y?
    • I have worked at the Y for 3 and a half years now.
  • Have you worked in any other positions/ departments here at the Y?
    • I teach art class to the seniors.   
  • Was your first experience with the Y as a staff member, or had you been introduced to the Y before becoming an employee?
    • My daughter started precool at the Y and we became members on a scholarship, then I was offered a job!
  • What’s your favorite aspect of being a Y staff member? 
    • My favorite aspect of working at the Y is having the opportunity to make people smile and laugh.
  • What’s one program/class every Y member should try?
    • There are so many, My daughter loves Kida Zumba,  the sports, everything is good here. 
  • What would you say to anyone wanting to join the Y as a member or employee?
    • I would tell them that we are “the friendly Y” and we are here for everyone.
  • Wild card: Is there anything else you would like to share? 
    • I love my Duneland YMCA family! 

November Member of the Month Ana Scott

NOVEMBER 2022
MEMBER OF THE MONTH

ANA SCOTT

The Duneland Family YMCA’s Member of the Month is designed to help you get to know the members that help make our Y community great. This month, we’re introducing Ana Scott, who has continually been a loyal Y member. Let’s get to know her!

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself: what are some fun facts about you?
    • I am always cheery and friendly! 
  • What types of fitness/ training/ exercise do you enjoy the most?
    • I like to get moving and participate in Silver Sneakers and Building Fit Friends
  • What is your favorite part of the Duneland Family YMCA?
    • Everyone here is friendly and helpful, also it is so close to home. 
  • Why is the Duneland Family YMCA your preferred gym in Chesterton, IN?
    • Because!!! 🙂 

October Member of the Month – Trevin Fowler

OCTOBER 2022
MEMBER OF THE MONTH

TREVIN FOWLER

The Duneland Family YMCA’s Member of the Month is designed to help you get to know the members that help make our Y community great. This month, we’re introducing Trevin Fowler, who has continually been a loyal Y member. Let’s get to know him!

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself: what are some fun facts about you?
    • I am a father of 7 very active children, I served a Christian Mission to Ecuador for 2 years, I love mountain biking, snowboarding, wakeboarding, and hiking in the mountains (mostly in Utah). I am a native Oregonian, went to school in Utah and have lived in Indiana for 17 years now. 
  • What types of fitness/ training/ exercise do you enjoy the most?
    • Cross training; incorporating weight training and cardio (to keep up with the kids and as training to run obstacle races, like the Spartan Race.) 
  • What is your favorite part of the Duneland Family YMCA?
    • The people are super friendly and kind, it’s super close to my home, and my kids love it too. 
  • Why is the Duneland Family YMCA your preferred gym in Chesterton, IN?
    • Same answers as the question above! 
Trevin Fowler

October Employee of the Month – Amani Corral

OCTOBER 2022
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

AMANI CORRAL

The Duneland Family YMCA’s Employee of the Month is designed to help you get to know the employees that help make our Y community great. This month, we’re celebrating Amani Corral! Let’s get to know her:

  • What is your name and current title?
    • My name is Amani Corral and I work as a Lead Instructor for Out of School Learning. 
  • How long have you worked at the Y?
    • I have been working here for a little over a year and a half!
  • Have you worked in any other positions/ departments here at the Y?
    • I have also worked as a summer camp counselor!   
  • What’s your favorite aspect of being a Y staff member? 
    • My favorite aspect of working at the Y is being able to inspire kids to grow and learn in an exciting way!
  • Wild card: Is there anything else you would like to share? 
    • I also go by “Shoe” 
Amani Corral

Michael Buckland September Member of the Month

AUGUST 2022
MEMBER OF THE MONTH

MICHAEL BUCKLAND

The Duneland Family YMCA’s Member of the Month is designed to help you get to know the members that help make our Y community great. This month, we’re introducing Michael Buckland who has continually been a loyal Y member. Let’s get to know him!

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself: what are some fun facts about you?
    • I’ve played football and baseball. I grew up as a kid in Ft. Walton Beach, FL and I was a beach-blonde baby.
  • What types of fitness/ training/ exercise do you enjoy the most?
    • I’d have to say bicep and chest exercises. 
  • Which fitness classes do you participate in?
    • I have not taken any classes here.
  • What is your favorite part of the Duneland Family YMCA?
    • I can come and play basketball and lift with with all my friends who also come to the YMCA. 
  • Why is the Duneland Family YMCA your preferred gym in Chesterton, IN?
    • This is the closest gym to me and it just feels like my home gym.  
Michael Buckland Member of the Month

Yolanda Ferrari – September Employee of the Month

SEPTEMBER 2022
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

YOLANDA FERRARI

The Duneland Family YMCA’s Employee of the Month is designed to help you get to know the employees that help make our Y community great. This month, we’re celebrating Yolanda Ferrari! Let’s get to know her:

What is your name and current title? My name is Yolanda Ferrari and I currently am a group exercise instructor / Yoga Guide at the Duneland Family YMCA.

How long have you worked at the Y? I have been with the Y since 2016.

Was your first experience with the Y as a staff member, or had you been introduced to the Y before becoming an employee? I was introduced to the Y when I was looking for a gym in Chesterton, a place to swim and take some classes.

What’s your favorite aspect of being a Y staff member? The people. Both the members and the staff.

What is one program/class that every Y member should try? By all means, try them all!!

What would you say to anyone wanting to join the Y as a member or employee? Start with having that feeling that something good is going to happen to you today. Do it!

Wild Card: Is there anything else you’d like to share? “The root of joy is gratefulness. It is not joy that makes us grateful; It is gratitude that makes us joyful.”  Brother David Steiner-Rast

Yolanda

Mallory Morrison Member of the Month August 2022

AUGUST 2022
MEMBER OF THE MONTH

MALLORY MORRISON

The Duneland Family YMCA’s Member of the Month is designed to help you get to know the members that help make our Y community great. This month, we’re introducing Mallory Morrison who has continually been a loyal Y member. Let’s get to know her!

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself: what are some fun facts about you?
    • I’m a Criminal Justice student, studying to become a local police officer, I participated in the cross country and track programs at Chesterton High School, and I spend much of my time working with the Duneland Boys & Girls Club. 
  • What types of fitness/ training/ exercise do you enjoy the most? 
    • I do a mix of cardio and bodybuilding. You can probably find me in the weight room (: 
  • Which fitness classes do you participate in?
    • I participate in spin, BODYPUMP, and yoga.
  • What is your favorite part of the Duneland Family YMCA?
    • My favorite parts are the friendly staff and members, the cleanliness, and the upbeat environment.
  • Why is the Duneland Family YMCA your preferred gym in Chesterton, IN?
    • The Duneland Family YMCA has been my second home since I started training several years ago. I love the location and the availability of the equipment. 
Mallory Morrison, Duneland Family YMCA Member of the Month, Smiles at the Camera

Tammy Smith Employee of the Month August 2022

AUGUST 2022
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

TAMMY SMITH

The Duneland Family YMCA’s Employee of the Month is designed to help you get to know the employees that help make our Y community great. This month, we’re celebrating Tammy Smith! Let’s get to know her:

  • What is your name and current title?
    • My name is Tammy Smith and I work as a cook / kitchen coordinator at the Forchetti Family Center for Early Learning.
  • How long have you worked at the Y?
    • I have been working here for two years now.
  • Was your first experience with the Y as a staff member, or had you been introduced to the Y before becoming an employee?
    • No, working here has been my first experience with the Y. 
  • What’s your favorite aspect of being a Y staff member? 
    • Working as a team to help the Forchetti Community grow and see the kids happy and excelling. I love those smiles!
  • What is one program/class that every Y member should try? 
    • Pickleball and Zumba for those looking to stay active and if you’re a senior, Senior Club. 
  • What would you say to anyone wanting to join the Y as a member or employee?
    • I would say the Y is a great organization with awesome leadership and fabulous co-workers. 
Tammy Smith_Employee of the Month