Moody Family Y Staff
The greatest source of energy for the YMCA is our staff. Our staff contributes to the advancement of the Y's mission by meeting the needs of the people in our community.
No matter what your position is at the YMCA, you can touch people's lives. From the aquatics staff teaching a child to swim - to a wellness center staff helping a member develop a workout routine, we all make a difference.
The most rewarding part of this job doesn't happen on payday - it happens EVERYDAY!
+ - Stacy Adame
Director of Business Services
I started working at the Richardson YMCA in August of 2003. I had started college and had looked for work all summer when I ran across an opening in the afterschool program. I really liked working with the children, and it gave me an outlet in the afternoon after being in classes all day. This spawned a job opportunity to move up to the front desk. I was very grateful for this opportunity, because it helped me grow as an individual to become more outgoing and professional in learning to deal with people.
After receiving my degree, a coworker forwarded me a job opportunity to become a full time office manager at the Park Cities YMCA. Thankfully I got this job, and have been here ever since. I take a big role in the Partners Campaign, and it really fulfills me because I get to help raise funds for those in need which I feel is my mission. I get to hear the stories from people that are being helped by our funds, and it’s a wonderful feeling! I have worked with some really great, inspiring people whom I have learned a lot from, which to me is invaluable!
+ - Mona Callaghan
Associate Sports Director
My family moved to Highland Park in 1998. I did not know a soul, so I joined the Y. The Kids Place Coordinator befriended me and my six month old daughter. I came to the Y almost daily for a few years. My relationship with Y staff allowed me the opportunity to work part-time in Kids Place; that turned into eight years.
In the Fall of 2010 I threw in the pacifier for a whistle and a new title of Associate Sports Director. Now, I help maintain and oversee youth sports for more than 11 thousand kids in Park Cities. This role provides children the opportunity to learn life lessons through sports.
+ - Dinah Burgess
Where would I start with my Y story? Well, I was working at the White Rock YMCA and talking to someone telling them how I had such horrible memories of getting up early on Saturday mornings and my mom putting me on the YMCA bus to drive up to the ski slope for the YMCA ski team. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t the YMCA activity I so adamantly disliked, it was the cold! At that moment in my life, I realized, I did grow up being a Y kid.
I began my career in the YMCA in the year 2000 as a group exercise instructor – in 2000 – I didn’t “get” the Y. In the year 2005, I still didn’t “get” the Y. Years had passed, at this point I was teaching water, land, personal training, and continuing to enter the building just doing my thing thinking I was doing AWESOME just by helping people be healthy and challenging them physically. I began teaching at other facilities, and here’s what I learned:
No one is as attached both to the members and staff than the Y. The members CARE, the staff CARES about each other, but also about their community.
What makes us different? We truly care whether or not you are here. We try to find every way that we can to scholarship kids, parents and families to continue to come through those doors and to continue on their path of healthy spirit, mind and body. I found myself getting attached to our members, of course we do! I found comfort and pride in the fact that I worked for a wellness organization who does everything possible to help their members come in to the building to continue their quest for better living whether they have just been diagnosed with stage four cancer, lost their job, going through a financial hardship, divorce or simply can’t afford swim lessons for their children or even themselves – we care enough to make it happen for them.
I had some senior citizen students, who lost their husband or wife and hadn’t been out of the house until somehow they found out about the Y and now, it’s the best part of their day. They’ve made friends, they volunteer, and the Y has become their family as well.
The C in YMCA is paramount for me. Christian values, and mission statement together, well, I don’t need to say anything more than that.
+ - Edith Wilson
Our family has always been active in the YMCA. Our YMCA is in Garland, TX. My husband was Assistant Soccer Coach and I was a team Mom. Our children were active in Sports. My daughter learned how to swim at our Y. My Mom was Executive Secretary for Downtown YMCA, Dallas, TX for 31 years.
The YMCA gave us an opportunity to be part of a larger family - we got to know other families in our city. The Y always was glad to see our family. We felt we belong. I worked part time and full time at the Garland YMCA. Then, I came to work for Park Cities Y. We are a YMCA family!