To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.



At the Y strengthening community 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 and grow.

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Our Staff


Chief Executive Officer

Chris joined the Richard G. Snyder YMCA team in November, 2019. Chris previously served as District Executive Director for the Detroit Metropolitan YMCA, responsible for the operation of three branches in the Detroit suburbs for 10 years.

Prior to joining the Y in 2010, Chris enjoyed 25 years in the area of large multipurpose fitness and hospital based wellness centers. As Vice President and Regional Manager with WellBridge, Chris was responsible for the development and start-up of facilities in St. Louis and the plans for Indianapolis, IN and Houston, TX. His leadership guided the creation of chronic disease protocols for the hospital based wellness centers with WellBridge within the St. Louis market.

While in Denver, Colorado Chris was responsible for the operation on the 180,000 square foot Colorado Athletic Club Inverness. Under his leadership, Inverness was able to create extensive retention programs focused on keeping members active. Those innovative retention programs resulted in a seven percent improvement in retention. During his time in Denver, Chris was awarded the National Executive of the Year award by Club Sports International/WellBridge.

Chris is a graduate of Bowling Green State University



Bethany joined the Richard G. Snyder YMCA team in 2007. Bethany has held many different positions in the Y and is currently the Director of Marketing. As Director of Marketing, Bethany is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing all the Richard G.Snyder YMCA marketing strategies, communication processes, and public relation activities in order to advance the Y’s mission. Bethany has an Associates Degree from the University of Valley Forge.



Director of Operations

Brad joined the Richard G. Snyder YMCA part-time as a personal trainer and coach in March of 2017. In January of 2018, he was brought on full-time as the Operations Coordinator. Brad graduated from Washington & Jefferson College in 2002 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Business & Psychology with a concentration in Human Resource Management. In 2004, he graduated from the American InterContinental University with a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Global Human Resource Management. Brad is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. As the Director of Operations, Brad is responsible for developing and directing high-quality program strategies which support branch and association goals and strategies. Brad also supervises, leads, directs, trains, develops and appraises program directors, employees, and volunteers.


Program Director of Family & Youth

Bria started her career at the Richard G. Snyder YMCA as the Director of Youth and Family Programming in January of 2019. She graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management. Bria oversees all the youth and family programs and activities such as youth sports, the M.A.D. Program, and Summer Day Camp.


Program Director of Aquatics

Mary Ann provides leadership, direction and manages all aquatic programming, staffing, and budgeting for the aquatic department. Mary Ann began working at RGS Y in 2013 as a swim team coach, swim lesson instructor & lifeguard. Mary Ann is also a Lifeguard Trainer and Swim Lesson Trainer. In 2015 Mary Ann became the Aquatic Coordinator and in 2016 became the Director of Aquatics.



Program Director of Wellness

Hillary manages the day to day operations of health and wellness programs including personal training, group training, group exercise, healthy living programs, youth conditioning programs, and wellness staff. Hillary teaches multiple group fitness classes and holds certifications in SilverSneakers®, Delay the Disease, Zumba, Barre, BodyCombat, MixxedFit® (she is also a National Trainer for this format) and is a Certified Personal Trainer. Hillary has been an instructor for the RGS Y since 2008 and has been the Director of Wellness since 2013. Hillary holds a degree in Sociology from Westminster College.



Facility Director

Tiger began his career at the RGS Y in 2014.Tiger is responsible for the operations and supervision of Y facilities including basic building maintenance and staff supervision, Tiger is a Certified Pool Operator and is trained in advanced diagnostic & repair for core health  & fitness machines.



Director of Healthy Living Initiatives

Jake started at the Y in July 2019 after graduating from Gannon University in Erie, PA.  Jake holds a M.S. degree in Sport and Exercise Science as well as minor degrees in Biology and Philosophy. He is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. Jake manages all Healthy Living Initiatives at the Y. These include programs for cancer survivors, individuals at risk for developing type II diabetes, adults and children with special needs, those with high blood pressure, those with arthritis, and more.



Program Director of Membership

Marlene joined the RGS YMCA family as the Director of Membership in June of 2019.  As the Director of Membership, Marlene oversees the day to day operations of the Welcome Center and Childwatch as well as develops new and exciting ways to engage our members. She also enjoys reaching out the community and educating them on the Y and all it has to offer. Originally from Southern California, Marlene holds a degree in Communications from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.



Senior Program Coordinator

Nadine has been an instructor at the Y since 2014 and has held the position of Senior Program Coordinator since July of 2016. Under the supervision of the Health & Wellness Director, the Senior Program Coordinator oversees the development and operation of the Active Older Adult programs and events. On land, Nadine is certified in Group Exercise, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Leader, (SilverSneakers™) SS Yoga, SS Classic, SS Circuit, SS CardioFit and SS Stability. In the water, she is certified as an AEA Aquatic Fitness Professional, Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program Leader and as a SilverSneaker™ Splash instructor. She regularly teaches a Senior Circuit class, is the resident A Matter of Balance class leader and is sometimes found dancing around the pool deck leading Arthritis Wet & Sweat.


Christy Sweet

Director of Human Resources

Christy started her career at the Richard G Snyder YMCA in December 2018 as a HR Associate and was Promoted to Director of Human Resources in June 2019. Christy graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources, with a Minor in Accounting, from Indiana University of PA. Christy oversees all the daily functions of the Human Resources department.



Please send completed application and current resume to:
Richard G. Snyder YMCA
Attn: Christy Sweet
1150 N. Water St.
Kittanning, PA. 16201

Phone:  724-545-9622

Fax:  724-545-1566