Our staff is deeply and passionately committed to the James Family Prescott YMCA and its mission. They are individuals who foster a sense of fellowship and belonging. As ambassadors to health and community, the James Family Prescott YMCA staff welcomes you!
Executive Director - Damon Olsen
Damon Olsen has been the CEO of the James Family Prescott YMCA since January of 2011. Since joining the James Family Prescott YMCA Damon’s accomplishments have included: spearheading and partnering with key donors to complete renovation of the pool including a new dehumidification system, pool filtering system, and ventilation system. New gymnastics pit was added in 2014 and various other projects and programs have been included. Damon is an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Prescott where he currently serves as a board member. Prior to coming to the James Family Prescott YMCA, Damon was a Senior Executive Director with the Valley of the Sun YMCA’s Ross Farnsworth-East Valley and Mesa Family YMCA branches. During his nine years in Mesa, Damon raised over $5 million for the YMCA and led a $350,000 sports field renovation project, partnering the Mesa Family YMCA with the City of Mesa and various community organizations. Damon has over 24 years of YMCA experience, including stints in Mesa, AZ, Whittier CA, and Newport Beach CA.
Damon and his wife Dawna who is a teacher with the Prescott Unified School District have 3 children; Austin (20), Grace (17) and Hope (13). Damon enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid Pickleball player. Damon is originally from Kailua, HI.
Associate Director - Rachelle Skvarek
Rachelle came the Prescott YMCA in 2014. Prior to becoming the Child Care Director, Rachelle work in child care in Phoenix for over 20 years. Since her time with the YMCA she has served as Child Care Director and as Membership Director, which has provided the knowledge and experience to serve as Associate Director. She brings knowledge and passion to the YMCA with her love of the field and desire to make Y child care the best it can be. Rachelle continues working with First Things First, Quality First and Smart Support programs that provide resources, and support to the Y child care department. As the Associate Director, Rachelle is also the Race Director for the Whiskey Row Marathon.
Aquatics Director - Kelly Winkels
Kelly moved to Prescott in 2007 and received her lifeguard certification within her first week in town. After receiving certification she started working for the James Family Prescott YMCA teaching swim lessons and guarding. After a year she moved to Flagstaff and began working at the Wall Aquatic Center where she received her Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Instructor certifications. On holiday breaks and vacations Kelly returned to the YMCA to help lifeguard and teach lessons. She studied abroad in Germany, worked at Camp Pontiac in New York as a Waterfront/ Pool Director and has been to several pools across Arizona training lifeguards and swim instructors. She has 2 Bachelors degrees in German and English Education. Between teaching swim lessons and lifeguards, Kelly assists with the Arizona steering committee, for the American Red Cross, training new instructor trainers how to teach the Red Cross curriculum. She was an Aquatics Director at the YMCA of Southern Arizona, but is happy to take on a new role as the Aquatics Director at the James Family Prescott YMCA where she is at home in the mountains.
Business Director - Marsha Hollaway
My YMCA story starts with being a Member for the past 15 years. I became an employee in 2005 as an Indoor Cycling Instructor. Through the years I have gained experience and certifications to teach a wide variety of classes at the YMCA. When the Payroll/HR position became available, I applied and was hired in April 2012. When the Business Director position became available, I applied and was hired in March 2013. I have a BA degree in Broadcast Communications from Western Kentucky University and an MBA degree from ASU. I continue to teach Indoor Cycling, Aqua Aerobics, and Core and More. If you don't see me at the Y, I'm probably in the Grand Canyon!
Child Care Director - Kristie Bandy
Kristie and her husband of 35 years moved to Prescott in 2018 to be close to her 5 adult children. She has an associate degree in early education as well as a director certificate. She has 25 years of experience and has taught as well as directed several programs in the Mesa Gilbert area. She has a passion for children and families, and she strives for quality care for all children. She has extensive knowledge in best practice for children, quality first standards, and child care licensing rules and regulations. She is happy to serve the Prescott community and their families.
Dance Program Coordinator - Samantha Beasley
Samantha has over 20+ years of dance experience. Starting with tap at age 7, she soon fell in love with dance. Continuing her training she was immersed in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and contemporary, and started competing in competitions for Westside Dance Academy in Portland OR. In high school she became a Thespian for her theater department at St. Mary’s Academy. In college, Samantha learned Graham, Cunningham, and Hawkins while performing for the professional dance companies: Rainbow Dance Theater, Merge, and Orchesis. On completing college Samantha formed her own performing company ARTheism and traveled across the nation performing in multiple different venues. Samantha has been a festival and community organizers for multiple different projects. She is very excited to bring her talent and enthusiasm to the YMCA Dance Studio.
Health & Wellness Director - Mary Byrne
Mary has been employed by the James Family Prescott YMCA since February of 2005. At that time, she was hired as a Personal Trainer and First Step Coach. Today, she is the Fitness Coordinator for the Fitness Department, overseeing about 40 Group Fitness Instructors and Personal Trainers combined. She still works with clients on a one on one basis and also teaches Stretch n Flex, Pump Iron and Boot Camp classes. Over the years that she has been employed here, the members have become and extended family to her. The YMCA is a community of people that come together every day with diverse backgrounds and common interests. “I am blessed to be a part of this organization and I hope it will be a strong relationship for years to come!”
Gymnastics Director - Jon Sebastian
Jon has been coaching gymnastics since 1975 and owned his own club in Brighton, Colorado. His experience, enthusiasm and passion for the position provide him with the necessary tools to instill confidence, strength and grace in the Y's female gymnasts. He enjoys seeing the gymnasts improve and has found a wonderful community with the the coaches, athletes and Y families.
Sports Director - Jaime DeJoseph
Jaime was born and raised in Prescott. She grew up loving and playing sports, which led her to Grand Canyon University to pursue a Bachelors Degree in Sports Management in which she graduated with in 2015. Shortly after, she began at the YMCA where she has held the role of Sports Intern and Sports Assistant before becoming the Sports Director in the beginning of 2018. In her spare time, she loves watching and playing sports and spending time with her friends and family, specifically her two adorable nephews.
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Membership Director - Ryan Harlow
Originally from Virginia, Ryan has lived in Prescott since 2006. Ryan graduated from Northern Arizona University (NAU) in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Parks & Recreation Management. Ryan's passion for social responsibility and youth development has served him well during his career here at the James Family Prescott YMCA. Ryan was the Sports Director from 2012 to 2018 and has recently taken on the role of Membership Director as of March 2018. He believes in all that the YMCA does and stands for, and looks forward to being part of a team that helps strengthen the community and those that live in it. Ryan enjoys playing basketball, football, baseball, & soccer (really any sport) and if you can't find him on a ball field or court he's probably off hiking or camping.