Board & Staff



Board


Board of Directors

Carol Balerud
Chad Dyhrkopp
Eric Hall
Jon Heibel
Mike Jeffryes
Jennifer Knowlton
Krynn Larsen
Adam Urkoski
Emily Vasina

 

Executive Committee

Brian Christensen:  CVO
Brent Ogle: Asst. CVO
Neal Suess:  Treasurer
Corey Briggs:   CEO

Staff


Corey Briggs

Corey Briggs

CEO

Corey is the CEO of the Columbus Family YMCA. In this role, Corey leads a team providing the overall management and direction of the YMCA as a community organization. Before rejoining the YMCA in 2008, Corey worked for 7 years with Mission Nebraska leading the I CAN Camp Ministry across the state. This ministry served low-income, disadvantaged children in summer camps and after school settings. Corey started his professional career at the Columbus Family YMCA in 1993 after graduating from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Corey was the Program and Camp Director at our YMCA for seven years. Corey is passionate about impacting the lives of children, youth and families. Working for the YMCA provides Corey with the opportunity to affect the spirit, mind and body of those who come in contact with YMCA programs and services. Corey is a Christ follower who seeks to honor God in all he does. Working for the YMCA is the perfect opportunity to do that every day.

Ryan Beringer

Ryan Beringer

Director of Operations

Ryan is our Director of Operations and is in charge of Human Resources.  Ryan began at the YMCA in Sept 2017 and has over 5 years of Human Resource experience.  Ryan graduated from David City Aquinas high school in 1997, and then went to Central Community College in Columbus and received a Business/ Marketing Diploma.  Ryan is very passionate about the growth of the YMCA and the great future that the Y has.  Ryan is married to Heather and they have three children, Andon, Makara, and Brinley.

Betsy Eckhardt

Betsy Eckhardt

Membership/Administrative Director

Betsy is our Membership Director. She has been with the Columbus Family YMCA since 2012. Betsy is a believer in the core values of the Y. She supports the Y because it is a very family friendly place with several activities for both parents and kids. She is passionate about the growth of the Y. She hopes to provide services that will help grow Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.

Jen Brownlow

Jen Brownlow

Wellness Director

Jen Brownlow is our Wellness Director. She started as a full-time employee at the YMCA in October 2000. Her Fitness career did start at the YMCA in 1995 as a Step Instructor. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Jen is a ACE certified Personal Trainer and she is currently certified as a Les Mills BodyPump and BodyCombat instructor. Jen has taught dance aerobics, group cycling and silversneakers classes. She loves to motivate participants and help them find the type of exercise that fits into their lives. Outside of the YMCA, Jen enjoys sports, gardening, scrapbooking, volunteering at church, and attending her kids’ activities.

Nick Zakrzewski

Nick Zakrzewski

Sports Director

Nick joined the YMCA staff as the Sports Director in January 2018. A 2014 Columbus High School graduate, Nick enjoyed playing baseball, basketball, golf, and soccer growing up. In high school he followed his passion of golf and played for three years. After graduation, Nick attended Central Community College here in Columbus where he obtained Business Management Certificate along with a Business Management Diploma. In his free time he enjoys the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.

Marisa Dixon

Marisa Dixon

Aquatics Director

Marisa is the Aquatics Director for the YMCA. Marisa is originally from southeast Colorado. She graduated from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas with her Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and will finish her Master’s degree in Sports Administration from FHSU in May 2019. She was a graduate assistant at FHSU for the Aquatics department for 2 years and worked side-by-side with their Aquatics Director. Marisa is excited to get to share her love of the pool and of healthy living at the Y and help others learn and have fun with aquatics. Outside of the Y, Marisa enjoys music and sports.


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