Our Staff

YMCA of Greater Spartanburg Staff


Rick Callebs, CEO

YMCA of Greater Spartanburg

Rick earned a B.S. in Physical Education from Berea College in Kentucky. His 30-plus year YMCA career began in Sommerset, KY, and continued in Corpus Christi, TX, Bainbridge, GA, and Greenwood, SC. Rick has been with the YMCA of Greater Spartanburg since 2004. 

Fun Fact: Rick was the president of the boys choir in 8th grade.


Jerry Dixon, Branch Executive Director, Middle Tyger YMCA

Jerry has been a Y CEO for the past 16 years. Most recently in Ashland, Kentucky, Jerry has worked in YMCAs in Florence, SC, Nashville, TN and South Florida. Jerry will begin his tenure at the Middle Tyger YMCA on September 1, 2013.




Debra Garner, Finance Director

YMCA of Greater Spartanburg

Debra has been with the Y since 1997. She went to school at Spartanburg Community College and USC with a major in accounting.

Fun Facts: Debra loves to travel and her hobbies include scrapbooking, fish aquariums, and beading.


Rene McCurdy, Director of Development

YMCA of Greater Spartanburg

Rene came to us from the YMCA of Greenville in January of 2013. With a background in marketing, graphic design, advertising, fundraising and fitness, Rene not only helps us fulfill our mission through successful fundraising, but also teaches a variety of group exercise and indoor cycling classes and provides project management for special events and programs.

Sheila Conder, Accounting Assistant

YMCA of Greater Spartanburg

A Spartanburg native, Sheila has worked with the YMCA of Greater Spartanburg since 1991. She attended USC Columbia and USC Upstate, and worked for 10 years as a secretary for School District 7 before her YMCA career began.


Atticus Fehl, Youth Development Director

Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA

Originally from Pittsburgh, Atticus went to Wofford College in Spartanburg where he received his B.S. degree in Biology. His YMCA history includes lifeguarding and teaching swimming lessons, as well as leading the Membership department before moving into his current role. He has been with the YMCA of Greater Spartanburg since 2006.

Fun Fact: Atticus has taken a lot of Botany classes and can identify many native SC plants to genera and species. He also enjoys cycling, skateboarding, and being outside.



Jennifer Wilson, Membership Director

Middle Tyger YMCA

After graduating from high school in Florida, Jennifer moved to North Carolina to attend Gardner-Webb University.  While at Gardner-Webb, she worked in various roles with the Cleveland County Y for 3 years. She graduated with a bachelorís degree in Psychology and a minor in the YMCA Professional Studies Program. Through the YMCA program, Jennifer was able to complete the requirements to be a Senior Director in the Y.  Jennifer has been with the Middle Tyger YMCA since 2006. 




Cassie Lloyd, Marketing  & Communication Director

YMCA of Greater Spartanburg

Cassie earned her B.A. in English at Appalachian State University and her M.A. in school counseling at Gardner-Webb University. She began her career in sales and marketing and taught high school English for 10 years before joining the Y as a yoga instructor in 2010. She became the Marketing Director in March of 2011 .

Fun Fact: Cassie lived in seven different states while she was growing up, including Virginia, Connecticut, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Illinois, and Michigan. She loves cycling and hiking and she spends almost every weekend outdoors with her family.




Steve Wilson, Facilities Director

Middle Tyger YMCA

Steve has been with the Middle Tyger YMCA since 2007. A local high school football and track star, Steve has coached youth sports leagues and helped countless young people get involved with the Y. He has two adult sons.

Cool Fact: Steve opens the doors every weekday morning well before the official 5am opening to let folks get an extra-early start on their workouts.


Peter Wright Head Swim Coach

Y-Spartaquatics Swim Team

Originally from Overland Park, Kansas, Coach Pete was raised in Westfield, NJ where he spent 11 years swimming for the Westfield YMCA. Pete graduated from Oberlin University in 1993 with a BA in Biology and History. After college, Pete worked at the Ridgewood YMCA in New Jersey and at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Club before joining the Middle Tyger YMCA in 2002. He is married to the lovely Meghan Wright and has a daughter, Scarlett.

Fun Fact: Pete is a devout Kansas City Chiefs fan and loves to collect live music.   



Ben Pulskamp, Senior Coach

Y-Spartaquatics Swim Team

Coach Ben Pulskamp comes to YSSC from the Summerville Marlins Racing Team in Charleston, SC.  Ben worked at SMRT for three years primarily working with their GOLD Group.  Ben brings an energy and spirit to the pool deck that can only be described as infectious.   You may recognize Benís name, because it graces many of our YSSC Y-National team banners that hang at MTY.  Ben had the pleasure of being coached by Pete his Senior year in High School and is very excited to be back to learn some more.  Ben was a multiple finalist at Y-Nationals excelling in the 100 and 200 butterfly. 

Ben was a four year scholarship swimmer for the Seahawks at UNC-Wilmington.  While swimming at UNCW he was awarded the Most Outstanding Swimmer Award his sophomore year and was named team captain his senior year.  Benís desire for excellence and passion for the teamís success will be invaluable as he helps lead the Cuke Senior program into the future.  Letís Go Cukes!!!



Scott Stephens, Head Age Group Coach

Y-Spartaquatics Swim Team

Coach Scott comes to YSSC from YCSC in Columbia, SC where he was one of their strongest age group coaches the past 4 years.  He has coached  State Finalists, State Champions,  Age Group Sectional Finalists, Zone Finalists,  SC Select Camp members and SC Zone Team Athletes.  He served as a 2012 and 2013 SC Zones Assistant Coach as well as a 2012 SC Select Camp Coach.  Scott brings a passion for developing young people into great swimmers, while helping them understand the long term plan for achieving their goals and beyond.    

Scott attended Wingate University where he was a scholarship athlete for four years and a Division II All-American.  He was also 6 time All-Conference in the 100 and 200 Butterfly and also a conferece finalist in the 100 Breaststroke.  YSSC is excited about having him on board with the Cuke way of swimming!