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.

 

 

David Ozmore, Branch Executive Director

Middle Tyger YMCA

David is a 24 year veteran of the YMCA.  He started his career with the YMCA of the Triangle in 1993 as a Youth Sports Director and Summer Day Camp Director.  In 1999, he became the first Executive Director of the Kings Mountain YMCA, a branch of the Cleveland County Family YMCA.  David later became the organization’s first Chief Operating Officer and served as leader of 6 YMCA branches. David accepted the Chief Executive Officer’s position with the YMCA of Greater New Orleans in 2008 and led a turnaround of one of the country’s oldest YMCAs, returning the YMCAs in New Orleans to stability and growth after Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Oil spill. He also served as the President/Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of High Point from 2012 to 2016. David is married to his wife, Page (Shelby, NC). They have three daughters, Lauren, Sally Kathryn, and Jessie. David is a lifelong learner…He holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Wingate University, and has completed his Master’s degree from Springfield College (Organizational Behavi or and Leadership Development).

His passions in life include his family, running, cycling and cheering on the NC State Wolfpack!!!  

   


 

Ken Bailey, Branch Executive Director

Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA

Ken came to Spartanburg with an impressive 30-plus-year Y career behind him. Most recently, Ken was the CEO at the Bainbridge Y in Georgia, and prior to that he worked at YMCAs in Anderson, SC, Montgomery, AL and Cincinnati, OH. A graduate of Berea College, Ken earned a B.S. in Health, PE and Science. Ken is married with four grown children and enjoys deer hunting, fishing and baseball. His first job out of college was with a AAA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians!

Fun fact: Ken is a descendent of the Hatfield family - yes, that's right, the infamous Hatfield- McCoy feud.

 

 

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.

 




 

Cassie Lloyd, Director of Mission Advancement

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 and art before joining the Y as a yoga instructor in 2010. She became a 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.

 

 

 

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.

                                      

Samantha Brock, HR Coordinator

Samantha began her Y career in 1999 as a childwatch staff member. She later moved to member services and became the HR coordinator in 2015. Samantha studied Business Administration at USC Upstate. A native of Moore, Samantha lives in Moore with her husband and daughter. 

Fun fact: Samantha and her husband enjoy "living off the land" - growing and hunting  their own food.

 

 

Atticus Fehl, Sports 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.

 


 




Kait Johnson, Association Childcare Director

Kait began her Y career as a camp counselor at the Ruby C. Hunt Y in Boiling Springs, NC in 2012. She continued her journey as the Family Programs Coordinator for the "Ruby". In 2013, Kait became the Family Programs Director at the Dover Foundation YMCA before she joined the Spartanburg Y in August 2015. Kait received her Bachelor's degree in Human Services from Gardner-Webb University.

Fun Fact: Kait taught herself to play the guitar and most stringed instruments, loves sports and outdoors, AND, she won the Little Miss North Carolina title in 1992!

 

Susan Luhrsen, Aquatics Director

Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA

Susan came to the Y from Michigan in 2014 where she "retired" from Bridgman Public Schools as Aquatics Manager. She relocated to Spartanburg with her husband Harold and has found real joy working in the Aquatics department at the Y. "I was never aware of the commitment to service and community that YMCAs offer - I am honored that I can fulfill my mission through Aquatic programs at the Tom!"

Fun fact: Susan loves Harry Potter and has always shares a birthday with another staff member at all her jobs! 

 

 

Wendy Jo Cotham, Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA Wellness Director

Wendy Jo joined the YMCA family in January of 2017.  She has been in the Health and Wellness Field for over 20 years-beginning as a Group Exercise Instructor at North Carolina State University, where she graduated with a BA in History and Minor in Physical Education.  Wendy Jo's greatest joy is sharing her passion and heart for health and wellness with others. Wendy Jo is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, and is currently certified in Les Mills Body Pump, RPM, and GRIT.  When Wendy Jo is not at the Y, you can find her chasing after her three children: Franklin, Walt, and Martha...and her husband, Tucker!

Fun Fact: Wendy Jo was born in Paris.  Paris, Tennessee home of the "World's Biggest Fish Fry".

 
 


 

Sherry Johnson, Middle Tyger YMCA

Health and Wellness Specialist

Middle Tyger YMCA

Sherry has worked at the Middle Tyger Family YMCA since 2005. She is a certified fitness instructor and personal trainer who teaches classes and trains clients throughout the week.

Sherry is a native of Duncan, SC. She attended James F. Byrnes High School, Spartanburg Methodist College, and University of South Carolina Upstate.

Fun Fact: Sherry was a member of the Colorguard in the James F. Byrnes High School Marching Band and a Spartanburg Methodist College cheerleader.

 

 

 

 

Amy Smith, Association Business Operations Director

YMCA of Greater Spartanburg

Amy has a BA in Psychology and an MS in Human Services Community Counseling from the State University of  New York at Oswego. She began her Y career in early 2012 with the Northwest Family YMCA of Columbia and joined the Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA in late 2012, but her Y roots go back over 20 years ago to high school when she worked with other teens in an outreach program run through the Auburn YMCA in New York state. Before starting her Y career, Amy taught at the college level for more than ten years and prior to that worked as a Teen Health Educator and a Chemical Dependency Counselor.

Fun facts… Amy was involved with Karate as a young teen and participated in sparring competitions. As an adult, she's had some poetry published.

 

Sammy Sutton, Facilities Coordinator

Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA

Sammy attended Southeastern Free Will Baptist College and Andersonville Theological Seminary and graduated with a B.A. in Pastoral Theology and Biblical Studies.
Sammy enjoys coaching and giving devotions for youth sports at the YMCA.

Fun Facts:
Sammy pastors North Spartanburg Free Will Baptist Church.
Sammy and his wife Amanda have five children. They all enjoy participating in youth sports as well.

 

Deidre Taber, Association Membership Director

YMCA of Greater Spartanburg

Deidre is a graduate of Lander University, located in Greenwood, S.C., where she earned a B.S. Degree in Business Administration.  Deidre is married with three children. She has worked with the YMCA for over 13 years.  "My YMCA career began at the Greenwood Family YMCA in 2000, where I worked in member services and childcare. Then my husband's job brought us to the Spartanburg area and I started working at the  Middle Tyger YMCA in 2007. My family has always been very active members of the YMCA.  All three of my children have been involved in swim team and various other youth sports."

Fun Fact: Deidre is a certified scuba diver.  She loves reading, cooking and snow skiing.
 

 

Steve Wilson, Facilities Director

Middle Tyger Family 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.

 

Jeff McIntyre, Facilities Director

Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA

Jeff began his Y career in 2015. Formerly a firefighter and EMT, Jeff is also a licensed residential builder. He holds a degree in electronics from Spartanburg Community College.

Fun fact: Jeff and his son enjoy working on construction projects together, building cabinets, furniture, etc.

 

 


Ted Pierson, Head Swim Coach

YMCA OF GREATER SPARTANBURG

Swim Coach - Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA Coach Ted was raised in the suburbs of Washington DC, where he swam for John Flannagan at the Alexandria Y Flying Fish, and was a member of the 1990 short course Y-National championship team.  He continued his swimming career as a walk-on at Virginia Tech, where Ted lettered all 4 years and was a conference finalist the final 3 years he swam.  Va-Tech was where Ted began his coaching career as an undergrad assistant while he was finishing up his degree.  In the fall of 1995, Ted moved back to the DC area to coach with Sea Devil Swimming.  Coach Ted comes to the YSSC program from Raleigh NC, where he was the Head Senior Coach at the Ravenscroft Site for the Marlins of Raleigh.   Coach Ted is happily married to his wife, Kirstin Lemme, and has twin daughters, Gianna and Farrah. 
Fun Fact: In his free time Ted is a musician, playing the bass guitar.  He is also an avid supporter of all sports teams from the Washington DC area, particularly the Washington Capitals.

 


 


 


 

Harmilee Cousin, III, Lead Pre-Senior / Assistant Senior Coach

Coach Cousin came to Y-Spartaquatics in the spring of 2016 after serving with Ozaukee Aquatics, as Lead 13-14 / Assistant Senior Coach, in (Greater Milwaukee) Mequon, Wisconsin from 2014 to 2016.  In 2014, he served as a Volunteer Coach/Intern with SwimMAC Carolina in Charlotte, North Carolina.  From 2012 to 2014 Harmilee served as both the Head Age Group Coach with the North Division and an Assistant Senior Coach with the South Division of the Schroeder YMCA Swim Team / Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center in Brown Deer, Wisconsin.  From 2008 to 2012 Coach Cousin served with Erie Aquatics Club in Erie, Pennsylvania. 

While residing in Erie, he also served as the assistant swimming coach for Mercyhurst Preparatory School and a volunteer assistant swimming coach for The Pennsylvania State University - Erie, The Behrend College (Penn State Behrend).

Collegiately, Harmilee competed for Penn State Behrend under the direction of Jennifer Wallace and Joseph Tristan, where he was a part of four Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) championship teams from 2006 to 2010.  Harmilee graduated from Penn State Behrend in the spring of 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics, a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a certificate in Financial Planning.  Harmilee is originally from Frederick, Maryland; a northern suburb of Washington DC.

Coach Cousin is currently a member in good standing with the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) and an associate member in good standing with the Australian Swimming Coaches & Teachers Association (ASCTA).  In addition he has achieved the Level 4 Performance Certification with ASCA.  Harmilee currently resides in Greenville, SC.

 

   

                                    
 

 

Wendy Viney, Head Developmental Coach

Wendy coaches the YSL group. Wendy grew up in Greer where she developed a love for swimming, dancing, and cheering.  She swam for Rusty Brook Swim Team before graduating from Clemson University in Secondary Education (Mathematics).  Throughout the summers of college and her teaching position (Berea High School), Wendy worked at Foxcoft Pool in several capacities to include, lifeguard, manager, and swim team coach.  Finally, after nine summers, Wendy and husband, Jeff, moved to Florida and started a family.  Now, they are  in Greer and have two boy Cukes, Cam and Copeland, and her daughter Strawberry Fastskin Gardner Anne. Wendy had coached YSL for several seasons as well leading  the Age Group Dryland for 3 seasons. She worked with all of the color groups in the Cuke dryland program.  Wendy is thrilled to have joined the coaching team at the Y and looks forward to a great season with Green and Red!  


                          
 

Bart Simonson, Age Group Site Coach

Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA

Bart attended Winthrop University and graduated with a B.S. in Physical Education. Bart began coaching swimming with the Upper Palmetto YMCA Rays swim team, where he coached for four years. Bart produced many AG Sectional and AG Zone qualifiers during his tenure at Upper Palmetto. He joined the Y Spartaquatics Swim Team coaching staff in September 2012. While in college, Bart managed two pools with Carolina Pool Management. He became Aquatics Director in the Spring of 2014.

Fun facts:  Bart has two Australian shepherds and has won at least 5 eating contests (that he admits to).