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Leadership Team & Board Members

Every team member is committed to ensuring our members, participants, guests and community are welcomed, engaged, and feel valued. Meet the team and board members who strive everyday to better and strengthen our community.

Leadership Team

Maria McCracken, CEO

Tammie Wageman, Business Accounts Director

Eric Hall, Sports and Family Director

Candice Smith, Financial Director

Steve Jester, Development Director

Brynn Simons, Child Development Director

Joyce Thomasson, Bus Trip Coordinator

Liz Nordquist, Aquatics Director

Justin Kopanko, Wellness Director

Board of Directors

Shawn Stone

Judy Finch
Vice President

Cindy Hubbard

William (Bill) Wither

Steve Dews
Lynn Ferguson
Robert Lee
Katharine McCann
Tommy Merricks
Brent Ashwell
Holly Saunders
Coby Worsham

Bart Pannell
Bridgit Parker
Gary Penn
Bea Petty
Chuck Saye
Matt Tweedy
Wendy Thomas Younger

Be Part of the Community


When you join the Y, you’re joining more than a gym, you are contributing something greater. You are helping to strengthen our community.

Youth Sports

Helping kids stay active through sports is a key foundation to the YMCA. Exercise, teamwork, confidence building all are goals achieved through sports. Throughout the year we offer various sports. With each sport a new set of skills can be obtained and/or enhanced.


Check out the latest pool, swim lesson, group fitness, gym, and Play & Stay schedules


We are a charitable community nonprofit organization and when you support the Y, you help make our communities stronger and help the “us” who live here realize the power of their full potential. Contributions to the Altavista Area YMCA fall into three categories: capital contributions, endowment giving, and annual contributions. Tax Information: We are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Our tax identification number is 54-0895639. Contributions to the Altavista Area YMCA are tax-deductible.

Since 1971, the Altavista Area YMCA has been helping lead the transformation of health care with a community approach that emphasizes well-being, prevention and health maintenance.

  • ATHLETIC CENTER: Gymnasium, wellness center, Play & Stay, indoor track, racquetball court, group exercise room, locker rooms, conference room, multi-purpose room and administrative offices.
  • FAMILY CENTER: Indoor pool, child care facilities for children 6 weeks – 12 yrs of age, and tennis courts.