Uniontown Area YMCA

1 YMCA Drive Uniontown, PA 15401
724.438.2584

About US

Our mission:

 

To put Christian Principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

We are a cause driven, non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening our community in spirit, mind, and body. Much more than just a fitness center, we focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility as well. At the Y we know we aren’t simply in the community, but a part of it, and when we strengthen others we strengthen ourselves. Welcome to the Y. You belong here.

Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions you may have about the Uniontown Area YMCA.

Our Directors

Our dedicated team is here and excited to help you with your heath and wellness goals!

Casey Dascenzo

Interim CEO/Aquatic Director

caseyd@uniontownymca.org
724.438.2584 x-106

Get to know Casey:
Casey is a 2011 graduate of Laurel Highlands high school, where she was a member of the swim team all four years and served as a co-captain her senior year. Her time at the pool started when she was just a child at the Uniontown Area YMCA in the swim lesson program. As she progressed through swim classes, she eventually joined the swim team at the Y. At the age of 15, she obtained an American Red Cross lifeguard certification and begin working at the Y as a lifeguard and swim class instructor. Casey graduated from California University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a bachelor’s (2016) and master’s (2017) degree in Sport Management. Casey was an Assistant Swim Team Coach at the Y before being hired as the Aquatic Director in March 2019.

Casey is responsible for providing overall direction, coordination, and success of YMCA pool operations. She oversees staff, programming, rentals, swim team, and pool water management and safety.

Her favorite thing about being the Aquatic Director is seeing children progressed through the classes and conquer their fears.

Pam George

Associate Executive Director

pamg@uniontownymca.org
724.438.2584 x-112

Get to know Pam:
Pam has been actively working in the fitness field since the late 1980’s as both a Group Fitness Exercise Instructor and a Personal Trainer. Pam has been an employee of the Uniontown YMCA for almost 30 years. Pam is currently the Associate Executive Director of the Uniontown Area YMCA.

Pam currently holds the following trainings and certifications: The American Council on Exercise, a National Certifying body accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agency’s Founded in 1985. ACE is the largest nonprofit health and fitness certification, education and training organization in the world with 58,000 certified professionals who hold more than 64,000 ACE Certifications: personal training, group exercise, orthopedic specialist, fitness nutrition specialist, weight management specialist, youth fitness specialist; holds certifications in senior fitness, aqua fitness, kickboxing, pilates, yoga fitness, Piyo®, indoor cycling, and enhanced fitness; trained as a Zumba® instructor, Aqua Zumba® instructor, Toning Zumba; Heathway’s accredited SilverSneaker® Instructor trained in circuit, classic, yoga, and water fitness for older adults; and certified to teach On the Move, a study program designed by the University of Pittsburgh.

Pam has completed a Family Fitness Educator Training session with the Pennsylvania State Cooperative Extension, Fayette County in 2010; certified corrective exercise specialist with the BioMechanics Method; certified by Dr. Lamb to teach Tai chi for arthritis; trained through the Y of the USA in cardiac maintenance, blood pressure self-management, chronic disease self-management, chronic pain self-management, healthy steps for older adults, and the diabetes prevention program. Pam is currently completing a diabetes specialist certification with the American Council on exercise (ACE) and is a Red Cross CPR instructor.

Robin Shimko

Finance and Membership Director

robins@uniontownymca.org
724.438.2584 x-101

Get to know Robin:
Robin is the Finance/Membership Director, of the Uniontown Area YMCA. She is proud to say that she has been a part of the Uniontown Area YMCA family since December 1989, at which time she was hired part-time at the Front Desk/Welcome Center. In April 1999, she became the Administrative Assistant to the CEO and Finance Director and held that position until June 2013, when she became the Finance Director, upon retirement of her predecessor. In February 2017, she was assigned the role of Membership Director in conjunction with her current Finance Director position.

Robin enjoys her position at the Uniontown Area YMCA and watching members prosper in making long lasting friendships/relationships that they may not have had a chance to do until joining the Y. In her Front Desk/Welcome Center days, she had a group of kids that kept her company every Saturday during her 12-hour shift. They became known as her “Y Brats”, and all have gone on to become very prosperous young men, which Robin is very proud of.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her 3 fur babies, as well as watching other people’s fur kids and she spends a little bit of her time volunteering for Fayette Friends of Animals and Teddy Bear Care, two local no-kill animal shelters. She has adopted various animals from both and would recommend that people “Adopt, Not Shop”, due to the overabundance of unwanted animals in Fayette and Greene Counties. When you adopt a pet, that pet is forever grateful and will love you unconditionally.

Jen Starcher

Director of Mission Advancement

jstarcher@uniontownymca.org
724.438.2584 x-111

Get to know Jen:

Jen is an outreach and social service advocate with a human resources, operations and change management background. A graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, she earned a bachelor’s degree in education. Jen is actively immersed in the Fayette County community through involvement with her church family and through collaborations and outreach initiatives with multiple non-profit organizations in the Uniontown area.

Jen’s ability to bring structure and development, as well as her ability to communicate solutions for challenges facing today’s society and organizations, has been sharpened by a diverse portfolio of unique experiences. While in a previous human resources management role, she was tasked to structure and manage a new division of HR, to bring a universal, streamlined approach to how the organization supported more remote teams with all-in-one HR solutions. In 2020, she developed a community, church-based outreach program to partner with the human services industry to better identify and understand issues facing the community and to strengthen relationships and collaborations with churches and organizations currently supporting the underserved population in Uniontown and surrounding areas. She has served as a church council member, board chair, and board secretary for local non-profits.

Jen is motivated by the command in the Bible to go and make disciples (Matt 28:19) and one of her favorite verses is Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!

Matt Butina

Maintenance Director

mattb@uniontownymca.org
724.438.2584

Get to know Matt:
Matthew is the YMCA Maintenance director. He began with the Y in March of 2020. Matt manages all aspects of facility operations. Matt is a former cabinet maker/stair builder by trade and owned a small construction company. He worked several years at a university in facilities management and has worked in construction for 25+ years.

Matt’s favorite quote is “We speak with more than our mouths. We listen with more than our ears.” Mr. Rogers.

Matt works at the Y because the members are great and he loves to contribute to a positive member experience.

Crystal Jackson

Director of Child Development

724.438.2584 x-108

Get to know Crystal:

Crystal graduated from Laurel Business Institute with a degree in Early Childhood Education. 

She began her career with the Uniontown Area YMCA in October 2012 as an assistant group supervisor in the Pre K program and has a combined 9 years of service with the Y teaching in various classrooms.

She has always had a passion for working with children. Working with The Y Kids has given Crystal a deep sense of joy. She loves watching them learn about the world around them. Being able to watch them grow in to their own person with each accomplishment they make is truly a blessing. 

Crystal enjoys spending her free time with her family making cherished memories with her six children. She also enjoys crafting and attending Sunday church services and outings. 

Favorite bible verse 

Luke 18:16-17 “let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, the kingdom

Tessa Hibbard

Program Director

theresah@uniontownymca.org
724.438.2584 x-103

Get to know Tessa:
Tessa began with the YMCA August 2022, as Program Director, and hit the ground running with many brand-new programs. As Program Director, Tessa is responsible for the supervision and direction of youth programming, youth and family events, and conducting personal training sessions in accordance with the mission, vision, and philosophy of the Uniontown Area YMCA. Tessa has a background in Exercise Science with several certifications as well as a Bachelor’s degree.

The most inspiring thing about her career at the YMCA is watching the growing connection between children and a love for fitness.

When Tessa is not at work, she loves to play with her three boys, niece, and nephews.  She also likes to exercise, study new research regarding exercise sciences, and participate in Tough Mudder obstacle races.

Our Officers

Tim Flecker              Chief Volunteer Officer/Board Chair
Yvonica Melvin     First Vice Chair
Bryan Ponzurick     Treasurer
Lori Scott        Secretary

Our Officers

Tim Flecker
Chief Volunteer Officer/Board Chair

Yvonica Melvin
First Vice Chair

Bryan Ponzurick
Treasurer

Lori Scott
Secretary

Our Board of Directors

Reid Smith
Mike Maendel
Ed Balling
Josh Gerson
Cheryl Yeardie

Gary Monaghan
Mike Quinn
Dr. Ashley Parker
Lori Scott
Pastor Al Thompson

Honorary Board Members

Ralph K. Barlay, Jr.
Dr. Joe T. Ruby

Dr. Michael George

Terry McMillen
John McCune

OUr Advisory Board:

Dave Fullmer
Jonathan Garlow

Chuck Michael
Greg Parsons

Our Board of Directors

Mike Maendel
Ed Balling
Josh Gerson
Cheryl Yeardie
Jeff MCCabe
Gary Monaghan
Mike Quinn
Dr. Ashley Parker
Lori Scott
Pastor Al Thompson

Honorary Board Members

Ralph K. Barlay, Jr.
Dr. Joe T. Ruby
Dr. Michael George
Terry McMillen
John McCune

Our Advisory Board:

Dave Fullmer
Jonathan Garlow
Chuck Michael

Greg Parsons

Membership Rates

Youth to Age 13
Monthly Rate: $16.00
Annual Rate: $192.00

Young Adult Age 14 – 23
Monthly Rate: $27.00
Annual Rate: $324.00

Adult (24 & Older)
Monthly Rate: $45.00
Annual Rate: $540.00

Household
Monthly Rate: $65.00
Annual Rate: $780.00

One Time New Member Processing Fee $10.00
*Rates Subject to Change*

What is a Household Membership?:
A couple and their dependents under the age of 18 living together in one household qualify for a household membership. Dependents 18 and older require an independent membership unless they are under the age of 24, residing at home, and currently enrolled in a minimum of six college, university, or vocational credits.

Payment Options:
Monthly: Electronic Bank Draft from your checking or savings or charge to your credit card either on the 5th or the 20th. To end membership a cancellation form MUST be completed, and allow 30 days before the bank draft is terminated.

Yearly: Pay in full one year at a time with credit, cash, or check.

Scholarships:
Scholarships for memberships and programs are made possible by the generous gifts to our Annual Campaign. Scholarship applications are available at the Welcome Desk.

Corporate Discount Programs are available. Let us help your employees stay healthy and strong with one of our Corporate memberships.

We also offer Wellness programming at your workplace and disease prevention programming for employees.

Our History

1844: First YMCA was started in London, England.

1851: First YMCA in the United States was started in Boston, Massachusetts.

1888 June 12: Uniontown Area YMCA was Chartered.

1921: The Gallatin Avenue facility was opened, during its 63 years of service it served the community with multitude of programs services and activities.

1984: Because of an aging facility and the need to expand programs to the community we moved to our current site at 1 YMCA Drive. This 9.8 acre site was donated by USX. in 2000 2.1 additional acres were purchased to complete the current property footprint.

1986: Facility wellness addition made to the YMCA.

1988: 100 year anniversary of the Uniontown Area YMCA.

1991: A significant highlight for the Uniontown Area YMCA was when we completed the indoor Pool Project with special contributions by the Eberly Family Trust and Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Eberly.

1991: We welcomed new Chief Executive Officer Steve Cooper.

1998: Wellness facility addition made to the YMCA.

2000: Wellness free-weight area facility addition made to the YMCA.

2010: Welcomed Roderick Berger as CEO

2010 September: Locker room updates and Wellness Cardio floor addition was completed to the YMCA.

2011 May: Childcare wing addition was completed.

2013: 125 year anniversary of the Uniontown Area YMCA.

2015: Welcomed Steve Snider as CEO

2016: Welcomed Jacquelyn Core as CEO

2016 September: We added our first evidence based program, Blood Pressure Self Monitoring.

2017: We added LiveSTRONG at the YMCA to our no-cost, community offerings.

2018 August: We launched Enhance Fitness and Moving for Better Balance at no cost to the community for arthritis management and falls prevention.

2019 January: We launched an evidence based, CDC-approved, Diabetes Prevention Program and Chronic Pain Self-Management Programming.

2019 March: We launched Healthy Weight and Your Child, an evidence based, childhood obesity/weight maintenance program.

2021 February: Steve Redrup joined the Uniontown Area YMCA as CEO

OUR Policies and Procedures

Inclement Weather Policy:
The YMCA will base its decisions on closings and cancellations on the recommendation of the CEO and Board CVO.
Closings will be broadcasted on WMBS Radio and on Channel 2, 4, and 11 News, www.uniontownymca.org, and Facebook. Severe Thunderstorm decisions are at Manager’s on Duty discretion.

Unsupervised Youth Policy:
Children Eleven (11) and under must be supervised by an adult or enrolled in a structured program at all times while within the YMCA. Parents or guardians supervising youth swimmers may remain in the pool seating area during swimming supervision. If children are in child watch parent/guardian must remain in the building.

Youth ages 12 and 13 may use only the pool and basketball court areas unsupervised by an adult unless enrolled in a structured program.

Youth ages 14 to 17 may use all appropriate areas of the facility unsupervised by an adult provided all YMCA rules and regulations are followed at all times. Failure to follow YMCA rules and regulations will result in immediate revocation of membership and/or a requirement for continuous adult supervision during facility use. Youth ages 14 to 17 must be supervised while spectators at YMCA sporting events.

Racquetball Court: A racquetball court is available for use by individuals age 14 and older at no additional fee. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 724.438.2584 for reservations.

Fitness Center/Weight Room Policy: Fitness facilities are available to individuals ages 14 years and older. (Fitness facilities include cardiovascular center, free weight room, and selectorized resistance training circuit). An orientation with the Fitness Center/Weight room is recommended for all new members ages 14 and up- please ask at the Welcome Center to schedule this orientation. Appropriate workout clothing and shoes must be worn at all times. (Appropriate clothing includes shirt and shorts or appropriate for exercise pants and shoes). Absolutely no horseplay will be tolerated. Courtesy to other members and guests is expected. You must wipe down the pieces of equipment you used as you move from one machine to another.

Family Cardio Hours: Family Cardio hours are ONLY for the times listed and are for youth ONLY ages 12 and 13. Parent or guardian must be on machine next to youth. Youth ages 12 and 13 CANNOT use selectorized weight equipment or free weights.
Please note that children under the age of 12 are NOT permitted in the Wellness Area at any time.
Membership will be at risk for continued infractions of policies.

Locker Room Policies:
To ensure the safety of both youth and adults, no adults other than supervisory staff will be permitted in the youth locker rooms under any circumstances unless there is a health or safety emergency. Youth locker rooms may only be used by youth under age eighteen (18) who do not require the assistance of a parent or guardian. Youth requiring assistance should be taken by parents or guardians to the ADA shower and changing facilities near the fitness room and child watch areas.

Adult female parents or guardians may take female youth into the women’s locker room so long as the youth remain with the accompanying adult and are supervised at all times.

Adult male parents or guardians may take male youth into the men’s locker room so long as the youth remain with the accompanying adult and are supervised at all times. NO exceptions to these policies will be made for any guest or member unless there is a health or safety emergency.

Full lockers may be used for day use ONLY. The YMCA reserves the right to remove unauthorized locks from lockers left overnight.

Members need to bring their own locks to secure personal items. The Uniontown Area YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Lockers: May be rented on a yearly basis. Locker rentals purchased mid-year will not be pro-rated.
Cost: $60 per year for small lockers

Guest Policies

Guest Policy:
The Y is a member organization and seeks to encourage membership through guest privileges. Complimentary guest passes must be approved through the CEO. In order to avoid overcrowding during peak hours or for our most popular classes, the Y reserves the right to limit access to the facility and/or a class by guests.

Away Member: Members of other Y’s involved in the AWAY program and temporarily visiting from out of town may use the Y for unlimited visits. Members must show photo ID, proof of Y membership, and sign a Y release form.

Short Term Membership: As an opportunity to provide service to out of town guests and college students who are in town for Christmas and Summer Break and who would like to enjoy the Y for their limited stay in our community, we have short term memberships available. Participants must show a photo ID and sign a release form.