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Employee Spotlight

Get to know us a little better!

Published 02.07.18


To help you get to know us a little better, we have decided to start an employee spotlight for both our Midtown YMCA and Express Y branches! This month, learn more about staff members Tom Allyne and Rosa Rivera below:

Tom Allyne

Express Y
Job title
Wellness Coach
How long have been with the YMCA
10 years
Originally from NJ, I had worked at the Y up there as floor staff member; a few 4 hour shifts a week got one a membership. That job was primarily interacting with the members and explaining how to use our cardio equipment and plate machines.
My wife Kathy and I moved to NC in late 2007, and fortunately Wilmington Family YMCA hired me as a Wellness coach, so I still had a Y membership! Over the years I have been lucky to work with great co-workers and Trainers and  have learned from each of them. 

What would you like Y members to know about you? 

I have been involved in our Livestrong Cancer program, since it started here, and in various Physability programs, with members -  young and old. Working at the Y is always a learning experience and it always  gives me the chance to help someone to improve, along the way. 

I have become friends with many of our" local " members and over time,  and even though I am a Yankee Invader,  they have shared their life stories and the history of Wilmington with me. I truly treasure those relationships.

 During your visits to work out or take a class, take time to look around at the interaction between our  members, and between Staff members. You will hopefully see plenty of smiles, plenty of laughter and plenty of talking. (Ok, maybe TOO much talking!) But you will see folks having fun. It is what the Y is about. It is what we try to do, every day. 

And at times, you may see some somber faces.  When one of our members or staff has a setback, or is no longer with us, it affects us all…… and THAT is also what it's like to be part of the Y, for we ARE family.

So when friends and neighbors ask why I am working at the Y, or how I like working at the Y ?,  There are so many reasons, I really don't have enough time to explain it to them. It's better for folks to see for themselves! 

Rosa Rivera

Midtown YMCA
Job title
Member Service Representative
How long have been with the YMCA
1 year
My favorite thing about working for the Y is meeting and interacting with all the people that come through our doors! The Y has always been an integral part of my family for many years either through their amazing aquatic programs or array of other different programs. It's great to be able to continue to be a a part of the Y.
What would you like Y members to know about you?
I would love members to know that I love to go kayaking, snorkeling and enjoy other outdoor activities as well. I also love to spend my spare time walking on the beach or reading a good book!!!
A fun fact about Rosa is that she is fluent in Spanish which is super helpful as a Member Services Representative! Rosa is one of the many reasons we say "we are better together"! 
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