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Employee Spotlight

Get to know us a little better!

Published 03.08.18
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:

Joni Young

Midtown YMCA & Express Y
Job title
Yoga Instructor
How long have you been with the YMCA? 
22 years
Joni Young has worked at our YMCA since the spring of 1996. She relocated to Wilmington from the Xenia Ohio Greene County YMCA. Essentially she has been involved with the Y for over 30 years. When she moved to Wilmington, Joni went straight to the Y and applied for a job. Since being here she has worked in youth sports, membership, aquatics, wellness and as the youth director. 
Joni says, "I joined the Y back in Ohio on the scholarship program, and it was amazing. I was a young single parent.  The Y gave me a sense of community and made me feel strong and empowered. Not long after joining I started working in their aquatics department leading water aerobics classes.
What is your favorite part of the Y?
“My favorite part of the Y are the members. I have made so many real relationships with the people. Great and special friendships that have lasted year after year.  
Currently Joni is a yoga instructor, leading Vinyassa and Therapeutic classes at both the Express Y and the Midtown YMCA. And her participants love her!

Mona Lisa Sidberry

Express Y
Job title
Member Service Representative
How long have you been with the YMCA? 
7 1/2 years
Mona Lisa Sidberry has been one of our awesome Membership Services Representatives for 7 ½ years. She arrives at the Express Y every weekday morning at 4:30 AM so it will be ready to open at 5 AM. Mona is a favorite among Y members, and it’s easy to see why. Seeing her first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day.
What is your favorite part of the Y?
Her favorite thing about working for the Y is the intermingling with the members and witnessing how the Y can really change some of their lives.
Mona says “I am responsible for Thoughts of the Day and I love to watch and hear some of the comments from members after reading them. The Y has become a significant part of my life, because working here has let me know different people from all aspects of my home town.”
What would you like Y members to know about you?
I am a collector of Teddy Bears and I have lived in Germany and Hawaii. I was born and raised in Wilmington.
How do you like to spend your spare time?
When I get a chance my sister and I travel; we have been to the Caribbean and we go to Cancun, Mexico every year.
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