YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina

Employee Spotlight

Get to know us a little better!

Published 05.02.19
To help you get to know us a little better, we have decided to start an employee spotlight to highlight some of our team members: 

dillon silver

What are your jobs at the Y? 
Swim Instructor
How long have you worked at the Y?
Employed with the aquatics department since June 2018
What's your Y story?

My Y story….Growing up I participated on several sports teams and attended many summer camps through the county Parks and Recreation Department since there was not a YMCA in town. As I got older, I became a coach and counselor for these programs in order to help provide healthy and constructive ways for kids to spend their free time. When I moved to Wilmington last year I was drawn to the YMCA because there was a pool where I could lap swim. I was amazed at the amount of activities the Y provides for the community. I came across the chance to join the Aquatics Department to teach swimming and have been at the Y ever since!

What's your favorite thing about working for the Y?

I have multiple things I love about working for the Y, but if I had to pick one, I would go with the fact that the Y is an established environment that is supportive and positive for every person in the community. It is a great place to meet people from all different walks of life who have common interests in healthy lifestyles.

What would you like Y members to know about you?

I love to travel and be emerged in other cultures!

How do you like to spend your spare time?

When I have the chance to travel, I do it! I also cherish my time with the ocean; there is nothing like the smell of salt air, the sound of crashing waves, and the comfort of sand between my toes.

Sherl c. Johnson

What is your job at the Y? 
Lead Teacher/YMCA Preschool
How long have you worked at the Y?
5 years
What's your favorite thing about working for the Y?

The Y is a community...a family...you get to watch those around you grow up, both young and old.

What would you like Y members to know about our Y?

Our Y is built on commitment to our community...without them there would be no Y...Our Y serves the needs of our community and the families that come through our doors, both young and old. We invest in our future by providing a safe place to be a better “You” everyday.

What's your Y story?

I could write a short story, but I’ll share the blessings and the highlights. My family moved here from Cary, NC...excited, yet nervous to be starting a new chapter of our life and we had very few friends. My husband and our two children connected with the Y for two reasons...my husband wanted to referee basketball and my son wanted to play youth soccer. We found both almost instantly! We were welcomed with open arms as part of a growing and inspiring youth sports program. My son continues to play soccer at a high school level, and we thank the Y coaches and staff for giving him the foundation to do so what he loves. I was asked to work the tables for the 55+ Men’s Basketball League...and let’s just say I found the heartbeat of what the Y is all about. I was then asked to work for the youth Summer Camp Preschool and found my place at the Y. When I was told that they didn’t have a preschool program, I let it be known to Ms. Katie and Mr. Corey, I was ready for the job. I’ve never looked back and know that I have the BEST job at the Y.

What would you like Y members to know about you?

I believe in the mission and purpose of the Y. My God and my family mean the world to me, but my Y family does too! There is so many doors yet to open at the Y and I hope that my children will have a chance to be a part of it all.

How do you like to spend your spare time?

Wilmington is a beach town and the beach is my happy place...so a day at the beach with my family and friends is a day I’ll treasure forever.

Chris Harper

What is your job at the Y? 
Personal Trainer
How long have you worked at the Y?
About a year and a half
What is your Y story?
I have always been involved in physical fitness and wellness and thought the programs at the YMCA were all in sync with my health and wellness missions for other
What do you like best about the Y?
I enjoy all the people at the YMCA. I especially enjoy watching my personal training clients meet their health and wellness goals and seeing the progress they make by working out consistently.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I am a part time employee with the YMCA and I also coach soccer at Cape Fear Community College. During the soccer season I am especially busy traveling to tournaments with the college team. I also enjoy coaching my daughter in soccer and spending time with my family.