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Y Locations Open as Cooling Centers

All YMCA of Greater Kansas City locations are open to the community as cooling centers from 1-4 p.m. this Wednesday-Saturday.

Our Staff -

Olathe Family YMCA

We're here for you. The team at the Olathe Family YMCA is ready to connect you with our many programs and services that focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.

Be Part of Our Team

Our Y is always looking for talented associates to help us make our community stronger. Explore and apply for full- and part-time job opportunities available at the Olathe Family YMCA.

Danny
Helmich

Danny Helmich Headshot

Executive Director

Danny has been with the Y for more than six years. Although he has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and worked several years in the business management field, his heart wasn’t in it. He knew he wanted to be in fitness and health, which brought him to the Y.  

He has worn many hats in his career here, including membership engagement director, healthy living coach, group exercise instructor, personal trainer and community initiatives director. He has also worked at several locations across the metro.

Danny has a passion for whole body wellness and feels strongly that a healthy lifestyle should be available to everyone. In his current role, he and his fitness staff work to design and maintain a diverse schedule of activities, classes and programs for members, no matter their ability or fitness level.  

He has implemented many healthy eating classes, including Salsa Sabor Y Salud, a program designed for the Hispanic community focusing on food and fitness, and Y Weight, a program focusing on healthy eating designed for all to enjoy.

A lifelong athlete, Danny has a passion to provide kids in his community an opportunity to play sports. He developed a sports program -- including soccer, football and basketball -- for his local Y where one had been missing for years, and created a sports programming partnerships with Wyandotte County Parks and Recreation.

Danny’s love of people and being involved in improving his community has made him never look back on his decision to leave accounting behind.

Keesha
King

Aquatics Director & Healthy Living Director

Keesha King has been in the aquatics industry for 13 years. She started working at the YMCA in 2010 as a BLS trainer and head lifeguard in Jefferson City before becoming an aquatics director at the Red Bridge Family YMCA in Kansas City, then later at the Schlessman Family YMCA in Denver. She became the aquatics director at the Olathe Family YMCA in March 2019.

Her favorite thing about working for the Y is cultivating the next generation of leadership through coaching current staff, programming and community ties. Keesha wants everyone to realize there are several opportunities and roles that can be played throughout the organization.

Keesha is a proud HBCU graduate who completed her bachelor’s degree in journalism at Lincoln University of Missouri. She holds certifications in pool operation, lifeguard instruction, swim lesson instruction and training.

Keesha enjoys hiking, swimming and socializing. But more than anything, she enjoys spending time with her four children and husband.

Kayson
Matthews

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Senior Sports Director 

Kayson worked at the YMCA in Wichita for more than five years before joining the Y of Greater Kansas City. He has been a senior sports director since 2016, overseeing five centers in KC. His other roles at the Y have included sports coordinator, sports director and assistant membership director.

Kayson grew up in Lakin, Kansas, and graduated from Wichita State University, where he ran cross country and track and earned a Bachelor of Arts in sports management. He worked for a year at Enterprise Car Rental as an account executive before joining the Y.  

Kayson says the best part of his job is working with kids, coaches and staff to build a better community. His hobbies include playing disc golf and running.

Danelle
Huske

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Youth and Family Program Coordinator 

Danelle started working at the Y in 2001 after graduating from Emporia State University with a Bachelor of Science in recreation and master’s degree in health, physical education and recreation.  

She has worked in various roles, including youth and family coordinator, youth and family director, membership engagement director, and Child Watch coordinator.

Danelle grew up in Silver Lake, Kansas, and likes spending time with her family and friends. She’s also a big sports fan, following the Royals, Chiefs, and KU. She loves to be outside whenever possible and enjoys working out, whether in a group setting or on her own.