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We're here for you! The talented team at Platte County Community Center North 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 Platte County Community Center North operated by the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.

Michelle Ford,
Executive Director

Michelle Ford

Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Y Start Date: March 1990

Certifications: BA-Health Education Recreation from the University of Oklahoma.  YUSA Faculty in Annual Support Campaign Training.

Hobbies: Golf, Spending time at the lake fishing and boating, walking my dog, watching football: Kansas City Chiefs and Oklahoma Sooners and spending time with friends and family

Favorite part of working at the Y: “Working with an incredible group of staff and volunteers and talking with members.”

Additional information: Michelle was a team leader opening two new YMCAs in Olathe and Bonner Springs and instrumental in starting the YMCA Challenger program for kids with diverse abilities in 2006 and also spearheaded the construction of our all accessible challenger sports complex that opened in 2010. She has extensive background in fundraising including capital, annual and planned giving and she is a YMCA of the USA Faculty Trainer in Annual Support Campaign. 

Betsy Jones,
Program Director II

Betsy Jones - Member Engagement Director
Membership and Youth and Family

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

Y Start Date: September 2003

Certifications: Organizational Leader at the YMCA, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in marketing and management

Hobbies: I enjoy my family, fishing and boating.

Favorite part of working at the Y: “The people you meet!”

Jessica Holman,
Aquatics Director

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

Y Start Date: September 2016

Certifications: Lifeguard Instructor, Swim Lesson Instructor Trainer, ASHI Instructor, Group Exercise Instructor, Boy Scout Merit Badge  

Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my children and going for a run.

Favorite part of working at the Y: “Helping educate new members on all the different classes and activities that happen at Platte County North, along with answering any questions they have. I also enjoy encouraging and watching kids pass the swim test.”

Brent Graham,
Competitive Swimming Director

Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Y Start Date: August 2014

Certifications: Degree in Spanish from Wabash College, USA Swimming Coach Member and ASCA Level 2.  

Favorite part of working at the Y: "The best part of my job is working with kids and watching them grow both as swimmers and people. Swimming not only helps kids grow stronger physically, but also mentally and spiritually."

Megan Walker,
Healthy Living Director

Photo of Megan Walker

Hometown: Maryville, Missouri

Y Start Date: July 2021

Certifications: M.S. Exercise & Sport Sciences - Sport Psychology; ASHI CPR, AED, First Aid; Enhance Fitness Certification; NETA Personal Training Certification; USA Weightlifting – Level 1 Coaching Certification; YMCA Group Exercise Instructor Certification

Hobbies: Spending time with the important people in my life, getting outdoors and hiking with my dog, kayaking, playing and watching sports.

Favorite Part of Working at the Y: "I love all the people. It is such a welcoming environment from the staff that I work with to the members and program participants that I engage with on a daily basis. The YMCA is a great place to connect with likeminded individuals who are looking to improve their overall health and wellbeing."

Additional Information: Prior to joining the YMCA, Megan worked within collegiate athletics both as a sport specific coach (softball - pitching) and as a Mental Performance Consultant providing services to individual athletes and teams. She also worked as a faculty member within higher education teaching Sport and Exercise Psychology along with other psychology courses as needed. She joined the YMCA in 2021 as a Healthy Living Coach, Group Exercise Instructor, and Personal Trainer, and is now looking forward to using her knowledge and skills in the role of Healthy Living Director at PCCCN.

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Have a question for the team at Platte County Community Center North? Complete the form below, or call us at 816.858.0114.