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Our Staff -

We're here for you. The team at the Platte County Community Center South in Parkville 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 South operated by the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.

Michelle Ford -
Executive Director

Bio Coming Soon!


Senior Aquatics Director

Tonya joined the Y in 2007 and has been in her current role since June 2015.

She grew up in Chandler, Arizona, and graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in exercise science. Tonya has swim certificates in YGLI and YSLIT.  She also has an American Safety & Health Institute Instructor certificate.

Outside of the Y, she has worked as a risk manager and aquatics safety auditor. Tonya says the best part of her job is the members. Outside of work, she enjoys anything outdoors, like camping or hiking.


Healthy Living Director

Sarah began her professional career working in the news industry as a news anchor, reporter and producer for seven and a half years in St. Joseph, MO. She has always been passionate about health and wellness and in 2006 - just two years into her journalism career - she decided to obtain her personal training and group exercise certification. Shortly after receiving her certifications, she began working part-time for the St. Joseph Family YMCA in 2006 as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. In December of 2011, she left the news industry and began working full time for Mosaic Life Care as a fitness specialist, where she gained more education and knowledge of health and wellness.

Her true passion of helping others lead a healthy lifestyle continued to grow and led her to her current full-time profession within the YMCA as the healthy living director.  In October of 2014, she began a full time career with the St. Joseph Family Y as the healthy living drector and continued in that role until November 2015, when she and her husband moved to Massachusetts to further our careers, with their  daughters.

In January 2016, she began working for the Bayside Family YMCA, in Barrington, Rhode Island, as the senior health and wellness director.  While at the Bayside YMCA, she continued to develop staff within the healthy living department to help them be successful in their roles; assisted in the growth of the personal training program; assisted in the growth of group exercise participation; implemented Pedaling for Parkinson's, a cycling program for individuals with Parkinson's Disease; created and implemented programs to fit the needs of the community, as well as led a successful "Cycle for YOUR Cause" fundraiser to support the Annual Support Campaign!

In 2018, she and her family decided it was time to move home to be near family.  

She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Pennsylvania State University. She is an aerobics and Fitness Association of America certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor, as well as a certified Les Mills Bodypump instructor. She is also CPR/AED/First Aid/O2 certified.

In her spare time, she enjoys running the trails, taking adventures and spending time with family.


Kayson Matthews Headshot

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. 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.