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The Y is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life working side by side to  strengthen communities. Together we work to ensure everyone, regardless of gender, income, faith, sexual orientation or cultural background, has the opportunity to live life to its fullest. We share the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility—everything we do stems from it.

Strengthening Our Work Through the Diversity of Our People

We know that the key to effectively nurturing the potential of children, improving the nation’s health and well-being and supporting our neighbors is a passionate, experienced and diverse array of staff, volunteers and members who value what everyone brings to the table. Working in 10,000 U.S. communities and more than 120 countries worldwide makes strong diversity and inclusion practices paramount for the Y.

 

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Strengthening Our Work Through the Diversity of Our People

We know that the key to effectively nurturing the potential of children, improving the nation’s health and well-being and supporting our neighbors is a passionate, experienced and diverse array of staff, volunteers and members who value what everyone brings to the table. Working in 10,000 U.S. communities and more than 120 countries worldwide makes strong diversity and inclusion practices paramount for the Y.

This means:

  • Recognizing that a diverse and inclusive organization is foundational to developing and engaging everyone across the entire Y spectrum.  Our volunteers, members, program participants, families, leaders, staff, vendors, suppliers, donors, collaborators and the community at large all contribute to our efforts to make positive, lasting personal and social change.
     
  • Believing we all benefit from the unique talents of our diverse staff.  We encourage all Y employees to form and participate in active groups with other employees who share similar interests.  These Employee Resource Groups give our 20,000+ employees opportunities to contribute, learn, network and share experiences as they progress in their careers.  YMCA Affinity Groups provide invaluable input and insight to address challenges in our communities.
     
  • Having a supplier diversity program that seeks out talented minority- and women-owned contractors and service providers.
     
  • Offering professional development and training programs that steward staff through a range of opportunities that build 21st-Century leadership competence and help them obtain the experience they need to lead YMCAs in all our communities.

Diversity and inclusion practices at the Y foster a high-performing learning environment where staff and volunteers are engaged, valued and encouraged to collaborate, generate ideas and contribute at the highest level.  We are passionate about our cause and know that our ability to achieve it begins with reflecting and partnering with all people and communities.

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Leadership Contact Info

John Mugler
President/CEO
YMCA of Topeka
Phone: 785-435-8647
Fax: 785-354-1611
JohnM@ymcatopeka.org

 

Lorie Lahman
Executive Director of Operations
YMCA of Topeka
Phone: 785-435-8637
Fax: 785-354-1611
LorieL@ymcatopeka.org 

 

Joe Hodgson
Executive Director of Programs
YMCA of Topeka
Phone: 785-435-8659
Fax: 785-354-1611
JoeH@ymcatopeka.org

  

Maurice Benson
Southwest Branch Director
YMCA of Topeka
Phone: 785-435-8639
Fax: 785-271-7982
MauriceB@ymcatopeka.org 

 

Mack Owen
North Branch Manager
YMCA of Topeka
Phone: 785-435-8652
Fax: 785-232-6224
MackO@ymcatopeka.org

 

Dennis Reedy
Youth Sports Director
YMCA of Topeka
Phone: 785-435-8655
Fax: 785-354-1611
DennisR@ymcatopeka.org

 

DeeDee Reedy
Child Care Services
YMCA of Topeka
Phone: 785-435-8645
Fax: 785-354-1611
DeeDeeR@ymcatopeka.org

 

Briana Bedlan
Aquatics Director
YMCA of Topeka
Phone: 785-435-8649
Fax: 785-354-1611
BrianaB@ymcatopeka.org  

 

Sydney White
Downtown and North Aquatic Coordinator
YMCA of Topeka
Phone: 785-435-8661
Fax: 785-232-6224
SydneyWhite@ymcatopeka.org 

 

  

Contact YMCA Topeka

Downtown Branch
421 SW Van Buren St
Topeka, KS 66603
Phone: 785-354-8591

Southwest Branch
3635 SW Chelsea Drive
Topeka, KS 66614
Phone: 785-271-7979

KuehneBranch YMCA
1936 NW Tyler St
Topeka, KS 66608
Phone:785-233-9815