Meet the Y: TownLake Intern Michelle Nugent

My name is Michelle Nugent, or Shellie, and I am a new intern at the TownLake YMCA. I started at the Y three weeks ago, and already the vibe here has changed me. I feel empowered and believed in.

I recently helped build the new playground at the Southwest YMCA. I had never been a part of something big like that. The energy onsite was contagious and inspiring. I built a bench and helped paint a Gaga pit. I also learned a bit about Texas bugs — apparently chiggers grow in tall grass and they bite! Even though I got bit by bugs, I can’t wait to go back and see all the families playing on the new playground. I love that the Y is for all.

In my free time, I have made working out a priority. On Memorial Day, I did the Murph workout. It is a 1-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups,and 300 squats, followed by a another mile run. It is a workout that pushes your body, and it is meant as a tribute workout that makes you think about those that have served. I would love to workout with you or try a class that you recommend. Let me know what your favorite classes or workouts are at the Y!

Some tidbits about me: I was born in a tiny town in Ohio and am a longtime Browns fan. I lived in Louisiana as a kid, then moved to Texas in high school. I went to college in Georgia for a little bit, where my nickname was Texas. I guess deep down I knew I’d always live in Texas.

I am currently in college at University of Phoenix, an online school that has allowed me to work toward my degree while being a parent. Being in school while parenting has not been easy. I have a little girl who is six years old. We love spending time together and trying new things, so we are super excited to be at the YMCA this summer.

I am studying to work in the nonprofit field. It was very hard finding the site that offers as many learning opportunities as the Y. I can’t wait to get to know more of the amazing members and programs at TownLake. If you see me at the Y, please say hi. I’d love to get to know you and learn about your life, too.


To welcome Shellie, please stop by the TownLake YMCA Membership Office and introduce yourself!

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