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On Saturday, June 29, members of the Y team will join family and friends in celebrating the extraordinary life of Kathy Sue Kasprisin (1954-2019). Kathy was a longtime YMCA member, known for almost daily visits to TownLake over 26 years. Kathleen Casey, who is hosting Kathy's celebration of life, shared Kathy's obituary and an invitation to Y members and staff who knew Kathy.

Y member Jane Hayman is a testament to what many personal training clients know: One-on-one support can transform not just your body but your life. 

Hayman was preparing for a trip to Africa last year and had a goal to see a particular group of gorillas in the wild in Rwanda.

It has been a whirlwind of a winter/spring at the Y! The TownLake branch welcomed new Sports Director Alison Zacharias in March, and she already has a season of youth sports under her belt! Please join us in welcoming and getting to know Alison a bit more! 

The YMCA of Austin is very pleased to welcome Juan Ybarra, new aquatics director for the TownLake branch. Juan comes to Austin from El Paso, where he served for almost six years in the aquatics department of the El Paso Y. His official first day at TownLake is Saturday, May 18, 2019. Please help us welcome him. Juan writes:

Hello Team,

By Michelle "Michie" Reid

TownLake YMCA Volunteer Coordinator

On Friday, April 26, students from Hill Country Middle School volunteered at the TownLake Y for their Community Project Day. It was a special experience for the students, teachers, and our Y community.

For eight days in April, TownLake Community Engagement Director Erin Walter represented the YMCA of Austin on an exchange to trip to Togo in West Africa. Funded by a grant from the Mandela Washington Fellowship and the U.S. Embassy, Erin facilitated a three-day training for Togo fitness instructors, educators, and social workers on how to lead dance fitness classes with a focus on diversity and inclusion. 

At the YMCA, volunteering is a cornerstone of all we do, from coaching youth sports to serving on our boards, fundraising to holding babies in Child Watch. We are so grateful for the contributions that our talented, diverse volunteers make to the YMCA and the greater community.

TownLake Y Volunteer Coordinator Michelle "Michie" Reid is pleased to recognize May 2019 Volunteer of the Month Eddie Coats. Michie writes:

Tyler Wagner, a YMCA intern, recently tried Zumba Gold for the first time. He was smiling so big when he emerged from the gym that we asked him to write about his experience.

Tyler titled it: Zumba Gold: A First-Timer's Testimonial

Dearest YMCA members, staff, and community,


YMCA staff member Eleesha Mandeles started working at the TownLake branch in 2015, after the Y was suggested to her by a job coach.