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YMCA welcomes new aquatics director

Staff Report

The Wabash County YMCA is excited to welcome a new aquatics director, according to a Monday press release.

Amy (Callicoat) Johnson is a Wabash County native, graduated from Manchester High School in 2008. Upon graduation, Amy attended Ball State University and obtained a degree in exercise science, with a concentration in aquatics.

Johnson’s career began with a move to Lowell, Massachusetts where she was the assistant aquatics director for the Greater Lowell Family YMCA. Since 2014, she has served as the aquatics director for the West Side Family YMCA in Knoxville, Tennessee. Johnson is a certified Lifeguard Instructor, a certified American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer Instructor, a Y Swim Lesson Instructor, Water Safety Instructor, and a certified Aquatics Facility Operator.

Amy and her family are excited about their move back to Indiana to re-immerse in the Wabash community and reunite with family and friends.

CEO Dean Gogolewski credited the goal of improving and growing the Y’s aquatics program for this hire.

“Her passion will benefit our swim lessons, Safety Around Water program, and Swim Club and we are all excited to welcome her to the Y family. The position of aquatics director is a variation from our old structure,” Gogolewski stated.

Previously, the position was aquatics and well-being director and time was split between the two departments. Patty Godfroy, vice president of operations will provide leadership on the Wellness floor working with staff to “bring the same level of excellence at the membership desk up to the second floor.”

The pools at the Y will be closed from Monday, July 15 to Sunday, July 28 for scheduled cleaning and maintenance, but Wabash County YMCA membership provides access to the Honeywell pool during the entire summer.

“We’re looking forward to re-opening the pools on July 28 with a reinvigorated aquatics program,” stated Gogolewski.

A new swim session starts on the first Saturday of every month. To sign up for swim lessons, visit the Member Services desk or contact Amy Johnson at 260-563-9622.