Matt graduated from Hannibal-LaGrange College with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management. While in college, Matt worked as a lifeguard at the YMCA of Hannibal and completed a volunteer internship at South Haven Baptist Church. He came to Chillicothe in 2008 to become the Grand River Area Family YMCA’s Program Director. He was appointed Associate Executive Director in 2011 and CEO in 2014. Matt and his wife Lisa live in Chillicothe with their four children.
Fun Facts: Matt is a devout supporter of the Florida Gators, and he plays the drums in the praise band at First Baptist Church Chillicothe.
Lacey graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education K-12 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Athletic and Sports Business Administration. She began her career with the Y at the Long Branch Area YMCA in Macon in 2010. She served as the Program Director at the North Central Missouri YMCA in Brookfield before coming to the Grand River YMCA in 2014. Lacey lives in Chillicothe with her husband Jordan and their three children.
Fun Facts: Lacey makes unique, custom baby boutique items, and she loves gardening in her free time.
Vicky joined the staff of the North Central Missouri YMCA in Brookfield in 1997. She served the members there as a fitness instructor, day camp director, and gymnastics coordinator. After being promoted to Fitness Director at North Central, she doubled her efforts and took the job at Grand River as well. Vicky holds 20 different YMCA certifications, and she is certified to teach Zumba®, BodyPump™, and Kickboxing. She’s also a Y Trainer for Y of the USA. Vicky and her husband Jimmy live in Brookfield. They have two grown sons and two grandchildren.
Fun Facts: Before coming to the Y, Vicky ran a daycare in her home for 12 years, and every day her daycare children spent 30 minutes working out with Denise Austin.
Fontella studied business and accounting at Southwest Missouri State University West Plains and has worked as a quality control assistant, data entry clerk, and customer service representative. A native Ozarkian, Fontella moved to Chillicothe in 1987. In September 2008, she brought her clerical skills and her bright smile to the early morning shift at the Grand River YMCA. Fontella has two grown daughters and one adorable granddaughter. She lives in Bedford with her husband Elijah whom she met at the Y.
Fun Facts: Fontella can wolf whistle and she likes frog legs.
Carly is a student at Missouri Western University where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Sports Management and Marketing. She began her career with the Y as a lifeguard and swim lesson instructor at the Grand River YMCA during her sophomore year of high school. Since then, Carly has worked at our Welcome Center, coached youth sports, and become a fitness instructor. She hopes to one day serve as the CEO of a YMCA and eventually work for Y of the USA.
Fun Facts: Carly's four passions are running, fitness, sports, and music. She is a proud supporter of the Kansas City Royals, and she especially loves 80s and 90s rock and alternative music.
Director of Maintenance
Larry graduated from Chillicothe High School and spent several years working in the electrical field. He came to the Y in February 2008. Larry and his wife Sondra have two grown sons.
Fun Fact: Larry enjoys hunting and fishing.
Personal Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach
Shane and his wife Kathy, an Administrative Assistant at Central Elementary School, are natives of Chillicothe. They have five children. Shane earned his Bachelors in Health and Exercise Science from Missouri Western State Universityand is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He enjoys spending time with God and his family. He also enjoys training student-athletes and helping non-athletes achieve their fitness goals through a one-on-one personal experience.
Fun Fact: Shane's favorite foods are grilled chicken, corn on the cob, grilled asparagus, and cucumbers.
Y-PALS and Christian Outreach Director
Shawn studied English and psychology at Southwest Baptist University and received her Master of Arts in Christian Education from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. She and her husband Rob and their five children moved from St. Louis to Chillicothe in 2012. Her relationship with the Y began in 1994 when she was a camp counselor at YMCA Camp Lakewood in Potosi, MO. She also worked at the Jefferson County YMCA in Festus helping with special events like birthday parties and field trips. Shawn came to the Grand River YMCA in 2014.
Fun Fact: Shawn went to elementary school on the island of Guam.