YMCA of Greater Kansas City
3100 Broadway
Suite 1020
Kansas City MO 64111
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 561-9622
Mission Statement
Our Mission
The YMCA of Greater Kansas City, founded on Christian principles, is a charitable organization with an inclusive environment committed to enriching the quality of family, spiritual, social, mental and physical well-being.

Our Vision

People of all ages have access to the resources and experiences that provide safe passage through life’s many chapters ensuring a passport for life.
Our Values

Character development gives us the ability to meet our mission. By holding ourselves accountable and building character around our core values—Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility—we build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Our Areas of Focus
  • Youth Development: Nurturing the potential of youth and teens.
  • Healthy Living: Improving the community’s health and well-being.
  • Social Responsibility: Providing opportunities to give back and support neighbors.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. David L. Byrd
Board Chair Mr. Chris Kurtz
Board Chair Company Affiliation KCP&L
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1860
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Our Mission
The YMCA of Greater Kansas City, founded on Christian principles, is a charitable organization with an inclusive environment committed to enriching the quality of family, spiritual, social, mental and physical well-being.

Our Vision

People of all ages have access to the resources and experiences that provide safe passage through life’s many chapters ensuring a passport for life.
Our Values

Character development gives us the ability to meet our mission. By holding ourselves accountable and building character around our core values—Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility—we build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Our Areas of Focus
  • Youth Development: Nurturing the potential of youth and teens.
  • Healthy Living: Improving the community’s health and well-being.
  • Social Responsibility: Providing opportunities to give back and support neighbors.
Background Statement

The YMCA of Greater Kansas City was the seventh YMCA in North America and was launched in Kansas City, Missouri in 1860. It was organized to provide a safe refuge for young men coming to the “big city” to work. The Y helped prevent them from falling victim to the negative influences more commonly found in urban areas. The Y’s mission has evolved over the years to address the social determinants of the day, but what remains constant is the organization’s commitment to strengthening community. The key focus areas of the YMCA are youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

The Y's current vision, Safe Passage: Passport for Life, means that the Y is here to give people at every stage of life the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive so they can reach their full potential. Every day, the YMCA serves five generations of families within the walls of our 14 membership centers and at more than 100 program sites throughout Kansas City. When people come through our doors, we know they are dealing with many personal challenges, including parenting, child care, divorce, aging parents, a medical diagnosis, a weight problem, bullying, or widowhood. Our vision is to support individuals and families on their journey, no matter what life challenge or transition they are facing.

Impact Statement
  1. In 2016, the Kansas City Y served more than 142,255 individuals through membership, programs, giving, and volunteering. This included over 52,000 children and teens, over 81,000 adults, and over 19,000 seniors that remained active and social through membership and programs.
  2. The Y provided more than 25,000 people in need with financial assistance.
  3. The North Kansas City Y was renovated to accommodate an 800-square foot Wellness Corner in partnership with North Kansas City Hospital and a registered nurse now provides free care to Y members.
  4. The Linwood Y/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center renovation and expansion was completed and an agreement was signed with Truman Medical Center to construct a primary care clinic on campus.
  5. The Kansas City Y became the first in the country to hire a staff physician. Daphne Bascom, MD, PhD was hired as the agency's first Senior VP of Community Integrated Health to lead and expand the Y's innovative chronic disease prevention and management initiatives.

Goals for 2017:

  1. Complete a $46 million capital campaign to establish downtown YMCA facilities in both Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas.
  2. Continue to develop and scale evidence-based healthy living programs available to Y members, as well as non-members, including: YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program (YDPP), Virtual DPP, Blood Pressure Self-Management, Cancer Survivorship, and Arthritis Management.
  3. Develop and cultivate partnerships and refer-pathways between the Y and health care/community health resources to move toward a community integrated health care system.
Needs Statement
  1. The Y is in the final stretch of raising capital funds to make the Downtown YMCA/Kirk Family Community Center at the Lyric Theater a reality. Funding and support from the community is needed to finish the campaign.
  2. Contributions to the annual campaign are needed on an ongoing basis. These dollars help provide financial assistance to more than 25,000 people, giving them access to membership and programs.
  3. The Y counts on generous volunteers who donate their time and talents to strengthen the community. Y volunteers provide direct support to programs, raise needed funds, support special events, and provide leadership by serving on Community Mission Boards and the Board of Directors. The Y publishes a searchable project catalog of current volunteer opportunities through www.volunteermatters.org.
Service Categories
Young Men's or Women's Associations
Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

I’m passionate about volunteering my time to lead the Y because the Y is the only organization I know that supports people in all aspects of their lives, throughout their lives. The Y takes a holistic approach to serving all ages--infants, children, teens, adults, families and seniors. We are unique in how we address not only the physical needs of people, but also their spiritual, social and mental health. The Y is so much more than a place to swim or work out. Early education, after school programs, water safety education, college preparation, chronic disease prevention and programs for seniors are just a few of the ways the Y helps people at every stage of life reach their fullest potential. The Y is also consistently evaluating community needs and working to make sure that programs and services remain relevant. All along the way, the Y creates a sense of community where people feel supported on their journey.

Chris Kurtz, Chairman, YMCA Board of Directors

The Y’s approach to successful youth development is demonstrated through a road map that identifies important cognitive, social-emotional, and physical milestones along the birth to career continuum.
  • Early Learning/Head Start - Licensed programs that provide children ages 6 weeks-5 yrs with high-quality experiences to develop/prepare them cognitively, socially, emotionally and physically. 
  • Y Club Before and After School Programming - provides academic intervention healthy activities, and enrichment opportunities during afters-school hours to elementary age youth, improving their grades, increasing social-emotional competencies, and reducing risk-taking behavior. 
  • Summer Learning Loss Prevention - Focused on reading and enrichment for elementary age youth from low-income families most at risk of losing school-year literacy gains over the summer. This is a grant funded program that takes place in the Y's 21st Century Community Learning Center Y Club site in the Center School District.
Program Budget $20,170,074.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Children Only (5 - 14 years),
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
  • 85% of children that transition from early learning programs are "kindergarten ready" based on achievement of social, emotional and cognitive milestones.
  • 60% of youth that are low-scoring at baseline will report improved school empowerment (academic motivation, school engagement, commitment to learning).  
  • 75% of youth that participate in Summer Learning Loss Prevention programming will maintain or increase their literacy scale scores. 
Long-Term Success

Desired outcomes:

Youth develop positive attitudes, knowledge, skills and behaviors in key areas of academic development, social development, and healthy living: 

  •  Academic motivation/engagement
  • Importance of/Aspirations for Educational Attainment
  • Sense of Belonging
  • Social Self-Confidence
  • Social Responsibility
Program Success Monitored By
  • Head Start programs are required by MARC (Head Start grantee) to measure child outcomes utilizing DRDP (Desired Results Developmental Profile).  
  • Early Learning programs utilize the Galileo Outcomes measurement software on various domains of milestones of developmental, social emotional and cognitive accomplishment.
  • The Y's Summer Learning Loss Prevention program is an evidence-based program model being scaled across the YUSA movement. Metrics include quality and fidelity as well as change in scaled scores of students' STAR reading assessments and parent satisfaction with the program.
Examples of Program Success

 2016 Results:

  • 1,116 children prepared for kindergarten
  • 6,251 youth discovered support and friendship in Y Club programs
  • Out of the 205 youth who participated in the SLLP, 70% improved their reading scores.
Success Story:
"The Y Club program has been essential to our family in so many ways. My spouse and I both have full-time employment and are unable to pick our 2nd grade daughter up after school. It has comforted us to know our daughter has an on-site program where she can go immediately after school until we are able to arrive. The Y Care staff are kind to our child and helpful with homework and projects. We are all known by name, greeted with kindness, and are kept aware of any concerns. Our daughter has been in the program for 3 years, so the staff know her well enough to recognize if she is ill, upset, or having a bad day. The staff are encouraging and help the children play games, interact with other age groups, do schoolwork, read, and complete crafts." - Y Club Parent

The Y’s Community Integrated Health portfolio of services strengthens the relationships between traditional health care systems and community-based organizations. The Y is working with partners in the medical community to develop a coordinated model of health promotion and disease prevention that will provide the community with easy access to quality health care and a healthy lifestyle for all ages.

The Y's Chronic Disease Prevention programs include the following:
Promoting Wellness (Primary prevention)
  • Nutrition education
  • Worksite wellness programs
  • Healthy living program
Reducing Risk (Secondary Risk Reduction)
  • Blood Pressure Self-monitoring programming
  • YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)
Reclaim Health (Tertiary Prevention)
  • Enhance Fitness (Arthritis Management)
  • LiveSTRONG at the YMCA (Cancer Survivorship) 
Program Budget $283,204.00
Category Health Care, General/Other Patient & Family Support
Population Served Adults, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
The desired short-term goals of the Y's evidence-based programs:
  • Participants in the YMCA diabetes Prevention program will reduce their body weight by 7% and exercise 150 minutes per week on average
  • Participants in the Y's Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program measure their blood pressure at least two times a month for four consecutive months and record their blood pressure reading using a tracking tool.
  • Participants in Enhance Fitness increase minutes of physical activity, and improve strength, balance, and cardiovascular health.
  • Participants in LiveSTRONG at the Y meet or exceed their recommended physical activity goals, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve energy levels.
Long-Term Success
Desired Outcomes:
  • Increased knowledge, confidence, motivation, and sense of support for healthy living (nutrition and physical activity)
  • Reduction of risk for health issues
  • Improved health outcomes
  • Improved overall quality of life
  • Reduced cost to the heath care system
  • Leveraging all community partners to better scale the delivery of existing and future programs that are focused on health promotion, disease prevention, and the treatment of chronic disease. 
Program Success Monitored By

  • Participants in the YMCA Diabetes Prevention program are required to weigh in every week for the first 16 weeks of classes, and then monthly for 8 months. Program staff enter data (weight, physical activity minutes and food tracker completion status) into athenaNet, a certified electronic health record used by all YMCAs delivering the DPP. Participants have food tracker/physical activity trackers that they show to the Lifestyle Coach at each meeting.
  • Participants in the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program measure and record their blood pressure at least two times per month, attend two personalized consultations per month, and attend monthly Nutrition Education seminars. Staff enter data into REDCap and participants have personal Blood Pressure Monitors they are trained to utilize.
  • Participants in LiveSTRONG at the YMCA complete pre-and post-test functional and Quality of Life assessments before and after the 12-week program.


Examples of Program Success
  • 248 adults with pre-diabetes were served by Y DPP
  • 196 adults with arthritis helped manage symptoms by staying active in Enhance Fitness
  • 130 cancer survivors completed LiveSTRONG at the Y
  • 5,069 Y members had fitness consultation with a Y Lifestyle Coach.
Success Story:
Don had been active and didn’t have a family history of diabetes. So, he was shocked to learn after a routine physical that his blood work showed he had prediabetes. By the time Don was three months into the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, he had already lost 75 percent of the weight he wanted to lose and had worked up to 150 minutes a week of exercise.

“I feel really good,” he said. “I feel healthier, I feel more active, I feel so good I can do things that I couldn’t do before.” When his brother asked for help moving, he was able to say yes. And now he’s not carrying around extra weight when he chases his grandson.

  • Youth Sports - The goal of YMCA sports programs is to teach and enhance healthy physical, mental and spiritual well-being while playing sports in a safe and fun environment. Youth learn fundamental sports skills and learn the importance of life skills including teamwork, self-discipline, social skills, and friendship building.
  • Challenger -  Individuals 4-30 years of age with physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive through recreational and social opportunities. Challenger participants work with volunteer trained "buddies" that provide one-to-one support.
  • Swim Lessons - Y swimming lessons are about nurturing swimming skills, developing self-esteem and creating positive experiences that will last lifetime.
  • Learn to Swim - The Y partners with school districts that serve a high percentage of children living in poverty to provide swim lessons/water safety to children during/after the school day.
Program Budget $3,317,781.00
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Leisure & Recreational Activities
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

The desired outcomes for YMCA aquatics are for youth to demonstrate improved skills in basic swimming and water safety.

The desired outcomes for YMCA sports are that youth of all abilities make friends and learn new skills within a safe, caring, and supportive environment.
Long-Term Success

The goal of YMCA sports programs is to teach and enhance a healthy physical, mental and spiritual well being for all participants, while participating in a safe, fun and inclusive environment. 

The goal of the YMCA Challenger/Adaptive program is to help foster improved physical fitness for youth and young adults with special needs, while also nurturing personal growth, fun, and friendships through sports and recreational activities.
The goal of the Aquatics and Learn to Swim programming is to prevent drowning. 
Program Success Monitored By

In addition to the developmental progress of our participants, the excellence of YMCA Sports and Aquatics programs are demonstrated through an annual survey conducted by a third party that measures parent satisfaction. We also monitor the number of youth served in aquatics programming and Challenger programming. 

Examples of Program Success
  • 6,269 youth learned life-saving swim skills to reduce their risk of drowning.
  • 9,641 youth learned teamwork and stayed active in sports 
"My 8-year old son has autism, and he has participated in the Challenger program this year. This program allowed hi to get exercise and have fund without worrying about what the other kids/parents would think of him. He had lots of support from his "buddy" and encouragement from the other volunteers." --Parent of a Challenger Participant
"Prior to joining the (Challenger) program, my grandchildren with special needs did not have a public place to go where they were accepted, appreciated, and valued as unique and important. They did not participate in any sports. Now the three of them swim and play sports year-round. Without the program, they would not understand or participate in any organized activity or be accepted in public as they are at the Challenger Park." --Grandparent of Challenger Participant

Young Achievers is a program for middle and high school students focused on academics, college knowledge, relationships, life skills development, and positive identity development. The program involves bi-monthly enrichment and career sessions, an annual Spring Break College Tour, STEM Camp, and several outreach events to educate young people and their parents or guardians about topics such as financial aid. A partnership with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City allows all Young Achievers to be matched with a “Big” as a mentor.
The Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Kansas City (YVCKC), hosted by the Y, is part of the Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) national nonprofit network. The mission: to create and increase volunteer opportunities to enrich youth, address community needs, and develop a lifetime commitment to service.

YVCKC offers both in-school and out-of-school opportunities for youth ages 11-18 to engage in service-learning to accomplish the following goals:

  1.  Engage youth in service projects that are challenging, rewarding, and educational
  2. Serve the unmet needs of the community and its residents
  3. Promote among youth a greater understanding and appreciation for the diversity of their community.
  4. Promote a lifetime ethic of service among youth.
Program Budget $383,341.00
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Leisure & Recreational Activities
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Young Achievers-
  • Participants have increased knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors related to self-management, social development, positive identify, social capital, and academic self-efficacy.
  • Participants have increased knowledge, awareness, and self-efficacy around volunteerism.
  • Participants have increased awareness of diversity. 
Long-Term Success

Young Achievers- Long term success is indicated by youth graduating from high school and college.

YVCKC- Long term success is indicated by youth developing a greater understanding for the diversity of their community and developing a lifetime ethic of service.

Program Success Monitored By
  • Young Achievers participants complete post-surveys that assess new knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors.
  • Young Achievers report their high school graduation and post-secondary education status and their grades.
  • YVCKC tracks volunteer service hours and the number of services projects completed.
  • YVCKC utilizes a youth development survey (pre/post or post-only) that measures participants 'attitudes, knowledge, understanding, and self-efficacy around social responsibility.
  • YVCKC is participating in a national outcome evaluation in cooperation with the Youth Volunteer Corps Headquarters that will provide data about long-term impact.
Examples of Program Success

  • 626 youth participated in direct service, outreach, college tours, and STEM camp through the Young Achievers (YA) program
  • 100% of 17 YA's  that were seniors in high school graduated, securing $66,500 in college scholarships.
  • 1,186 YVCKC participants gave more than 30,000 volunteer service hours to over 50 agencies.


As a result of participation in these programs:

  • 95% of YA participants have an awareness of different fields of study available in post-secondary education.
  • 92% of YA survey respondents have increased motivation to graduate from high school and pursue higher education.
  • 92% of YA survey respondents improved their high school performance.
  • 94% of YVCKC Summer of Service participants better relate to others who are different from them.
  • 92% of YVCKC Summer of Service participants feel more important to their community.
  • 90% of YVCKC Summer of Service participants want to volunteer again.
This is the Y’s Signature program for social responsibility. Y members are invited to lead and participate in committees that research local needs and plan volunteer service projects that address the needs in the communities where they live. Available projects are cataloged and available to the public on www.volunteermatters.org. Togetherhood planning committees occur at the following YMCA membership centers: 8th Street, Blue Springs, Bonner Springs, Cleaver Family, Head Start locations, North Kansas City, Olathe, Platte County Community Center North/South, Providence, and Red Bridge Family YMCAs.
Program Budget $33,664.00
Category Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other Voluntarism Promotion
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Volunteers gain understanding of existing challenges in their communities and develop creative ways to meet them through volunteer service activities.

Long-Term Success

Participants develop a deeper sense of belonging to and responsibility for the places where they live.

Program Success Monitored By

The Y tracks the number of volunteers engaging in service and the number of projects completed by Togetherhood.

Examples of Program Success

  • 11 YMCA branches have taken the Togetherhood pledge
  • 25 Togetherhood projects have been reported
  • 873 volunteers have been engaged
  • 2000 volunteer hours have been logged
Success Story: 
"Togetherhood is a great way to give Y members a voice and an opportunity to do community service outside the four walls of the Y. As a volunteer and as part of a larger network, you get to see the impact your work has on a larger scale in your neighborhood. The needs of a community are so overwhelming you could easily think of twenty different directions we could go to focus our efforts to help people in our neighborhood. Picking the things that are important to you and making a difference in those aspects is gratifying. It helps you trust that others are picking up in other places, taking care of those needs that taps into their fulfillment."
CEO Comments

Since our founding in 1860, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City has continued to evolve to meet the needs of our community. The common denominator across our programs is that they help individuals live better, and in turn, make our community a better place for all. Our Y programs help people reach their fullest potential at any stage of life. Youth development and enrichment programs prepare kids as young as babies for success in school and beyond, provide enrichment for teens, teach important skills and promote physical activity. Health programs allow adults to overcome chronic disease. And volunteer opportunities ensure that we have the power of giving hearts and helping hands to address immediate needs in the neighborhoods we serve.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. David L. Byrd
Term Start June 2010
Compensation N/A
With more than 38 years of service at YMCAs across the country, David Byrd leads the YMCA of Greater Kansas City with a passion to ensure a brighter future for children, teens and families. He began his current role in June 2010, and is leading the organization through a new 10-year strategic vision plan. A part-time job in youth development at the YMCA in Thomasville, NC, marked the beginning of his career with the Y. He discovered his calling to serve with the Y movement, and eventually went on to hold leadership roles including president/CEO of YMCA of Greater Durham in Durham, NC, vice president of operations of Central Florida YMCA in Orlando, FL, and most recently, chief operating officer for the YMCA of Middle Tennessee in Nashville. He holds a Master’s degree in Health Education in Business/ Applied Science from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte and a Bachelor of Arts from High Point University in High Point, NC. He has two daughters and five grandchildren. He enjoys fly fishing, traveling, reading and spending time with family.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year N/A
Current Compensation N/A
Former CEOs
Mr. H. Eugene Dooley Jan 1987 - June 2010
Charles Law Jan 1974 - Jan 1987
Senior Staff
Title Senior Vice President of Brand Advancement
Gretchen Deaton has more than 25 years of experience with the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. In her current role, she is responsible for several areas including community image, marketing campaigns, corporate partners and Internet outreach, all of which are key to executing the national brand revitalization efforts on a local level. Her YMCA of Greater Kansas City career started in 1990 when she became the program secretary for the Paul Henson Family YMCA. She has held various advancing positions with the Y including association communications manager, director of marketing, and vice president of marketing and communications, a role that she held for 11 years. She graduated from Central Methodist College and earned a Master’s degree from Rockhurst University.
Title Chief People Officer
Since joining the Y as chief people officer in January 2011, Andrea Allison-Putman has led staff and volunteer leadership, payroll, benefits, diversity and inclusion, training and recruitment. She has more than 20 years of executive experience in leadership development, employee relations, inclusion, recruiting, training and volunteer engagement. She serves on the YMCA of the USA national Training and Leadership Development Advisory Board, YMCA of the USA national Executive Committee of the Women’s Leadership Resource Network and served as the Chair of the 2012 and 2014 YMCA Mid-States Cause-Driven Leadership Conference. Andrea volunteers with many organizations including the University of Missouri Alumni Association, Harvesters—The Community Food Network and Jackson County CASA. Andrea is active in many civic and community organizations including Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City and the Urban League of Greater Kansas City. Andrea holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Development from Friends University and a BSBA from the University of Missouri. In 2011, Andrea received the Equalizer Award from the Urban League for her individual achievements in support of diversity and inclusion.
Title Sr. VP of Capital Assets and Risk

As senior vice president of capital assets and risk, Mark Hulet is responsible for management of all organization facilities, new capital development, renovation and construction, and risk management. He has a diverse background in all aspects of YMCA operations and support. He started with the Y in 2000 as the executive director at the Richard C. Green, Sr. Family YMCA and has held various advancing positions with the Y including vice president of membership services and vice president of capital asset management. Hulet has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Central Missouri.

Title Chief Financial Officer
Since 2004, Kelli McClure has served as chief financial officer, providing direction and leadership for the Y’s finance and business operations and strategic initiatives. She also provides oversight of the Y’s accounting practices, the maintenance of its fiscal records and the preparation of its financial reports. Kelli has served on a variety of national YMCA task forces through the years, and is currently an active member of the North American Urban Group of CFOs and a member of the YMCA of the USA National CFO Roundtable. Prior to becoming CFO, Kelli served for five years as the controller for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. Before joining the Y, Kelli was a staff accountant (CPA) specializing in audit and tax services for three years at Troupe Kehoe Whitaker and Kent PC. She holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Information Systems from the University of Kansas, and she earned her CPA in 1996.
Title Chief Development Officer

Michelle Ford is a veteran of the Y movement, with 25 years of experience starting at the Paul Henson YMCA in Prairie Village as a part-time youth sports coordinator. She has held many positions within the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, with responsibilities in operations, programs, facility management and fundraising. She was the team leader opening two new YMCAs in Olathe and Bonner Springs, was instrumental in starting the YMCA Challenger program for kids with special needs in 2006 and also spearheaded the construction of our all accessible Challenger sports complex that opened in 2010. In her newest role as chief development officer, she works with volunteers, Y centers, program operations and other community leaders to help support kids, families and seniors in our communities through our annual giving, capital campaigns and endowment/planned giving. She also continues to support the Challenger program. She advances the Y movement as a YMCA of the USA Faculty Trainer in Annual Support Campaign.

In his current role, Troy Patterson supervises general technology operations and development at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. He has more than 20 years of YMCA experience. Most recently he was vice president and chief information officer for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City for four years. He started his career as a youth and sports program director at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City in 1994. He gained experience as a center and camp director in Topeka, KS, and returned to Kansas City in 1999 as director of operations for school-age child care. He then began focusing on technology for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City as the Associate Vice President of Technology.
Title Chief Operating Officer/Executive Vice President

John Mikos serves as a key member of the Y’s senior leadership team, supporting the organization’s vision and setting the strategy and direction for all operations and programs throughout the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. He joined the Y in December 2013, bringing more than 28 years of leadership experience with YMCAs across the country. Most recently he served as the chief operating officer for the YMCA of Western North Carolina in Asheville. There he was successful in leading a variety of strategic efforts supporting the Y’s membership and program growth, including spearheading one of the most effective YMCA Diabetes Prevention Programs in the country. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communications and Business Management from the University of Oklahoma. He and his wife, Janet, and their two children love being part of the Kansas City community.

Title Sr. VP of Youth Development Services
Experience/Biography With more than 20 years of experience as a leader in youth development, James Spearin shares his passion for the health and welfare of children, families and community sustainability. He joined the YMCA of Greater Kansas City in July 2015. As Senior Vice President of Youth Development, he provides leadership for before and after school, summer day camp, early learning, Head Start programs, Achievement Gap, Childhood Nutrition, Youth in Government and Youth Volunteer Corps programs. His YMCA experience includes most recently serving as the Vice President of Youth Development at the YMCA of Western North Carolina. He also spent 12 years as an elementary teacher. He has led several teams in the creation of programs and initiatives that have become national models in building community sustainability, mobile kitchens and nutrition education, federal feeding programs, and childhood obesity prevention programs. He has a Master’s of Education from Framingham State College in Framingham, MA, and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Wheelock College in Boston, MA.
Title Vice President of Finance/Controller

As vice president of finance/controller, Mary Geisler provides overall leadership for the finance department including budgeting, annual audit process, accounts payable, petty cash, expense reports and cash control. She has a degree in Accounting and Marketing from the University of Iowa. Since obtaining her CPA, Mary has had a progressive career in accounting and finance that has included more than 20 years of experience in public accounting, as well as banking, restaurant and pharmaceutical industries. At the Y, she enjoys applying her professional finance experience to benefit our cause-driven, charitable organization.

Title Vice President of Leadership Development

Marsha Moore joined the Y in June 2011 and brings more than 20 years of experience in designing leadership and organization development initiatives that increased associate and organizational competency levels and overall engagement. She leads our leadership development and training strategies for our Association, including New Associate Orientation. She also leads our training partnership with YMCA of the USA, which supports the training and leadership development needs for Ys in Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska.

Title Vice President, Operations

Scott Clark joined the YMCA of Greater Kansas City as district vice president of the Southwest District in December 2010. Clark manages the 8th Street, Bonner Springs, Olathe, Paul Henson and Providence YMCAs, and offices at the Olathe Family YMCA. Previously he served as senior executive director at the Old Colony YMCA in Brockton, MA. During his time at Old Colony, he oversaw a major capital campaign for expansion, helped increase membership, and managed corporate, child care and family programs. His experience also includes leading the Taunton and Easton Centers in Massachusetts and chairing the membership development task force for the Y. He began his career with the Y as a center executive in Lincoln, IL, and Springfield, IL.

Title Vice President of Operations

As North District vice president, Garry Linn oversees the Atchison and North Kansas City YMCAs, as well as Platte County Community Center North and Platte County Community Center South, operated by the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. He offices at North Kansas City YMCA. He began his current role in November 2010. During his Y career, he has served as the sports director at the Blue Springs Family YMCA, center executive for the Richard C. Green, Sr. Family YMCA, and center executive for Platte County Community Center South. He has been instrumental in the continued collaboration with Platte County, as well as developing partnerships with Riverside and North Kansas City, MO. He shares his expertise with the Y movement as a YMCA of the USA Faculty Trainer in Fiscal Management.

Experience/Biography Paula Oxler has served in various communications roles at the Y since 2008 and has been in her current role overseeing media relations, print and electronic communications, and strategic communication since December 2013. She discovered her passion for nonprofit communications early in her career through working on the United Way of Greater Kansas City’s fundraising campaign and working as a copy editor and reporter at The Kansas City Star. Prior to joining the Y, Paula was the public relations specialist at Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care for four and a half years. Her work has received Nonprofit Connect Philly Awards for Excellence in Communications and NAYDO (North American YMCA Development Organization) Communications Awards. Paula holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Kansas.
Title Senior Vice President, Community Integrated Health

As the first physician on staff at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, Dr. Bascom leads the Y’s innovative chronic disease prevention and management initiatives. Current evidence-based programs include the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention program, Blood Pressure Self Monitoring, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA for cancer survivors, and Enhance Fitness® for those with arthritis. She has more than 10 years of experience in clinical integration, performance improvement and deployment of health information technology systems.

Title Senior Vice President, Member Management

Ms. Williams brings more than 20 years of experience in executive and membership operations within the Y Movement. She leads member engagement strategies and organizational partnerships that drive corporate wellness programs.

Paid Full-Time Staff 357
Paid Part-Time Staff 1902
Volunteers 4104
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 75%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes

The Y partners with more than a dozen public and charter school districts in the region, including:

  • MidAmerica Regional Council - MARC is the grantee for the MidAmerica Head Start Grant. The Y has been a delegate since 2006-07
  • Truman Medical Center is the medical partner of the Linwood Y/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Health Center and the future medical partner of the future Downtown YMCA.
  • The North Kansas City Hospital occupies a Wellness Corner in the North Kansas City YMCA. This space features complimentary wellness screenings, advice and risk assessments, educational sessions on health topics, and therapeutic massage by appointment.
  • The Y and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County have a long history of partnership and collaboration. Most recently, the Y has participated in the steering committee and multiple action teams of Healthy Communities Wyandotte, the Mayor’s Task Force to address the county’s poor health rankings. The Y and the Unified Government are cooperating to fund-raise for the Healthy Campus capital project in Kansas City, Kansas.
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter1860
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Chris Kurtz
Company Affiliation KCP&L
Term May 2016 to May 2018
Email chris.kurtz@kcpl.com
Board Members
Mr. Rick Berger Berger Company
Mr. Allen Blair Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Ms. Joanne Burns Cerner Corporation
Ms. Mitzi Cardenas Truman Medical Center
Dr. Charlie Cartwright Lockton
Mr. Gregory Cotton Sporting Club, Sporting KC
Ms Jackie DeSouza Research Medical
Mr. Jeremy Gaskill Humana, Kansas and Missouri
Mr. Michael Gonzales Hallmark
mr. Ryan Humphrey Bank of Kansas City
Mr. Al Hupp Lathrop & Gage
Mr. William W Hutton One Security Place
Ms. Jeanette Jayne Cohen Esrey
Mr. Frank Kirk Merrill Lynch
Mr. Chris Kurtz KCP&L
Mr. Ross P. Marine The Murino Group LTD
Mr. Mark Moberly Sunflower Development Group
Mr. John Passanisi Ernst & Young
Mr. Gary Remley Schifman Remley & Associates, Inc.
Ms Ann Rhoads Sprint
Dr. Michelle Robin Your Wellness Connection
Ms. Cici Rojas Central Exchange
Ms. Madeline Romious AT&T Missouri
Ms. Brenda Shields Retired, President at United Way St. Joseph
Mr. Doug Spear Shawnee Mission Health
Mr. Chris Taylor Farm Bureau Financial Services
Mr. Matt Wenzel St. Luke's Hospital North
Mr. Greg Westbrook
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 25
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 22
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 5%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
CEO Comments

Our Y is fortunate to have a talented and diverse Board of Directors to govern our Y and help us better serve the community. Their leadership is guiding our Y as we focus on: 

  • Being a welcoming, community-centered organization through quality, innovation, sustainability and measurable impact.
  • Strengthening organizational capacity to deliver the Y’s cause through associates and volunteers. 
  • Fostering a culture of philanthropy that positions the Y to strengthen the Y’s cause in meeting the evolving community needs.
  • Collaborating with the community to provide opportunities for organizational growth and to deliver better outcomes for all.
  • Working to ensure access, inclusion and engagement for all to reach their potential in a welcoming and safe environment.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $49,194,070
Projected Expenses $49,194,070
Endowment Value $4,565,000
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FY 2013: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$8,777,483$8,512,141$0
Individual Contributions----$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$812,400$78,950$71,773
Membership Dues$0$0$13,653,511
Special Events$125,944$164,625$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$38,582,876$38,216,312$34,804,872
Administration Expense$5,404,093$4,561,637$4,606,566
Fundraising Expense$600,915$841,148$826,795
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.131.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%88%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%4%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$45,069,586$40,307,876$40,959,469
Current Assets$20,184,822$13,277,643$6,293,664
Long-Term Liabilities$5,709,671$3,114,440$21,219,638
Current Liabilities$17,758,172$19,441,875$2,997,984
Total Net Assets$21,601,743$17,751,561$16,741,847
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.140.682.10
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets13%8%52%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $800,000 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $500,000 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Yes, we are in a campaign to construct a new Downtown YMCA; a new Kansas City, KS YMCA in collaboration with the United Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS; renovate/expand the Atchison and Linwood YMCAs and the YMCA Challenger Complex
Goal $46,000,000.00
Dates Sept 2013 to Dec 2017
Amount Raised to Date $35,115,000.00 as of Aug 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Name YMCA of Greater Kansas City
Address 3100 Broadway
Suite 1020
Kansas City, MO 64111
Primary Phone (816) 561-9622
CEO/Executive Director Mr. David L. Byrd
Board Chair Mr. Chris Kurtz
Board Chair Company Affiliation KCP&L
Year of Incorporation 1860