"Although I know our staff and members will miss her," Kraig Vry, Ankeny Family YMCA Executive Director reflected, "I am proud to know that while she has been a part of our YMCA family she has gained the additional skills and professional growth needed to make the next steps in our YMCA movement."
Rhonda Robson, the Ankeny Family YMCA Senior Program Director, has accepted the role of Associate Executive Director at the Newton YMCA. As we thank and wish her well, learn more below about Rhonda's Y journey and impact!
How did your journey with the YMCA begin?
I was a stay-at-home mom looking to lose weight after a pregnancy, so I decided to join the Newton YMCA in January 2001. I started taking some exercise classes and eventually became an instructor myself, as well as a personal trainer. In 2003, I took on the role of Fitness Director.
What have your roles been as an Ankeny Family YMCA staff member?
In 2010, I was hired as Ankeny Family YMCA’s Senior Program Director. For the first two years, my focus was primarily in the area of wellness, as well as membership and group exercise. About two years ago, Summer Day Camp, Child Watch, and Teens and Family Programing came under my supervision.
What are you most looking forward to in your new position as Associate Executive Director of the Newton YMCA?
I’m most looking forward to making a bigger impact on my hometown community, as well as seeing and reconnecting with old friends. I have been so overwhelmed by the responses I have already seen from the Newton Y community. They are excited to see me back, and I feel very welcomed already and I haven’t even started.
What is your fondest memory of working for the Ankeny Y?
I love our members, but the impact the staff have made on me has been huge and leaving them will be the hardest for me. I have also grown so much personally and professionally. I am a better person, leader, friend, mom, wife and a Godly woman because of the YMCA of Greater Des Moines.
Truly, the impact the Ankeny YMCA and the YMCA of Greater Des Moines has had on me has been life changing, and I can’t ever repay the leaders of this organization for believing in me. Thank you!