From YMCA executives to volunteer leadership, everyone here is passionate about making Washington County a better, healthier place.

We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why at the Y, strengthening community through our leadership roles is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

Join the YMCA today so you can learn, grow and thrive. 

Chief Executive Officer - Kristy Purlee

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Kristy began her Y career in 2012 as a Membership Director. She is a Salem High School graduate and received her B.S. from Indiana University in Bloomington. She has a deep passion for family and her community. Purlee said “I love being able to serve my community everyday through the efforts of the YMCA and the various volunteer organizations I am blessed to be a part of. I believe in the Christian values that are woven into the Y's mission, which influence the services and programs we offer to the community. 

According to her coworkers, Kristy is a caring, warm hearted mom and wife, who loves good coffee and glitter. Kristy strives to go above and beyond in all that she does for her community, family and the Lord. She loves spending her free time in the company of those who make her laugh and feel loved. Kristy loves her job and the position God has put her in at the Y to help others.  


Associate Executive Director - Chelsey Miller

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Chelsey graduated from Ball State University with a B.S. in Child Development in 2014. She has worked with children ranging in age from 6 weeks to middle school students in many different capacities. She joined the Y in 2017 and loves being able to get to know the children and families in the YMCA programs and serve them in a way that helps strengthen their families.

According to her coworkers, Chelsey is fiercely devoted to her family consisting of one loving husband, three children and two dogs. She has a passion for helping change the lives of children. Chelsey remains positive and passionate about the job she does.



Pre-School Director - Robin Deaton

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Robin was born and raised in Salem and graduated from Salem High School. She has been teaching preschool for over 30 years. Robin has so much love for her family and being a part of her 4 grandchildren's lives.

Robin enjoys racing, swimming, sports, and spending time with her family. She loves teaching and making a difference in the lives of her students. 




Administrative Manager - Debbie Rutherford

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Debbie joined the YMCA team in 2015. Prior to her role at the Y, she served as an accounts payable and receivable clerk for local factory for over 20 years. "I love meeting new people, and building friendships at the Y."

According to her coworkers, Debbie is strong and loving. God made her a mother once, but she mothers all in her reach. Debbie's heart is huge - her love knows no stranger, person or animal. Debbie supports her family fiercely. At the Y, Debbie is like glue, keeping all of the pieces together. 



Youth & Family Coordinator - Hailey Jackson

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Hailey joined the YMCA team in 2018 as a tumbling assistant. Soon after she shifted to our After School and Camps team as the Program Site Coordinator and in 2021 became the Youth & Family Coordinator. Hailey enjoys her job working with families and children because she loves making a positive impact on those around her. Having the ability to meet new people and build strong relationships is one of the reasons she loves being part of the YMCA team.

In Hailey's free time she enjoys binge watching Grey's Anatomy! Hailey loves interacting with all Y members and visitors throughout the day!



Member Engagement Coordinator - Devin Shields

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Devin Shields is excited to be a part of the Y team and getting to help members & the community find their fit. Devin is an Eastern High School graduate who was born in Germany. She is married to Tyson Shields with 4 daughters and they live on a farm with a variety of animals. Devin's background is in healthcare varying from Sports medicine to renal care. Coming to the Y Devin wants to have a positive impact on the community through engaging with those around her. Ask Devin about her chicken Phyllis, she is Devin's favorite!





Prevention Coordinator - Desiree Prater

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Washington County Family YMCA welcomes Desiree Prater as the Prevention Coordinator for Washington County. Desiree previously served as JAG Specialist at West Washington High School and Brownstown Central High School and brings 5 years of program instruction experience to the YMCA. She began her new hire efforts as Prevention Coordinator on January 3rd.

Desiree’s background in youth educational programming is representative of her passions to promote progress within the community through educational engagement, positive relationships, and community collaboration. Desiree will be responsible for overseeing the DMHA grant functions, strategizing efforts for prevention, and implementing programming related to primary prevention within all of Washington County.




Evan Motsinger - Martial Arts Instructor
Josh Tullis - Martial Arts Instructor
Eddie Lincks - Martial Arts Instructor

Karen Gay - Fitness Instructor
Lekisha Loveday - Fitness Instructor
Jessica Lloyd - Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer
Carol Hickey - Fitness Instructor
Tammy Motsinger - Fitness Instructor
Bart Page - Fitness Instructor
Angie Rose - Fitness Instructor

Ann King - Membership Representative
Abigail Young - Membership Representative
Darcy Stout- Membership Representative
Jordan Mazuch - Membership Assistant
Abigail Zatonsky - Front Desk
Lindsey Piper - Front Desk

Nate Henry - Wellness Attendant
Lisa Lemmons - Wellness Coach
Nathaniel Falk - Wellness Coach
Kim Coomer - Wellness Coach

Lauren Ritchie - Preschool Teacher
Larrissa Williams - Preschool Teacher
Linda Darkis - Preschool Teacher Assistant
Shannon Brown - Preschool Assistant
Mandy Hoke - Preschool Assistant
Holly McDonald - Preschool Assistant

Sara Manship - Child Watch & Family Programs
Karli Denny - Child Watch
Jada Smith - Child Watch

Montana Wilson - Maintenance
Dallas Apple - Maintenance/Grounds
Kendra Wade - Maintenance