YMCA OF THE OKOBOJIS
Andrew has been with the YMCA movement since 2005 when he began working for the Ottumwa Family YMCA in Ottumwa, IA. In 2007 Andrew joined the Bedell Family YMCA where he served the organization in various capacities until being named the CEO in December 2016. He is a 2007 graduate of William Penn University and originally from Blakesburg, IA. Andrew and his wife Rachel reside in Spirit Lake.
Amanda moved to Okoboji from Omaha, NE, where she worked in public accounting with Deloitte. She earned her BSBA and MPA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and holds an active CPA license. Originally from Sioux Falls, Amanda spent much of her childhood visiting family in the lakes area, so she is excited to be back full time as the Y’s Chief Financial Officer.
George Wigen is the Human Resources Generalist for the YMCA of the Okobojis. A native of Northwest Iowa, George has worked in Human Resources for over thirty years. He received his B.A. from Iowa State University. George presently resides in Estherville with his wife. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his grown children and grandchildren. He also enjoys hunting and fishing. George is excited to join the team.
Kyle Struve is the Communications Director for the YMCA of the Okobojis. A native of Sheldon, Iowa, Kyle has been familiar with the lakes area his entire life. He received his B.A. in Graphic Communications from the University of Northern Iowa. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, as well as hunting and fishing.
Having relocated from North Liberty to Milford, Karissa brings experience in public relations, project management, marketing, and event planning to the Y team. A 2004 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and originally from Ringsted, she is honored to contribute her skills to the community. Her husband and two boys share in her enthusiasm for being in the lakes area and closer to family.
BEDELL FAMILY YMCA STAFF
Andy has been a part of the Bedell Family YMCA since 2010. Andy is originally from Bancroft, IA so he is familiar with the lakes area. He is an avid outdoorsman, so when he’s not at the Y, he’ll be hunting or fishing. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, Amber, and their three sons.
Cory is the Member Services Director for the YMCA of the Okobojis. He grew up here in the central Midwest and relocated to the Great Lakes area in 2016 from Omaha, NE. He earned his BA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a supporter of the Huskers and Vikings. He enjoys reading, concerts, scary movies, & spending time with his family.
Quinn grew up in Austin, Texas and now has been in northwest Iowa for six years. He got his bachelors degree in computer science from Buena Vista University while playing baseball and football. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, friends and dog. He also enjoys watching, playing, and coaching baseball & football.
Jacey grew up in Spirit Lake and has lived in the area her whole life. She is an ILCC graduate in Recreation and Leisure Management. She enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including downhill skiing and SUP Boarding.
Austin graduated from South Central College in Mankato, MN with a degree in HVAC/R. Austin has had family live here since he was a younger and has always enjoyed being in the lakes area. He decided to move here in July 2023. His favorite activities are hanging with family and friends and always hoping the Vikings will win a super bowl before he dies.
Brittney is a graduate from the University of Northern Iowa where she studied Exercise Science. She is a native of Spirit Lake, IA and is happy to have the opportunity to continue to call this home. She joined the Y staff in 2013.
Sommer is a graduate from Baltimore County Community College where she studied Business Administration. She moved from Baltimore, MD in 2018 to Lake Park, IA and is happy to call Iowa home now. She joined our staff as our Accounting/Payroll clerk in February 2023.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS