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Aquatics Liason

Tom March is our Aquatics Ninja. March has a variety of different positions at the NSYMCA which for most part involves in helping our families and members with special needs. We had a chat with Tom about his duties at the NSYMCA.

What do you do at the Y?

I actually have a few different positions here at our YMCA.  Most all of my positions and time involve helping our special needs families in every way that I can. As the Special Services lead instructor I teach an average of 40 thirty-minute private lessons each week mostly with Special Needs children and young adults.  I have found ways to break through and connect with individuals even with more severe needs. My initial goals are always for safety in the water. However, they quickly include developing swimming skills and even working through communication difficulties such as eye contact and speech. I also enjoy teaching group lessons a few times during the week.  

As head coach for our Special Olympics Swim team I have been fortunate to have been able to build and continue building our swim team from 5 swimmers 3 years ago to currently 32 swimmers of different abilities and skills. It is an amazing experience to witness a special needs swimmer's first interaction in a swim meet where many times it is the first time in their lives that the crowd of spectators are all cheering just for them!

As the Aquatics Liaison I help our Aquatics Director deliver the very top quality to our members and guests in everything water! In my spare time I train our lifeguards on skill sets and certify them for guarding along with CPR professional rescue skills.

How do you help our members?

To me helping our members and our community is the reason that I am here. I believe that everyone deserves to be appreciated and listened to.

What do you like most about your job/the Y?

My job includes my passion for helping families with children on the spectrum of Autism, I seldom feel that I am even working!

What is a fun fact about you?

I am currently completing my Masters in Psychology - Applied Behavior Analysis which I will then immediately follow with my PHD in the same field.

I am an avid boater and whenever I can, my favorite place to be is outside on Lake Michigan. Having such a draw to water is not the norm for someone with my background. I had a near-drowning event when I was 11 years old and, even though I had a pool in my backyard growing up, I did not learn how to swim until I took adult beginner swim lessons at 20 years old while I was in college. Maybe that is why I feel it is so important for everyone to learn how to swim at a younger age.


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Sr. Director of Arts

Shannon is the Sr. Director of Arts at the NSYMCA. She runs the Performing Arts department and oversees the Visual Arts Department and Risk Management.

Shannon helps to ensure that our members can have all the benefits that come with Fine Arts training and help to develop a love of the arts with all the dancers that come into the building.

"I love working with my dancers. They always bring something new to the table and continually push me to be a better teacher for them."

Fun Fact: Her favorite type of Ice Cream is Moose Tracks Ice Cream! 


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Interim Aquatics Director

Missy is the Aquatics Interim Director and Swim Team Coach at the Y.

One of Missy’s favorite things about her job is when she is teaching a swimmer and it clicks. Missy likes that she is not just teaching a sport, but a life skill that could save someone’s life one day.  “Also I can wear flip flops in the middle of the winter when there is a foot of snow outside,” Missy said.

Missy helps members by helping them “navigate the waters” of the many swim and aquatics programs that the Y offers.

A fun fact about Missy is that she has escaped Alcatraz! She participated in the Alcatraz Sharkfest swim, which is a 1.5-mile swim off the historic island prison in the San Francisco Bay. “It took months of training, but was well worth it to check it off my bucket list,” said Missy. “It was my first and last open water swim as I prefer a clear warm pool to swim in.”


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Sr. Director of Facilities

Jim is the backbone of the North Suburban YMCA. He helps to keep the Y functioning along with the best maintenance staff on the planet that a Senior Director of Facilities can ask for. 

"We try to provide a place where members can come and know that they will be treated to a clean and safe place for them to come and make their health and quality of life better. Spirit, Mind, and Body! says Jim. 

His favorite thing about the Y is how the culture is embraced by the organization and the staff. Jim also enjoys that he has the ability to make a difference in the lives of our members and staff both young and old. 

"Fun Fact, my high school senior football team played in the New York Giants stadium. Now it's a parking lot next to the new stadium" says Jim. 



Join us on March 8, 2018 for the 12th Annual Ken & Alta Thiel Strong Kids Dinner, one of the top fundraising events of the year in the Northern Suburbs. This event is the talk of the town featuring a family-style meal, live and silent auctions, games and raffles, and unforgettable evening with friends and colleagues.


2017 was a recording-breaking year for our Y’s charity dinner. With nearly 500 of our supporters in attendance, the community raised almost $290,000 to fund our open door philosophy, which helps more than 2,500 children and families (1 in 5 NSYMCA members) in need reach their full potential through the Y’s life-changing programs and services. 


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