AUBURN YMCA-WEIU STAFF
Amy Wallner, Branch Executive Director
Amy is a graduate of SUNY Cortland and a native of Auburn. "I started my Y career as the Child Care Director 18 years ago. I began at the Y by changing lives of our youth. Now I share how the Y impacts lives which include my own family. My son is now an official “Y kid” who uses every program possible. My husband and I are very lucky to have the Y that we do in our community, not only for ourselves but for our son. I am continually amazed by the impact the Y makes in our community through our programs and services."
Michael Barrigar HR & Finance
Michael is a graduate of Hartwick College and has worked in the Auburn community for over 20 years. Michael lives in Jordan, where he and his wife have raised and homeschooled their three children. Michael enjoys helping take care of the family's horse barn, and he loves coaching youth basketball during his free time. He is very proud to be part of the YMCA and its purpose to serve the community through healthy living, social responsibility, and youth development.
Stephanie Bales Membership & Marketing director
As a lifelong resident, Stephanie has a unique perspective and dedication to the community that we serve. Her diverse background lends valuable insight to the marketing, public relation, and member services initiatives of our Y. Stephanie offers support for critical fundraising efforts which funds the Y financial assistance program which she oversees. Making personal connections with our members and learning about their stories is truly the most satisfying aspect of her position.
Jeff Herrick Facility Director- Auburn YMCA-WEIU and Camp Y-Owasco
Jeff has worked as a new construction project manager as well as working in code enforcement, surveillance, and security.
He is a life resident of Auburn, and his four sons have enjoyed many programs at the YMCA.
In his spare time, Jeff collects International Harvester antique tractors and currently has 18 in his collection.
My wife Bridget enjoys working with her three dogs walking them on trails, and they frequent the dog park near Owasco Lake.
Kim Cuipylo, Director of Youth Development
Kim has worked for the YMCA as a SACC assistant in Weedsport since October 2020. She has almost 35 years of experience working with children and families in many capacities and looks forward to this position and all the FUN things we can do to support the mission of the YMCA.
Kim received her master's degree in Management from the University of Phoenix, a bachelor's Degree in Community and Human Services from Empire State College and a dual associate's degree in both Early Childhood Education and Liberal Arts with a concentration in business courses. She lives in Weedsport with her husband, Alex. They have four children and seven grandchildren. In her spare time, she loves to travel, go on cruises, camp, and spend time with her own family. She looks forward to continuing the mission of making a difference for the children and families in our community.
Erin Johnson, Senior Program Director
Erin Johnson has come full circle within the Aquatic Department at the Auburn YMCA. As a child she was a member here and a participant of the Stingrays Swim Team, making this facility home away from home! She is a graduate of Truman State University (Missouri) where she obtained a degree in Exercise Science as well as a Masters in Kinesiology from Michigan State University. A native of Aurora, NY Erin is currently the Aquatic Director here and enjoying it! Before moving back to the central New York region, she and her husband lived downstate where she was a Certified Athletic Trainer. Erin previously worked at Victory Sports Medicine and Orthopedics. After the birth of her twins, Erin was a stay at home mother until the YMCA came back into her life. She is a certified Swim Lesson instructor, lifeguard and Certified Athletic Trainer.
Laura Clary, Health & Wellness Director
Laura has 20+ years experience within the Auburn YMCA. She first began as an instructor in a Stretch and Tone class but quickly expanded into specialty areas such as Pregnancy Fitness, Zumba, Active Older Adults, Group Exercise Instructor Trainer and Chronic Disease Management. It was through these experiences that made her appreciate all that the Y has to offer. Following the philosophy of “we have a gym, but we are not JUST a gym”, Laura is excited to help community members succeed in what wellness means to them. She is currently working on partnerships within local agencies to continually expand what we can offer. She currently holds certifications in Personal Training thru NETA, Y- ACE Group Exercise, Enhance Fitness certified trainer, Active Older Adult Program Director, and Chronic Disease Self Management Team leader.
Brenda Salico , Preschool Director
Brenda grew up in Weedsport, attended Cayuga Community College, and then received a Bachelors's Degree in Elementary Education from Houghton College. She is currently enrolled in a Master's Degree program through Southern New Hampshire University, studying Education Leadership, Curriculum, and Design. Brenda has 30 years of education experience in early childhood education. Her teaching experience started at the Auburn YMCA-WEIU. She then went to Head Start as a teacher, transitioned to Education Supervisor, then was promoted to Education Coordinator.
Brenda lives with her husband and two cats in Union Springs. Their two daughters are currently attending college, and the youngest studies education, history, and art, and the oldest is finishing her degree in pharmacy. She enjoys exploring different art mediums, reading, camping, and vacationing at the beach in her spare time.
Audra Jakaub School age Childcare Director
Audra grew up in Weedsport and attended Cayuga Community College, where she received an Associate's Degree in Accounting. She then received her Bachelor's Degree from Keuka College in Organizational Management.
She ran a home daycare when her children were small and in Elementary School.
Audra was the Auburn Y SACC Director from 2016-2019 and is very happy to be back here working with the families and kids of Cayuga County.
Audra currently lives in Throop with my boyfriend and dog. Her kids are grown up and out of the house now. She enjoys reading, shopping, sporting events, and spending time with her family in her spare time.