Meet The Staff

Passionate. Dedicated. Nurturing. Genuine. The Leadership Team at the Y works day in and day out to deliver and grow quality programs and services in our community. Spanning all ages, backgrounds and life experiences, the team is devoted to developing the potential of youth, improving the community’s health and well-being, and providing support to our neighbors.

Brent Pentenburg, CEO

Brent Pentenburg

Brent is the Chief Executive Officer. He joined the association in 2012 and had served as the COO since December 2015. Brent’s Y career launched more than 10 years ago as a day camp counselor. His Y journey has exposed him to various leadership roles and areas of focus. Prior to coming to Rockford he was the Sports Director at the Georgia Mountains YMCA in North Atlanta, Georgia. For the YMCA of Rock River Valley, he has served in many capacities allowing him to gain a thorough understanding of how the organization operates at all levels. In 2016, Brent was named as a Person to Watch in a Rockford Register Star article. Brent has a passion for helping every individual reach their God-given potential. He spends much of his spare time volunteering. Brent is on the board of directors for the Rockford Regional Health Council, an advisory member for Youth for Christ, he is a member of the Rotary Club of East Rockford and Cherry Valley, and he volunteers his time at Stateline Church. Additionally, Brent and his wife, Johnnie are foster parents and inspire others to get involved as adoptive or foster parents in our community.

Central Office

Jason BehrendsChief Finance Officer
Michelle GorhamChief Advancement Officer
Michelle PolivkaExecutive Director of Marketing & Communications
Audrey KunertSr. Director of HR & Staff Development
Trisha TousantDistrict Executive of Operations
Emmet DingleAssociate Director of Human Resources
Ben PritchardGraphic Designer
Brett WilliamsDirector of Development
Helen DeMuthBrand Manager
Julie PhelpsPayroll
Chris CozadAccounts Payable
Tara VeraAccounts Receivable Coordinator
Jan TullockSpecial Projects
Gary SchwerinCoordinator of Spiritual Development
Kayla SchefferOperations Associate
Laura ZapataAdministrative Assistant
Sharon MattisAdministrative Assistant
Talli EricksonOperations Assistant

SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA

Jaron BertelsenExecutive Director
Jenny RogelSenior Program Director of Membership/Aquatics
Brian WatkinsProperty Director
Gina KarvelisHealthy Living Director
Dee EdgertonTeen Director
Jamie LoweryAquatics Director
Kamrin MuhammadYouth and Family Director
Charles GrayMembership Coordinator
Kim LapeBranch Administrator
Mark BegeotProperties Coordinator
Jane JohnsonGroup Exercise Coordinator
Tamica FricksBuilding Relations Manager
Taylor KirkInterim Exploritorium Coordinator

Northeast Family YMCA

Melissa BurnsExecutive Director
Leslee ScurlockSenior Youth and Family Director
Nick MaierDirector of Membership and Community Engagement
Margie HennigMember Experience Director
Holli TankHealthy Living Director
David RilottAquatics Director
Bryan VandiverProperties Director
Kathleen HedrickLIVESTRONG Program Coordinator
Darcy HouserActive Older Adult Coordinator

Puri Family YMCA

Angelyn GrableExecutive Director
Jaime FaganYouth and Family Coordinator
Jessica ForsgrenMembership Coordinator
Mark VicencioProperties Director

Youth Achievement

Lamya CristilloSenior Program Director
Peter ShippKids’ Time Regional Director
Becca HombKids’ Time Regional Director
Tonya Lewers21st Century Coordinator
Salina BrownKids’ Place Site Coordinator
Jacquelyn LopezBranch Administrator
Rosie FrascaFinancial Assistant Coordinator

Camp Winnebago

Bif BuchanDistrict Executive
Audi StroupSenior Program Director
Seth BartosProgram Coordinator

YMCA Children's Learning Center

Sarah RenickerExecutive Director
Ami PenningBranch Administrator
Leslie Hazelbauer-WetterProgram Coordinator