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

Trisha TousantChief Operations Officer
Michelle GorhamChief Advancement Officer
Michelle PolivkaVice President of Marketing & Communications
Audrey KunertVice President of HR & Leadership Development
Emmet DingleAssociate Director of Human Resources
James BrooksHR Specialist
Brett WilliamsDirector of Development
Helen DeMuthBrand Manager
Ben PritchardGraphic Designer
Julie PhelpsPayroll
Tara VeraAccounts Receivable Coordinator
Jan TullockSpecial Projects
Brenda RinehartChild Care Assistance Program Director
Gary SchwerinCoordinator of Spiritual Development
Kayla SchefferOperations Associate
Laura ZapataAdministrative Assistant
Sharon MattisAdministrative Assistant

SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA

Jaron BertelsenExecutive Director
Jenny RogelSenior Program Director of Membership/Aquatics
Brian WatkinsAssociation Property Director
Mark BegeotAssociate Property Director
Jamie LoweryAssociation Aquatics Director
Erika HillaboltSenior Head Swim Coach
Gina KarvelisHealthy Living Director
Jane JohnsonGroup Exercise Coordinator
Jenny KleinYouth and Family Director
Dee EdgertonTeen Director
Brianna EicherKids’ Time Regional Director
Tonya Lewers21st Century Coordinator
Porsha SainCommunity Outreach Kids Place Site Coordinator
Linette RojasHealthy Living Program Specialist
Charles GrayMembership Coordinator
Kim LapeBranch Administrator
Tamica FricksBuilding Relations Manager

Northeast Family YMCA

Melissa BurnsExecutive Director
Nick MaierDirector of Membership and Community Engagement
Margie HennigBranch Administrator
Kumari HarrisYouth and Family Director
Holli TankHealthy Living Director
Becca HombKids’ Time Regional Director
Max RosenowKids’ Time Regional and Inclusion Director
Kristina HitzkeAssociate Aquatics Director
Kathleen HedrickLIVESTRONG Program Coordinator
Darcy HouserActive Older Adult Coordinator

Puri Family YMCA

Angelyn GrableExecutive Director
Jaime FaganYouth and Family Coordinator
Jenn StudtYouth & Family Program Director
Krystal ShugaMembership Coordinator
Mark VicencioProperties Director

Camp Winnebago

Rachel LathamSr. Program Director
Hannah LongProgram Director
Josefina BryantAdministrative Coordinator

YMCA Children's Learning Center

Sarah RenickerExecutive Director
Ami PenningBranch Administrator
Jacki FoltzInfant Teacher
Denice ZimmermanInfant Teacher
Laquesia BryantInfant Teacher
Timika GeorgeInfant Teacher
Isabel CorriganToddler Teacher
Katie SaegerToddler Teacher
Kathy PetersonToddler Teacher
Destiny ScottTwos Teacher
Kristin CircelliFours Teacher
Giovanna OrtegaFours Teacher