Meet Our School Age Program Staff!

16 Jun

Meet some of our School Age program staff! They’ve been working hard to get ready for the YWCA Summer Camp, which starts today. Learn more about our School Age programming at http://www.ywcaofasheville.org.
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Cici Weston, School Age Director

How long at the YW: 12 years

Years in Asheville: All my life, with the exception of attending school in Greensboro, NC.

Favorite thing(s) about the YWCA: The family connection

What you like to do in your spare time: Program planning, reading, researching

People would be surprised if they knew I: am a party person, since I tend to be more reserved.

 

Kathryn Dawkins, School Age Coordinator

How long at the YW: 3 years

Years in Asheville: 6 years

Favorite thing(s) about the YWCA: We care about the community.

What you like to do in your spare time: Gardening, reading, interior decorating, camping.

People would be surprised if they knew I: was bitten by a skunk 🙂

 

Ja-Kia Baird, School Age Counselor, Summer Camp Counselor

How long at the YW: 7 years

Years in Asheville: All my life – 27 years

Favorite thing(s) about the YWCA: The kids – being able to watch them grow

What you like to do in your spare time: Sing and hang out with friends and family.

People would be surprised if they knew I: was a foster parent.

 

Deborah A. Bryant, School Age Counselor

How long at the YW: 7 years

Years in Asheville: 25

Favorite thing(s) about the YWCA: Afterschool Program, Gala, Daycare, Aquatics, and friends

What you like to do in your spare time: Play cards, swim, and read black history.

People would be surprised if they knew I: can drive a school bus.

 

Monica Bryant, Camp Counselor

How long at the YW: 1 week (summer camp); 2 months (Aquatics); 5 years (just coming locally)

Years in Asheville: 2 years

Favorite thing(s) about the YWCA: Aquatics division, exercise classes, the kids, staff

What you like to do in your spare time: Swim, read, sleep

People would be surprised if they knew I: am terrified of dolphins and find butterflies disturbing.

 

Derrick Eddings, School Age Counselor

How long at the YW: 3 years

Years in Asheville: 52

Favorite thing(s) about the YWCA: Working with kids

What you like to do in your spare time: My grandkids

People would be surprised if they knew I: am a twin

 

Nakia Harrell, School Age Counselor

How long at the YW: 1 year

Years in Asheville: 20

Favorite thing(s) about the YWCA: The kids!

What you like to do in your spare time: Be with my family

People would be surprised if they knew I: love dogs.

 

Benjamin Herman, School Age Counselor

How long at the YW: Worked in School Age for one summer, but in other departments for several years – lifeguard: 3 yrs, Club W: 3 yrs

Years in Asheville: 19 years

Favorite thing(s) about the YWCA: This is my home away from home. Been coming here since I was a baby and my mother is Director of Human Resources.

What you like to do in your spare time: Read, watch TV/Anime, exercise, and hang out with friends.

People would be surprised if they knew I: am the youngest of four boys and I am a Tourism major at NC State University.

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