Spotlight On: Maria Weider, YWCA Director of Health & Wellness

4 Nov

Maria Weider is relatively new to her role as Director of Health & Wellness at the YWCA, but she brings over 25 years of experience managing fitness clubs and a real passion for health to the YW family. Maria Weider

Here’s more about Maria:

How long have you lived in Asheville? Since 1986—I’m originally from Lexington, KY. I came through Asheville traveling from Myrtle Beach and just never left. 

Favorite thing(s) about the YWCA? Definitely the people here at the YWCA. I love my coworkers, love the talent and passion they all have for the mission, and love that our work here reaches out into the community. I’ve worked over 25 years in the fitness industry and now I feel like I can finally make an impact on more than the 2% or so that go to gyms. The fact that Club W at the YWCA reaches out into the community is awesome!

What do you like to do in your spare time? Well, I love to do things with my family. I have a 21-year-old, a 16-year-old, a 13-year-old and a 10-year-old—Matt, Aixa, Tucker and Gabby—and we all love to hike, cook and play music together. We’re a very musical family—everyone plays an instrument or sings, so we stay entertained with that. I also enjoy spending time with my lovely husband, Scott.

People would be surprised if they knew I… was once a competitive body builder. Also, that Spanish was my first language and native tongue. I moved to the United States when I was 6 years-old from Montevideo, Uruguay.

Please come by the YWCA at 185 S. French Broad Ave. to meet Maria and tour Club W! 

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