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Walton, Winn named Y program directors

SoVaNow.com / December 27, 2017
The Mecklenburg County YMCA announced the hiring of two program directors at the organization’s recent annual meeting.

Malyka Walton will serve as program director at the Chase City branch, and Rebeka “Beka” Winn will assume the same role at the Clarksville branch.

The two replace longtime director of program and wellness, Taylor Newton, who left to study Radiation Oncology at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke. Newton was instrumental in the expansion of youth sports and adult program offerings at the county YMCA.

The decision to hire two new staffers came about because the YMCA governing board is looking to expand the Y’s capacity to strengthen community in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. At the same time, the Y announced plans to extend its hours of operation, on a trial basis.

From Jan. 2-March 1, both the Chase City and Clarksville YMCAs will be open Monday-Friday from 5:15 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Saturday hours, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. will remain unchanged.

The new team members have diverse backgrounds. Walton holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Ferrum College and a Master’s degree in Applied Nutrition from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. Winn has a bachelor’s degree in history, with a business minor from Liberty University. In addition to running the front desk, Winn has been responsible for early morning front desk operations in Clarksville for over a year and was instrumental in the development of the nationwide YMCA membership reciprocity program here and throughout the USA.

The reciprocity program allows YMCA members to enjoy privileges at other participating YMCAs across the United States.

“We are looking forward to advancing our cause with the help of these new team members,” said Mecklenburg County YMCA executive Scott Worner of the hires.

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