Cassville YMCA hires new manager

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Cassville Family YMCA welcomed a new facility manager on Sept. 22. Michelle Bredeson has an impressive background in project management and customer service.

"I'm very excited," said Bredeson. "I love Cassville and really enjoy using the YMCA facility. As a member, I have been able to make friends and develop good bonds with many of the other members."

Bredeson, who earned a bachelor's degree in management and organizational leadership at George Fox University in Newberg, Ore., worked for Intel for over seven years before relocating to Cassville with her husband, Rob.

"I was a project manager for the Pentium 4," said Bredeson. "The job required long hours and a lot of travel. My husband and I moved here to spend more time with our kids."

After moving to Cassville, Bredeson's husband accepted a second grade teaching position at Cassville Primary School. The family also joined the local YMCA in order to participate in health and fitness programs with their children.

"We started coming here and previously I had never felt comfortable working out at a gym," said Bredeson. "I really liked the people who worked here and the people who used the facility. Now, our kids are really involved in the programs."

When the facility manager position opened at the local YMCA, Bredeson was very excited. After submitting a resume and participating in an interview process, she was selected for the position.

"We are very excited about having Michelle on board with us," said Gordon Brown, Cassville and Monett YMCA executive director. "We did an extensive search both locally and nationally. Our volunteer board went through a process with resumes and interviewing, and Michelle stood out far above the other candidates."

Bredeson accepted the facility manager position on Sept. 9.

"I will be managing the aerobics and gymnastics staff," said Bredeson. "I will also handle most of the public relations. I hope to become more involved in the local chamber and community.

"I hope I can bring more program awareness to the community," said Bredeson. "I like to be out in the public, and I'm excited to talk to people about YMCA programs."

Bredeson hopes to introduce some new after-school programs at the Cassville Family YMCA. She would also like to include additional health and fitness classes for students.

"I would like to have some more open houses," said Bredeson. "There is a lot going on in this building. I can also offer tours to show community members the services available at the facility.

"I want to show people that this is more than just a gymnasium," said Bredeson. "We have pottery classes and other activities. There is something for everyone, from ages 4 to 90."

Bredeson will complete several hours of training at the Cassville and Monett YMCA facilities over the next few weeks. She will also participate in training in Springfield.

Bredeson lives in Cassville with her husband and their two children, 4-year-old Taylor and 10-year-old Jakob. Taylor attends SONbeam Pre-school in Cassville and Jakob is a fifth grade student at Cassville Intermediate School.

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