Gallatin Valley YMCA
Gallatin Valley YMCA
About the Y
Everyone Belongs

Mission Moments

Everyone Belongs...

Regardless of age, race, ability or financial status, the Gallatin Valley YMCA exists to offer fun and healthy camps and programs for all. Whether it's our flag football program, our early learning program or our summer day camps, each program integrates the YMCA's core values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility. Y's are for people of all faiths, races, abilities, ages and incomes. No one is turned away for inability to pay. The YMCA's strength is in the people they bring together.
While our programs and services have evolved, our mission to create a community where all people, especially the young are encouraged to develop to their fullest potential in spirt, mind and body has and will remain steadfast. With the support of our community, The Gallatin Valley YMCA will continue to work towards constructing a new facility where we will offer a safe and caring environment, creative activities, health and wellness programs and opportunities to serve the needs of others.

Our Pledge

Each year, we receive many scholarship requests from families who cannot afford even our low fees. Through the generosity of our donors, our Annual Campaign and fund raising events, we will continue to grow our programs to meet the needs of our community. It is our pledge that within the available resources of the Gallatin Valley YMCA, we will provide services for any youth or adult who desires to participate, regardless of their ability to pay.


Jackson's Story

Andrea StevensonAndrea StevensonBrittany CornellBrittany Cornell
Sarah LutigerSarah LutigerJake BushnellJake Bushnell
Jenny BuhlJenny BuhlEmily Jo CuyleEmily Jo Cuyle
Avril PhillipsAvril PhillipsDaekwon  CarterDaekwon Carter

Executive Team

Andrea Stevenson

CEO/Executive Director

Andrea wants to live in a world filled with happy kids, healthy families, books that come bundled with extra dark chocolate and a force field around her wallet that repels meddling fingers from teen-age boys. As an accomplished executive with more than 25 years experience, she’s worked in the non-profit and corporate worlds. Currently serving as the CEO of the Gallatin Valley YMCA, Andrea works every day to grow YMCA programs that serve the community. In the past five years, she has re-built the Board of Directors, grown the budget from $150,000 to almost $1 million, begun a capital campaign and grown the YMCA staff from 1 to over 65, all while continuing to visit the hairdresser to cover all her gray hair. When she’s not fund raising, working with her staff or playing with Y kids, she definitely wants to be skiing with her husband, smelling the roses in her garden or cheering on her two teen-age boys at sporting events.

Brittany Cornell

Operations Director

If you’ve ever phoned our Y or stopped by the Y, most likely you’ve met Brittany Cornell. Brittany started her Y career as a teacher in the Hawk’s Nest Early Learning Center and then moved into our administrative office where she has helped serve many YMCA families and children. Brittany is a strong advocate for the Y and is proud of all the YMCA does for the Gallatin community. Brittany graduated from Montana State University in 2007 with a degree in Elementary Education. Go Cats! Brittany has a passion for the education of children and keeping them active and healthy. Her passion starts with chasing her very active and cheerful one-year-old around!

Sarah Lutiger

Youth Development Director

Sarah Lutiger’s experience began as a YMCA camper 25 years ago and has continued to include years of experience as a Counselor, Site Coordinator, Day Camp Director and now our very own Camp Director. Sarah oversees all PIR Day camps, Summer Adventure Camps, Teen Camps, BOLD/GOLD trips, after school activities, teen leadership programs, family camping and more. Sarah’s combination of experience and education, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Masters degree in Public Administration both from Montana State University, helps support the YMCA team in serving the needs of our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Jake Bushnell

Sports & Recreation Director

Born and raised in Helena, Montana, Jake is a lifetime athlete and fitness enthusiast. Arriving in Bozeman in 2010 to pursue a degree in Health and Human Performance, Jake fell in love with the area and all of the outdoor activities it had to offer. His passion for athletics stems from a childhood filled with YMCA sports, and he looks forward to bringing those same opportunities to the Gallatin Valley! When not at the Y, you can find Jake enjoying Bozeman’s beautiful landscape with his two dogs, Reba and Moose, or grilling in his backyard!

Jenny Buhl

Healthy Living Director

Jenny has been with the Y since August 2017. She loves her job at the Y because she gets to embrace her passion for healthy living while incorportaing health and wellness into the community. She is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor through ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association). She graduated from Montana State University in 2014 with a Bachelors degree in Marketing. In her spare time she enjoys powerlifting, snowboarding and hanging out with her family.

Emily Jo Cuyle

Early Learning Director

Early Learning Director, Emily Cuyle grew up in a very small town in Montana before moving to Bozeman to attend Montana State University. She graduated in the spring of 2015 with two Bachelor's Degrees in Early Childhood Education & Child Services and Community Health. Throughout college, Emily worked at Quail Hollow Cooperative Day School in all three classrooms before becoming the Lead Preschool Teacher and Assistant Director. She also nannied for a beautiful little girl for three years before moving to Bozeman.
Before becoming the Early Learning Director for the YMCA, Emily was a Youth Case Manager at Aware where she worked with children 0-8 years old in a program called Successful Starts. Emily enjoys creating positive relationships with parents and throughout the community to develop great programs for the youngest members at our YMCA.

Avril Phillips

Administrative Assistant

Born in Idaho, Avril Philips returned to the Rocky Mountains after living in Tennessee for 15 years. Avril moved to Bozeman after working seasonally in Yellowstone National Park for 10 years. During her career in Yellowstone Avril held management positions in Food & Beverage and Operations in the Old Faithful area. Avril completed several leadership and management workshops through the ongoing training of Xanterra Parks & Resorts including being certified by the NAI as an interpretive host. Avril finds enjoyment in helping others and hopes to use her leadership and communication skills to support the executive office and the community. When she's not answering the phones and assisting in the office Avril is an avid disc golfer and likes to go on walks with her husband and their two dogs.

Daekwon Carter

Sports & Recreation Coordinator

Daekwon Carter hails form the east coast but has lived in Montana for over 6 years. He is currently completing his degree in (sports) Psychology. He is very outgoing and energetic with a passion for mental and physical health, who loves finding out what people are passionate about.
Duane MorrisDuane MorrisMicaela McKennaMicaela McKenna
Susan SwimleySusan SwimleyTom GriffinTom Griffin
Mike CashmanMike CashmanEJ DawsEJ Daws
Brad DollBrad DollMollie EckmanMollie Eckman
Jon HerzJon HerzPaul LambPaul Lamb
Jordan KomotoJordan KomotoMatt UlrichMatt Ulrich

Board of Directors

Duane Morris

Chairperson-YMCA Board of Directors

Duane Morris spends a majority of his time at Montana State University as Director of the Event Services Division. Currently in his 16th year at Montana State University, Duane is a 25 year veteran in facility management and was a past member of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Venue Managers. As a young boy, Duane spent a great deal of time at his local YMCA and understands the value a YMCA adds to the community. Duane and his wife are parents to 3 children that alongside his job keep him pretty occupied.

Micaela McKenna

Vice Chair

Born and raised in Bozeman, Montana, proximity to her family and the mountains has always been important to Micaela. After finishing college in North Dakota and then spending years living in cities across the country, she moved back to Bozeman in 2012. Micaela’s prior experience includes work with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. as well as the Bozeman Symphony. Joining in the family tradition Micaela works alongside father, John McKenna Jr. and sister, Meghann McKenna serving as New York Life agents. Micaela has a passion to see the community evolve and help others be the best they can be. When not at work Micaela enjoys all Montana has to offer outside with husband Keith and two dogs Fynnie and Porter.

Susan Swimley


Born in Miles City and raised in Broadus, Susan attended the University of Montana and graduated from the University of Montana School of Law in 1989, with honors. After a couple of years of private practice, Susan joined the Gallatin County Attorney’s office in 1991 where she served as the Chief Deputy with an emphasis on representing the County Commission and various departments. Susan returned to private practice in January of 2001, where she has emphasized land use and road law issues as well as, a general practice which includes litigation. She has been married for 26 years to her wonderful husband, Brett, and is the mother of a high school senior, sophomore and 8th grader. Susan has been active in the Bozeman and Belgrade communities over the years be participating on numerous Boards and Committees.

Tom Griffin


Tom and his wife Lisa moved permanently to Bozeman in 2012 after stops across the country in his career in the medical device industry. He is a veteran of the US Air Force and Army, and has held leadership positions in his industry in both Fortune 500 companies and start-ups. Both Tom and his two children value the YMCA experiences they benefited from growing up. Faith and Community Service are a focus for Tom in his final home in Montana!

Mike Cashman

Board of Directors

Mike Cashman grew up in the Gallatin Valley and now works full-time in the family business, Cashman Nursery. Mike graduated from Colorado State University and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Montana Nursery & Landscape Associate. Mike and his wife Jana are the proud parents of two children who are participants in YMCA programs. When he’s not working on landscaping projects or at the nursery, Mike and the family enjoy playing outside and being an active community volunteer.

EJ Daws

Board of Directors

EJ joins the YMCA team as a fourth generation Montanan. Growing up around activity, the outdoors, and many sports, he is passionate about what teachers, coaches and mentors combined with activity and sports can do for children and adults. He is excited about the opportunities the YMCA can offer here in the Valley, and the doors it can open. EJ has experience in coaching and is looking forward to helping where he can in that aspect. Professionally, EJ works as the Executive Director of Marketing and Sales for a Big Sky based marketing and media firm: Outlaw Partners. He also works as a licensed real estate agent, for an Outlaw Partners sister company, L&K Real Estate here in Bozeman.

Brad Doll

Board of Directors

Growing up in Billings, Brad spent a lot of his childhood attending the Y for swimming lessons and participating in many of the youth sport programs. Today, Brad is a licensed architect and partner at A&E Architects after spending the early part of his career in Spokane, WA. Brad’s love of architecture and passion for shaping communities has led him to focus most of his career in K-12 School and Higher Education Design. One of the most rewarding aspects to his job is watching the students step into their new school for the first time. When not at work, Brad is chasing his two young kids around the house as well shuttling his step-daughter to all of her high school activities.

Mollie Eckman

Board of Directors

A Montana vintage, Mollie is proud to be a third generation native. After achieving a BA in Communications from University of Montana, Mollie moved to Bozeman for a job offer. Having lived in Bozeman for 20 years, Mollie has been developing and fine tuning her professional and leadership skills as well as building her nest. Mollie’s passion is the hospitality industry. Having managed the Historic Rainbow Ranch in Big Sky and now the Element Hotel in Downtown Bozeman, Mollie gives gratitude for these incredible opportunities. Her 9 years in the hospitality industry combined with previous experience in a professional managerial environment has provided her with excellent business sense, leadership and customer service skills. Mollie also brings to the table a passion for people, a desire to serve, and positive solution-oriented values. When not at the Element, Mollie can be found spending time with her family, enjoying the beauty of Montana, hiking, biking, surfing, paddle boarding and running the trails.

Jon Herz

Board of Directors

Mr. Jon Herz, an avid Green Bay Packer’s fan, recently moved to Bozeman to assume the role of V.P. Wealth Advisor at First Interstate Wealth Management. Jon brings a great deal of enthusiasm for non-profit work to the YMCA along with his skills in banking, business and wealth management. Jon has a long background of serving others and is excited to serve the Gallatin Valley by making sure that everyone has access to YMCA programs that promote skills, leadership and fun.

Paul Lamb

Board of Directors

Paul Lamb has lived in the Gallatin Valley for over 25 years and is a graduate of The University of Montana, where he played football for the Grizzlies. He is currently the principal of Belgrade High School and has worked as a Math teacher and administrator for 26 years. Paul has been married for 28 years to his wife, Becky and they have two boys and a girl. His youngest is an eighth grader at Belgrade Middle school. Paul’s three children participated in YMCA sports and he sees the value that the “Y” has to offer, helping shape and train our youth in team building and good sportsmanship.

Jordan Komoto

Board of Directors

Jordan is originally from Eastern Oregon, where his family owned an onion packing and shipping company. He earned a B.A. in Business from The College of Idaho. He spent time in Las Vegas working as a training and recruiting specialist in the financial services industry and earning a Ed.M. in Higher Ed Admin from UNLV, then moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he worked as an HR Manager for an upstart fuel cell company before and after they were acquired by a large defense company, eventually providing HR leadership for multiple businesses. He and his wife relocated to Bozeman in 2015. Jordan is currently the VP of HR at Zoot Enterprises and also serves on the MSU Career Services Advisory Board. He is also currently serving as President of The College of Idaho National Alumni Board and enjoys playing the piano and drums. Jordan is married to Amanda, a History professor at MSU, and they have two young daughters who keep them on their toes and will soon be participating in a number of great Y activities!

Matt Ulrich

Board of Directors

Matt, relocated his family from Chicago to Bozeman in 2012. After a career in the NFL, Matt worked in the health & wellness industry before joining a Bozeman based consulting firm; Profitable Ideas Exchange, serving as a Partner, Managing Director. He is married to a Montana native and special education teacher, and are the proud parents of three young boys who are participants in YMCA programs. Matt and his family enjoy coaching budding athletes, watching football, and being outdoors.

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