Tom A. Finch Community YMCA

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Billy Freeman

Chief Executive Officer


Billy is a 1981 graduate of Elon College and a 1977 graduate of Thomasville High School. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Jane and is the proud father of 2 amazing daughters, Katie & Anna. Outside of time spent at the YMCA, he loves any and all activities in the outdoors and occasionally “trying” to hit a golf ball in the desired direction. However, the newest blessing in his life is granddaughter Izzy who makes even bad golf shots less frustrating.

Laura Sweitzer

Associate Executive Director


Laura graduated with honors from High Point University. She has served the YMCA in a variety of roles over the last 21 years, but no matter her position she has always been the "rock" for our Y and staff. In her spare time, she enjoys decorating, doing yard work and spending time with her family. 

Dicky McCrary

Sr. Director of Property Management


Dicky has guided the Y through lots of renovations and upgrades over the years, plus maintains our 40 acres of land. In his spare time he likes to hunt, fish, kayak and watch his son play baseball. Some of his favorites include Zac Brown Band, Barbarito's and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Darlene Fitzgerald

Director of Membership


Darlene began her YMCA career with the Charlotte YMCA association in 1990.  She joined the Tom A. Finch Community YMCA as a member and volunteer in 1996 and has been employed with our YMCA since 1997. Darlene's passion at the YMCA is leading our staff to provide excellent member service and improving the member experience.  She loves spending time with her children, granddaughters and dog "Ruthie".

Karen Apple

Administrative Business Assistant


Karen graduated from Appalachian State with BS in Social Work and went on to get her Master of Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill. She enjoys running, Mexican food, and reality TV. 

Linda Fitzgerald

Member Service Coordinator


Linda simply loves the Y, it’s mission and being a part of this extended family.  She is married to the love of her life, Brian, and they have three “pups” – Mia, Pete and Cameron.  She enjoys hiking, working out, helping others reach their goals and spending time with family and friends.

Melynda Brewer

Director of Aquatics


Melynda started at our YMCA as a lifeguard before becoming the Director of Aquatics. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a BS in Exercise Science. Some of her favorite things to do in her free time are going to the beach, gardening, and cooking. 

Payton Williams

Director of Healthy Living


Payton graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BS in Health Policy and Management. In her free time she enjoys crafting, singing, thrift shopping, and playing with her cat, Tuna. Her favorite things are flowers, fried rice, the Avett Brothers, and Carolina basketball.

Priscilla Sweitzer

Director of Child Care


Priscilla graduated from UNCG with a Bachelors in Social Work in 2016. She started working at the YMCA in 2011. In her downtime, she likes to eat cheesecake and read fiction novels.

Zach Blackmore

Director of Marketing and Athletics


Zach graduated from Appalachian State with a BS in Health and Physical Education. In his spare time you can find him hiking with his dogs, playing volleyball, spending the day on the lake, or working out. He is a big fan of Harry Potter and hopes to one day be on the reality TV show Survivor.

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