Tom A. Finch Community YMCA

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Billy Freeman

Chief Executive Officer

336-474-5242

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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 blessings in his life are his three grandchildren Izzy, Joe, and Matthias who makes even bad golf shots less frustrating.

Laura Sweitzer

Associate Executive Director

336-474-5247

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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. 

Darlene Fitzgerald

Director of Membership

336-474-5244

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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".

Dicky McCrary

Sr. Director of Property Management

336-474-5246

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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.

Karen Apple

Administrative Business Assistant

336-474-5241

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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

Director of Healthy Living

336-474-5243

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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

336-474-5245

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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. 

Maggie Hepler

Marketing Director and Membership Assistant

336-475-6125

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Maggie graduated from Appalachian State University with a BA in English-Creative Writing. In her free time, she loves to read YA Fiction books, write, and watch App State Football and Carolina Basketball.

Melanie Kuppel

Lead Housekeeper

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Melanie was raised in Buffalo, New York and moved to North Carolina in 1998. She’s cleaned the Y since 2007 and was hired on by the YMCA in 2011. She enjoys going to the beach and baking.

Priscilla Sweitzer

Director of Child Care

336-474-5240

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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.

Cindy Alderman

Assistant Director of Child Care

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Cindy joined the Tom A. Finch Community YMCA part-time in January 2020. She became the Assistant Director of Childcare in October 2020. She has a background in management and Human Resources. Cindy’s hobbies include hiking, running, camping, and kayaking.  She loves spending time with her granddaughters and dog "Peanut". 

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