Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA Leadership Staff

Vice President of Operations – Derek Smith

Derek grew up as a “YMCA kid” at the Town North YMCA in North Dallas.  Derek participated in programs such as Indian Guides, Baseball, Basketball, and day camp through the Town North Y.  After a brief stint as an employee of the Town North Y in high school, Derek returned to the Y as a basketball coach and official in December of 1991.  Derek spent the next 8 1/2 years at the Town North Y in various roles, including Welcome Center Staff, Day Camp Staff, Teen Program Coordinator, Facility Coordinator, and Teen / Family Program Director.  Derek transitioned to the Plano Family YMCA in April of 2000 in the position of Senior Program Director.  In this role, Derek oversaw the Plano Y Adventure Guides / Princesses program, serving over 4000 participants.  Derek later served as the Director of Operations for the Plano Family YMCA, and was heavily involved in the opening of the Russell Creek YMCA.  Derek became the Executive Director of the Irving Family YMCA in November of 2005, and spent just over two years there prior to being named the Executive Director of the YMCA at White Rock in January of 2008.  Derek spent just over 5 years at the YMCA at White Rock, ultimately being promoted to District Executive Director, providing support for the Grand Prairie Family YMCA.  Since March 2013, Derek has served in the role of Vice President of Operations for the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth.  In this role, Derek oversees the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA, the Airport Area YMCA, the Hood County YMCA, the Joshua Community YMCA and the Northpark YMCA. Derek holds an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree from Brookhaven College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from University of North Texas, and completed the requirements for YMCA Senior Director / Organizational Leader in 2000. Derek and his wife, Lindsi (also a YMCA Professional), live in Fort Worth with their sons, Griffin and Gage. 

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Associate Executive Director – Kevin McKinnon

Kevin McKinnon is the Associate Executive Director for the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA.  Kevin has been with the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth since July 2009.  Kevin is in charge of the operational efficiency, facility maintenance & oversees the YMCA Corporate Cup Golf Tournament that supports the Downtown YMCA.  Kevin also has a role with the association, leading the Evidence Based Health Interventions such as Diabetes Prevention Program, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, and YMCA Weight Loss Program.  In his free time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his family, and watching anything Florida State University related.

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Business Manager – Jime Dixon

Jime Dixon is the Business Manager for the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA and has been with the Downtown YMCA since April 2013.  Prior to working for the Fort Worth YMCA Association, she has worked for the Houston YMCA and the Dallas YMCA making her YMCA career lasting over 20 years.  Jime oversees the business office operations as well admin support for the Vice President of Operations. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her family.

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Senior Director of Member Engagement & Healthy Living – Kaylen Watson

Kaylen Watson is the Senior Program Director of Healthy Living and Member Engagement for the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA. Kaylen has been with the Y since September of 2013 and directly supervises the membership and wellness staff. Kaylen strives to grow and offer programs that serve the Fort Worth community and focusing on improving overall well-being for all age groups. Kaylen is responsible for coordination of group exercise classes, member engagement activities, Y Weight Loss Program, Personal Training, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, Pedaling for Parkinson, and more. In her free time she enjoys being a mom and wife, spending time with family and friends, and exercising!

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Program Director: Ella McFadden Early Learning Center – Shaye Fox

Shaye Fox is the Early Childhood Director for Ella McFadden Child Development center here at the Downtown YMCA.  Shaye began working with the Downtown YMCA in 2014. She currently supervisors 10 full time staff and together they make a difference in 75-80 children’s and families lives throughout the year. Ella McFadden is proud to be a 4 Star Texas Rising Star Center and continues to partner with several other community organizations.  Shaye just became a grandma to a baby girl and most weekends you will find her and her family at the ice rink watching her son play travel hockey. 

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Program Director: Amaka Early Learning Center – Mechell Green

Mechell Green works with the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA where she serves as Program Director for the Amaka Child Development Center. Mechell has been working in Early Childhood since 1982 and began her journey with the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth in September of 1991 with the Southeast YMCA as the Early Childhood Director. From there, she moved to the Downtown Y and ran an Early Childhood Program in collaboration with Radio Shack. Her journey continued as she returned to the Southeast YMCA as the Program Executive until 5 years ago when she was blessed to come run the Amaka Child Development Center. Mechell is all about community and wants to ensure that every child receives the best education no matter their economic background. She ensures that by the time every child leaves Amaka, they will be school ready. Mechell is very engaged with Camp Fire, FWISD, Early Childhood Matters, Parenting Center and a host of other organizations where she is able to fulfill her calling of serving others. In her free time, she enjoys time with her family, going to church, being engaged, going to the movies and getting out in the yard and listening to the birds

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Program Director – Yvette Franklin

Yvette Franklin is the Program Director for the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA Camp Sundance and oversees the Day Camp program. Yvette serves on several community based organizations and has been with the YMCA for 28 years. Her passion is to serve, educate and help develop children ages 0-12 years. During Yvette’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children along with cooking and shopping for art.

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Sports & Aquatics Director – Jerry Kochman

Jerry Kochman is the sports and aquatics director for the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA and has been with our Y since 2017. Jerry directly supervises our aquatics coordinator, sports coordinator and oversees all aquatics and sports programming, including masters swim team, swim lessons and youth sports. Jerry learned how to swim at the Y in 1972, had his first job as a camp counselor at the Y in 1982 and has been working in the Y family full time since 2005. While not at work, Jerry enjoys all things aquatics as well as triathlon.

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Membership Coordinator – Kristen Stein

Kristen Stein is the Membership Coordinator and has been with the Amon G. Carter Jr. Downtown YMCA since August of 2017. Kristen is here to help ensure your experience at our Y is positive and welcoming as well as help answer any questions you may have relating to your membership account. Kristen directly supervises our Member Service and ChildWatch staff and is in charge of facility booking. Kristen is passionate about growing our volunteerism and promotes diversity and inclusion here at the Y and is always looking for ways the Y can be involved in the community. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and watching football.

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