Kelsey & Dylan: Living Our Cause

Mar 31, 2017, 10:23 AM by Y Staff

Dylan Podel

Position: Personal Trainer Wellness Coach Health & Fitness

I work for the Y because: It has a heart.

Favorite way to relax: Deep breathing and meditation, sitting on big rocks in the mountains.

Favorite band: GoGo Penguin, Toe.

The most fun part about my job is: Constantly hanging from the pull-up bar (see picture above).

I would love to travel to: Anywhere in the mountains of Colorado.

The most meaningful part of my job is: Helping members deepen their relationship with their own bodies by really driving home the importance of deep breathing, posture and mind/muscle connection. 

Hobbies include: Playing the drum set, longboarding, listening to awesome instrumental music, calisthenics and kettlebell training.

Name: Kelsey MacIlvaine

Position: Associate Program Director for Superior Elementary

How long have you worked for the Y? Almost 2 years.

Pets: I really want a pet pig, but I’m good with my roommate’s dogs for now. They’re mutts.

I work for the Y because: It is a mainstay for recreation, community building and childhood development. It integrates all my passions in one job.

living-our-cause-kelsey-pieFavorite band:
Lady Gaga

The most fun part about my job is: Singing silly songs and getting pies in the face (pictured left).

Hobbies include: Theater. Tie-dye. Theater. Singing. Theater. Cooking.

The most meaningful part of my job is: Seeing the kids I work with enjoy the program I have set up for them. Along with chatting with parents and hearing from them how grateful they are the Y exists at their school.

Favorite sports team: All of the California Bay Area teams: Warriors, A’s, Giants, Raiders.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned while working at the Y is: Sometimes kids don’t like the program you set up for them, and that’s OK.

Favorite color: Yellow and orange because they remind me of the sun and sunshine happiness.

Favorite restaurant: Native Foods. It’s such a pleasure knowing I can eat anything on the menu.

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