Wadsworth YMCA

Wadsworth YMCA Key Staff



Maureen Mizerak

Executive Director
Wadsworth YMCA
Phone: 330.334.9622
Email: maureenm@akronymca.org

Experience: I have been with the YMCA 22 years working with both the Cleveland YMCA and the Akron Area YMCA;  I worked eight years as the Executive Director of Conflict Resolution Center, Inc. [private, nonprofit community mediation center]  I am a graduate of Miami University. 

Katrina Newsome

Senior Program Director/Aquatics Director
Wadsworth YMCA
Phone: 330.334.9622
Email: katrinan@akronymca.org

With the Y Since: Started volunteering as a Child

Experience: I began volunteering with the YMCA as a child. I became an employee as a lifeguard at the Tiffin YMCA and the coordinator in 2001. I then went to the Findlay YMCA, as the Aquatics Director in 2003. I helped open the Lake YMCA in 2004 and recently came to the Lake Anna YMCA in 2007. At the YMCA, I enjoy meeting so many people and helping them reach life long goals.

Qualifications: YMCA Lifeguard Instructor, YMCA Swim Lesson Instructor, YMCA Water Fitness Instructor, CPR / First Aid / Oxygen Instructor, American Swim Coaches Association Certification and Certified Pool Operator

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy outdoor activities


Justin Klish

Membership Experience Director
Wadsworth YMCA
Phone: 330.334.9622
Email: justink@akronymca.org

With the Y Since: 2012

Experience: I started my involvement at the Akron YMCA in 2010 as an Outdoor Adventure Leader at YMCA Camp Y-Noah.  I then went to the Green YMCA and worked as a lifeguard. My favorite part of working for the YMCA is getting to know the members and building a community within the Y.

Qualifications: I recently graduated from Kent State University with an Electronic Media Management degree. 

Hobbies & Interests: Adventure sports! Rock Climbing, mountain biking, white water rafting and hiking are just a few of the activities that I enjoy! I am also a purple belt (the highest) in Jujitsu.


Kristy Liggett

Program Director
Wadsworth YMCA
Phone: 330.334.9622
Email: kristenl@akronymca.org

With the Y Since: 2003

Experience: I started at the Tuscarawas County YMCA as a Sports Coordinator in 2003.  In 200  I started working at the Muskingum Family YMCA as a Program Director.  I came to the Akron YMCA in 2010 and have worked at the Firestone Park YMCA as the Health and Wellness Coordinator.   

Qualifications: I have a Bachelors degree in Recreation Admin and several years of coaching and referee experience.  I also have several YMCA certifications including membership, fitness and sports. 

Hobbies & Interests: Anything outdoors! Running, hiking, fishing and camping.  I also enjoy lifting weights!


Gary Lake

Health and Wellness Director
Wadsworth YMCA
Phone: 330.334.9622
Email: garyl@akronymca.org

Experience: I have worked for over 40 years as a nationally certified/state licensed Athletic Trainer. I have helped physically active individuals deal with injuries ranging from homemakers to professional athletes in all age categories. I most recently served as the Manager of Outpatient Rehabilitation for Summa Health Systems.

With the Y Since: 2012

Hobbies & Interests: All sports and spending time with my grandchildren. 

Special Talent: I hold the "unofficial" record for the most number of diaper changes by a grandfather.


Patrick Gillihan

Property Manager
Wadsworth YMCA
Phone: 330.334.9622
Email: patg@akronymca.org

With the Y Since: 2012

Experience: I have worked in the construction industry for ten years.  I have worked and colaborated with several trades and contractors working in both residental and commercial construction.

Hobbies & Interests: Photography and Paintball

Favorite Books or Movies: Brave Heart and Batman

Special Talent: I can play the drums


Jodi Kovacik

Business Manager
Wadsworth YMCA
Phone: 330.334.9622 x1611
Email: jodik@akronymca.org

With the Y since: July 2009

Experience: Jodi started her Y career with the Lake Anna YMCA in Barberton as a part-time Member Service Representative. Jodi joined the Wadsworth Y in March 2013 as the Business Manager.