Here at the Y, we have a great team of staff members! We'd love for you to put a face to a name and get to know them a little better. Each month, we will feature a different director from either our Pabst Farms or Watertown branch locations. We hope you enjoy this new opportunity to meet our incredible Y Team!
This month, we'd like you to meet our Membership Engagement Director at the YMCA at Pabst Farms, Laura Ferree.
Laura's dedication to Y members really shines through in all her friendly interactions at the Pabst Farms branch. Here's a bit more about Laura...
-How long have you worked for the Y? 8 years
-My job at the Y is: My title is Engagement Director. I serve our membership department through planning and execution of member engagement and retention strategies, membership reporting and social media and communication support.
-Pets: Our dog Finley is 8 years old. He loves to eat and nap and gets super excited when you tell him it’s time for a walk.
-Hobbies include: I like to sing at church and run. I also dabble in pottery, painting and sewing.
-I work for the Y because: I’ve always believed in the importance of community building and was excited when we moved to Oconomowoc to be part of the Y community. Working at the Y has helped me get to know the community better and I love supporting a place that so many people see as their second home.
-Favorite music: I listen to a wide variety of music and often change it up based on the season, activity or mood.
-Favorite movie: I like folding laundry to a good romcom. I don’t really have a favorite.
-The most fun part about my job is: I really like working on a team so the best parts of my job are when I’m collaborating to get something big done.
-Favorite sports team: I root for the Packers.
-Favorite restaurant: I like to go out for Mexican or any place with a patio in the summer.
-The most meaningful part of my job is: Getting to hear member’s stories. Sometimes when you’re doing the daily routine, it can be easy to forget that the Y is really important to people or that it has helped them grow and change. I love to hear about what the Y means to folks.
-Favorite way to relax: I like being outside to relax. You might also find me curled up on the couch with a cup of tea.
-Favorite holiday: I get pretty jazzed for Christmas, but I think Thanksgiving is my favorite. The past few years have made us rethink how we celebrate and given our family an opportunity to make our own traditions and try new things. I also really just love the food.
-The biggest lesson I’ve learned while working at the Y is: The staff team at the Y is really focused on how our culture can live out the Y values and that’s give me a lot of practice in grace filled service. In a world that can be harsh and contrary, it feels unique to work at a place that prioritizes serving member and each other with love.