Our Staff

Professional Staff

Meet our Executive Director, Kathy Lock


Kathy Lock began her career with the Grand River Area Family YMCA (Chillicothe, MO) as a program director in 2003-2005. Kathy left the YMCA family to pursue a career in sales in Nashville, TN. After moving home and marrying her husband, Matt, Kathy recognized how much she missed the YMCA family and noticed a void of community connection in her hometown of Carrollton. With the help of many others in the community, the dream became a reality and the Carroll County Area YMCA was established in November 2012. Kathy was hired as the Executive Director in 2015. A 2003 Northwest Missouri State University graduate with  bachelor of science degree and double major in Recreation Corporate Wellness and Park & Recreation Management, Kathy is finally living her dream of helping others become healthy and creating a positive outlet for the community to enjoy. Kathy enjoys spending time with her husband Matt, her three sons Will,  Jonny, and Ben, traveling to the beach, cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals while secretly rooting for the K.C. Royals & exercising.

Click Here to Email Kathy

Meet our Program Director, Bret Lyon

Bret Lyon

Hello, my name is Bret Lyon and I have worked with the Carroll County Area YMCA for 6 years in April and have loved every minute. My wife Kelsey and I moved to Carrollton 3 years ago and have two children, Kortlynn (3) and Beckham (1). In my spare time I enjoy playing sports, staying active in the weight room, golfing and supporting the Kansas City Chiefs and Michigan State Spartans. If you haven’t been in any of our wonderful programs, please come by the YMCA. We will greet you with a smile and help you in any way we can.

Thank you Bret for all you do for our Carroll County Area YMCA!

Click Here to Email Bret

Meet our Membership Coordinator, Kaylee Kipping 

This is Kaylee! She has recently moved back to her hometown of Carrollton, with a degree in Communication Studies with a double emphasis in Social Influence and Relational Communication. Her hobbies include motivational speaking, being outdoors, and staying active with her family. What she looks forward to most about working here at the YMCA is who she is working with, as well as being able to provide support and inspiration to her hometown friends. With her outgoing and bubbly personality, she makes a great asset to our team! We are so glad to have you here with us!

Meet our Child Care Director, Alyssa Praiswater

Hi there! My name is Alyssa Praiswater and I am the Childcare and Food Program Director here at Carroll County Area YMCA! I am originally from Wisconsin, but moved to Missouri when I was 18 to attend Mizzou, where I studied Health Science and Psychology. While I was there, I met my husband, Matt Praiswater, who is currently teaching Agriculture at the Carrollton Area Career Center. We moved to Carrollton this summer with our cat and our coonhound puppy, and soon found out we are expecting our first child! My care giving experience has been in childcare, healthcare, mental health, and special education. I find value in teaching children to make healthy choices that will become lasting habits in their lives, and I look forward to working with the youth and community members here in Carroll County. If we have not met, please do not hesitate to stop by the YMCA and introduce yourself. I’d love to meet you.

Meet our Personal Trainer, Daniel Watson

Hello, my name is Daniel Watson and I am originally from Chicago, but moved to St. Louis in 1999. I have a Bachelor of Science in Health Management: Exercise Science. I also have a Master of Science in Education: Athletic Administration. And I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

I married my wife at LaBella Casa in June 2018 and we live here in town. Her parents live just north of town, so we spend a lot of time with them. My parents live in Chesterfield, MO, about 30 minutes west of downtown St. Louis.

I enjoy reading my Bible and praying, spending time with my family, weightlifting, playing and watching sports and cartoons. I have 4.5 years of collegiate strength and conditioning experience, so I am interested in a multitude of sports (curling included). I am interested in learning how to build things with my own hands (and tools). I also enjoy yard work, cooking with our fire pit, camping, hiking, using power tools, and drawing.

 Carroll County Area YMCA
2019 Board of Directors

Barb Lyon- President
Jeff Tindle- Vice President
Tracey Woodward – Treasurer
Judith DeLany – Secretary
Abbie Backes
Michelle Brockmeier
Robyn Creason
Marc Kaiser
Sharona Eiserer
Matt Lock
Laura Childers
Daniel Petit
Jeremy Payne
Hayden Ritchhart
Paula Sprouse
Rachael Molloy
Suzanne Samples
Jeanie Brown
Kim Ritchhart
LeAnn Polen
Cohlby Jones
Tim Braun
Emily Finley
Mike Pope