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.

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Meet our Program Director, Bret Lyon

Bret Lyon







Hello, my name is Bret Lyon. I have been working for the Y for 2 years in April and have loved every minute. I live in Carrollton, MO with my wife Kelsey and dog, Boxer. I have two beautiful children. I graduated from Norborne High School in 2006 and went to college at the University of Central Missouri. In my spare time I enjoy playing sports, staying active in the weight room, and coaching any type of team sport to help the youth in the community. I’m not saying that I am Batman BUT I do not think the Joker or Riddler has ever been seen in Norborne. 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!

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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 Certified Personal Trainer, CJ Carpenter

The YMCA would like to introduce everyone to our new personal trainer Cj Carpenter. He has been with us at the YMCA since August of 2017 and excited to help you reach your fitness goals. CJ graduates with a degree in personal training from Vatterot college in Kansas City, MO and holds a N.A.S.M. Certification in training. CJ enjoys jogging outside, hiking and anything to do with the gym and its environment. Stop by the Carroll County Area YMCA and book your session with CJ! He is ready to take your training to another level.

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.


 Carroll County Area YMCA
2018 Board of Directors

Michelle Brockmeier- President
Barb Lyon- Vice President
Tracey Woodward – Treasurer
Judith DeLany – Secretary
Abbie Backes
Michelle Brockmeier
Robyn Creason
Sharona Eiserer
Matt Lock
Jon Oetinger
Jeremy Payne
Hayden Ritchhart
Rachael Molloy
Jeff Tindle
Marty Rucker
Suzanne Samples
Ryan Minnick
Barbara Lyon
Jodi Ahnefeld
Kim Ritchhart
LeAnn Polen
Cohlby Jones
John Poston
Blake Riley
Tim Braun