Downtown YMCA Leadership Team

Melissa Kirby

Regional Director of Healthy Living


A native of South Dakota, Melissa joined the YMCA as the Regional Director for Healthy Living in April 2016.  Her perspective on health and creative spirit have led to a life-long pursuit inspiring people to reach their full potential through passionate and mindful living.  She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health Arts and Sciences with an emphasis on Holistic Health from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont.  She is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach.  During the past five years, she has worked primarily in Wellness Education for the Sanford Health Plan and has served as a Community Outreach Organizer and Wellness Workshop Coordinator.  Melissa completed her 200 hours Registered Yoga Teacher training and certification in Prana Flow Yoga with Shiva Rea and has also studied with Janet Stone.  She is a Certified Nia Instructor.  She is an active yoga and fitness class instructor in the Sioux Falls community.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her son, friends and family, running, practicing and teaching yoga, and being active outdoors. 

Sarah Wittrock

Youth Development Director


Sarah has been with the Sioux Falls Family YMCA since July 2013, previously serving with the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.  After receiving her degree in elementary education, Sarah served several churches as a Director of Christian Education overseeing and developing children's, youth, and adult programming in Iowa, Kansas and Michigan. She has a passion for youth and helping them to grow mentally, physically and spiritually.  In her spare time, Sarah enjoys spending time outdoors camping, hiking and biking with her husband, Chris, and four-legged baby, Grace Rose.