Meet your New Wellness Directors: Kara and Patrick

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Kerr Family YMCA is more than a gym. When you’re here, you're part of a welcoming community committed to helping you pursue a better you through health and wellness programs. We know wellness involves more than working out. It's about making better choices to live better on the inside and out. You’re part of a community that helps you be your best self at every age. Our Wellness team is here to support you. Meet our new Group Wellness Director: Kara Lockhart. And our new Healthy Living Director: Patrick DellaPace!

kara lockhart

Kara has RE-joined Kerr's full-time team as our Group Wellness Director. In her role, Kara will oversee group fitness programming, as well as other responsibilities at our branch. Kara has been involved with Kerr in a variety of roles over the years, including a Wellness Specialist, Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Coordinator. 

Kara's Y Story began when she joined the Y after moving to Raleigh 17 years ago. "I joined the Y to get healthier, make new friends and find activities for my children," says Kara. "I became a group fitness class junkie and lost over 70 pounds. My success inspired me to share my story and help others on their fitness journeys."

Kara has seen first-hand that the Y helps its members find success during their wellness journeys. "Working in wellness, I have seen people transform through weight loss, which - in turn - improves health, confidence, and relationships. My advice is to remember that wellness is a meandering journey. It' not a race. Just get started and don’t quit. If you quit now, you will soon be back where you started. And when you started, you were desperately wishing to be where you are now."

Be on the lookout for Kara around the Y and in a group fitness class near you soon! 

patrick dellapace

As Healthy Living Director, Patrick will oversee Kerr's wellness floor and other wellness programming. Patrick comes to us from Connecticut, where he had extensive experience leading staff, developing fitness programming, teaching, working with clients and managing day-to-day staff operations.

"Ever since I was a kid growing up in South Florida, I have had a passion for fitness and living an active lifestyle," says Patrick. "I was raised in a household that held both health and faith in high regard, so becoming a Wellness Director at the Y was just a natural extension of who I am as a person."

While this is Patrick's first job with a YMCA, he's excited to play a part in bringing our mission into action. "I have known people who have attended the Y their entire lives and have benefitted tremendously from the foundation it set for their future. I am really excited about being on such an amazing team of like-minded people and working together with them to provide new and diverse program offerings that will serve our surrounding community."

Kara and Patrick could not be more excited to serve our members and provide them with the support needed to reach their wellness goals. Be sure to say hello next time you pay our YMCA a visit!