Siblings Combine Talents in New YMCA Program Roles

Amber Holbrook has been promoted to Program Director, and her brother, Daniel, has been hired as the Sports Coordinator at the Orthman Community YMCA.

The siblings said they are looking forward to working with each other and hope to add some new momentum and fresh ideas to the already great lineup of programs offered at the YMCA in Lexington.

Amber’s and Daniel’s new roles began at the YMCA after former Program Director Chris Cox resigned in June.

Both Amber and Daniel started working at the YMCA in high school. Amber worked in Child Watch, and Daniel worked as a building monitor.

After high school, Amber earned a degree in Children and Family Ministries in 2018 from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas, and returned to work at the Orthman YMCA as the Youth Development Coordinator overseeing Child Watch and youth development programs.

Now, as Program Director, Amber will continue her previous duties plus oversee youth and adult sports and programs and manage the YMCA’s social media accounts. Daniel will conduct the day-to-day operations of sports programs.

“The YMCA has always run great programs, and we hope to add some fun new programs along the way,” Amber said. “I am confident that bringing Daniel on to the team will give us a fresh set of eyes to come up with great new ideas for YMCA programs and activities.”

Daniel recently graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a degree in Health and Physical Education K-12.

As the YMCA’s Sports Coordinator, he will work with Amber on developing and leading youth and adult programs.

Daniel said he was attracted to the job at the YMCA because the Christian principles that the YMCA is founded on are also personal faith views that he believes in and tries to practice daily.

“What also appealed to me about working at the Y is hearing about how it’s more than just a workplace, but that it’s more like a family,” he said. “With what I studied in college and the knowledge I gained, this opportunity was right in line with my passions and experiences.”

Daniel said he is also excited to work with his sister.

“Amber is awesome,” he said. “She’s full of energy and a great thinker and communicator. We work well together, and our strengths balance each other out.”

Amber and Daniel are two of six children in their family. Daniel said he owes a lot of gratitude to his parents, Scott and Cindy, for how they raised him and his siblings.

“They taught me to keep my faith and love God and to always work hard,” he said.

When he’s not working, Daniel enjoys fishing, spending time with family and friends and writing and producing music. He is currently producing a special song to celebrate the Orthman Community YMCA’s 10th birthday later this summer.

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