Our Staff

Joe Ayers

CEO

My name is Joe Ayers, and I am your CEO here at the Lakota YMCA! I am a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin, where I recieved my degree in Health and Human performance, with an emphasis in Sports Management. I am originally from St. Bernard, but I now reside in Paddock Hills here in Cincinnati. I have a beautiful wife and 2 beautiful daughters, and one yapping dog. Growing up, I wanted to be a professional athlete. Here at the Y, my job is to create an environment that help grow individuals through mind, spirit, and body. My favorite thing to do here at the Y is talk to others, and I am looking forward to the future growth. Something unique about me is that I have unusually small hands! 

Sara Matchison

Membership Director

 

Lindsay Miller

Child Care Director

 

My name is Lindsay Miller, and I am the Child Care Director here at the Lakota Y!! I went to Northern Kentucky University and the University of Cincinnati where I majored in Public Relations and Early Childhood Development. My job is to create and oversee all childcare programming for the YMCA and ensure a safe enviornment for children to thrive and play in. My favorite thing to do at my job is have dance parties with the kiddos or jump into a game of dodgeball! I have 2 kids, and I am originally from Delon Springs, Florida. I now reside here in West Chester, Ohio. Growing up I wanted to be the wife of a brain surgeon or a Fly Girl on In Living Colour. Here at the Lakota YMCA, I am looking forward to creating new programs that meet the needs of our growing communities. Finally, one unique thing about myself is that I grew up on a YMCA residental camp, and every summer I lived at sleep away camp! 

Ben Carnahan

Aquatics Director

 

My name is Benjamin Carnahan, and I am the Aquatics Director at the Lakota Family YMCA. I grew up swimming for the Northern Suburban Swim League here in Cincinnati, and also participated in the Varsity swimming and water polo programs at Princeton High School, where I graduated in 2008. Following high school, I traveled to Chicago to pursue a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts, after which I worked in several industries in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Cincinnati, including education, special education, parks and recreation, and high school athletics before coming to work for the Lakota YMCA. 

 

My work as the Aquatics Director ranges from recruiting and training lifeguards to scheduling pool activities and events, organizing aquatics programs, and maintaining the aquatics' facilities. I enjoy planning and organizing aquatics events for YMCA members, as well as working in a diverse, team-oriented culture whose collective goal is to offer services to the local community. The best part of my job is being able to work with the Lakota YMCA staff, many of whom have grown up participating in programs here and who are now working to give their experiences back to the new generation. My door is always open, unless I'm in the pool swimming, in which case I hope you will join me in making an even bigger splash! 

Daniel Kuhn

Marketing Coordinator

 

My name is Daniel Kuhn, and I am your marketing coordinator here at the Lakota Y!! I went to West Virginia University, where I majored in Journalism with minors in Sports Communications and Marketing. I am originally from Anderson Township here in Cincinnati. I have a black lab named Lanie and a girlfriend, Mary. My job is to create new and exciting content that can reach our members through all forms communication, and promoting everything Lakota Y in the community! I am looking forward to developing a new marketing strategy that connects our Lakota Y commuinty even more! Growing up, I wanted to be a NASCAR Driver and am still an massive fan of the sport. Something unique about me is that I actually worked for and maintain a close personal friendship with NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney. 

Kathy Joiner

Office Billing Coordinator

My name is Kathy Joiner, and I am the office billing coordinator here at the Lakota Family YMCA!! I am originally from Shelburne, Vermont. I went to Cedarville College, where I received my degree in Accounting. I now reside here in Lakota Township with my wonderful husband and my three adult children that are all Lakota alumni! I very much enjoy problem solving, finding out ways to improve processes and better the membership experience. Growing up, I wanted to be an FBI agent. One unique thing about me is that I did ride a team of sled dogs to school once!! 

Brandon Fuhr-Storms

Program and Wellness Director

My name is Brandon Fuhr-Storms, and I am the Programs and Wellness director here at the Lakota Y!! I am originally from Franklin, Ohio, where I still reside today with my family, where I have two kids and two animals. I am a graduate of Wright State University, where I received my degree in Sports Science. Growing up, I wanted to be a professional athlete. My job here at the Y is to facilitate wellness and healthy lifestyles as well as create programs for both youth and adults. My favorite thing to do at my job is to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I am looking forward most to growing relationships with members and creating a fun family environment that people want to be in for years to come. Something unique about me is that I originally went to college to play baseball at the University of Hawaii and I still play sports at a competitive level. 

Nikki Riddle

Child Care Coordinator

My name is Nikki Riddle and I am the Child Care Coordinator here at the Lakota Family YMCA!!! I am a graduate of Withrow High School, where I received my diploma. I am originally from Oakley here in Cincinnati, and growing up I wanted to be a Vet Tech. I now reside right here in Liberty Township. I have two adult children and two black labs. My job here at the Y is to coordinate, and help my staff to meet and exceed the expectations of our childrens families. My favorite part about my job is watching the children grow, all the smiles on thier faces, and all the hugs!! I am looking forward most to all the new things to come here at the Y, and I am an ambitious, driven person. I want to achieve success by meeting and exceeding my goals. 

Kody Detter

Head Coach, Lakota Stingrays

 

Coach Kody is going into his second year with the Lakota YMCA Stingrays as the Head Coach. Kody coached four seasons with the Coffman YMCA as the team's Head Assistant Coach. Kody swam for USA, YMCA, and high school programs throughout his seven years of swimming. Kody began coaching at the age of nineteen with the Kleptz YMCA swim club. At the Kleptz YMCA, he coached a multitude of age group swimmers leading many swimmers to new personal bests and championships cuts. He joined the Coffman YMCA swim club in 2017 where he assisted the Silver, Gold, and Y-Elite swimmers. Kody graduated from Wright State in 2018 with a Sports Science degree. Kody's goal is to bring the best out of each swimmer both in and out of the pool.