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(BLOOMINGTON, Ill.) –  The Bloomington-Normal YMCA is thrilled to announce the hiring of our new Director of Wellness, Leah Sanders.

Sanders has a wide array of experience in the world of fitness and wellness, working in local places like Carle Health and Fitness Center and Heartland Community College, along with work experiences from places out of state, such as Washington State University. In these positions, she worked hard to further develop these organizations, including overseeing several fitness and exercise-oriented programs, and the supervision and professional development of many different wellness-adjacent employees.

“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to work at the Y,” said Leah Sanders, our new Director of Wellness. “The changing physical space will provide an excellent opportunity to expand and build on the fitness and wellness programming that the Y offers to the community.”

“I hope to continually provide opportunities for all to live a healthy and active life with an organization that has deep roots of service in our community,” Sanders continued. “Wellness is more than just coming to the gym or walking 10,000 steps a day. It encompasses all aspects of the self: spirit, mind and body. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to connect directly with the community and help them become a better version of themselves.”

Sanders’ taking on this position and her incredible vision for the future of our wellness department as we begin to look toward our new location will provide the community a helpful and qualified person to talk to as they work to make themselves better.

“Our YMCA team feels incredibly blessed to have Leah,” said B.J. Wilken, Executive Director and CEO of the Bloomington-Normal YMCA. “She’s highly credentialed with an extensive knowledge of exercise science, health and wellness. I’m excited for her to assist our community in the reduction of chronic disease, and improving the spirit, mind and body for all.”

We’d like to formally welcome Leah Sanders to the team as we move forward to the opening of the new Bloomington-Normal YMCA Facility in the summer of 2022!

For more information from our staff, please contact Tessa Mizell at or call us at 309-827-6233. 

Established in 1855, the Bloomington-Normal YMCA is the oldest continually existing human service organization in McLean County. Serving more than 5,000 people annually, the YMCA is dedicated to instilling Christian principles through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. As a charitable, nonprofit organization, the Y seeks to establish programming in the community for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For more information, please visit