Staff Bios

Rob Gilchrist, Chief Executive Officer
Executive Director Rob Gilchrist joined the Hornell Area YMCA after serving as CEO of the Washington County YMCA in Salem, IN. He previously led recreational facilities with the City of Bloomington (IN) Parks and Recreation Department. Rob is native of Corning, NY and served as the Aquatics Director of the Corning YMCA until 2005. He is a graduate of Corning West High School. Rob received his Bachelors from Springfield College and Masters from Indiana University. He is passionate about the Y mission and our cause to strengthen community. 

Daniel J. Galatio, Program Director
A graduate of Canisteo Central School, Alfred State College, and SUNY Brockport, Dan first joined the Y in 1989 as Physical Director after 7 years’ PE teaching at Holy Trinity School in Webster. Dan and his family are proud to have called the Y home for 25 years and counting.

William DeMarr, Maintenance Director
Bill DeMarr has been with the YMCA since 2005. He helps provide a clean safe environment for our members and program participants to enjoy while they visit us.

Rebecca Weaver Hamm, Music & Arts Director
Rebecca Weaver Hamm enjoys bringing music and art programming to the greater Hornell community through the Y. She joined the staff in 2011.

Faith DeMarr, Aquatics Director
Faith has taught Red Cross classes for the Y since 2005, and became Aquatics Director in 2014. Faith brings extensive aquatics experience to the Y and enjoys sharing a wide variety of aquatics programming.

Sara Wood, Child Care & Fitness Director
Sara joined the Y in 2015 as Child Care & Fitness Director with six years’ experience in child care (at the Hornell and River Valley Regional YMCAs). A former pre-school teacher, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood/Childhood Education and in Clinical Psychology. She enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Erica Ellis, Membership Director
Erica Ellis has been working in the member services area with our Y since 2013.  She enjoys helping members and program participants with their Y experience.

Kate Warren, Membership Coordinator
Kate joined the YMCA member services staff in early 2014. She loves working with members and guests and helping them begin their involvement with the Y movement.

John Lieb, Head Trainer
Since 1998, John has led & coached basketball leagues and camps, provided personal training, and led the cardiac rehabilitation program. Whether you’re 9 or 90, John is here to help.

Jason Nilson, Fitness Trainer
Prior to joining the Y staff in 2011, Jason worked at the Corning Community YMCA. He loves teaching boot camp and HIIT classes, leading youth fitness programs, personal training, and helping any member develop a plan to accomplish personal fitness goals.