Staff Spotlight


Gilda Alvarez, Wellness Attendant

Gilda is originally from Arizona but moved to Kansas right after graduating from high school.  She attended Bethany College in Lindsborg on a Track and Field/Cross Country scholarship. After graduating from Bethany, she began working in human services, mental health, and social work. Gilda is bilingual in Spanish and English and has used these skills throughout her career working with children, youth, families, and the public. Gilda is passionate about the Salina community and spends her free time serving. She is a lead volunteer for Laundry Love and serves as a  Board Member for Salina Shares. Gilda was a member at our YMCA for almost 6 years before becoming a part-time employee in the Wellness Center, as an Attendant. She also currently works for Oakdale Elementary School as a Special Education Paraeducator.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? I would definitely use the time to practice my French and become fully fluent - and I would also learn Italian.

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue? I’d really like to travel down to Mexico and do some extensive ancestry research. 

What job would you be terrible at? Anything that would require me to be silent.

What would be your ideal way to spend the weekend? Road trip to explore a nearby city or town.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve been? I really loved Grenada in the West Indies. I went there on a mission trip in 2013. The people there are amazing. They don’t have many material possessions, but they are so kind, resourceful, and generous.

What is the most impressive thing you know how to do? Make homemade tamales! My Nana’s recipe...the best around!

Why do you like working for the Y? I love that the Y is a place that advocates for health and wholeness. It is such an approachable, inclusive place, and working here doesn’t feel like work - it feels like a community! 



Locations: Salina Family YMCA
Category: Meet