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Meet the Staff 

Bradi Sewell

CEO/Executive Director

Bradi Sewell is a graduate from Tennessee Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and an emphasis in Finance. Bradi began her career at Edward Jones Investments as a Financial Advisor. She has worked in the non-profit sector for the last eight years. Bradi discovered her true passion for working with youth-serving non-profits when she began working for the Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians. She has extensive experience from her time with Girl Scouts in membership growth, volunteer recruitment, strategic planning, special events and philanthropy. Bradi resides in Athens with her husband Bradley and their two young sons. They are members of the Athens Church of Christ where Bradi has a passion for working with the teenage girl youth group. She enjoys running, working out, playing golf and reading. Herfavorite times are spent with family and friends.

Bradi became our CEO/Executive Director in March 2017.




Mandy Lawson

Fitness Director

Mandy joined the YMCA in 2015. As the Fitness Director, she currently holds a National Council for Certified Personal Trainers certification (N.C.C.P.T) along with Dot Fit Nutrition and American College of Sports Medicine (A.C.S.M) certifications. While beginning her career as a personal trainer, Mandy has been in the fitness industry since 2005. She eventually became a Regional Manager with the Rush Fitness Complex before coming to the YMCA.She has been married for eleven years with three amazing children. Mandy was raised in St. Louis Missouri, but has been a part of the Athens community for fifteen years. She graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a minor in Nutrition from Tennessee Wesleyan College.

 “For the past two years, I have been taking on my dream and building a Fitness Department at the YMCA.  My passion is coaching and inspiring the community to live healthier and happier lives with the help of myself and the personal training staff.”   

Tiffany Hayes

Member Services Specialist and Office Manager

Tiffany joined the YMCA team in 2000.  She currently resides in Englewood but was born and raised in Athens, TN. She is married to Michael and has two children, Cody and Ellie. Other responsibilities include accounting and billing. 


Erica Peden

Aquatics Director

As a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College with a B.A. in History, Erica joined the team as a full time director in May 2014. Her work experience with the YMCA began in 2010 as a lifeguard, swim instructor, and coach.  Other responsibilities include marketing, social media updates, and front desk staff management. 

Lane Davis

Director of Development of Youth, Recreation & Facilities

Lane Davis joined the Y in September of 2010 as the first full time sports director. He has a B.S. degree in Sport Administration with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a M.S. degree in Sport Management from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Other responsibilities include After School and Summer Food Service Programs, community gardens, and Roving Staff. 




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