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Bartholomew joins Fergus YMCA staff

Published 10:45am Friday, May 31, 2013

Amber Bartholomew from nearby Alexandria is the newest face in the offices of the Fergus Falls Area Family YMCA, according to executive director Tim Olson.

She joins the staff with a strong YMCA family connection. Her father, Jeffrey, is the executive director of the YMCA at Alexandria, and she grew up with an attachment to the Y.

“About a year and a half ago, I started to look seriously at the way I wanted to go and my career options, “Amber says. “The location is nice for me, I like the staff and felt I’d fit in here well.”

Amber will be the Aquatics and Sports Director at the YMCA, succeeding Sara Formanek, who held the post since last December. Formanek, a 2008 graduate of Perham High School, and 2012 graduate of MSU Moorhead has accepted a job as a billing software specialist in Jamestown with Eldermark Industries.

Bartholomew is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay with a degree in Psychology and Human Development. She’s 23 years of age and says she’s excited to start her new job.

“I thought it was a perfect opportunity for me” Amber adds. “I’m very excited to meet everyone and get to know the people of Fergus Falls.”

Amber was a swimming, basketball and softball standout at Alexandria, and excelled in swimming enough to attract a full ride scholarship from Division I Wisconsin at Green Bay.

Jeffrey Bartholomew has been executive director at 2 different YMCA’s and assisted at one other. Amber also worked at the Y in Green Bay while in college, further adding to her connections.

Amber has a younger brother, Nolan, 18 and is currently living with her family near Alexandria. She says she has plans to move to Fergus Falls soon.

“I guess you could say I was influenced by my dad,” Amber smiles. “I know he’s very excited for me.”

Formanek enjoyed her final day at the YMCA on Thursday. She admits the decision wasn’t an easy one.

‘’I enjoyed Fergus Falls very much and found it a tough decision to leave,” she smiles. “I just felt this was a good move for me.”

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