SAAC welcomes new Executive Director
The Spencer Area Activity Center welcomed Kayla Bright as the new Executive Director on Wedensday.
Bright, originally of Sioux Rapids, attended Iowa State and has worked previously in fitness with older generations. When she moved to Spencer, she began working at the Spencer Family YMCA, as an instructor in both water and land classes.
"The Y knew about my work previously, and let me know about this job opening," Bright said. "I wanted to work with senior fitness, and when a position became available, I knew it was something I wanted to do."
Bright still teaches classes at the YMCA.
Bright wants to continue her fitness background at the Spencer Area Activity Center, adding classes with different exercise levels to "promote active living."
In addition to working at the Center and at the YMCA, Bright also coaches the Okoboji dance team. She hopes to start a dance group at the Center.
"We used to have one in Sioux Falls," she said, "called the Dancing Divas."
For participants who prefer other methods of exercise, Bright hopes to add other activities, such as a walking challenge or a chair workout that focuses primarily on upper body strength.
"Fitness and activity is big," Bright said. "A lot of people don't understand how many different types of exercise there are now. It's not just jogging or step aerobics."
She hopes that the increased activity will draw younger participants to the Center as well.
"I understand that there's a fear when it comes to exercise, especially among the older members of the community," Bright said. "But I want to get more people involved. I want people to know who we are and what we do."