YW Staff Profile: Jermoh Kamara
Director, Wellness and Health Equity
How long worked at the YW?:
Started September 8th, 2020
Where did you attend school / what did you study?
Providence College- BS in Health Policy and Management; BA in Community Health
New York Medical College – Master’s in Public Health; Certified Health Education Specialist
What are your favorite workouts or fitness routine?
I enjoy strength and intense workouts so my favorite workouts are Snatches and deadlift.
What song empowers you?
Any African or Caribbean music that comes on Pandora.
What is your favorite part about the Fitness Center?
Our staff does an exceptional job at cleaning as it pertains to the COVID regulation for gyms. The fitness facility close for two hours during the day to deep clean so that it is safe for our members. We want members to know that we are on top of cleaning so that they can feel comfortable to come in to use our facility.
Who inspires you?
Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, and the Dalai Lama.
What’s your favorite quote?
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ― Marianne Williamson
What advice do you want to share with your peers about being a member of the YWCA family?
There is nowhere else that I can think of to start up with your fitness goals other than the YWCA. A membership at the YWCA grants access to our new fitness facility, group classes, and our pool. What we offer is exceptional and our affordable prices cannot be compared especially with our location being in the heart of downtown Worcester. It is the place to include in your everyday plans for nurturing a healthy lifestyle.
What does the YWCA mean to you?
I am excited about the role I am in because I look forward to making the YWCA a home away from home. From the programs and services we offer, to the people I work with, and the members that come to the YWCA to use the wellness facility, I want everyone to feel at home when they come to the YWCA.