Downtown Health and Wellness Coordinator, Kinley McDougald!

Published On: April 11, 2024Categories: Blog, Downtown YMCA

We’re thrilled to introduce Kinley McDougald, a new addition to our YMCA team!

A South Carolina native, Kinley thrives outdoors, whether tending her yard or soaking up sunshine by the lake.When she’s not working, you can find her spending quality time with family or staying active.

Kinley’s connection to the Y goes way back. It all started at her hometown YMCA, where she swam on the team in elementary school, enjoyed summer camps, and even landed her first job as a lifeguard. Throughout high school and college, she continued her Y journey, working as a swim instructor, childcare attendant, and wellness attendant.

Kinley’s passion for fitness extends beyond the YMCA. Before college, she became a certified Yoga Teacher, sharing her love for the practice at both the Y and other studios. Education is also important to Kinley. She earned a Master’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina and became a NASM-certified Personal Trainer.

In 2020, she moved to Columbia with her husband, where they’ve embraced the community and grown their family. They’ve become dedicated members of the Downtown Y. For the past few years, Kinley honed her skills managing internal and external health and wellness programs at Prisma Health. We’re excited to have her expertise on board!

Welcome Kinley to the team via email at or call 803.799.9187.