Puyallup: Sumner

From summer job to 20-year career, Sumner Y director excited to open doors

Andrea Millikan is the executive director of the Gordon Family YMCA facility, scheduled to open next month in Sumner.
Andrea Millikan is the executive director of the Gordon Family YMCA facility, scheduled to open next month in Sumner. Staff photographer

When Andrea Millikan was finishing up her freshman year at the University of Washington, she began to look for a summer job.

Her local YMCA was hiring, and she decided to apply. She was offered the job and continued to work part time until she graduated.

“I loved it,” she said. “I kept thinking how incredible it was to come to the Y. They always had something different for everyone.”

Once she completed her degree, Millikan took a job as a membership director, and began the path to where she is today 20 years later: the executive director of the soon-to-open Gordon Family YMCA in Sumner. Now that Millikan is a mom to 17-month-old Piper, developing a place where families can come and be active together was a priority for her.

The Gordon Family Y, the newest addition to the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, is set to open at 8 a.m. Sept. 14, and Millikan and her staff have been hard at work to bring the Sumner Y to life.

“The staff is really excited and passionate about the mission,” she said. “We’re excited to welcome people in, and be that community hub.”

Once the doors open, the Y will employ an estimated 100 staff members, and once the aquatic center is finished, more than 200 people will be employed at the 64th Street East location.

“The community has brought this Y to life,” Millikan said. “I’m excited to open the doors and really deliver on those promises.”

The 110,000-square-foot facility has community meeting areas, cardio and strength areas, classrooms, an art gallery, a rock climbing wall and more for the estimated 22,000 residents of Sumner and Bonney Lake who will likely make up the bulk of the membership. So far, there are 3,450 registered charter members for the new facility.

The Y has raised $16.4 million for the $35 million building, that includes a $2 million grant from the state’s capital budget and a $5 million pledge from the city of Sumner.

For more information on the Gordon Family YMCA, visit www.ymcapkc.org/gordonymca.

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