Our Sioux Y Staff
Andy Corley (he/him) is the CEO and Executive Director at the Sioux YMCA. Though he has been working for the Sioux YMCA for the last several years, he has been working within the Y movement for more than a decade. His YMCA story started off in Cape Cod, MA at a resident camp called Camp Burgess and Hayward. Of his commitment to the Y world and the Sioux YMCA, he says "It is amazing to see what an impact one organization can make in an area."
In his free time, Andy likes to stay active. He can usually be spotted around town running or walking with his dogs, Mello and Murphy. Along with running, biking takes up a great deal of his free time.
Senior Youth Development Director
Mark Barron (he/him) comes all the way from South Carolina even though he is lacking a southern accent. He comes from a rather small family, just one brother and sister, with 3 nieces, a dog named Misha and a cat called Gremlin.
He has over a decade in experience working with kids in many different capacities. He started as a camp counselor at a YMCA in South Carolina and eventually worked his way up to being an assistant director and a camp director in his final years at that YMCA.
He hopes to do all he can to be a positive influence in the community and help make any time spent at the Sioux Y as fun and rewarding as possible for the local kids and teenagers.
Ben Elk Eagle
Ben Elk Eagle has been working with the Sioux YMCA since the 70s. His favorite part about working with the Sioux Y is his involvement with the youth and adults in the communities of the Cheyenne Sioux Tribe Reservation as well as the surrounding reservations. He also enjoys having the ability to travel for meetings and working with the other Sioux YMCA staff members.
In his spare time Ben enjoys reading books, with one of his favorite books being Beyond Time. He also enjoys reading Native Newspapers. When Ben is not working or reading he likes to go for long walks.
Jason Buschbascher (bush-backer) (he/him) comes to the Sioux YMCA from the Flint Hills in Kansas but is originally from the Finger Lakes in New York. He joins the Sioux YMCA family as the Director for Camp Marrowbone after working in the Y Camping movement for almost a decade. Jason grew up going to both residential and day camps at Camp Y-Owasco in New York where his life-long passion for the outdoors and camping started. After several years on staff at his home camp, Jason moved to Kansas to further pursue a career in camping with Camp Wood YMCA, where he filled a number of different positions over his five-year tenure there.
In his free time, Jason enjoys being outdoors, reading, making music, baking and cooking, and playing video games. He hopes to be a positive role model for the community and provide an unforgettable experience for everyone that participates in the program. Jason is excited to learn and experience all the new adventures that South Dakota has to offer.
Dani Parkison (she/her) comes to Camp Marrowbone from Colorado, but grew up in a fun-chaotic home schooling family of 7 in Kansas City. Dani has worked at a handful of YMCA camps across the country and has had the privilege of filling various camp staff roles, giving her a rainbow of experiences to add to the Camp Marrowbone family. Gaining knowledge, expanding traditions and building lasting friendships with campers and staff along the way has been Dani's favorite element and biggest motivator over her 9 year career in YMCA camping. In her free time Dani enjoys any kind of art project, camping and spending time outside, and being on the road.
A random fun fact she enjoys is that honey is the only food that does not rot! It is even okay for humans to eat a jar of honey after 3000 years! Thanks Bees!
Dani is so stoked to meet all the brave, amazing, smart, powerful, goofy Camp Marrowbone campers and staff! It is her hope to make a positive impact while learning and expanding her perspective on kids and camp and the community.
Social Responsiblity Director
Kayla Payne (she/her) comes to the Sioux YMCA from Louisville, KY and is a recent graduate of the University of Louisville. Kayla has been a part of the Y community for quite some time starting off as a participant and volunteer in Kentucky YMCA Youth Association programming throughout high school and college. She also spent a summer working as the Teen Director at Camp Leslie Marrowbone and another summer in D.C. as an intern in the YMCA of the USA Government Relations Office.
In her free time, Kayla enjoys listening to podcasts and roller skating. In this new position, she hopes to build capacity for future Social Responsibility Directors and cultivate positive relationships with community members and national partners.
Ahanni Knight (she/her) joins the Sioux YMCA as our new Cultural Director. She grew up going to the camp every summer then joined summer camp staff in 2021. She has grown up on the Cheyenne Rive Sioux Tribe Reservation, spending her summers with her grandparents and participating in YMCA programming. She holds the title of Miss Cheyenne River 2019-2022, which allows her to travel to conferences and speak about her culture to others who aren’t aware. She is also going to school to be able to teach the youth the Lakota language. In her spare time, she likes to sew ribbon skirts and dance at Powwows! She also enjoys working out at the community gym, making TikToks for her platform and Y, as well as playing with her dog and taking naps with him.