Dr. Chris Baba | President
Dr. Baba was born and raised in Medicine Hat where he graduated from McCoy High School. During his high school years, he worked in the automotive, oil, construction and trucking fields. In addition, Chris served in the Army Reserves for over five years and was the soldier chosen to represent his Regiment in Europe for the 60th anniversary of the Liberation of Holland. After two years of study at Medicine Hat College, Chris entered the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta where he earned his Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees. During this time, he was selected to attend a summer exchange program in Germany, focusing on prosthetic dentistry. For the entire duration of his time in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Chris also served as president of his class. Upon graduation, Chris was presented with awards for Oral Surgery, Fixed Prosthetics (crowns, bridges, veneers etc.) and Operative Dentistry (fillings etc.).
Chris’ interests are many and varied. He is particularly interested in cooking, marksmanship, trap shooting, hiking and anything to do with the outdoors. While not at the clinic or spending time with his wife and dog, he volunteers with the YMCA and the Kinsmen Club. He's spent years on the board of the YMCA where he serves as president and held many positions in the Kinsmen Club where his focus has been with the Home Lotto project. Community service is an important part of his life and Medicine Hat has always been home.
Tyler Pocsik| Chair of Audit & Finance Committee
Born and raised in Medicine Hat, Tyler joined the Medicine Hat YMCA in 2005. Through his time at the YMCA Tyler found his passion in powerlifting, and helped co-found the Medicine Hat Powerlifting Club (MHPL) with Kain Lyon. In 2010 Tyler graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce and in the same year started working as an accountant at Johnston Morrison Hunter & Co. in Medicine Hat. In early 2013 he obtained his CA designation, and in 2017 he obtained his US CPA designation.
The YMCA has been a big part of Tyler’s life from being a platform to allow him to train for competition in powerlifting, as well as the place where he met his wife, Nicole. Tyler is excited to be able to serve the YMCA as a board member, and looks forward to the changes and growth that will occur through the years.
Shonna Barth | Chair of Governance Committee
Shonna is a high school vice principal with experience teaching at all levels. Her passion for family, fitness, fun and youth drew her to becoming a board member of the YMCA of Medicine Hat. She has extensive experience with various boards and planning committees. Many of her professional and personal experiences have revolved around supporting the mental, social, physical and academic health of our youth. During her second year of her three-year term, Shonna is part of the Governance committee, PSA squash tournament committee and an active member in the YMCA squash league. Shonna is always open to learn and accept new challenges.
Ryan O'Reilly | Director
Ryan has lived in Medicine Hat for most of his life. He loves the city and is proud to call it home. He is currently and Wealth Advisor for RBC Dominion Securities.
He enjoys spending time with his young family and with his spare time enjoys lots of sports and activities including golf, curling, hockey, slow pitch and fishing to name a few.
He has been a YMCA member since 2002 and is looking forward to helping grow the YMCA and help continue to spread the word on all the magnificent things the YMCA does for the community. Ryan is currently sitting on the Finance Committee.
John Roflik | Director
Currently being updated.
Travis Beck | Director
Travis was raised in Medicine Hat before moving on to complete his education at the University of Lethbridge. After completing his degree, he returned to Medicine Hat where he spent time with two separate local accounting firms and completed his Chartered Professional Accountant designation. Travis is now the Finance & Accounting Supervisor with Cypress County, is a member of the YMCA Finance & Audit Committee, and also sits on the board for Thrive – A Strategy to End Poverty where he holds the position of Treasurer.
Travis has been a YMCA member since 2009 and joined the Board of Directors in 2019. Travis has 3 children with his wife, Allison, and can often be found utilizing different YMCA gym spaces. As an active YMCA member, Travis is appreciative of what the organization has achieved within the city and is excited to be part of the Medicine Hat YMCA community.