Two new staffers joined YWCA O'ahu last month. Eden Monteilh is our new manager of Health & Wellness and Member Services. Darlene Dela Cruz has come onboard as the YWCA O'ahu marketing/communications coordinator.
Eden Monteilh has a background in the fitness industry as a manager, director, program designer, personal trainer, workshop presenter and exercise instructor for more than 23 years. She has worked for non-profit, military and private facilities, as well as opened her own Functional Training gym for nearly four years. Eden specializes in TRX training, athletic conditioning for youth and adults and is known for "out of the box" fitness programs. She recently was contracted for and completed the Special Olympics Hawai'i 2018 Functional Training program for their athletes and coaches. Her off-time is spent training for triathlons and obstacle course races, hiking and working with special needs children. She moved from Virginia Beach to Hawai'i 25 years ago and has four children. She fundamentally believes that everyone is an “athlete,” and personal fitness needs to be a lifestyle, not a resolution. Personal fitness requires opportunity, discipline and motivation. At a young age she was discouraged by others not to pursue various activities due to a congenital back issue, but she has found her "athlete" within, and she’s passionate about helping others find their athletic goals.
Some of Eden's goals for YWCA O'ahu Health & Wellness are new facility updates and class formats, and providing more cutting-edge fitness challenges for members. She will serve as an instructor for a few classes, and is always available to answer any fitness or membership questions.
Darlene was born and raised in Kalihi, Honolulu, Hawai'i. She is an alum of Farrington High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, with a minor certificate in Spanish. Darlene initially was a nursing major, but she decided to pursue a career in reporting and media when she started a blog during her junior year of college and realized how her impacted others.
She worked as a writer and features editor at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa student newspaper, then traveled to New York City to study magazine/book publishing for six weeks at the New York University Summer Publishing Institute. Prior to arriving at YWCA O'ahu, she worked as managing editor of the new “magazine division” launched by Oahu Publications, then served as reporter/photographer for the Hawai'i Catholic Herald newspaper.
In her spare time, Darlene enjoys watching sports, singing and shopping.
Darlene made many new friends and enjoyed her experience as a former Health & Wellness member at YWCA Laniākea from 2009 to 2016. She is grateful to return to YWCA O'ahu now as a staffer and hopes she can assist in getting word out about YWCA Oahu's mission.