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Jess Ciola
Certified Fitness Professional since 2000, with experience owning and operating a fitness studio, Jess brings her energy, enthusiasm, expertise and passion to her position. NASM & AFPA Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor, TRX Suspension Training Certified, competitive runner and athlete, Specializing in women’s fitness, strength, cardio conditioning and core training.
A fitness professional since 2000, Jess embraces a life long passion for fitness. Her unique approach and her enthusiasm has earned her success owning and operating a small fitness studio as well as  building a strong reputation for fitness training in the area.
A competitive runner and athlete, Jess specializes in women’s fitness, strength, cardio conditioning , kick-boxing and boot camp. A popular Largest Loser coach, she holds the record for leading the most team wins in our Largest Loser Contest!

Mark Modine
BS Physical Education, Concentration in Athletic Training and Health Fitness studies. NSCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist
NSCA Certified, Strength & Conditioning Specialist.
A multifaceted trainer for more than 20 years, Mark is widely known in Connecticut.  His services include individualized sport-specific training, rehabilitation therapy to pre and post surgical patients, and nutritional counseling to individuals ranging for all levels and ages.  He has worked with professional, collegiate, and high school athletes, and has trained award winning bodybuilders, runners, swimmers and triathletes. Mark’s hallmark is his commitment to his clients, and his dynamic style and high-energy personality have produced remarkable results for people age 11 to 85.
A strong competitor, Mark is a 70.3 Iron Man Triathlon Finisher, and has personally excelled at many sports including track& field, bodybuilding, and triathlons. His specialties include certifications from professional fitness organizations NSCA, NASM, ACSM and ACE.   In addition to those, he has earned a certification from APEX for nutrition and certified as an EMT-B.

Pam Hutchinson
MS Exercise Science, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, AFAA Group Fitness and Mat Science Certified. TRX Suspension and Rip Trainer certified, ACE Nutritional Health Coach.
Pam started as an instructor in the mid 80’s when group and women’s exercise programs were exploding in gyms across the country. The original JCC Aerobics Director in 1990, Pam left to continue her education.  After completing her Master’s degree in Exercise Science, she went on to manage group fitness and spinning programs at a number of facilities in the CT.  Returning to the JCC in 2010 as a Personal Trainer, Pam brings a numerous variety of specialty certifications including metabolic conditioning, core training and weight loss.  A popular Largest Loser coach, Pam is motivated by empowering people to take charge of their health and fitness journey!

Yoni Feldman
Certified Personal Trainer specializing in sports performance, boxing and muscular strength.
Earning his personal training certification in Israel, Yoni worked as a trainer since 2006, coming to the USA as a soccer recruitment for SCSU, where he was voted rookie of the year in the east coast and was selected SCSU’s scholar-athlete of the year in 2012! 
His specialties include boxing, sports performance and muscular strength. Yoni loves training because it is a way to change other people’s lives.

Debra Forselius
BA, Physical Therapy Assistant, Certifications include ACSM, AAAI/ISMA, Aquatics US Water Fitness, International Arthritis Association Aquatic Therapy, Senior Fitness, Rehab and Post Surgical and Holistic Health.
A fitness professional since 1986, Deb has numerous specialties including balance training, core stability training, golf specific training and aquatic therapy.  Her diversity  in rehab training and experience in aquatic therapy allows her to help those recovering from injury or surgery, and she has been instrumental in helping older adults achieve and maintain strength, balance and flexibility.

Terri Tully
Action Personal Training Certification, TRX Suspension Training Certification, CPR / AED certified, NASM Certified. After retiring from her corporate job of 31 years, Terri became a personal trainer after seeing over 40lbs lost as a Largest Loser participant.  Motivated to help others improve their health and wellness, she is committed to helping others pursue their fitness journey. Her specialty experience is in High Intensity Interval Training for effective fat loss, battlerope core training and kettlebells.

Vince Varsh
NASM Certified Personal Trainer, TRX Suspension Training & RIP Training Certified, AAAI/ISMA Fitness Instructor Certified.
An enthusiastic fitness professional, Vince has been training since 2008. Specialty training includes Martial Arts,  Mui Tai, Kickboxing, sports specific training, High Intensity Interval Training, body recomposition, and core strength training.

Damien Paglia
IFPA Certified, CUNY Movement Specialist, Holistic Health Counselor. A seasoned Personal Trainer and marathon runner, Damian has a positive approach to helping his clients reach their goals and commit to a healthier lifestyle.


Alan Franzi
Certified Posture Alignment SpecialistMethod® of posture alignment at Egoscue University in San Diego.
Brings over 23 years experience teaching yoga and counseling in the New Haven and Shoreline area. He is certificate trained in Sivananda Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Integrative Yoga Therapy and Gestalt Psychotherapy.
As a Certified Posture Alignment Specialist trained in the Egoscue go, California, Alan is currently practicing as a Certified Posture Alignment Specialist (PAS).  Creator of ‘Pain Free Yoga’, he’s integrated a powerful approach to movement and function.   Alan’s creative and compassionate use of this array of therapeutic modalities powerfully supports clients’ movement toward wholeness and well-being.
In addition, his teaching draws on his advanced study and practice in Kripalu yoga, mindfulness meditation and stress management techniques.

Cochi Shavit
AAS in Exercise Science and Wellness,
NASM Certified, CPR / AED certified. Functional fitness trainer with over 5 years experience in triathlon training. Her methodical and patient approach allows Cochi to effectively train people at any ability level. Cochi grew up in Israel but has been a resident of Bethany since 1993. Her love of athletics and sports is evidenced by her many years of enthusiastic racquetball play here at the JCC and participation in Yale's co-ed softball league. Fitness and wellness is a way of life for Cochi. Her objective is to help clients achieve their goals of healthy living and fitness in fun and challenging ways.

Chris Pelosi
BS ATHLETIC TRAINING / SPORTS MEDICINE, NATA Certified Personal Trainer, Graston M1 Certification, CPR / AED Certified.
Chris is dedicated to helping his clients achieve their goals and reach new levels of health and fitness. He enjoys keeping his training sessions exciting, challenging, and effective by drawing upon a wide variety of training strategies specifically tailored to his client’s goals. Both strength and functional training are key components to Chris’s program designs. He believes proper training is essential to enhance performance in competitive events and activities of daily life, while maintaining a healthy lifestyle free from injury. His degree from Quinnipiac University school of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training and subsequent certification have provided experiences in injury prevention, nutrition, rehabilitation, and strength and conditioning.

Alex Lagase
BS Health Science & Physical Education, Youth Fitness Specialist, Advanced First Aide, HCP, CPR Certified. With a specialty in working with youth and teens, Alex is on board as one of our Youth Fitness Specialist. Experience with working with younger clientele, Alex has an innovative approach with specialized workouts to include cardio-respiratory fitness, muscular strength & endurance, and flexibility & cardiovascular health.