Contact

New Canaan YMCA Directors

 

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Kristina Barrett

VP, Financial Development, Marketing & Strategic Initiatives
Phone: (203) 966-4528, ext. 162
Email: kbarrett@newcanaanymca.org

Kristina joined our Y in 2010 and is presently the VP of Financial Development, Marketing & Strategic Initiatives. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and prior to joining our Y, she worked in the marketing departments of Virgin Atlantic Airways and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. In her spare time, Kristina enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing golf, and traveling.

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Petra Cacic

Asst. Synchronized Swimming Director
Phone: (203) 966-4528, ext. 153
Email: pcacic@newcanaanymca.org

Petra was a synchronized swimmer in Croatia with the Spoljaric Synchro Club and Croatian National Team. She graduated from the Faculty of Science in Zagreb, Croatia in 2008, majoring in geography and history. Petra then attended the Faculty of Kinesiology in Zagreb, Croatia graduating in 2013 with a degree in physical education. She became a part-time coach with a synchro club in 2003. In 2007 she became a coach with the Croatian National Team, and in 2010 she became the head coach. Other achievements include, coaching for NCA in 2006, and participating in NCA Camp of Champions in 2010 and 2014.

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Donna Carpenter

Preschool Gym and Movement Director
Phone: (203) 966-4528, ext. 175
Email: dcarpenter@newcanaanymca.org

Donna is a preschool specialist with over 20 years of experience in the field. Her passion for developing the Bouncing Bears program is due to her belief in the YMCA mission, and her experience with what the program has done for children in the development of not only their bodies, but their minds. She enjoys contributing to their learning and hopes to bring as many memories and inspiration to the children as she receives. Donna is a certified Gymnastics Instructor from YMCA of the USA and Safety Certified by USA Gymnastics. She also holds KAT (Kinder Accreditation for Teachers) and MELPD (Movement Education & Lesson Plan Development) certifications. Donna is married and has a son and two daughters. She enjoys the outdoors and doing just about anything with her family.

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Davie Cedela

Family & Youth Development Director
Phone: (203) 966-4528, ext. 141
Email: dcedela@newcanaanymca.org

During the school year, Davie facilitates programs for the youth in the community, such as the Y-Guide/Princess program, Middle School Madness, Girls on the Run, and Vacation Camp and during the summer she can be found at Kiwanis Park as the Director of Camp Y-Ki. Prior to coming to New Canaan, Davie worked at the Hamden/North Haven YMCA in a number of capacities, including camp counselor, head teacher in after-school and preschool childcare, camp director, and assistant ropes course facilitator.

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Joann Cerretani

Chief Operating Officer

Phone: (203) 966-4528, ext. 133
Email: jcerretani@newcanaanymca.org

Joann has been with the New Canaan YMCA since 1989, where she began her career as a part-time lifeguard. She became Aquatic Director in 1990 before being promoted to her current position as V. P. of Operations. She is dedicated, committed and passionate about the New Canaan YMCA and loves her job! Joann lives in New Canaan with her husband Bob. Together they have three grown children, but the pride of Joann’s life is her three grandchildren Kayla, Gabrielle, and Nathan. Joann loves to read and study the bible and her faith is a big part of who she is as a person.

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Mary Coleman

Membership Director
Phone: (203) 966-4528, ext. 130
Email: mcoleman@newcanaanymca.org

Mary began working at the New Canaan YMCA in June 2011. She is married with two children, Allison and Ryan, and has a shitzu dog named Chewy. Mary attended SUNY Binghamton and enjoys knitting and reading when she is not at our Y.

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Anne Finneson

Assistant Finance Director
Phone: (203) 966-4528, ext. 171
Email: afinneson@newcanaanymca.org

Anne chose our Y when she returned to the work force in 1999 starting part-time as an administrative clerk.  Over the years, Anne has progressed from part-time to full-time and is currently our Assistant Finance Director reporting directly to our CFO.  Living in Stamford with her husband and daughter, Anne spends her free time horseback riding and gardening.

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Nicole Jezairian

Director of Community Engagement
Phone: (203) 966-4528, ext. 157
Email: njezairian@newcanaanymca.org

Nicki has been working at our Y since 1994 working in a variety of program areas, including Head Teacher for the full-day preschool program and fitness instruction for youth and adults. She currently serves as the Arts and Humanities Director in addition to the Co-Director at Camp Y-Ki. Nicki holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from St. Leo’s College and is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of America, an American Red Cross Instructor, and President of the Lion’s Club of New Canaan.

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Carolynn Kaufman

Director of Special Needs Programming
Phone: 203-966-4528, ext. 156
Email:ckaufman@newcanaanymca.org

Carolynn joined our staff as the Director of Special Needs in September 2011. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology at SUNY Albany and her MSED in recreational education from CUNY Lehman College. She is married with two boys and a dog and enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, and taking her dog on walks.

Suzanne Lancey

Competitive Swimming Director/ Head Age Group Coach
Phone: 203-966-4528, ext. 174
Email:slancey@newcanaanymca.org

Suzanne began a successful aquatics career in Connecticut at the age of 4, swimming with first the New Fairfield Aqua Bears and then the Wilton Y Wahoos; she also swam with New Fairfield HS and in college. At 19 she began coaching high school swimming and did so until 2014.

In college she focused on obtaining her degree in accounting; she was working as an accountant when she made the move to Minnesota with her husband and daughter. In Minnesota she continued her swimming passion by competing with Minnesota Masters and coaching at NHCP swim club, Twin Cities Swim Team/Minnetonka Swim club, Central High School and Bloomington Jefferson High School. In 2007, she started her own club. Today, Suzanne is a level 5 ASCA coach and Level 2 ASCA Masters coach, having coached national junior team members and Olympic Trials qualifiers and well as Masters National champions and international record holders.

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Pamela Libertiny

VP of Human Resources & Risk Management
Phone: (203) 966-4528, ext. 128
Email: plibertiny@newcanaanymca.org

Pam started working at our Y part-time in 1990 and then as a director in 1998. Pam also worked as instructor in YMCA Adult Education as a typing and accounting teacher and worked as volunteer parent and official for the New Canaan YMCA’s Swim Team for over 20 years. She is originally from Lousville, KY and graduate from the University of Kentucky. She has been a Certified Professional in Human Resources since 2008. Pam and her husband have four children who were each active in the Y and she loves the YMCA family atmosphere both as an employee and participant.

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Carol Matousek

Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (203) 966-4528, ext. 125
Email: cmatousek@newcanaanymca.org

Carol joined the New Canaan YMCA Y staff in June 2000. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and French from the College of Mount St Vincent and a MS in Accounting from Long Island University.  When away from the Y, Carol enjoys the outdoors, cycling, or running.

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Jennifer Muzyk

Director of Synchronized Swimming
Phone: (203) 966-4528, ext. 183
Email: jmuzyk@newcanaanymca.org

Jen was a synchronized swimmer at the New Canaan YMCA throughout high school. After college graduation in 2000, she started coaching first part-time, then as the Assistant Director and now as the Director and head coach of the Aquianas. Since joining the coaching staff, Jen has earned the National Coaching Merit Award in 2004, the East Zone Coach of the Year in 2010 and was added to the National Team Pool of Coaches in 2011.

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Craig Panzano

Executive Director
Phone: (203) 966-4528, ext. 124
Email: cpanzano@newcanaanymca.org

Craig Is our Executive Director and has been working at Y’s since 1987. Other positions that he has held at the Y include Director of Competitive Swimming, Director of Sports and Fitness, Senior Program Director, Associate Executive Director, and COO. Craig has his B.S. in Health and P.E. from Slippery Rock University and his M.A. in Applied Physiology & Nutrition from Columbia University. He is married with 4 children.

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Suzy Pfeifer

Kids Unlimited Director/Camp Mini Director
Phone: (203) 966-4528, ext. 163
Email: spfeifer@newcanaanymca.org

Suzy has been an integral part of childcare and camp programs at the New Canaan YMCA since 1996. Beginning with four years as a toddler teacher in the Rainbow Station Infant-Preschool Childcare program and three years teaching in our 3 year old Y’s Little Owl Nursery School, Suzy now oversees these programs as well as Camp Mini and the Kids Unlimited Afterschool Program. She has been the Director of Camp Mini since 1999. Suzy has her CDA from Norwalk Community College. When at our Y, you will often hear, “Hi Miss Suzy” from one of her former students or campers.

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Bridget Philipp

Senior Director of Membership & Healthy Living
Phone: (203) 966-4528, ext. 126
Email: bphilipp@newcanaanymca.org

Bridget has been at the New Canaan Y since 1998 and in the Health and Wellness Industry since graduating from the University of Massachusetts in 1993 with a BS in Exercise Science. Bridget is ACSM certified as a Health and Fitness Specialist and holds several other certifications from AFAA, AASDN, BTS, and the YMCA. Bridget is married to another YMCA professional and has two wonderful daughters.

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Josephine Rojas

Aquatics Director
Phone: (203) 966-4528, ext. 169
Email: jrojas@newcanaanymca.org

Josephine has been with the New Canaan YMCA since August of 1998 and started out as a part-time instructor and lifeguard. Josephine has been with the YMCA organization since September of 1982 working for the Norwalk YMCA for 16 years where she spent her last 6 year as the Aquatic Director. Josephine has been in her current position of Aquatic Director since 2001. She puts God first in her life, family and close friends, spends time with her daughter, she loves to cook, worship and take trips.

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Kim Rojas

Assistant Aquatics Director
Phone: (203) 966-4528, ext. 143
Email: krojas@newcanaanymca.org

Kim has been with the YMCA organization since 1995, and began her employment with the New Canaan YMCA in the spring of 1998. Kim started as a part-time instructor and lifeguard, and earned her Y-Swim Instructor and Coaching certifications. She grew into a full time instructor position and was promoted to Assistant Aquatics Director. When not at the Y, Kim enjoys working out & spending time with her boys.

Emma Scalero

Rainbow Station Infant-Preschool Childcare Director
Phone: (203) 966-4528, ext. 113
Email: escalero@newcanaanymca.org

Emma has been with the New Canaan YMCA since August 2014, where she began her employment as the Lead Teacher in Rainbow Station’s four year-old classroom. In January 2017, she was promoted to the Rainbow Station Infant-Preschool Childcare Director. Emma has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Iona College. She is currently continuing her education at Iona College as she pursues a Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

In her spare time, Emma enjoys indoor cycling, studying, and spending time with family.

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Will Schwartzstein

Sports Director
Phone: (203) 966-4528, ext. 152
Email: wschwartzstein@newcanaanymca.org

Will has been with our Y since 2015 and currently serves as the Sports Director. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management from Emory & Henry College, and went on to pursue his dream of playing professional basketball. Will has played professionally in Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru. He continued as a personal trainer working with numerous sports organizations (camps, clinics, etc.). Most notably, as a director within the Washington Wizards/Washington Mystics Basketball Camps. Will is from Norwalk, CT, and serves as the freshmen boys’ basketball coach at the local Brien McMahon High School.

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Joseph Somma

Competitive Diving Director
Phone: (203) 966-4528, ext. 159
Email: jsomma@newcanaanymca.org

Joseph J. Somma is the head coach of the Whirlwind Diving team as well as the Senior Director of Competitive Diving and Sports at the New Canaan YMCA. He founded team in 1997. Joe grew up diving at the Newfield Swim & Tennis Club, was a high school All-American stand-out at Stamford High School, and went on to Clemson University, where he lettered in diving for four years and was a four-time NCAA zone qualifier, an All-American candidate, an All Atlantic Coast Conference champion, and a team captain. In addition to the Whirlwind team, Joe coaches the New Canaan High School team, the Wilton High School team, Convent of the Sacred Heart / Greenwich team, the New Canaan Field Club team, and the Newfield Swim & Tennis team. Joe’s enthusiasm coupled with his knowledge of the sport make him a dynamic and successful coach for divers of all levels. Joe brings a wealth of experience to the team as he completes his 22nd year of coaching. Joe was awarded the Robert Moss Award in 2001, for his numerous contributions to diving. He is a lifetime member of USA Diving, and is the Junior Olympic representative for the state of Connecticut for this organization. During his time at the New Canaan Y, Joe has also coached many top divers including four JO champions and three Team USA representatives that competed at meets such as the British Elite Championships and the Canadian/American Challenge, and one member of the Junior Elite Program. His teams have included over 50 High School All Americans.

 

Mark Spellman

Director of Healthy Living
Phone: 203-966-4528, ext. 127
Email: mspellman@newcanaanymca.org

Mark comes to the New Canaan YMCA after working at George Washington University as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. Prior to his work at George Washington University he worked at Fairfield University as the Director of Strength and Conditioning for 12 years. In that role he was responsible for all aspects of the Strength and Conditioning Program for all 20 Division I Athletic Programs. Before his tenure at Fairfield he worked at Villanova University as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for 2 years. He has completed 2 internships with NFL teams, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins. He currently resides in Stratford with his wife and 3 children. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, training, mixed martial arts and watching sports.

 

Kristin Tallodi

Group Wellness Director/Registered Dietician
Phone: 203-966-4528, ext. 136
Email: ktallodi@newcanaanymca.org

Kristin oversees all of the Group Exercise classes and other Group Wellness programming at the Y.  Kristin is an ACSM certified Exercise Physiologist and has been working at the New Canaan YMCA since 2007 as a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor.  She has an Associate’s Degree in Exercise Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Nutrition.  Among her many skill sets outside of the Y, Kristin is also a hairstylist, and has been an athlete in several fitness competitions.  She holds many certifications in the Group Fitness field and has over 10 years of Wellness experience.  As a Registered Dietician, Kristin is also our nutrition resource and provides Nutritional Counseling services for our members

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Adam Vance

Associate Diving Director
Phone: 203-966-4528, ext. 158
Email: avance@newcanaanymca.org

Adam Vance grew up in Pennsylvania , where he was a Pennsylvania State Diving Champion, a high school All-American, and an eight time Junior National qualifier. He attended LaSalle University for two years, where he earned Atlantic 10 Athlete of the Year honors his freshmen year, and a four time NCAA zone qualifier.
Adam earned his B.S. in Exercise Science from West Chester University, where he minored in sports nutrition and athletic coaching. He was a two-time All-American in 2010. He also started coaching for the West Chester Diving Program as an Assistant in 2010, and became head coach in 2011. During his time with West Chester Diving, he coached numerous high school All-Americans, Junior and Age Group National qualifiers, and coached the team to a Regional Championship in 2013.