New Canaan YMCA Directors




Kristina Barrett

V.P. of Financial Development, Marketing & Strategic Initiatives
Phone: (203) 920-1654
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.


Matt Busse

Director of Aquatic Operations & Safety
Phone: (203) 920-1643
Email: mbusse@newcanaanymca.org

Matt began working at the New Canaan YMCA in 2019. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy from Western Connecticut State University and is pursuing his Master of Science in Recreation Administration from Southern Connecticut State University. Matt is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional. He is also a certified American Red Cross Instructor in various areas. He has ample experience in recreation administration and operations in the nonprofit and public sectors. In his spare time, Matt enjoys hiking the trails and volunteering with his hometown’s community service club.


Davie Cedela

V.P. of Family & Youth Development
Phone: (203) 920-1641
Email: dcedela@newcanaanymca.org

Davie began her career with the YMCA in 1999 and joined the New Canaan YMCA in 2009 as Youth and Family Director. Currently, Davie serves as VP of Family and Youth Development, and as Council Director of Girls on the Run of Fairfield County. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Springfield College. In her spare time, Davie enjoys spending time with family and friends, and enjoys being outdoors, especially during the winter months.


Mary Coleman

Membership Director
Phone: (203) 920-1630
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 two shitzu dogs, Chewy and Beaudy. Mary attended SUNY Binghamton and enjoys knitting and reading when she is not at our Y.

Emily Daymonde

Aquatics Director
Phone: (203) 920-1652
Email: edaymonde@newcanaanymca.org



Brian Fazzino

Director of Competitive Swimming/Head Coach
Phone: (203) 920-1637
Email: bfazzino@newcanaanymca.org

Coach Brian Fazzino returned to the New Canaan YMCA in 2018 after serving two years as the Head Coach of the Franklin Pierce University Women’s Swim Team. Brian was at the New Canaan Caimans between 2014-2016 as the Head Developmental Coach and as an Assistant Senior Coach. Prior to his time in New Canaan, Brian was the Head Senior Coach as well as the Assistant Coach for the National Training Group Eagle Swim Team in Owings Mills, Maryland. In 2012, Brian was the Head Age Group Coach at Gator Swim Club in Gainesville Florida. Prior to coaching at Gator Swim Club, Coach Brian was the Head Coach at the Northern Middlesex YMCA in Middletown, CT. Swimmers on these teams achieved tremendous success ranging from state records and championships to national qualifiers and Olympians.


Anne Finneson

Financial Administration Director
Phone: (203) 920-1644
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 Financial Administration Director, reporting directly to our CFO. Living in Stamford with her husband and daughter, Anne spends her free time in her garden.


Carolynn Kaufman

Director of Special Needs Programming
Phone: 203-920-1656
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.


Lenwood Latta

Sports Director
Phone: 203-920-1634
Email: llatta@newcanaanymca.org

Lenwood joined our Y in 2022. Prior to this, he worked for the Stamford Peace Youth Foundation as Executive Director of Basketball Operations and Co-Founder. Lenwood has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is married with 2 children. In his spare time, Lenwood enjoys playing basketball, spending time with his family and actively participating in his church’s worship activities.


Ida Lupinacci

Assistant Director of Human Resources
Phone: (203) 920-1628

After years in a different career, Ida cannot think of a better place to have re-entered the Human Resources field than the New Canaan YMCA. She joined our staff in 2017 and was recently promoted to Assistant HR Director.  She loves working in HR and being surrounded by her colleagues makes her happy.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Connecticut and worked for several years assisting families with special needs children. In her spare time, Ida enjoys spending time with her three children.


Carol Matousek

V.P. of Facility & Finance
Phone: (203) 920-1625
Email: cmatousek@newcanaanymca.org

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


Jennifer Muzyk

Director of Synchronized Swimming
Phone: (203) 920-1648
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 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. Jen is also a National Judge.


Suzy Pfeifer

Senior Director of Childcare/Camp Mini Director
Phone: (203) 920-1649
Email: spfeifer@newcanaanymca.org

Suzy has been an integral part of childcare and camp programs at the New Canaan YMCA since 1996. Beginning as a toddler teacher in the Rainbow Station Infant-Preschool Childcare program and followed by teaching in our former Little Owl Nursery School, Suzy now oversees 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.


Bridget Philipp

V.P. of Healthy Living & Membership
Phone: (203) 920-1626
Email: bphilipp@newcanaanymca.org

Bridget has been at the New Canaan Y since 1998 and in the Health and Wellness Industry since graduating with a BS in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts in 1993. 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.


Margaret Riley

Executive Director
Phone: (203) 920-1624
Email: mriley@newcanaanymca.org

Margaret joined the Y in 2021 upon retiring from the practice of law. She is a former member of the Y’s Board of Directors. Margaret received her Bachelor’s Degree from Providence College where she majored in Italian and Business and earned her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law. Margaret and her family have lived in New Canaan since 1998 and have been active members of the Y since then.


Diana Riolo

Assistant Director of Development & Community Impact
Phone: (203) 920-1653
Email: driolo@newcanaanymca.org

Diana joined the New Canaan YMCA in 2011 as the Financial Assistance Coordinator. Since then, her roles at the Y have evolved and, today, Diana is the Assistant Director of Development and Community Impact. When not at the Y, Diana can often be found baking and covered in flour as she attempts to get her cakes to rise. Her favorite moments are laughing with friends, getaways with her husband, and any time spent with her two daughters.


Eva Saint

Wellness Director
Phone: 203-920-1623
Email: esaint@newcanaanymca.org

Eva joined the New Canaan YMCA in 2013 as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. Prior to working at the YMCA, she managed a corporate Wellness Center in Stamford, and coached gymnastics up to national level. Eva is a former gymnast from Hungary, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. She graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 2016 with a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science. Eva holds several fitness certifications, including ACSM certified personal trainer and AFAA certified group exercise instructor. She lives in Norwalk and enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.


Kristin Schnitzler

Group Wellness Director/Registered Dietitian
Phone: 203-920-1636
Email: kschnitzler@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, a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Nutrition and a Master’s Degree in 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 Dietitian, Kristin is also our nutrition resource and provides Nutritional Counseling services for our members.


Joseph Somma

Competitive Diving Director
Phone: (203) 920-1659
Email: jsomma@newcanaanymca.org

Having founded the Whirlwind Diving team in 1997, Joe brings a wealth of experience to the team as the Head Coach and the Senior Director of Competitive Diving and Sports. 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 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. 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. Joe’s enthusiasm coupled with his knowledge of the sport make him a dynamic and successful coach for divers of all levels.


Adam Vance

Associate Diving Director
Phone: 203-920-1658
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.


Liz Whitney

Director of Marketing & Communications
Phone: (203) 920-1646
Email: lwhitney@newcanaanymca.org

Liz has been part of the New Canaan YMCA community since she was a camper at Camp Y-Ki. In May 2015, she began her employment at the Y as an Assistant Teacher in Rainbow Station’s Preschool classrooms. In May 2018, she graduated from Roger Williams University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations. Liz joined the Y as a director in May 2019, and is presently the Director of Marketing & Communications. In her free time, Liz enjoys exercising and spending time with family and friends.


Carolyn Wolfe

VP of HR & Risk Management
Phone: (203) 920-1627
Email: cwolfe@newcanaanymca.org

Carolyn is thrilled to have joined the Y in June of 2022 as the VP of HR and Risk Management. Carolyn has a Masters’ Degree in Social Work from Hunter College, where she focused on advocacy for Children and Families. Carolyn brings with her decades of experience working in non-profits, including the past 15 years working in hospice/palliative care in many roles including Director of Human Resources and Chief Compliance Officer. Carolyn lives in Danbury with her two sons, where she and her family were active members at the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut for many years.