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JCC welcomes new team members


Dec. 31, 2013
SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Jewish Community Center recently hired four new staff members who will enhance fitness, wellness, teen and summer camp programming. All are welcome to tour the Springfield JCC and participate in programs and activities for all ages.

Susan Whirty, general manager, Health, Wellness & Membership: Whirty has a Bachelor of Science in Health-Fitness Management from Central Connecticut State University. She has enjoyed a long health and wellness centered career focusing on personal training, group exercise and most recently corporate wellness program design. Whirty joins the JCC as the general manager of Health, Wellness and Membership and looks forward to creating an inviting environment that establishes an atmosphere of team work and community with a focus on meeting and exceeding member goals and expectations.

Sam Iturrino, Fitness Director: Iturrino earned his Bachelor of Science in Health and Fitness from Springfield College, where he also wrestled and ran cross country.

He still enjoys competing in an occasional race and wrestling tournament. From the National Academy of Sports Medicine, he earned his Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Performance Enhancement Specialist, and Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Specialist certifications. He is also TRX certified. His expertise allows him to guide individuals who are rehabbing an injury and managing chronic pain; train young athletes in achieving their personal best, emphasize proper biomechanics; help with weight loss or muscle gain; and help the aging body keep up with its youthful mind.

Iturrino is also the Strength and Conditioning coach of the STCC Wrestling Team, with a primary focus on safely guiding the athletes with their weight loss goals.

Louis Lasko, Camp and Teen Director: In his youth, Lasko was a fixture at the center. He has worked for our camp and kids space programs and most recently was the after school director at the JCC in Stamford Connecticut. Lasko was selected last year to be part of the JCC Association’s Merrin Teen Fellows program. This program attracts the best and brightest new talent in the JCC field to participate in professional development seminars across the country and in Israel.

Bethany Young, Assistant Youth Wellness Coordinator: Young is originally from upstate New York and is a recent graduate of Springfield College where she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Health Studies.



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