Personal Trainers & Fitness Instructors - JCCNS, Jewish Community Center of the North Shore

Fitness Instructors & Personal Trainers

Mary Pat Hawkins Health & Wellness Director, Master Personal Trainer

Mary Pat has 30+ Years Experience. She attended Merrimack College and achieved the following certifications: AFAA CPT, Group Exercise, ISCA CPT, Master Trainer/Presenter.

MP specializes in working with all age groups and levels and injury prevention and rehabilitation.

mphawkins@jccns.com
(781) 476-9910

Allison Swartz Fitness Instructor

Allison has been teaching Yoga at at the JCCNS since 2016. Allison is a 500-hour certified yoga instructor with the Yoga Alliance.

Aryn Ferreira DancEnergy Instructor

Aryn has been teaching DancEnergy at the JCCNS for six years and was a student of the program for 10 years prior to that.

Blake Foreman Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor

Blake has over three years of personal training experience. He has a degree in Sports & Movement Science, with a concentration in Clinical Exercise Science and specializes in training athletes. 

Brigitte Karns Fitness Instructor


Claudia Rodenstein DancEnergy Instructor

Claudia has been with the JCCNS for five years. Trained in ballet, jazz and tap, she was also a member of the Young Dance Company in Marblehead for many years. 20 years ago, she discovered DancEnergy and found the program to be a perfect match with her dance background.

Cybele LegerFitness Instructor

Cybele is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor and has been teaching Yoga at JCCNS for four years.  She also teaches Kids Yoga for our after-school program.

Dennis Goldsmith Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor

Dennis has been at the JCCNS for 15+ years as a GEX instructor, Personal Trainer, and Tae Kwon Do instructor. He is AFFA/NASM and ACE certified. Dennis is also a CPR/AED Trainer for the JCCNS and teaches a variety of self-defense formats.

He specializing in evaluation and design of corrective exercises and fitness programs for clients who want to maintain or improve their level of fitness. He also specializes in working with Seniors, Post-Rehab, and both Pre and Post-Natal Women.

Dennis received a B.A. from Temple University and a Masters Degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University.

James D'Ambrosio Fitness Instructor

James is a certified Zumba™ instructor here at the JCCNS, and has been with us for the past three years. He has been teaching a variety of Zumba™ formats for the past 4 years.

Joyce Colahan DancEnergy Instructor

Joyce is the Owner and Choreographer for the JCCNS DancEnergy program which has called the JCCNS home since 2013. DancEnergy has recently celebrated it's 35th year in Marblehead. Joyce studied Dance at Umass Amherst and danced professionally for 7 years with Trisler Danscompany.

Lisa Gillis Fitness Instructor, DancEnergy Instructor, and Personal Trainer

Lisa Gillis brings with her a lifetime of active living, with over 29 years of fitness/personal training and dance coaching experience, and has taught at the JCCNS since 2013.

Lisa grew up in Marblehead and her fitness and athletic discipline started at the young age of 6 years. Lisa was a dancer, a competitive gymnast and a Varsity soccer player at Marblehead High School.  

Lisa is certified with American Council of Exercise (ACE) Kathy Gs Tread Tabata ,ISCA Personal Training, ISCA Kettle Bells, ISCA Boxing, TRX, Scw Barre and Scw Small Group Training. She teaches, DancEnergy, sculpt/conditioning and circuit classes, Tread Tabata, TRX, Bosu, Barre, small group and personal training. 

Lisa Laurano Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer

Lisa has taught GEX at the JCCNS for 17 years. She has recently become ISCA Personal Training certified and trains clients as well. She is SWC certified in GEX and teaches a variety of formats.

Marjorie Cantor Spin Instructor

Margie has been a Spin instructor at the JCCNS for nine years. She is certified by MadDog Spinning.


photo: Rick Discipio

Rick Discipio Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor


Rick has been in the fitness and wellness field for over 20 years. He has extensive training and conditioning experience with collegiate and high school athletes, has designed conditioning and post-rehab programs, taught HIIT group ex classes, and presented health education lectures. He is certified in CSCS, NSCA-CPT, NSCA-RSCC, NASM-PES, and USA Weightlifting Coach II. In addition to being a competitive powerlifter, Rick holds records in the Masters division at the State and Regional level.

He brings over 20 years of martial arts experience in Uechi-Ryu karate, and competed at the International level in kata and sparring!

Rick graduated from Salem State College with his BS in Movement Science followed by Master’s of Education from Endicott College.


Sarah McCormack Fitness Instructor


Stephanie Greenfield Fitness Instructor

Stephanie has been a fitness instructor at the JCCNS since 2016. She teaches a variety of Yoga formats and completed her 200-hour Yoga teacher training with David Magone PranVayu Yoga.

Sue Riordan Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer

Sue has been working at the JCCNS for over five years.  She is a personal trainer and DancEnergy teacher.  Her certifications include: ISCA CPT, CMT, CLC, USSCA, Class I SUP Certified.

Tabatha Keating Fitness Instructor


Wendy Webber Spin Instructor

Wendy Shapiro Webber has recently joined the JCCNS GEX team as a Certified Spin instructor.


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