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    At The Rock Club, community is everything and it all starts with our staff who loves climbing and introducing new people to the sport. Creating a fun, welcoming, judgement-free community is what we're all about. We want climbers of every level to feel comfortable in our gym - and it shows. Meet the staff who makes it happen. And we can't forget our amazing crew of staff belayers who work hard to make sure you have an absolutely incredible experience at TRC.

    If you're interested in becoming a part of Team TRC, please reach out to us to apply. We're always looking for new people who would contribute to growing our community and always making TRC better.

    We are proudly an equal opportunity employer.
    Valerie Ferrara
    Chief Operating Officer
    Valerie has been the Chief Operating Officer of The Clubs at Pine Brook Fitness since early 2014. She joined the team from Philadelphia, PA, where she managed a health club with over 4,000 members. Although her climbing experience is tragically READ MORE >>
    Claire Concannon
    Community Manager
    Claire Concannon may look young, but she hails from the pre-historic age of competitive rock climbing.  Claire started climbing at 9 years old when gym floors were made of cut up tires and the first youth nationals had speed climbing as an READ MORE >>
    Jenny Fryer
    Team Rock Head Coach and Route Setter
    Jenny has been a TRC employee and a member of the Team Rock family since 2011, and she’s still loving it! Since starting as a belayer, she’s enjoyed the role of camp counselor, junior program instructor, facilitator, and head instructor; READ MORE >>
    Jordan Pacheco
    Head Route Setter and TRC Manager
    Jordan Pacheco was born and raised here in our very own New Rochelle. Jordan has been working for TRC since 2008 and caught the climbing bug hard. Since falling in love with climbing, he has only three things on his mind; climbing, soccer, and READ MORE >>
    Tina Hoerenz
    Site Administrative Manager
    Originally from Berlin, Germany, Tina moved to the US at age 8. With a backyard facing the woods, she literally climbed everything: trees, boulders, rock walls, onto the roof of her house, you name it, she was on it.

    After finishing up

    Daniel Gruza
    Director of Junior Programs
    A New Rochelle native, Daniel developed an early love of the outdoors going on hikes with his Dad. Loving to scramble up rocks and boulders, he discovered climbing at a young age, and as a teen even enjoyed a short stint climbing at The Rock READ MORE >>
    Paul Cesario
    Marketing Director
    Paul was born and raised in NY and joined the team in 2016. He brings many years of marketing and entrepreneurial experience to the club, having previously run two businesses of his own, a professional recording studio and teaching practice. READ MORE >>
    Meghan McDonald
    Team Rock Virtual Consultant
    Originally from the Big Sky State, Meghan McDonald found her way to the Big Apple for school and we’ve been able to keep her here ever since! She brings over 20 years of experience in the climbing industry to the TRC family (yeah, she’s READ MORE >>
    Xavier Torriente
    Maintenance Director, Rock Out! Guru and Route Setter
    A New Rochelle veteran, Xavier has 8 years of climbing and high rope course experience. He holds two National camp school certifications; one for climbing and one for C.O.P.E (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience.) through the BSA. He is READ MORE >>
    Ashlee Crewe
    Events Coordinator & Shift Leader
    Ashlee started climbing and working at TRC in 2017. With a dancing background, she was able to pick up slacklining quickly and learn how to walk, sit and lay comfortably on the slackline within a few weeks. Ashlee is very excited to be a new READ MORE >>
    Belissa Velasquez
    Head Junior Program Instructor and Social Media Guru
    A lifetime resident of New Rochelle, Belissa been climbing for 4 years. She is one of the head instructors for junior programs here at TRC. She loves climbing at the Gunks and really enjoys everything about the outdoors.

    On her own time

    Chris St. Pierre
    Junior Program Instructor and Route Setter
    Chris is a third year economics student at purchase college and is also an avid pool shark, music nerd and full time goon, but for the past year his greatest love has been climbing. Chris started working at The Rock Club in December 2016 and READ MORE >>
    Conor McKoy
    Front Desk Shift Leader
    There are plenty of words you can use to describe Conor (like world traveler, writer, or nerd) but his favorite way to describe himself is a climber. Addicted to the sport, Conor started climbing right here at TRC in the summer of 2016 when READ MORE >>
    Marissa Klein
    Head Instructor and Facilitator
    Full time Graphic Design student, part time Head Instructor of Junior Programs, full time goofball and laughter machine Marissa can be found somewhere in the gym correcting footwork, cheering too loudly, or sneaking in a sneaker send with the READ MORE >>
    Pierre Vaz
    Climbing Instructor
    Pierre has been climbing for over 30 years, and has been a gym manager, climbing safety and technique instructor, certified competition judge, routesetter, and runner, youth program director…if it has to do with climbing he’s probably done READ MORE >>
    Jacob Romer
    Head Instructor and Facilitator
    Part time Head instructor, Part-time DJ, full-time smiler! Jacob was our youngest employee to become a head instructor for camp and Junior Programs. Jacob has been climbing since 2015. A lover of the outdoors and exploring Jacob immediately READ MORE >>

    Special Offers
    We're thrilled to be named Best of Westchester Best Multi-Sport Family Fitness Facility for 2016. To commemorate this amazing award we are currently running three special offers for you to come check out Pine Brook Fitness!
    New Age, New Experience
    Bring your friends for a day of climbing adventure and fun! We offer three birthday expedition packages starting at age 3.
    The perfect go-to for your active child
    We offer a variety of programs for children and teens ages 3-18 including biners, rock hangers, club rock and our competitive climbing team, Team Rock.