Our Team Valerie Ferrara Chief Operating Officer Show Bio Valerie Ferrara Val 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 nowhere near the knowledge and expertise of her fellow managers and staff, she is confident she will someday conquer the slackline and become a master at jumps and turns. A competitive swimmer for over 12 years, she did not have “land sports” in her early repertoire of physical activity. Swimming on the Varsity high school boys’ team all 4 years, she often made guys twice her size cry when they underestimated her speed and were left in her wake. When she is not overseeing construction projects or touring prospective members to the Clubs, Val enjoys daily long drives, her 2 cats, and chasing after her 2 young sons and taking in the sights of the northern Hudson Valley. She is a tennis player (shh!) at NRRC and loves the weekly clinics. She also is an Airbnb Superhost and a Notary Public—and always has her stamp on her if you need signature-related assistance! Jordan Pacheco Gym Director, Routesetter, Team Coach Show Bio Jordan Pacheco Jordan Pacheco, a lifelong resident of New Rochelle, has been working at TRC since 2008. Having played only soccer as a sport and knowing nothing of climbing, he started on a new journey into the world of rock climbing. It must have been meant to be because he cannot see a life without climbing or soccer. Tea is also a huge part of his life; the options are infinite and amazing. Unlike many, he has never had a cup of coffee! He also cares incredibly for animals. He has a cat named Marley (it is not only a dog name) and a hedgehog named Sonic. Yes, they get along quite well! Working as a coach with TRC’s youth climbing team, Team Rock, has been one of the most exciting and fulfilling things, he says he has ever had the joy of being a part of. Being a support system for the kids, being a mentor, and seeing their excitement and growth make it more than worth it. One of his biggest passions is route setting. It is a creative and beautiful process that allows him to express his creativity in ways that he feels he may not be able to do otherwise. His favorite outdoor climbing spot is the Red River Gorge, in Kentucky. At one point in time, Team Rock would take a yearly trip to The Red to allow the climbers to experience the joys of outdoor climbing and camping. Deep down, Jordan is a boulderer at heart. Some of his local favorite crags include Ice Pond, The Powerlinez, and The Gunks. Jordan is someone who believes that growth is forever. In his pursuit of his own personal growth and with the desire to continue helping people, he has recently become a firefighter with The New Rochelle Fire Department. He sees himself continuing to grow and excel in both positions. Jenny Fryer Team Rock Head Coach, Co-Assistant Director, Membership Coordinator Show Bio Jenny Fryer 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; these days, you’re more likely to find her coaching Team Rock, or sitting on the end of a rope with a few buckets of holds hanging off her harness, sweating and making a racket with her well-loved power drill. Her favorite place to climb is the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, where Team Rock journeys every year to get unreasonably pumped out on perfect sandstone and refine their pancake-making techniques. Ask her to show you pictures of her pup, Bernie, and give her climbs a try! Daniel Gruza Director of Junior Programs, Co-Assistant Director Show Bio Daniel Gruza 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 Club. After a hiatus from the sport, Daniel rediscovered his passion for climbing when he started working at The Rock Club in 2015. Working at The Rock Club has helped bring both climbing and the outdoors back into his life in a big way. “I love how passionate and welcoming the community is at The Rock Club. It has absolutely helped me rediscover things that I loved.” Over the years, Daniel has worked as a Belayer, Facilitator, Junior Program instructor, and head instructor. Along the way he developed a passion for teaching kids. He graduated with BS in psychology in the fall of 2018 and in late spring of became the Rock Club’s Director of Junior Programs. Now, he hopes to help spread his passion for climbing and the outdoors he rediscovered through The Rock Club. Tina Hoerenz Head of Finance, HR Show Bio Tine Hoerenz 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 her education in New York, Berlin, and Paris, she jumped into a career in public relations, marketing, information technology, and graphic design for a major not-for-profit organization in New York City. After several years of daily commutes to the noisy hustle and bustle of NYC, however, it was time for a change: Tina is now Administrative Manager for Pine Brook Fitness, home of The Rock Club, The New Rochelle Racquet Club and The Studios. This was a perfect fit since climbing is her passion (rediscovered about 4 years ago when her brother gave her a climbing session as a gift), and she is diligently working at improving her skills and strength. Her most memorable moment on a high outdoor granite wall was looking down at the distant woods and lakes and watching the vultures gliding by below her vantage point. Tina’s favorite non-climbing activity is chasing the birds during spring and fall migration, aiming to get good photographs. She likes reading science-based books, coffee with condensed milk, and sounds of all kinds as she sees them in color, shape and motion. Paul Cesario Marketing Director Show Bio Paul Cesario 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. He has worked in the marketing department for NJ Transit and a variety of tech startups in NYC. He is an avid lover of all things tech, whether it is the latest gadget or new marketing software. He holds an B.A in Music from SUNY Purchase and an MBA in Marketing from CUNY Baruch. Paul has been climbing for over four years and became hooked as soon as he set foot in TRC. He is a lover of the outdoors, enjoys traveling, cooking, playing his guitar and drums, and investing in the stock market. One of his life long goals is to hike the Appalachian Trail in its entirety, ME to GA, all 2200 miles of it. He says Yosemite National Park is his favorite place on planet earth (check out the valley in his pic). When he's not at the club, you can find him exercising, reading, teaching music lessons, and taking care of his eight year old american bombay cat, Lucy. Chris St. Pierre Head Route Setter + Team Rock Coach Show Bio Chris St. Pierre Chris started working at The Rock Club in 2016 with almost no climbing experience but quickly fell in love with the sport of climbing as well as the amazing community at TRC. In his time at The Rock Club Chris has held nearly every position there is, from belayer to junior program instructor to apprentice routesetter and is now working full time as a Team Rock coach and as the gyms head routesetter! The best thing about climbing for Chris is the blend of mental and physical challenges that come with working on a really hard project, first figuring out the beta that works best for you and then putting it to use on the wall. His favorite thing about routesetting is creating climbs that challenge the climber in unique ways and force them to be creative in their movement, not just pull really hard. Oh, and Chris also really loves setting with blockers... a lot! Though Chris is most at home climbing on steep crimpy boulders, he does enjoy the occasional coordination dyno, or steep crimpy sport route. When he's not in the gym Chris can usually be found napping on the roof of his car, making music at home, or climbing at one of his favorite local crags. Belissa Velasquez Social Media Director Show Bio Belissa Velasquez Belissa started climbing and working here at the age of 16. She holds a B.B.A in Marketing from Baruch College. She's been with The Rock club for ten years! She has held many different roles in the gym. Starting off as a belayer to facilitator to being a head JP Instructor and now she joins us every summer to lead our wonderful Rock On summer camp, teaches Climbing 101 classes all year round and is our Social Media Manager. This is her 2nd home! When she's not in the gym she loves to go outdoors, do anything fitness related, art, music and sharing climbing with her community. Megan Jeffry Operations Manager & Event Coordinator Show Bio Megan Jeffry Megan is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the TRC team as Operations Manager and Event Coordinator! Growing up in Westchester, Megan played a ton of competitive sports and always loved challenging herself athletically. As an adult, she found it hard to get a group together to kick around a soccer ball or play a game of pickup basketball, so she decided to give climbing a try…since then, she has been hooked! Not only does Megan love the sport of climbing itself, she also thinks so highly of the community – especially the one we have here at The Rock Club. Megan felt instantly comfortable and supported, on and off the walls, by all the Team Rock kids and awesome TRC members. Now, Megan loves working alongside the rest of the TRC team to ensure that every new climber who walks through our front doors has the same experience! Megan is always floating around the neighborhood, so if you don’t see her behind the Front Desk or running around the gym, you’ll probably spot her out in New Rochelle walking her adopted dog, Geo. Ashlee Crewe Team Rock Coach Show Bio Ashlee Crewe 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 Team Rock coach and can't wait to join them at Nationals this year. "The team inspires me to push past my limits and I can't wait to help them do the same". Ashlee loves balancing, bouldering, and bacon-burgers! John Giantelli Assistant Director of Junior Programs Show Bio John Giantelli John is The Assistant Director of Junior Programs. It is his job to plan and facilitate JP classes and the summer or holiday camps. John started working at the rock club December of 2016 and fell in love with the sport almost instantly. He is a Health and Human Performance student at Westchester Community College and is going for his personal trainer certification as well. John is an Eagle Scout and credit the time he spent in The BSA for his ability to run camp and classes smoothly and offer the best possible experience for every climber. When on the wall, he likes to use a dynamic climbing style that allows him to reach far or jump gaps that would be impossible to make statically. When not climbing, he can be found hanging out with his fellow goons, camping, on his boat or in the weight room. Chris Perez Route Setter Show Bio Chris Perez Chris P. has been working and climbing at The Rock Club for 3 years and it was love at first send. The physical problem solving and impossible looking movement made it so much more interesting than any conventional gym. That being said he started with a gnarly fear of heights and legend says he got stuck a top his first climb for at least 5 minutes, being too scared to come down. Jordan welcomed Chris P to the setting team about a year after and that put his passion into hyperdrive. When Chris P. isn't climbing, hes think of music or dreaming of ways to improve his setting and climbing. Or watching Mellow videos on YouTube. Other hobbies include climbing, route setting, climbing, and route setting... and making people laugh.