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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
    Site General Manager
    Valerie has been the site General Manager 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 >>
    Meghan McDonald
    Team Rock Head Coach and Community Ambassador
    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 >>
    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 her 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 >>
    Ashley Hopfenblatt
    TRC Manager, Climbing Activist and Route Setter
    As soon as Ashley started climbing at TRC she felt at home – there’s a vibe here like no other gym. Climbing instantaneously became an addiction that grew into a passion, so much so, that she now co-manages TRC. She likes to say READ MORE >>
    Paul Cesario
    Site Marketing Director
    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 >>
    Ara Morton
    Junior Program Director, Front Desk All Star, Route Setter and New Father
    A proud New Jersey native, Ara has been climbing since he was 18 when he discovered a small climbing wall in the fitness center at his alma mater, Boston University. He earned a BA in Acting through the College of Fine Arts there in 2010, and READ MORE >>
    Ashlee Crewe
    Front Desk Superstar and Slackline Specialist
    Belissa Velasquez
    Head Junior Program Instructor, Facilitator and TRC community Rep
    A lifetime resident of New Rochelle, Belissa been climbing for 4 years. She is one of the head instuctors for junior programs here at TRC. She loves climbing at the Gunks and really enjoys everything about the outdoors. On her own time at READ MORE >>
    Bryce Shannon
    Route Setter and Chalkboard Master
    New member of the TRC route setting team, Bryce has given our walls a fresh new take on thrutchy! Bryce first visited the gym through a rent-A-belay in 2010 when he was 13 and fell in love with the sport. He joined his high school’s rock READ MORE >>
    Carmela Ortiz
    Front Desk Newbie
    Carmela has been climbing since 2017 & is itching to get outside. She is an aspiring adolescent social studies educator & world traveler. A lifelong learner & go-getter, Carmela has worked as a college radio DJ in New York & READ MORE >>
    Charlie Leighton
    Front Desk Newbie
    Charlie graduated from college in May 2017 and joined TRC’s awesome desk staff that fall. Although he is relatively new to climbing, Charlie is extremely excited to develop his skill base and finally catch up to the rest of the TRC crew. READ MORE >>
    Chris St. Pierre
    Head Instructor
    Conor McKoy
    Front Desk Re-Run and ACL Right Hand
    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 >>
    Daniel Gruza
    Head Junior Program Instructor and Front Desk Pro
    G'Sean Coley
    Head Facilitator
    Jenny Fryer
    Team Rock Coach and Route Setter
    Jessica Cysner
    Team Rock Coach
    Jose Alvarez
    Junior Program Head Instructor, Facilitator
    Lee Kraut
    Team Rock Coach, Acro-Yoga Pro, Route Setter and Front Desk Champion
    You will most likely find Lee being tossed in the air by her Acro partner or holding hard onto some crimps. Lee was born and raised in Long Island and fled when she found her new home at The Rock Club in 2016. She began her TRC journey as a READ MORE >>
    Logan DeCastro
    Team Rock Coach, Route Setter and Instructor
    Known for showing up to work in full ape garb, and fondly referred to as our “Resident Ape,” Logan escaped from the zoo and started climbing 4 years ago right here at TRC. Originally born in sunny California, he moved to New Rochelle with 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 >>
    Rowshanara "Row" Rafique
    Head Junior Program Instructor
    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 >>
    Saraphina Redalieu
    Front Desk Champ, Route Setter and Climbing Photographer
    Saraphina Redalieu is tall dark and handsome, and has a talent for talking like an old man from the 1950’s. She recently won the award for clumsiest person alive, almost immediately after pulling a muscle in her shoulder while putting on a READ MORE >>
    Will Cornell
    Route Setter
    Will has been a member of the TRC community since 2008, when he started climbing with his older brother at age 13. He quickly developed an interest in the sport of rock climbing and an appreciation for all the friendly faces of TRC. While attending READ MORE >>
    Zach Hill
    Facilitator and Instructor

    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.