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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.
    Meghan McDonald
    Team Rock Head Coach and Community Ambassador
    Originally from the Big Sky State, Meghan found her way to the Big Apple and decided to stick around! Meghan brings to TRC the experience of over 18 years of working in the climbing industry; she is a NY State Licensed Guide and is an ACE Certified READ MORE >>
    Valerie Ferrara
    Site General Manager
    Valerie has been the site General Manager of The Rock Club 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 >>
    Tina Hoerenz
    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
    Operations Manager
    Jordan Pacheco was born and raised here in our very own New Rochelle. Jordan has been working for TRC since 2009 and has been actively climbing for 4 years. Jordan has the honor of being one of the coaches for our award-winning rock climbing READ MORE >>
    Ashley Hopfenblatt
    Administrative Manager
    You want to be at TRC when Ashley is here because her enthusiasm for climbing is contagious! Need a climbing partner – Ashley’s your girl. She wants to climb ALL the time. We’re psyched to have Ashley at TRC full-time to keep READ MORE >>
    Logan DeCastro
    Team Rock Coach and Facilitator
    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 >>
    Belissa Velasquez
    Head Junior Program Instructor, Facilitator
    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 >>
    Xavier Torriente
    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 >>
    Jessica Cysner
    Team Rock Coach
    Bryce Shannon
    Route Setter, Chalkboard Master and Front Desk Superstar
    Youngest member of the Front Desk team, Bryce is making a splash on and off the walls. Only climbing for a little over a year, Bryce is projecting 5.12 and giving our local pros a run for their money. Prior to climbing, Bryce has 2 years of READ MORE >>
    Jose Alvarez
    Junior Program Head Instructor, Facilitator
    Carina Cam
    Front Desk Weekend Warrior and Mom to be
    Lee Kraut
    Team Rock Coach, Acro-Yoga Pro and Front Desk Champion
    Ashlee Crewe
    Front Desk Newbie
    Ara Morton
    Junior Program Director and Front Desk All Star and Father to be
    G'Sean Coley
    Head Facilitator and Front Desk
    Conor McKoy
    Front Desk Newbie
    Saraphina Redalieu
    Front Desk Newbie and Climbing Photographer
    Daniel Gruza
    Head Junior Program Instructor and Front Desk
    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 >>

    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.