To Keep You Inspired: Diane Purdy

October 28, 2016 by karen

Club Fit’s Payroll Specialist Diane Purdy Keeps Us Inspired

{by Lisa Olney, Club Fit guest blogger}

Club Fit’s Payroll Specialist Diane Purdy with Personal Trainer Lori Nigro
Club Fit’s Payroll Specialist Diane Purdy with Personal Trainer Lori Nigro

Club Fit’s highest staff honor is its Annual Service Award, presented under veil of secrecy each year at the Annual Meeting — a day of education, team building, and staff appreciation. So, when Diane Purdy, Club Fit’s Payroll Specialist of almost 20 years was asked to lead a Q & A about the Club’s new human resource management system, Dayforce, she was prepared and ready for any question that came her way. What she wasn’t prepared for was the proverbial table turn. Instead of being introduced as the afternoon’s next speaker, she was introduced through a cleverly written poem as Club Fit’s 2016 Annual Service Award winner!

Diane may have been the only person in the room surprised by the announcement. Her consummate work ethic and dedication strikes a lasting impression for all who meet her. Diane’s attention to detail and support to managers and staff has made her invaluable in every area of Club Fit. Diane takes her responsibility as Club’s Payroll Specialist seriously, and over the years she has braved many of Mother Nature’s wicked weather curve balls to get to work, even during weather closures, because, simply put, “Our people need to get paid.” The support she provides has become her calling card, and Diane has helped guide her team through two significant technology launches helping to maximize Club Fit’s internal efficiency and overall position as a leader in the fitness industry. But most importantly, on Diane’s watch, people come first, and everyone is taken care of with equal care and attention.

Diane grew up playing basketball, softball, and running track. As an adult, she enjoyed an effortless balance of health and fitness. But time marches on, and bodies change. As Diane entered her 50s, she realized that maintaining this balance was finally going to require a little more effort. So, she decided it was time to focus on improving her own health and fitness. She found her perfect partner in Club Fit Jefferson Valley Personal Trainer Lori Nigro.

“Lori knew that I was interested in getting in shape and losing weight,” recalls Diane. After their first session, the rest was history, and they’ve been training together since March of 2015. Every Tuesday at 3:30, the duo meets for a 30-minute personal training session. Lori has incorporated high intensity training (HIT) and functional training into Diane’s repertoire. Some days are dedicated to specific body parts, and each session includes stretching and cardio. Diane’s favorite machine is the cross cable machine, and she complements her Club Fit routine by staying active and bicycling through her neighborhood.

“Over the years, I’ve tried just about everything — spinning and cardio tennis, but, this is what I do on Tuesdays,” says Diane. It has been just over 18 months since Diane started her weekly sessions with Lori. She noticed changes right away, and is proud that she has maintained her fitness and weight loss. As for her future fitness goals, Diane is happy continuing her Tuesday sessions with Lori. “I’ll stick with my program,” says Diane. “Lori has shown me so many things. She is motivating, very encouraging and great to work with.”

This February will mark Diane’s 20-year Club Fit anniversary, and Diane most values the caring and friendly culture at the Club, from the staff to the members. “It’s my home away from home, and I love the people,” said Diane. “Everybody cares about their well-being, and the Club cares about helping the community. It’s a great place to work.”

As Diane closes in on the big 2-0, staff and members alike may already know of her love of traveling, NBA basketball, and her favorite team, the San Antonio Spurs. But, did you know that Diane is a huge country music fan with an ear that would make any Nashvillian proud? In 2016 she has already seen 16 big-name artists in concert such as Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan, Kenney Chesney, Miranda Lambert, and on October 26, Carrie Underwood. 2016 is not over yet, however, and in November she will see Keith Urban and Brett Eldridge, and Stevie Nicks is on the docket for December. Diane has already purchased her tickets for Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s Soul2Soul tour in October of 2017 — just another fun fact that exemplifies Diane’s attention to detail and strategic planning, a strength that can always be counted on by the Club Fit community.

Fitness Success Story: Janet Murff

October 19, 2016 by karen

Healthier and happier — Club Fit Member Janet Murff started training with Personal Trainer Candice O’Brien in 2015 and is now stronger, fitter, and happier.


Club Fit Member Janet Murff and Personal Trainer Candice O’Brien — working together to help Janet reach her goals.

“I’d like to express my appreciation to my trainer Candice and Club Fit. I am thrilled! The physical & mental benefits of exercise are amazing.

When I made my decision in November 2015 to have a personal trainer, I was out of shape and feeling stressed from two years of the life changing activities of caring for one’s parents; too much driving, too much sitting. Realizing what a difference a trainer would mean to my success, I signed up — and as luck would have it, I was paired with the right trainer from day one. I began with the goals of improved health and fitness. I knew that I could only commit to two or three gym visits per week. Consistency would make it work. Weight loss was far down my list. Today, I am much stronger, fitter, more toned, and happier than I was a year ago. Weight loss has been a bonus. I know that I could not have done this alone. I am excited to set new goals for 2017 and look forward to continue working with Candice to help me reach these.” – Club Fit Member Janet Murff

Congratulations to Janet on her hard work and her commitment to health!

Welcome to Club Fit’s Newest Staff Members!

October 11, 2016 by Human Resources

Merson, Robert

New Club Fit Staff Member – Robert Merson

Lifeguard – Briarcliff Manor

Robert goes to school in Plattsburgh, NY studying History, Religion, and Spanish in the hopes that he will be a history teacher. He has already been fortunate to know and meet so many people at Club Fit and is extremely excited to meet and work with everyone else.



Morales, AprilNew Club Fit Staff Member – April Morales

Childcare Worker – Briarcliff Manor

April is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a degree in Psychology. April works as a 1:1 Aide with children with developmental disabilities, and hopes to get her Masters Degree in Child Psychology.




O'Connell, Jake2New Club Fit Staff Member – Jake O’Connell

Maintenance Worker – Briarcliff Manor

Jake is a mechanical engineering student at Manhattan College. He loves to play sports and have fun!





Stovall, TarikNew Club Fit Staff Member – Tarik Stovall

Childcare Worker – Briarcliff Manor

Tarik graduated from Stepinac High School with a 3.0 He loves football and basketball. Tarik has two younger brothers.




IMG_20161007_094509 Phil BriganteNew Club Fit Staff Member – Phillip M Brigante

Human Resources Generalist – Briarcliff Manor and Jefferson Valley

Phil has a BA from UCONN and a MSHRM from Sacred Heart University. He enjoys just about any sport, but has a passion for watching football and playing golf. Phil lives in South Salem, NY with his wife Lauren, son Drew, and 12 year old Airedale Terrier, Bentley.



Guerrero, ChristianNew Club Fit Staff Member – Christian Guerrero

Fitness Coach – Jefferson Valley

Christian is a student at SUNY Cortland studying Exercise Science. He loves baseball and basketball, Yankees and Knicks. Christian enjoys spending time outside with family and friends. He has a cat named Shadow and a German Shepard named Khloe.




Franz, DanielNew Club Fit Staff Member – Daniel Franz

Fitness Coach – Jefferson Valley

Daniel is from Rome, NY and recently graduated with a Bachelors Degree in both Exercise Science and Kinesiology. He loves seeking out challenges, and his hobbies include water skiing, hiking, camping, riding horses and pretty much anything outdoors!




NathalieNew Club Fit Staff Member – Nathalie Garcia

Lifeguard – Jefferson Valley

Nathalie is a student at SUNY Cortland majoring in Community Health. She enjoys running. She is a new lifeguard and new to Club Fit. Nathalie is looking forward to working with you all.




Cobb, Gillian3New Club Fit Staff Member – Gillian Cobb

Racquetball Professional – Jefferson Valley

Gillian has been an active member of the racquetball community for 10 years. She currently plays an open level and is ranked seventh in NY state. She is looking forward to re-introducing a racquetball program into the club and working with players of all skill levels and ages. Off the court Gillian is pursuing a degree in Exercise and Wellness Studies.



Dubin, MariaNew Club Fit Staff Member – Maria Dubin

Water Safety Instructor – Jefferson Valley

A competitive swimmer for ten years, Maria attends Binghamton University where she studies philosophy. Taking from personal experience in the cultivation of technique and endurance in swimming, it is a goal to instill a light in those who see a potential to grow through swimming, and to carry the learned strengths through life. It is a gift to fuel a spark in others that was given to one, and has established a perpetuating light in their life.



Brignolo, RebeccaNew Club Fit Staff Member – Rebecca Brignolo

Receptionist – Jefferson Valley

Rebecca is currently a student at Westchester Community College. She hopes to work in higher education and student affairs one day. When she is not in school or at work, she enjoys spending time with friends, going to the theater and traveling.




Pitter, PrudenceNew Club Fit Staff Member – Prudence Pitter

Chief Talent Officer – Briarcliff Manor and Jefferson Valley

Prudence is a human resources professional with over 21 years of expertise in the field. She resides in Greenwich, CT with her husband and three of their five children. Prudence is passionate about family time and self improvement. She also enjoys traveling and reading.



Sigurjonsson, Renee

New Club Fit Staff Member – Renee Sigurjonsson

Counterperson – Jefferson Valley

Renee is currently studying nursing at Western Connecticut State University. She loves spending her free time with animals and kids.




Arrucci, Rosemarie3New Club Fit Staff Member – Rosemarie Arrucci

Membership Representative – Jefferson Valley

Rose has an extensive background as a licensed Massage Therapist and certified Lymphedema Therapist. She is knowledgeable in anatomy, physiology, lymphology and many bodywork modalities. Rose is passionate about gardening, singing, jewelry making, word games, family and friends. She believes that laughter is the best medicine.



Maynard, ShaniceNew Club Fit Staff Member – Shanice Maynard

Receptionist – Briarcliff Manor

Shanice is a Pace Graduate Student who has played basketball during her college career. She enjoys staying fit and loves to cook in her spare time. She is now pursuing a Masters in Counseling. 




Newman, EdwardNew Club Fit Staff Member – Edward Newman

Lifeguard – Jefferson Valley

Ed is an extrovert. He loves to meet new people and help them solve problems. Ed is a Nursing graduate from Hartwick College with a BSRN. He enjoys family time. Ed has been a lifeguard for 7 years and wants to continue on to become a nurse. He has been an EMT in the past and truly enjoyed it. Ed is ready and excited to work with the JV team!



Collins, Peter2New Club Fit Staff Member – Peter Collins

Lifeguard – Briarcliff Manor

Peter has been an athlete all his life, playing track and soccer in high school. In college he was on the rowing team. He loves going to the beach and hiking.




Donahue, BrianNew Club Fit Staff Member – Brian Donahue

Counterperson – Briarcliff Manor

Brian is a graduate of Rising Tide Charter Public School. He is now going to college for Communications in Media Arts.




Dillon, ClaireNew Club Fit Staff Member – Claire Dillon

Water Safety Instructor – Jefferson Valley

Claire, a life-long swimmer, is currently a member of Fordham University’s Division I swim team. She is majoring in New Media and Digital Design with a minor in Visual Art. She was a member of the Club Fit Jefferson Valley swim team for five years.




Schaeffler, WilliamReturning Club Fit Staff Member – William Schaeffler

Lifeguard – Jefferson Valley

Will is a graduate of SUNY Brockport with a degree in Kinesiology. He is a 3 year member of the Brockport men’s ice hockey team. Will has experience working as a lifeguard and swim instructor, and looks to add to the staff at Club Fit.




Sayman, AmandaReturning Club Fit Staff Member – Amanda Sayman

Receptionist – Jefferson Valley

Amanda returns to Club Fit as a Receptionist after graduating from SUNY Oneonta with a degree in Psychology. Amanda has a strong passion for fitness!




Burke, AndrewNew Club Fit Staff Member – Andrew Burke

Receptionist – Briarcliff Manor

Andrew is a recent graduate of Lakeland High School. In his spare time he enjoys walking his dog, working on his car, and running. Andrew is currently at WCC to pursue a career in computer science.




Spaeth, ChristopherNew Club Fit Staff Member – Christopher Spaeth

Receptionist – Briarcliff Manor

Chris just recently moved back to NY after being in South Carolina for 8 years. After a successful career with Best Buy in sales, installation and leadership, Chris is looking for his next challenge in fitness and nutrition.




Wakeford, SashaNew Club Fit Staff Member – Sasha Wakeford

Receptionist – Jefferson Valley

Sasha loves art, serving the community by volunteering at the firehouse, and fostering dogs whenever she gets the chance. She hopes to be a nurse without borders so she can help people from all parts of the world.




AlexaNew Club Fit Staff Member – Alexa Guevara

Childcare Worker – Briarcliff Manor

Alexa is a graduate of Lakeland Senior High School. She is now a Freshman in college as a Fine Arts Major. She enjoys photography and theater. She loves to work with children. This past year Alexa interned as an art teacher in an elementary school.




Michael (672x800)New Club Fit Staff Member – Michael Meyering

Counterperson – Jefferson Valley

Mike has just graduated from Lakeland High School and hopes to achieve success while attending Westchester Community College in the fall of 2016. He plans to transfer to a SUNY school in the future and has goals of going into the field of psychology.



New Club Fit Staff Member – Jackson Childs

Childcare Worker – Jefferson Valley

Jackson is majoring in Finance at Manhattanville College. He enjoys playing basketball and football with his friends. Summer is his favorite time of the year because he’s able to hike, swim, and travel.

Jie-Yang-blog-200New Club Fit Staff Member – Jie Yang

Fitness Coach – Briarcliff Manor

Jie received BS in Chinese Martial Arts from Tianjin Normal University (China) and MS in Exercise Science and Rehabilitation from Brooklyn College (NYC). Jie has more than 10 years of experience working in clinics and gyms making clients healthier and happier. When not at work, Jie enjoys quality time with family, designing and travelling.



New Club Fit Staff Member – Laura Braun

Childcare Worker – Jefferson Valley

Laura is excited to be joining the Club Fit family as a child care provider. She has three children of her own and has spent the last ten years working with children both within the Lakeland Central School District and Lakeland Children’s Center. Laura loves the theater and is involved in both community and school related productions.



New Club Fit Staff Member – Erica Wharton

Fitness Coach Briarcliff Manor

Erica is a graduate student attending New York Medical College to obtain a doctorate degree in physical therapy. She played intercollegiate field hockey and ran track. She now fills her time hiking, weight lifting, snowboarding, etc.



New Club Fit Staff Member – Stephen Mahon

Lifeguard Briarcliff Manor

Stephen is a graduate with an Associate’s Degree in Social Sciences from Westchester Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Quinnipiac University. He is currently pursuing a Masters in government and politics at St. John’s University, and his law degree at St. John’s School of Law. His hobbies include cars, motorcycles, swimming, and reading.



New Club Fit Staff Member – Brandon Gonzalez

Counterperson – Jefferson Valley

Brandon is an aspiring Massage Therapist / Sports Medicine Major in New York City. He plans to be in the Sports / Medical environment for a while. He also has a strong interest in cars!



New Club Fit Staff Member – Erin Sweeney

Lifeguard – Briarcliff Manor

Erin is a 2016 graduate of Cazenovia College where she played volleyball and lacrosse. She is now a JV Volleyball Coach!



New Club Fit Staff Member – Joaquin Pogyo

Receptionist – Briarcliff Manor

Joaquin is a hard working individual who has never let obstacles stand in his way. Currently he is continuing to get his Master’s Degree at Pace University. He enjoys working out as it is a sense of peace for him, and he uses it as a method to clear his head. Joaquin is a huge fanatic of both football and basketball.



Returning Club Fit Staff Member – Lisa Casey

Childcare Worker – Jefferson Valley

Lisa is a graduate of Mercy College but is returning to school for paralegal studies. She enjoys doing Tough Mudders with friends, trying new things, and traveling. Lisa has been to over 15 countries and hopes to see a lot more of the world in the future!



IMG_20160904_075457 - FrankNew Club Fit Staff Member – Frank Murphy

Fitness Coach – Jefferson Valley

Frank is graduate of the University of New Haven class of 2015. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. He loves hockey, and football. His favorite teams are the New York Rangers, and the New York Jets.




IMG_20160904_075359 - JessicaNew Club Fit Staff Member – Jessica Epstein

Receptionist – Briarcliff Manor

Jessie studied at SUNY Albany, graduating this past May with a BS in Public Health. Jessie loves being outdoors, doing volunteer work and spending time with her family. She backpacked across Europe after graduating and loves to travel. She is passionate about helping people and is excited to be joining the Club Fit Briarcliff team.




IMG_20160904_075550 - SabrinaNew Club Fit Staff Member – Sabrina Turchan

Receptionist – Briarcliff Manor

Sabrina is attending Westchester Community to study nursing. She moved to New York a couple years ago from Georgia. She loves attending concerts, cooking and animals.




New Club Fit Staff Member – Jennifer DeBellis

Childcare Worker – Jefferson Valley

Jenn is a very friendly and nice person who loves working with kids. She is a head teacher at a day care as well, and loves every minute of it. She is also going to school part time for a degree in Early Childhood Education. Jenn also has a degree in fashion design and loves to sew and paint – and basically anything that makes her use her creativity.



New Club Fit Staff Member – Brenda Bettman

Membership Representative – Jefferson Valley

Brenda is thrilled to become part of the Club Fit team. She is looking forward to making new connections, making a difference and being part of a positive environment. What makes her tick: family, laughter, the outdoors, friendship and good food.



IMG_20160907_143543771_HDR Kristen (599x800)New Club Fit Staff Member – Kristen Maxwell

Lifeguard – Jefferson Valley

Kristen loves to play lacrosse. She enjoys working out and staying fit. She loves being around people.




Returning Club Fit Staff Member – Megan Bradbury

Membership Team Associate Jefferson Valley

Megan is very excited to continue to be a part of the Club Fit family! She worked in reception at Jefferson Valley’s Club Fit while she was home from school the past two summers. Megan graduated from Marist College this past May while also interning at CNN for four months. She loves to go to the gym and take the Group Fitness classes.



New Club Fit Staff Member – Sean Alequin

Childcare Worker Jefferson Valley

Sean is currently studying Business but has a love for the arts: music, fashion, graphic design and photography. He also enjoys health and nutrition and has a strong background in restaurant services. Sean truly believes that if you want something, you must claim it, and eventually you will achieve that goal… No excuses.



IMG_20160909_162446 TristanNew Club Fit Staff Member – Tristan Fancie

Counterperson Briarcliff Manor

Tristan has always liked helping people, professionally or otherwise. If food can be considered a hobby, then it’s up there! Tristan is quiet at first, but a pretty good time once you get to know him. He says that if you call him weird, he will take it as a compliment!





New Club Fit Staff Member – Jasmin Fleming

Energy Manager Jefferson Valley

Jasmin has worked in both non-profit organizations and in educational settings. She enjoys playing instruments, painting, paddle ball, cooking and people. Her passion in life is her family, helping individuals and making the world a better place.



IMG_20160915_133020 EllieNew Club Fit Staff Member – Ellen Rinaldi

Lifeguard – Briarcliff Manor

Ellie is going to school to become a teacher. She loves dogs and being outside. She’ll always be down with going swimming or playing tennis, and she’s very excited to join our team!




IMG_20160915_133053 HunterNew Club Fit Staff Member – Hunter-Storm Ridgway

Receptionist Briarcliff Manor

Hunter is a movie lover, theater fanatic, and above all else loves to sing and play the piano. His friends enjoy calling him Storm or Raincloud to poke fun but they don’t know he actually enjoys it.



New Club Fit Staff Member – Samantha Franks

Fitness Coach – Briarcliff Manor

Samantha is a graduate of Keene State College with a degree in Exercise Science with a Health Specialization. She is a certified Personal Trainer and has expertise in functional movement and resistance training. She played varsity soccer and lacrosse in high school and also played rugby in college. She enjoys running and being physically active.



IMG_20160916_171828449 (646x800)New Club Fit Staff Member – Jeremy Soto

Lifeguard – Briarcliff Manor

Jeremy loves swimming and has been competing ever since the age of 10. Jeremy is currently a Nursing major at Pace University. His skills include first aid, problem solving, and socializing. He really appreciates the positivity and welcoming environment at Club Fit.



New Club Fit Staff Member – Kelsey Hough

Lifeguard Jefferson Valley

Kelsey enjoys playing lacrosse and spending time with friends. She loves to work as a lifeguard and is very excited to join the Club Fit team.



IMG_20160916_171755031 Lirik (600x800)New Club Fit Staff Member – Lirik Brucaj

Lifeguard Jefferson Valley

Lirik attends Pace University and is a computer science major. In his spare time Lirik likes to research and watch videos about cars. Lirik has been lifeguarding for 3 years.




IMG_20161005_145102 - ChaseNew Club Fit Staff Member – Chase Fendrich

Receptionist – Briarcliff Manor

Chase has been a Club Fit member since he was 5 years old! He is a graduate of Stepinac High School where he played football and lacrosse. He enjoys spending time with his family and two dogs. Chase continues to play lacrosse and has several hobbies, including cars and photography.




IMG_20161005_145045New Club Fit Staff Member – Stephen Dixon

Tennis Professional – Briarcliff Manor

Steve is from Florida and has been a teaching pro for almost 30 yrs. He went to Santa Fe college in Gainsville and is a life long Gator Fan! Steve loves being outdoors, snow skiing, water skiing, camping and College football.



New Club Fit Staff Member – Denise Parra

Receptionist – Briarcliff Manor

Denise is a sophomore nursing major at Pace University. She loves helping others and shows it through her experience with a number of medical certifications. She wishes to continue on her passion through acheiving her bachelor degree in nursing.



IMG_20161005_145003 (584x800)New Club Fit Staff Member – Jeremy Rodriguez

Lifeguard – Briarcliff Manor

Jeremy is studying to become a Social Studies teacher. He loves watching basketball, reading, and hanging out with his friends.




IMG_20161005_144950 (2)New Club Fit Staff Member – Matthew Weir

Lifeguard Coordinator – Briarcliff Manor

Matt is a student at Westchester Community College with a focus in Liberal Arts Social Sciences. He is a volunteer EMT & ambulance driver with Tarrytown’s Volunteer Ambulance Corps. In his free time, Matt enjoys a good hike in the Adirondack or Catskill mountains!



IMG_20161005_144936New Club Fit Staff Member – Michelle Cianci

Receptionist – Briarcliff Manor

Michele is a graduate of Fordham University and a NYS certified EMT. She enjoys teaching and also volunteering at her local ambulance corps.




IMG_1066 AlexandraNew Club Fit Staff Member – Alexandra Cardoza

Hospitality Supervisor – Briarcliff Manor

Alex is a mother of two children. She has a daughter in college and a son in High School. She is a Disney Fanatic and loves to go above and beyond to help people. She is very caring and has a good ear for listening. She enjoys crocheting, reading and spending time with her kids. She enjoys participating in organizations for causes such as Autism, American Heart Association, Cancer, Alzheimers.



IMG_20161005_144915 Paige WagnerNew Club Fit Staff Member – Paige Wagner

Water Safety Instructor – Jefferson Valley

Paige is a senior at Somers High School. She is a member of the varsity swim team. Paige loves being in the water and working with people.




New Club Fit Staff Member – Steven AlfanoIMG_20161007_130116547 Steven (839x1024)

Receptionist – Briarcliff Manor

Steven is a graduate from Westchester Community College with an Associates Degree in Business Administration. He has many hobbies that include physical activities, reading, and photography.




IMG_20161007_130507454 Valerie (849x1024)New Club Fit Staff Member – Valerie Reaman

Receptionist – Briarcliff Manor

Valerie is a graduate of Fox Lane High School. She has lived in Ossining for over 25 years. Valerie is a member of the Ossining Fire Department. She is a true fighter – she made it though cancer and came out a winner. She is a wife and a mother. She is very outgoing and understanding.



IMG_20161007_130207289 Cheryl (803x1024)New Club Fit Staff Member – Cheryl Smith

Group Fitness Danceology Instructor – Jefferson Valley

Cheryl is a graduate of Vassar College with a BA in Music, specializing in vocal performance. While she currently spends most of her time chasing her toddlers around, she also performs in and around Westchester County and gives private voice coaching. Cheryl feels that dance is a natural expression of the joy that music brings to her, and she hopes to inspire others to feel the music and dance their way to better health!