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JCC's Certified Personal Trainers

at the Benderson Family Building in Getzville, NY


Allow me to share my passion for fitness by developing a fitness program that will enhance the quality of your life. Your body and mental state are your most important assets and require regular exercise to stay in peak form. In addition to 12 years of experience in fitness, my educational background is extensive. I have a B.S. in Health & Wellness and currently hold Advanced AFAA Training Certification. Continuing education is a passion of mine that assists me in structuring very effective workouts for all age groups. 


I am a certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Because of my wide range of experience as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor, I am able to train in a variety of styles that ensure a diverse and effective workout, guaranteed to get you the results that you are looking for!


Jodee has been employed as a Member Services Representative at the JCC since 2006. She has been certified as a NETA personal trainer and continues teaching yoga and spinning to full classes. Since 1986, her love for fitness has kept her motivated to continuously work out and discover new ways to live a healthier lifestyle. Running is her passion and she has completed a half marathon and has run over seventy 5k’s! Her high spirits and enthusiasm have helped push others to take part in the sport of running and help them achieve that runners high! Talk to her and tell her what your goals are. Jodee will work with you until you have achieved what you set out to do! To her, it’s all about paying it forward.  


You have seen Betsy at the Benderson building for over 8 years either in the pool or instructing in the group fitness studio. Betsy specializes in both traditional exercise and mind/body programs. As an instructor for over 18 years, Betsy’s extensive background includes multiple water and land certifications. A Reiki Master teacher and an ARCB certified reflexologist, she combines her skills to provide a unique water and yoga experience that will resonate with all who are exposed to her dynamic classes. Betsy is a published author in AKWA, the national water pro journal of the Aquatic Exercise Association.


Hi, my name is Mark Kiripolsky. I am an AFAA certified trainer. I’ve been training at the JCC since 2006. If you’re looking for a faster and more efficient way to work out, I’m the trainer for you. By combining cardio and strength training, you will be able to get more done in less time with the use of kettlebells and free weights. I’m also experienced in bodybuilding, with two 1st place class wins at the Mr. Great Lakes Bodybuilding Contest. With my versatile background I can help you achieve your fitness goals!


Melissa Lazar is a Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor on staff at the JCC since 1999. She is AFAA Certified as a Personal Trainer, Kickboxing instructor, Step & Group Fitness Instructor, and a Les Mills BodyPump certified instructor. Over the past decade, Melissa has taught Whittle Your Middle, Yoga, Spinning. 20-20-20, Boot Camp, Kardio Kick, Women with Weights, Osteo-Fit, Hi-Lo, BodyPump, BodyWorks, and Basic Training. Melissa has worked with prenatal and postnatal clients, teaching MamaYoga, Strollercize, and Body After Baby. She has taught youth fitness classes, including ballet, tap, acro and jazz dance.


I’m a certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, with additional certification in Silver Sneakers, Rebook Strength, and Tabata Bootcamp. I specialize in strength training, body composition, and functional training, which means that you’ll look better, move better, and feel great!


I am a certified personal trainer through the National Exercise Trainers Association. I have a bachelors degree in Kinesiology from SUNY Brockport. My versatile and contemporary techniques will help you reach your specific fitness goals while ensuring safety and functionality. My experience with older adult care, plus athletic background will ensure you meet your fitness goals!


I am an AFAA and ACE Certified Personal Trainer/Group Fitness Instructor, and an American Fitness Institute Personal Trainer. I specialize in small group personal training for all levels. Group personal training with me is functional, innovative and results oriented!


Fitness has been a passion of mine for over 25 years. Whether you are looking to run your first 5K, lose weight, or have general fitness objectives, I would be happy to assist you. I am a Certified Fitness/Personal Trainer through ISSA and NCSF, & a graduate of NCCC with a Personal Trainer Certificate. My background experience includes 4½ years in the military, 12 marathons (including Boston), and TRX & Kettleball training.  I am very comfortable with older clients and I’m qualified in Silver Sneakers. I understand the aches that age brings on and I can show you ways to feel young. My focus is proper technique and increasing/maintaining range of motion. I am dedicated to sharing my fitness passion and I’m eager to support you as you strive to reach your goals.


I have been Personal Training for 16 years as well as a former amateur bodybuilder. The main goal for my JCC clients is to help improve their quality of life through better health and wellness. To help you achieve this, I emphasize strength and endurance while focusing on core and functional fitness. The beauty of this program is that all ages can and have reached their goals. I do this through consistent encouragement and attention to the individual’s needs. I can ease you into a program that is not intimidating and easy enough for a beginner. As we progress and you see results, I will step up weights and reps to take you to your ultimate goal.


I am a certified Personal Trainer through ISSA. I am a graduate of the University of Alabama where I played baseball, and a Veteran of the US Navy. I specialize in strength training with a focus on technique and mobility to better help your overall health.


21 years working for the JCC, over 25 years in the Fitness Industry. Ann holds a Master of Science degree from D’Youville College. Her certifications include ACE Personal Training, ACE Group Fitness, Stott Pilates, Madd Dogg Spinning and Les Mills BodyPump and CXWorks. Ann prefers to work with clients on the opposite end of the spectrum. Those who are just beginning fitness and those who are fitness savvy. She is talented in motivating even the most reluctant exerciser. She is satisfied when clients make fitness a way of life!

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