What is Coaching Connections?

Coaching Connection is a wellness program for Y members who want support to reach healthy  living goals. Whether you want to jump start your healthy living journey or you need an extra boost to your current routine, this proven program is designed for you. Coaching Connections is designed to connect members with YMCA Wellness Coaches. Through this process, members can meet their wellness goals, make lasting changes and create relationships with YMCA staff members.

EVERYONE 9 YEARS AND OLDER SHOULD GO THROUGH COACHING CONNECTION

How it works. . .

The member schedules a series of coaching sessions over a six-week period. This allows the member to set realistic goals and apply lifestyle modifications. Your Wellness Coach will give you an opportunity to share your health history, talk with you about your goals, likes and dislikes, interests and work with you to create a plan to achieve your goals. The Y is committed to your success, so you can re-enroll in the program as often as you need.

 

Steps to get connected. . .
  1. Choose a Wellness Coach from the profiles below.
  2. Stop by the Welcome Center or click on the link below to reserve your appointment.
  3. Show up for your appointed day/time to meet with your amazing Wellness Coach.
  4. Reserve your next appointment to stay on track!

For more information contact Hillary Brown, Director of Wellness.

Chrissi Steele

Wellness Coach

Chrissi graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with her undergraduate degree in education and masters degree in exercise science. During her graduate coursework, she discovered wellness coaching as a means to combine her passions for both teaching and wellness. She enjoys running, swimming, and peanut butter and has various coaching, teaching, and management experiences. Since 2016, she’s spent the majority of her time as a wellness coach for On Target Health working with district teachers and staff and at Richard G. Snyder YMCA Campus. Her goal is to help guide others down paths to wellness through inspiring lasting change in their thinking, nutrition, and fitness. She enjoys working with all types of individuals to help making those difficult healthy choices a little easier and looks forward to the chance of working with you!

Hillary Brown

Director of Wellness

Wellness Coach

Hillary manages the day to day operations of health and wellness programs including personal training, group training, group exercise, healthy living programs, youth conditioning programs, and wellness staff. Hillary teaches multiple group fitness classes and holds certifications in SilverSneakers®, Delay the Disease, Zumba, Barre, BodyCombat, MixxedFit® (she is also a National Trainer for this format) and is a Certified Personal Trainer. Hillary has been an instructor for the RGS Y since 2008 and has been the Director of Wellness since 2013. Hillary holds a degree in Sociology from Westminster College.

Garret Brumbaugh

Wellness Coach

Personal Trainer

Garret has a B.S. Exercise Sports Science from California University of Pennsylvania. Garret is a NASE Level I Speed Specialist and will complete his CPT/CSCS upon graduation. Garret specializes in Sport Specific Training and is currently the Strength and Conditioning Coach at Armstrong Senior High Football.

Andre Russell

Wellness Coach

Personal Trainer

Raised in Ford City, PA, Andre has been in athletics his entire life. Soon after graduating high school in 2007, Andre enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he frequently ran exercise programs for his department and eventually became a martial arts instructor. In 2016, Andre was honorably discharged after 8 years of service and from then, began to pursue an Exercise Science degree on the path to becoming a Physical Therapist. Andre is knowledgeable in a wide variety of physical wellness from weight training to calisthenics as well as nutrition. Andrew is also a Personal Trainer at the RGS YMCA. In his free time, Andre enjoys exercising, eating, traveling and hiking with his wife Tabitha. 

Jimmy Morandini

Wellness Coach

Jimmy is a lifelong Armstrong County resident, resides in Cadogan and is a 1977 graduate of Leechburg High School and a 1981 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has been a member of the YMCA for 30 years, he specializes in weight training, including both free weights and machines, and cardio. He also practices yoga.

Alecia Calhoun

Wellness Coach

Personal Trainer

Alecia is a 2018 graduate from Slippery Rock University. She has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and in psychology. Alecia is certified in adult CPR/AED, Child CPR, and First Aid. Alecia has experience in personal training, creating exercise prescriptions, motivational interviewing, and instructing group exercise classes.