MEET OUR TEAM

Jaime MacDonald

 

Jaime is co-owner of CFCA. She was born and raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and moved to Cape Ann when she was 18.  Jaime grew up playing soccer, basketball and USTA tennis as a youth.  She attempted the “Globo” gym on an off through the years but after a steady decline in exercise and 2 children later, she needed something more engaging. She found CFCA in 2011 and  felt completely comfortable right out of the gate due to the “group” or “team based” style.  It was the ideal environment for her to regain her athleticism all while growing friendships and having fun!  CFCA’s community and atmosphere are what Jaime feels drive her to do her best each workout and looks forward to helping new and existing members do and feel their best each day.  Jaime is a CrossFit Level 1 & 2  Trainer, Crossfit Olympic Lifting Certified and a Crossfit Kids Certified Instructor, also certified in CPR and First Aid.

Whitney Connolly

 

Whitney is co-owner of CFCA and while she doesn’t coach, you’ll often see her getting her sweat on in the early morning classes or rallying groups for local road races. As a New Hampshire native with family ties to the North Shore, she grew up skiing in the White Mountains in the winter and enjoying summers on our local beaches. She’s been drinking the cross-training Kool-aid since 2011 and loves the CFCA focus on working in the gym to be a stronger hiker, runner, skier, general adventurer. 

Melanie Catanzaro

 

Mel was raised in Rockport until moving during her high school years to Colorado, Arizona and Texas. At the age of 19, she moved back to Cape Ann where she has enjoyed living for the past 9 years. While working with a personal trainer, she was exposed to many different things like Olympic Lifting, Tabata, KB’s, Ropes, TRX and the like. Melanie stumbled upon CFCA in 2012 with the help of a couple of friends and found a place where she was truly at home. Cross-training has not only helped her further develop herself as an athlete, more importantly, it has her better prepared for what the everyday has to throw at her. Melanie is a CrossFit Level 1 & 2 Trainer, also certified in CPR and First Aid.

Chris DeWolfe

 

Chris has been a lifelong resident of Gloucester. He graduated from Salem State College with a degree in Sports Management & Coaching. He pitched for Salem State Baseball and has been coaching high school baseball for the past ten years. He started running competitively after college. Chris felt running wasn’t enough to help prepare him for the versatility of tasks that life can throw at you and was introduced to CFCA by Danny Vadala. He felt this was exactly what his training was lacking and has been hooked ever since. Chris is a Crossfit Level 1 & 2 Trainer, also certified in CPR and First Aid.

Vince Pizzimenti 

 

Vince was born and raised right here in Gloucester.  He has been a lifelong athlete playing a variety of sports with a primary focus on football, lacrosse and indoor track. He is a 2007 graduate of Mount Ida College with a degree in Sports Management. While earning his degree he also played lacrosse serving as a captain in his final season.  Vince found cross-training in 2011 while working in Newburyport.  It was a welcome change from a traditional gym format, and more like the team sport training he has loved all his life.  Now spending his time with other sports like surfing, mountain biking and golf, CFCA is the perfect supplement to his active life. Vince is Crossfit Level 1 & 2 Trainer, also certified in CPR and First Aid.

Jillian Scola

Jill was introduced to CFCA in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since.  Growing up in Gloucester, Jillian excelled at a variety of sports. Especially softball.  She currently holds every pitching record at Gloucester High School and was inducted into the Gloucester High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.  After dominating at the high school level, she took her talents to Seton Hall University.  She was an integral member of the 1998 Pirate team that finished the season 39-8 and played for the Big East Championship.   Prior to CFCA, Jillian participated in a variety of activities and workout classes but she was always looking for the perfect fit.  Not only was CFCA the perfect fit, it was a game-changer.  The community, support and passion at CFCA was exactly what she was looking for.  Jillian looks forward to each and every day that she can come into the gym and work with athletes to achieve their goals. Jillian is a Crossfit Level 1 & 2 Trainer and Crossfit Olympic Lifting Certified, also certified in CPR and First Aid.

Curtis Wightman

 

Curtis grew up in Rockport and graduated from Rockport High, and joined the Army National Guard at 17.  During his 10 year stint in the guard, he was deployed twice and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Since the military, Curtis has received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management at Salem State University, has become a licensed EMT in the state of MA, and now is a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer, also certified in CPR and First Aid.

Dianne Parisi

Dianne grew up in Stoneham surrounded by her 8 athletic siblings. She played many sports including baseball, softball, soccer, and volleyball. With a degree in Sports Fitness from Salem State College Dianne has experience teaching spinning, muscle conditioning, step, and senior aerobics. While at SSC she played softball and ran cross country and was awarded MVP in Cross Country and All-Star in Softball. She is the 3x Coach of the Year for the Rockport Girls Varsity Softball team. She lives in Rockport with her husband, 2 children and twin grandbabies.

Dianne was introduced to cross training by a longtime friend who knew she would love it. The community support at CFCA makes it so she can't imagine being anywhere else. Dianne also works as a visiting nurse and is a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer.

Kevin Phoenix

Kevin was born in Illinois, but moved frequently due to his dad’s Navy career before settling in Northern Virginia during middle school. He moved to Gloucester to work at CYRK after college and never left. He is an OG CFCA-er who has been at it since the State Fish Pier days. Because he’s been around since the beginning, he’s seen CFCA grow into the amazing community we all know and love today. As a sports junkie, he’s played just about everything from baseball to tennis either in an organized league or with a group of neighborhood kids. Until an ankle injury last spring he was still playing for the local Wenham men’s soccer team. He plans to make his triumphant return post-COVID.

Jay Berthiaume

Jay grew up in a small town called Douglas in the woods near Worcester, MA, spent his 20’s up and down the East coast, and finally settled in Cape Ann. He found cross-training through a buddy at a law enforcement training down in Georgia, joined CFCA when he got home, and the rest is history. With a background in soccer, riding BMX and mountain bikes, competitive wakeboarding and snowboarding with a little college rugby on top, Jay knows why it’s important to work hard in the gym so that the time on his bike and board stays easy and injury-free. Everyone loves the community at CFCA, and Jay is no exception. Jay is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer, also certified in CPR and First Aid.

Did you know that CFCA is Women Owned?

Whitney and Jaime are co-owners who work hard every day to keep CFCA running smoothly. If you need anything, feel free to reach out directly. 
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