A team dedicated to creating possibilities
Our team is passionate, mission-driven, and wholly committed to delivering the absolute best health and wellness experience for youth, adults, veterans and seniors with physical disabilities, as well as their caregivers and families. We believe there is no greater reward than working with the individuals that we serve.
Kelly Boscarino – Director of Chapter 126
Kelly Boscarino, Director of Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness, received her M.P.A. Non-Profit Leadership degree from Clemson University in 2012 and a B.S. Business Management from CCSU. Since her first job working for her local YMCA, she realized having access to health and wellness activities is key to building empowered individuals and strong communities. Over the past 10 years Boscarino has worked at several YMCAs and JCCs throughout Connecticut specializing in member retention, acquisition and program development. Boscarino is passionate about collaborating with like-minded organizations to develop new programs that change lives. Through her work with Chapter 126, Boscarino serves on the Miracle League of Connecticut Advisory Board, is a co-facilitator of a Multiple Sclerosis support group and is a member of Oak Hill’s Health and Safety Committee. Boscarino is a proud mother of two girls and enjoys spending every minute of her free time chasing them around.
Paul Weiland – Adapted Sports Program Coordinator
Paul Weiland is a Certified Health and Physical Education teacher with an Adaptive Physical Education certification. Weiland has coached Wheelchair Basketball at the high school and college level and was part of the USA Paralympics Wheelchair Basketball Selection Committee in 2008. Weiland has extensive experience in developing, organizing, managing and coaching a multitude of adaptive sport programs. Weiland is very passionate about helping individuals of all abilities realize their full potential on the field of play and in life. At Chapter 126 Weiland is involved in every aspect of the facility from running sports programs to teaching group exercise classes, hosting family nights and facilitating community outreach. In his spare time, he switches from coach to player and can be found on the courts playing for the Connecticut Spokebenders Wheelchair Basketball Team.
Christy Bosley – Exercise Physiologist
Christy Bosley, exercise physiologist at Chapter 126, has both a B.S. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion and an M.S. in Exercise Science specializing in Exercise Physiology from Florida Atlantic University. Christy is passionate about getting everyone moving. While working on her undergraduate degree Christy volunteered for the Louis and Anne Green Memory & Wellness Center for individuals with memory disorders, as well as the Peter Blum Family YMCA where she worked with kids with disabilities in an after-school program. Christy then interned at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis in Miami, FL and later was hired as a research assistant where she worked for 5 years. Upon returning to Connecticut, she started to work for Gaylord Specialty Healthcare and the Greater Hartford YMCA as the Adaptive Sports/Fitness Coordinator. Christy is a proud dog mom of a black lab Lucy and loves to hike and travel on her free time.
Stephanie Gesualdi – Fitness Trainer
As a competitive cheerleading and gymnastics coach of over 7 years, Stephanie Gesualdi discovered her passion for working with individuals with disabilities as a teenager. Inspired by a team of special need athletes at her local all-star cheerleading gym, Gesualdi quickly developed a passion to help others succeed. As Gesualdi pursued her B.S. in Health Promotion Studies & Wellness Management from Western Connecticut State University, she continued to volunteer her time to athletes and individuals with special needs on her college campus and as a student intern at Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness. Gesualdi has experience working with a diverse population of individuals of all ages in fitness domains including strength and conditioning, flexibility, and balance. As a Fitness Trainer at Chapter 126 you can find Gesualdi using her expertise in balance and flexibility to develop functional training programs and group exercise classes for a diverse population of members.
Larissa Yost – Fitness Trainer
Larissa Yost developed a passion for sport and exercise while playing soccer for almost 10 years. However it wasn’t until she went to physical therapy for a knee injury that she decided to pursue a career in the health sciences. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Exercise Science from Ithaca College. While pursuing her undergraduate degree she completed an internship at Chapter 126 and when she heard of the opening she jumped at the opportunity to work here full time. As an intern she saw the positive experiences that clients have here and she couldn’t wait to be a part of the Chapter 126 family. Larissa has experience coaching youth soccer and teaching group exercise classes such as HIIT, Bootcamp, and cycling. When she’s not working in the fitness center you can find Larissa being outside, doing arts and crafts and exploring Connecticut, the place she now calls home.