Carrie Werning - Program Director and Trainer
Former intern at Autism Health and Fitness Center, I now manage the programming side of things here at the gym. I graduated with my Bachelors in Exercise and Sport Science from Southern Connecticut State University. I’m also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and NCHPAD/ASCM Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer. I have over 10 years of experience working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including areas such as direct care, social support, and fitness.
I am so excited to be part of the team here at AHFC and empower others to be the best version of themselves! I love to see people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to exercise get to overcome barriers, surpass their expectations of themselves, and become more healthy, fit, and active. Fun fact about me: I have 2 rescue dogs, who take me out for walks every day. In my free time you can usually find me playing pick-up soccer, rock-climbing, and exploring Connecticut’s state parks and beaches.
Christine Calabrese – Front Desk
I am a Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist (CTRS) and have a Master of Science Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies. I also hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and have extensive experience in food manufacturing project management, medical management, and hands-on clinical healthcare. I am CPR and First Aid certified, and adult and adolescent Brain Health First Aid certified. I’m also an Air Force Veteran and former EMT! My interests include fitness, volunteering, community outreach, camping and nature, cats, turtles and tortoises, and creative pursuits. My favorite part of belonging to the AHFC Family is seeing the members obtaining their goals, and - of course - the fun holiday parties!
Megan Sullivan - Front Desk
I am going for my BS in Sport Management with a minor in Marketing at the University of New Haven, expected to graduate in May 2024. My interests are going on walks with my 3 dogs and watching sports in my free time. I started as a volunteer here in 8th grade helping out with summer camp and other events going on at the gym. Now working at the front desk I enjoy coming to work and seeing all of our clients! I love working here to see the clients enjoying their work outs and having fun with their trainers.
Sean M. - Adaptive Physical Education Coordinator
Sean was an all-American track and field athlete at SCSU, where he earned a Bachelor’s in Physical Education (1995), a Master’s in Health Education (1996) and a 6th year in Educational Leadership/Administration, Supervision (2011). He has been a public educator for over 20 years and has a passion to provide opportunities to his students to improve fitness now and in the future by learning lifetime skills that will lead to an active and healthy lifestyle. Sean has been a faculty member at Amity Regional High School since 1998, where he has served as a head track and field and cross-country coach along with teaching physical education and health. Sean has taught the adapted physical education class for the past 20 years. He recently proposed and wrote the curriculum for a unified physical education class, where typical peers work directly with students in the adapted physical education class, hone their attributes of collaboration, empathy and persistence and help the adapted students reach their highest potential, while building relationships and social skills. Sean’s unified physical education class was implemented in the 2017-2018 school year and was a huge success. Sean has supported the Unified programs, including the sports and theater clubs at Amity. He is passionate about teaching, coaching and helping people create healthy life-long practices. Sean lives in Orange with his wife and two children.