Jackie Sanca, Lead Trainer

I have had the pleasure of being a trainer at AHFC since their doors opened. Holding a BS in Speech and Language Pathology and a Masters in Exercise Science, Physical Education and Health, I’m currently working as an elementary PE/Health Teacher. My passion is to make physical activity, movement and health available and attainable for all. My hobbies include walks and hikes with my dog Calvin, and cooking and spending time with friends and family. I played rugby in college and enjoy recreational sports now. My inspiration for working here at the fitness center is watching clients grow and be able to attain goals they never thought they would. There is a sense of community; everyone who walks into the facility belongs and will achieve goals that will set them up for a life full of health and wellness.

Umberto Posca,  Trainer

A former pre school teacher and behavior therapist, I am an ISSA certified trainer and have a lot of experience working with troubled youth and children of different ages on the spectrum. A Trainer at AHFC for 2 years, I enjoy working here because I love fitness and having a positive influence on people’s days and lives, especially those who find it hard to be understood, work out in public, and build relationships with people other than family. It is my goal to have everyone smiling as they leave the gym after a session with me. Some personal background on me: I am a former high school and collegiate athlete, basketball is a constant in my life and I love almost every other sport.. Big Eagles fan so catch me on Sunday watching the birds! I also enjoy watching great TV shows and movies and discussing them with friends. 

Nadia Wilson, Trainer

I am a graduate student studying speech-language pathology. I have experience in a public school and a specialized school. I have served as a one-on-one paraprofessional and hope to continue working in an educational setting. Here at AHFC, I started an inclusive track team, which I enjoy being a part of. Helping my clients enjoy exercising and finding preferred methods of staying active has inspired me at the gym and beyond. Outside of work, I love staying active by running, biking, hiking, and doing yoga. When I am not exercising, I love traveling and trying new foods. I am CPR and NASM-CPT certified.

Tracey Linke, Trainer

Tracey Linke has been working in the fitness and wellness industry for over 15 years. She most recently worked as a Wellness Director for 8 years with the National Institute for Fitness and Sport before joining our team here. She has an academic background in natural health studies and exercise science, specializing in neurology and those living with a variety  of physical abilities. She is a Therapeutic Exercise Specialist and an experienced yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi instructor and loves working with people of all ages. Tracey lives in Clinton with her husband and two children.  She loves running and hiking with her family or being out on the boat fishing for the day. A fun fact: Tracey was ranked 16th in the nation as a power lifter with the American Drug Free Powerlifting Association.

Michael Wight, Trainer

I’ve worked for the EXERT study with elderly populations at the YMCA, Personal Training at Planet Fitness and the YMCA with all populations, and have worked independently with personal clientele for about six years. My current certifications include ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Online Coaching Certification, as well as Functional Movement Screens. As far as my personal interests - I’m a Christian praise and worship singer and bassist for KLCC. I’m a martial artist who’s dabbled in boxing and BJJ and thoroughly loved it. I’m a hilariously big fan of Star Wars, and as for strengths, I’m a powerlifter. I have a long way to go in that sport, but for how far I’ve come I really enjoy it. The goal of any personal trainer is to help people. Working at Autism Health and Fitness Center, I believe I’m positioned to do a lot of good in a facility that is beautiful and filled with kind and dedicated people.

Karyn Gallagher, Trainer

Karyn earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA, K-12 Special Education Certification and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Southern CT State University, and a 6th year degree in Educational Leadership from Sacred Heart University.  Since a young age, Karyn has had a passion for sports and fitness and is eager to help others improve their fitness.   In college, she joined the crew team and continues to row with the New Haven Rowing Club.  Karyn is a Special Education Teacher in North Haven Public Schools and has taught at both the elementary and middle school levels.  Prior to obtaining her certification, Karyn worked at ACES and Benhaven School as a paraprofessional.  Karyn is a certified ISSA Trainer.

Miriam McMilleon, Cardio Dance Instructor

Miriam has been a part of the Fitness Center team since 2016. She is our very energetic Cardio Dance Instructor and has a knack to get the entire room moving and dancing to music. Her dance routines are fun and very accessible to our members which makes it a really engaging class and a favorite activity for many. Miriam has many talents and also helps out at summer camp and at the front desk.  When she is not at the gym she is a child care provider at a daycare and very busy raising two awesome sons.