Pete Morgan, General Manager
Pete Morgan has been part of the BR&SC staff since the planning stages prior to the club construction. When the club opened its doors in 1985, Pete’s title was Aquatic Director. That year, he moved his elite senior team of the nationally ranked Curl Swim Club to Burke from the old Starlit Aquatic Center near Woodson High School.
Named the General Manager of the club in January 2001, Pete has guided the club through many necessary building upgrades in the first 4 years of his tenure. New tennis lighting, new roofs, a new climbing gym, and an ozone generator for the pool are all projects completed in the last 2 years. Pete continues to guide the internationally recognized Nation's Capital Swim Team (formerly Curl-Burke Swim Team), and coached the men’s USA World Championship Team competing in Shanghai, China in April 2006.
Chris Pencek, Business Manager
Chris first started working at BR&SC in 1985, helping at the front desk. He would also assist with maintenance during the club’s week-long shutdown at the end of the summer. After college, Chris returned to BR&SC in 1992 to work at the front desk. Later, Chris became a duty manager and assistant in the club’s Business Office. When the Business Manager, Sherry Rhodes, left the club in 1996, Chris became the third Business Manager of Burke Racquet & Swim Club.
Chris’ duties at BR&SC include overseeing the club’s finances, payroll and billing. He also maintains the club’s computer system and assists in club maintenance.
Chris Natoli, Nation's Capital Swim Coach and BRSC Manager
Chris Natoli joined the BRSC and CUBU staff in 2004. Chris graduated with distinction from George Mason University with a degree in Sports Management. Chris swam with GMU and was named “First Team All-Conference” all four years. Chris has been a local swimming community staple with 10 years of summer league coaching under his belt. Chris continues to develop over 50 athletes in the two thriving senior level programs he coaches.
Nina Shackford, Membership Director
Nina has been with Burke Racquet for 14 years and Membership Director for the past 18 months. Her dynamic personality has re-shaped our membership office and diversified membership programs. Under her leadership, the membership office has been re-energized to move in new directions. Look for Nina in the membership office, on the tennis courts or as one of the duty managers. Her knowledge of the club and its programs is unparalleled.
Denise C. Hammaker, Front Desk Director and Manager
Denise began working part-time on the front desk June 1995 as a way to keep busy a couple of afternoons a week. She realized how much fun she was having and at the first opportunity and when asked, moved into a managerial position as the director of membership and advertising. Four years later opportunity knocked again and she moved into her current position as the front desk director.
Kim Spina, Aquatic Director
Kim has been the program director for swim lessons at the Burke Racquet and Swim Club since 1991. Because of Kim our successful lesson program developed into a feeder program for the nationally ranked Nation's Capital Swim Club. In recent years, Kim has been the director of our highly regarded Sunday Stroke and Turn Clinic which prepares swimmers for their summer league competitive teams and entry into the Nation's Capital Swim Club.
In 2001, Kim began her professional coaching career as a coach for the Curl Burke Swim Club (now known as Nation's Capital Swim Club). As a team coach, Kim has successfully led hundreds of children through the Age group ranks, organized successful banquets and fundraisers, and escorted a group of 40 CUBU swimmers on a two week excursion to Australia. In 2002, Kim Spina was named Aquatic Director for the Burke Racquet and Swim Club.
Lynnda Gendron, Fitness Director
Lynnda Gendron has been with the Burke Racquet and Swim Club for over 20 years, and 16 of these as the Fitness Director. Lynnda Gendron has a B.S. Degree in Physical Education, with a dance emphasis. Lynnda is certified through the "Pink Ribbon Program" as a Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist (BCES). She has been a Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist with the American Academy of Health, Fitness and Rehabilitation Professionals (AAHFRP) since 1997, and is an IDEA MASTER Personal Fitness Trainer. She is certified as a Breast Cancer Wellness Coach with AAAI/ISMA.
Lynnda is Certified with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) as a Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and a Step Reebok Instructor. She is also a Certified Pilates Resist-A-Ball Instructor. Through the American Aerobic Association International (AAAI) and the International Sports Medicine Association (ISMA), Lynnda is also a Certified Mat Pilates Phase I, II, and III Instructor and Tai Chi Level I Instructor; Certified Older Adult Fitness Trainer and Child and Teen Fitness Instructor; Certified BOSU and Total Body Strength Conditioning Instructor; a Gliding Fitness Instructor; Certified Advance Body Bar Instructor; Certified Bender Ball Instructor, and a Life Wellness Coach/Holistic Health Consultant. IDEA MASTER Personal Fitness Trainer. Lynnda is a member of IDEA, AFAA, PFT, AAHF and CPR/AED Certified.
Marcy Gravatt, Group Fitness Director
Marcy Gravatt is a native of Northern Virginia and graduated with a degree in Psychology from George Mason University. She has been certified to teach aerobics since 1993-first as a Jazzercise Instructor and then through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). Marcy has taught a variety of aerobics, muscle conditioning, step, stretch and Pilates at Burke Racquet and Swim Club since November of 2001. Her certifications include Mat Science and Pilates. She is CPR/AED Certified.
Lynnda Gendron, Personal Trainer
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Patty Jarret, Personal Trainer
AFAA Certified Personal Trainer. AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor. Certified Powerhouse Pilates Instructor Mat I and II. CPR Certified.
Lisa Loggins, Personal Trainer
B.S. Health and Wellness Promotion. ACSM Certified Health and Fitness Instructor. Arthritis Foundation Certified Aquatic Instructor. Member ACSM Health & Fitness Alliance. Specializing in Senior Fitness. CPR Certified.
Kim Cherington, BS Personal Trainer
ACE Certified Personal Trainer. IDEA PROFESSIONAL Personal Fitness Trainer; Senior Fitness Specialist, AAHF; Lifestyle & Weight Management Specialist, NESTA; Certified Lifestyle Fitness Coach, NESTA; YogaFit : Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Alignment and Anatomy, and Senior Fit; Certified Life Coach and Wellness Coach, CTA; Running/walking programs, beginners to marathons. Kettlebell training. Member IDEA, ACE, PFT, AAHF and CPR/AED Certified.
Bahar Holzemer, Personal Trainer
B.S. Exercise Science/ Cardiac Rehab. Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist, AAHFRP. Fitour Certified: Personal Trainer, Reiki Master Practitioner and Certified Water Aerobics Instructor. AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor. Currently enrolled in the Physical Therapist Assistance Program at NOVA Community College. CPR Certified.
Alfred Thompson, Personal Trainer
National Strength Professionals Association (NSPA), Personal Trainer. Certified YogaFit Instructor, (RYT Teacher). Sucessfully completed, “Training the Pregnant and Postpartum Client,” Ann Lang Education Systems L.L.C. Nationally ranked bodybuilder capturing over 12 championships, and winning the title of “2007 Mr. Virginia”. CPR/AED Certified.
Brian Ratzlaff, Director of Tennis
Brian, a Northern Virginia native, graduated from McLean High School in 1982. He finished his career as a Highlander ranked number one in both singles and doubles. In 1986 Brian received his BBA from James Madison University. While at JMU, Brian played as high as #1 doubles and # 3 singles.
After graduating from JMU, Brian received his teaching certification from the United States Professional Tennis Registry and immediately went to work for Sport & Health Inc. Brian started his career with S&H as Assistant Pro at the Regency and finished as the Director of Tennis/Head Pro at Annandale Sport and Health Club (1996). Since then Brian has been the Director of Tennis at The Fort Myer Officer’s Club and more recently Resident Pro at the Springfield Golf and Country Club. In addition to working privately with many of the area’s top rank juniors, Brian has coached the Oakton and West Springfield high school tennis teams.
Brian is currently certified Professional 1 by the United Stated Professional Tennis Association. In addition to being a National Verifier for USTA’s National Tennis Rating Program, Brian has been a clinician for the USTA “Schools Program and the ”USTA Area Training Center.
Brian joined our staff in January 2009 as The Assistant Tennis Director and Resident Tennis Professional. We now welcome Brian as our Director of Tennis.
Spencer Kooshian, Head Tennis Pro
Spencer Kooshian is a formerly world ranked professional. He played on the Men’s ATP Tour from 1986-1990. He has also been ranked #1 in Virginia in both singles and doubles. He has been a Director of Tennis or Head Pro since 1990, teaching beginners to nationally ranked players and running and implementing various types of programs. He also assisted in training the Philippine Davis Cup team. He is certified P1 by the United States Professional Tennis Association.
Fran Bennett, Certified Racquet Technician
Fran started working at Burke Racquet & Swim Club in March of 1988 as a racquet stringer. Using that position as a springboard, she was able to put her degree in Health and Recreation to use when she assumed management of the Weight Room for two years. In her tenure here, Fran has also been the Racquetball Director and Front Desk Manager. Fran is one of only about 700 Master Racquet Technicians in the world. Fran has often stated that she views working here as more fun than work and says the members are what make it fun.
Nancy Vandel is a highly skilled Water Safety Instructor. Her gentle nature makes her a favorite of many of the younger children. She too enjoys traveling, most recently to Eastern Europe. Nancy is craftsman in the world of swimming. Although swimming is an important part of her life, she is also one of the few hospital based educators for Fairfax Hospital. She makes time for us in her busy schedule and we are truly appreciative.
Shelley Ploe Facchina
Shelley Ploe Facchina brings to BRSC her enjoyment and enthusiasm of water fitness. She has lived in the area for over 35 years and has taught locally for almost 20 years. Shelley’s vast experience began as a WSI teaching children and quickly grew to include deep water classes, as well as gentle stretching movement classes.
All the massage therapists are nationally and state certified and are members of the American Massage Therapy Association.
Valerie is a nurse and a graduate of AKS in Herndon, Va. She is certified in La Stone Therapy and in Infant Massage. She is also trained in Craniosacral Therapy, Pregnancy Massage, Sports Massage, Myofascial Release Massage and Chair Massage. She integrates Deep Tissue, Connective Tissue and Trigger Point Massage into her sessions. Valerie is the Director of the Massage Program at BRSC.
Gordon is a graduate of PMTI in Washington, DC. He has over 20 years of experience as a massage therapist and offers sessions in Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Triger Point Therapy and Chair Massage.