Kathy Morgenstern, Director of JCC Aquatic Programs
Kathy originally moved to New York to be a journalist and TV announcer. After working at Mirabella Magazine, New York Newsday, Sports Illustrated for Kids, ABCSports.com, ABCNEWS.com, Good Morning America, and NBCSports.com, she came back to her first love...swimming. She began working at the JCC in 2002 where she taught swim lessons to children of the JCC Summer Camp. Since then, Kathy has taught many, many swim lessons to children and adults of all ages. Kathy still swims herself and loves the fact that she helps make swimming fun for kids and their parents.
Fran Motola, Aquatics Director
A native New Yorker, Fran began her career working in the International Broadcast Department of CBS. During a brief relocation to St. Louis to finish her undergraduate work in Communications, and a love affair with the city’s famous custard, she was introduced to the world of Health and Fitness as a part-time Fitness Instructor. When Fran returned to New York, she connected with her native fitness community as the Sports Manager for an exclusive Fitness Club. Her love of water, and long-standing desire to be a mermaid, brought her to the JCC where she oversees the facilities operations of the Aquatics Department. Fran is passionate about encouraging others to understand swimming as a sport of longevity, and to enjoy the healing properties of water.
Alyse Marion, Private Swim Director and Head Swim Coach
Growing up on the south shore of Long Island, swimming was always a family affair for Alyse. After schooling for music and massage thearpy, Alyse came back to her roots as a swimmer and never plans to leave. Alyse believes in developing both the mind and body of young athletes through teaching responsibility to self, team and community. She has broadened her knowledge and teaching abilities over the years by constantly refining and perfecting her own strokes as well as keeping up with advancements in science and the sport of swimming.
Carolina Stapleton, Assistant Director of Aquatics Programs
Carolina was born and raised in Brazil. She came to New York as an international correspondent and end up staying for good. Looking to add an extra job and some fun into her reporting career, Carolina became a lifeguard and certified swim instructor in 2009. She joined JCC Manhattan in 2012 as a swimming instructor and short after became part of the Aquatics Department, she worked as an Aquatic Director for the JCC Day Camp in 2014 and Day Camp in Pearl River in 2015. Today Carolina is still teaching kids to swim, to be safe and love the water. She has two young kids and lives in Pearl River, NY.