Katera Noviello, Director of Gymnastics Programs & Children’s Physical Education
Katera joined 92Y after attending the University at Buffalo for Exercise Physiology and then continued with Daemen College for Rehabilitative Therapy. She was Captain of her Division 1 Rowing Team, participated in College Club Gymnastics Nationals, and worked on numerous exercise-related research projects with her academic professors. Katera also studied Rehabilitative Therapy at Daemen College where she was the President of her class. Katera has coached competitive gymnastics, taught functional fitness and Stott Pilates, developed athletic curriculums, and managed sports fitness facilities and teams for nine years. Katera holds USA Gymnastics Safety Certification, ACSM, ACE, CPR and RTE certifications. Katera is in the process of becoming a USAG Certified Judge for the 2013-14 competitive seasons. Katera has completed her first novel and is currently writing a Young Adult gymnastics fiction series, is learning how to sail, and loves to hike, boulder and play football.
Natalie Planes, Associate Director of Children's Physical Education and Head Gymnastics Coach
Natalie joins 92Y as a seasoned Head Coach after spending almost seven years with Asphalt Green. Natalie has tremendous experience in progressing gymnasts to the highest USAG levels. At Asphalt Green Natalie not only restructured the gymnastics program to help it reach top potential, but she also took on the role of training gymnastics coaches to ensure that all gymnastics-based skills are taught properly and with similar techniques. Natalie looks forward to helping create an overall cohesiveness to our 92Y gymnastics performances. With her extensive background in fitness, such as group fitness instruction and personal training, Natalie looks forward to incorporating new conditioning regimens into our recreational and competitive team curriculum. Natalie has been a Junior Elite gymnastics member in Sydney, Australia for State, Regional and National Teams. She has also participated in Competitive Aerobics at the national and international level, as well as being an IFBB Pro Fitness competitor.
A short note from Katera & Natalie –
Our goal is to build the GymStars competitive team to a level of receiving college gymnastics scholarships and implementing a TOPS program to eventually get girls to the State Tops testing sites. We strive to give all of our young athletes a place to build self confidence, self discipline, dedication and pride that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.