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 ten years. Katera was thrilled to assist in the design and development of the current Penthouse Gymnastics Studio in the Sky! Katera enjoys bringing positive psychology into her work at 92Y, writes novels in her spare time and lives in Stamford, CT where she is walking distance to the water (which is a good thing for her golden retriever, Bella!).
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.
Debbie Dolnansky, Birthday Party Coordinator
Debbie Dolnansky, Birthday Party Coordinator, is entering her 34th year working at 92Y! Over the years at 92Y, she has led stretch and cardio classes to adults, gymnastics and art classes for young children, and has built up the children’s birthday party business at 92Y to its present success as well as being an instructor for so many of the parties. In the summers, Debbie puts on her beret and becomes the Art Director for the Fantastic Gymnastics Camp, planning the curriculum and teaching art to talented gymnasts ages 4–14. She also taught after school workshops in art, gymnastics and dance at the Nightingale Bamford School for 17 years. Debbie graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Speech & Communications and received her Master’s in Early Childhood Education at Hunter College. She now spends her full time energy continuing to expand the 92Y birthday party business. Debbie lives in Manhattan with her husband Frank Kunzier, their two daughters Emily – 17 and Olivia – 11 years, and their 2 crazy cats named Noodle and Pumpkin.
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.