The Gateway Family YMCA Announces Director of Health and Wellness

Rafael Cano is Promoted by The Gateway Family YMCA

Elizabeth, NJ, May 10, 2015 –(– The Gateway Family YMCA – Elizabeth Branch announces the promotion of Rafael Cano to the position of Director of Health and Wellness at the 135 Madison Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ location. According to Danielle Cioffi, District Executive Director, “The Gateway Family YMCA – Elizabeth Branch is excited to offer Rafael this important position. Rafael brings years of experience to the department and his knowledge, demeanor and skills make for a strong leader in the Director of Health and Wellness position.” Most recently, Rafael was the Coordinator of the Health and Wellness Department at the Elizabeth Branch. His previous experience includes personal training, floor attendant and fitness instructor.

Rafael began as a member of The Gateway Family YMCA at 15 years old, and joined the staff team for the Health and Wellness department. “For the last 3 years, Rafael has provided direct support to the Health and Wellness Department. His experience and support has been beneficial in helping the department grow,” stated Danielle Cioffi. Rafael is currently attending college to become a Physical Therapist. When asked about his future goals, Rafael stated, “My goal is to implement and lead a post rehabilitation exercise program at the Elizabeth Branch in the near future.”

The Elizabeth Branch completed an $8 million renovation project in 2013, providing handicap accessibility, complete building renovations and upgrades including multiple Health and Wellness Centers, new equipment, free member wifi and expanded and renovated residence facilities. In addition, the branch lowered all membership rates in December 2013.

The Gateway Family YMCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, health and community service organization of caring staff and volunteers dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community and stands For Youth Development, For Healthy Living and For Social Responsibility. The Gateway Family YMCA impacts the community by providing quality services to people of all ages, races, faith or incomes. The Y doesn’t just strengthen bodies – it strengthens people, families and communities.

For more information about community programs and services provided by The Gateway Family YMCA – Elizabeth Branch visit or contact the Y at or 908-355-9622.
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