Jon Conant is the co-owner and head coach at CrossFit Cape Ann. In high school, he was a high level cross country runner and nordic (xc) skier. Looking for a change from the competitive aspect of racing, he relocated out west to attend Colorado College, where most of his focus was based on rock climbing and trail running in the Front Range. After graduating in 2000, he came back to Cape Ann where he has continued to follow his passions of surfing, climbing and create new passions now with kettlebell training and mountain biking . He stumbled on crossfit in 2007 and started CFCA in 2010 with the intention of build a strong active community. His certifications include: CrossFit Level 1 & 2, Crossfit Gymnastics, CrossFit Kettlebell, CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Mobility, Crossfit Endurance, Gym Jones Level 1 & 2, CPR & First Aid.
Karen Conant is co-owner of CFCA and busy raising 3 under 3 right now so taking a break from coaching. She is the eye behind some of CFCA’s unique touches as well as our fish bones logo. A freelance graphic designer on the side, Karen makes sure that our packaging, products and website all jive with our clubhouse feel. She also manages the CFCA memberships and works hard to make sure that the back end of the business is running smoothly. Outside of the gym (when there’s childcare!) she’s an avid surfer, climber and retired member of the Boston Massacre – Boston’s all star flat track roller derby team. Certifications include: CrossFit Level 1, Crossfit Gymnastics, Gym Jones Level 1 & 2, CPR & First Aid.
Jaime MacDonald was born and raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and moved to Cape Ann when she was 18. Jaime grew up playing soccer, basketball and USTA tennis as a youth. She attempted the “Globo” gym on an off through the years but after a steady decline in exercise and 2 children later, she needed something more engaging. She found Crossfit in 2011 and felt completely comfortable right out of the gate due to the “group” or “team based” style. It was the ideal environment for her to regain her athleticism all while growing friendships and having fun! CFCA’s community and atmosphere are what Jaime feels drive her to do her best each workout and looks forward to helping new and existing members do and feel their best each day. Jaime is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and Crossfit Olympic Lifting Certified.
Kara Gallagher moved to Gloucester from Utah in 2013. She grew up playing soccer, softball and pickup football games at the bus stop. In high school, she played softball, basketball and volleyball and found running was a great outlet when she wasn’t able to play team sports as often. She tried CrossFit at the nudging of her brother and loved the workouts right away. However, the people and community of CrossFit Cape Ann quickly became her favorite part of being a CFCA member. She lives in Rockport with her husband, four kids and is grateful everyday she traded the mountains for the ocean. Hauling beach gear and all 4 kids to the beach in the summer and slinging 50 pound salt bags over her shoulder in the winter with (relative) ease is why functional training will now always be her favorite kind. Kara is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.
Vince Pizzimenti was born and raised right here in Gloucester. He has been a lifelong athlete playing a variety of sports with a primary focus on Football, Lacrosse and Indoor Track. He is a 2007 graduate of Mount Ida College with a degree in Sports Management. While earning his degree he also played lacrosse serving as a captain in his final season. Vince found Crossfit in 2011 starting at Full Potential while working in Newburyport. It was a welcome change from a traditional gym format, and more like the team sport training he has loved all his life. Now spending his time with other sports like surfing, mountain biking and golf, Crossfit it the perfect supplement to his active life. Vince is Crossfit Level 1 & 2 Trainer
Melanie Catanzaro was raised in Rockport until moving during her high school years to Colorado, Arizona and Texas. At the age of 19, she moved back to Cape Ann where she has enjoyed living for the past 9 years. While working with a personal trainer, she was exposed to many different things like Olympic Lifting, Tabata, KB’s, Ropes, TRX and things the like. Melanie stumbled upon CrossFit in 2012 with the help of a couple of friends and found a place where she was truly at home. CrossFit has not only helped her further develop herself as an athlete, more importantly, it has her better prepared for what the everyday has to throw at her. Melanie is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, also certified in CPR and First Aid.
Curtis Wightman grew up and graduated from Rockport High, and joined the Army National Guard at 17. During his 10 year stint in the guard, he was deployed twice and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Since the military, Curtis is working towards finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management at Salem State University, has become a licensed EMT in the state of MA, an now is a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer.
Jillian Scola was introduced to Crossfit in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since. Growing up in Gloucester, Jillian excelled at a variety of sports. Especially softball. She currently holds every pitching record at Gloucester High School and was inducted into the Gloucester High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. After dominating at the high school level, she took her talents to Seton Hall University. She was an integral member of the 1998 Pirate team that finished the season 39-8 and played for the Big East Championship. Prior to Crossfit, Jillian participated in a variety of activities and workout classes but she was always looking for the perfect fit. Not only was Crossfit the perfect fit, it was a game-changer. The community, support and passion at CFCA was exactly what she was looking for. Jillian looks forward to each and every day that she can come into the gym and work with athlete’s to achieve their goals. Jillian is a Crossfit Level 1 & 2 Trainer and Crossfit Olympic Lifting Certified.
Chris DeWolfe has been a lifelong resident of Gloucester. He graduated from Salem State College with a degree in Sports Management & Coaching. He pitched for Salem State Baseball and has been coaching high school baseball for the past ten years. He started running competitively after college. Chris felt running wasn’t enough to help prepare him for the versatility of tasks that life can throw at you and was introduced to Crossfit by Danny Vadala. He felt this was exactly what his training was lacking and has been hooked ever since. Chris is a Crossfit level 1 Trainer
Jenny Davis is a Gloucester native who is an incredibly passionate outdoor adventurer. When she is not busy raising her two young daughters, she can be found in the woods or on the water either mountain biking, climbing, surfing, skating, sailing, or rowing. She loves pushing herself in sport, competing in both downhill and XC disciplines of collegiate mountain biking, and now, is a 2x Women’s Seine Boat champion on Team ROWGUE. Jenny, started climbing in high school and is excited to share with her students many of the positive attributes she has learned from climbing over the years, especially those that can translate to other areas of life, such as, problem solving, perseverance, developing and learning how to use one’s unique athletic and mental potential to accomplish goals, etc. She is stoked to be an addition to the CFCA climbing coach team to help inspire and instill a sense of confidence, capability, and empowerment to the next generation of active kids here on the North Shore.