LINCOLN — Jeff Smith has been named the Health & Wellness Director at the MacColl YMCA, the YMCA of Pawtucket has announced.

Charlie Clifford, chief executive officer of the YMCA of Pawtucket, said Smith’s extensive experience as a personal trainer and former educator will aid him in managing and growing all aspects of the Lincoln branch’s Health & Wellness department.

“The YMCA of Pawtucket is pleased to welcome Jeff to the Y family. His experience as a teacher and administrator have prepared him well for understanding how to establish effective and meaningful relationships with YMCA members and staff,” Clifford said “We are confident that Jeff has the enthusiasm, dedication, and skills to enhance the member experience and help the Y in its mission to improve the community’s overall health.”

In his new role, Smith will be responsible for ensuring that all fitness operations continue to serve members in a manner that is consistent with YMCA’s established guidelines. He will also oversee Health & Wellness staff, make certain that fitness equipment is working efficiently, and work to improve personal training, small group training, and group exercise programming.

“As a personal trainer and former teacher, I’ve developed a passion for making connections and creating a fun, safe, and welcoming learning environment,” Smith said. “I am excited to apply this passion to my role at the YMCA to help members live healthier, more fulfilling lifestyles.”

According to Clifford, Smith has helped individuals develop positive, lifelong habits through his work as a personal trainer and instructor, offering lessons on cross training and obstacle course racing. He is certified as a MOSSA Group Power instructor and spin cycle instructor.

Prior to his career in fitness, Smith was a teacher at Lincoln Middle School for 10 years. He also served as an assistant principle at Narragansett High School and Smithfield High School.

He earned a master’s degree in education from Providence College.

Smith, who lives in Pawtucket with his girlfriend and two sons, enjoys cheering for the New England Patriots and taking part in Spartan races - obstacle courses that are designed to test participants’ stamina and endurance.

He also volunteers with the Penguin Plunge for Special Olympics Rhode Island.

The YMCA of Pawtucket is comprised of five branches across the state - Pawtucket Family YMCA and the Heritage Park YMCA Early Learning Center in Pawtucket; MacColl YMCA in Lincoln; Westwood YMCA in Coventry; and Woonsocket YMCA in Woonsocket.

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