Executive Staff


Joe Moore
President and CEO
International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association
70 Fargo Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02210
T: 617-951-0055
F: 617-951-0056

Recent editorial and commentary by Joe Moore.

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Joe Moore is President and CEO of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA). Moore became President & CEO of IHRSA on July 1, 2006 after serving as interim CEO for six months. 

Moore has been in the industry for over 30 years. A former club owner, beginning with his first commercial facility in 1972 to developing a 20-club three state chain that he sold in 2004, Moore plays a prominent role in public policy and coalition building for the industry. Under his leadership, IHRSA is co-leader, along with the American Heart Association and the American Council on Exercise, of the Business and Industry Sector of the National Physical Activity Plan; is an Organization Affiliate of the plan; is an organizational member of the National Coalition to Promote Physical Activity (NCPPA); is a partner with HHS in promoting the Physical Activity Guidelines; is a Network Member of the Exercise is Medicine™ initiative; is on the advisory council of the Campaign to End Obesity; and is a member of the advisory board of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease.

He was awarded IHRSA’s President’s Award in 2000. Moore served as a police officer and deputy sheriff before leaving law enforcement for a full-time career in fitness. 


Anita Horne Lawlor
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association
70 Fargo Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02210
T: 617-951-0055
F: 617-951-0056

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Anita Horne Lawlor is IHRSA’s chief operating officer and chief financial officer.  Anita has 30 years of experience in non-profit management and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of IHRSA, business plan development and implementation, management of senior staff and oversight of all financial matters. Anita previously worked for the Boston Five Cent Savings Bank, served as the executive director of the Massachusetts Dance Ensemble, and was director, co-founder and teacher at the Village School of Classical Dance.  She has been an active volunteer with several local organizations and has served on boards for local chapters of the Boy Scouts of America, the Finance Council of St. John the Baptist Parish, and the Parent’s Guild of St. Francis of Assisi School.   

Anita received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College where where she was active in theater, dance and service activities. She holds a Certificate in Finance and Administration from the American Society of Association Executives.


Helen Durkin, J.D.
Executive Vice President of Public Policy
International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association
70 Fargo Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02210
T: 617-951-0055
F: 617-951-0056

Recent editorial and commentary by Helen Durkin.

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Helen Durkin, J.D. is the Executive Vice President of Public Policy for the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA). Durkin joined IHRSA in 1989 and developed the health club industry's first government relations and legal service programs. She has served as the association's director of public policy since 1999.

Prior to her role with IHRSA, Durkin worked for the labor law firm of Kearns and Associates. In addition, Durkin worked in various government positions in Massachusetts and Washington.

Durkin received her law degree in 1986 from Washington College of Law, American University and received her undergraduate degree in political science at Holy Cross where she was a member of the varsity lacrosse team.
Durkin lives near Boston, Massachusetts with her husband and two children.

Jay M. Ablondi
Executive Vice President of Global Products
International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association
70 Fargo Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02210
T: 617-951-0055
F: 617-951-0056 

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Jay Ablondi began his IHRSA career in 1990 in the public policy division. In 2000, Jay took over the association’s publishing responsibilities where he spearheaded the redesign of Club Business International, IHRSA’s flagship monthly magazine. Jay leads IHRSA's research initiatives, which produce industry benchmark publications, such as the annual IHRSA Global Report, Health Club Consumer Report,  multiple international reports, Employee Compensation and Industry Data Surveys that provide key financial data on club operational performance and illustrate consumer trends for the industry. In 2005, Jay launched Get Active! IHRSA’s magazine for active health club members. Over his career, Jay has presented to industry groups in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Russia and throughout Europe and the United States. In 2014, Jay authored and published, Active from A to Z, IHRSA’s first children’s book promoting early educational learning and physical activity. As EVP of Global Products, Jay currently oversees the research, publishing, education, convention, trade show, online media and information technology departments. Jay has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of New Hampshire where he served as Student Body President. In addition, Jay completed a graduate course on public speaking at the Harvard Extension School in Cambridge, MA. Jay also graduated from the IHRSA University held at the IESE Business School – University of Navarra, Barcelona, Spain in June 2008. 

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