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Granger Trainer Bios

Kerri Anderson

Personal Trainer | Group Fitness Instructor | Pilates Trainer

Education and Certifications:

NASM Personal Trainer | AFAA Group Fitness Instructor | Les Mills GRIT | BBU Pilates Reformer | BBU Pilates Chair | BBU Pilates Cadillac | SCW Pilates Mat | SCW Pilates Barre | BOSU Skills & Drills | Water-in-Motion

Kerri Anderson Beacon Health & Fitness Personal Trainer

Kerri enjoys teaching a wide variety of classes. Her true passion is high-intensity interval training. She loves fitness and incorporating her ambitious approach to help each client reach and surpass their fitness goals. When not training and teaching, Kerri leads an active lifestyle and enjoys competitive running, traveling, and spending time with her family. Read more…

Jake Phillips

Clinical Integration Coordinator | Personal Trainer | Group Fitness Instructor

Education and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology – Indiana University Bloomington | Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology – Ithaca College

ACSM Exercise Physiologist | AFAA Group Fitness Instructor | Functional Movement Screen

Jake is passionate about working with people who have chronic diseases, orthopedic limitations and those looking to change their body composition. He also enjoys working with strength athletes and those looking for advanced fitness programming. His philosophy and exercise programming is based on a deep scientific understanding of the human body, scientific research in the field and writings from some of the most successful fitness professionals in the country. He strives to provide safe, effective workouts that are designed specifically for the goals and ability level of each individual. Jake currently competes in powerlifting competitions and has also competed in triathlons in the past. Outside of personal training, Jake leads three Best Medicine classes, Phase IV Cardiac Rehab, Climb (Parkinson’s fitness), and Steps Ahead (Peripheral Artery Disease fitness.) He also specializes in designing and performing fitness assessments for a wide range of ability levels. He believes fitness is a lifelong journey that anyone can enjoy!

“Personal training through Beacon has been a very fulfilling experience, as my specific needs were assessed and a training regimen was developed with sport-specific factors in mind. Jake has done an amazing job discussing biomechanics, nutrition, physical activity to do in between sessions, as well as pushing me in ways I could not have done alone. Further, my understanding of strength training techniques is vastly improved and I quickly realized how my incorrect form would have led to potential issues if unaddressed. I owe Jake for summiting Mt. Rainier and topping out while ice climbing in Ouray, Colorado.” – Gregory Pouliot

Jason Fransted

Fitness Specialist  |  Personal Trainer

Education and Certifications:

Education and Certifications: Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science – Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis

Crossfit Endurance | Ironman University Swim Coach

Jason enjoys coaching endurance sports, most specifically running, which he considers his specialty. He has experience in coaching cross country, track, volleyball and Crossfit endurance classes. He enjoys working with all levels of fitness. Jason doesn’t have one specific philosophy toward exercise, except that hard work will always yield results. Read more…

“Jason consistently encourages me to reach my goals and he varies my program so I can learn new workouts. He is also patient while working within my limitations. Jason is an all-around great guy!” – Leann T. Leidy

Melissa Cooper

Personal Trainer | Pilates Trainer | Group Fitness Instructor

Education and Certifications:

Working towards a Bachelors in Applied Science – Ferris State University

Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant | ACSM Personal Trainer | AFAA Group Fitness Instructor | Pilates Trainer | BBU Pilates Reformer | BBU Pilates Cadillac | BBU Pilates Chair | Pilates for Breast Cancer | SCW Pilates Barre | AFAA Pilates Mat Science | AFAA Yoga on the Ball | SCW Nutrition, Hormones and Metabolism | BOSU Skills and Drills | Water in Motion | Gerontology

Melissa Cooper Beacon Health & Fitness Personal Trainer

Melissa (Missy) played volleyball competitively for 10 years; including high school, the US Lakeland Regional Team and College. She has 7 years of coaching experience; including high school and the US Lakeland Regional High Performance Development Team and Club. Melissa has a passion to help individuals be their best in all aspects of life. She believes becoming healthy is more than just being physically fit; it is also being mentally fit and loving ones authentic self. Her staple for clients to excel in their fitness journey is to motivate oneself by taking action — just start moving. She enjoys a wide variety of clientele and aims to create programs that incorporate a fitness aspect which the client is confident in doing and can enjoy all while challenging them to step outside there comfort zone, to find new likes within the fitness industry

“Melissa is the best trainer ever. Since I’ve had issues with my hip replacement and other ailments, all she has to do is take one look at me and know what’s hurting me before I even tell her and she knows exactly what do during our session to help in that area. I’ve never had a trainer that goes over and above and truly invests her time and researching to help her client be the best.” – Janet Eubank

Kathleen Kavanagh

Fitness Manager | Fitness Specialist | Personal Trainer | Group Fitness Instructor

Education and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science in Clinical Exercise Science – Grand Valley State University

ACSM Personal Trainer | USA Weightlifting Level I | Functional Movement Screening | AFAA Group Fitness Instructor | CLIMB Trainer – Indiana Parkinson’s Foundation

Kathleen Kavanagh Beacon Health & Fitness Fitness Manager Personal Trainer

Kathleen has experience working with a range of fitness levels from healthy individuals seeking to lose fat and build muscle, to individuals fighting cancer seeking to improve their quality of life. She focuses on building a strong core foundation and enforcing proper form, along with teaching behavioral changes to help clients reach their long-term goals.

“Kathleen is unique among trainers I have had the good fortunes to work with.  It is very easy to forget that I am being trained BY her as opposed to training WITH her.  While she is a technically demanding trainer, she possesses the skills and knowledge to communicate her performance expectations with a kind and gentle persuasion.  In short, she simply makes working out FUN!” – Jerry Thoma

Isabel Gomez

Fitness Specialist  |  Personal Trainer

Education and Certifications:

B.S Health Sciences – Trine University, Angola, IN | Concentration in Exercise Science and minor in Psychology

Isabel was born and raised in South Bend, IN. She is passionate about helping others become the best version of oneself. Isabel enjoys working with others to achieve their fitness goals. As a former athlete, she enjoys being a part of a team and supporting others. She encourages making healthy changes in habits and behavior. She knows the importance of building community and having a strong support system. Having experienced her own injuries, she understands overcoming physical challenges as well as the mental challenges that come with them. Isabel’s fitness philosophy is strongly centered around commitment and beating the obstacles that try to deter one’s goals.

Sarah Witmoyer

Fitness Specialist  |  Personal Trainer  |  Sports Performance Coach

Education and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science – Cedarville University

ACSM Personal Trainer | BOSU Skills & Drills | USAW Sports Performance

Sarah served as a student sports performance coach to Cedarville University’s volleyball team before interning with AWP Sports Training as a Sports Performance Coach. She was a competitive gymnast for 7 years prior to earning an athletic scholarship to play volleyball for Cedarville University. At Beacon Health & Fitness, Sarah is a Fitness Specialist, Sports Performance coach and Personal Trainer. She orients her training philosophies around injury prevention and an increased quality of life. She has a passion for helping every person learn to sustain a healthy lifestyle.

“Sarah has helped me in so many ways. The last 2 years have been very difficult with 3 surgeries in 15 months. Sarah helped me identify what was wrong and guided me to overcome it. She is enthusiastic and a joy to be with. Whenever my spirits and motivation lacked, she encouraged me to keep working through it. She is very knowledgeable in sports science and chooses exercises that produce the best results without hurting your body. I highly recommend her to anyone.” – Brenda White

Sarah Strefling

Beacon Health & Fitness Director | Personal Trainer | Cancer Fitness Specialist

Education and Certifications:

Bachelors in Exercise Science – Bethel College | Master of Science in Exercise Physiology – University of California of Pennsylvania

NASM Personal Trainer | AFAA Group Fitness Instructor | ACE Wellness Coach | Cancer Fitness Specialist – Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute of Greely, CO | CLIMB Trainer – Indiana Parkinson’s Foundation | BBU Pilates Reformer| Pilates for Breast Cancer

Sarah has a passion for populations that suffer from different conditions and ailments which require special training. She loves our Best Medicine programs and is quoted as saying “that is what I hang my heart on.” Sarah has been in the health and fitness field for 13 years and pursued her Master’s 3 years ago, simply because she loves what she does.

“After two rotator cuff surgeries and an Osteoporosis diagnosis, I was prescribed a regular exercise program. I decided 10 years ago to have Sarah Strefling at Beacon be my personal trainer. She makes sure I do the PT exercises that are needed for my shoulder and back issues and correct weight-bearing exercises for my Osteoporosis. Sarah has certainly been what I have needed to maintain and improve my health and medical conditions.” – Lisa Deputy

*Not taking new clients at this time.

Del Stukel

Group Fitness Coordinator & Pilates Personal Training Coordinator | Personal Trainer | Pilates Trainer | Group Fitness Instructor

Education and Certifications:

Michigan State University

AFAA Personal Trainer | AFAA Group Fitness Instructor | BBU Pilates Mat | BBU Pilates Reformer | BBU Pilates Chair | BBU Pilates Cadillac | PHI Pilates Mat & Reformer | BBU Pilates Barrel | Pilates for Breast Cancer | Pilates Barre | Les Mills GRIT | CLIMB Trainer – Indiana Parkinson’s Foundation | Bosu | Stability Ball | Cycling

Del’s passion is to work with clients who have issues and conditions.  It gives me great joy to work with those who need my attention to work on regaining their quality of life.   My passion is making a difference in the lives of those I get the privilege of working with as my client or in my classes.   Fitness is hard work but I like to make it fun and challenging.

“I have been especially fortunate to work with Del Stukel for almost three years and I have grown stronger, more flexible and more toned. I especially appreciate the care and specific suggestions that Del gives about form. She knows how to challenge me even as she respects my limits. Every session I come away relaxed and glad because we have worked and laughed together.” – Phyllis Kaminski

Allesha Thomas

Personal Trainer

Education and Certifications:

ACSM Personal Trainer

I have always had a passion for fitness, health and competition. I am a runner-having completed the Marine Corp Marathon and 2 half-marathons. I played competitive soccer all thru high school, both school and travel team, then into college. I am incredibly excited to be able to use my passion for health and fitness to help others achieve their goals, become more confident in themselves and change any negative attitudes toward fitness anyone may have. I enjoy working with all age groups, backgrounds and abilities. My goal is to create an informative, safe, fun and challenging environment in each of my training sessions to help each client reach their goals. 

Jessica Workman

Fitness Specialist | Personal Trainer

Education and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology focusing on Fitness Management and Personal Training ­- Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis

Working towards ACSM Exercise Physiologist

Jessica Workman Beacon Health & Fitness Granger Personal Trainer

Jessica’s main goal when working with her clients is to have them enjoy their time working out to ensure reaching their goals are fun. Teaching them that it is important to have an end goal, but more importantly, making small goals along the way so the end goal isn’t so daunting. She enjoys working with all age groups, typically sticks to weight training, and adds in HIIT and circuit training to mix it up.

“Jessica is always looking for new ways to work with me. She knows the areas I need to work on and she is always asking and researching for new ways to strengthen me in those areas. Jessica is cheerful, friendly and a pleasure to work with.” – Margie Goldwin

Jessica DuBois

Fitness Specialist | Group Fitness Instructor | Personal Trainer | Pilates Trainer

Education and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science and Kinesiology – Indiana University Bloomington

ACSM Personal Trainer | AFAA Group Fitness Instructor | BBU Pilates Chair | Water-In-Motion | BBU Pilates Reformer | BBU Pilates Barrel | SpinU Cycling Instructor | Queenax Coach

Jessica DuBois Beacon Health & Fitness Granger Personal Trainer

Jessica DuBois is a recent graduate of Indiana University Bloomington with a degree in Exercise Science.  At IU, she taught various group exercise formats including barre, cardio hip hop, kickboxing, and total body strength and conditioning. Along with group exercise, she also gained experience working with cardiac rehab programs and a GOAL program that worked with families and children combatting obesity and unhealthy lifestyle habits. Outside of Beacon Health & Fitness, you can find Jessica choreographing musicals and teaching dance classes at Premier Arts Theater in Downtown Elkhart. Jessica has a passion for all aspects of health and wellness and working with others in their journey towards better health.

“Jessica is very motivational, explains every move in multiple ways for each individual, and always has a smile on her face. She is awesome.” – Lillie O’Dell-Rose

Tyler Lamoreaux

Personal Trainer

Education and Certifications:

ACSM Personal Trainer

Tyler is a Certified Personal Trainer with a passion for helping people reach their goals. Whether it be in strength training, flexibility, balance, weight loss, an upcoming meet or run, Tyler is dedicated to helping people surpass their expectations. He firmly believes that everyone is capable of getting stronger, faster, leaner, and healthier, no matter where they start. He likes working with people from all backgrounds, age groups and abilities. He enjoys competitive powerlifting and all kinds of strength competitions.

“Tyler embraced and celebrated my challenge/goals and has on a weekly basis created a fun and rigorous regimen that I thoroughly enjoy and look forward to. Tyler has the quiet disposition and confidence to challenge and push me to both meet and exceed my goals. Tyler is patient but firm in his understanding of what I can and should be able to achieve, without making me feel despondent or dismayed if/when I come up short of those targeted goals.” – Tom Barton

Lauren Cuskaden

Fitness Specialist | Pilates Trainer | Personal Trainer | Group Fitness Instructor

Education and Certifications:

B.A. Exercise Science-Concordia University-St. Paul | Working towards M.B.A. Healthcare Management-Concordia University-St. Paul

ACSM Personal Trainer | AFAA Group Fitness Instructor |BBU Pilates Reformer | BBU Pilates Chair | BBU Pilates Cadillac | SCW Pilates Mat | Bosu Skills & Drills | SCW Water-In-Motion | Les Mills GRIT | SCW Pilates Barre | Pilates for Breast Cancer | NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist

Lauren Cuskaden Beacon Health & Fitness Granger South Bend Personal Trainer

Lauren was born in Cincinnati, OH and grew up in South Bend. She has always enjoyed fitness and has played competitively in volleyball, cheerleading, soccer and equestrian events. Lauren studied Exercise science and graduated with her undergraduate degree from Concordia University-St. Paul and is currently pursuing her M.B.A. Healthcare Management. In her free time she enjoys reading, horseback riding and spending time with her husband, Cory and German Shepherd, Stella. Lauren loves being a part of the healthy change in people’s lives and strives to help everyone meet their goals through fitness.

“Before I started working with Lauren, I had dieted and exercised off and on, only to get frustrated and quit. I had lost the same weight over and over again, each time gaining more weight back. I’m happy to say today, I’ve come a long way, with Lauren’s help. She is a fabulous personal trainer.” – Brenda Allen

Zach Benko

Fitness Coordinator

Education and Certifications:

M.A. Sports Psychology / Motor Behavior

Zach Benko Beacon Health & Fitness Granger Fitness Coordinator

In college Zach was a two-sport athlete, competing in both football and baseball. The origins of his approach toward fitness were derived from his experiences in sport, and the training that prepared him for competition. Since then, he has broadened his focus by exploring how fitness can improve people’s lives in a multitude of areas.  Zach advanced his education and professional development by earning his master’s degree in Kinesiology- Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior, and through work in the University of Tennessee Athletic Department. Zach has a passion for integrating the mental and physical performance arenas to develop people holistically, and for the long-term, through effective behavior change and habit formation.

Tatyanna Goodson

Fitness Specialist  |  Personal Trainer

Education and Certifications:

B.S Health Science – Indiana University South Bend | Concentration in Sports and Exercise Science | Minor in Nutrition

ACSM Personal Trainer

Tatyanna Goodson Beacon Health & Fitness Personal Trainer

Tatyanna has a passion for helping others overcome adverse situations. She loves the feeling of helping someone achieve even the smallest of goals. As a former collegiate basketball player, Tatyanna has faced several adverse situations including multiple injuries. She learned how to overcome those setbacks and come back better and stronger. Tatyanna wants to be able to pass on the knowledge she has learned in those tough times because that would mean the world to her.

McKenzie Jones

Personal Trainer

Education and Certifications:

Bachelors Degree in Exercise and Wellness with a gerontology minor – Brigham Young University

ACSM Personal Trainer | AFAA Group Fitness Instructor | Water in Motion Instructor | Climb certification

McKenzie Jones beacon health and fitness

McKenzie’s passion lies in working with the elderly population and individuals struggling with chronic diseases. McKenzie’s focus when working with her clients is helping them reach their health and fitness goals that positively impact all aspects of their lives. Not only is McKenzie a trainer to her clients she is also their friend, helping them feel comfortable and motivated to reach their fitness goals.

Jason Brandt

Personal Trainer

Education and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science in Sport and Exercise Science with a minor in Health Promotion – Indiana University

ACSM Personal Trainer  |  CLIMB Trainer – Indiana Parkinson’s Foundation

Jason Brandt Beacon Health & Fitness personal trainer

Jason’s passion begins with helping people reach their fitness goals.  Fitness and athletics has always been a part of his life. Whether it be basketball, baseball, strength training, or hiking, Jason has always enjoyed being active and enjoys sharing that passion with others while building their confidence along the way.

Priscila Ortiz

Fitness Specialist | Personal Trainer

Education and Certifications:

Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science and Fitness – Manchester University.

ACSM Personal Trainer

Growing up I always tried to play as many sports as I possibly could. I loved competition and improving in my weaknesses. It wasn’t until high school that I grew a strong passion for a single sport and worked to continued my career in collegiate soccer. I went through my first strength and conditioning program during that time and was amazed by how much my body could push its limits and improve its performance. My passion started from sports but I fell in love working with people from all sorts of fitness backgrounds and goals. I believe well structured, patient, compassionate coaching makes the real difference, and I strive to create meaningful and lasting change in someone’s life.

Tyler James

Fitness Specialist | Personal Trainer

Education and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from IU South Bend

ACSM Personal Trainer

My passion comes from helping individuals meet their goals of getting bigger, healthier, faster and stronger through the use of science-backed movements and methods. I maintain a safe and fun environment where everyone can compete with themselves and others. I was a swimmer the majority of my life and have extensive knowledge of the sport. So, come to me if you are looking for strength and conditioning challenges that can be translated to the water!

Sherry Sills

Swim Coach | Swim Trainer | Water Instructor

Education and Certifications:

Lifeguarding | First Aid | US Masters Swimming Coach | USMS Adult Learn to Swim Instructor

Sherry Sills

Elasah Wilson

Fitness Specialist | Personal Trainer

Education and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Science – Indiana University South Bend

ACSM Personal Trainer

One of my biggest passions in life is to help others achieve their goals and help them develop healthy lifestyle habits that will last a lifetime. I am a firm believer that there is no goal too great or too big for anyone to accomplish if you have the right resources, and my desire is to be that resource for my clients. As a former collegiate volleyball player, I understand what it takes to work hard and push through physically and mentally difficult situations and my goal is to help others do the same. Whether your goal is to lose weight, build muscle mass, increase athletic performance in a sport, or be able to perform everyday activities without assistance, I aspire to help you become successful in achieving your goals and help you experience the immense satisfaction that comes with that.