OUR TEAM

Owner & Instructor, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill

Originally from upstate New York, Amy studied Human Development at Cornell University and went on to live in several different cities, including London, Boston, Durham, Charlotte, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, and most recently Alexandria, VA. Amy received her MBA along the way, and after eight years working in University operations, she took a professional break in 2013 to stay home with her daughter Sophie. Exploring local new mom resources, Amy discovered Stroller Strides when Sophie was just eight weeks old. As a runner, Spinning instructor, and former collegiate rower, Amy instantly took to the energetic, motivating workouts. She found herself stronger, more energetic, and loved meeting other strong mamas. Encouraged by fellow moms, Amy added half marathon to her list of completed races before Sophie's 1st birthday. FIT4MOM has truly given her the strength for motherhood and helped her find time for her own passions. When she and husband Corey moved to Chapel Hill in January 2015, Amy knew she had to bring FIT4MOM with her! Running the new franchise marries Amy’s passion for business, fitness, community, and motherhood!

Certifications: Prenatal and Postnatal Instructor for FIT4MOM Stroller Strides®, Stroller Barre®, Fit4Baby®, & Body Back®; FIT4MOM Certified Running Coach, Johnny G. Spinning® Instructor; American Red Cross First Aid; Adult; Child, & Infant CPR

Contact Amy at amyrosso@fit4mom.com.

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Instructor, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill

Abby was born and raised in the Durham area. Drawn to dance and movement at a young age, she studied dance at East Carolina University. When health concerns shortened plans for a professional dance career, she learned to mix a mean drink as a bartender, and there she met her husband, a Marine. While he was deployed, Abby reconnected with dance by teaching Zumba and practicing yoga. Following a move to Miami, Abby found a deeper and more thoughtful group of yogis and began a full time dedicated yoga practice. In 2015, she completed the required 200 hours yoga teacher training and taught classes until eight months pregnant. Her husband starting business school brought her family back to Chapel Hill, where their daughter Nora was born in June 2015. While happy to be back home, Abby struggled with postpartum depression and her husband’s absence in school. She turned to the lessons of breathing and mindfulness in her practice of yoga to regain peace. Abby joined FIT4MOM in September 2015 with Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre classes. She loves having the FIT4MOM community to grow with. Abby is excited to share her love of yoga with other mothers. She believes yoga allows us the freedom to be whoever we are without judgement and if there is space to breathe, there is space to move. Abby also teaches Stroller Barre Core Flow.

Abby organizes our Mom's Night Out and FIT4MOM Family Events. Check out our upcoming events HERE.

Certifications: Prenatal and Postnatal Instructor for FIT4MOM Stroller Strides®; 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training; American Red Cross First Aid; Adult; Child, & Infant CPR

Contact Abby at abigailporter@fit4mom.com.

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Playgroup Captain, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill

Becca is a South Carolina native and lived in Charleston SC for 15 years before moving to Carrboro in October of 2015. She graduated with a Psychology degree from The College of Charleston and earned her Masters degree from The Citadel in Elementary School Counseling. Becca worked as an Elementary School Counselor and Parent Educator in the public school sector. Becca and her husband have a daughter, born in May of 2014 and a son born April 2017, as well as three doggie children.

Becca was born into a family that encouraged and loved fitness. Becca biked with her mom as she trained for regular road races and marathons. Her mom played 4.0 tennis which inspired Becca to join the high school tennis team while in junior high school and compete state wide. Becca began dancing at age 3 and continued with the same dance company until graduating from high school.

Fitness in Becca’s adult life became much more of a priority after the birth of her daughter, and became a regular commitment after the move to North Carolina. Becca joined Stroller Strides as a new stay-at-home mom as a way to meet other mamas in the area. She participated in Fit4Baby during the pregnancy with her son, and resumed Stroller Strides and Barre classes with both children in tow. In addition to FIT4MOM classes, Becca and her husband love being outdoors, hiking, biking, and living where they can walk pretty much everywhere they need to go!

In her role as Playgroup Captain, Becca plans and orchestrates weekly playgroup activities held on Tuesdays after Stroller Strides at Chapel Hill Community Center. Playgroups vary in themes and activities for little ones to learn and explore.

Certifications: Prenatal and Postnatal Instructor for FIT4MOM Stroller Strides®; First Aid; Adult, Child & Infant CPR

Contact Becca at beccalynn@fit4mom.com.

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American Heart Association Course Instructor, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill

Callie moved to Chapel Hill in 2016 from Long Island, NY where she was born and raised. Initially, Callie had been pursuing an undergraduate degree in political science with the expectation of going to law school. That changed, however, while working at a rehabilitation center for senior citizens. That’s when Callie began to realize her true calling as a nurse. It wasn’t until two years following completion of her political science degree that Callie, with the encouragement of her then fiancé, Robert, mustered the courage to pursue a second degree in nursing.

Callie knew nursing school would be a challenge in and of itself, and the challenge would be further compounded by the fact that she was planning a wedding and looking forward to starting a family. However, within three short years Callie graduated from her nursing program with honors, all while being a dedicated wife and creating a family that would include two children, Leah and Charlie, by the time she became a Registered Nurse.

Since moving to Chapel Hill Callie joined UNC as an RN in the Emergency Department, and her family welcomed their newest addition, Benjamin. While life as a nurse with three small children is extremely hectic, Callie would tell you that she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Callie joined FIT4MOM as a member in 2017 and quickly realized the benefits of both staying in shape and making connections with an extraordinary group of women. In fact, FIT4MOM has been instrumental in helping Callie found some of the best friendships she’s made since moving from Long Island. Callie came aboard as our American Heart Association Instructor in January 2018. In this role, Callie delivers one of our core values of nurturing connections and community education by instructing two American Red Cross Certification Courses: Adult/Pediatric CPR & First Aid and Babysitting & Child Care Training.

Certifications: Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Trauma Nursing Core Course, Crisis Prevention, American Heart Association Instructor*
(*effective March 1, 2018)

Contact Callie at ctramantano@fit4mom.com.
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Instructor, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill

Carly was born and raised in Greenville SC. She received her undergraduate degree in exercise science from University of South Carolina. After college, she moved to Chapel Hill to pursue her master's degree in exercise physiology. She met her husband while in graduate school. Shortly after getting married, she moved to Los Angeles for a three year adventure. Carly has recently returned back to Chapel Hill with her husband and son, Turner. Carly's passion for wellness is not only personal but extends into her work. Her research career based on providing physical, mental, and spiritual wellness programming to cancer patients and survivors. As a certified exercise physiologist, she has lead many different kinds of group exercise courses and personal training. Carly loves all kinds of exercise, but her favorite is running. She has completed races of many distances, including marathons. She is so excited to bring the gift of fitness and wellness to mamas of all types! Her favorite thing about exercise is that anyone can do it!

Certifications: Body Back®; American Red Cross First Aid; Adult CPR/First Aid

Contact Carly at cbailey@fit4mom.com.

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Instructor, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill

Originally from South Carolina, Caroline moved to Chapel Hill in 2003 to pursue a doctoral degree in public health (Epidemiology) from the University of North Carolina, where she studied the impact of environmental exposures on pregnancy outcomes. She completed her Ph.D. in 2007 and became a Program Director for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) overseeing research funding programs on health issues ranging from cancer to cardiovascular disease to pregnancy health.

After the birth of her son Nathan in 2010 and daughter Brooke in 2013, Caroline decided to transition her career in order to have a more direct, immediate impact on peoples’ well-being. She pursued her passion for helping fellow moms prioritize their own self-care needs and became an Integrative Health Coach. She founded Thrive Integrative Wellness Coaching and is currently completing advanced coaching certification through Duke Integrative Medicine. She is also a Board Member and volunteer with Postpartum Education and Support, NC, a local non-profit that supports moms experiencing postpartum mood disorders.

Caroline firmly believes that prioritizing our own health needs not only makes us healthier but also gives us the energy and resiliency to be our best selves for family, friends, work and our community. She has always enjoyed group fitness classes and was initially drawn to the FIT4MOM Body Back program as a way to meet other like-minded moms. The program’s combination of challenging workouts, nutritional support and an amazing group of mammas was even more special than she ever imagined. She loves combining her health coaching expertise with her personal passion for fitness as a Body Back instructor!

Certifications: Body Back®; American Red Cross First Aid; Adult, Child, and Infant CPR/First Aid

Contact Caroline at carolinedilworth@fit4mom.com.

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Instructor, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill

Courtney is a new mom to Sophia. She is a registered dietitian with over 10 years of clinical, community, and research experience. Prior to beginning doctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Courtney completed dual Master degrees in Nutrition and Public Health at Saint Louis University and worked in obesity metabolism research as the interventionist for various weight management trials.

Courtney works as a graduate research assistant with the Children's Healthy Weight Research group and is writing on her dissertation. Her research interests center on developing healthy lifestyle interventions that minimize the risk of chronic disease and connecting people and organizations with effective programs that allow the healthiest choices to become the easiest choices. Courtney loves to be active and really values the camaraderie and community that FIT4MOM has provided in such a short period of time.

Certifications: Prenatal and Postnatal Instructor for Stroller Strides®, American Red Cross First Aid, Adult, Child and Infant CPR

Contact Courtney at courtneyluecking@fit4mom.com.


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Instructor, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill

Emma is from the greater Boston area, and has been living in Carrboro since 2011. She studied bioengineering at Syracuse University, and then worked in a research lab in Boston for a few years before going back for her Masters of Public Health at Boston University. Emma decided pursue her Doctorate in Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and will graduate this summer. She had her son in the fall of 2014 and is due with baby #2 in October.

Emma’s past pursuits in physical activity range from running high school cross-country and track, playing rugby in college, running marathons in those post-college/pre-children years (when you have more time than you know what to do with, but don’t appreciate it), and boxing. Looking to continue her fitness goals post-baby, she discovered Stroller Strides at Carrboro's annual Rock The Baby event and her fate was sealed. When Body Back was offered in fall 2015, she got hooked on the intense workouts and has been a regular alumni participant ever since. FIT4MOM provides the opportunity to carry her academic pursuits and interests into the community to engage with women in this unique stage of life called motherhood. She is passionate about motivating women to meet their personal health and fitness goals, during pregnancy and beyond.

Certifications: Prenatal and Postnatal Instructor for FIT4MOM Stroller Strides®, Fit4Baby®, & Body Back; First Aid; Adult, Child & Infant CPR

Contact Emma at emmatzioumis@fit4mom.com.

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Instructor, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill

Erin began her journey to a healthy lifestyle after the birth of her second child in 2015. Though she is new to healthy living, she is loving it! A Charlotte native, Erin received her Communications and Public Relations degree from East Carolina University. Post college, she moved to NYC where she reconnected with a high school love, Chris, who lived in Washington DC. After relocating to DC, she and Chris got married and decided to head back south to start a family. They now have two children: Nora (born in August of 2013) and Niles (born in October of 2015). Erin started Fit 4 Mom by doing Body Back and fell in love with it. She has since joined Stroller Strides and Run Club. She truly enjoys getting to know other mamas and is so very thankful for the support system she has found here. They say it takes a village, and she feels that she has finally come home.

Certifications: Prenatal and Postnatal Instructor for FIT4MOM Stroller Strides®, Stroller Barre®, Fit4Baby®, & Body Back®; American Red Cross First Aid; Adult; Child, & Infant CPR

Contact Erin at erintilley@fit4mom.com.

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Run Coach, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill

Jess is from the Finger Lakes region of Central NY. As a competitive track and cross-country runner, she served as captain of her high school teams. Always looking for a challenge, Jess lived abroad in the Czech Republic as a Rotary high school exchange student and found herself close to home at Cornell University for her undergraduate years, where she studied Entomology and Animal Behavior. While at Cornell, Jess was an integral part of the local running community that included faculty, staff, and students. She even met her future husband during a snowy 7-mile group run.

After college, Jess pursued a research career that brought her to Boston and North Carolina. Along the way, she felt a calling as an educator. She finished a Master's in Science Education from NC State in December 2014 and welcomed her daughter Isabelle in April 2015.

Jess has trained for running distances from triple jump through marathon and feels most at peace pounding trails with her dog, Lemon. Jess is thrilled to combine her passions for running, teaching, family and community as a FIT4MOM Running Coach.

Certifications: Prenatal and Postnatal Instructor for FIT4MOM Stroller Strides® & Fit4Baby®; FIT4MOM Certified Running Coach; American Red Cross First Aid; Adult; Child, & Infant CPR

Contact Jess at jessica@fit4mom.com.

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Instructor, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill

Jill was born and raised in California. She spent her college years enjoying the sunny San Diego beaches and lovely weather. In 2005, she and her best friend moved cross country to Carrboro to try something new, with no job or plan other than to spend a few months in North Carolina. After working a bit (and meeting her future husband in Chapel Hill), Jill left to spend 2 years in Ann Arbor, MI where she received her Master’s degree in Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education. Jill returned to North Carolina after graduate school and eventually found herself at the UNC Kidney Center where she coordinates their kidney education and outreach program. Jill works with different communities throughout the state to help decrease the burden of chronic kidney disease and conducts screenings to check for early signs of kidney disease with at-risk populations. She is passionate about empowering people to take charge of their health, and learning what motivates them to make behavior change.

Jill now calls North Carolina home, and lives in Hillsborough with her husband, daughter (6.5 years) and son (3.5 year). Jill has always been active, playing soccer through high school, and fell in love with running during her time in San Diego. It wasn’t until grad school that Jill started running more frequently and longer; it has been a large part of her life ever since. After the arrival of her second child, Jill attended a Stroller Strides class and left dripping in sweat, having received a killer workout! She was recently a Body Back participant and discovered it was great strength training for running. She is so thrilled about all FIT4MOM Chapel Hill now has to offer to cater to a wide range of fitness levels and stages of motherhood! Outside of spending time exercising and with her family, Jill loves to cook and find new healthy recipes, and dreams of recipe testing full-time one day! She is thrilled to be a part of the FIT4MOM family!

Certifications: Body Back®; American Red Cross First Aid; Adult CPR/First Aid

Contact Jill at jpowell@fit4mom.com.

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Run Coach, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill

Julia was born and raised just outside of Boston, Massachusetts and currently resides in Chapel Hill with her husband and two young daughters. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a Pre-Med concentration from the Honors Program in the school of Arts and Sciences at Boston College. She subsequently earned her M.D. from Tufts University before venturing south for residency in Internal Medicine at the University of North Carolina. Following residency, Julia served as Chief Resident and Clinical Instructor for the Internal Medicine residency program before starting her fellowship in Gastroenterology, also at UNC. She is currently finishing up her final year of fellowship and will be joining Wake Gastroenterology, of Wake Internal Medicine Associates, in July 2018. Julia has professional interests particularly in Women’s Health and Gastrointestinal issues and truly feels that the body, mind, and soul each play an integrative role in healing and well-being.

Since childhood, Julia has been active in sports, serving as the captain of her high school varsity basketball team and starting goalkeeper for her high school varsity soccer team. She rekindled her love of running after she had her first daughter when she realized it was a great way to clear her mind and strengthen her body as a busy Mom. She has trained for distances ranging from 5K to Marathon and recently completed the Tar Heel Ten Miler and Bull City Half Marathon. In her spare time, you will likely catch Julia running with her 2 daughters in the double stroller (or solo!), wandering the aisles of Costco, or at a Stroller Strides class.

Certifications: FIT4MOM Certified Running Coach; American Red Cross First Aid; Adult; Child, & Infant CPR

Contact Julia at juliahughes@fit4mom.com.

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"Moms on a Mission" Coordinator, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill

Originally from North Carolina, Kelsi graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor in Social Work degree which required over 600 hours of internship and volunteer hours. She had experiences that pushed her out of her comfort zone, met incredible people and learned so much from their diverse perspectives. One internship was working under the North Carolina Social Work Director of Advocacy where she learned the importance of one strong voice. She then earned her Masters of Social Work Degree from East Carolina University where her studies were focused in clinical therapy for survivors of childhood trauma.

After University, Kelsi moved from Raleigh to 5 acres in Pittsboro with her husband, Dylan. They raised chickens, bees and found a passion for growing and preserving their own food. Kelsi started her own Etsy business that was featured in the 2012 US Weekly holiday issue. After five long and difficult years of trying to start their family, they welcomed a healthy baby boy, Garrett, to the farm in 2013.

In 2015, Kelsi and family moved to Chapel Hill where she stays at home raising their son. She has started a Preschool Coop, Haw River Tots, that now has a second generation of little ones, is an active board member for a local preschool and a neighborhood mom group. Kelsi is always looking for ways to incorporate service and volunteer opportunities for herself, friends and especially for kids. In her role as our "Moms on a Mission" Coordinator, Kelsi organizes and inspires members to participate in quarterly activities focused on giving back to children, families and the environment.

Contact Kelsi at kelsiwilson@fit4mom.com.

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Instructor, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill

Kristen (aka Krissy), originally from Maryland, moved to Carrboro with her husband, Kurt, in 2010, for her job in global health. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health and works on research studies and projects that aim to improve public health systems in low-income countries. Their son, Marek, was born in October 2011 and daughter, Greta, in January 2014.

A lifelong fan of group fitness classes, Krissy often joined her Mom at Jazzercise as a kid, taught step aerobics and weight training classes in college and taught indoor cycling classes at a gym near her job in D.C. Much of childhood and college was spent as a competitive individual and synchronized figure skater. Realizing the Olympics was not in the cards, she joined club lacrosse and water skiing teams in college for fun and friendship. An avid swimmer growing up and a love of competition got her hooked on triathlons in her mid-20s.

After becoming a full-time working parent, the years of 6 day-a-week hours-long workouts were over. A few months after the birth of her son, she joined a group fitness class at her work gym where she realized the amazing benefits of high-intensity interval training and the fun and accountability gained by working out with an awesome group of women. In a year, she felt stronger and fitter than she’d ever been. Much less partying and snacking, as well as being married to a fitness fanatic, helped too. Krissy is excited to be a part of the FIT4MOM team as a Body Back instructor in Carrboro.

Certifications: Postnatal Instructor for FIT4MOM Body Back; First Aid; Adult, Child & Infant CPR

Contact Krissy at krissystolka@fit4mom.com.

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Instructor, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill

Leigh is a North Carolina native and has made Chapel Hill her home for the last dozen years. She attended the University of North Carolina receiving a degree in Exercise and Sports Science, a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Carolina's medical school, and a postdoctoral fellowship in leadership education for healthcare providers through the Maternal & Child Health Bureau. Leigh works as a Women’s Health Physical Therapist for the Duke Medical System at the local Chapel Hill office in Meadowmont. She brings to FIT4MOM Chapel Hill a wealth of knowledge regarding prenatal and postpartum fitness, strength and conditioning, rehabilitation, and physical training for female athletes. Originally looking for a fitness resource in the community for her patients, Leigh fell in love with Stroller Strides and began regularly attending classes with her sweet daughter Ava. Now in her role as an instructor, Leigh hopes to inspire other moms and help them to build the friendships and fitness like she's enjoyed while being a part of the Fit4Mom Chapel Hill classes! Since joining the Fit4Mom Chapel Hill Team, Leigh helped launch our Fit4Baby prenatal fitness and wellness program which has been a part of dozens of healthy pregnancies as well as her own with newborn son Carter!

Leigh believes that a healthy family begins with a healthy mama. She and husband Ross are natural athletes and look forward to raising a fit family. Leigh loves that her children have fun with mom at Stroller Strides and will grow up with a positive concept of what it means to be strong like mom!

Certifications: Prenatal and Postnatal Instructor for Stroller Strides® & Fit4Baby®, Doctorate of Physical Therapy licensed in North Carolina, American Red Cross First Aid, Adult, Child and Infant CPR and Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers

Contact Leigh at leighwilfley@fit4mom.com.

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Instructor & Run Coach, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill

Nikki, originally from Iowa, moved to Chapel Hill with her family in October 2014. For the last 5 ½ years, she lived in New York City and prior to that Miami. Nikki graduated from the University of Iowa College of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She worked in the operating room as a circulating and scrub nurse for many years. After the birth of her first son, Nikki decided to step away from nursing to stay home and raise her now 5 year old, 3 year old, and 6 month old boys. It was during those first few months of motherhood that she attended a stroller based fitness class in NYC. This was a fantastic find as not only did she get a great workout, but also made some lifelong friends. This is one of the many reasons that Nikki is passionate about teaching Stroller Strides. It’s a fabulous way to get a hard core, muscle building, aerobic workout, but at the same time having the support of other women tackling the rigors of motherhood. Health and fitness have always been a part of Nikki’s lifestyle and she is excited to teach what she loves.

Nikki is an avid runner and enjoys doing road races, with or without the stroller. She has run four marathons: Chicago, Boston, Miami, and New York City. She loves taking her children on adventurous day trips to find new places to explore. Many times you can find them exploring museums, parks and playgrounds, and anything that has to do with trains and airplanes! She’ll also encourage everyone to try and sneak away to attend the monthly Fit4Mom Moms Night Outs. A perfect way to relax after a long day!

Certifications: Prenatal and Postnatal Instructor for FIT4MOM Stroller Strides®, Fit4Baby®, Stroller Barre®, & Body Back; FIT4MOM Certified Running Coach; Group Fitness Instructor Certified with American Council on Exercise; First Aid; Adult, Child & Infant CPR

Contact Nikki at nicolebrown@fit4mom.com.

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Instructor, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill

While the mountains will always have a piece of Rachel's heart since growing up in Asheville, she loves calling Chapel Hill home. Her two kids Nina Rose (4) and Max (2) keep her laughing on a daily basis. She discovered FIT4MOM when she attended a playgroup with a friend while on maternity leave with Max. Rachel started attending Stroller Strides classes when Max was a baby and has since dived into nearly all programs! She's been a member of Body Back since 2015, ran the Bull City Half Marathon with Team FIT4MOM in 2016, and enjoy Candlelight Yoga classes.

Prior to entering the world of motherhood Rachel earned a Masters in Public Health with a focus in community health education and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. When not having fun with FIT4MOM, she balances motherhood with working as a physical therapist primarily focusing on geriatrics.

Certifications: Prenatal and Postnatal Instructor for FIT4MOM Stroller Strides®; Doctorate of Physical Therapy licensed in North Carolina; American Red Cross First Aid; Adult, Child & Infant CPR

Contact Rachel at racheldirito@fit4mom.com.


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Instructor, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill

Sarah is a Chapel Hill/Carrboro native. She went to middle school, high school, and undergraduate right here in town. After 10 years spent away in Nashville and St. Louis, Sarah moved back to Chapel Hill in 2016 so her partner could go to law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sarah’s twins, Charlie and Payton, were born in 2017.

Sarah is an occupational therapist and has an extensive background working with people with physical and developmental disabilities. In St. Louis, she taught fitness classes for adults with Parkinson’s disease. Sarah also completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training program and hopes to teach adaptive yoga classes in the future. Currently, Sarah stays home with her children part-time and is in school completing a Master of Divinity degree with the hope of becoming a Unitarian chaplain. She enjoys staying active with her family, reading, and cooking pancakes for the family on Saturday mornings.

FIT4MOM provided a network of support during Sarah’s pregnancy through Fit4Baby classes as well as after the birth of her twins through Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre classes. The most surprising thing about Fit4Mom for Sarah was how fun and laid back the classes are. Does your baby cry throughout the entire class? No problem! Do you need someone to hold one baby while you change the other? No problem! FIT4MOM's got you covered.

Certifications: Prenatal and Postnatal Instructor for FIT4MOM Stroller Strides®, Stroller Barre®, Fit4Baby®; 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training; American Red Cross First Aid; Adult; Child, & Infant CPR
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Playgroup Captain, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill

Sarah grew up in an Army family, living a dozen places before graduating from high school. She studied sociology at the University of Washington before moving to Los Angeles with Teach For America in 2006. There she taught middle school English and history and earned her Master of Arts degree in Education from Loyola Marymount. Sarah completed her first marathon in 2008 and was inspired to start a chapter of Students Run L.A., a non-profit that trains at-risk youth to complete a marathon. She coached students through three seasons of the L.A. Marathon.

In 2011, Sarah left L.A. for a year of volunteering and exploring via camper van, with now-husband Ryan. A two-year stint in Lansing, Michigan after the adventure provided Sarah the opportunity to work with 4th-8th grade classrooms as an Academic Specialist. She also co-chaired the Students, Spouses, and Significant Others group for Ryan’s MBA program, organizing events and activities for students and their families.

Sarah and Ryan moved to Portland, Oregon in 2014, and welcomed their first son, Cole, in June. Little brother Hudson followed in March 2016. Wanting to be closer to family, they relocated to Chapel Hill at the end of 2016. Finding FIT4MOM shortly after moving was the final piece in Sarah’s recovery from postpartum depression. The sense of community she felt in FIT4MOM classes anchored her something more than the struggles of motherhood and made her feel at home in North Carolina.

In her role as Playgroup Captain, Sarah plans and orchestrates weekly playgroup activities held on Fridays after Stroller Strides. Playgroups vary in themes and activities for little ones to learn and explore. She also helps us celebrates birthdays every month with snacks & "Happy Birthday to You!" during playgroup on the last Friday of the month.

Contact Sarah at sarahbonenberger@fit4mom.com.

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Run Coach, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill

Shelly, originally from Washington, DC, moved to North Carolina with her family at a young age. She has called North Carolina home for over 30 years. She received a BS in Microbiology from North Carolina State University, and currently works for Thermo Fisher Scientific as a Technical Sales Specialist for Synthetic Biology. Prior to her current role, Shelly worked in cancer research laboratories for over 15 years.

Growing up, Shelly always led an active lifestyle by playing softball, basketball, and running (non-competitively). In 2014, she completed her first half marathon and has been hooked on running as a means of stress relief and relaxation ever since. She joined FIT4MOM in October 2016 for personal strength training sessions, and quickly became hooked on the FIT4MOM philosophy and camaraderie. You can routinely find her participating in weekly run club, yoga, and body back sessions.

Shelly currently lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, John, and their sweet fur baby Mirlo. You can often find her out and about in the neighborhood either walking Mirlo or running solo. She enjoys long distance road running, but has recently acquired a new passion for trail running as well.

Certifications: FIT4MOM Certified Running Coach; First Aid; Adult, Child & Infant CPR

Contact Shelly at shellywest@fit4mom.com.

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JOIN OUR TEAM!

Do you have a passion for fitness and motherhood? Are you energetic and motivational? Do you love encouraging other moms to reach their potential? Then consider becoming a FIT4MOM Chapel Hill instructor or run coach! Be a leader in our community and give moms the strength for motherhood!

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