parks plus fitness center wheaton IL



Staff


Manager

Ryan Miller
Parks Plus Fitness Center Manager

-B.S. Recreation Management from Illinois State University
-Certified Race Director (Color Run, Cosley Zoo, Torch Run, Reindeer Run)
-Certified CPR, First Aid, AED Instructor
-Certified Aquatics Operator

Phone: 630-510-5135
rmiller@wheatonparks.org

-Ryan oversees all operations and day-to-day functions of the fitness center, group fitness, and child care
-Directly supervises the Assistant Manager, Group Fitness Coordinator, and Kidz Kingdom Coordinators as well as the fitness center front desk team

Ryan has been with the Wheaton Park District since 2004. Ryan’s knowledge of parks and recreation has helped the park district in many areas. He has worked in parks/maintenance, aquatics, athletics and fitness; having supervisory roles in athletics and fitness. Ryan also manages the Clocktower Commons Minigolf and Skate Park for the park district.

Assistant Manager

Michelle Artis
Parks Plus Fitness Center Assistant Manager

-B.S. Physical Education/Fitness Management from DePaul University
-ACE Certified Personal Trainer, TRX Instructor
-Certified CPR, First Aid, AED Instructor

Phone: 630-510-5124
martis@wheatonparks.org

-Michelle assists the fitness center manager in operations and day-to-day functions of the fitness center, group fitness, and child care
-Directly supervises the Kidz Kingdom Coordinator and child care team, personal training team and fitness center front desk team

Michelle has been with PPFC since 2006 as a certified personal trainer and was promoted to assistant manager in 2015. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2000. Michelle was a Division I athlete in college and a multiple sport varsity athlete in high school. She is a Wheaton resident and mother of 4. In her spare time Michelle volunteers and completes races and events such as: GoRuck Challenge, Super Spartan, Soldier Field 10 miler, and Ragner Series/200 mile relay. Of course you’ll also see her at the Wheaton Park District Race Series (Color Run, Run for the Animals, Torch Run, & Reindeer Run).

Coordinators

Laurie Loftus
Group Fitness Coordinator

Ph: 630-510-5127
Email

American Council on Exercise: Group Fitness Trainer / Instructor
American Council on Exercise: Personal Trainer
Other Certifications: Zumba Fitness, Pilates, Spin, Kickbox and Step

Laurie has been teaching fitness classes for over 20 years, and has been with the park district since 2004. She teaches all class formats. Laurie enjoys working with participants to make exercise fun and something to look forward to. She feels that inspiring music and good cueing are the basis of a great class.

Group Fitness Instructors>

Sheri Rovansek
Kidz Kingdom Coordinator

Ph: 630-510-5136
Email

All Kidz Kingdom Instructors, Volunteers, and Staff are certified in CPR, AED, and Department of Children and Family Services Standards training. In addition, each employee of the park district must pass a background check prior to their first day of employment.

Sheri has been with the Wheaton Park District since 2008.

Kidz Kingdom Child Care Staff>

Personal Training Team

All of our personal trainers are certified in CPR, AED, and First Aid.

Jim Brown
Certified Personal Trainer

Jim is certified as a personal trainer by World Instructors Training School through College of DuPage. He has a Bachelor in Accounting from Marquette University and MBA in Finance from Loyola University. He believes people of all ages can enjoy being fit by setting goals and persevering to achieve those goals. Jim has a wide range of fitness experience which he incorporates in his training sessions. He competes in Masters (age group) Track and Field and runs the sprint races. Jim currently holds a 4th degree black belt in Taekwondo and has 20 years of participating and teaching martial arts.

Jim Brown Certified Personal Trainer for Parks Plus Fitness Center

Maddalena Dechiara
Certified Personal Trainer, TRX Instructor

Maddalena is certified by World Instructors Training School. She started teaching fitness classes and fell in love with it. Years later, she decided to pursue personal training where she could help people stay active in a challenging, but fun way. Being outdoors is her favorite place, especially when it's warm! She loves to learn about different client needs and creating plans for them to keep moving! Maddalena is also a TRX instructor and teaches classes in the mornings and evenings.

Maddalena Dechiara

Tom Gaffney
Certified Personal Trainer, Youth Sports Performance Instructor & Insanity Instructor

Tom started his personal fitness journey years ago as an overweight man preparing for a wedding. He went from 300+ pounds to the Insanity, Sports Performance, and Certified Trainer he is today. Having been in the footsteps of so many, Tom knows both sides of the coin and wants to help others overcome their barriers to help reach their goals. Tom is certified by International Sports Sciences Association.

Stacey Lim
Certified Personal Trainer

Stacey is a proud mother of two beautiful girls that remind her everyday of how important it is to stay healthy and active. Shortly after they were born she became a fitness enthusiast and experimented with many different forms of exercise. During this time she discovered the importance of finding a type of exercise that's fresh, fun, unique to you, and keeps you motivated for years to come. Stacey started her fitness career training family and friends which led her to PPFC. She received her certification through SCW Fitness and continues to expand her knowledge every day.

Tom Reichert
Certified Personal Trainer

Tom is certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and he specializes in general fitness training. He is a retired teacher who decided to go back into marathon training and is a seasoned weightlifter that incorporates his extensive knowledge as a lifelong learner into his training sessions. Tom believes that it’s important to incorporate a regular exercise routine into your life and that this is one of the best decisions you can make. Tom invites everyone to make the commitment today and keep the commitment for life!

Tom Reichert Certified

Don Schroeder
Personal Trainer, TRX Instructor

Don graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor in Applied Exercise and Health. He has previously worked with NHL Skating Consultants, USA Hockey, and has experience working in NCAA D I athletic programs. Don also has international coaching experience in Serbia and Hungary. Here at Parks Plus he combines his experiences and extensive knowledge to help build programs for the beginner to the advanced!

Don Schroeder

Kristina Weller
Certified Personal Trainer, Fit45 Instructor, Group Fitness Instructor

As a loving mother of two young boys Kristina recognizes sometimes there aren't enough hours in the day. Her specialty is high intensity interval training which will tone and strengthen the body efficiently. Kristina utilizes a variety of functional exercises to enhance your fitness for everyday life, as well as the beach. Her clients leave the gym with a smile on their face and sweat dripping down their back. Kristina is certified by the American Council on Exercise.

Group Fitness

Group Fitness classes are taught by instructors listed below as well as Laurie Loftus, Group Fitness Coordinator, and Kristina Weller, Personal Trainer.

Kristin Bagley

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy; BA – Kinesiology
  • American College of Sports Medicine – Health/Fitness Specialist
  • Aerobic Fitness Association of America – Group Fitness Instructor

Kristin has been teaching at the Wheaton Park District for over 5 years and has a strong following. She teaches Pilates, Yogalattes, Spin and Total Body Workout. Kristin feels that “Optimism, Will, and Desire are truly powerful in overcoming any of life’s setbacks.”

Cheryl Catanzaro

  • Aerobic Fitness Association of America: Group Fitness Instructor
  • Other Certifications: Martial Arts/Kickboxing, Zumba Fitness, Spin, Balletone

Cheryl has been teaching at the park district since 2001. She teaches many class formats and has a strong following. Her classes are challenging, but always fun. “I always enjoy helping participants’ work toward and eventually reach their goals. There is NO better feeling in the world!”

Denise Dimpfl

  • American Council on Exercise: Gold Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • Other Certifications: Pilates, Step, Kickboxing, TRX Suspension Training

Denise has been teaching fitness classes for over 30 yrs, 21 of those have been at the Wheaton Park District. She teaches all formats, and finds that her passion for fitness has kept her motivated to help participants find their passion
to be fit for life!

Tiffani Floros

  • American Council on Exercise: Group Fitness
  • BA - Early Education Degree

Tiffani has been teaching adult group classes (Tabata, Core Conditioning, Spin, and Interevelocity) at the park district for over a year. She also teaches “Go-Go Robics." This activity class is designed for children ages 3-5, with the goal to get them moving and make it FUN!

Dawn Fueger

  • American Council on Exercise: Group Fitness

Dawn has been teaching at the park district for 13 years. She teaches the
5:45am Step Interval class. She loves to exercise first thing in the morning, and her participants love her energy!

Amy Hauenstein

  • American Council on Exercise: Group Fitness

Amy has taught at the park district for 21 years. She is the water aerobics
instructor over the summer. Amy believes that exercise is for everyone: “Find something you like and stick with it!”

Lesley Ronson - Brown

  • The Lotus Centre: Yoga
  • American Council on Exercise: Group Fitness
  • Other Certifications: Pilates and Zumba Fitness

Lesley got her start teaching children’s fitness classes at the park district in
1997. She teaches Yoga and Pilates, and is currently working toward an advanced Yoga degree (500 hr. certification). She enjoys working with all populations, but especially children and seniors.

Mary Schumacher

  • American Council on Exercise: Group Fitness
  • Other Certifications: Step Aerobics

Mary has been teaching at the park district since 1991. Mary has taught classes in Europe, Central America, North America and Africa. She would love to teach fitness classes on every continent before retiring. She enjoys getting to know her participants and sharing her sense of humor.

Terry Solfest

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine: Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise
    Specialist
  • American Council on Exercise: Group Fitness
  • Other Certifications: Yoga and Spin

Terry has been teaching since 2004 and has been at the park district for 4 years. She teaches Spin, Sculpt, and Boot Camp style classes. She is currently working on the Performance Enhancement Specialist Certification through NASM. Terry's philosophy is a holistic approach to wellness, including diet, sleep, exercise and a positive mental attitude.

Jackie Steele

  • American Council on Exercise: Group Fitness
  • MADD Dog Athletics: Spin

Jackie has been teaching for over 10 years, and has been with the Wheaton Park District since 2007. She teaches Body Sculpt, Spin and Interval Training classes. Jackie feels that making exercise fun and results-attainable is the key to a great class. You might hear from her “10 more, I promise, that’s all!”

Todd Sudduth

  • Cycling Fusion: Spin

Todd started taking Spin classes at the park district back in 2009. He found a
passion for indoor group cycling and became certified in early 2013. Todd is
currently a substitute instructor and rotates the weekend spin classes. Todd's goal is to create the highest quality class, with inspiring music and well designed routines of sprints, climbs, recoveries and a spectacular finishes!

Kidz Kingdom Child Care

All Kidz Kingdom Instructors, Volunteers, and Staff are certified in CPR, AED, and Department of Children and Family Services Standards training. In addition, each employee of the park district must pass a background check prior to their first day of employment.

Katie Baehl
Hired in 2011
Mary Kate Baehl
Hired in 2012
Maureen Derwent
Hired in 2004

Debbie HInkley
Hired in 2003
Molly Milnamow
Hired 2013
Kathy Walsh
Hired in 2006

Service Desk


Emily Barham

Ed Berndt

Marcy Foster

Peter Mangelsdorf
       

Linda Moorehouse

Cathy Stablein

Adrene Terfler

Deanna Williams

 


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