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Regional Fitness Director
Tony joined the Brookfield Elite team in 1994. He oversees all of Elite’s fitness programs as well as coordinates racquetball leagues at our Brookfield location. He is certified as a Personal Trainer by the American Council on Exercise and has Reebok certifications in: Core Training, Body Pump, and Cycle Reebok.
Fitness Director & Group Ex Director
Luke has a B.S in Kinesiology from UW-Milwaukee, is an American Council of Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer, as well as an ACE Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach. He is also a certified Spin, Les Mills Body Pump, and TRX instructor and specializes in lifestyle management and functional training. Luke enjoys playing basketball and baseball, spending time with his wife and 2 children (Owen & Makayla), coaching their various activities, and camping. He believes that “success and happiness are choices. Every day you decide what to wear, eat, whether or not to exercise, if you are going to be happy, and how you are going to approach the day. Through a little determination, thought, and preparation, you can achieve any level of success and happiness in your health and life, but it all starts with a choice.” Luke started his career in 1999 and has been with Elite Sports Clubs since 1999.
Personal Training Director
Specializations: Athlete training & weight loss. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two kids, reading, and training to get a little bit better every day.
Motivational Philosophy: No one workout or one meal is going to change your lifestyle. Learning how to make exercise and nutrition repeatedly part of your healthy habits and in line with your goals will lead to accomplishing those goals and feeling excellent.
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi
Fitness Director (at North Shore & River Glen)
Education & Certifications: Military Academy: B.S. in Physical Education & Fitness Management, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Member, International Fitness ProfessionalsAssociation (IFPA), Certified Personal Trainer, State Board Certified Massage Therapist
Specializations & Interests: Kickboxing, Boot Camp, Kettlebell, Spin, Bosu Ball, Reebok Core Board, & TRX, Weight loss, Endurance Training & Functional Training
Alex joined the Elite team in 2000. He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. Philosophy: “If you have a goal and you really want to achieve it, it is always possible.”
Personal Training Director
Education & Certifications: UW-Milwaukee: Master of Science (M.S.), Kinesiology and Exercise Science, UW-Milwaukee: Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Certified Functional Strength Coach
Specializations & Interests: Matt specializes in functional resistance training for general health and all types of athletic endeavors. He enjoys running trail ultra marathons, playing tennis, and spending time with his wife Jen and daughter Emma Carlin.
Philosophy: “Movement is an important key to life. Take time to move consistently and well. Let your body recover from difficult efforts and strive for balance in your work. Most importantly, take time to enjoy the people, effort, and the nuances surrounding your activity. Each day is a blessing!”
Matt started his career in 1997 and he joined the Elite team in 2012.
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS: Concordia University of Wisconsin: B.S. Exercise Physiology and Exercise Leadership, Certified Personal Trainer through the Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA), Certified Level 1 Coach from USA Triathlon, Les Mills certified in BodyPump and TONE, and certified in Red Cross CPR and First Aid Instruction.
SPECIALIZATION & INTERESTS: Melissa works with clients of all ages and abilities, specializing in Sports-Performance Training, High Intensity and Functional Training, and Multi-Sport Training. Melissa enjoys training for and competing in triathlons, and is a 5-time member of Team USA and 2-time All-American. She also teaches Spin, Zumba, Power Pilates Mat, & Gravity Training System.
PHILOSOPHY: “Get comfortable being uncomfortable. It’s okay to be uncomfortable, and often times those are the moments in our exercise routines that help take us to the next level-paired with adequate rest and recovery. Our bodies are amazing machines that can often times perform more than we believe they can.”
Melissa has been a part of the Elite team since 2002.
Group Exercise Director and Personal Trainer
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS: UW-Stevens Point: B.S. Health & Wellness Promotion. The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)
SPECIALIZATION & INTERESTS: Jill Jelinski loves teaching group exercise classes and working with people of all ages and levels, but particularly enjoy’s women’s fitness and health programs. She is also an Assistant Cross Country Coach at Menomonee Falls High School and enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, taking long walks—preferably on a beach, and watching her son compete in High School Cross Country and Track.
PHILOSOPHY: “Every day is another chance to get stronger, to eat better, to live healthier and to be the best version of YOU!” -Unknown Author Set your goals, train regularly, and keep it fun! Jill’s career started in 1986 and she has been with Elite Sports Clubs since 1987.
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: B.S. in Dietetics, American Council of Exercise (ACE), Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) & Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS), TRX Suspension Training Certified, Power Pilates Mat I Certified, American Red Cross: Water Safety Instructor (WSI) and Lifeguard CertifiedS
SPECIALIZATION:Nutrition & Weight Loss, Aqua Training, Youth Training, Functional Training
INTERESTS: Traveling, Dancing, Cooking, and Spending Time with Friends
PHILOSOPHY: Take care of your body as a whole – physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. Set goals, push past them, and achieve results you never imagined! YOU are worth it! Inspire others to be the best version of themselves, like others have inspired you.
Taylor’s career started in 2016 and she has been with Elite Sports Clubs since 2016.
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS: UW-Milwaukee: B.A. in Marketing, Institute for Integrative Nutrition Certified Health Coach, National Academy for Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Titleist Performance Institute Level 1 Trainer
SPECIALIZATION & INTERESTS: Functional Training, Rotational Sport Training, Fat Loss and Muscle Gain
PHILOSOPHY: Nothing changes if you don’t.
Taylor’s career started in 2018 and he has been with Elite Sports Clubs since 2018.
Personal Trainer & Group Exercise Director
Jen graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a B.S. degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Exercise Management. She began her career with Elite Sports clubs shortly after graduating in 2001. Jen is the Group Fitness Director and enjoys teaching a variety of classes, including Body Pump, Body Attack, Kickboxing, and Pilates Fusion. She is an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer and also holds certifications in Prenatal/Postpartum Exercise Design, Les Mills Body Pump, Les Mills Body Attack, Power Pilates Beginner and Intermediate Mat, Gravity, TRX, Hardstyle Kettlebell, and FMS (Functional Movement Systems) Level 1 and 2. Jen enjoys playing volleyball, jogging, rollerblading, and spending time with her husband and two boys, Bryce and Caden. She especially loves showing her boys how being active shouldn’t be a chore, it should be fun! They love shooting hoops together, playing catch, and working on their push-ups. She loves challenging her clients with fun and creative workouts that keep them safe, making sure to work with any injuries or limitations they may have. She believes that motivating her clients truly starts with understanding their goals and creating a trusting trainer-client relationship.
Kelly is a graduate of UW-Milwaukee with a Bachelor’s degree of science in Kinesiology. She is also Efi Sports Medicine Certified in Gravity Group Strength, an AEA certified Aquatic Fitness Professional, and is certified in TRX. Kelly has been with Elite since 2005 and specializes in balance and agility training, strength and cardiovascular training, as well as aquatic personal training. She enjoys traveling, going to Marquette basketball games, and spending time with her family and friends. Kelly’s philosophy is “Push yourself out of your comfort zone.”
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS: B.S. of Psychology from University of Wisconsin Madison, American Council of Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer, American Council of Sports Medicine and The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (ACSM/NCPAD) Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer, and ACE Oh Baby! Pregnancy and Postpartum Exercise Instructor
SPECIALIZATION & INTERESTS: Strength, functional, & mobility training, Adapted fitness for physical and cognitive disability & post-injury training, and Pregnancy and postpartum training. Alex enjoys working out, hiking, reading, boating, and being outdoors.
PHILOSOPHY: “Healthy mind, healthy body” I believe that improving your physical health will help improve your mental health and vice versa. Exercising and fueling your body with nutritious foods will help reduce stress, boost energy levels, create happier moods, and improve sleep and memory.
Alex’s career started in 2017 and she started at Elite Sports Clubs in 2018.
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS Senior Kinesiology Student- University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
SPECIALIZATIONS & INTERESTS Active Aging Population Exercise Physiology Cycling Weight lifting Bootcamp Rachel enjoys hiking, lifting weights, road/mountain biking and camping.
MOTIVATIONAL PHILOSOPHY “You are braver thank you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Don’t let self-doubt prevent you from achieving your goals!
Her career started in 2020 and has been with Elite Sports Clubs since 2020.
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS: National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA) Certified Personal Trainer, American Red Cross Certified in CPR/AED
SPECIALIZATION & INTERESTS: Knee and hip replacement clients, inactive lifestyle, special needs population, arthritis, flexibility, and limited range of motion. She also specializes in strength and mobility personal training for older clients to keep up with the grandkids! Bernie enjoys biking, birding, tending her flowers, Sudoku, reading, working out, and spending time with her husband, three children, and five grandsons.
PHILOSOPHY: I enjoy helping motivate people to improve their quality of life. My programs are designed to safely challenge and encourage their commitment to fitness! If you rest – you’ll rust.
Bernie has been training and teaching since 1982.
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS: Carroll University: B.S. in Exercise Science; Psychology
National Strength and Conditioning Association: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
SPECIALIZATION & INTERESTS: Helping people move better with greater useful strength
& long-term athletic development. As a former NCAA swimmer, he teaches triathletes and competitive swimmers how to improve their efficiency and speed. He also coaches high school swimming. Joe enjoys adventures with his wife, Lauren, and spending time with his two dogs, Jordy and Lambeau.
“You can’t fire a cannon from a canoe.” – Charles Poliquin
“You are responsible for your own fitness. Everyone else is just a guide.” – Joe Janzen
Joe’s career with Elite Sports Club began in 2014.
Personal Training Director
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS: Cal-State Northridge: BA in Phy Ed, 1995, UW-Milwaukee: MS in Biomechanics, 2007, Certified Personal Trainer, 1992 (NASM), Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, 1998 (NSCA), Certified Natural Trainer (CNT,) Monkey Bar Gym, 2008, Reebok Spin Instructor, Polestar Pilates Certified, Reebok Coreboard Instructor, Yoga Fit Level 1 Instructor, Reebok Functional Movement Screen Assessment, & TRX Training.
SPECIALIZATION & INTERESTS: Sports Performance Training for all age groups, Senior Training, High-risk population w/ cardiac and/or orthopedic issues & rehabilitation
Paul enjoys Yoga, Kettlebell training, large dogs, cooking (especially barbeque), craft beer and home brewing, and spending time with his wife and daughters.
PHILOSOPHY: “I train movement, not muscles. The body is an integrated unit and should be treated as such. Everybody is an athlete on some level. It is my job to make them the best athlete they can be.”
Paul’s career started in 1994 and he has been with Elite Sports Clubs since 1996.
Group Exercise Director, Racquetball Director, Personal Trainer (at North Shore & River Glen)
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS: AAFA Certified Personal Trainer, American Red Cross Certified CPR and First Aid Instructor, Les Mills Certified Instructor, Trained in Spin, Pilates, Ballet Barre, Sculpt, Step, and Bosu.
Amy began teaching group fitness in 1991, and has been part of the Elite team since 2005. She understands that every individual has unique fitness goals and believes that every day holds a new opportunity to become stronger inside and out. Amy applies a constant variety of training techniques to create both muscular and mental challenge to give you continuous results and
improvement. She has demonstrated tremendous energy, motivation and perseverance while obtaining her professional training, which has improved the over all health of her clients and our members.
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS: AFAA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor, AFAA Certified Step Instructor, Les Mills BODY PUMP* Certified Instructor and pursuing a Master Trainer Certification, Johnny G Spinning* Certified Instructor, Zumba Certified Instructor, Cycleops Indoor Cycling Certified Instructor, Efi Sports Medicine GTS GRAVITYGroup* Certified Instructor, TRX* Suspension Group Training Certified Instructor, Other Specialty training includes Kickboxing, BOSU, Bootcamp, Functional Fitness, SilverSneakers* program, Junior fitness, and basic Nutrition.
American Red Cross Certified in CPR, AED, and First Aid.. Bachelor’s degree from The National Teacher’s College in Asia. Studied German language in Frankfurt Germany.
SPECIALIZATION & INTERESTS: My goal is to help clients feel stronger, get in shape, and be more confident about themselves. Exercise not only changes your physical health, but emotional and mental as well. As a Personal trainer and Fitness specialist, my commitment is to YOU, to help you reach your fitness and lifestyle goals.
Personal Trainer (AT NORTH SHORE & RIVER GLEN)
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS: UW Platteville: B.S. Health and Human Performance
American College of Sports Medicine: Certified Personal Trainer
American Sports and Fitness Association: Cycling Instructor
SPECIALIZATION & INTERESTS: Balance, Strength, and Endurance, Weight Management, Fitness Event Preparation, Energizing and Enjoyable Fitness, Health and Wellness Guidance. Working out, traveling, working with my hands, and being outdoors.
PHILOSOPHY: “Every Journey Starts With A Single Step.” – Lao Tze
No matter where you are in your life it is never too late for a healthy start.
Curt’s career started in 2017 and he has been with Elite Sports Clubs since 2017.
Personal Trainer (AT NORTH SHORE & RIVER GLEN)
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS: Wisconsin Lutheran College; B.S. in Sports and Exercise Science, American College of Sports Medicine: Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
SPECIALIZATION & INTERESTS: Sports Performance, Strength and Conditioning , Injury Prevention, Health and Wellness, Functional Training. Matt enjoys sports, fitness, the outdoors, fishing and is also passionate about spending time with family and finding balance between work and enjoyable activities.
PHILOSOPHY: “Anything worth having is worth fighting for” – Susan Phillips. “Im not telling you its going to be easy, I’m telling you its going to be worth it.” – Art Williams. My philosophy is, if you want it then go get it and don’t stop till you do.
Matthew’s career started in 2016 and he has been with Elite Sports Clubs since 2017.
Personal Trainer (AT NORTH SHORE & RIVER GLEN)
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: B.S. in Kinesiology & Exercise Science, American Council on Exercise: Certified Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise: Group Fitness Instructor, American Sport and Fitness Association: Cycling Instructor
SPECIALIZATION & INTERESTS: Marshal specializes in Body Weight and Boot Camp Style Training, Battle Rope and TRX Training, Fitness and Nutrition Education, Strength and Conditioning, Training for Weight Loss, and Group Exercise. He enjoys camping, hiking, and playing guitar.
PHILOSOPHY: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela. I believe becoming a healthier version of yourself is always possible. With a little bit of knowledge and the right amount of hard work, you can reach your health and fitness goals.
Marshal’s career started in 2015 and he has been with Elite Sports Clubs since 2017.
Personal Trainer (AT NORTH SHORE & RIVER GLEN)
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS: University of Wisconsin- La Crosse: B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science, American College of Sports Medicine: Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C), AAAI/ISMA: Certified Pilates Instructor, Certified SilverSneakers Instructor, Certified LiveSTRONG at the YMCA Instructor, Certified Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach
SPECIALIZATION & INTERESTS: Functional Training, Group training, Special Populations, Weight Management, HIIT, I enjoy reading, hiking, weight lifting, traveling, and playing board games.
PHILOSOPHY: “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn
I want to inspire people to find exercises that they enjoy doing everyday. There are many opportunities all around us to move our bodies, we have to look for them. The exercises you do are better than the ones you don’t do.
Kailyn’s career started in 2013 and she has been with Elite Sports Clubs since 2017.
Group Exercise Director & group Exercise Director
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS: UW- La Crosse: B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science with an emphasis in fitness, Certified Functional Strength Coach, American Council of Exercise: Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Certified Spinning Instructor, Pound, Les Mills Tone, Ballet Barre, CPR (American Red Cross)
SPECIALIZATION & INTERESTS: Nicole specializes in functional training, sport training (lacrosse, basketball, golf, tennis, softball/baseball), and weight loss programming. Nicole’s interests are backpacking, camping, reading and spending time with her family.
PHILOSOPHY: “Make exercise a part of your everyday life. If you have a goal that is important, you will find a way to work at it every chance you get.”
Nicole’s career started in 2008 and she has been with Elite Sports Clubs since 2012.
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS: Durham University: BTEC in Sports Science, Cardinal Stritch University: B.S. in Sports Management, National Academy of Sports Medicine: Certified Personal Trainer, NESTA: Speed Agility and Quickness Specialist, Medical Exercise Specialist (MES), Licensed National Soccer Association
SPECIALIZATION & INTERESTS: Small Group Training: TRX Suspension Training, Nimble – Senior specific classes & Boot Camp. Craig enjoys playing soccer, working out, going to the movies and hanging out with his wife and twin girls.
PHILOSOPHY: “Make sure you challenge yourself in every workout. Every person who works out wants results whether it be to lose weight, gain strength or cardio fitness or improve basic functionality for daily activities etc. For this to happen you must challenge your body and that’s where I come in because most people find it hard to do this on their own. I’ll gladly be your helping hand to success.”
Craig’s career started in 1999 and he has been with Elite Sports Clubs since 2005.
Personal Trainer & Group Exercise Instructor
SPECIALIZATION & INTERESTS: As a personal trainer: Medical Exercise Specialty (post rehab/PT) – Multiple Sclerosis, joint replacements, CVA/Stroke, Parkinson’s, Cardiac Post Rehab, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Hypertension, Functional Training, Weight Management/Wellness. As a group exercise instructor: Kickboxing, Kettlebells, HIIT and Pilates! Private life: Melissa spends time with her family, friends, and various pets. She loves bicycling, cross country skiing, martial arts, rollerblading, ice skating, painting on canvas, and just about anything artistic. For the last several years, she has run an online Etsy store where she creates and sells her own jewelry designs.
PHILOSOPHY: “Life doesn’t come with a remote. Get up and change it yourself” My motivation stems from my own weight loss of 150#. My desire to help others to achieve their fitness goals and a better quality of life drives me.
Melissa’s career started in 2002 and she has been with Elite Sports Clubs since 2005.