Fitness Team

Fitness Team

Fitness Team

Jim Hughes, Fitness Director, Elite Personal Trainer

Jim earned a BS and MS in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993 and 1996 respectively. During his undergraduate studies he initiated a personal training program at the All Racquetball Fitness Center in 1991, growing the program from its infancy to converting 4 courts to strength, cardiovascular, stretching and personal training areas. In 1993 while studying for his Masters he was hired as part of the strength and conditioning staff at the University of Illinois and continued in that capacity until he accepted a job as the personal training manager at the Gold Coast Multiplex in Chicago in 1996. While serving in that position he was offered an opportunity to serve as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Illinois, Chicago. In 1998 he was hired to oversee the construction, layout, and implementation of the new strength and conditioning program where he grew it from an idea of working with a single team into one that was responsible for the year round training program of 18 varsity Division 1 teams and over 325 athletes. In 2001, Jim was hired as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the NBA team, Washington Wizards, where he was responsible for the design, development and implementation of the year round training program. In 2005, he accepted a position as a superintendent for Beazer Homes in the hopes of expanding his business and managerial skills. He has helped build and close in excess of 250 homes in the DC/Virginia region and was honored as Mid-Atlantic Region’s NHBI builder of the year. Jim brings his managerial and organizational skills to Wheaton Sport Center as Fitness Director and looks forward to sharing his years of experience with all members in their quest to stay fit. 

At the club since: 2009


Nancy Allen, Personal Trainer, Elite Personal Trainer

Nancy Allen brings over 26 years of experience to the fitness industry and is passionate about her profession. She understands that clients may have incredibly busy lives, but believes it is necessary to strike a balance between health, wellness, family, work and friends.  Nancy’s areas of interest include working with motivated clients of all ages and abilities who are willing to work hard and be challenged to achieve optimal results. Nancy provides a workout that is challenging, effective and fun while incorporating the latest fitness trends to give her client the best program possible. Her fitness passions include running, biking, outdoor activities, basketball, and strength training. She also enjoys being an avid sport spectator, especially baseball. Nancy earned her B.S. degree in Physical Education/Adult Fitness from University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. Her credits also include National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer, TRX Suspension Training and TRX Functional Training Certified.

At the club since: 1997
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Janelle Field, Personal Trainer, Master Personal Trainer

Janelle Field‘s vision is to assist her clients in achieving their goals through safe, fun, and effective workouts that fuse creativity and diverse physical challenges. She wants her client to take the discipline and creativity that they have learned during their time together and apply it to their everyday lifestyle. Janelle is passionate about encouraging and challenging her clients and enjoys working with people of all different ages and stages of life, including prenatal and postnatal mothers. For her, it is an honor to walk alongside, pray, and listen to the chapters of their lives. Janelle’s areas of interest include holistic health, athletes of all levels, and beginning fitness enthusiasts. Janelle earned her B.S. degree in Kinesiology from Wheaton College and was also a 4 year soccer player, winning the 2005 Women’s National Championship. Janelle’s additional credits include American College on Exercise (ACE) certified personal trainer, certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach-level 1 certification, TRX Functional Training, TRX Suspension Training, ONNIT Foundation Certified, and Schwinn Spin certified.

At club since: 2006
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Debi Hughes, Personal Trainer, Master Personal Trainer

Debi Hughes understands the busy client and believes dedicating just a small portion of your day to yourself will improve your health and well-being.  She is passionate about making her clients feel confident and encouraged from their training sessions so that they live healthy and productive lives. Debi’s areas of interest include working with a wide range of clientele from beginners, young athletes, pre/post-natal mothers and active adults.  Debi earned her B.S. degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois. After graduating, she worked as a Personal Trainer in downtown Chicago before getting hired as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Washington Wizards, becoming the first female Strength and Conditioning Coach in the NBA. After starting a family, Debi moved to Wheaton and started working as a Personal Trainer at WSC in 2010.  Other credits include ACE Certified Personal Trainer, TRX Suspension Training and TRX Functional Training Certified.  

At the club since: 2010
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Ray Serbick, Personal Trainer, Expert Personal Trainer

Ray Serbick, who doubles as a full-time Physical Education Teacher, is an integral part of our Personal Training Staff. Ray is passionate about fitness and all types of sports including wrestling, soccer, track and combat type sports such as judo. His interests include working with clients who have a goal in mind and have the desire to work hard toward achievement. Ray earned his B.S. degree from Eastern Illinois, where he competed in wrestling and was a 2x qualifier for the Division I National Tournament. Other credits include Cooper Institute Personal Training and TRX Suspension Certified.

At the club since: 2006
Lisa Evans, Personal Trainer, Expert Personal Trainer

Lisa Evans believes that exercise can be a healing, fulfilling, and joyful activity to improve one's health and well-being. She is passionate about getting her client s to work toward their fullest potential. In addition, she enjoys assisting her clients to grow stronger and move easily through proper technique and posture improvement. Lisa’s areas of interest include working with a variety of clients, especially those wanting to improve movement, recover/prevent injury, and work toward lifelong health goals as well as athletes of all levels. Lisa has been a fitness enthusiast since childhood but it became a passion while attending Wheaton College. There she discovered the lifelong benefit of caring for her body through exercise. Lisa earned her B.S degree in Applied Health Science at Wheaton College and is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. Her credits also include Animal Flow Level 1 Instructor, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist and TRX Suspension Trainer/Instructor, TRX Rip Trainer and TRX Functional Training Certified, ONNIT Academy participant, and 5 years of previous experience as an Exercise Therapist for spine conditions at Russeau Team Healthcare.
At the club since: 2012
Kyle Kolb, Personal Trainer, Expert Personal Trainer

Kyle Kolb’s clients will benefit from his passion of all types of training including Sports Performance, Powerlifting, Mobility training and Triathlon preparation. He shows his client proper body mechanics and correct movement patterns that lead to more healthy, active and enjoyable lifestyles. His areas of interest include working with all types of clients who are willing and motivated to work. While attending the University of Iowa, Kyle interned with the Iowa Flyers Swim Club, a private swim program for swimmers from ages 12-26. He taught proper body mechanics both in and out of the water which lead to numerous accolades including 6 individual State Champions, 2 Relay Team State Champions and 1 Olympic Try-Out Qualifier. In addition, Kyle interned at the University of Tulsa with the Department of Athletic Performance, primarily with the Football and Men's and Women's Basketball programs. He has also spent some time personal training in downtown Chicago. His current fitness passion includes kettlebell, cycling and cross training as well as marathon running and Iron Man training. Kyle earned his B.S. degree in Health and Human Physiology-Exercise Science at the University of Iowa and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as a USA Weightlifting-Level 1 Sports Performance Coach. Other credits include NSCA-CSCS, Precision Nutrition, USAW Level 1, TRX Functional Training, and Box-N-Burn certified.

At the club since: 2015

Megan Brash, Expert Personal Trainer

Megan Brash has a passion for coaching her clients to find their strength while challenging them in an enjoyable and purposeful way. She enjoys working with all types of clients especially women and moms who need that extra motivation to commit to be fit. Megan is an enthusiastic runner and has a wealth of experience in training for marathons and races including the popular and challenging Ragnar Relays. Megan earned her B.S. from the University of Minnesota and Clinical Personal Training Certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Other credits include Insanity Live Instructor since 2014, Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Certified Group Fitness Instructor, and TRX Suspension Training Certified.

At the club since: 2018

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Karie Eriksen, Personal Trainer, Premier Personal Trainer

Karie Eriksen believes in the importance of a relationship with her clients and guiding them to reach their fitness goals while encouraging a holistic training approach. Karie has great experience in understanding her clients since her background comes from the Psychology, Biology and Education fields. She enjoys working with fitness enthusiasts of all levels, specializing in middle school, 50+, runners, and anyone willing to show up and work hard. Karie takes into account her client’s physical, nutritional, emotional and spiritual health. She is passionate about every aspect of running and has been competitive—cross country and track-- in the sport since the age of 10. She has run numerous marathons—including Chicago and Boston-- and currently enjoys racing 5ks. Karie earned her B.S. degree in Psychology and Biology from Wheaton College as well as a B.S. degree in English and Secondary Education from North Central College. Other credits include ACE Certified Personal Trainer, TRX Suspension Training Course, TRX Functional Training Course and ONNIT Foundations Course. She has also coached cross country at Wheaton College and was in the middle school teaching field for 8 years.
At the club since: 2000
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Eddie O'Connor, Premier Personal Trainer

Eddie O’Connor believes fitness is one of the best ways to change a person’s quality of life. Born and raised in Wheaton, Eddie has been involved and competed in a myriad of sports. He learned early that pushing one’s self past the point of wanting to quit builds “unbreakable “physical strength and mental stability. Eddie’s areas of interests include working with a variety of clients, incorporating many different techniques that will help his clients achieve their goals in an enjoyable and refreshing way. Eddie emphasizes the use of tools such as steel maces, steel clubs, battle ropes, sandbags, boxing, bodyweight, barbells, kettlebells and suspension training devices. He believes hitting all scopes of fitness to reach his client’s goals from durability to strength is very important. Eddie studied at the National Personal Training Institute and earned his Personal Training Certification through the National Academy of Sport Medicine. Other credits include Animal Flow Level 1 Instructor and certifications from ONNIT Foundations, Box-N-Burn Levels 1 & 2, TRX Functional Training Course, as well as Viking Ninja White Belt ranking.

At the club since: 2016
Ryan Roschman, Premier Personal Trainer

Ryan Roschman’s believes fitness is one of the most important aspects of a healthy lifestyle and wellness. He is passionate about the benefits of training with conventional and unconventional training methods to achieve fitness goals. In addition to Personal Training, Ryan works as a Physical Therapist Assistant in an Orthopedic Outpatient Setting. This provides him with a wealth of experience in understanding various musculoskeletal conditions (including low back pain, knee/hip replacements, and shoulder injuries). Ryan played collegiate level volleyball for Lewis University and is currently on the St. Francis Varsity Boys’ Volleyball coaching staff. Ryan earned his B.S. degree in Exercise Science with a Coaching minor from Lewis University and completed his Physical Therapist Assistant program from the College of DuPage.

At the club since: 2017
Jake Sundberg, Premier Personal Trainer

Jake Sundberg is eager to make a lasting impact by helping his clients reach their goals and ultimately live longer and happier lives.  His formal education and prior coaching experiences have more than prepared him to help others improve motor patterns, build functional strength and resistance to injury. Jake’s areas of interest include working with clients from a variety of backgrounds, especially those who have a genuine interest in improvement as well as athletes of all levels.  While attending Carroll University, Jake competed in Cross Country and Track and Field—earning All-Conference in the 3,000 meter Steeplechase and the 8,000 meters for 3 consecutive years including an individual conference championship in Cross Country. He is passionate about distance running performance and even explored this as his thesis. He studied the effects of resistance training intensity on distance running performance from 800 meters to 10,000 meters. Jake has had experiences training athletes of sport performance at Carroll University, University of Illinois-Chicago, and Northwestern University as well as coaching Track and Cross Country at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Jake earned his B.S. degree in Exercise Science as well as his Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology at Carroll University. He is also certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CSCS) and a Level 1 Track and Field coach through USA Track and Field (USATF-Level 1).

At the club since: 2017

Justin Harrington, Premier Personal Trainer

Justin brings a wealth of knowledge and fitness expertise to the Wheaton Sport Center. Justin graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a B.S degree in Exercise Science/Fitness and Health Promotion. He is passionate about sharing his love for exercise, health and nutrition with fitness enthusiasts of all levels and ages. Justin uses his energetic personality to motivate clients to look better, move better, and feel better. He incorporates functional training with body building and weight training so that his clients become more athletic for all types of activities and sports. Other credits for Justin include: TRX Certification (Level 1) and NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer.

At the club since: 2018

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Zach Colangelo, Premier Personal Trainer

Zach has a passion for all types of fitness and exercise styles and enjoys helping individuals attain their fitness/health goals. Zach is a NASM certified personal trainer and is currently working toward earning his B.S. degree in Exercise Science from Benedictine University. Zach's goal is to work with athletes in their respective off season to help them become the best version of themselves.

At the club since: 2018
Abby Ohrnstein, Fitness Specialist

Abby has a passion for learning new fitness techniques and helping others. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Kinesiology. She is currently attending UIC College of Nursing and working toward earning her Master’s Degree in Nursing. Abby loves sharing her knowledge with others on how to improve their quality of life through exercise.

At the club since: 2017
  Ben Schwartz, Fitness Specialist

Ben, a former college basketball player and three-sport athlete in high school, has a passion for health and wellness. He earned his B.S. Degree in Biology and Chemistry from Roanoke College and is currently enrolled as a student of Chiropractic and Naturopathic Medical School pursuing a dual doctorate degree at National University of Health Sciences. He believes in helping other be the best, pain-free versions of themselves.

At the club since: 2017

Nikki Zaino, Fitness Specialist

Nikki joins our fitness team with a passion for working with athletes of all ages and has a plethora of experience training and coaching athletes of all levels in a variety of sports.  Along with credible knowledge and experience of sports performance, Nikki enjoys working with all types of clients and encourages them to find joy in exercise, health and wellness for a well-rounded lifestyle. She focuses on stability, proper techniques and injury prevention. Nikki, a former collegiate athlete of women’s soccer, has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Taylor University and is currently studying for her NSCA-Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification (NSCA-CSCS).

At the club since: 2018

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Megan Gowan, Fitness Specialist

Megan, currently working toward earning her PHD in Psychology at Wheaton College, joins our fitness team with a passion for helping our members understand the value of self-care and being the best version of themselves both physically and mentally. Megan, who is passionate about understanding mental health, earned her degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Dakota and loves all sports; specifically, basketball (both playing and watching), volleyball and golf.

At the club since: 2018

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Sam Keup, Fitness Staff

Sam joins our Fitness floor staff with a passion for lifting weights and assisting others become the best versions of themselves through health, wellness, and fitness. Sam is currently enrolled at the University of Dayton working toward a degree in Marketing.

At the club since: 2017

Katy Miller, Fitness Administrator

Katy comes to the Wheaton Sport Center with a passion for fitness, health, nutrition, and wellness. In addition to helping out with the clerical component of the Fitness Department, she also runs WSC’s new team member orientations. Before joining the Fitness Team, Katy was a high school English teacher for a total of 9 years (3 years in Dayton, Ohio area; 6 years in Littleton, Colorado) and a School Counselor for 2 years in Littleton, Colorado. Her four children keep her busy as well as her continual pursuit of researching and learning about the current Fitness trends and what motivates people to live healthier lifestyles.

At the club since: 2017