Mike attended Mt. Pleasant High School where he enjoyed a successful baseball career and is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Business Information Systems. During his career he spent ten years with Michigan’s Department of Mental Health working with developmentally disabled individuals and another twenty-seven years with the Dow Corning Corporation as an Information Systems Professional. His path to Fitness and Training was a continuous one as he has been a self-proclaimed “gym rat” his whole life.
Mike was a successful national level racquetball and paddleball player over a twenty five year timeframe and credits any success he had on the courts to the hours spent in the gym striving to stay one step ahead of the competition. After retiring from Dow Corning, Mike went back to the books and practical learning to obtain his Personal Trainer Certification through NETA (National Exercise Trainers Association) and is a Certified TRX Instructor. Mike continues his education in Health and Fitness and passionately enjoys helping others achieve their wellness goals.
Jill is a Certified Personal Trainer at the Greater Midland Community Center. She has been involved in personal training for over 25 years. She went to Michigan State University for her undergraduate in Finance and later discovered that her true passion was health and fitness. She then pursued her graduate studies at Wayne State University in Exercise Physiology. She is currently certified through NETA. Previous certifications include ACE, NASM, ACLS. Her fitness and health experience also comes from working in a cardiology practice, organizing and running a women's strength training class for Bloomfield Hills Recreation Dept., personal training at Lifetime Fitness in Shelby Township, and Franklin Racquet Club in Southfield, as well as in-home personal training.
Justin is a 2008 graduate of Saginaw Valley State University with a bachelor in Heath and Physical Education, and a minor in Athletic Coaching and Psychology. Justin currently teaches elementary physical education for Midland Public Schools. Justin loves working with a wide variety of clients, from anyone who wants to lose weight to competitive athletes. In 2012-2015 Justin went through a weight loss transformation (140lbs) and is eager to help others with their personal journeys; Justin is also a former powerlifter.
Member Services Coordinator
Amy is the Member Services Coordinator at the Greater Midland North-End Fitness Center. She has been in the fitness industry for 20+ years as a Group Exercise Instructor and Personal Trainer. Amy has a passion to help people achieve their fitness goals and strive to help all of her clients become the absolute best they can. Amy’s specialty is post-natal training, helping new moms get their strength and flexibility back that may have been lost during pregnancy.
Amy is a firm believer that working out should be fun and put’s every effort into passing that belief on to her clients. Amy loves seeing clients hit a goal that they worked so hard for and knowing that she had a part in it.
Julie, Greater Midland Community Center's Wellness Coordinator, is a 1989 graduate of Indiana University where she obtained a B.S. degree in Exercise Physiology. During her 4 years as a student in Bloomington, she taught various group fitness classes at IU Fit. IU Fit was located on campus and was part of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Julie was also a member of the Indiana University Dance and Theater Company (IUDT) as well as the Social Chairman of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. In 1988, Indiana University initiated the first "Women's Little 500 Bike Race" which since 1951 only had a men's race. Julie and her Tri Delta Bike Team finished 3rd out of 33 teams in this inaugural 25 mile track race and raced again the following year. Julie also served on the "Little 500" Steering Committee during this time.
Since the age of 16, Julie has competed in several triathlons, duathlons and half marathons. She has been a Johnny G Certified Spin Instructor for 17 years. Julie also has her Personal Training Certification through NETA as well as her Group Exercise and Wellness Coach Certification. In addition to Julie's work in Health and Fitness, she spent 6 years as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative for Schering-Plough before becoming a mom. Julie and her husband, Jim, have 1 son and 4 daughters ages 19-12.
50+ Program Coordinator/Personal Trainer
Amanda graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 2013 with a Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science. She has been working at the Dow Wellness Centers since 2013 and has a real passion for the senior population. She is also the 50+ Program Coordinator at the Greater Midland Community Center. She loves working in these different roles because it gives her a chance to see so many different faces. She is passionate about helping others use exercise as a preventive care to health. She is a trained CDC Life Style Coach here at Dow and is also Group Exercise Certified and Wellness Coach Certified through NETA. Helping others drives her love for her job every day.
Jamie is a graduate of Bullock Creek High School (2000). After high school she attended Northwood University and earned her BBA. Her goal was to pursue a career in accounting but she always had a passion for fitness. After starting a family with her husband here in Midland she decided to take the career path that she knew was going to be the right fit for her. A member of the Greater Midland Community Center for many years, she decided that was where she wanted to start her fitness career. She has been a Group Exercise Instructor for the Midland Community Center since 2013 and recently received her certification as a Personal Trainer. She earned both certifications through NETA (National ExerciseTrainers Association).
Jamie enjoys competing in Triathlons and 5Ks and is always looking for the next challenge to help push herself even harder. She also enjoys volunteering and helping out in the community. She is a member of the 100 Young Professionals Club which is a part of the Midland Community Foundation. Her focus is to motivate, inspire, and encourage her clients to reach, or even surpass, their fitness goals to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Nate is an Alma High School graduate (2005) and Central Michigan University Graduate (2014). He has a bachelor’s degree in Health Fitness and Preventative Rehabilitation with a minor in Exercise Science. Nate is also a competitive powerlifter in the USAPL and has also competed in strongman in the past. He first got introduced into weightlifting and fitness when he was thirteen years old. He enjoys many aspects of fitness from losing fat to gaining strength or even getting ready for a sport.
Steve Harrington is a graduate of Central Michigan University and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management with an emphasis on Outdoor Recreation and Leadership. Upon graduation he acquired his personal training certification (NSCA-CPT) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). His athletic training philosophy is technique driven by increasing an individual’s proprioception. Strength and velocity can then be increased to successfully meet that individual’s athletic goals. These principles have led to multiple collegiate athletes and record holding powerlifters. His diet and exercise philosophy is based on lifestyle changes that are obtainable and easily replicable for an individual. Each person is unique and must be treated as such. Clients have ranged from losing over 100 pounds to competing in bodybuilding, figure and bikini competitions. Those same principles have also been used to simply increase people’s quality of life including those with conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis. Steve is an active participant in the USA Powerlifting (USAPL) and holds multiple records.
Elizabeth Kenny is a certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer at the Greater Midland Community Center. She attended Cadillac High School in Cadillac, MI and attended college at Michigan State University earning two bachelor’s degrees in five years. While attending MSU, Liz was a member of the MSU Alpine Ski Team. She worked in the private sector for two years before returning to college to earn a MBA with a concentration in Marketing while working as an adjunct faculty member teaching Marketing. After earning her MBA with honors, she worked as a Vice President of a regional Michigan financial institution and later decided to be a full time mom and part time triathlete.
Liz has participated in over 20 triathlons and went to work for the Community Center after both her children were old enough for school. Liz became certified in TRX and reestablished a TRX program. Liz was the Wellness Coordinator for two years. She currently teaches Barre, Cycle, TRX, Cycle Live, and Cycle Core along with personal training clients. Liz and her husband own farms in Merrill, MI and Bridgeville, DE.
Jason has worked in the health and fitness field since 2000. Most of his career has been spent working with corporate fitness accounts. He worked as a Fitness Center Manager for Ford Motor Company for over four years and as a Wellness Specialist at the Dow Chemical Wellness Centers since 2005. Jason attended Central Michigan University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Fitness. Jason is also certified though the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health Fitness Specialist and the American Council on Exercise as a Group Fitness Instructor. He has extensive experience designing safe and effective exercise programs for individuals of all ages and fitness levels.
Sean Leahy has his B.S. in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University. Upon graduation, Sean earned his personal trainer certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Sean is also a level one sports performance coach with Athletic Republic-Midland. In addition to these certifications, Sean is also certified as a wellness coach and group exercise instructor through the National Exercise Trainers Association.
Growing up and playing sports in Midland has driven Sean to seek a bigger role in the fitness industry with Greater Midland, and he is happy to be giving back to the community that he grew up in.
With over sixteen years of experience, Lisa offers her services as a Group Exercise Instructor, Personal Trainer and Licensed Massage Therapist. A three time Caribbean national track & field and Netball athlete; speaks English and Patois. An Island graduate of "A" (advance) Levels College where she studied Applied Science in Anatomy and Kinesiology followed by Sports Massage Therapy in Lincoln Nebraska. She has been a member of the NCTMB (National Certification for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork) for over a decade and currently holds her Group and Personal Training certifications through NETA (National ExerciseTrainers Association) and AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America).
Lisa enjoys working with people of all fitness levels with particular interest in weight loss and body sculpting.
Fitness Nutrition Coach
Kayla is a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and the Fitness Nutrition Coach for Greater Midland. Kayla loves all things food and fitness and one of her greatest passions is learning how to grow and preserve her own foods. She believes everything should be as close to nature as possible and everything in moderation. Not only does Kayla love helping clients reach their weight management and fitness goals but she enjoys being able to provide them nutritional concepts and strategies that can last a lifetime. Kayla believes nutrition isn’t just about being physically fit, it’s about doing everything we can to feel our best every single day.