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.
Director of Personal Training
Matt Smith is certified as a personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association(NSCA). A former private gym owner, he now serves as Director of Personal Training for the Greater Midland Community Center and Director of Operations for Athletic Republic-Midland. He sits on the board of curriculum advisors for Delta College’s Health Fitness Education Department and the Wellsport Community Advisory Committee. He is also the distance coach for the Meridian High School track program. Matt holds several community leadership roles including serving as co-chair for the small business committee at the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of Mid-Michigan Multisport Club and is an Impact Coach for The ROCK Center for Youth Development.
In addition to his leadership roles, Matt is an active competitor in the USAPL and APF powerlifting federations, where he has won multiple state championships and holds state records. He also has competed in NPC Bodybuilding Shows, marathons, 50 mile ultra-marathons and triathlons, including recently completing a Double Iron-Man.
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.
Crystal is a Saginaw Valley State University graduate with a B.S. in Exercise Science and is ACSM certified as an Exercise Physiologist. Crystal has been with Dow Midland Wellness Centers for one year where she started her career as an intern. She discovered her passion for health and fitness in her early college years and is driven to help and support others in learning how to incorporate healthy habits into their daily lifestyles.
Crystal uses her knowledge of fitness and nutrition as well as personal experience to motivate and educate clients in reaching their goals. She is a strong supporter of living a healthy, balanced lifestyle between fitness, work, and a social life and strives to root this key to success into every client. Crystal believes fitness is a journey with no finish line and that it's never too late to become a better version of yourself!
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.
Sherry began her career at the YMCA in Findlay, Ohio in the mid 80’s. Since that time her career has grown as she worked in a variety of wellness environments including community-centered wellness, private, commercial, and finally corporate wellness. She obtained her first certification in 1988 as an American Council on Exercise Group Exercise Instructor and since has obtained various other certifications including the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer. She has worked in the corporate wellness environment in Midland for 22 years. Her passion for helping individuals lead healthier more active and productive lives is her driving force.
“It has been a privilege and a blessing to be able to enrich the lives of others through health and fitness.”
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.
Tyler ran track and cross country for Bay City Western High School. As a cross country athlete he was awarded many honors including County Champion in 2010, all valley three years and all region two years. Tyler graduated with the 6th fastest 5k (16:25) in school history. Tyler ran winter track where his Distance Medley Relay team finished 6th at the State Meet earning him All-State honors. In spring track Tyler was all county three years in the two mile with a PR of 10:05 and a mile PR of 4:41. Since high school Tyler has ran dozens of 5Ks claiming back to back wins at the Run for your Heart 5k in 2013 and 2014, and has ran numerous half marathons and one marathon. Tyler has experience coaching middle school cross country and has trained numerous adult athletes, all of who have broken PR’s in their events.
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.
Chris is an alumni of Lake City High School (2005) where he excelled in football, basketball and track. He attended Central Michigan University majoring in Health Fitness in Preventative and Rehabilitative Services, and Exercise Science. Along with being a trainer with Greater Midland, Chris also works as an exercise physiologist in Cardiac Rehabilitation at Mid-Michigan Medical Center. He works with clients that have a broad range of needs from athletic performance to weight loss and health limitations. He is certified in Level 1 Dynamic Variable Resistance Training™ (DVRT), the Ultimate Sandbag Core Fitness System and is also working to complete his Wellcoach® Certification in 2015.
Chris has competed and set records in many power lifting competitions in the past and also participates in many 5K and 10K races across Michigan each year. He is currently preparing for a half marathon this spring and enjoys an active lifestyle with his wife and two dogs.
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.
Alex has always had a knack for everything fitness related since he can remember. Football, basketball and track ignited his fitness passion at an early age. He uses his passion and enthusiasm to inspire others and help them achieve their long term and short term goals. Alex is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and has years of exercise and fitness experience. He would love to help you on your journey to become a healthier, fitter individual by creating a fun, yet challenging workout plan for you. Losing weight, gaining muscle, increasing strength and improving general fitness are all possible. You can achieve all this with a well thought-out, individually tailored plan based on your specific goals.
Sarah has been with us since 2014. She has been around and involved in fitness most of her life. Sarah became interested in personal training while finishing her career playing collegiate basketball and track at Northwood University. She earned All-Conference honors in both sports and was named a National Strength and Conditioning All American. Sarah is a NETA certified Personal Trainer that loves teaching the benefits and proper technique for Olympic and compound lifts. She enjoys helping people reach their goals and feel better about themselves by educating them about the benefits of an active lifestyle and healthy eating habits.
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.
Program & Internship Coordinator
Megan has had experience in the fitness field since 2010. She was drawn to the field from her participation in basketball and softball in high school. Megan attended Saginaw Valley State University and graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science and double minored in Athletic Coaching and Health Science. Megan became a Certified Personal Trainer through ACSM and is also a Certified TRX Suspension Trainer.
Megan has experience working with lots of clients ranging from youth to elder populations and from athletes to sedentary individuals. She prides herself on pushing others to the next level and bettering their lives through fitness. Megan strongly believes it is important to live a fun and healthy lifestyle by maintaining the motivation to continuously achieve your health and wellness goals!
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.
Casey received her B.S. in Exercise Science from Saginaw Valley State University and is also a ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. She has always enjoyed living an active lifestyle. She never realized how much she took this lifestyle for granted until she tore her ACL years back and needed to have surgery and go through the rehabilitation process. Casey pushed herself as hard as she could through the rehab process and got back to her lifestyle two months before the doctor expected. This experience is what pushed Casey to start a career in the health and wellness field and pursue a degree in Exercise Science. It showed her that anything is possible with hard work and determination and that’s something she loves to instill in people today. Casey enjoys motivating others in similar situations because she knows once they get over the barrier that is holding them back, anything is possible!
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.
Zach Swarthout is certified as a Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). While studying Exercise Science and Psychology at Central Michigan University, Zach started his own business - ZXC Zeekore Personal Training & Fitness Apparel. In addition, he is a Personal Trainer for Greater Midland where he strives to assist his clients with the highest result in both physical and mental health. Personally, besides his NASM certification, Zach is a Central Michigan locally sponsored GNC athlete with experience in competing in the Men's Physique Division of the Drug Free Athletes Coalition (DFAC). He is First Aid, CPR and AED certified through the American Heart Association and has been a fundraiser for a local cancer organization - a cause very important to him.