PT Staff

Personal Training Director: Utica Ridge, North & West YMCAs

Luis Leal

Been with the YMCA since:  February 2016
Hometown:  Huntington Beach, CA
School:  Arizona State University
Experience in Personal Training and Wellness: 10 years in the fitness industry first as a General Manager of Facilities and then Fitness Director.
Certifications:  American Council on Exercise(ACE) Certified Personal Trainer, World Fitness Association – CPT, Nike Elite CPT, Golf Conditioning Specialist(ACE), Power Plate Certification, TRX Certification, Total Gym “Gravity” (ACE) Certification. CRICybex Research Institute—Function of Biomechanics and Kinematics Certification.
I got into Health and Fitness because: It was a way for me to remain healthy and focus on my personal health goals. It basically became “Practice what you Preach”, and not only specializing in all aspects of the Health Club Industry but looking at the bigger picture of what each individual member needs and delivering that promise of always being there. I’ve always taken that promise to heart! To Listen, Educate and be there for my members when they need me. If you do this, everything else will falls into place.
Something interesting you may not know about me: I’m terribly AFRAID of fish. YES! FISH! I love to spend time with my Wife and Daughter. I play golf and do Competitive Archery. I grew up 2 blocks from the beach in Southern California.


 

Utica Ridge YMCA Trainers

Brandon Chaison

Been with the YMCA since: October 2017
Hometown:  Born in Dunham, NC—Raised in Ruston, LA & Okemos, MI
Schools:  Michigan State University—GO SPARTANS!!
Experience in Personal Training and Wellness:  I specialize in Strength & Conditioning and Nutritional Assistance for Physique/Body competitors. As an athlete I currently hold Pro Cards in Bodybuilding & Classic Physique with NGA, IPE/IFPA, INBA/PNBA, National Qualifier for NPC/IFBB.
Certifications:  ISSA & NASM Certified Personal Trainer. ISSA Sports Nutrition Specialist.
I got into Health and Fitness because: I enjoy discovering ways to overcome any fitness goal/challenge through creativity, discipline, and drive. It brings joy to me to help others achieve their goals while creating new ones in health and wellness. When it comes to athletes or competitors, I understand the competitive nature and want competitors to gain wisdom on what their limits are versus what they perceived it to be.
Something interesting you may not know about me: I used to be on a hip hop and BBOY dance crew which did battles and competitions.  I’ve traveled to 43 out of 50 states and 5 out of 7 continents. I used to travel and live in Mexico for small periods of time year after year when I was a teenager into college for community service (it’s how I learned my Spanish). I’m a Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions fan…     (don’t judge).

Nick McCarty

Been with the YMCA since:  March 2016
Hometown:  Mt. Pulaski, IL
Schools:  Eastern Illinois University & Universal Technical Institute
Experience in Personal Training and Wellness:  One on One training, Group Classes, Boot Camps
Certifications:  National Academy of Sports Medicine(NASM)
I got into Health and Fitness because:  I believe being healthy is the key to enjoying life and I love to help others achieve their goals
Something interesting you may not know about me:  I ride motorcycles, I inspire to be the best Personal Trainer for professional golfers, I am continuing my education to become a Chiropractor, my full-time job is stay at home dad, and I’m an expert at folding fitted sheets.

Erica Thomas

Been with the YMCA since:  Dec 2016
Hometown:  Sterling, IL
Schools: Rockford University – BS in Biology, Des Moines University– MS in Biomedical Sciences; A.T. Still Univsersity –DHEd in Health Promotion and Health Education
Experience in Personal Training and Wellness:  I have been teaching at St. Ambrose in the Kinesiology Department for 3 years. I am also working on a doctorate in Health Promotion. Wellness is my career and my hobby!
Certifications:  CPR/AED, American Council on Exercise(ACE) Certified Personal Trainer. working on ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
I got into Health and Fitness because:  There is something so satisfying about setting a good goal, following through, and making it happen! I love helping people find what works for them, and for the long term. I am particularly interested not only in providing information about what works, but also how to implement that knowledge in daily life in a consistent way.
Something interesting you may not know about me:  I love being on the water, but I can’t swim! Learning is on my to-do list, since I would love to do a triathlon soon!

Mary Toohill

Been with the YMCA since:  July  2016
Hometown:  Leroy, IL
Schools:  Leroy High School & Illinois State University
Experience in Personal Training and Wellness:  I train and compete in distances from 3000m to the 1/2 marathon. I began my coaching career after running in college at Illinois State, where I ran Track & Field and Cross Country.  I have coached many different sports with Track and Cross Country being my main focus.  I am now transitioning from team coaching to personal training and look forward to the journey ahead.
Certifications:  ACE Personal Trainer, USATF Level 1 Track & Field Coaching, Iowa Coaching Authorization
I got into Health and Fitness because:  I started running at the age of 13 and have never really stopped!  I believe being active and living a healthy lifestyle is the best gift we can give both ourselves and our children.  I want to help more people get active so they can enjoy everything life has to offer.
Something interesting you may not know about me: I competed in Japan twice as part of an “all-star” Illinois relay team of 5 men and 5 women.  It was a 40 mile relay race throughout the region of Niigata City called the Ekiden Relay.  I have also run the 198 mile Hood to Coast Relay 4 times. The race starts on Mount Hood and ends in Seaside, Oregon, with 12 runners taking turns with each running 3 different times (it is like doing 3- 10k’s in less than 24 hours with little to no sleep!).  I was a member of the first place mixed-masters team twice.

 

Aaron Washington

Been with the YMCA since:  Since November 2014
Hometown:  Chicago, IL, been in Davenport for 10+ years
School: St. Ambrose University
Experience in Personal Training and Wellness:  My training instruction promotes physical awareness, balance and breathing.
Certifications:  National Council for Certified Personal Trainers(NCCPT), American Council on Exercise(ACE) Gravity, Level I Crossfit, Yoga Alliance RYT 200, Yogafit Level 1 and 2
I got into Health and Fitness because:  Fitness was an easy transition after spending 8+ years in the medical field and in athletics including collegiate football and volleyball, as well as 2 years of semi-pro and arena league football.
Something interesting you may not know about me: My best friend and I have sung at more then a dozen weddings in the past 3 years!

 

Michelle Ziesmer

Been with the YMCA since:  February 2014
Hometown:  Dewitt, Iowa & Platteville, Wisconsin
Schools:  Scott and Clinton Community Colleges, Capri Cosmetology College
Experience in Personal Training and Wellness:  I have been an athlete or involved in physical activity for most of my life. By    serving in the Army I have always been active for myself, but also over the past  fifteen years have enjoyed helping others. I have created programs for vertical jump,  Grand Canyon Hikes, triathlons (sprint distances), 5K races, weight/fat loss, and weight/muscle gain.
Certifications:  ACE Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, Gravity Certified, Fitness/Sports Nutrition Certified.
I got into Health and Fitness because:  I have a passion for assisting people of any age on their personal journeys to be their best. I enjoy the reward of being a part of an accomplishment and hard-work to achieve a goal.
Something interesting you may not know about me:   I served in the United States Army Reserves for nine years. I have also created “art” as a cosmetologist for twenty three years.

 

 


North/West YMCAs

Beth Bly

Been with the YMCA since:  2006
Hometown:  Born and raised in Clinton, Iowa.  Currently reside in Blue Grass, Iowa
Schools: Clinton High School—Scott Community College—Associate in Science
Experience in Personal Training and Wellness:  Wellness Coach for 9 years.  Eight years of one on one and group personal Training experience at multiple facilities and in home.  Ten years of Group Exercise training and multiple class certifications.
Certifications:  Personal Training(AFAA)—Cycling 2007 -Group Exercise(YMCA) 2008 -Zumba 2008 – Zumba Toning 2009 – Les Mills Body Pump 2010 – – The YMCA Wellness Coach 2010 – Les Mills CX Worx 2011.
I got into Health and Fitness because: Fitness has always been a passion of mine.  I have been involved in sports from the time I can remember and have always had a very energetic and positive attitude.  I love working with people and feel strongly about the benefits of fitness.  It was inevitable that my life would take me into training others those benefits.  Sharing my knowledge of exercise and giving people the tools for their own success in being a healthier and happier person, is extremely rewarding.
Something interesting you may not know about me: I have an acreage with 2 Boxers, 2 cats, 2 geese, 1 guinea fowl, 5 ducks, and 3 chickens.  We plan on adding more chickens and peacocks to that list soon, Oh…and 2 beautiful daughters!!

 

Mitch Driscoll

Been with the YMCA since:  2013
Hometown:  Preston, IA
Schools: Clarke University – BS in Biology; Western Illinois University– Master of Science in Kinesiology
Experience in Personal Training and Wellness:  Since March 2013, I have been training clients individually as well as personal training in partners and small groups. I have also served as wellness coach, exercise specialist in cardiac rehab, and wellness coordinator with the YMCA.
Certifications:  ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, NETA Kettlebell Specialty Certification
I got into Health and Fitness because:  I want to help others achieve their goals and be the healthiest version of themselves. I love to be active and be healthy; I want to share that passion with others.
Something interesting you may not know about me: In elementary school I won the school reading contest and got to throw out the first pitch at a River Bandits game.

 

Mary Ihrig

Been with the YMCA since: Dec -2008
Hometown:  Maquoketa, IA
Schools: Maquoketa High School, Clinton Community College
Experience in Personal Training and Wellness: Graduated with a degree in Nursing. Dedicated exercise enthusiast, weight lifting, road bike riding, running, Eating for Health and Wellness. Currently a Personal Trainer.
Certifications:  AFAA Certified Personal Trainer, CPR, Certifications in Injury Prevention. Corrective Exercise, Senior Fitness, Training Obese Populations
I got into Health and Fitness because:  I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives as well as my own, also to motivate others to embrace a healthier lifestyle. I enjoy learning about health and wellness and passing that information on to others .
Something interesting you may not know about me: I did some local modeling out of high school and made a trip to New York with the agency to try to land a modeling career. ( I was considered too old at the age of 19)  I raised two horses and broke them myself.


Personal Training Coordinator: Davenport YMCA

Lynne Smith

Been with the YMCA since: March 2011
Hometown:  Lake District, England
Schools: Lakes High, Cedar Valley College
Experience in Personal Training and Wellness: Personal Trainer/coordinator and Wellness coach at the YMCA. 20+yrs competing, coaching and referring for USA Powerlifting.
Certifications:  AFAA certified Personal Trainer, CPR/AED American Red Cross.
I got into Health and Fitness because: I enjoy the benefits of being healthy, fit and strong, and want to share the knowledge how to live healthier, happier lives through fitness.
Something interesting you may not know about me: I have Dead lifted 350 lbs!
I love to spend time with my 2 daughters, we love to hike with our 2 dogs and enjoy ridng horses together.
Sell yourself in one sentence: Let me help you learn to believe in yourself, uncover your own strength and motivation, and show you the path to discovering the rewards of Fitness and Health.

Jason Carrillo

Been with the YMCA since:  March 2015
Hometown:  Bettendorf, Iowa
Schools:  Central High, Scott Community College
Experience in Personal Training and Wellness:  Running, Marathons, Triathlons.
Certifications:  NFPT Personal Trainer
I got into Health and Fitness because: I want to help people achieve their goals.
Something interesting you may not know about me: I’m a life long Cub fan.
Sell yourself in one sentence: I am honest and care about people.


Personal Training Director
Bettendorf YMCA

Ben Devaney

Been with the YMCA since:  January 2016
Hometown:  Anamosa, IA
Schools:  M.S. Human Movement– A.T. Still University, B.A. Athletic Training– University of Northern Iowa

Experience in Personal Training and Wellness: 11 years of experience working with athletes in the areas of athletic training, sports performance, and personal training.

Certifications:  NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer, USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach, Sportsmetrics ACL Injury Prevention Certification, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES).

I got into Health and Fitness because: I enjoy helping people reach their goals and overcome obstacles.  I want to help athletes perform at the highest levels possible and reduce their risk of injury.  I also enjoy working with adults to look, feel, and move better.  I want to make an impact on others and help them achieve their goals.

Areas of Interest: Sports performance, athletes, injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Something interesting you may not know about me: I really enjoy spending time with my wife and 2 boys.  I also like to golf, fish, and read.  My favorite vacation place is hiking the Grand Canyon.

 

Heather Ohlensehlen

Been with the YMCA since:  2008
Hometown:  Houston, TX
Schools:  Clear Lake High School, Augustana College

Experience in Personal Training and Wellness:  Have been a fitness instructor for 7 years for Les Mills Body Pump, Body Attack, Cycling, and Pilates.  I have been a personal trainer for 5 years.  Instructor for Les Mills CX Worx for 1 year.

 Certifications:  AFAA Certified Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor, Les Mills Body Attack Instructor, Les Mills Body Pump Instructor, Les Mills CX Works Instructor, SCW Nutrition Certified.

 I got into Health and Fitness because:  I like to inspire people to better themselves.  It is a true passion of mine!

 Something interesting you may not know about me:  I am also a group exercise Instructor for the YMCA.  I teach Cardio Strength, Les Mills Body Pump, Les Mills Body Attack, Les Mills CXWORX, Pilates, and cycling.

 

Ben Danielson

Been with the YMCA since:  January 2017
Hometown:  Eldridge, Iowa
Schools:  North Scott High School, Iowa State University.

Experience in Personal Training and Wellness:  Received Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Health, specialization in Exercise Science in May of 2017.

Certifications:  ACSM Exercise Physiologist Certified.

I got into Health and Fitness because:  Exercise is a passion of mine and I want to help others on their journey.  I will do all that I can to help people reach their health and fitness goals.

Something interesting you may not know about me:  The gym is a major part of my life, but not all of it.  I like to practice archery, go on midnight runs, and fix things.  On a sunny summer day you can find me Kayaking in Lost Grove Lake, or hiking trails somewhere off the grid.  And I’m a BIG superhero fan.

Matthew Cullinan

Been with the YMCA since:  2012
Hometown:  Bettendorf, IA
Schools:  Pleasant Valley High School, Scott Community College.

Experience in Personal Training and Wellness:  Played sports in high school and have been working in the fitness industry since 2012.
Certifications:  National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT).
I got into Health and Fitness because: I am very passionate about fitness and I want to help people achieve their goals and live a healthy lifestyle.
Something interesting you may not know about me:  I am a reservist in the United States Marine Corps.

Lukas Harksen

Been with the YMCA since:  May 2012
Hometown:  Bettendorf, IA
Schools:  Bettendorf High School, St. Ambrose University.

Experience in Personal Training and Wellness:  Competed in baseball, football, tennis, basketball, rugby, soccer and volleyball.  Avid weightlifter for 8 years.  Played football, rugby, and volleyball at St. Ambrose
Certifications:  AFAA Certified Persoanl Trainer.
I got into Health and Fitness because: I love being active and working out.  I like helping people get healthy and in shape.  It seemed like a dream job.  I have the knowledge and experience to help you reach any fitness goals you set.
Something interesting you may not know about me:  I am a huge Taylor Swift fan.

Joni Ketelaar

Been with the YMCA since: 2014
Hometown:  Davenport, IA
Schools:  B.S. Exercise Science -University of Iowa

Experience in Personal Training and Wellness:  I have been teaching fitness classes for 25 years.  Classes include bootcamp, kickboxing, and strength training.
Certifications:  ACE Personal Training, Power Pilates, and 200 hr Yoga. Specialty certifications in Orthopedic Exercise, Weight Management, and Senior Fitness.
I got into Health and Fitness because: I enjoy listening to people and helping them reach their health and fitness goals.
Something interesting you may not know about me:  I’m a foodie.  Get me talking about recipes and I’ll probably forget to count your reps!

 

Anne Molyneaux

Been with the YMCA since:  July 2018
Hometown:  Davenport, Iowa
Schools:  AHS, ISU (BBA), St. Ambrose (MBA), Massage School (LMT), Kirkwood Community College (AAS)

Experience in Personal Training and Wellness:  Massage Therapist (3 years), Physical Therapy (1 year).
Certifications:  Certified Personal Trainer (2018 ACE), Delay the Disease (2018), Rock Steady Boxing Coach (2018).  Certified Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA)
I got into Health and Fitness because:  My previous career was in business. I went back to school and started learning more about health and fitness and it led me here.  I can’t say this was my original goal, but I am excited to be here and look forward to helping young and old reach their health and fitness goals.
Areas of Interest: I am deeply committed to serve people with neurological challenges, for example stroke, and parkinsons.
Something interesting you may not know about me:  I was born on my father’s 31st birthday.

 

Tina Ricaurte

Been with the YMCA since:  April 2018
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Schools:  Colorado State University

Experience in Personal Training and Wellness:  I was a personal trainer when the Utica YMCA was Golds Gym.  Then I moved on to other interests but got recertified again as a personal trainer in March 2018.
Certifications:  ACE Certified Personal Trainer
I got into Health and Fitness because: I enjoy helping people lose weight and tone up.  I really enjoy helping women with their weight loss goals.
Something interesting you may not know about me:  I also work part-time doing administration work and freelance graphic design.