A little about me…I grew up in Pesotum, Illinois and started swimming competitively at the age of 7. I also lettered in Cross Country and Track in Jr. High and High School. I received a swim scholarship from Ball State University (BSU), and was the High Point Swimmer and MVP all 4 years and the team captain my Jr. and Sr. years. I qualified for Sr. Nationals and was named NCAA Woman Athlete of the Year for BSU, where I received a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science. I then went on to get a Masters degree in Athletic Administration at the University of Illinois, where I was a graduate assistant in the Kinesiology department and taught swim and triathlon classes. I have been teaching fitness classes for over 15 years and have been certified to teach a variety of classes ranging from Step aerobics and Kick-Boxing to Swim Lessons and Lifeguarding. I have also been certified as a USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach and an AFAA Personal Trainer and Fitness Counselor. I have been a health club manager, an age group swim coach and have worked with all ages and abilities. I have 3 wonderful kids; Alexa is a Freshman at Western Kentucky University studying Physical Therapy and competing on the WKU cross country and track teams, Samantha is in Junior in HS and competes in cross country and track at CHS, and Colton is in 5th grade and is involved in tennis and lacrosse. My husband, John, is a triathlete and we enjoy group rides together as often as we can! I love being a mother, and enjoy working part time, so I can keep up with all of our activities. I started competing in triathlon at the age of 30 and have the honor of qualifying for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii in 2012 and will compete in 2015, being named an All American Triathlete for numerous years and have qualified to be a part of Team USA. I thank God and my wonderful family for supporting me in life and in triathlon. Now my hope is for you to get as much enjoyment out of the sport as I have!