Katie lives in Saco and works in Arundel as a fourth grade teacher. She started competing in triathlons 6 years ago after a running injury. She received her USAT Level 1 Coaches certification in 2016. Katie has competed in all triathlon distances and is a two time Ironman. Previously, she was the Assistant swim coach at St. Joseph’s College. Katie’s first love, swimming, began at an early age, and she enjoys competing in various open water swim races. She wants to combine her teaching experience with her knowledge of the sport to encourage other women to participate in triathlons and open water swimming events.
Laura has been an active person since she was a child. She tried many different sports but fell in love with the sport of swimming by age 8. In high school she was nationally ranked in the breaststroke and was given a scholarship to swim for Florida State University. Since completing her college career, she is switching gears to train for triathlons with the ultimate goal of competing in a Half Ironman competition. She loves anything active and outdoors, making Maine a wonderful place to live.
While training as an athlete, Laura graduated in 2015 from Florida State University with a degree in Exercise Science. As a certified exercise physiologist, Laura works as a personal trainer and instructor at Dynamics Fitness. She works with clients personally and in small groups to help them reach their fitness goals. She is excited to transition her coaching back into the pool to help others share her love of swimming.
Andrea lives in South Portland with her family and works in Portland as the Director of Recruiting Services at Pro Search, Inc. She started doing triathlons 6 years ago and was immediately hooked. Andrea got her USAT Level 1 Coaches certification in 2009. Andrea wants to share her enthusiasm and love for the training that goes in to completing (notice completing rather than just competing in) a triathlon.
“I’ve found that my body responds much better to doing a variety of activity rather than the same thing day after day. Training with a group of women friends is not only fun and encouraging, but a great connection! I am constantly astounded by the power and strength of women!”
Rebecca’s profession is an Licensed Massage Therapist and Doula (Professional Labor Support). She taught baby and me classes part time at the Casco Bay YMCA that led her to subbing for spin classes in 2004. Her full time work as a LMT and Doula keep her from exclusively training and teaching classes. Like every working mom she gets in what she can to keep healthy and spiritually clear. Spinning has taught her many things… how to let go… work harder… and respect injury. It is a passion she will continue, and she is thrilled to be able work with each and everyone of you, hear your stories and sweat together. The best part of training are the relationship you grow along the way.
I began mountain biking when I was a teenager with my first race being the Widowmaker Challenge. Eventually I got a road bike to help with my fitness for mtn biking and before I knew it I was racing the road scene. I’ve now been racing road bikes with my specialty in criterium racing for 16 years.
My indoor cycling classes focus on shorter more intensive intervals (a criterium specialty) to help push the body to become faster. The session will begin focused on foundation work and build in intensity as the session continues. As always, I welcome all that want to attend, whether it be to follow my routine or to follow your own, accompanied by others to help pass the time
About 10 years ago Sarra showed up at her first yoga class with inherent flexibility, totally superficial strength, and a mindset that she was going to be good at yoga. Yoga changed her life, but it took a long time to let that change happen. 1,000 classes later, strength and flexibility coincide as a balanced and integrated part of who she is.
In 2012 she completed a 200-hour RYTA certification with Alice Ricardi, certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher and founder of Portland Power Yoga. Since then she has gone on to complete 92 hour Level One training with the Baptiste Institute. Presently Sarra teaches at Scarborough Yoga, instructing classes in Power Flow and Gentle yoga as well as a self designed class called Core/Yin Fusion. In addition, she teaches at the Greater Portland YMCA, where she has been a member of the wellness staff for four years. She created and established a yoga curriculum for STRIVE, a local non-profit serving young adults with developmental disabilities, and she has been active with the Go To Yoga Project whose mission is to bring yoga wherever it’s needed.
Her goal is to make yoga available to everyone. Yoga is a tool that helps overcome the limiting factors we create for ourselves and changes our way being both on and off the mat, all it takes is practice.
Having grown up playing soccer and other competitive sports, Faye found a renewed interest in fitness after the birth of her second daughter. Faye is most passionate about sharing her love of fitness and a healthy lifestyle with her 2 daughters and women everywhere. She hopes that her message of being strong and fit comes in many different forms, and we should love our bodies for giving us the ability to do the things we love to do. Faye lives in Scarborough with her family and has been a personal trainer for the last 5 years.
Maura has been active in the local wellness & fitness scene for many years. She is a licensed massage therapist and owns Heaven & Earth Day Spa in Windham. She has been running for over 30 years and been participating in marathons and half marathons for over 10 years. She has also recently started competing in triathlons. Her passion is helping people learn, grow and achieve more than they ever believed they could.
Kim discovered her love of fitness after the birth of her son. Finding time to get out for a run or take a bootcamp class became a priority. It was the perfect way to regroup and relieve stress after a hectic day. After developing a running injury, she found a passion for spin class. This intense, low impact workout was the perfect alternative to a long run. She became a certified instructor in 2012 and has been teaching in the Portland area ever since. In 2014, Kim decided to further her fitness expertise by enrolling with the National Academy of Sports Medicine to obtain her personal training certification.
Kim is eager to share her love of fitness with the sheJAMs community. There is nothing better than women empowering women to reach their goals!
Kirsten began swimming at the age of 8 and went on to win MA state titles and compete at Brown University. After a hiatus of 20 years she has now embraced masters swimming, and has especially fallen in love with open water swimming. She has competed in many open water races all over New England and further from home, winning Peaks to Portland, Boston Sharkfest, and the Bermuda Round the Sound 10K, to name a few. In addition, this return to swimming has provided personal growth, health, friendship, and camaraderie surpassing all expectations.
She is now a coach, specializing in open water and technique for masters swimmers and triathletes. She enjoys sharing her passion and expertise with athletes of all levels and abilities.
Susan is an ACE certified personal trainer, a TRX Qualified Group Instructor and TRX Qualified Functional Fitness Instructor. She lives in Cumberland with her husband, three kids and two dogs. Susan has completed ten marathons and also enjoys swimming, biking and horseback riding. As an avid runner and athlete she understands the role that strength training plays in a healthy lifestyle and how it can help to avoid injury. Susan loves to create a fun and challenging workout environment that welcomes all levels.
Brian may be from away (he’s a Virginia native) but he is passionate about living, working, and being athletic in Maine. A longtime bicyclist (a BMX’er and mountain biker converted to road cyclist), Brian has been teaching indoor cycling for 3 years. Now an avid triathlete, he learned to swim at age 41 so that he could compete in his first race.
Brian lives in North Yarmouth with his wife and two daughters. Brian is the VP of Business Development for Volunteers of America Northern New England where he develops programming and housing for vulnerable populations in Maine.
Cate’s love for Fitness and Wellness spans 20+ years of experience. Having a watchful eye on form and composure of my clients I love to see people grow through their experiences of become healthy through movement and understanding how our Minds and body are connected. With use of energy through movement we can do whatever we desire to do, if we continue to focus on a healthy mind and body. Cate has worked with all ages with specific sport training, triathlon training, marathon training, posture and mobility improvement, swim instruction, and many other modalities in the fitness industry.
Cate resides in Gorham with her 83 year old mom and is an avid Triathlete. She has 3 beautiful grown children and loves outdoor activities and spending time with “Henry” her dog. Her full time job is Recreation Coordinator that consists of overseeing the Pool, Fitness and Swim School. She participates in local triathlon, running and swimming race events and has competed on the National level and in 2017 Cate qualified for the ITU age group World Championship Finals in the Netherlands and completed her first World Championship. Cate explains that, “It is always a process to keep yourself from destructive head talk and building strong body!” It takes work every day to thrive, live, and believe you can do whatever you choose to do.