Trainer, Specialist and Manager Bios at Fit Moms Transformation Center

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Dustin Maher


Owner of Fit Moms Transformation Center & Founder of Fit Moms For Life Inspired by his own stay-at-home mom, who cared for everyone else without making enough time for herself, A.C.E. certified personal trainer Dustin Maher has devoted his life to helping moms get in the best shape of their lives. Although he’s trained bodybuilders, athletes, and models, Dustin’s favorite clients are moms, partly because they often need him—and the “me time” of a workout—the most, and partly because he believes that good health for the entire family begins with a fit mom. “When I inspire a mom to exercise smarter and change the foods that she buys for her family, her kids want to do what she is doing,” says Dustin. “So not only do I get to help the mother, but also the next generation–and, once in a while, the husband as well.” Often called the “trainer to America’s moms,” Dustin is the founder of the Fit Moms for Life (FM4L) movement, owns and operates 10 fitness locations, has created 30 home workout DVDs, and has appeared on network television over 100 times. He is also the author of Fit Moms for Life: How to Have Endless Energy to Outplay Your Kids and the producer of the documentary Fit Moms for Life: the Million Mom Movement. Since Dustin can only train a finite number of moms personally, he is helping fellow trainers build their business and attract an endless supply of clients with his Fit Moms for Life certification and licensing programs, which give other trainers the very model that he used to create his thriving enterprise. In addition to that, he’s pursuing his vision of creating a Million Mom Movement of mothers empowering mothers, with a goal to start 14,000 FM4L community groups that will help like-minded moms connect with, motivate, and support each other in living a healthy life. Why 14,000? It’s the same as the number of McDonald’s restaurants that are currently in America, and Dustin feels that getting healthy should be as accessible to America’s moms as fast food is in our society. “Moms do so much for everyone else; they deserve to feel—and look—their best,” says Dustin. Think of Fit Moms as his way of saying: “Thanks, moms!”


Customer Delight Specialists


Heather Raabe

HeatherHi. My name is Heather Raabe. In addition to working at the Fit Moms Transformation Center, I work as a Fashion Consultant with Cabi, a high quality women’s clothing line, and I teach Japanese at Madison College. I left my full-time teaching job a couple of years of years ago because of health issues, and that’s how I found Dustin. As my health began to improve and I could exercise again, I started using the Fit Moms for Life DVDs, which I love! My fitness journey is continuing, and I am happy to be part of the Fit Moms community – to greet you, to chat, to cheer you on, and to work out with you! Independent Cabi Consultant and Team Leader 608.852.6784


Biography coming soon.


Birthday Party Specialists


Lauren Watkins

Lauren WatkinsMy name is Lauren and I am the Fit Kids Birthdays Coordinator. Fit Kids Birthdays was established for parents who wanted a healthy and active birthday party option for their children. We are currently offering 90 and 120 minute options for birthdays and they are held at the Fit Moms Transformation Center on the West side of Madison. During your preferred time, there will be time set aside for activities and games led by our coaches, presents and cake and free time for the kids to interact with us and their peers.


Eric Maher, birthday specialistMy name is Eric Maher (Yep, Dustin’s little brother!) and I am one of the Fit Fun Birthday Specialists. My job is to help your child have so much fun that they leave the birthday party in tears…of joy, of course! I have worked with youth in the fitness industry basically all of my life and have a passion for the younger generation. Sometimes all they need is a friend to encourage them, give them a high five, or just simply to laugh with. Outside of youth and fitness, I stay busy with my full time job as a sales and marketing manager for Strike-a-Pose-Photo-Booths. I love music, Scrabble, basketball, skateboarding, a good book next to the fire, and my Savior Jesus.




Paula Salmon, Transformation Center Manager/Sales

PaulaPaula joins the Transformation Center team with a degree in Retail Management and Certificate in Business from the University of Wisconsin Madison. She provides support for new and current clients, contributes to sales, builds programs and fitness challenges, and manages the Transformation Center trainers and staff. While away from the Transformation Center, Paula enjoys working up a sweat with friends, playing golf, going to the Farmer’s Market, leading visual merchandise initiatives at a local retailer, facilitating Bible studies, and taking trips to her parents cabin on the Mississippi River.


Biography coming soon.





Anne Jelinek

  • RKC/SFG Kettlebells Level 1 Certified
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • ACE Certified Group Exercise Instructor
  • Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200 pending Nov 2013)
  • FMS Level 1 (Certification pending Jan 2014)

Anne has been a personal trainer, yoga teacher and group fitness instructor since 2008, serving clients and students in the Washington, D.C. and San Francisco Bay Area before relocating to Madison, WI in 2013. Her challenging programs are created to address the needs of groups and individuals looking to build a healthy, strong body and mind. Anne specializes in Russian Kettlebells and Vinyasa yoga, and teaches indoor cycle, bodysculpt and boot camp classes with an emphasis on mindful movement, self love and mindful eating. When she’s not training and coaching, Anne blogs at about life, picking up heavy things and the wonders of the mind-body journey. Her heart lives in Northern California, on the Big Sur Coastline, and when she’s not teaching and practicing, Anne is taking pictures with an old DSLR, learning guitar or randomly bursting into interpretive dance in her car.

Ryan DeRose

Ryan DeRose

  • Bachelors Degree (UW-Madison) – Double Majors: Kinesiology (Exercise Movement & Science) and Psychology
  • Doctorate Degree (UW-Madison) – Physical Therapy
  • ACE Certified Personal trainer
  • CPR Certified
  • Anatomy / Physiology Peer Leader

Ryan is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and recently completed his Doctorate degree in the Physical Therapy Program at UW-Madison in May of 2012. He has trained hundreds of clients within Circuit Training/Total Body fitness classes, small group classes, and one-on-one training for the past 5 years. He also has much experience working within Physical Therapy clinics and developing exercise programs for clients to recover from a multitude of injuries as well as rehabilitation post operatively (e.g. shoulder rotator cuff repairs, total knee replacements, back surgeries, etc.). He stresses the importance of making exercise and nutrition a part of one’s everyday life not only to prevent future injuries, but also because of its many physiological and mental health benefits. Ryan is highly motivated and loves working with other people to obtain their future health goals. In his free time, Ryan loves to play sports of any kind (volleyball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, basketball, etc.), run, swim, plays drums in a Country band, be outdoors, go camping, and spend time with family and friends.



  • ACE certified personal trainer
  • TRX group suspension certified
  • Doula

Alecia has been participating in MamaTone and boot camps since March of 2009 and is very excited to have this opportunity to share her love of health and fitness with others. Alecia enjoys running local races and is open to most any fitness adventure! Some of Alecia’s current goals are learning how to swim and bike so she can begin competing in triathlons. Alecia is also very passionate about natural healing as well as pregnancy and childbirth. Alecia is in process of completing certification as a labor and post postpartum doula and enjoys supporting a woman’s health through pregnancy and beyond. When Alecia is not in the gym you will find her hanging out with her husband, Elliot, and their two young children ages 3 and 1. Alecia believes in a holistic approach to health and wellness; that while exercise of the body is vital it should be used in conjunction with healthy eating, spiritual wellness and emotional well-being.

Ashton Savoie


  • RN, BSN
  • A.C.E. Certified
  • CPR/AED Certified

Ashton is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Nursing. In college she taught group fitness classes which included, group strength, cardio, core crunch, box, and drill-down. It was during these classes that she found her love for group fitness. She has always been active, participating in sports and doing work out videos with her mom when she was younger. But, group fitness was more than just an activity; it became a passion of hers. She has experienced the power of participating in physical activity in a group setting and how it can have a profoundly positive impact on a person’s life. She is very grateful and excited to be a part of what will become the best part of your day: Bootcamp! Ashton is full of energy and determination. She will push you just outside your comfort zone to reach your fitness goals, all the while motivating you and cheering you on! Each class she looks forward to making you sweat, challenging you, seeing you reach your goals, and having fun. Ashton works as a pediatric nurse in the ICU at American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison. She loves to play volleyball, run, canoe, sing, play just dance on the wii, drink coffee and spend time with family and friends.

Amber Whitehouse

amber whitehouse-208x300Amber has been a part of Fit Fun BootcampsTM since January 2010 and has experienced something entirely different from previous weight-loss attempts. Not only has she lost weight, but she has also benefited from the amazing physical and psychological effects bootcamps and eating healthy foods has on one’s body and mind. Amber loves sharing her experience and what she has learned from bootcamps and Dustin’s blog with everyone to inspire them to achieve their goals because she knows the powerful transformation that is waiting for anyone willing to work for it. Amber has a Business Management and Marketing degree from Hope College, in Holland, MI, and is currently pursuing her goal of owning her own home décor and styling business. Besides spending time with family and friends, Amber loves interior design, reading, cooking healthfully, and spending time on Lake Michigan any chance she can. Amber plans on becoming ACE certified this summer.

Margaret Adelmeyer

Margaret Adelmeyer

  • BS-Elementary Ed
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer & Group Instructor
  • Adult CPR/AED Certified

Margaret is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in elementary education. She taught 3rd grade in Johnson Creek for two years before pursuing a career in fitness. Being active has always been a huge part of her and her family’s life. Her best childhood memories were spent outdoors biking, canoeing, swimming and hiking. Margaret started Dustin’s Fit Moms for Life DVDs when she graduated college and moved away from Madison. The convenience of the intense workouts was just what she was looking for to stay in shape. When Margaret moved back to Madison, she was eager to start attending bootcamps, and has since come on as an instructor for Fit Fun Bootcamps. Because of sports, she has experienced the power of participating in group fitness, and the profound impact it had on her life outside of being physically fit. Margaret has a passion for fitness and health, and enjoys competing in triathlons and local races, being challenged in the gym, watching and playing sports, and spending time with her family, including her Puggle, Lenny. Margaret is very enthusiastic and determined. She believes the group atmosphere will motivate and encourage you to reach your full potential!

Joe Collins

Joe Collins

  • UMass-Amherst B.S. in Kinesiology
  • UW-Milwaukee M.S. in Biomechanics
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • CPR/AED certified

Joe received a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Joe then went on to UW-Milwaukee where he received a Master’s degree in biomechanics where he gained a vast knowledge of how the body moves. Joe most recently graduated with a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at UW-Madison where he has gained experience working with patients toward their goals of regaining health and function. Joe now works full time as a physical therapist at Capitol Physical Therapy in Verona. Joe has eight years of personal training and strength and conditioning experience starting with personal training at Gold’s gym during undergrad. He was the strength and conditioning coach for high school female club volleyball players geared toward improving performance while decreasing injury risk. Joe has a passion for exercise and health, he exercises almost every day and consumes a very healthy diet. Joe competes in triathlons and plays just about every sport, usually football, basketball and beach volleyball.


Biography coming soon.

Liz Grosspietsch

Liz Grosspietsch

  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • TRX Suspension Certified Trainer
  • CPR/AED Certified

Liz graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Sociology. After working retail management for a few years she had two boys with her husband Chris. When her boys were 1 and 3 she found Dustin’s programs. After finding huge success with Dustin’s Fit Moms classes and loosing 60 pounds Liz decided to pay it forward an became a certified trainer. She now lives her passion of showing others what living a healthy life is all about. Liz hopes that others can find happiness in their lives by taking care of themselves so they can better take care of those around them. When she is not at the gym Liz is busy chasing after her growing boys, enjoying time with friends and family, and volunteering at school. Liz also can be found running, skiing, boating, cooking, and reading. She loves helping people to find balance in their lives by incorporating exercise, healthy eating, and overall wellness. Liz reaches the Killer Kurves program on the East side and also at the Transformation Center.

Vanessa Knauf


  • Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • TRX
  • BodyPump

Vanessa took her love of fitness and launched into her fitness career 5 years ago with the Y. She specializes in bootcamps and began working for Dustin in October of 2013. Working with small groups taught her that hard work and meeting goals is very gratifying when done in a positive and supportive setting. One of her favorite mantras is “I am in process”. You may not be where you want to be, but everyday you make healthful choices is a step closer to achieving your goals. Vanessa is excited to meet you, learn about you fitness goals and help you achieve them. Her workouts are tough but attainable and fun. In her spare time she enjoys camping, running, mountain biking and spending time with her husband Dave and dog Bela. If you are ready to get in a great workout and push yourself outside of your comfort zone check out her classes. Vanessa teaches at the Sun Prairie, Eastside, and Westside Fit Moms location.





Mary HoffmanMary’s passion toward health and fitness began when she joined Dustin’s bootcamp in 2009. She learned how important it is to combine exercise with a healthy diet. Ever since then, she’s been fascinated with nutrition. Mary’s friends and family consider her a “nutrition geek” because she would much rather read nutrition books and watch health related videos than watch the latest TV series or read a best seller fictional book. After completing a formal education program and becoming a Certified Health Coach in 2012, Mary started teaching small group nutrition classes. She now leads workshops designed to show busy people HOW to live a healthier lifestyle in a practical and easy way. For example, how to shop without needing to be an expert label reader, how to whip up quick and easy healthy meals without needing a recipe, how to pack a healthy kids lunch in less than 5 minutes, and lots more. The workshops include demonstrations and are designed to be fun and interactive where people get to share their own tips and learn from each other. Mary has been successful at living a healthy lifestyle while balancing the responsibilities of an active family, a dual career in nutrition and finance, and making time for herself. She enjoys shopping at the farmers markets, biking, tennis, cooking, and spending quality time with family and friends. *AADP Certified Health Coach *Founder of Choice Nutrition, LLC *Degree in Business – University of Wisconsin Madison

Renee Cefalu

Renee CefaluBachelor in Science – Human Services Spencer Institute – Life Strategies Coach Certification in the areas of psychological health and wellbeing Renee has a wide variety of employment experiences ranging from Real Estate, Substitute Teaching, Social Worker, High School Athletic Department Coordinator and Wellness Coaching. Renee has been working as Dustin’s social media manager and personal assistant since June 2011. Her employment opportunities have allowed her to integrate her creativity and skills into growing Dustin’s Social Media from 113,000 to over 747,000 combined followers, along with networking with over 1,200 mommy bloggers. Her other miscellaneous activities are converting Dustin’s newsletters into blog posts, creating quote images, recruiting Facebook sponsorship, and offering giveaways. Renee has studied mind, body, spirit wellness for over 22 years and offers wellness coaching in person or over the phone. She and her family have always been health and fitness conscious. Renee has two beautiful children a girl 21 and a boy 18 and as a family they enjoy hiking, biking, cross country and downhill skiing, kayaking and anything having to do with being in nature. They also enjoy working in prairie restoration, prescribed burns along with picking wild flower and grass seed for their five acres of prairie. Renee loves reading and researching topics related to politics, environment, economy, food industry, alternative medicine, and nutritional health.

Tracie Hittman

Tracie Hittman, SpecialistTracie Fountain, MS, is a nutritional consultant and certified life coach that helps people live a healthy, balanced life. She is a graduate from Hawthorn University’s Masters of Science in Holistic Nutrition program. Tracie focuses on educating her clients on how to make dietary and lifestyle changes that will instill lifelong health. Tracie’s programs are so successful because she tailors them to each individual’s unique needs and works with her clients to implement lasting changes.  For more information about her services check out www.traciefountaincom.


Biography coming soon.


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