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James
Hess

Director

  • Various classes
  • Experience: 15+ years
About James
James grew up in south Texas, where he attended and played football for Southwestern Assemblies of God University and transfer to University of North Texas. James started his professional career in fitness in 2001. Since then he as worked with multiple large fitness chains as a personal trainer, regional fitness manager, and general manager. James and his wife Patty have been married for 15 years and they have two daughters Victoria and Kailey. James enjoys spending time to participating in triathlons and lifting weights.
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Eric
Mitchell

Coordinator

  • Coordinator
  • Experience: 1 year
About Eric
Eric grew up Durham, North Carolina and has (almost) literally been a Hope member his entire life. He started attending Hope when it was launched in 1994 and grew up through the youth programs. He grew up a huge Duke fan, and although he graduated from North Carolina State with a degree in Sport Management in 2008, he never lost the royal blue roots. He can be found serving in KidCity on the weekends and loves acting like a big kid with his son Hudson and wife Morgan.
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Suzanne
Petersen

Instructor

  • Yoga
  • Experience: 17+ years
About Suzanne
Suzanne Petersen teaches a slow vinyasa style yoga class with elements of deep stretching and challenging strength and balance poses. She has been a yoga practitioner for over 17 years and acquired her teaching yoga certification in 2016. She has another certification in teaching Holy Yoga, which incorporates Christian scripture throughout the yoga practice, and is also certified in teaching chair yoga, for those who are limited in their abilities. Her teaching style reflects her principles of a balanced life through mind, body, spirit integration on and off the mat. She seeks to build community in her classes, valuing connection with all of her students. Her other passion is 19 years of playing tennis in which she competes with teams in tournaments throughout the year and is a board member with the Western Wake Tennis Association. Suzanne loves serving in the community for many charitable causes. Suzanne and her husband of 28 years love living in Holly Springs, having moved from Connecticut. They have 3 grown children and 3 growing dogs. Suzanne is also CPR certified and has a BA degree in Communications/journalism.
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Melanie
Butdorf

Instructor

  • Fitness
  • Experience: 3 years
About Melanie
Melanie is an AFAA certified group fitness instructor.  She has 3 years of experience teaching multiple formats.  She enjoys making her students feel successful and strong.  She got into group fitness to set an example for her daughter.  She believes it's important for parents to show kids fitness is fun and encourage them to make healthy choices at a young age.   Melanie, her husband, and daughter are from Atlanta, GA, and love living in Holly Springs.  She has made the majority of her friends in NC through group fitness and believes that an important element in fitness success and accountability.  In her spare time, Melanie enjoys spending time with her family and making soap. 
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Sarah
Schall

Instructor

  • HIIT
  • Experience: Founded Inside-Out Strong
About Sarah
Sarah Schall is a motivator for healthy families. As a mom to 4 beautiful children, she's passionate about walking along side other parents as they learn how to model and lead a healthy lifestyle.  She desires to build up the hearts, minds and bodies of others to be strong and healthy inside and out.  In addition to her work at Sarah Schall Wellness, she has developed a mentorship program called "Inside-Out Strong" where she teaches teen/tween girls how to be strong on the inside and the outside. She is a former volleyball athlete, Health and PE teacher, volleyball coach and a strength and conditioning coach at Triangle Volleyball Club.
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Tiffany
Greene

Instructor

  • Yoga
  • Experience: 2+ years
About Tiffany
Tiffany Greene began practicing yoga several years ago after attending an outdoor yoga class. She loved the challenge of the postures, the breath work and especially the extreme relaxation at the end of class! She began her journey through books and focused on developing her personal home practice. Then she began taking group classes and went on to earn her RYT-200 with Dharma Richards at Yoga Garden of Apex in 2014. Tiffany has a background in social work and her heart is service focused. She enjoys delivering Meals on Wheels, volunteering at church, going on mission trips and leading Bible study groups. As a yoga teacher she loves watching the journey unfold in her students' lives, on and off the mat. She values the transformation that yoga can provide in strength, flexibility and overall wellness. Her classes are Vinyasa style and usually include an eclectic twist. She strives to provide a safe and nurturing environment while providing plenty of opportunity for growth. Tiffany has a wonderful husband, two beautiful girls and a sweet old dog. She believes yoga is a special tool that allows us to thread together our lives. Tiffany likes to consider life as a moving meditation that connects her to Christ through prayer, breath, body and mind.
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Ray
Willis

Personal Trainer

  • Personal Training
  • Experience: 8+ years
About Ray
Ray is a former Pro-Athlete levering his extensive first-hand experience to provide a wide range of training methods to our members.  He enjoys helping each client reach their goals in a healthy and effective way.  When he is not at the gym, you can find him coaching his son's football team, watching sports on TV, or hanging out with his family.
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Patera
Foye-Fuller

Yoga Instructor

  • Experience: 2+ years
About Patera
Patera Foye-Fuller lives in Holly Springs with her husband and 2 children. She attends Hope Community Church in Apex. Patera has been a yoga practitioner for 11 years. In 2015, she completed her Yoga Teacher Training through InnerLight Yoga School in Cary, NC. She also teaches yoga at the WakeMed Health Park and within the community. Additionally, Patera is a Registered Nurse at WakeMed and a candidate for graduation in December 2017 from Duke University as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
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Russ
Kessler

Instructor

  • Experience: 3+ years
About Russ
There is one common goal: To Be Better! Being active in sports growing up this had to be our mindset. Honestly, who wants to be in last place? You got it-nobody does! Joining the Marines was no different. The bottom line is if I didn’t get better, one or three things were going to happen: I could get kicked out, I could get killed or worse get someone else killed. Now the goal has shifted to: Determined to be Better! Life doesn’t hand you what you want, you must put in the work and effort to achieve your desires. Do You Want A Change in your Life? If you answered “YES” then catch the vision: Determined to be Better! The hard part is dragging yourself out of bed. But if you show up for boot camp, the change will come! I look forward to seeing you there. S. Marine Corps-52 months of active duty. Lead platoon, company and battalion physical training for 2 years. Lead and taught insanity classes. Developed a variety of cross-training workouts for conditioning athletes. Set up and organized 3 weightlifting tournaments.
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Leana
Deuel

Zumba Instructor

  • Experience: 2+ years
About Leana
Leana is an AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor, AFAA Certified Personal Trainer and a licensed Zumba® & STRONG by Zumba® Instructor. She is also a licensed physical therapist in NC and enjoys bringing that knowledge and education into the fitness & wellness setting. Leana is passionate about helping people of all fitness levels to feel comfortable and successful in her classes, and always provides further instruction and modifications when needed. Her goal is to always have her Zumba® participants sweating and smiling, and having fun! She loves the friendships and sense of community that group fitness creates, and always reminds her participants and clients; “You’re stronger than you think you are!”. Leana is originally from Upstate New York, and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her husband and their two dogs.
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Caroline
Schmelzer

Instructor

  • Zumba, SBZ, Fitness
  • Experience: 2+ years

 

 

 

About Caroline
Caroline is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and a Certified Group Fitness Instructor through the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).  She is also a Licensed Zumba and STRONG by Zumba Instructor. Caroline’s mission is to help others become healthy in body and strong in spirit. She strives to create a supportive, high energy environment in her classes for people of all backgrounds and fitness levels. She loves seeing the smiles of her students when they achieve more than they thought possible-- whether it be a plyometric push-up or fast salsa.  Caroline has over 15 years of formal dance training, is a former elementary school teacher, and is a proud partner of Inside-Out Strong. Both Caroline and her husband are North Carolina natives, and they live in Apex with their two children and two dogs.

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