Kara Bowman- Endurance Swim Coach, Swimming Instructor. Kara Bowman has been involved with swimming since she was 5 years old. She participated in club swim team, diving and synchro as a youth. She began teaching swim lessons for the City of Mesa in high school. In addition to 25 years of swim lessons, she coached Synchronized Swimming for the Arizona Desert Dolphins for 8 years. She enjoys working with both children and adults as they learn to become better swimmers. Mom to 5 beautiful kids!
Vanessa Siren- Yoga Instructor. I was born and raised in Brazil and started modeling at age 16. Modeling brought an opportunity to travel the world and with that a love for yoga was born. She has been practicing for over 20 years and has enjoyed practicing in lots of exciting, exotic places including Spain, Germany, and Switzerland. She enjoys all different styles including hot yoga, Ashtanga, and Power Yoga.
Vanessa completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certification through LifeTime Yoga. She has also completed training in senior, prenatal, and body pump.
Vanessa is a mother to five beautiful children, including 3-year-old twins! She credits yoga with keeping her sane and balanced. She believes practicing can be fun and exciting, and laughter only adds to the beautiful energy of yoga!
Endurance swim coach.
Rachel has completed four IRONMANS!
Rachels background is in swimming. She swam competitively in high school and has competed and coached synchronized swimming. Rachel started teaching swim lessons to adults and children 13 years ago, she loves seeing people improve and gain confidence in the water. Rachel also plays cello for the Tempe Symphony and teaches private lessons.
April Gould- Goat Whisperer is native to Mesa, Arizona. She landed her first job the day after Graduating Mountain View High school in 1996 as a Professional Water-Skier at SeaWorld SanDiego. She then went on to Skiing in shows internationally in Germany and all around Europe. This gave her many opportunities to be on various news and television appearances including “Baywatch”. She married the love of her life, Russ, and bought a small secluded 3 acre farm home in Gilbert. Seeing the need for lawn mowers and friends for her 3 kids, they adopted their first herd of Goats in 2004. She soon realized tending goats was a great workout and started using them as training partners. She was eventually featured on American Ninja Warrior as the “GoatWhisperer” in 2015 and 2017 and now, partnered with Sarah, is extending this widespread “Goat Yoga” exercise regimen to the public
Trisha Porter is a wife and busy mother of three who has always had a passion for fitness. She has been a group fitness instructor for the past decade, and is AFAA certified. She has taught step, total body conditioning, boot camps, and spin. (Her favorite!). She also did small group training sessions from her home for three years, and is currently working on getting her personal training certification through NASM. She loves to paddle board in her spare time, and is excited to bring her love for paddle boarding and fitness together!
I’m Rachael Pullman- Yoga Instructor. HI! I’m a busy wife and mom of four who’s been practicing yoga for 12 years. A few years ago I got my 200-hour yoga certification (RYT 200), and started teaching. I love every aspect of yoga. Currently I am continuing my yoga journey in my 500-hour master yoga teacher training in yoga therapy (E-RYT 500). I believe that yoga is for every one, and there is nothing I love more than introducing someone to yoga who hasn’t tried it. I am just a regular gal who loves to feel good, and yoga helps me do that. Yoga can help you feel good too. My other hobbies include paddle boarding, camping, water colors, decorating, and diet coke. (See? I told you I was just a regular gal!)
Connie Lagerhausen, has been an aquatic fitness professional, swim coach and swim instructor for several years and has been certified in all areas of aquatics. With her well-rounded background in swimming and aqua fitness, Connie specializes in aquatic personal training, private adult swim lessons, aqua aerobics, aqua running, endurance swimming and Aqua Yoga. She has also worked privately with several professional athletes for swim instruction and cross-training, and helped to instruct one of the participants of Extreme Weight Loss: Season 4 to overcome his fear of the water. Connie is currently the Adult Aquatic Specialist for Desert Swim School and Fitness Works Athletic Clubs and has spent the last several years developing unique adult swim programs for these companies. She is AEA-certified, is working on her 200-hour RYT, and has presented numerous continuing education workshops for FitnessFest, AquaCon and IAFC.
Jessica Miller- Yoga Instructor. My love for yoga began when I got too old to be a ballerina anymore. Yoga was the closest thing I could find to make my body feel as good as it did when I danced and I’ve been doing it for almost twenty years now. I became certified as a yoga instructor in 2009 and have taught in a variety of settings with both kids and adults. Paddleboard yoga is the definitely the most unique and the most fun! When I’m not teaching yoga, I stay busy working as a speech therapist and taking care of my five daughters ages 3 to 16. With that many kids, yoga is a must to preserve my sanity! See you on the water!
Sarah Williams- Owner of Desert Paddleboards/ AZ Goat Yoga
I live in Mesa, AZ with my 4 children and husband. I attended ASU with a major in Exercise Science and has worked in the fitness industry for 20 years.
I am a Registered Yoga teacher and am certified in Pilates. I am also a Crossfit & Crossfit kids trainer, and I became a level two Parkour coach certified by World Freerunning and Parkour so I could incorporate Parkour into my kids classes and keep them fun. I am a USA Weightlifting Coach and am certified by the Arthritis Foundation in Senior Fitness.
I was lucky enough to appear on the 2013 America Ninja Warrior Show on NBC in Baltimore, Maryland. I've been featured on various local news programs with children’s yoga classes, paddleboard fitness classes and most recently, on the cover of Phoenix Magazine.
My love for water started as a synchronized swimmer. I've competed and coached at several National-level competitions. Over the past two decades, I have facilitated various swimming programs throughout the valley, eventually starting my own business. I also love open water swimming. I swam around Alcatraz Island & the Hudson River 10K in NYC.
With fitness classes and swimming in my repertoire, the obvious next step for me was paddleboarding! Starting a Stand-up paddleboarding business proved to be a great way to connect with friends and enjoy a challenging yet invigorating workout in nature!
As paddleboard classes slowed down in the winter, I realized Arizona needed another unique way to do yoga and workout. Goats! Goats make working out TONS of fun. Teaming up with April Gould, Arizona's Goat Whisperer, we have created fun yoga classes centered around GOATS! Goats and nature make people happier, you'll love working out with goats! We teach the classes at The John Volken Academy Gilbert, AZ!
Carolyn Gardner- Personal Trainer, Paddleboard fitness Instructor. Speedy fast marathoner-3:15!
Dixie- Endurance Swim Coach- I grew up with a passion for being physically active, from softball to swimming and everything in-between. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 2001 with a BS in Physical Education and an emphasis in Fitness and Wellness Management. She has worked in the health and fitness industry for over 15 years and worked as an NASM certified personal trainer for 10+ years while also growing a personal love for the sport of triathlon. She owned her own website, RaceDay Training, for several years, training and motivating clients across the country to train for races of their own and even had the opportunity to be race director for a local triathlon. As her kids got older and her family grew she changed her focus to coaching swim team to be with her kids more. For the past 4 years she has mostly focused on swim coaching and she is currently the swim team coach at the Ross Farnsworth East Valley YMCA.
Amanda Pepper- Yoga Instructor.
About 13 years ago I found yoga at the local YMCA in Dallas TX, the class times were always a little random but I found that was where I found so much calmness. Over the years I would take a few classes but never found it very accessible for the times I was at the gym.
In 2010 we moved to Gilbert and I found I was just over a mile away from this amazing studio. I could not stop coming, I canceled my gym membership and found such joy and calmness on my mat that I decided to do Sumits 200 hr yoga training. After taking 9 weekends away from my family and learning and growing beyond what I ever expected I have found something that makes me want to be a better person, friend, mother and wife. I continued on to get my masters yoga certification my 500 hr. And I hope that I can spread that with all the wonderful people I am able to guide through their practice.