Cody has worked for CAC since 2007, joining our staff the summer after graduating from Washington State University (Go Cougs!) He has worked in the Health Club industry since age 15, when he started teaching swim lessons in Stanwood. He enjoys weight training, writing, and spending time outdoors.
Jeannie has been with Columbia Athletic Clubs-Juanita Bay since 2000. During that time she has worked in Kids Club, Front Desk and currently as Operations Director. She says, “It’s the amazing members and staff that keep me here. I’ve never been at another club that has the same atmosphere, it’s like we are all family in a way. It’s a very special place”. When Jeannie isn’t here at the club, you can find her running outdoors, mountain biking or spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Originally from New Castle, DE, Brenda graduated from Wilmington College with a BA in Communications. When she moved to Kirkland in 1989 she worked at CAC Juanita Bay and spent 16 fun-filled years motivating people of all ages to improve the quality of their life through fitness. Even though Brenda took a few years away to seek other opportunities, she returned in October 2015 to her familiar position as Membership Director.
Brenda’s philosophy for a healthy lifestyle is to “do something that makes you happy and do it as much as you can”. Words that she lives by. So when is not at work, Brenda can be found volunteering within the community, listening to live music, jet skiing and motorcycle riding.
Brandi Ohlsen started in the industry since 1992 as a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. She is passionate about wellness and practices an integrative approach to whole-life fitness. Brandi possesses a M.S. in Exercise/Sport Science, B.S. in Sports Medicine and PE/Health Education, Certified Nutritionist and 13 certifications in the area of health/fitness, including Precision Level II, TWIST, Corrective Exercise Specialist, FMS, Trigger Point therapy, Pilates and Yoga. Brandi learned that her talent is educating and inspiring others to incorporating a healthy lifestyle. She offers a style that is intuitive, inventive, challenging, and fun using natural movements to promote weight loss, strength, mobility, balance and postural enhancements. Brandi was a Division I athlete and competed in a myriad of sports. I have worked professionally with high-risk individuals to professional athletes always respecting each person’s limitations, fears, and goals. Brandi attends conferences annually, to stay abreast on the latest research and continue to motivate her clients. Brandi’s true passion is to elicit her client’s true potential and bring out their inner athlete. You can contact Brandi Ohlsen at email@example.com.
Programs and Group Exercise Director
Bre joined the Columbia Athletic team in 2008 as a personal trainer after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Central Washington University. Her passion for the athletic club industry and love for children eventually lead her to Program Coordinator. While she still trains and teaches, she’s found a new passion by working with youth and creating new and fun ways to keep them entertained and active while at the club. In her free time, Bre enjoys running, hiking with her dog, Seahawks football, and spending time with family and friends.
Drew Whorley earned his B.A. in Commercial Recreation at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he swam competitively for four years and also coached for two seasons. Since moving to the Northwest in 1998 he has served as the Head Coach for the Jackson High School swim team and lead them to be State Championships in 2013 and 2014. Drew has been with the company since 2002 and brings over 25 years of experience in Aquatics to Columbia. In lieu of what used to be “free time” he now has three beautiful daughters.
Bruce Bullard has been a trainer for Columbia Athletic Clubs since January 2001 and has been in the fitness industry for more than 20 years. He holds certifications with the American Council on Exercise and the American College of Sports Medicine. He is also certified in Trigger Point therapy. Bruce was drawn to the fitness industry, in part, as a result of years spent in the ski and windsurfing industry. Bruce teaches Gravity, Indoor cycling, boot camps and winter sports conditioning workshops. Bruce has skied, run, and biked competitively throughout his life. Due to his active lifestyle, Bruce motivates his clients to be all that they can be at every age. Focusing on functional strength training, core strength, balance, and flexibility Bruce’s clients see results regardless of whether they are training to play soccer, ride their first century, run a half marathon, climb Mt. Rainier, or simply improve their quality of life. Bruce believes that fitness can be improved at any age. It is never too late to begin and it is never too soon to start.
Michelle Ohlson moved to Washington in 2002 to pursue a culinary career with her newly obtained culinary arts degree from Scottsdale Culinary Institute. Shortly after moving from Arizona, Michelle discovered the sport of triathlon. Since then Michelle has raced every running distance from 5K’s to marathons, multiple century bike rides, aquathons, and every distance of triathlon all the way up to the full IRONMAN. With her passion for triathlons and endurance events Michelle returned back to school and in June 2008 she graduated from Bastyr University with a BS in Exercise Science. Soon after that she earned her USA Triathlon level 1 Coaching certification. She continues to improve her knowledge and has acquired multiple certifications such as NASM-CPT; CAFS; Trigger Point, Precision Nutrition Level II, and TRX Group. These days you will find Michelle training people on a mission to lose weight, decrease body fat, recovering from various injuries, injury prevention, or simply just enjoy daily life by living an active lifestyle. Just as Michelle expects for her clients to continue to reach for the stars, she too continues to race and better herself.
Nick is a certified trainer with over 10 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science from Eastern Washington University where he played NCAA division I football. He is also certified in Trigger Point therapy. Nick has been recognized for his individualized approach to weight loss-gain, muscle-shape, conditioning and strength training for athletes of all skill levels. His skill set also includes a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of therapeutic exercises and modalities and athletic training room operations. Nick was a track and field coach for three years at Bear Creek School and had a lot of success with his throwers, including taking a Discus and shot-put thrower to state all three years. In 2005 Nick did an internship with the University of Washington Strength and Conditioning Staff. While at UW he primarily worked with the football team.
Cristal is a certified personal trainer and has been a part of the fitness industry for several years. She grew up a competitive gymnast eventually transitioning to coaching gymnasts of all ages. She fell in love with inspiring girls and seeing them achieve goals both big in small. One of her biggest goals for her clients is to build a stronger self-confidence in the weight room as well as in life for those striving to achieve personal success and happiness. She puts max energy and enthusiasm into every workout she gives and truly believes working out should be fun instead of a chore. Cristal is willing to try anything once and and has completed half marathons, the STP, and various rock climbing competitions. She hopes to one day find the guts to apply for American Ninja Warrior.
Valerie is a native New Yorker who worked her way up the west coast through Los Angeles and San Francisco to now call Kirkland her home for the past 16 years. Bringing to closure a business career spanning 35 years in expanding roles as an executive coach, group facilitation, and leadership development programs she retired her corporate career and followed her passion into Personal Training.
Valerie lives the philosophy that it is never too late to learn and never too late to get in shape for your best life. As an enthusiastic trainer Valerie keeps the focus on your goals. Her toolbox is full of holistic, challenging, inventive, and inspiring options to bring about strength, functional movement, flexibility/mobility, core stability, and weight management.
Specialty certifications include ACE Senior Strength & Conditioning and ACE Certified Orthopedic – FrameWorkTM – knees, shoulder, low back | pre- habilitation and rehabilitation).
Alicia graduated from Bastyr University with a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Science, is ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, and has been training and teaching bootcamp style classes since early 2017. She is passionate about healthy eating and has a culinary background. She has two kids and a husband whom she plays tennis with and loves with to go hiking and snowboarding with. She enjoys participating in 5ks, 10ks, and half marathons, and completed Ragnar. If you ask her to join you in a race or jump in a game she will probably say yes! She decided to enter this field because she believes every person deserves to be happy, healthy, and fit no matter their age or situation; everyone starts somewhere, and you won’t know how far you can go until you try.