Our Team

Co-Owner and Stroller Strides, Stroller Barre, Fit4Baby and Body Back Instructor

Michele has always led an active life, and chose to pursue a career in fitness with Stroller Strides to stay at home and raise her family and to help others find the joy in exercise. Throughout childhood, her mother encouraged her to be a “Jill” of all sports and she competed in swimming, tennis, softball, track, ice skating, soccer, and volleyball to name a few. She excelled in both swimming and tennis, competing in the Junior Olympics in Synchronized swimming and on the Varsity Tennis Team for both High Schools she attended. Now she maintains a healthy mix of running, yoga, and Stroller Strides classes, but is happy to pick up any type of ball for a casual game. She is a mother of 2, a dedicated wife, and a sister of 3. She has certifications in fitness, cooking, and wine, in addition to her bachelor’s degree in Math and Economics, and is happy to share tips on nutrition and cooking, wine and restaurants, fitness and life.





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Co-Owner and Instructor for Stroller Strides, Fit4Baby and Body Back

Sara is a certified pre and postnatal fitness instructor and personal trainer with many years of group fitness training behind her. Her focus for the last few years has been on pregnant and postnatal moms through Fit4Mom. She currently runs Stroller Strides and Body Back classes, helping to motivate moms to take their fitness to the next level.

Before working with moms, Sara coached middle and high school students to run the Los Angeles Marathon through an organization called Students Run LA. She also coached two swim teams - a high school team and an age group team.

Sara moved to the Peninsula in October of 2009 from Los Angeles. She is a Jane-of-many-trades with a certification in pre and post natal fitness through Fit4Mom, a certification as a personal trainer through ACE, a BA in Language Studies, an MA in Communications, and seven years of teaching English as a Second Language to adults and teenagers.

In her first year at university, Sara decided to maintain fitness for life. This has led her to try many different activities. She swam competitively in high school and then with the Master's team in college. She roller bladed, became addicted to salsa dancing , started running and then decided to tackle the world of triathlon. With limited time as a mom and business owner, she now runs and does strength training to stay in shape. But watch out! After the birth of her second child, she plans on training for the next triathlon season!

While training others and keeping fit fuel her, she also loves reading, gardening, cooking, wine tasting and being out in nature.
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Stroller Strides Instructor

Alayna is a transplant from the rainy pacific northwest. She enjoys outdoor fitness through recreation such as snowboarding, hiking, and trail running. She was a therapeutic activities coordinator in Tacoma, WA until her son Ander was born in May 2016. She attended her first Stroller Strides class in August of 2016, 1 week after moving to California and she immediately connected with the welcoming and supportive network of moms. "It takes a village" became her motto as she learned that she was not alone in the many of the challenges she faced day-to-day as a new mother. Whether it is getting back into shape, navigating life with a newborn, or giving your child an engaging and dynamic classroom to watch you grow stronger, Fit4Mom provides the opportunity.

Alayna became a certified Stroller Strides instructor in August 2017. She is grateful for "the village" that continues to support and encourage her to love herself, challenge herself, and inspire others to do the same.
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Social Media Manager

Andrea is a San Diego native who found FIT4MOM while she actually was living in New York! Joining the FIT4MOM village there had such a profoundly positive effect on her life – it's pure joy for her to share the love as an instructor. In NY, Andrea became certified in Stroller Strides and Barre and taught for a year before heading back west for good. She's thrilled to be in the Bay Area to teach and sweat with the California sisterhood!

No stranger to NorCal, Andrea graduated from Santa Clara University where she studied communications, journalism and design and has worked in magazine writing and communications marketing throughout the country. After having her second child, a dear friend introduced her to Stroller Strides and Andrea never looked back. Her FIT4MOM village is an incredibly valuable part of her life, and she's also delighted to serve FIT4MOM SF Peninsula as Social Media Manager.
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Stroller Strides Instructor

Andrea joined FIT4MOM because she wanted to get outside with her baby girl, Anaiya, who was born in October 2015. Growing up on a hay farm as the daughter of a game warden in western Colorado, the outdoors were a part of Andrea's every day life. Her first mule pack trips happened before she was five, stocking fish in alpine lakes, and she looks back with nostalgia on dusty, prickly hot days bucking bales in the fields. After arriving in the concrete warren that is Silicon Valley, Andrea joined a happy-go-lucky 'drinking club with a running problem' and proceeded to spend more than a decade exploring the parks, trails, nearly-trails, construction sites, and underground infrastructure of the Bay Area. During working hours, she put her energy into international microfinance, socially responsible investing, and utility relations for large scale solar. After the birth of her daughter, FIT4MOM was a dose of outside with strength training, mom-friends and built-in child care included. Andrea was hooked, and she took the instructor certification to help other mamas get a little wind, rain, dirt, grass and sunshine in their day, and to help them raise their children who see them taking care of themselves, and venturing outdoors!more

Body Back Instructor

Deanna is a native of San Francisco and has led an active lifestyle, playing basketball and strength conditioning. She discovered TRX, yoga and healthier eating after her children were born to help her stay fit and to have the energy to keep up with them. The result? She has won a 20+ year battle against thyroid disease.

With Deanna's background as a collegiate athlete and a personal trainer, her recent experiences with a healthier lifestyle made the transition into a group fitness instructor an easy decision. She started as a TRX and Barre instructor and is now looking forward to bringing her energy to all of our FIT4MOM Mamas to help them reach beyond their fitness goals.

While Deanna is not at FIT4MOM, she spend her time shuttling her two children around and volunteering for a non-profit basketball organization for youth.

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Stroller Strides Instructor

Deb is an enthusiastic new resident of San Jose! While originally from Cleveland, OH, she has called Pittsburgh, PA, Southern California, and Portland, OR home before moving with her husband and sweet boys to check out NorCal. She has a background in Marketing and Event planning, loves hiking, traveling, and has a mild Pinterest addiction.

Deb found Fit4Mom when she first moved to Portland in 2014. As a new mom and new to the city, she was eager to discover the city and explore the outdoors, live an active lifestyle, and most importantly find mommy connections and form friendships. Deb, with little Desmond in tow, found all of that and more in Fit4Mom. Then her son Carson joined their stroller strides fun in 2015 and she got to see how a village can truly come together to help out a fellow momma adjusting to her new role as a mom of two!

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Body Back Instructor

Heather has always been an athlete, as well as a recreational runner and kickboxer. On the East coast Heather was a teacher for many years and coached soccer and track to high school students. She moved to San Carlos years ago while pregnant with her first son. Son number two came quickly behind and she became a stay at home mom. After almost eight years, she is so excited to have found Fit4Mom; a company that celebrates fitness and family and allows her to help empower other moms and promote a healthy lifestyle for both moms and kids. She is looking forward to building up the San Carlos Fit4Mom community with two classes a week for the first time! Come and join us!more

Stroller Strides Instructor

Kristin first learned about FIT4MOM shortly after her daughter Kiera was born in October 2016. Seeing a group of moms walk by as she had coffee with a colleague she asked about the group. A few weeks later she began attending classes regularly and over the summer became a certified Stroller Strides instructor.

Originally from Los Altos, she returned last year after living in San Francisco for 9 years. Teaching has always been a part of Kristin. Summers in Tahoe as a camp counselor, running a sports program at an elementary school and 13 years of teaching primary grades, she is now taking on a new role as a stroller strides instructor with FIT4MOM. She also enjoys stand up paddling, hiking, skiing, traveling and spending time with her family.

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Stroller Strides Instructor

Manisha is a native of Louisville, KY but lived in Ann Arbor, Washington DC, and Chicago until moving to the Bay Area and finding her home in 2010. She has been practicing physical therapy since 2004 after completing her doctorate at Northwestern University and is currently working 2 days/week in outpatient orthopedics. She is the proud mama of 3 children: Tahlia (8), Deven (5) and Zane (2) who are also prioritizing fitness at an early age. Tahlia has run five 5Ks with mom, Deven is an avid basketball player and Zane is a regular at stroller strides!

Fitness and nutrition are a huge part of Manisha's life and she currently assists several families with young children become more health-conscious and incorporate more vegetarian foods in their diet. Manisha also recently got involved with an organization called Girls on the Run, which assists young girls in reaching their goal of completing a 5K while at the same time building self-confidence, team building skills and self-esteem. She immediately felt a love and connection with Fit4mom following her first class and was fascinated at the "village" and how seamlessly it came together with so much obvious support and strength in motherhood. She just wishes she had been introduced to the organization after baby #1 instead of baby #3! Nonetheless Manisha is thrilled to be part of the FIT4MOM team to support new moms in the community and can't wait to see you in her classes at Stroller Strides!
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Administrative Assistant

Megan started out her career selling Insurance and moved on to the Technology world in Seattle. From there, a great leap of faith and four years in London spent travelling and eating her way through Europe taught her many things about baking and food. Megan and family landed in the Bay area 7 years ago following her husband's job change and for something to do at home with kids she started a bakery business, Spoon and Spatula. Megan got to know FIT4MOM through the Body Back program and has shared her Spoon and Spatula goodies at some of our events.

These days when not helping out the kids school (two boys 8 & 5) she is working on baking and helping out Sara and Michele with their business.

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Welcome Manager

Micol is a proud mom of her daughter, Mia, who was born in November 2016. She moved to the Peninsula in 2014 from Rome, after traveling throughout Israel for 5 months where she met her husband to be.
Micol has a bachelor degree in Business Administration and she previously worked in the insurance industry both in Italy and here in the Bay Area.

Her hobbies consist of going to the beach with the family, having picnics at the park, going for a bike ride, and most of all baking delicious desserts.

Micol's passion for ballet, contemporary dance, salsa dance, yoga, volleyball, and skiing always pushed her to exercise and to be fit. When she found out about FIT4MOM she was thrilled of being able to workout, meet awesome moms and their little ones, and be outdoors, all at the same time!
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Run Club Instructor - Los Altos

Natalie is a passionate triathlete an all round sports person, who loves being outdoors and leading a healthy lifestyle. She has over 16 years experience in training and racing triathlon at a very competitive level, including 1 top 5 and 4 top 10 finishes in 7 World Championship events, and a period as racing professionally in France. When her daughter is a little older, Natalie hopes to return to more competitive triathlon racing, but for now she is happy to stay active and to compete in the odd run and triathlon event.

Natalie’s passion for an active healthy lifestyle extends to coaching and mentoring other athletes to achieve their fitness and competition goals. For the past few years she has been coaching and writing triathlon training programs, for beginner through to high level age group athletes. One of her coaching achievements is assisting two athletes qualify and race for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. Natalie is a strong believer in the positive mental health benefits that come from just getting yourself out there having a go and training with others, regardless of your speed or ability.

Natalie was born in Australia and moved to the Peninsula in November 2015 for her husbands work. At present she is enjoying taking a break from her professional career as a Landscape Architect to spend time with her beautiful young daughter, as well as keeping fit and active and making new friends here in California.

As well as keeping fit and active, Natalie loves spending time with her family and friends, gardening, traveling and going out for coffee
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Stroller Strides & Fit4Baby Instructor

Raquel is a mom to Evan, born November 24, 2015 and Theo, her 9 year old boxer! Her family recently moved to the San Francisco Peninsula area from the great state of Texas! She first learned about Stroller Strides at a "Family Fair." Raquel has always been passionate about fitness and living a healthy lifestyle that so she was intrigued by the idea of getting a "full body work out with your child AND a stroller!" It sounded too good to be true BUT she was hooked. Not only were the workouts challenging but she also started meeting other moms who were going through some of the same struggles (ex. spit ups, blow outs, oh and of course baby not sleeping through the night). She found the community she was longing for!

On weekends Raquel loves going on family hikes and trying new restaurants! She and her family love exploring and are looking forward to getting to know the area!
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Community Director

Sara discovered FIT4MOM a few months after her daughter, Sienna, was born in November 2016. When she had more flexibility with her schedule, prior to becoming a mother, Sara used to do a combination of kickboxing classes and personal training so she was eager to find a way to keep up with her fitness goals while also being able to spend time with her daughter. In addition to her goal of keeping up with fitness, Sara was looking to find a new kind of support network to help her through the daily challenges of motherhood. With FIT4MOM, all of these needs have been satisfied beyond all expectations.

Aside from FIT4MOM, Sara is the HR Manager at a boutique investment bank and also manages their compliance. She has her private pilot certificate and is currently working towards getting her Real Estate License. In her spare time, Sara enjoys hiking, craft beer tasting and crafting.
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Assistant Welcome Manager

Sarah was introduced to Stroller Strides when she lived in Atlanta and a group of moms she looked up and idolized had all met through their Stroller Strides Classes. When she later had her own first baby, she looked up Stroller Strides and was bummed to find that there weren't classes near her in Alabama. Luckily, she and her husband relocated to Mountain View when their daughter was 5 months old. She has been attending Stroller Strides ever since, and is now a Body Back survivor (and addict) and even participated in the inaugural Run Club. She Strode through her second pregnancy and has been back and rocking the double BOB ever since (going on one year of pushing that rig!)

Stroller Strides has turned into a community, a village of support, a routine, and a total passion. No week (or weekend) is complete without it, and the friendships she has made extend outside of class.

Sarah has a BA and an MBA from Emory University and spent most of her career in Higher Education. She is married to Zac (a helicopter pilot for the US Army) and is proud mama to Marilyn and George - one is a runner and one is a climber - you guess which is which. She's addicted to Southern baby clothes, James Taylor songs, champagne, and loves the mama tribe fiercely. ​
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Community Liaison

Sinead is delighted to be part of this great community! She was introduced to Stroller Strides when her daughter Ria was about 3 months old. She can remember the first class giggling with other mamas when the instructor kindly said that everyone did not have to do jumping jacks as new mamas can find that exercise a bit of a challenge! She knew right then that she was in the right place for support and empathy. Sinead's life as a new mom has been amazing and hard all at once and if she can get out and exercise at all and especially if she can do it with other people, her day is so much better! Sinead is from Ireland and moved to the Bay Area in late 2015. And what amazing weather there is here so she and her family gets out as much as possible! She loves to move as much as possible and wants her daughter to see that as she grows up. Sinead is the Community Liaison for FIT4MOM and she is really looking forward to spreading the word and getting more mamas tuned into what an amazing group this is. In Sinead's spare time she loves to have silly dance offs with her wife and daughter and cook while listening to the radio.more

Stroller Strides Instructor

Stephanie has always been into fitness. She is an occupational therapist, a mom of 4 daughters, and she love to talk! She wants her children to see her as a role model for health, strength and happiness. Stephanie joined this team because she wanted to help others have fun with their fitness, and she love the community FIT4MOM is now and loves seeing it grow. She wants to help support moms and continue to be a part of this great community.

Something people don't know about Stephanie:
She is terrified of snakes so she won't run in the woods. She used to be a ski instructor in NH. She had a tongue ring and a nose ring in college. She did Irish step dance in elementary school.
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Stroller Strides & Fit4Baby Instructor

Tracey was introduced to Stroller Strides through Day One Baby in Palo Alto when her daughter Eabha (Irish spelling of ‘Ava’) was 3 months old and then to run club towards the end of 2016. Having always had a love of exercise and keeping fit, Tracey quickly became a regular at class. She enjoyed the ability to get a great work out and meet other mums while still spending time with Eabha. It was also comforting that everyone in the class, including the instructor, had dealt with fussy crying babies, “blow outs”, or sudden hunger episodes…….nothing is an issue, everyone could take the class at their own pace, and no matter what your baby did, some other baby had done it before them! ☺

Although Tracey works full time in SF, she wanted to continue to be involved with the FIT4MOM community and recently became an instructor. Tracey would like to help others find a place where they can feel included, keep fit and healthy, and find support throughout the journey of being a mum.

Originally from Dublin, Ireland. Tracey has spent time living in Montreal and New York. She and her husband moved to the Bay area in 2013 and have been enjoying the California life style ever since. They love to travel, and hope to pass the travel bug to their daughter. So even though Eabha was only born in March 2016 she’s already had a couple of trips to Ireland and a few short visits to places around the US!

As a teenager Tracey was heavily involved in swimming, basketball, horse riding and athletics. As she got older she continued to play basketball in university and at club level afterwards until she made the move State side. She also spent a year in Ireland coaching basketball to 5-7 year olds part time. She still loves to swim when she gets the chance!

Tracey did a BA in Accounting and Finance, and a Masters in Accounting in Dublin City University and later became a qualified Chartered Accountant and Associate of Tax in Ireland. Since moving to the US she has also completed her CPA qualification.

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Run Club Instructor

Yvonne is native to the Bay Area and has been a life long runner. She starting running in high school and loved being on the cross country team.

Yvonne met up with the FIT4MOM community over 3 years ago when she was looking to supplement her running with something else and that something else was Body Back. Yvonne joined and has continued to be part of this weekly community and she has never felt stronger in her life.

Yvonne wants people of all run types to find the love of running. Whether you are new to running or are a long time runner, come and join the Saturdaymorning Menlo Park group and let us all help to push each other further.

Yvonne now lives in Menlo Park with her husband Brian and her 6 year old daughter and 4 year old son. Yvonne is an experienced marketer driving her own consulting business.

Yvonne is passionate in helping people to understand the value of keeping the heart healthy. We as women have a tremendous amount to balance and ensuring that we are taking care of ourselves is key to keeping everything moving forward in the right direction.
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