2016 BlogFest
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Presenter Bios

Presenters ordered by last name:

Kasey Arena

Kasey Arena

Kasey Arena is a Certified Personal Trainer, Published Author of BODYpeace, Strength & Conditioning Coach, Corporate Fitness Professional, Under Armour Brand Ambassador, IDEA Fitness Inspired Advisor and has a Bachelor's Degree in Health & Physical Education. Kasey is a fitness, health, and food enthusiast and the creator and voice behind the POWERCAKES.net blog and KaseyArena.com online training membership website. Kasey stresses a personal outlook with her motto, "Be true to you!" and truly believes that you can live an abundant life in all areas as long as you stay true to yourself.


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Elizabeth R. Bain

Elizabeth R. Bain

Elizabeth R. Bain practices law and yoga. After graduating with honors from the Pennsylvania State University she received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Licensed in Texas, Oregon, California, and DC, Bain currently practices with the Oakland, CA office of Foley & Mansfield, PLLP. A Yoga Alliance member since 2006, she is certified by ACE and AFAA, and a member of the 2015 MS Run the US relay team.


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Alyse Mason Brill

Alyse Mason Brill

Alyse Mason Brill is the co-founder of Fit Approach and the #SweatPink ambassador community, an active community of fitness bloggers, enthusiasts and influencers. She is also the co-founder of SweatGuru, an online marketplace for fitness. She is a dancer, yogi, and aspiring aerialist. She's a Glider Yoga instructor who loves making new friends over a good sweat session.


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Melissa R. Burton

Melissa R. Burton, RD, CDE

Melissa R. Burton, RD, CDE is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator who specializes in women’s health and well being. She also holds a Certification in Adult Weight Management from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She combines education, empowerment and emotional understanding to enable women to blend healthy eating with the demands of daily life. A seasoned professional with over 10 years of clinical experience, Melissa has a private nutrition practice and healthy lifestyle blog, thevalentineRD.com, about food, fitness, family and Duran Duran.


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Natalie Jill

Natalie Jill

Natalie Jill helps people across the globe reach their health, fitness, and business goals. Natalie left a very successful career in corporate America to follow her passion with health and fitness. As a Licensed Master Sports Nutritionist and functional fitness trainer, Natalie leveraged the power of the internet and in a short amount of time she was able to help hundreds of thousands of people worldwide get in shape and be their best selves. In the process, she created a globally recognized brand with almost a million social media followers worldwide and created an online business that has generated over 7-figures in revenue! Although many see Natalie Jill as a fitness and nutrition expert, she is increasingly garnering attention for her ability to help others create, define, and monetize their brand in the online space and is considered a Social Media Expert. In health & fitness, or in business; Natalie brings out the BEST in everybody she works with and helps them GET RESULTS!


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Jamie King

Jamie King

Jamie King is the founder of Fit Approach, an online community of fitness bloggers and home of the Sweat Pink community as well as CEO and founder of SweatGuru, an online fitness marketplace. She is also the creator and founder of Glider Yoga, a popular glider disc yoga workout. Jamie is a professional hustler, social media addict, branding and marketing specialist, and all around fitness nut. She is a competitive ultra-marathoner, Glider Yoga instructor and Master Tainer, and RYT200 yoga instructor.


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NatalieLowe

Natalie Lowe

Natalie Lowe is a professional ballroom and Latin American dancer on one of the highest rated TV programs in the world, 'Dancing with the Stars' and 'Strictly Come Dancing'. She is also the director and co-creator of Fitsteps, a format that fuses the graceful steps of ballroom and the up-tempo steps of Latin dances to create a fun, energetic and effective way to stay fit. Natalie is changing lives one dance step at a time!


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Jessica Matthews

Jessica Matthews is assistant professor of exercise science at Miramar College and associate kinesiology faculty at MiraCosta College. She serves as senior health and fitness expert for the American Council on Exercise (ACE), contributing editor for Shape magazine and is a featured fitness expert on OWNTV’s web-based series #OWNSHOW. Jessica holds a B.S. and M.S. in physical education and is a health coach, personal trainer, group fitness instructor and yoga teacher.


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Laura Peifer

Laura Peifer, MSW, is a Holistic Health Coach and is certified by the American Academy of Drugless Practitioners. She works with women to overcome their sugar cravings and emotional eating, find the foods that make them feel their best, and find their happy, healthy weight without dieting. She is also the mom of two young girls and an RRCA certified running coach. Learn more at http://laurapeifer.com.


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Beto Perez

Beto Perez is the creative genius behind the Zumba® program, the fitness formula that has revolutionized the way millions of people think about exercise. Zumba Fitness is a global movement as the largest branded dance-fitness program in the world, with 15 million weekly class participants in 200,000 locations across 180-plus countries. Beto teaches master classes around the world, trains instructors to teach Zumba classes and in his role as Zumba Fitness chief creative officer produces popular soundtracks that earn international acclaim.


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Gabrielle (Gabby) Reece

Gabrielle (Gabby) Reece former Women’s Beach Volleyball League star and fitness icon has been dubbed one of the world’s sexiest athletes. At 6’3”, Gabby has been a dominate force on and off the pro beach volleyball circuit and has taken her experience into the gym to create an innovative high-intensity explosive training and conditioning program, HIGHX powered by Lifeline. Her commanding presence, passion for healthy living, and fitness expertise makes her a popular public speaker on the subjects of health and wellness. An avid proponent of empowering people to take responsibility for their own health, Gabby has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated for Women, Travel & Leisure Golf, Women’s Sports & Fitness, Outside, Volleyball, Fitness and Life and has regularly appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, and Chelsea Lately, as well as other top tier entertainment shows.


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Craig Valency, MA

Amanda Vogel, MA

Amanda Vogel, MA, is a fitness instructor and the owner of ActiveVoice.ca, a writing, editing and consulting service for the fitness industry. In addition to being a social media manager and consultant for major fitness brands and public figures, Amanda blogs at FitnessTestDrive.com and writes for IDEA Fitness Journal, ACE ProSource, Oxygen, Self and Reader’s Digest. Her blog was a finalist in the Best Health Magazine Blog Awards. Amanda holds a master’s degree in human kinetics.


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Nikki Warren

Nikki Warren is the President and Founder of Kaia FIT Incorporated, a Woman centered fitness program that combines a holistic approach to fitness with functional intense training to produce extraordinary results. Warren has 20+ years’ experience in the fitness and nutrition field. She has worked with a number of professional athletes, including Olympic Gold Medalist Jamie Anderson, and is a certified Core Power Yoga Coach, USA Triathlon Coach, USA Track and Field coach, Crossfit coach, among others.


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Katy Widrick

Katy Widrick is an AFAA-certified group fitness instructor, leading PiYo Strength, Turbo Kick and other classes in Orlando, Florida. A full-time multimedia producer for Growing Bolder, celebrating active lifestyles, Katy is also a runner, triathlete, cyclist and exercise junkie! Mom to Audrey, Katy also offers blog and social media consulting services for bloggers who want to grow their audiences, make more money and have a lot of fun! Find her at http://katywidrick.com and @kwidrick on social media.


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