Meet the Unite Team

/Meet the Unite Team
Meet the Unite Team 2017-10-30T13:26:36+00:00

Meet a team both professional and passionate with a unified goal of helping you achieve yours.

Unite Fitness Retreat is a “boutique-style” professionally guided, live-in fitness, weight loss, and wellness program where people from all over the world come to improve their health and wellness.  Typically, guests attend our program to reach a weight loss goal, enhance their current fitness regime, attain a healthy life-style, manage stress, or any combination of these.  Our passion is helping you find your own path to lasting wellness and we’ll be there for you every step of the way.

Meet the Unite Fitness Team

Drew Paulos
Drew Paulos Director of Sales, CEO
Drew has a passion for health and wellness and in helping people achieve their goals through living a balanced lifestyle. In 2016 Drew received a prestigious award for his entrepreneurial success with Unite Fitness Retreat as one of Utah’s top new companies. Drew is an avid outdoorsman and you can find him camping, fishing, and doing anything recreational out and about in Utah. Drew received his MBA from Westminster College. He has five daughters and two dogs that keep him on his toes.

“UNITE the body + mind to create lasting change.”- Drew Paulos

Christina Paulos
Christina PaulosPre-Camp Coordinator
Christina has been in the health and wellness retreat industry for the past decade and collaborated with Drew Paulos and Leah Britt in creating the Unite program. Bringing her knowledge and experience with her, she handles Unite’s reservations and program coordinating to ensure each guest has a remarkable experience. Christina has a degree from the University of Montana in Social Work and has been inspired to be in the “Helping Profession” for as long as she can remember. She has a passion for assisting people in reaching their goals and becoming the healthiest and happiest they can be. She enjoys yoga, cooking healthy food, a good cup of coffee, camping, being outdoors, and spending time with her family.
Christina Podegraz
Christina PodegrazWellness Director & Yoga Instructor
Growing up in Southern California and living in Hawaii and Utah, has allowed Christina to fully appreciate, enjoy and respect nature. She enjoys hiking in the mountains, walking on the beach, scuba diving in the ocean and practicing yoga. Christina graduated with a degree in history from Westminster college which inspired and fueled her love of travel and her spirit of adventure. Christina is a certified yoga instructor as well as a certified mindfulness educator. She ensures everyone has a comfortable and wonderful experience at Unite and she’s the go-to for all appointments and activities.
Maggi Schupe
Maggi SchupeUnite Master Trainer
Maggi Shupe was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii. She moved to Salt Lake City to pursue her passion for health and wellness by obtaining her Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science and graduating with honors from Utah Valley University in 2011. Maggi is an outdoors enthusiast and in her free time enjoys stand up paddle boarding, camping and snowshoeing. Maggi is personal trainer certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and group fitness instructor certified through the American Council on Exercise. Along with her primary certifications, Maggi is also certified in Schwinn cycle, Tabata Bootcamp, TRX suspension training and has a strong background in yoga and Pilates. Over the last ten years she has improved the lives of hundreds of clients through health education and by creating lasting lifestyle changes. Maggi specializes in working with people of all fitness levels. Her philosophy on fitness is to make every second she spends with her clients exciting, educational, and enjoyable by using the client’s needs and goals to ensure their success.
Jonathan Monstrola
Jonathan MonstrolaUnite Master Trainer and Activities Coach
Jonny has Exercise and Sports Science degree from the University of Utah as well as his personal training certification through NASM. He also has certifications in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support and he is pursuing his passion for medicine with plans to pursue medical school. Personally, Jonny knows what it takes to overcome great obstacles in life and how these can make you into a strong person. Overcoming his own addictions with drugs and alcohol have led to a deep passion for helping those trying to overcome the same struggles. Jonny is a wonderful mentor, friend, and is committed to each and everyone who comes through the doors of our program.
Jonny loves being in the outdoors, snowboarding in the winters and rock climbing and hiking in the spring and summer. He also loves to play chess and go swing dancing.
Ailee Larsen
Ailee LarsenUnite Master Trainer
Ailee is a registered EMT with an extensive background in wilderness EMT training. She is currently studying medicine at the University of Utah. Alilee is a passionate health enthusiast, she is extremely motivating, positive, and dedicated to helping people change their lives for the better. She is a NASM certified personal trainer with over five years of experience in the cross fit and weight loss industry. Her classes will have you dripping with sweat, smiling throughout the experience, and realizing you have the capacity to make big changes. She believes no two people are the same and everyone should be treated as an individual in each class. You can find Ailee in the mountains, soaking in a hot spring, catching a concert, or road tripping through the world.
Trish Adams
Trish AdamsUnite Master Trainer
Trish grew up on a farm in Southern Utah and has long had a passion for health and wellness for as long as she can remember. She has her associates in Heath Education and Promotion is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Utah State University. She is a certified NASM personal trainer and she loves learning new ways to be active, she has been competing competitively in CrossFit for 2 years. Trish loves being in the mountains, back packing, playing volleyball, traveling and recently learned how to ski. She strives to make a difference in others lives and her motivating and positive attitude are contagious for all she works with.
Jennie Harris
Jennie HarrisRegistered Dietician
Jennie is a Registered Dietitian with a focus on helping individuals to improve their lifelong health and wellness through nutrition. She holds a Master’s degree in Dietetics from the University of Utah.
Jennie is experienced in providing clinical individualized counseling, group education and community instruction. Some of her favorite nutrition topics include: Nutrition myths and facts, sports nutrition, intuitive eating and weight management. Most of all, Jennie enjoys helping individual create sustainable goals to achieve long term success. Jennie leads instructional group interactive classes and Unite grocery store tours.
Jennie is an avid Nordic and backcountry skier, and loves to rock climb and trail run. She enjoys cooking and trying new recipes.
Brittany Brinkerhoff
Brittany BrinkerhoffHolistic Health Coach and Fitness Trainer
Having lost 60 plus pounds herself over the course of the past year, Britt knows from personal experience what it takes to make a complete lifestyle change. Britt holds a B.S. in Psychology with an emphasis on Positive Psychology from the University of Utah. She is a practicing massage therapist, as well as a licensed “Emotional Processing” facilitator who thrives on continually learning about the various ways to integrate physical, mental and emotional health. Britt is pursuing her Master’s degree at the University of Utah in Health Promotion and Education where she hopes to influence others regarding the relationship between physical and emotional health. Being able to empathize with those that are ready to commit to making a change, Britt sincerely love the works she gets to do everyday by connecting to others. Britt has always been a bit of a tomboy, and earned her 2nd degree black belt in taekwondo growing. She has been training for the past 15 years.
Nikko Miyatake
Nikko MiyatakeActivities Coach & Yoga Instructor
Nikko Miyatake is a devoted health and wellness advocate. He is deeply passionate and excited about living life in ease and flow. Effortlessness is his motto. One of his greatest joys in life is to empower individuals by working with consciousness, holding space, and asking questions to invite one into more of their own true nature. He is currently based in SLC, UT where he truly enjoys his work and taking guests on amazing hikes in the mountains of Utah. He is studying Ayurveda, a sister science to yoga, at the California College of Ayurveda.
Steve Jones
Steve JonesLCSW, Licensed Counselor, Life-Coach
Steve is a Montana native that has spent the last few years working in the fields of addiction, trauma, and helping people to change their lives for the better. He came to Salt Lake City in 1996 to attend the University of Utah. He has a BFA in Theater Studies, Bachelors of Social Work, and his Masters of Social Work. Steve is the Founder and Clinical Director of Full Circle Yoga and Therapy, where he oversees intensive outpatient programs for addiction, domestic violence, and overseas a team of therapists in private practice. Steve is a also a Level 2 Teacher in training the iREST Meditation Protocol, a 200 hour registered yoga instructor and has competed in endurance cycling races throughout Utah. He is a mountain biker, snowboarder, cross country skier, and avid hiker. In his free time, he is either doing yoga or can be found on one trail or another with his two border collies, Abner and Bernard. Steve is also a Juvenile Diabetic (Type 1) and has overcome his own issues with addiction. Steve looks forward to working with all of our clients and supporting them as they take the next step towards the best version of themselves!
Chef Dan
Chef DanCulinary Expert
Chef Dan has cultivated relationships with local growers and food distributors that provide organic, wholesome, and sustainable produce that’s grown in balance with this precious planet that we share. The top chefs in the world all know that the best ingredients to use are those that are local and fresh. This understanding along with his diverse cooking techniques and styles that he has acquired throughout his ten year private chef cooking career, are what allow him to create savory & healthy dishes for the fitness retreat that draw many cultural traditions.
Chef Dan loves using herbs and spices grown right from his own garden and his love for everything wholesome and organic appear in every meal he creates. He loves the outdoors, the farmers market, where he has a booth each summer, and hiking.