Meet the Unite Team

/Meet the Unite Team
Meet the Unite Team 2018-03-21T19:51:00+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.
Erica Lemke
Erica LemkeCertified Life-Coach, Relationship Therapist
Erica holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a certificate in Gerontology. She is Life Coach certified by the Coach Training Alliance in 2015 and is currently pursuing a specialty certification in Wellness Coaching. She aims to be board certified with the International Consortium of Health and Wellness in the fall of 2018.
Erica has a great passion for connection –with nature, through rhythm and movement, and in establishing meaningful relationships with others. These are great pleasures in her life. She dances regularly (and is especially fond of salsa, samba and tango). She enjoys everything outdoors: skiing and hiking in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains are particular favorites. She reads voraciously, loves to write poetry and cherishes time spent with family and friends. Her professional experience includes: Strategic planning and goal achievement for life transitions, program design and implementation of fitness plans for the older adult population and counseling of varied populations on behavior modification, relationships, trauma, mindfulness, self-efficacy and accountability.
Brooke Bouwhuis
Brooke BouwhuisRegistered Dietician
Brooke is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and is passionate about teaching others how to eat for fantastic health and improved energy. Sharing her knowledge of the power of food coupled with balancing real life and your goals are where she excels. Since November of 2017, her teenage daughter has struggled with IBS – revamping her nutrition plan became a top priority. The result: a very happy, healthy teen. She loves teaching others who are struggling how food can heal.
She also has 16 years experience in the dietary supplement industry, her insight and practical recommendations can keep you from wasting a lot of money.
Brooke is the author of the blog and website “Think Inside The Blender”, which she created to share how she was able to improve the health of her picky kiddos with a daily fruit and veggie smoothie. The down-to-earth, real content inspires readers to make healthier choices.
Julie Hansen
Julie HansenRegistered Dietician
Julie Hansen, M.S., R.D.N., C.S.S.D., C.D. is a Registered Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist. Julie graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Dietetics and from Colorado State University with her Master’s degree in Exercise Science. She is a certified Intuitive Eating counselor and a certified specialist in sports dietetics.
Julie currently teaches nutrition classes for Weber State and is the dietitian for the Weber State Athletic department. Julie also has a private nutrition practice and specializes in the areas of weight management, eating disorders, sports nutrition and Intuitive Eating. In the corporate wellness field, Julie works as a dietitian and exercise physiologist for the Kimberly Clark Corporation in Ogden,
Julie enjoys teaching about nutrition and offers a practical side to promoting dietary behavior change.
Brittany Brinkerhoff
Brittany BrinkerhoffEmotional Processing Facilitator
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 working towards 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.
Steve Jones
Steve JonesLCSW, Licensed Therapist, 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!
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.
Angie Olsen
Angie OlsenUnite Master Trainer
Angie is a passionate health enthusiast with a degree in exercise science and wellness. 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 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. Angela enjoys traveling, backpacking, snowboarding, wakeboarding, rock climbing, and pretty much anything else outside that ends in an ‘ing.
Jonathan Monstrola
Jonathan MonstrolaUnite Master Trainer and Activities Coach
Jonny has his 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.
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.
Erin Storck
Erin StorckPersonal Trainer
Erin has lived an active life-style from a young age, always looking for new adventures to fulfill her competitive spirit. Erin grew up in Kentucky but followed her dreams of snowboarding “real” mountains, bringing her eventually to Utah where she also formed a passion for rock climbing and trail running.
She studied Exercise Science at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania where she also played varsity soccer. Here she further developed her passion for coaching and motivating others to achieve their health and fitness goals. Through ACSM she was certified as an Exercise Physiologist. Erin has gained years of experience in coaching and personal training in fitness and wellness facilities, as well as, though personal goals and outdoor pursuits. She has experience teaching group fitness classes where she uses her constant energy to keep the class diverse and up-beat. She looks forward to to using her passion for exercise and wellness to help you reach your goals.
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.