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Meet our hand-picked team of experts, both passionate & professional with a UNITED goal of helping you reach your highest potential. 

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Matt Wells
Matt WellsProgram Director
Matt graduated from BYU-Idaho with a bachelors degree in Exercise Science. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the (NSCA). For the past 15 years, Matt has dedicated his time to learning, practicing and diving deeper into the health and fitness industry. He spent several years at the University of Utah as a wellness director and certified master personal trainer, gaining knowledge and becoming an expert in the fitness industry. Matt is a stickler about form, safety, and variety with his training style. His expertise is in modifications for all fitness levels and customizing weight loss and fitness programs for all ages, injuries, and fitness levels. Matt also specializes in strength training, and competes in power-lifting. He is a natural motivator and leader and has a sincere passion for seeing others achieve their goals. Matt has an in depth background in nutrition and creating realistic meal plans for weight loss, building muscle, and overall lasting wellness. In his free time, you can find Matt hanging with his wife, working out, and exploring the mountains.
Laird Swensen
Laird SwensenAssistant Program Director
Laird Swensen studied Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Utah and then went on to get a degree in Nutrition Education from Weber State University. He obtained his CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) through the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) and USAWL1 through USA Weightlifting. His vast experience training all walks of life has led to a unique compatibility and expertise to assist people in finding what works best for them, working side by side to guide (not carry) them to their goals. That being said, his attitude is one that will motivate you to do you best and understand the individual differences of the people he works with.
Ali Fenech
Ali FenechProgram Coordinator
Ali earned a bachelor degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Utah and enjoys all things outdoors that our stunning state has to offer, including the snow! She is an avid cheerleader for empathy and human connection, and is passionate about accountability, self-love, and personal growth for herself and those around her – we make our world a better place together. Ali has been on her own multidimensional wellness journey for the past 5 years and understands that good health and wellbeing are results of conscious choice and states of action, not just simply being. She is always excited to explore a new trail, mindfulness technique, self-help book/podcast, or recipe. Ali also loves to travel, her favorites being Bali, Indonesia and trekking the Camino de Santiago across and Spain. She can’t wait to connect with you, and coordinate assistance for you on your own journey!
Ashley Henry
Ashley HenryActivities Coordinator + Yoga Instructor
Ashley has her bachelors in Social Sciences from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Ashley has been in the wellness industry for over five years and she has her 200 hour yoga training certificate and specialized in hot yoga. She loves working with clients of all abilities and teaching them the benefits of stretching, meditation, mindfulness and yoga. She is an expert with modifying yoga positions to fit everyone, regardless of fitness level. Ashley is passionate about helping people find their strength and peace through the different outlets and methods of health and fitness, especially in the outdoors on hikes while exploring nature.
Maggie Van Gulik
Maggie Van GulikUnite Master Trainer
Maggie graduated from the University of Utah with a Degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Nutrition. She then went on to obtain her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Her knowledge and experience has aided her to shape programs that not only form a solid base, but allows for progressive advancement within personal exercise careers. She is passionate about health and strives to create a positive and motivating environment for everyone involved. Her participation in working with various different workout climates has generated an attitude that allows for personal growth while giving individuals the opportunity to find their own ‘why’.
Chayne Meador
Chayne MeadorUnite Master Trainer
Chayne graduated from Salt Lake Community College with a Fitness Technician associate degree. She is a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. She is passionate about fitness and loves sharing her knowledge about long term health and wellness. She is specifically focused in weight training, weight loss, and stamina. She believes everyone can find an aspect of exercise they enjoy and is excited to help them explore different types of exercise to encourage you to find what moves you. Her approach to training starts with a positive and uplifting attitude to create an environment that promotes learning and growth. Chayne loves traveling and being outdoors in her free time.
Rocco Losordo
Rocco LosordoPersonal Trainer + Hiking Guide
Rocco is a certified personal trainer and a holistic lifestyle coach. He was born and raised in Illinois, and growing up he was introduced to martial arts at the age of nine. Watching the higher belts train inspired Rocco to work hard and become the best martial artist he could be. This endeavor led Rocco into the world of health and fitness which soon became his passion in life. A decade later he earned his black belt. After graduating from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville with a degree in exercise science, Rocco and his wife Nicole moved to Utah where she is currently pursuing a PHD in Neuroscience. Since moving to Utah Rocco has fallen in love with the mountains and goes hiking practically every day through the beautiful scenery with his border collie, Indie. When he’s not on the trail or coaching people to be the happiest and healthiest versions of themselves, Rocco can usually be found performing his other passion in life, cooking. He grew up learning how to cook from his nona and finds cooking a meal at the end of a long day to be relaxing and therapeutic. Rocco is very excited to hike, laugh, train, and help you become the happiest and healthier version of yourself.
Randi Ware
Randi WareHiking Guide + Yoga Instructor
Randi graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation. She loves helping people of all abilities find recreational activities that bring them joy and personal growth. She has been through her own weight loss and fitness journey and knows now that achieving her long-term wellness goals can only be reached by focusing on how she feels rather than how she looks. She worked as a personal trainer, cycling and group fitness instructor for several years. Long distant cycling and half marathons were her passion but after receiving a difficult back injury diagnosis she had to find new ways to stay healthy. She discovered yoga while seeking relief from chronic pain but also found that it improved her mental and emotional well-being, self-worth, and compassion for others. Wanting to share this with others, she obtained her 200hr yoga teacher certification with an emphasis in Restorative Yoga. She has been sharing yoga with students of all ages and abilities for over 10 years. Randi has also found healing in nature and a deep love for hiking. She is always up for a easy walk in the woods or a challenging climb to the top of a big mountain. She loves traveling with her family and friends, meeting new people from all walks of life and if you are ever with her at sunset be prepared to stay until it gets dark.
Terrence Brigham
Terrence Brigham Hiking Guide + Yoga Instructor
Terence has a true passion for health and fitness and connecting with others. This has led him to pursue a career where he can help people live balanced lives and finding fun ways to reach their fitness goals. He has been teaching fitness classes for over a decade. Terrence has a background in boxing, basketball, yoga and climbing.
He has his 200 hour yoga training certification and specializes in 7 different styles. In his free time Terrence enjoys hiking, bouldering, meditating, reading and freestyle dancing.
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.
Ted Winkworth
Ted WinkworthCertified Therapist & Life-Coach
Ted has a passion for helping people live healthy and meaningful lives. It’s why he pursued his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Syracuse University 15 years ago. Through his counselor training, he noticed how easily his clients became stuck on their symptoms and diagnoses. That’s when he became certified in coaching which helps people connect with their strength and motivation instead of ruminating on the things they see as broken. From this place, Ted’s clients build confidence and motivation – the two not- so-secret ingredients of real and lasting change. He loves helping his clients go deep emotionally and make changes that align with their most authentic selves. When Ted isn’t coaching or working with his therapy clients, he enjoys backcountry snowboarding, mountain biking, paragliding, and finding any excuse to go camping in the desert.
Cori Christopherson
Cori ChristophersonProfessional Certified Life-Coach
Cori’s first encounter with coaching changed her life. She was working as a wilderness adventure therapy guide with teenagers who were mandated to her program. She wanted so badly to help these young humans live more meaningful lives but felt stuck in a situation where she wanted change more than them. That’s when she called a coach. She noticed how quickly her formerly stuck life found direction and momentum. Cori immediately enrolled in a coaching certification program and since then has accumulated 500 plus hours that qualify her as a Professional Certified Coach. She loves challenging people to overcome fears and take risks almost as much as she loves seeing her clients reach goals that they never thought possible. Her experience, skills, and knowledge combined with clients strong desires to make an impact in their life are what allows for positive changes to unfold. When she isn’t coaching, she enjoys being outside and spending time with her dog.
Christina Paulos
Christina PaulosPre-Camp Coordinator + Marketing
Christina has been in the health and wellness retreat industry for over 15 years and collaborated with Drew Paulos and Leah Britt in creating the Unite program. Bringing her knowledge of the fitness camp industry and customer service experience with her, she handles Unite’s reservations and pre- camp coordinating to ensure each guest will have a remarkable stay. 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 loves visiting on the phone with clients before they come, helping to make sure Unite is the right program for them. Christina also handles all of the marketing and social media for Unite. She enjoys painting modern art, yoga, a good cup of coffee, camping with her family.
Drew Paulos
Drew Paulos Director of Sales
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 with his family. Drew received his MBA from Westminster College. Drew enjoys working out alongside our guests and believes in the power of awareness to change ones health and wellness.

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

Chef Yvonne
Chef YvonneCulinary Expert + Cooking Instructor
Yvonne has been cooking all her life. Her earliest memory is standing on a chair next to her grandma at the kitchen counter. They were making cupcakes together. Her passion for cooking and baking grew from that experience. Today, she works with an assortment of clients from everyday people to professional athletes and entertainers. Additionally Yvonne has a B.S. in Sociology and certification in Criminology and Corrections as well as a A.S. in Culinary Arts.
Yvonne has worked in the fitness and weight loss retreat industry for many years. This is extremely satisfying for her, she is able to take people’s favorite foods and turn them into a more healthy, yummy tasting dish. She feels it is something special to become a part of someone’s fitness journey, whether it be to lose weight, to become fit and healthy or to gain muscle.
For the last six years she has also been working specifically with NBA basketball players. Yvonne obtained a nutrition certification so that she could better help the fitness clients as well as players that she was working with to ensure that were receiving the correct macros and hydration.
Chef Kaori
Chef KaoriCulinary Expert
Kaori Crosland was raised in Japan, where food is a significant part of the culture. The Japanese attention to detail helped form Kaori’s approach to her work. She’s passionate about the art, and craftsmanship of cooking and her meals are as beautiful as they are delicious.
As owner-chef of her own business, Sanji, Kaori enjoys developing healthy and satisfying recipes you can easily duplicate at home. She uses local ingredients whenever possible. She also enjoys leading cooking classes and demos and producing events for groups and individuals. Kaori loves traveling and spending time with her family in her free time.
Chef Marjorie
Chef MarjorieCulinary Expert + Nutritionist + Cooking Instructor
Marjorie discovered her passion for cooking at age 14, and has been a nutritionist, chef, and culinary educator for many years. She has worked in restaurants, cooked for private clients, owned and run bakeries, taught cooking classes, and counseled private nutrition clients and athletes. With degrees in pre-med psychology, nutritional science, and the culinary arts, as well as multiple fitness certifications, she approaches food as a means to nourish the body and the soul. Marjorie specializes in restricted diets, and she loves to show people with food allergies, dietary limitations, and performance requirements that it is still possible to treat your body well while enjoying healthful, delicious, and truly satisfying meals. She embraces a global culinary philosophy, working with flavors from regions all over the world, and prefers to source locally grown, seasonal ingredients whenever possible. Her dishes are always colorful, because we really do eat with our eyes first. When she’s not in the kitchen whipping up delicious savory dishes or breads and pastries, you’ll find her exercising, losing herself in a good book, roaming the local farmers’ markets, or snuggling with her pets.
Henry White
Henry WhitePhysical Therapist
Henry has over 25 years of experience in physical therapy and has been running his own practice in SLC since 2001. He is one of the only physical therapists in the country who is also a Class A PGA professional. He still active and competes in the Utah section golf tournaments and he teaches golf lessons to his clients and friends. He is a big part of our golf physical therapy program.

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