BPFA Regional Directors

Click the button below and choose your region. You’ll then be introduced to your Regional Director!
**If your area is marked in dark gray, choose Future Regions.
Body Positive Fitness Alliance World Regions Map
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USA West (CA, NV, OR, WA, HI, AK)

Michele Burmaster

CEO & President of BPFA

Huntington Beach, CA
“With a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from the University of South Florida and 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, Michele’s life mission is to make fitness accessible to everyone.”

USA Mountain (AZ, NM, UT, CO, ID, MT, WY)

Whitney Blakeslee

Owner of The Alley Gym

Denver, CO
“Whitney is a personal trainer, board certified health coach, habits coach, middle school teacher, mother, wife, and a real person who understands the challenges and obstacles that life throws our way.”

USA South (TX, LA, MS, AL, TN, AR, OK)

Mallory Cislo

Owner of Positively Fit Lake Highlands

Dallas, TX
“Mallory is a Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor who owns and operates Positively Fit Lake Highlands, a unique training space dedicated to the notion that fitness should be a fun, social, safe, and health-centered habit. In addition to community and online fitness, Mallory is passionate about the “Three Bs”: Books, Body Positive Fitness Alliance, and Buttercream Icing. She lives and works in Dallas, TX with her husband, their five children, and official studio mascot, Glenn the cat.”

USA Midwest (ND, SD, NE, KS, MO, IA, MN, WI, IL, IN, MI)

Kortney Karnok

Owner of Fueling Strength

Beloit, WI
“Kortney is a Crossfit, weightlifting, and general wellness coach who occasionally enjoys competing recreationally as a Masters weightlifter. As a body-acceptance and certified Intuitive Eating coach, Kortney is passionate about helping people find an approach to fitness that is practical, fulfilling, and fun. She also gets a kick out of stupid human tricks, ballroom dancing, walking, pull-ups, lifting heavy shit, riding her pink beach cruiser, climbing trees, and seeking out playgrounds to swing, slide, and play on the monkey bars.”

USA North East (ME, NH, VT, NY, MA, CT, RI)

Laura Vineyard

Owner of Shockyard Fitness & Social Club

Ithaca, NY
“At ShockYard we like to say that we’re a Social Club with Workouts. We love pursuing fitness through positive community-driven experience. We believe fitness should be fun, empowering, and accessible to all.

Laura Vineyard, owner of ShockYard, is a science nerd turned coach with a B.A. from Oberlin College (2005) and a Ph.D. from Indiana University (2013) in the Biological Sciences. She received her ACSM-certified personal training certification in 2013. She has over ten years of experience coaching and training both new exercisers and seasoned athletes (especially roller derby players!).”

USA Mid Atlantic (OH, PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, KY)

Katie Feeley

Owner of Power Plant Gym

Aston, PA
“Katie is a lifelong athlete who has experienced first-hand the power that strength sports have to change people lives, instill confidence, and build community. Her goal is to introduce the joy of strength sports to as many people as possible, so she made a career change in 2012 to pursue fitness full-time. Katie and her husband own Power Plant Gym, a BPFA Verified Facility near Philadelphia. She coaches a wide range of athletes including high school students, parents, competitive strongwomen, and collegiate athletes. Katie enjoys lifting heavy things, eating delicious food, traveling the world, and pretending she’s a fantastic dancer.”

USA South East (NC, SC, GA, FL)

Bryan Wither

Personal Trainer

Miami, FL
“Bryan is a Certified Personal Trainer, Judo player and obstacle race enthusiast who wants to help you bring your body back to balance and unlock your performance potential.

He specializes in Pain management, run coaching, judo and jiujitsu coaching, strength, and conditioning.”

Western Canada

Amber Mikaelsson

Owner of Rural Rebel Mama

Skeleton Lake, Alberta, Canada
“Amber’s love affair with strength training began 5 years ago, and she’s been obsessed with spreading the message of joyful movement for all bodies since. She is a writer, certified fitness trainer, and enthusiastic flexer from Canada who is passionate about building Body Positive communities in online and social media spaces. You can find more of her work at https://www.facebook.com/RuralRebelMama and on Twitter and Instagram @ruralrebelmama”

Eastern Canada

Fabienne Marier

Owner of Wholly Fabi

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
“Fabi shares ways to cultivate more strength, energy and ease in our lives, by working in & out!”

Europe (Ireland & Germany)

Jarlath Hynes

Owner of Grassroots Fitness

Leixlip, Co. Kildare, Ireland

United Kingdom

Melanie Stride

Owner of Stride Active

Wimbledon, London, England
“Melanie’s passion is helping people discover or rediscover the joy and power in regular movement through a combination of Nordic walking, outdoor exercise and gym-based strength-training.”


Rachelle Clayton

Owner of MEE Active

Gold Coast QLD, Australia

Future Regions (areas in gray on the map)

Michele Burmaster

CEO & President of BPFA

Huntington Beach, CA
“With a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from the University of South Florida and 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, Michele’s life mission is to make fitness accessible to everyone.”