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*Please note: Some employees of Parks Plus Fitness are posted in multiple areas. These staff members cover more than one position within this branch of the park district. Employees posted in multiple areas are distinguished by an asterisk following their name.


Michelle Artis
Parks Plus Fitness Center Manager

-B.S. Physical Education/Fitness Management from DePaul University
-ACE Certified Personal Trainer, TRX Instructor
-Certified CPR, First Aid, AED Instructor
-Certified Race Director

Phone: 630-510-5135

Michelle oversees all operations and day-to-day functions of the fitness center, group fitness, personal training and child care.

Michelle has been with PPFC since 2006 as a certified personal trainer, was promoted to assistant manager in 2015, and manager in 2017. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2000. Michelle was a Division I athlete in college and a multiple sport varsity athlete in high school. She is a Wheaton resident and mother of 4. In her spare time Michelle volunteers and completes races and events such as: GoRuck Challenge, Super Spartan, Soldier Field 10-Miler, and Ragner Series/200-mile relay. Of course you’ll also see her at the Wheaton Park District Race Series (Color Run, Run for the Animals, Torch Run, & Reindeer Run).


Laurie Loftus*
Group Fitness Coordinator

Ph: 630-510-5127

American Council on Exercise: Group Fitness Trainer / Instructor
American Council on Exercise: Personal Trainer
Other Certifications: Zumba Fitness, Pilates, Spin, Kickbox and Step

Laurie has been teaching fitness classes for over 20 years, and has been with the park district since 2004. She teaches all class formats. Laurie enjoys working with participants to make exercise fun and something to look forward to. She feels that inspiring music and good cueing are the basis of a great class.

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Sheri Rovansek
Kidz Kingdom Coordinator

Ph: 630-510-5136

All Kidz Kingdom Instructors, Volunteers, and Staff are certified in CPR, AED, and Department of Children and Family Services Standards training. In addition, each employee of the park district must pass a background check prior to their first day of employment.

Sheri has been with the Wheaton Park District since 2008.

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Personal Training Team

All of our personal trainers are certified in CPR, AED, and First Aid.

Jim Brown
Certified Personal Trainer

Jim is certified as a personal trainer by World Instructors Training School through College of DuPage. He has a Bachelor in Accounting from Marquette University and MBA in Finance from Loyola University. He believes people of all ages can enjoy being fit by setting goals and persevering to achieve those goals. Jim has a wide range of fitness experience which he incorporates in his training sessions. He competes in Masters (age group) Track and Field and runs the sprint races. Jim currently holds a 4th degree black belt in Taekwondo and has 20 years of participating and teaching martial arts.

Jim Brown Certified Personal Trainer for Parks Plus Fitness Center

Christina Burnham*
Certified Personal Trainer

Christina's passion for fitness grew from hobby to career in 2001 when she started a group fitness class at her corporate office. The program grew from 3 to 12 classes in ten years. Now she teaches Step, Spin, Boxing, Muscle Conditioning, Interval Training, Core Conditioning and Yoga. Christina is also passionate about helping her clients meet their fitness goals whether losing weight, gaining strength, training for a specific event, or life-long fitness. Christina has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University and a master's degree in Secondary Education from Harvard University. She is certified through Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)

Christina Burnham

Suzy Butera
Certified Personal Trainer, Butts N Guts Instructor

Suzy is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and NETA Group Fitness Instructor. She graduated in 2014 from Georgia College & State University with a degree in Health Education. After graduation, Suzy worked in the corporate fitness world where she fell in love with group and 1-on-1 training. She relocated from Atlanta and hopes to make a difference in the Parks Plus community. Suzy loves to run and has completed 20+half marathons, 4 marathons, an ultra-marathon, and a Half Ironman. She loves being outside hiking with her dog and husband. She believes fitness is fun and can be for everyone!

Suzy Butera Certified Personal Trainer for Parks Plus Fitness Center

Maddalena Dechiara
Certified Personal Trainer, TRX Instructor

Maddalena is certified by World Instructors Training School. She started teaching fitness classes and fell in love with it. Years later, she decided to pursue personal training where she could help people stay active in a challenging, but fun way. Being outdoors is her favorite place, especially when it's warm! She loves to learn about different client needs and creating plans for them to keep moving! Maddalena is also a TRX instructor and teaches classes in the mornings and evenings.

Maddalena Dechiara

Tom Gaffney*
Certified Personal Trainer, Youth Sports Performance Instructor & Insanity Instructor

Tom started his personal fitness journey years ago as an overweight man preparing for a wedding. He went from 300+ pounds to the Insanity, Sports Performance, and Certified Trainer he is today. Having been in the footsteps of so many, Tom knows both sides of the coin and wants to help others overcome their barriers to help reach their goals. Tom is certified by International Sports Sciences Association.

Tom Reichert
Certified Personal Trainer

Tom is certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and he specializes in general fitness training. He is a retired teacher who decided to go back into marathon training and is a seasoned weightlifter that incorporates his extensive knowledge as a lifelong learner into his training sessions. Tom believes that it’s important to incorporate a regular exercise routine into your life and that this is one of the best decisions you can make. Tom invites everyone to make the commitment today and keep the commitment for life!

Tom Reichert Certified

Kristina Weller*
Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor

As a loving mother of two young boys Kristina recognizes sometimes there aren't enough hours in the day. Her specialty is high intensity interval training which will tone and strengthen the body efficiently. Kristina utilizes a variety of functional exercises to enhance your fitness for everyday life, as well as the beach. Her clients leave the gym with a smile on their face and sweat dripping down their back. Kristina is certified by the American Council on Exercise.

Group Fitness Instructors

Group Fitness classes are taught by instructors listed below as well as Laurie Loftus, Group Fitness Coordinator.

Kristin Bagley
Spin, Cardio, Strength
Lesley Ronson-Brown
Yoga, Yogalattes
Christina Burnham*
Step, Cardio, Strength
Cheryl Catanzaro
Step, Zumba, Cardio, Strength, Senior Focus

Denise Dimpfl
Step, Cardio, Strength, Senior Focus, Yogalattes
Dawn Fueger
Step, Strength
Tom Gaffney*
Insanity Live!
Amy Hauenstein
Step, Cardio, Strength
Courtney Henderson
Lisa Hoppe
Step, Spin, Zumba, Cardio, Strength, Yoga
Karen Johnson
Spin, Cardio, Strength
Laurie Loftus*
Group Fitness Coordinator
Spin, Step, Zumba, Cardio, Strength, Yogalattes
Laurel Salvador
Spin, Cardio, Strength, Senior Focus, Yoga, Yogalattes

Mary Schumacher
Spin, Strength, Cardio
Jackie Steele
Spin, Strength, Cardio
Kristina Weller*
Spin, Strength, Cardio


Kidz Kingdom Child Care

All Kidz Kingdom Instructors, Volunteers, and Staff are certified in CPR, AED, and Department of Children and Family Services Standards training. In addition, each employee of the park district must pass a background check prior to their first day of employment.

Lynn Bryenton
Debbie HInkley
Jessica Rovansek

Service Desk

Service Desk Attendants provide exceptional customer service. They greet and acknowledge our members and guest upon entry to PPFC. They handle all memberships from the fitness center to group fitness passes as well as personal training packages.

Emily Barham

Ed Berndt

Marcy Foster

Peter Mangelsdorf

Linda Moorehouse

Cathy Stablein

Adrene Terfler

Deanna Williams


For more information about our staff, contact us.


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