Meet the Trainers

Kris Bell
Human Resources Manager, Membership Manager
  • B.S. Physical Education
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Nutrition Specialist
  • ACE, AEA, AAE Certified
  • BODYPUMP™
  • BODYFLOW™

Kris is an ex-collegiate swimmer for the University of Utah. After graduating with a degree in Physical Education she moved to Montana and coached high school swimming while working in the medical field and raising a family. She began working at the Yakima Athletic Club in 1991 as the Aquatic Director and has continued to grow within the fitness industry and business. She is currently the director of the dotFIT Weight Management System, is involved with Personal Training and teaches Les Mills BODYPUMP and BODYFLOW. Kris is an avid skier and bicyclist in her free time and has a love for all outdoor sports.

"I feel so fortunate to work in an environment I love! Accessing clients’ goals and helping them reach them challenges me to keep on top of the current research and continue to expand my knowledge"


Email: Kris@YakimaAthletic.com

Tanner Dean
Fitness Director
  • B.S. Sports Management
  • NASM-Certified Personal Trainer
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • Corrective Exercises Specialist
  • Group Training Specialist
  • DotFIT Certified Specialist
  • USA Powerlifting Club Coach
  • TRX Team Coach
  • SPRINT™ Instructor

Tanner is a graduate of Eisenhower H.S. where he participated in baseball and discovered his true love for physical fitness. He attended WSU where he received his A.A. degree while studying in the fields of Kinesiology, Criminal Justice, and Sociology. After moving back to Yakima he came to work for the YAC in June of 2007, and completed his NASM certification in September of that year. To further his education Tanner attended CALU online and has since obtained his B.A. in Sport Management: Wellness and Fitness.

“I love being here at the YAC, and I look forward to meeting with you and providing the path that you need to achieve your specific goals.”


Email: Tanner@YakimaAthletic.com

Paige Hardy
Training Director
  • NCSF Certified Personal Trainer
  • DotFIT Certified Specialist
  • KettleBell Concepts Level 1

Paige is a graduate of Lake Travis H.S. in Texas where she participated in Track, Soccer, Volleyball and Basketball. She then attended TLU and UTSA where she played collegiate soccer. Her father has been in the fitness industry for more than 40 years and a love for health and fitness has been embedded in her since she was very young. It wasn’t until her position at STW Krav Maga Self Defense and Fitness in San Antonio Texas as the Area Fitness Director that she recognized she wanted to have a career in the industry. She grew the Krav Maga fitness program to be the Nation’s largest group fitness program and holds many certifications from Cardio Bag to Kettlebell, Strength Training, Group Fitness and more. After moving from Texas to Yakima she is looking forward to building relationships with the members here and ENHANCING as many lives as she can.

“Love the life you Live, Live the life you Love by being TRUE to yourself, being FIT and living the things that you are PASSIONATE about”


Email:  Paige@YakimaAthletic.com

Josh Merz
Elite Personal Trainer
  • B.A. Finance and Economics
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Corrective Exercises Specialist
  • Behavior Change Specialist
  • DotFIT Certified Specialist
  • SPRINT™ Instructor

Josh graduated From Wapato High in 2002 while also receiving his AA from YVCC. After receiving his degree from EWU, he decided to stay in the field of fitness, rather than pursue a career in finance. It was in Coeur d’Alene that he developed his love for personal training and triathlon and in 2010; he completed his first Ironman in less than 12 hours. After 9 years in the Spokane, Cd’A area, he decided to move back to where it all started the Yakima Valley. Josh has been a personal trainer since 2006 and is happy to be back home where he grew up.

“I am so happy to be a part of this team. YAC provides a great atmosphere to help us reach our goals. How can I help you reach yours?"


Jamin Frank
Elite Personal Trainer
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • EXOS Performance Specialist
  • DotFIT Certified Specialist
  • SPRINT™ Instructor

Jamin graduated from West Valley High School in 2014 and shortly after began his journey in fitness. He fell in love with fitness in his early teens after losing over 20 pounds at the age of 15. Since then Fitness and helping others has been a crucial part of his life. He started here at the YAC as an intern and after receiving his NASM Certification began to work as a Trainer in May of 2015. In September of 2015 he started studying EXOS Performance Specialist to be certified to train with athletes and received his Certification in December 2015. His passion for fitness continues to grow as he strives to make everyone he helps better.

“My main focus here at the YAC is YOU! Everyday I’m here is to make you better, and I won’t stop until I’ve gotten you where you want to go.”


Megan Schrenk
Membership Representative, Personal Trainer
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • DotFIT Certified Specialist

Megan graduated from Selah High School in 2012, and is currently finishing her Bachelors in Exercise Science at CWU. She grew up in Colorado competing in downhill skiing and basketball. After moving to Yakima she got involved in tennis and cross country racing. Upon employed at the Yakima Athletic Club in 2012 she decided that a life of fitness is what she wanted to pursue, and after seeing amazing results from members in the 2013 Get In Shape competition she decided she wanted to be more directly involved in helping change our members lives. Megan obtained her certification through the American Council on Exercise and is now a Personal Trainer with a passion to help everyone discover their true potential.

“Fitness is about discovering who you are, gaining confidence and strength. It’s not an easy road, but I want to help you reach all of your health and fitness goals!”


Judah Rancourt
Elite Personal Trainer
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • DotFIT Certified Specialist
  • SPRINT™ Instructor

Judah found his passion for fitness and health after losing 30lbs as a teenager, and then discovered calisthenics and functional fitness as a way to stay healthy and strong. At the age of 18, he began an intense regimen of calisthenics and functional fitness training to improve his martial arts practices and stay in shape. Today, Judah focuses on helping people become better at life through dynamic, functional training. His enthusiasm for fitness comes from seeing the results that functional training can bring, and from helping motivate people to stay active, healthy, and fit!

“Fitness should make you better at life and the things you love to do. I look forward to helping you reach new goals!”


Jessica Wilcox
Personal Trainer
  • B.S. in Exercise Science
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM Corrective Exercises Specialist
  • DotFIT Certified Specialist

Jessica graduated from Naches Valley High School in 2006 where she participated in soccer, basketball, fastpitch, and swimming. Her enthusiasm for physical fitness came from her active lifestyle and love of sports. After graduating from Naches she attended BYU-Idaho where she continued to participate in soccer and received her B.S. in Exercise Science in 2010. Since returning to Yakima she has developed a love for coaching and was a volunteer coach for the Naches H.S. Girls Soccer program from 2010-2013. To further her education she completed her ACE Personal Training certification in February of 2012 and her NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist Certification in March of 2014.

“I am excited to be here at YAC and to be given the opportunity to help you make the changes necessary to reach your goals! It is never too late to start but it is ALWAYS too soon to quit!”


Dianne Harris
Personal Trainer
  • B.S. Physical Education
  • ACE-Certified Personal Trainer
  • DotFIT Certified Specialist
  • Posture and Mobility Specialist

Dianne Harris grew up in California and graduated in Physical Education and Health in 1983 from San Diego State University. Dianne taught P.E. for 10 years at Yakima Valley Community College. She has been a Personal Trainer since 1990 and has also taught many different group fitness classes, including BODYPUMP and Ski Conditioning.

“My mission is to improve everyone's health physically and psychologically through fitness.”


Anne Newell
Personal Trainer
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • AEA, AAE Certified
  • DotFIT Certified Specialist
  • BODYPUMP™

Anne has lived in Yakima most of her life and has been employed at the YAC since 1993 after the birth of her second daughter. What started out as a part time job teaching Prenatal Water Aerobics turned into a career in the fitness industry. Outside of her work, she spends most of her time coaching high school competitive girls soccer.

“I love working with individuals whether in a group fitness class or one-on-one, that have the desire to lead healthy lifestyles.”


Jordan Kurz
Personal Trainer
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • DotFIT Certified Specialist

Jordan is a graduate of Southridge H.S. where he participated in soccer and discovered his true love for physical fitness.  He joined the U.S. Navy in 2009 where he was given the role of improving the fitness of his fellow sailors.  After moving back to Yakima he came to work for the YAC in July of 2016, and completed his ACE certification in April of that year.  He is attending CWU to receive his B.S. in Exercise Science.

 "Before you can achieve, you must believe.”

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