NSS employs 9 certified fitness professionals, with 74 years of combined training experience. Amassing 13 collegiate degrees and 25 top-level certifications, the team at NSS has made it their goal to stay on the cutting edge of the fitness industry through education and continued professional development. Learn more about each member of our fitness professional team below.
Mike Hawes, BS, CSCS
As a former trail ultra runner Mike understands and appreciates the process of setting a goal and then building a bridge back to where clients are currently at; in essence, reverse engineering the pathway for clients to find success towards whatever their aspirations may be!
Away from the gym, Mike enjoys hunting, attempting to keep his lawn green, and the lake.
Mike and his wife Jennah live in Alexandria with their sons Sawyer, Lincoln, and Everett.
Dustin Schlichting, BS, CSCS *D, Z-Health, RPR 2
As a lifelong learner, working with the #NSSfamily members to achieve their wildly diverse goals allows Dustin to continue to fill his bucket as he shares his knowledge and learns new skills to facilitate that process.
Outside of the gym Dustin enjoys hunting, reading, and taking naps.
Dustin and his wife Becky live in Alexandria with their daughters Lila and Ava.
Chris Ludwig, BA, CSCS, YFS-1
As a former high-school and collegiate athlete, Chris is all about celebrating the little victories. Stronger is stronger, and no matter what you’re doing, getting stronger is worth celebrating.
Outside the gym Chris lives and breathes waterfowl hunting and football, as well as dabbles in deer hunting.
Chris and his wife Kate live in Osakis with their daughter Abbi and sons Thomas and Andrew.
Dawn Coauette, BS, CSCS, NASM CPT, FAS, TRX FTC, RPR 2
With her love of teaching and passion for health and fitness Dawn, provides a supportive training environment where the unique and individual needs of all clients are valued and met. Dawn specializes in the 50+ population and enjoys helping the inactive become active again.
In her free time Dawn enjoys being active outside and snuggling up with a good book inside.
Dawn and her husband Chad live in Alexandria with their daughter Kamryn and son Cyler.
C.J. Erickson, MS, BA, SFG II, ACSM EP-C, FMS, PMF Level 1
C.J.'s passion for health and fitness drives him to learn and practice the most effective and enjoyable ways for NSS clients to achieve their goals.
When not in the gym, he enjoys drinking coffee with his wife and spending time outside with his boys working on projects, hiking, and kayaking.
C.J. and his wife Carly live in Alexandria with their sons Jack and Henry.
Sabrina Marthaler, BA, CMA, NETA-PT, GGS-1+
Sabrina is a personal coach AND our administrative specialist, managing everything from client billings to payroll to website updates to supply orders to fundraisers.
She credits NSS with changing her own life for the better in every possible way, and loves that she can use her specific talents to help us change more lives.
Her favorite thing about coaching is helping people to change fitness from a chore, to an enjoyable habit that they look forward to.
She spends her spare time running trails with her dogs, reading, and planning her next visit to Minnesota’s beautiful North Shore.
Demara Bumgardner, BS, CSCS
Demara is passionate about teaching and continuously learning about health and fitness. She believes that everyone is capable of more than they know and wants to help people meet their current goals and strive for new ones!
As a former collegiate athlete, she has seen just how much we can make change in ourselves and push our own limits, whether that be climbing a mountain or being able to take the stairs.
Her favorite thing about this career is seeing how each person can progress and overcome their own challenges.
When not in the gym, she enjoys getting outside to go golfing, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, and really anything and everything that Minnesota has to offer!
Joanna Green, BA, NASM-CPT
Joanna has had a passion for wellness and fitness since she began running cross country in high school. She credits that experience with leading her to a degree in exercise science and wanting to continue learning more since then.
Her more recent passion is helping moms, prenatal and postpartum, feel good about themselves. Outside of the gym, you can find her getting together with friends, spending time with family, or watching football or baseball, depending on the season.
Joanna and her husband Blaine live in Alexandria with their sons Isaiah and Thomas.