Get To Know Our Personal Trainers

Get To Know Our Personal Trainers

Personal Training

Personal Training
Personal Training

Our Lincoln YMCA certified Personal Trainers and Wellness Specialists would love to help you with your family's wellness goals!  

See below for Bios and Photos of our great instructors.

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Cooper Personal Trainers

Cooper Personal Trainers
Cooper Personal Trainers

Heather Kollmann 

Heather moved to Lincoln from Parkston, South Dakota and obtained her Bachelors degree in Nutrition and Exercise Health Science from the UNL. Currently, Heather is working towards her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Nebraska - Kearney. She is an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer with more than two years experience and you can find her subbing in at classes with at the Y like Boot Camp, Tabata, Core & More and Water Fit. Heather's training style is adaptable to fit the specific person she is working with. She loves to help her clients reach their goals and enjoys mixing in HIIT and strenth training into workouts.

Zach Nielsen 

Zach obtained a Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska - Kearney and a Masters of Education in Exercise Science from Wichita State University. He has been an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer since 2013. As a personal trainer, Zach places an importance on understanding his clients goals and challenges. He uses that information to develop a health & wellness plan, specified to each person. He believes in training that is much like his triathlon training routines; deliberate, efficient and functional with his clients time and effort in order to get the results they want. Zach is a married father of one and enjoys cycling, running, triathlons, hunting and wood working in his free time.

Thena Kosmicki

Thena is a NETA-Certified Personal Trainer and YMCA-certified group exercise instructor. Growing up, Thena was involved in volleyball, track and softball, so exercise was a part of her life from a young age. Now a married mother of three, Thena finds it important to be a good example of being healthy and strong for her children. She is knowledgeable in strength training and cardio fitness, but she thrives at teaching high intensity interval training, one of the most effective ways to burn calories and build muscle. Another favorite format of hers is with the TRX straps. Helping people reach their health and wellness goals as well as live a high-quality life at any age are her main focuses.

Copple Family Personal Trainers

Copple Family Personal Trainers
Copple Family Personal Trainers

Dolly McDole

Dolly is a Red Cloud, Nebraska, native coming to Lincoln to further her education. She has a Bachelor's of Education degree in Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is an ACE-certified personal trainer, Group Exercise instructor, and POP Pilates-certified instructor. She teaches Tabata, Core & More and Power C.S.I. exercise classes. Dolly is also a Y-Lose It coach. "My main focus when working with people is to get them comfortable on the fitness floor. In my workouts, I like to utilize all the equipment to show my clients a variety of ways to exercise while still catering to their needs. My goal is to help my clients create a healthy relationship with exercise and help them achieve a greater sense of wellbeing," said Dolly. She loves spending time with her family, enjoys incorporationg different types of exercise for workouts, baking desserts, reading and playing sports.

Downtown Personal Trainers

Downtown Personal Trainers
Downtown Personal Trainers

Kelly Fink

Kelly grew up in Maryland, but later moved to Nebraska and attended Norris High School. There, he competed in football and track, which sparked his interest to pursue a career in fitness. In May 2015, he graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Fitness Studies. He has been personal training since 2012. He has used his education and experience to help a wide variety of people achieve their goals. He also enjoys hunting, camping, biking and almost anything outdoors.

Jerry Paul

Jerry was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and spent some time in Los Angeles, California. He attended Central High School in Omaha where he was an All Metro running back. However, his love for strength training started at Hollywood High in Los Angeles his sophmore year. After graduating from high school, he worked in a packinghouse before joining the Omaha Police Force, serving from 1983-2007 as both a field training officer and school resource officer. He attended Metro Tech in Omaha where he took classes in electrical and carpentry work. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he studiend Philosophy. Jerry holds personal training certifications through W.I.T.S. and the Institute of Human Performance (IHP). "I feel it is my mission to serve as many as possible and one of the modalities I use is fitness training," said Jerry.

Jason Johanek

Jason is currently a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, majoring in Exercise, Nutrition, and Health Science. Throughout college he's been employed by UNL’s Campus Recreational Center, where he's a personal trainer and an instructor for various academic courses, such as Intro to Physical Fitness, and Group Fitness. For the past two summers, Jason has been lucky enough to intern with UNL and Creighton University in their athletic performance departments, where he worked with various coaches in assisting their athletes with their off-season workouts.  Jason has a goal of working with athletes in the future as a strength and conditioning coach. In his free time, Jason enjoys strength training, running, and playing recreational sports.

Fallbrook Personal Trainers

Fallbrook Personal Trainers
Fallbrook Personal Trainers

Ame Nelson

Ame is a graduate of Southwestern College with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science where she competed in cross country and track and field. She is an ACE-certified personal trainer who has a passion for fitness and loves helping people achieve their exercise and fitness goals. She is an avid runner who has completed several half marathons and one full marathon. At home, she has a husband and two busy girls.

Christina Mollo

Christina started at the Y in 2015 as a Wellness Specialist working upstairs and has added her Personal Training Certificate through the ACE Program. She enjoys working with people one-on-one and finding the right thing for each person. She is also certified to teach EnhanceFitness and LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. She adds, "At home, I have a husband, three busy kids and I am a runner!" 

Northeast Personal Trainers

Northeast Personal Trainers
Northeast Personal Trainers

Samantha Beaubier

Samantha is a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Medical Nutrition Therapist, and has been a AFAA-certified group exercise instructor for 17 years. Her specialties are nutrition, cardio and strength interval-style workouts, group and personal training. She enjoys running and spending time with friends and family, including three children. She enjoys "working out not only for my health but also for my sanity." Her exercise philosophy is to "surround yourself with those that better you, challenge you and are inspired by you."

Jara Goeden

Jara has a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation and holds certifications in CPR, AED, First Aid and Zumba®. Her specialty is Exercise Science. Personal motivations to exercise include family, feeling you get when you're done and self image. Her current fitness regime includes running, walking,weight lifting, intervals, yoga and park workouts. Favorite activities include volleyball, running and playing with her kids. Hobbies and interests include sports, camping and shopping. Jara's exercise philosophy is that she believes everyone likes to workout--it's about working up the courage to try something new and eventually finding an exercise that is right for you.

Jessica Karas

Jessica is certified in ACE Group Exercise Instructor, EnhanceFitness Instructor, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Instructor and Martial Arts. Her specialties are functional strength training, core, balance, and flexibility. She enjoys practicing martial arts, art, reading, and renovating houses.

Michelle Schaffert

Michelle is certified in AFAA Personal Training, AFAA Primary Group Exercise Instructor, and 200 hour – Yoga World Reach. Her specialties are interval training, strength training, and yoga. She enjoys spending time with family, cycling and running. 

Terri Shoop

Terri is a certified Wellness Coach, ACE Group Exercise Instructor, ACE Foundations of Strength and Conditioning, CPR, AED, and First Aid certified, and LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Instructor. Her specialties include coaching for long-term weight loss, group and personal training, strength and conditioning, and cardio endurance. She enjoys "seeing positive transformation in all things," finding new ways to exercise, the outdoors, volunteering, gardening, and re-purposing furniture.