Co-Head Honcho / Showtunes Belter / Program Designer / Coach
Mike hails from Purdue where he studied Exercise Science and helped power the Crew team across the Wabash River. His passion for Strength & Conditioning began in his training days for football, rowing, and well, just being strong. An avid learner who loves people, he’s always keeping the gym a fun, welcoming space and helping our members achieving feats in their fitness they didn’t know possible. When not designing stellar workouts or on the floor training, Mike can be found reading audiobooks, studying apologetics, tackling home projects, or wrestling with his two boys (sometimes he wins).
Co-Head Honcho / Dreamer & Visionary / Coffee Connoisseur / BoyMom
Jess graduated as Exercise Science major of the year (2003) from Hope College, and afterward, spent time serving in corporate wellness and receiving mentorship from top fitness leaders in the industry. It was this experience that led her to start Valeo in 2006 from her living room apartment, growing it to what it is today with her passion for functional training and for creating a space for people to feel welcomed and proud of themselves. When not working behind the scenes at the gym, she’s near woods or water, keeping cozy at home or looking for the next adventure to do with her and Mike’s two wild and precious little loves, Cruz and Hunter.
Coach / Soldier / Learner / Tough Mudder Legionnaire
Kelly currently serves in the Michigan Army National Guard, regularly assisting her fellow comrades in preparation for the Army Physical Fitness Test and helping to educate them on how to maintain their fitness to meet Army requirements. Clearly no stranger to hard work, she’s been honored to have been nominated for and to have competed in the “Soldier of the Year” for the state of Michigan….the only female to do so (yeah, she’s pretty awesome). Aside from exercising and training, she also enjoy hiking, reading and spending time with her family and new puppy, Debo.
Coach / Forever Athlete / Donut Lover / Family Man
Dereck has an extensive background in competitive athletics as a three sport athlete growing up and with his experience coaching collegiate Track and Field for 13 years. In fact, he was Jess’s coach in college, playing a huge role in guiding her toward the fitness field using creative training philosophies. When Dereck is not training, you might find him coaching his sons Xavier and Ian or spending time with his wife Llena, daughter Amira, and son Dominic. Aside from these things, Dereck loves to ready, study, and volunteer.
Coach / Ambitious / Compassionate / Form-Stickler
Originally from Holland, Andrea spent her college years at Florida State University where she earned a B.S. in Family and Child Sciences with a focus in pre-physical therapy courses. Her extensive fitness training experience includes working in the Strength and Conditioning Department of FSU’s Campus Recreation as an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, a Run Coach, a Fitness Assessment Consultant, and a Supervisor. She even excelled as a rower and coxswain as part of the Rowing Club (Mike is so proud to have another rower as a member of the Valeo crew…see what I did there).
These days, Andrea likes to cross country ski, spend quality time with her family and travel – in fact, she’s studied abroad in Spain and Italy and has visited 12 different countries in the past four years alone!
Admin / Goat Mom / Golden Girl / Loyal Friend
Our Valeo / Admin, Mandy, has been married for 11 years to Dave and together they have four hairy looking (goat) kids named, Hazel, Penelope, Nigel, and Billy. They have a small Hobby Farm (SunSet Corner Farm) where they grow their own food and share crazy goat videos. Mandy is fun, spontaneous, loyal, selfless and full of varied interests: being outside, playing golf and other sports, mowing the yard (it’s therapeutic!) and being with family and friends. And she’s not ashamed to admit she’s addicted to Hallmark movies, as predicable and corny as they are, she’s DVRed and watched ALL of them! Whether it’s restoring an old antique truck with her dad or convincing Dave to give in to her crazy ideas like purchasing a 40 ft Windmill to restore, she’s always up for adventure. This, combined with her administrative background and organizational skills makes her an awesome member of Team Valeo.