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Jeff Witherspoon

E2M Founder & CEO

Jeff Witherspoon was a natural athlete and loved being active from a young age.

His fitness journey truly began as a young athlete at The Citadel where he was a champion track and field athlete.

Upon graduation, he began a successful career in the Army, first serving as a Field Artillery Officer and later retiring as a logistics officer after 21 years of service. While serving multiple tours in Iraq, fitness became his way to cope with the stressors of combat. He enjoyed the way it not only made his body look but how it made him feel.  After seeing how well fitness allowed him to be able to handle high levels of stress in the military, he began encouraging other soldiers to work out to help with PTSD, day-to-day stressors, as well as, their overall health and fitness.

Seeing firsthand how being able to help others through health, fitness, and wellness sparked his desire to become a personal trainer to provide accurate and factual advice to anyone wanting to improve their fitness level.

Meet our Squad
Whitney Armstrong
“You don’t have to see the whole stair case to take the first step.”-Martin Luther King Jr.

Whit is our Wild Carolina girl with the southern twang to prove it. She’s a wife and a mommy. They are a totally fit family.

A certified trainer, Whit started her journey with E2M in 2019, but her passion for helping others become comfortable in their own skin began sometime in 2013. She specializes in working the glutes and helping you get the booty you’ve always wanted. Whit’s favorite part about working with E2M is being part of a team that continues to grow and is full of people with the same goals that she has–creating and maintaining a healthy life! She gets so excited at the beginning of every challenge and cannot wait to be a part of each success story with E2M! She can’t wait to be a part of yours.


TikTok: @e2mwhit

Mandy Engstrom

Mandy is a certified personal trainer and kickboxing instructor, former figure competitor, and mom to Kyra! She grew up in an active family constantly playing outside! Mandy was a gymnast, a cheerleader, and attempted to play all different sports!

After college, she got more serious about her interest in health and fitness. From there, she took it to the next level and competed in the Gold’s Classic Fitness Competition in Wilmington, NC where she won 1st place in her class for the Junior Figure Division and 1st place overall in the Junior Figure Division. Having learned all about fitness, health, nutrition, and the role it plays in all aspects of her life, she continued to grow her knowledge over the years. The gym felt like home! When she became pregnant, she knew she wanted to focus on having the healthiest pregnancy possible for herself and her baby girl. Mandy learned that in doing so, she had a smooth pregnancy, delivery, and recovery. She now has a passion for helping other postpartum women start or continue their journey to health and fitness post-baby! Mandy is motivating and leading E2M clients into the 6-pack season with standing ab workouts and no limit ab workouts! One of her mottos is, “Fitness is all or something, not all or nothing.” Instagram: @kiki_doyalove_me TikTok: @kiki_doyalove_me
Brad Barmore
“If you want to be great at anything, you have to be willing to put in the work even when the odds are stacked against you”

Brad is a full-time physical education teacher at Sherman Central School in Western New York. Being a PE Teacher, Brad found an immediate passion for health and fitness as he worked with several of his athletes over the years.
Along with coaching and training high school athletes, Barmore is still active in hockey and football. In 2021, Brad wanted to make it official and share his passion for physical activity, and became a certified ISSA personal trainer. He enjoys HIIT, workouts that maximize movements in a short amount of time. His favorite part about being a trainer is sharing the positive experience that comes from being healthy and active. You can expect Brad’s workouts to be wild, loose, and entertaining. When Brad’s not training or working out in the gym he enjoys time with his wife Adrienne, son Beckett and family. He enjoys traveling, adventure, and getting off the beaten path. Instagram: @bdbarmore TikTok: @bradbarmore
Alicia Edwards

“Don’t let anyone’s body or purpose be the blueprint for you! God granted you with your own body and your own purpose, so BE YOUR OWN GOALS!”

Alicia currently resides in Charlotte, NC. She is a 2012 graduate of Winthrop University with a BS in Exercise Science and a 2018 graduate of Florida A&M University with her Master’s in Occupational Therapy.

Alicia has always had a passion to help encourage individuals to be the best version of themselves. She began her journey with E2M in 2019 and has embraced her passion to guide individuals to maintain a healthier and well-rounded lifestyle ever since. She focuses on bringing strength to the body and clarity to the mind during each fitness journey. In December 2019, Alicia earned her Pro Card as an OCB Bikini Professional and later became a certified Zumba instructor in 2020. She is also a certified step aerobics instructor. She continuously provides all members with consistent encouragement. motivation, and inspiration.

Instagram: @ivanasfitness

Nicole Hodges
YOGA + Pilates

“Every moment of every day is an opportunity to start fresh.”

Nicole took her first yoga class as an elective college course nearly 20 years ago and recognized how the practice helped to quiet her mind.  Later, she stumbled upon her first hot power yoga class while looking for “good workout” and fell in love with the hidden mental health benefits of a sweaty and powerful yoga flow. 

After recognizing the major impact yoga had on easing her anxiety, she felt called to share the healing power of the practice with the world.  She immersed herself in power yoga teacher training in Costa Rica, led by Amazing Yoga, and later obtained certifications in yin yoga, restorative yoga, and mobility sequencing. Each virtual E2M yoga, stretching, or mobility session is sculpted to release tension in the areas of the body worked during our circuits.  Nicole also teaches hot power yoga to local studios, teaches yoga internationally at resorts, and works full time in clinical research. Most recently, Nicole was asked if she was interested in teaching Pilates for E2M.  She tried out local & online classes and fell in love with the slow burn Pilates provided through low impact movements.  After noticing her back pain diminishing and core strength improving, Nicole dove headfirst into a Pilates certification course and passed her exam early in 2022.  She is excited to add her own unique style to classical mat Pilates. Instagram: @nicole3hodges
Sindy Frank

“Dance like no one’s watching.”

Since she was a little girl, Sindy has always been involved in sports–from ballet, field hockey, cheerleading, and finally track and field. She ran track in college but also continued to dance any time she was able. She continued to remain active through marriage and having children. After her first child, she decided that she wanted to share her love of dance with others and obtained her certification in Zumba.

She joined the E2M family in 2019 and has not looked back since! She regained her certification in 2021 and began teaching Zumba E2M clients in 2021. Her desire is to bring people joy in exercise through dance. Instagram: @sindyrenef
Marissa Salemi

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional”

“Go Bills!”

Marissa started her journey with E2M in 2019 and has never looked back. She lives in a small town in upstate New York with her husband Kevin, and their three children Dominic, Leo, and Emilia. She is a full-time Occupational Therapist working with the developmentally disabled population.

She loves to spend time with her children, family, and friends and is very involved in her children’s sports organizations. Marissa has a Bachelors Degree in Sports Management Exercise Science, a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy, and a Pregnancy and Postpartum Exercise Specialist certification. She has been an athlete all her life and is now a fitness and health enthusiast. She has developed a passion for postpartum recovery after her own trial and tribulations through 3 pregnancies. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experiences with other women to help them navigate their own postpartum journeys. Marissa’s goal as part of the E2M team is to join forces with Mandy to help women transition from postpartum care to fully taking advantage of all E2M has to offer.
Adrienne Barmore

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now” – Alan Lakein

Adrienne started her career in event planning over a decade ago after graduating from college and working as a photo shoot producer. She produced for brands all over the world for a fashion based public relations firm in Miami.

She continued her career as a producer with a Pennsylvania based clothing company, planning dozens of shoots per year for multiple clothing brands. Taking those years of experience in the fashion industry and shifting to E2M has allowed her love of health, fitness and planning to combine! Being an athlete and always active has been a part of her life from a young age. Spending everyday in the gymnastics gym, ending as a state champion, later transitioned into spending days as a springboard diver and a D1 athlete. She believes the structure from those training years has lent to her appreciation for planning. It has proven that dedication, with an informed plan, yields great results. “Planning and being prepared has saved me many, many hours of wasted effort, both in my professional and personal life” she says. Adrienne currently resides in western New York with her husband and son. When she’s not planning the next exciting E2M event, she loves spending time with her family and friends, traveling, being outdoors, golfing and learning new things!
Kristina Zakharova

“When you give joy to other people, you get more joy in return. You should give a good thought to happiness that you can give out.”— Eleanor Roosevelt

Kristina has always had a passion for wellness and fitness. She was a part of the volleyball and athletic teams in high school. After a long break, Kristina returned to fitness when she moved to NYC in 2012. 

While moving up the career ladder in healthcare management, she realized that food and fitness are true medicine. Her eagerness to help people brought her to E2M! Kristina currently resides in Charlotte, NC, with her husband, and she enjoys a long hike, snowboarding, and everything that mother nature can offer!
Dawain Atkinson

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, and others make it happen.” -Michael Jordan 

Dawain has been a content creator and manager of content for over six years. He has skills in recording, editing, producing, and marketing digital content. He grew as an athlete and was named team captain in all three sports (football, basketball, and track). Those roles are where the recognition of Dawain’s leadership skills started.

Dawain and his wife joined E2M in May of 2021 as clients and saw phenomenal results from the program. Joining E2M, Dawain received the attention of many because of his sense of humor, passion, and positivity in the group. One of his favorite comments is, “You Got This, and I want to see you win.” Dawain is a firm believer in the program and willing to do anything to see it succeed so many can benefit from it. Dawain resides in Fayetteville, NC, with his wife, Andrietta, and two of their four children. Dawain loves spending time with family, and because of E2M Fitness, he also loves to work out.
Andres Chaparro

“Food is the foundation of a healthy life and community.”

Since I was young, Andres Chaparro has always been involved with cooking. I started my career as an intern for a small bakery in my hometown. This gave me a little taste of the industry, which was all I needed to realize that I truly wanted to pursue a culinary career.

After receiving formal training from Johnson & Wales University, I began working and gaining experience in kitchens coast to coast. With over 13 years of experience in the foodservice industry, I look forward to bringing healthy cooking back to the main screen. Instagram: @andres18abc
Jennie Casselman

“Healthy can be delicious.”

Jennie started her career in nutrition and foodservice after graduating from Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte. She spent over 10 years working in the corporate food service management industry where her main focus was on nutrition. She has also worked with K12 schools in menu management and trained chefs online on nutrition and balanced menus.

Jennie has always enjoyed staying active with a background in cheer and dance. She enjoys yoga, hiking with her husband and young twins, and of course E2M workouts! Jennie joined E2M in January 2020 and was very impressed with the holistic approach to this exercise and nutrition program. She joined the staff as a resident E2M chef in November 2020 and has enjoyed every class and being a part of every life that has benefited from this program. Jennie has a passion for food and nutrition. Her desire is to share and educate others on how to fuel your body and that healthy can be delicious! Instagram: @jenniecasselman
Kevin V Winston II

“Self-care starts in the kitchen, and the best way to take care of yourself during busy days is a healthy meal made according to your dietary needs. ”

Chef Kev’s cooking philosophy is simple: healthy eating can, and should, be delicious and satisfying. He grew up working in his family’s renowned Kansas City BBQ joint – the kitchen is where he always felt most at home. To him, it represents passion, creative freedom, and family. 

In 2009, he enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts where he developed his signature style. Whether cooking for an individual or groups of five to 5,000, transforming quality ingredients into delicious, vibrant flavors that exceed expectations is always his goal! Over the years, he’s been privileged to call himself a personal chef to professional athletes like Thomas Davis, Lance Stephenson, and even catered tours for global stars like Justin Bieber and Chris Daughtry.

Courtney Morrissey
Courtney Morrissey

“Our food should be our medicine, and our medicine should be our food” – Hippocrates

Courtney is a clinical dietitian, working in the hospital in her local community of Summerville, South Carolina ensuring her patients have adequate nutrition during their acute illness and nutrition education for chronic diseases.

In her current role, she also works with pediatric gastroenterology patients requiring specialized diets for healing. She believes food is medicine and teaches this to all her patients. She encourages her patients and clients to know what they are eating, where their food is coming from, and what foods can heal the body. Courtney received her undergraduate degree in Nutrition Science and Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition from Winthrop University. Also she completed her dietetic internship through Winthrop University. She has been a registered and licensed dietitian in South Carolina since 2014. Courtney is married to her husband, Kevin, and has 3 children. Life is busy for the Morrissey family, but they love being active outdoors and traveling. Her and her husband love camping, hiking, and kayaking. Courtney is also an avid runner, plays piano, and loves to bake.
Dr. Brenda Beckmann Gajowski

Dr. Brenda is a doctor of physical therapy who takes an orthopedic approach to pelvic health and your body as a whole, with an integrative and holistic mindset, and she has a special love of guiding healing and return to activity in the postpartum period.  Dr. Brenda has 20+ years of experience in orthopedics, sports therapy, and perinatal health, is an E2M client, and mom who loves working with moms!

Mellissa Willette

“Sometimes a little help is all you need. “

Melissa has been a RN in Obstetrical Health for almost 20 years. She knew that she wanted to be in Womens health before she even graduated.  Breastfeeding has been a huge passion for Mellissa and she loves helping the journey of parents to succeed.