Rob Lauren, General Manager
Rob became the General Manager of the Seattle Athletic Club Downtown in December of 2006. Previously, he served as the Fitness Director of the Bellevue Place Club for two years before transferring into the same position at the Seattle Athletic Club Downtown.
An import from the green fields of New Zealand, Rob earned a Physical education degree and a Business degree at the prestigious University of Otago. Rob has a passion for health and wellness and believes that “No matter who you are or what your fitness level is, regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle will help you to achieve an invaluable sense of self worth and personal well-being”.
Carmen Pieske, Membership Director
Carmen started with the Seattle Athletic Club in February of 2016. With 13 previous years in the fitness industry she has held almost every position inside club operations. From management to childcare, personal training to spin instructor Carmen has always enjoyed being a part of a fitness family. Carmen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Marylhurst University in Oregon. She has made an easy transition into the position of Director of Membership and looks forward to providing phenomenal service to all of the members at the Seattle Athletic Club.
As a native from the PNW, but a new resident to Seattle, Carmen is looking forward to exploring all of the sights, scenery, and activities the Emerald City has to offer.
Meet the Rest of Our Team
Jessie Jo Egersett, Massage Director
Jessie Jo is a Licensed Massage Practitioner and graduate of Brian Utting School of Massage in 1999. Her education includes many modalities of bodywork with an emphasis on deep tissue. She is also the Director on Massage here at the Seattle Athletic Club.
Jessie Jo’s massage is a melting pot of many styles that include Swedish, deep tissue, sports massage, TMJ and tendonitis treatment. She also includes a bit of Thai massage in each session, which is an ancient practice that encompasses yoga, and rhythmic compression along energetic pathways.
Jessie Jo was introduced to yoga at the age of 12 and believes it not only saved her life, but it made it much more interesting! She is currently teaching hatha-based yoga, studying Anusara yoga and Ayruveda. She continues to be enthralled by all of the many philosophies that were birthed out of the Indus river valley.
Lisa Huisingh, Housekeeping Supervisor
Lisa Huisingh came aboard Seattle Athletic Club in January 2009 as Housekeeping Supervisor. She takes pride in our high standards of cleanliness and enjoys leading a team that dedicates their time in providing our members with a clean and healthy atmosphere. Lisa came to us with a long history of Housekeeping and Management that started out within Rental Property Management. As a property Manager she lead and trained departments such as Housekeeping, Facilities, Leasing, Staging and Marketing. Before coming to the SAC she over saw Curves for Women of Kenmore and Downtown Bellevue where her love for health and fitness emerged.
Kendra Kainz, Wellness Director
Kendra’s Philosophy: "I believe that fitness is an evolving lifelong experience that adapts as our needs and health goals change. Fitness is a great avenue to self-improvement and a catalyst for so many positive changes in our lives. From physical adaptations to mental improvements, exercise can change your life when made a priority!
"I energetically strive to inspire and bring out the best in my clients. I like to see results while keeping workouts engaging, fun and challenging! I push clients to exceed their potential and challenge their own expectations."
Kendra is an avid endurance athlete and enjoys weightlifting. She relocated to Seattle from Toronto, Canada many years ago, but calls Seattle home.
Kendra holds the following credentials: AAS – Fitness Specialist & Personal Training from Lake Washington Institute of Technology, NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer, RRCA Certified Running Coach.
Jacob Luckey, Fitness Director
Jacob is a big nerd at heart, loves talking anatomy, physiology and biomechanics with anyone.
Jacob enjoys working with anyone that is inquisitive and wants to know why they are doing an exercise & what muscles are being worked; anyone that has high expectations and goals; anyone that has ever been told they aren't good at something or aren't athletic (you just need to be shown you are); anyone with chronic diseases or structural issues that needs more care while still being pushed; anyone that enjoys building a trusting relationship and going on a journey together.
Jacob's goal is to forge connections with anyone he meets; looking for the potential in everyone's talent and then motivating them to achieve things they didn’t realize were possible.
Jacob holds the following credentials: Masters in Exercise Science from Central Washington University, ACSM - HFS, CrossFit Level 1, Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification
Anna Miller, Group Exercise Director
Anna's philosophy is to motivate and inspire people to reach their full potential while utilizing safe and effective movement. She believes education, technique and coaching are the foundation for all successful classes. Most recently, Anna was the regional Group Exercise director for a national health club chain, and single handedly managed six different locations.
Teresa Nelson, Aquatics Director and Triathlon Coach
Teresa started in the sport of triathlon 7 years ago after returning to Seattle in 2000 after she receiver her BS in fitness management at the University of Nevada-Reno. In 2007 she qualified for her professional triathlon license through USAT. Teresa swam at the NCAA Division I school and earned rankings as a Big West All-Conference Collegiate and National Level Swimmer. She maintains the highest standards of certifications as a USAT Level II Triathlon Coach, a Health/Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), as Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and as a Pilates Instructor through the Pilates Studio New York. She has years of experience in athletics, ranging from competitive gymnastics, swimming, bodybuilding, fitness, running and triathlons. Teresa enjoys educating and motivating others to reach their goals and exceed their personal expectations in their multisport events. She currently oversees the aquatic program at the Seattle Athletic Club.
Danielle Zack, Pilates Director
Danielle has been teaching Pilates since 1999. Prior to becoming a Pilates Instructor, Danielle received her B.F.A. in Dance from Stephens College in Columbia, MO in 1998. She studied anatomy and kinesiology, along with ballet, modern dance, African, Flamenco, East Indian, Tap, and Jazz. After the whirlwind of this intensive three-year accelerated program, Danielle realized that her body had survived without any injuries, despite the demanding physical challenges. In fact, she was enjoying the strength and flexibility and long, lean muscles and attributed it to the daily Pilates classes.
Inspired by her love of dance, Danielle brings energy and artistry to her hands-on style of teaching. She studied with brilliant teachers around the country, from Janice Dulak in Columbia, to Juanita Lopez in the windy city, and finally Lori Coleman-Brown from Seattle. She continues her annual continued education with the ever inspiring Romana Kryzanowska and Sari Mejia Sant.
When Danielle goes home for the day, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She pirouettes weekly in dance class, gardens on the weekends, and walks everywhere.
Kelli Zappert, Club Accountant
Kelli was a member at the Bellevue Place Club before she started working there as the Club Accountant / HR Director, March 2005. She came to the Seattle Athletic Club Downtown November of 2005. Prior to her work at the club Kelli was a lifeguard and swimming instructor for many years, she then worked for Larry’s Markets which gave her the qualifications for the Seattle Athletic Club.
Kelli is an avid Seahawk fan. She likes to ski, swim, hike and work in her yard; she basically likes to do nearly anything outside. Kelli got into kickboxing in 2006 and has achieved her second Degree Blackbelt in Savat Kickboxing. You may see her around the club with boxing gloves in hand; or getting ready to teach Water Aerobics.