XPLORER FITNESS TEAM - STAFF BIOS
Dianne is an endurance athlete and seasoned adventure guide with an entrepreneurial spirit. She took her first step in entrepreneurship with insurance and earned her license in several States. Three years later, she expanded from sole proprietorship to open her own risk management and insurance brokerage in Philadelphia, PA. Dianne’s passion for athletics is equally ambitious. Racing for 6 years as an Elite-level triathlete, she qualified for Age Group Triathlon Nationals in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, and podiumed for numerous triathlons. She raced her first 55k ultra marathon in Iceland as she transitioned to off-road racing. Applying her entrepreneurial spirit to sport, travel, photography, food, art and love for the outdoors, Dianne consulted a small group adventure travel company for four years while exploring numerous countries around the world. Her passion extended to voluntary work with at-risk youth, and she was rewarded Volunteer of The Year for Cadence Cycling Foundation. She became a founding board member of Girls on The Run Philadelphia. Dianne currently lives in Oahu with her family. She is certified in CPR/First Aid/AED, and is completing her NASM personal training certification.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text delay="0"][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner]
Cliff started his athletic career as a high school wrestler, earning regional and state titles. In 2010, he was awarded third place for wrestling in the state of Florida. His devotion to wrestling then transformed into a passion for mixed martial arts. This newfound pursuit prompted Cliff’s move to Hawaii in 2015, where he began training with the renowned team at the UFC gym in Honolulu. In 2016, Cliff won a mixed martial arts fight at the X-1 World Events in Hawaii, and earned first place for Jiu Jitsu at the NAGA grappling championship, also in Hawaii. He is an expert at incorporating Oahu’s unique terrain into his training regimen, utilizing the island’s topography to advance his conditioning exponentially. Excited to be a member of the Xplorer Fitness team, Cliff looks forward to sharing his expertise and enthusiasm in assisting his clients to reach their full fitness potential.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text delay="0"][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner]
Jess, originally from New Jersey, made Hawaii her home 12 years ago. Throughout her childhood, she spent the summers biking, hiking, and kayaking on the Maine coast with her family. These summer voyages sparked her interest for the outdoors. She grew up trying many different activities and sports, but ultimately fell in love with the game of soccer. While studying Psychology in Kings College, NY and Geneva College, PA, Jess played collegiate soccer as a striker. She traveled for scuba diving in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, and Mexico. She also competed in several 10K races and the 52-mile Hana Relay race in 2016. Jess continues to be dedicated to biking, hiking, and running. Her weekly workouts include running on her favorite trails & foothills, road biking, swimming, sand bag workouts on the beach with her soccer teammate, and timed treks up the stairs of Koko Head Trail with a 30lb sandbag over her shoulder. She completes her weekly activities with a soccer match every Sunday. Jess enjoys spending time with her two young sons and exploring the beauty of Hawaii.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text delay="0"][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner]
Megan has been working in the fitness industry since 2008 after graduating from the National Personal Training Institute in Tysons Corner, VA. She is a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant, and is also a graduate of Hawaii Healing Arts College where she received her license in Massage Therapy. Megan grew up playing multiple sports and went on to play collegiate field hockey for Virginia Wesleyan College. She has competed in multiple Spartan races, a 30k trail race, and in National Physique figure competitions. Megan trained in body building, power lifting and created her own mobility program. She has experience working in a physical therapist clinic and is a certified Crossfit coach. Megan now lives in Kailua, HI with her 2-year-old Doberman, Brock. In her spare time, you can find her outdoors, either on the trails or in the water. As a licensed massage therapist, she works along side chiropractors and acupuncturists, and cares for private clients and athletes. As a nutrition consultant, Megan builds meal plans for clients based on their individual needs, and assists them with grocery shopping and food preparation.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text delay="0"][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner]
Yovo is an ardent fitness, sports, and heath practitioner and ambassador. He is highly skilled in coaching, endurance event preparation, and guiding running and hiking tours. Through years of extensive experience and countless adventures, Yovo knows Oahu’s best spots, and loves sharing its beauty while engaging in healthy exercises and play in paradise. He graduated from Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) with a BSBA in Finance and IT and an MBA in Finance. While at HPU, he played soccer with the Academic All-America District Team and the 1st All-Conference Team, and was the Co-Champion of the Pacific West Conference. He continued playing professional soccer in North Carolina and Tahiti, and travelled throughout Europe and the U.S. Aside from coaching soccer, he is well-versed in CrossFit, kitesurfing, racing, sailing, and yoga. His top finishes in racing include the Honolulu Marathon, Tinman Triathlon, Honu Half Ironman, Escape From Alcatraz, Waikiki Roughwater Swim, North Shore Swim Series, the Honolulu Century Ride, and Tour de Cure. He is certified in CPR/First Aid/AED, and is completing his NASM personal training certification.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text delay="0"][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner]
Miki embraces all that Hawai’i has to offer by golfing, hiking, OC1 training, practicing outdoor yoga and acro-yoga, SUP’ing, surfing, and participating in beach clean ups. No stranger to sports, she’s been teaching Spinning classes since 2009, and has biked the 100 miles along the California Coast with Best Buddies, raising money for the Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled. Miki’s passion for helping others overcome mental and physical boundaries makes her a natural at coaching. As a competitive athlete, she has completed a Spartan Beast, several Tough Mudders, Gladiator Rock-N-Runs, Rock & Roll Half Marathons, and sprint triathlons. In addition, Miki actively supports Surfrider Foundation Oahu and the World Surfing League Hawaii. Besides accomplishing her athletic and charitable endeavors, Miki can also be found in a business suit in the financial district of Honolulu.
From backpacking to acro-yoga on the beach, Stephanie’s adventurous spirit is built around the outdoors. In high school, Stephanie was a four-year varsity athlete, captain of the field hockey team, and a member of the sea kayaking team. It was throughout her time in high school that she found her love of backpacking and became certified as a Wilderness First Responder. She led 11 night backpacking trips off the coast of central California. At that time, Stephanie participated in Spartan Beasts, Tough Mudders, and Gladiator races. She returned to O’ahu to attend the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa where she is earning her degrees in Religious Studies and Hawaiian Studies. While attending the University, Stephanie lived for a year off the grid in a lush valley without electricity or cell phone service, and began spearfishing to become more self-sustainable. During her free time, she enjoys fishing, cleaning up the beach, practicing yoga, and body surfing.