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Our Fitness Center staff is here and ready to help! If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact the Trainers Line at (402) 334-6423.

Maggie Thomas, Interim Fitness Center Director

Maggie is a graduate of Wayne State College where she majored in Exercise Science and Psychology.Maggie is passionate about health and wellness. She enjoys spending time in the gym, in exercise classes, weight training, and exercising outdoors.

Ed Heller, Personal Trainer

Ed’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise & Sports Science from Iowa State University. Through the years Ed has had the opportunity to help develop and design programs for members of all age groups and abilities.

Sam Anderson, Personal Trainer
Sam is a functional movement expert that enjoys strength training. Sam believes that “exercise is about maintaining your ability to do the activities you love.”

Heather Bucksner, Personal Trainer

Heather’s favorite part of fitness is introducing people to new exercises and challenges that are unique and unexpected. Her goal is to motivate people to look at fitness with a fresh perspective and open mind. Heather is also an ACE Group Fitness Instructor. She also holds a specialty certification for TRX and Youth Fitness.

Josh  Dolph, Personal Trainer
Josh has a BS in Kinesiology & Human Performance, is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and specializes in Athletic Performance and Strength Training. Josh encourages members to find the “why” behind their training and to find the things they  love to do in the gym and keep at it!

Alyssa Schwarzenberger, Personal Trainer
Alyssa is a Boxing/Kickboxing expert that enjoys high intensity training. One of her favorite mottos is, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you!”

Terry Bueltel, Personal Trainer
Terry earned his degree in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He is also a certified spinning instructor. Terry has worked with all kinds of clients, from high school athletes to individuals of all ages and ability levels, meeting their fitness goals.

Ben Knauss, Personal Trainer

Ben believes exercise and life are all about progression. He wants to help members achieve their next level of fitness. Ben holds a BS in Exercise Science and is certified as a ACE CPT, Yoga Fit Level 1, Delay the Disease Instructor, Livestrong Instructor, and a registered boxer.


Meg Lee, Certified Pilates Instructor

Meg holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science & Wellness and is certified in Mat Pilates and reformer Pilates. Meg has been teaching Pilates reformer for 12 years. She believes that Pilates is for EVERYONE and looks forward to helping JCC Members transform with Pilates. She can be reached at (402) 350-1740 or

Rachel Wipf, Certified Pilates Instructor
Rachel's Pilates journey began in early 2000 when she became challenged with a debilitating autoimmune illness.  She found Pilates was the one thing that helped to strengthen and restore her body. Since then, it has been Rachel's passion to share and teach Pilates. Her goal is to help you understand the feeling of being centered, finding your inherent inner strength, and revealing your most centered self.

Claire Shannon, Certified Pilates Instructor
Claire is an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist who specializes in mat Pilates and Pilates Reformer.
With 20 plus years working in Cardiopulmonary Rehab, personal training and teaching group exercise classes, Claire is ready to help you reach your goals!