Our Team

We Believe in the Power of Moms.

We are moms like you. We found ourselves again after the birth of our children and we seek to lift each other up. We meet for workouts and turn them into play dates. We support each other through challenging days and laugh quickly. Life is good and we are thankful!

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I am Joanna Gilchrist, franchise owner and certified instructor for Ballard and Shoreline. I have two amazing, stubborn daughters Alexandria (2011) and Genevieve (2014).

Thank you for taking the time to visit our page! I hope I have the opportunity to meet you soon. Let me start by telling you a little about my journey and how I found FIT4MOM.

In 2011, while on maternity leave from Physical Therapy Graduate School, I went to my first Stroller Strides class. It was like a door opened to a new dimension! I had a gut feeling that Stroller Strides was going to play a major role in my life. Just a couple months later, I purchased my franchise! Since opening my first location early 2012, I have expanded from Stroller Strides to all programs FIT4MOM offers: Fit4Baby, Body Back, Stroller Barre and Running Club.

The instructor team that teaches our classes are full of heart, compassion and will make you sweat! I couldn't be more proud of each instructor and member that makes Our Village thrive! We have a wonderful group of moms that challenge each other to be the best they can be. Outside of class we have regular Our Village events including play dates and mom's night outings. Our #1 goal is to have mamas leave class with a bump of energy, smiling and, of course, sweaty!

I would be honored to have you attend one of our classes or events. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. My email is joannagilchrist@fit4mom.com and my cell phone is 206-660-9539 (you can text me here as well). Please visit us on our Facebook Page for more details.


Manager + Instructor

Verenice jumped right into Stroller Strides classes when her son, Ulysses, was just a baby. From her first class, she knew FIT4MOM was in her life to stay. Now she has two littles, Ulysses (2012) and Briseida (2014).

Verenice is our Manager which basically means the second pair of hands Joanna wishes she had! She heads up our event calendar + instructor schedule while constantly asking "What do our mamas need? How can we give mamas the strength in motherhood?" Then she does exactly that.


I love everything about FIT4MOM! These moms and babies are my family! Whether I just met you or we have known each other for a while. There is a sense of sacred ground when I enter a class. We are equal and yet so different in our own ways. I have never felt less then or superior to anyone. I have never felt judged or defeated and I gain something every time I take a class. I love that no matter how I feel before a class, I always feel better after. I never have to motivate myself and I always get a fantastic workout- the best 1 hour workout really. Stroller Strides and FIT4MOM have changed my life!


I grew up playing sports and played volleyball, basketball, softball, and tennis in high school. Being involved in sports sparked my passion for fitness and exercise.

Although I went to school for biology and forensic science, I never lost that love for working out and I began training hard at the gym after graduating college. After working with a few different personal trainers, I made it my new year’s resolution in 2011 to become a certified personal trainer and was certified by NESTA (National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association).

I started attending Stroller Strides in 2014 just a few months after my son Toryn was born. After going back to work full time I was missing the FIT4MOM community. My co-worker started doing Body Back in Burien and then became an instructor. Her encouragement was the final push that I needed to pursue my goal to become an instructor as well.


I am an occupational therapist by trade. After working for 12 years in pediatrics I decided to take time off after having my first child in 2013 (Winston). I began working part time again, but after having a 2nd in 2015 (Hazel) and moving for the 2nd time in the past 3 years I decided to stay at home a little longer. I took my first fit4mom class in April of 2016 and have been loving every minute! Prior to having children, my husband and I were very active and participated in marathons, triathlons, and were gym rats. Since having kids it has been difficult to find the balance of motherhood and finding the time to exercise. Fit4mom has been my answer to working out and feeling good about myself again!


I’m Carissa, mama to Michael Emmett, dog Goose and wife to amazing Jeff. Before being a stay-at-home mama, I worked in neurogenetic research at Seattle Children’s Hospital, ran half-marathons, played volleyball, rock climbed and could always be found outdoors. While some of this is still part of my life, the Mama part now comes first.

I’ve always been an athlete and have loved fitness. One of my favorite gifts as a child was a “Get in Shape, Girl!” fitness kit. I would pretend to be a workout queen and here I am, thirty-something years later, no longer pretending. When I was pregnant, I found myself exhausted and in need of some mommy connections. I found Fit4Baby and was hooked! It was exactly the emotional and physical boost I needed (even my husband noticed how much happier I was after working out at Fit4Baby). After having a particularly rough postpartum recovery, I knew I needed to get back to my community of mamas. With baby in tow, I tried my first Stroller Strides workout and felt right at home. It was so nice to be among other moms, both new and seasoned, trying their best for themselves and their kids.

I love how FIT4MOM allows us to work hard in front of our little ones, being examples of health, strength and perseverance. I am excited to continue my fitness journey and am honored to be a class instructor within such an incredible organization. I am so grateful to be a part of such a precious time in your family’s life. Cheers to motherhood!!!

Langley started her FIT4MOM journey in 2014! She has to be one of the most consistent, almost daily Stroller Strides mamas ever! Evelyn was born in 2014 and her son, Nate, in 2017. Langley loves to kick up the intensity and loves to add the most important stretches: smiles + laughter!


I’m Maggie, mama to Charlie and Josie. Before entering my new role as a full time mom, I worked as an educator with Seattle Public Schools for the last 9 years. I found FIT4MOM while pregnant with my second baby. I immediately fell in love with the Fit4Baby classes, and found myself looking forward to my weekly workouts with the other mamas. The boost of energy, and easy conversation became some of the best parts of my week. I have spent the better part of the last seven years as an avid runner, running marathons, relays and fun runs with friends. During my first pregnancy I searched for a fitness community when I was no longer able to get out for my weekly runs. Finding Fit4Baby this time around was such a game changer. I am looking forward to becoming an active part of the FIT4MOM community by co-teaching Stroller Strides and Fit4Baby this fall!


Transplanted from the sunny region of Southern California, Tiffany loves the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. BC (aka before children) Tiffany lived + worked throughout the South Pacific as a marine biologist. Locally she worked at the Seattle Aquarium. Her current career as our instructor brings her full spectrum of knowledge + love of physical movement. Tiffany loves helping women connect through conversation + fitness! She is mama to Fisher + Shipley.

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