Leo Venteicher

Leo started with Prairie Life in 1993 as the Facilities Director. He previously worked at a local Property Management Company, serving as the Service Supervisor. In 2007 he retired from Basketball Officiating after 25 years. Leo is married with two children and three grandchildren. He enjoys basketball, racquetball and running, and is learning the game of golf. Please feel free to stop by and say hello.


Brent Pyle-Fitness Director, ACSM-CPT

I grew up in Hartley Iowa, where I learned hard work from helping my friends on their farms. In high school I developed my passion for exercise as I was a four-sport athlete playing football, basketball, baseball and ran track. In college I continued playing baseball for the UNI club team. In 2010 I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. I have been in the personal training business for seven years. Over those seven years the most important thing that I’ve learned is that I love my job. There’s nothing more fulfilling then watching a client grow and progress over time training with them. Learning to adapt to each individual client has developed my vast knowledge of training individuals with special needs to training people with major health risks. I am very passionate about encouraging members to challenge themselves and strive for more. There is nothing I enjoy more than watching hard work and determination pay off. I enjoy being with family and friends, fishing, biking, and attending sporting events. I’m always eager to help, willing to listen and motivate you to develop a healthier you!

Dayle Nervig BS, ACSM-CPT, AEA, BBU Instr.

I have always been active in a variety of sports and became involved in competitive swimming in college. I have 30+ years of experience teaching swimming and safety skills to children and adults. As a parent I coached youth soccer for 12 years and led Boy and Girl Scout physical activities. After joining the Prairie Life Fitness staff I became involved in Water Fitness and enjoying teaching people how the properties can provide a complete and effective workout for people looking to crosstrain or may not be able to exercise at their desired level on land. As a person who has had arthritis for more than 30 years I know how important it is to be able to have exercise options available for everyone to be able to stay active. In the past two years I have begun to working closely with the Omaha Triathlon and as a sponsor, bringing triathlon training to PLF for both adults and children. Having worked on my Masters in Fitness Wellness Management at UNO, I was introduced to exercise research and I am always encouraged by the strides being made in science behind the exercises for everyone’s ADLs, activities of daily living. Exercise and healthy life styles need to be available to people of all ages and conditions.

Jodi Mackie ACE-CPT, Pilates Instr.

Jodi began her fitness career over 25 years ago at Prairie Life Fitness.  Jodi has extensive experience in personal training, Yoga and Pilates instruction, water fitness and group fitness. Jodi’s fitness certifications include ACE Personal Trainer, BBU Pilates Instructor and RYT 200 Yoga Instructor. I believe that the condition of being physically fit and disease are closely related. I enjoy helping people and then seeing them realize the difference in how they feel and move.

Stacy Houck BS, NASM-CPT, ACE Group X

Stacy has a BA in Business and Marketing and she holds certifications with NASM-CPT, ACE-Group Fitness, Pilates Reformer, and Free Motion Stages Cycling. Fitness has been a major part of my life, for as long as I can remember. From high school sports, to the college track team, and now teaching group fitness classes and personal training. Exercise is my passion- and I want to help my clients find their passion. Being healthy and fit has such a positive impact on our everyday lives. It is my goal to encourage clients to reach their goals and find an activity that they enjoy doing. Stacy loves to workout in the fitness center and always welcomes her clients, members, and friends to join her to push each other for that extra effort. When I’m not personal training, teaching spin or bootcamp, I am training for the next Sprint Triathalon or spending time with my twin boys and family.

Sue Ludvik BS, ACE-CPT, BBU Pilates

Sue has a degree in Education and has been in the fitness industry for 20+ years. Her certifications include ACE-CPT and Balance Body Pilates. She grew up with Asthma and was unable to participate in Athletic activities. Luckily, she grew out of most of her breathing difficulties and became an active participant in many sports in her early 20s. Because of this, Sue understands what it’s like to face an active lifestyle with restrictions. With her degree in Education, she has the unique ability of being able to breakdown difficult aspects of movement. This allows an individual to capitalize on Functional Movement and good postural alignment whether it be in daily life or performing a challenging exercise. Sue has 4 children and understands the chaos of family life and the challenges of time. Exercise, whether it be through weight lifting, cardio or Mind-Body Pilates is important to be able to face these aspects of a balanced lifestyle. She can help you achieve this balance.

Susan Randle NASM-CPT, ACE-Group Fitness,

Susan hold a Bachelors Degree in the Arts and her fitness certifications include NASM-CPT, ACE-Group Fitness, Free Motion Stages Cycling, and BBU Pilates Mat Reformer. Susan started working for PLF in 2007 just after moving back to her hometown of Omaha after living in Alaska, Arizona, Utah and Oregon. She has a passion for outdoor adventure, all things fitness and travel. Susan gets clients motivated my encouraging them to take risks and try new things.

Daniel McCarthy NCCPT

Daniel Mccarthy takes a well-rounded approach to fitness. He believes in working on strength, endurance, flexibility, and nutrition together to be the best you can be. He likes challenge and does not believe in the word "can't". When not in the gym, you are likely to find him training for or running an obstacle course race. He believes in leading from the front and pulling his client along to the next challenge. His favorite methods of training are High Intensity Interval Training and functional body movements with resistance.

Heather Dall ITCA-Certified Triathlon Coach

Heather has a BA from Creighton and an MPA from University of Nebraska Omaha. Her certifications include ITCA-Certified Triathlon Coach, USTA-Tennis Couch, IMBA-International Mountain Bike Association, and WSI-Water Safety Instructor. Heather has been involved in the fitness industry since 2006. She enjoys working with anyone looking to improve their fitness level whether it be in a specific sport or to live an overall healthy lifestyle. Heather enjoys competitive pickle ball, running in 5k, 10k, and half marathon events. She has competed in Sprint, Olympic, and Half Ironman triathlons, as well as off road biking and running events.

Stephanie Nielsen MS, NSCA-CPT

A family history of cancer and cardiovascular disease, along with my own health awakening, fuels my passion to help others embrace their bodies and take control of their health through the power of healing foods, an active lifestyle, and a positive mindset. In addition to serving as a personal trainer for over 12 years, I am currently finishing a didactic program in dietetics to pursue Registered Dietitian licensure. My passion for knowledge allows me to empower my clients with the tools they need to increase energy, feel confident in their own bodies, and lead happier and healthier lives. Current certifications include: Corrective Holistic Exercise Kineseologist (CHEK) Practitioner, IKFF Kettlebell Instructor, NSCA-CPT, Precision Nutrition Coach, Metabolic Typing Advisor, Laser Life Coach, and Holistic Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach.

Kathleen Solem, Director of Group Fitness, Pilates

An ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor she has over 30 years experience in the fitness industry, designing programs and developing class formats-as well as training and coaching individual clients. She integrates a variety of disciplines in her training including Functional Resistance training, Somatics, Yoga, Pilates, Franklin Technique and Dance. Essential to her approach is promoting and prioritizing kinetic awareness and a mindful approach to movement-so increased strength and agility also result in better balance, posture, core and muscle function, and improved movement patterns. Kathleen is comprehensively certified (CPT) by the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), RYT 200HR Registered Yoga Teacher, and 300HR through Prajna Yoga. As a Balanced Body Faculty member since 2008 and author of a variety of workshops, she presents education and training courses for Fitness Professionals locally and nationally.

Brenda Kelley BS

Brenda has been in the fitness industry for 17 years. She has her Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State College. She received her BS in Exercise Science and Wellness. While in college Brenda was also a 4 year letter winner in basketball for the Wildcats. Areas of Specialization: • Weight Loss • Strength Training • Midlife Fitness/ Health for Women • Sports Specific Training She enjoys working with Clients to establish realistic and attainable goals. She motivates clients by making it “personal”. She provides a service that focuses on the individual and his/her needs. Together, we develop a program that addresses their goals that can be adapted as progress is made.

Chelsea Benson NASM-CPT

Chelsea Benson is a graduate of Wayne State College where she completed her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. Chelsea has extensive, hands-on experience in the personal training industry with her time at Wayne State College, as well as her internship with Scott's Training Systems in Chandler, AZ. She has worked with clients of all fitness levels including; athletes, general weight loss, and individuals new to the fitness world. Her goal as a personal trainer is to teach clients the importance of fitness and keep them motivated!

Christian Ramon NSCA-CPT

Christian started out his career in training at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the exercise science program. He graduated December 2014, but has been training for the past 2 ½ years. Throughout his time training he has worked with a very wide variety of clientele ranging anywhere from weight loss and lean muscle building to special cases such as athletes, stroke patients, individuals with thyroid conditions, and diabetics. Christian has certain specialties he really exceeds in when working with individuals and getting them to their goals which include weight loss, muscle building, sport specific athletes, and competitors of any sort. He is a former athlete himself playing football at the collegiate level and uses his motivational skills to help people get to where they want to be. If you are ready to get the results you want come set up a jump start with him today!!

Beau Fisher ISSA-CPT

Beau Fisher is an experienced educator with his training certification through the International Sports Sciences Association. He has spent the last few years traveling across the US and enmeshing himself in the varied cultures and communities that color the States. His approach to fitness focuses on achieving a balance in one’s lifestyle, promoting functional strength and flexibility. Leading a health and happiness are deeply intertwined; if you are not happy, you are not healthy, and caring for your health will make you happy. Set up a training session with him today and see if he can help you find a routine that brings some lightness to your life.

Katharine Moustakes NASM-CPT

Katharine is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer who graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She started her career as an Event Coordinator, but her passion for health and fitness continued to grow and lead her to Prairie Life Fitness. Katharine is a strong believer in creating a balanced lifestyle and is eager to help YOU reach your goals! When she's not in the gym, you can find her traveling, hiking, and baking.


I enjoy hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family in my spare time. I grew up in Missouri Valley, Iowa and attended Wayne State College where I studied Psychology and Exercise Science. While at Wayne State, I played middle linebacker for 4 years and earned All- Conference honors my Senior year. I've been a personal trainer since June of 2015 and I love my job! My training philosophy is quality over quantity. Using movement assessments, I address issues that are causing pain or hampering performance inside and/or outside of the gym. I attempt to help correct these issues through a combination of proper movement education, corrective exercises, and functional full body movements. I train using bodyweight exercises in addition to using equipment such as TRX, kettle bells, dumbbells and barbells. I also educate on proper nutrition, cardio programming/metabolism health, and lifestyle behaviors in an attempt to help people to reach their full potential. I address all aspects of health to help my clients live a long and healthy life.

Mallory Schulz ACE-CPT

Mallory learned to love health and fitness from a young age. Both of her parents are personal trainers, and she comes from a very athletic family. So, a love for wellness and movement came pretty easy and is now her passion to share. This passion followed her to college where she played DII soccer at Wayne State College and received her degree in English education. She taught high school English in the metro area before pursuing her fitness career. Her favorite forms of exercise are cross training, HIIT, and hiking. If she's not training, she's cooking, reading, or spending time with her husband and pup.

Jeff Christenham NASM-CPT

Jeff holds a bachelor in general studies with a major in Criminal Justice and minors in psychology and sociology. He has been studying and teaching martial arts since 1990. He holds certifications in NASM-CPT, NESTA MMA conditioning coach, TACTIX Method, Biomechanics, Core and Functional Training Specialist. Creator of Lightspeed-Phasic Training which burns double to triple the calories of traditional weight training but accelerating the lean muscle building twofold with the intensity of circuit training. He's been a personal trainer since 2011. He enjoys time with his son outside of work and fabricating movie style cosplays!

Ellen Tucker NCCPT

Ellen was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She participated in group fitness classes and did some running to stay in shape. In 1999, she moved to Omaha and joined PLF in 2006. It was then when she worked with a personal trainer and started strength training and discovered how it changed her physically and mentally. This has led her to want to share her love for strength training with others who may have never done it in the past. Ellen keeps her clients motivated by encouraging them to take small steps that will be big ones with persistence and by helping them build their self confidence. Ellen enjoys spending time outdoors, cooking and time with family. 

April Sando NASM-CPT, ACE Group Fitness Instructor

April started her fitness journey after having three kids. She wanted to get healthy for herself and family, so she joined Prairie Life in 2011. After taking a variety of group classes, she became an ACE Group Fitness Instructor. Her love for helping people and seeing the difference in the participants that took her classes lead to getting the NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Free Motion Stages Cycling certifications. She takes the time to get to know her clients and their goals. From weight loss to building muscle, April can help make those goals a reality. Together she’ll come up with a plan that meets your needs and work hard to meet them. April has worked with clients of varying ages and fitness backgrounds; and believes that we all have to start somewhere.

Allen Faison NASM-CPT

Allen believes health and fitness are the cornerstones for life. "If you gain the world and lose your health, what do you really have?" Fitness has always been a part of my life. I've played several sports from little league all the way to college where I played defensive back at UNO. My goal as a personal trainer is to motivate, and empower as many people as possible through fitness. I take a unique approach to fitness, focusing not only on nutrition and exercise but empowering you mentally as well. I enjoy high intensity workouts and pushing myself and others to be the best we can be. When I'm not working with clients, you can find me working out, teaching Kung Fu, coaching one of my children's sports or reading.

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