Our Instructors

Coleen Shaw-Voeks

Position:Owner / Coach / Instructor
Biography:

Coleen is a lifetime lover of all things outdoors and energetic, and she can often be found running in the woods like a squirrel on crack. She loves coaching runners of all abilities, teaching all levels of fitness and Pilates classes and helping clients set goals and then smash them. Coleen grew up in an ultra running household and has always known that the marathon is merely a starting point for many runners. Once she stopped fighting against her inborn ability to run long and accepted her love of running ultra distances, her path in life became clear. Getting her coaching certification from RRCA was only the start of the journey towards helping create strong, healthy and complete runners. Strength training, pilates and yoga are all key pillars in being a complete athlete. You don't have to be a runner to work out at PEKC, you don't even have to like running but you will find Coleen teaching many runner focused classes and workshops and you may find a new appreciation for running. She is also available for private coaching and personal training.

Coleen will usually have a cup of coffee in hand, a sadistic class plan in mind and a stupid story or joke ready to tell. Need to bribe her? Vegan chocolate and/or whiskey is always gladly accepted but you will still have to do burpees.

Angela Fitle

Position:Fitness Coach
Biography:

Angela is not an athlete and never has been. She grew up in a household where "girls aren't supposed to have muscles" and was told she couldn't play sports or even mow the lawn because she would "become flat-chested" and "look like a boy." Instead, Angela became a nerd about literature and history. One of her first acts of rebellion after high school was to enlist in the Army where she learned how to carry a rifle and march for miles at a time, before getting shipped out to combat. Pretty bad-ass, right? But it did not take long for Angela to long for her nerdy roots, so she traded in the rifle for text books.

She earned a Bachelor's degree from UMKC and a Law degree from KU. Still hungry for accomplishment, Angela realized that maybe she had put on a pound or two...or 40...while she was busy hitting the books. Angela tried running, but never took to it. She started out with a few Pilates classes (where Angela first met Coleen!) then Strength classes. Through the guidance and encouragement of her personal trainers, Angela is now in the best shape of her life! She became an NASM certified Personal Trainer so that she could use what she learned from her own personal struggles to help others discover a happier, healthier version of themselves.

Nikki Parkhurst

Position:Fitness Coach/Running Coach/Personal Trainer
Biography:
Nikki is a former corporate finance minion who left the dark side to become a running coach and instructor. After being a swimmer in high school, she suffered a bout of adult onset exercise and started adventure racing. Since then, Nikki has run almost every distance from 5K to multiple 100-mile ultra-marathon finishes. Regardless of the distance, road or trail, she is passionate about getting people moving. Nikki has a special place in her heart for new runners or anyone beginning their fitness journey. She is also a huge advocate of functional strength training as an important supplement to running. Nikki is a Lydiard Level 1 & 2 certified running coach and is ACSM certified in personal training. She can often be spotted in the wild alongside her four-legged kid Porter and her husband Bryan.

Leia Anderson

Position:Running Coach
Biography:

If you can’t find Leia she’s probably running in the woods. She’s a mother runner who loves ultra-marathons. She thinks training is at least as fun as racing. Passionate about fitness as a lifestyle, she likes finding training schedules that work best for each person. Leia is also very community oriented, knowing that a support system can be a huge part of reaching personal goals, she likes to help people find a home in the running community. Watching people achieve things they didn’t know they could do is her jam, and she’ll meet you at the finish with lots of glitter! Leia is a Lydiard Level 1 & 2 certified running coach and is available for run coaching at any distance and experience level.

Kelly Cirone

Position:Yoga Teacher
Biography:

Kelly grew up in Parkville, Missouri and began traveling the world after she graduated from high school. She studied in London, picked apples in New Zealand, lead a service program in Mississippi, and was a flight attendant in Seattle, it was there she met the love of her life, Michael. They moved back to Kansas City about ten years ago and together they are happily raising a big, adorable pet and plant family. Kelly's classes are creative, loving, safe spaces for transformation and personal evolution.

Accomplishments & Certifications:

  • 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance
  • 200-hour teacher training certification from Colorado School of Yoga.
  • completed teaching intensives with Dr Ray Long (Bandha Yoga), Rama Jyoti Vernon, Desiree Rumbaugh, Gina Caputo, and Max Strom.

Ke’Lan Mitchell

Position:HIIT Instructor
Biography:

The training that I do is centered around muscle development, strength, and endurance building.

Accomplishments & Certifications:

  • ACE certified personal trainer
  • Bachelors degree in Journalism
  • Masters in Business Administration and Human Resources
  • Former college basketball player
  • Natural and NPC physique competitor with 1st place class finishes in both organizations

We incorporate functional movements that are used in everyday life. My High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is not designed to be a hypertrophy workout — many sets are performed to failure with the goal of keeping your heart rate elevated as you work your entire body and build lean muscle.

I believe physical fitness is not only a great way to improve your health but it is also a confidence builder that creates a natural feeling of euphoria. As a coach it is my responsibility to help you reach your body goals, improve physical and mental health, and instill confidence!