Tara Dannhel’s motto is “One mind, one body, one life to live it right!” And that’s the way she lives it! As our Director of Fitness & Nutrition, it’s her job to help find fellow rock star trainers to give CG members the sweat of their life. With a B.A. in Kinesiolog and Applied Physiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and 10 years experience as a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Coordinator and Instructor, she’s our go-to gal for all things exercise and food related. She teaches boot camp, Chisel, Core-Abs, Cycle, Interval Training and TRX. Her specialty areas are Advanced Biomechanical Training Techniques, Fitness Programming, Cardiovascular Conditioning, Sports Injury and Rehabilitation, Weight Loss Management and Body Metabolism. In other words, she lives up to her nicknames “T-licious” and “Terrible T.” Werd!
Certifications: NASM Certified Personal Trainer | NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist | Cooper Institute Physical Fitness Specialist | Cooper Institute Biomechanics of Resistance Training | ACE Group Fitness Instructor | TRX Certified | CPR/AED Certified
MIKE LYON | Founder & CEO
The driver in Mike's life is "Think about the legacy you want to leave.” Calamity Gym is a culmination of his desire to combine social entrepreneurship, community and fitness. Mike's previous entrepreneurial roles include Founder & CEO of RabidPOP.com, an online news portal for college students. As CEO, Mike recruited the executive team, developed the business plan and raised $100,000 in a seed capital round. The venture launched at three national universities, TCU, SMU and Texas A&M. The team developed a robust content site, and in the process developed a comprehensive internship program featuring 25 interns earning credited hours for their degree. Previous ventures include creating and launching Sez Who Magnetic Messages and The Wild Child, two separate product lines sold in upscale gift boutiques around the country.
From 1996 - 1998 he served as an Executive Producer with The Interactive Channel, the first national interactive network cable company, following its $120MM IPO in 1996. In that capacity he managed a team of 20 programmers, producers, and navigators in developing educational content, business and shopping applications and interactive games. In 2000, Mike was represented by Writers & Artists Agency, now Paradigm, one of the most prestigious talent agencies in Los Angeles.
Most recently, he was Executive Producer & Director of The Lyon Collective (www.TheLyonCollective.com), a team of communications specialists. Clients included Stryker, Mercer, Quicksilver Interactive, City of Frisco, ACE Cash Express, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Alzheimer’s Association. His team developed marketing strategy and content for online projects, digital video productions, and traditional media. He has taught kickboxing for 12 years. Mike earned a BA in Communications from the University of Texas-Arlington. He is active in his church, and leads and teaches in various community groups. He has traveled to Cuba, India, Africa, Haiti, Guatemala and El Salvador on humanitarian aid trips, and has seen firsthand how individuals can impact others.
Bringing together his passion for fitness, technology and the desire to help change the world, Calamity Gym has Mike inspired. "Calamity Gym provides the opportunity for our bodies to become engines of change, helping the lives of others."
Mike earned his BA in Communications from the University of Texas-Arlington.
JEREMY GREGG | President
Jeremy Gregg is a three-time TEDx speaker, an award-winning communicator, and an experienced leader in both the entrepreneurial and nonprofit arenas. He has raised over $40MM for charitable causes throughout his career, and his passion for philanthropy drives his commitment to growing Calamity Gym.
Jeremy has held C-level roles at a number of companies, including an internationally recognized leader in prison rehabilitation, a management support organization that delivers training and consulting to other nonprofits, and a community development organization that improves the lives of over 50,000 low-income families per year. As a writer, Jeremy’s published work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, StackStreet, Direct Selling News, and a variety of other venues. He has also been featured in interviews on the BBC, NPR, the Financial Times, Texas Tribune, the New York Times, Forbes, and more.
Jeremy earned an Executive MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas and also holds degrees in both Advertising and English from SMU in Dallas, Texas. He is also a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).
TARA DANNHEL |Director of fitness and nutrition
I feel like I need to pinch myself all the time – “work” for me is getting to coach people on how to live better and feel better and better yet – how to sustain the new lifestyle they find in this process! No crash diets! No six-week workout plan! But rather establishing life-long habits and moderation and finding health within each persons balance and boundaries. I began coaching with the Playtri Performance Center in 2012. Playtri is the hub for anything Triathlon and anything relating to health and wellness. We specialize in swimming, biking and running – but above all else, we specialize in getting people to a healthy state – physiologically, mentally and nutritionally. We’ve found that when all three are in balance – life is in balance and people can thrive!
I am passionate about what I do. I started gaining experience in nutrition at an early age thanks to a battle with anorexia. Through that, I've developed an absolute passion and heart for sharing my story and educating others so that just maybe I can help at least one person who is battling with the same issue.
As a coach I want to offer every bit of skill I have and will continue to grow, to help others find a healthy love for Triathlon and all of the wonderful that comes along with it! In my three years of racing I've overcome mental barriers and learned how to suffer well. "I CAN" is what I chant to myself. As a coach, I cannot wait to chant "YOU can!"
I would be doing myself a disservice if I did not mention my crazy, curly, blonde hair. It is, after all, my trademark. It renders the perfect vibe for who I am: lots of energy, depth and discipline, which when tamed is inspiring; and when wound tight (like my curls) is my driving force.
6 years of Personal Training Experience
Licensed Sports Nutritionist -- National Association of Sports Nutrition
Certified Triathlon Coach – Playtri Performance Center, Ahmed Zaher
Certified Personal Trainer -- National Academy of Sports Medicine
Performance Enhancement Specialist -- National Academy of Sports Medicine
11 years of Experience in Running
2 years of Triathlon Experience
Sponsored Member of the Brian Loncar Racing Team since 2010
2 Time USAT Olympic Nationals Qualifier
Top 3 Finisher in 7 of 8 Sprint & Olympic Distance Triathlons
New Orleans Ironman 70.3 Finisher
Monica Coney | Chief Ringleader
Monica Coney’s motto is "The greatest gift in life is to help others achieve their dreams." As Chief Ringleader of Sales & Marketing it is Monica’s job to ensure we are listening to our customers and driving individual and corporate memberships to change the world. Monica is an award winning executive with over 25 years experience in consulting with CEOs, Executive Global Sales and Business Development working for both Fortune 200 companies as well as private enterprises. It is her desire to have Calamity Gym be a differentiator in the health and mindset of all who cross our path. As a world traveler, grounded in the opportunity to impact the lives of others, Monica is running full speed to spread the word - the Revolution has begun!
The gift of gab.
Chris Allard | COO/Chief Philanthropy Officer
Chris Allard is an accomplished leader bringing over 20 years of corporate experience to Calamity Gym, including a number of key operational, business development, and consulting leadership roles. He has deep expertise in identifying strategic business improvement opportunities and leading teams to develop and implement tactical solutions to realize those strategic opportunities. In 2011, Chris left behind the corporate world for a while in order to backpack throughout Central and South America, finding meaningful volunteer opportunities along the way, and blogging about his experiences. Fitness has always been a passion of his, and so during this adventure, he thought of the “world as his gym”, not letting the lack of a “brick-and-mortar” gym stop him from staying fit. Chris began his own efforts to bring together his passions of fitness, philanthropy, and travel when he met Mike Lyon, the founder of Calamity Gym…and a partnership was born!
Chris earned a B.B.A. in International Business Management, and an M.B.A. in Multinational Operations Management from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. He also earned his Certified Personal Trainer Certification.
BRUCE BOYD | Fitness professionals
Bruce Boyd has been in performance and wellness for 30 years and is passionate about inspiring others to be efficient and effective with their lives. Bruce considers himself an Evolving Specialist who continues to expand by improving personally and through his profession of lifestyle coaching, yoga instruction, boxing and functional strength training and better breathing techniques. His clientele includes children, celebrities, athletes, elderly and those in need of therapy.
Bruce's latest certification is in Gentle Therapeutics Yoga, which is for Creating Body Awareness; Facilitating Healing of Injuries; Improve Self-esteem; Generate Positive Feeling Toward Others; Improve functional Body Movements; Learn the Breath/Body/Mind connection.
Bruce also uses his formula VIDA (Visualization, Inner Dialogue, Affirmation, & Action), which simply means See it, Say it, Believe it, and be Active towards what you want to manifest in your life, consistency.
ELIZABETH DE MORAE | Fitness professionals
Eli de Moraes comes to you with 20+ years of international dance, yoga and Pilates experience. As a professional dancer she began her love of yoga and Pilates when utilizing both forms in her training and saw the results of a stronger, more efficient, healthy body. At that point, she knew she needed to share that knowledge with others. Her passion and uncanny talent lies in an inspiring and unique way of cueing and helping each individual client create simple shifts in awareness for more efficient ways of moving that best suits them. This, in turn, helps each to gain more from their workouts (with less effort!), move better though everyday life and avoid injury. She loves both her group and private clients who greatly range in age and ability: from 4 to 74 year olds, and from beginners to Iron Man athletes and firefighters.
As a former faculty member at Texas Christian University and various other universities, she holds two Master degrees and a partial Ph.D. in dance from the University of Surrey (Guildford, England) and Texas Women’s University, a 200 hour+ yoga certification registered with Yoga Alliance (Tantric Hatha and pre-natal), a 500+ hour teacher-training certification in Pilates, a group fitness certification through AFAA and is a certified “Dance it Out” instructor with Billy Blanks, Jr. She is excited and honored to be a part of Calamity Gym teaching both Pilates and a unique desk workout for anyone at work, or on the go! Look forward to attending her classes where you will gain a greater sense of strength and flexibility with grace and elegance!
VICKIE GRIFFITH | Fitness professionals
Vickie Griffith has been providing customized fitness and nutritional lifestyle programs in the Dallas Metroplex for over thirteen years. Vickie danced as a “Show Girl” for Texas Christian University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Vickie’s primary fitness certifications include The National Academy of Sports Medicine (Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Pre/Post Natal Specialist), The Cooper Institute and The C.H.E.K Institute.
Vickie holds a Group Fitness Certification which allows her to teach a wide range of classes including Total Body Lift, Trouble Spot Toning, Pound/Drumstick, Metabolic Conditioning, Circuit Classes, Kick-Boxing, and dance inspired classes such as Billy Blanks Jr.’s Dance It Out, Zumba, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Ballet Barre. Vickie’s specialty is working with women, and in 2009, she created her company Female Factor Fitness. She currently teaches Shimmy Shake & Sculpt (also known as Cardio Shake & Sculpt) which was featured in D Beauty Winter 2009 issue as "The Sexiest New Workout in Dallas." She is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of her very first cardio dance DVD (Slim & Tone Dance Party) with Prevention Magazine in May 2013.
In addition to being a fitness expert, Vickie is a Functional Nutritional Advisor for Health Excel using their Metabolic Typing System designed to help people achieve and maintain their ideal weight. Vickie’s nutritional program was also featured in D Beauty Fall/Winter 2006 issue as “The New Dallas Diet.” While her favorite music is Hip Hop and House Dance, Vickie uses all types of music in her classes to get people moving, along with her gift of motivating people, to create challenging and innovative workout routines and classes resulting in a lifestyle change.
Chris Johnson | CPA / Partner
Chris joined MCG in December 2006 and is currently a Lead Tax Partner. His primary disciplines include: large corporate tax compliance and planning; research credit studies; accounting period and methods issues; transactional services; audit representation in income tax audits; and tax provision (FAS 109) calculations and consultation with respect to accounting for uncertainty in income taxes (FASB interpretation No. 48). He works with closely held entities as well as publicly traded companies. Prior to joining Montgomery Coscia Greilich, Chris spent five years at KPMG LLP and two years at Arthur Andersen LLP as a Senior Manager in the Federal Tax Services group.
Chase Murphy | CPA / Senior
Chase joined the Firm in January 2010. His primary disciplines include multistate and multinational federal and state tax compliance for corporations and partnerships. In addition, Chase is involved in tax provision (FAS 109) calculations and research credit study preparation. Chase also specializes in high net worth individuals in particularly those with private aviation considerations.
Deana Pippins | CPA / Manager
Deana joined MCG in January 2007. Her primary disciplines include federal and state tax compliance for multinational and multistate corporations and partnerships. In addition, Deana is involved in tax provision (FAS 109) calculations and research credit study preparation. Prior to joining the Firm, Deana spent two and a half years at KPMG in the Federal Tax Services group.
Suzanne Bain | CPA /Manager
Suzanne joined MCG in 2012. With thirteen years of accounting expertise, her primary disciplines include financial statement preparation and analysis including preparation of reconciliations and supporting schedules, ratio analysis, budgeting, controller, audit, and review services. Prior to joining the Firm, Suzanne spent the previous eight years in corporate accounting for Methodist Family Health, Inc.
Sundar Lakshmanan | President & CEO
Mr. Lakshmanan has more than 20 years of experience and brings with him a unique perspective to solve real business problems by identifying the strategic, tactical, people and process problems hindering the fulfillment of business goals. He is an engineering graduate in Electrical & Electronics and is the CEO of Salzer Technologies Limited. Mr. Lakshmanan has the proven ability to quickly analyze key business drivers and develop strategies to grow the bottom line.
With his astute leadership and management skills he steers a young and dynamic group of software professionals to provide innovative, best-in-class consulting, IT solutions, services & products by leveraging the Offshore Development Center's InfoTech expertise to substantially bring down the total cost of ownership (TCO) of business solutions delivered to the clients.
Mr. Lakshmanan has helped several organizations successfully implement projects in the solution disciplines of: Knowledge Management, Content Management, Corporate Portals, Business Intelligence, Systems Development etc. in Financial, Automotive, Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical, Retail, Online Media and Health Care markets.
With Calamity Gym, he teamed with Mike Lyon defining social cause in a new way that reaches many people in a proactive, simple and effective way with the potential for very positive changes in peoples’ lives and the lives they interact with.
Art Bushnell | SVP, Business Development
Art is a business development expert, who specializes in internet deals and content distribution. Originally a reporter and editor with UPI, Art has also spent many years as a senior manager of media and internet businesses at Reuters, Thomson and Primark. Having worked with both large corporations and smaller start-ups, he likes to help new companies bridge the gap and grow to their full potential. "Calamity Gym is a success story in the making. It appeals to the part of each of us that wants to stay fit and to the part of each of us that wants to make the world a better place," Bushnell says. Originally from Oregon, Art now lives in northern Virginia and manages Salzer's technologies engagements in the US. He coached baseball from t-ball to high school JV and serves as an elected member of his local School Board.
Brandi J. Waits | Vice President / Master Dot Connector
Brandi J. Waits provides strategy, marketing and business development at Salzer Technologies. Brandi's professional background includes multiple positions in technology start up firms where she was involved in operations management, project management and a major player in business development and sales. She is an energetic and forward-thinking professional with demonstrated ability to turn ideas into actions and deliver results. She introduces and successfully influences process changes and continuous improvements throughout organizations both for profit and nonprofit. She consistently builds strong relationships that enhance abilities to collaborate, resolve issues, and achieve objectives. She holds a BS in Psychology from Texas Woman's University with a minor in Business Administration.
Brandi developed a strong sense of devotion for the global nonprofit sector after working in a remote village in Nicaragua building schools. This devotion was sparked again during her solo travels around Bali, Indonesia. She had the opportunity to meet women that were in hopeless situations without any opportunity of change. These experiences gave her a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life; one program at a time and one life at a time. This prompted her to learn about and get involved with the R.O.L.E foundation. Brandi is the American Management Director of the R.O.L.E USA non-profit. The Calamity Gym project was a WIN/WIN platform for Brandi the moment she learned about the desire to touch/change lives through physical movement while donating 25% of memberships fees to world calamities.
Shelley Buell|HR Director
As Benefits and Compliance Manager for Pariveda Solutions, Shelley directs all functions of the Human Resources department for the nationwide IT consulting firm headquartered in Dallas, Texas. She has 25 years of experience in a variety of industries including IT Consulting and Financial Services. Shelley’s areas of expertise include compensation and benefits, employee relations, and business process improvement. She earned her degree from Texas A&M University.
Jay Beck|Healthcare Provider/Operator
Jay is a charismatic, passionate and visionary leader who brings investors, customers, and employees onto the same page to deliver profits and stakeholder value. He balances analytics, strategic information, and active listening in creating opportunities and innovative solutions. He looks to the numbers for financial trends, outliers, and patterns to “move the needle”. He currently works as Vice President of Strategic Marketing for Texas Health Resources. He formerly worked as Director at Towers Watson, was President/COO at Apex Global Partners, and has served as a Board Member of the Perot Museum of Nature & Science.
Tanya Allen|Senior Director
Tanya has worked at PepsiCo since 2005, currently serving as Senior Director of Global Organization Development. She has previously served as the strategic HR business partner for the international IT organization, as well as holding a variety of roles in leadership and professional development, performance management, organizational transformation, and coaching. Prior to joining PepsiCo she spent 10 years with Accenture, where she was responsible for guiding people and organizations through large-scale change, including Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Transformation, and Organization Design. Tanya graduated from Southern Methodist University with a dual degree
in Organization Behavior/Business Policy and Management Information
Sciences. She has always believed in leading by example, serving
in leadership roles in non-profit and service-oriented organizations since
high school. In addition to being a United Way Tocqueville Society Member,
she also serves on the Advisory Board for the Dallas chapter of Back On My
Feet – a non-profit dedicated to helping the homeless achieve self-sufficiency
Lusine M. Meeks|Vice President - MM Holdings
With over 16 years in human resources management, Lusiné brings smart innovative ideas when dealing with complex scenarios. Her service in the corporate world encompasses a multitude of HR roles such as HR Business Partner in a business process outsourcing industry; Global M&A Consultant in consumer behavior and shared services industries; Vice President of HR Shared Services in marketing and operations; Principal of Mobility in airline and global distribution services; as well as HR generalist in IT and Compensation/Benefits guru in a supply-chain industry.She recently served as Vice President of Global HR Operations at Alliance
Data. Prior to that, she held the positions of Sr. Principal at Sabre Holdings,
Director of Global HR at ACS, Inc. (Xerox) and Sr. Manager of Global
Rewards at i2 Technologies (JDA), where she managed multiple HR functions.
She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM),
a member of the Human Rights International Alumni, a speaker on multiple
national conferences and roundtables, and a repeat judge for the Global
EMMA awards. As a tenacious networker, her passion has allowed her to
lead and serve as the Executive Director of the DFW International HR
Roundtable. Being one of the few first certified global professionals of HR (GPHR)
she holds a Master’s degree in International Human Rights from the
University of Essex, UK, and a Master’s degree in Political Science
and International Relations from the American University of Armenia.
Mary Leone|HR Compliance
Mary Leone brings 20 years of HR experience, at both large Fortune 100, privately held and mid-sized companies. Her experience ranges from consumer products to telecommunications to healthcare. She received her undergraduate degree from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, with a concentration in Finance and Insurance/Risk Management. After working for five years and realizing her passion for all things HR and recruiting, she pursued her MBA from the University of Illinois. Mary has been a Director in Talent Acquisition since 2004 and loves finding new and creative ways to help companies attract and retain the best talent and identifying their employment branding, through social media or other best practices. She has been in the Dallas area off and on since 1997 and much prefers the mild weather compared to the large snow banks and frozen lakes of Minnesota.
Linda Bennett Myers | Sr. Director
Chief Information Officer with extensive experience in large publicly traded multinational corporations and management consulting. Industries include retail, distribution, manufacturing; logistics; transportation; security; and high tech. Experienced in all aspects of IT management.
Andrew Pryor | Chief Human Resources Officer
Andrew is a Human Resources Executive offering a progressive 25-year career partnering with all levels of leadership to drive Change Management, Organization Design and Employee Engagement. He is known as a strategist for delivering culturally aligned people development solutions. As a leader in the field of HR, Andrew strongly believes in the transformational influence of Human Resources as a platform to help employees build stronger careers for themselves and better lives for their families.
In 2011, Andrew co-authored the book, Smile Guide, Employee Perspectives on Culture, Loyalty, and Profit. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the UTA Graduate School of Business and has served as President of the Fort Worth Human Resource Management Association.
Andrew’s experience includes international manufacturing and healthcare device manufacturing as well as Healthcare Communications. He has been published in HR Magazine, Physician Referral & Telephone Triage Times, TMCNet Healthcare & Technology News and “Yahoo! Hot Jobs.” Andrew served President George H.W. Bush as a White House Intern where he focused his efforts on identifying the stories of extraordinary community volunteers through the President’s Thousand Points of Light Initiative.
Ken Judd | CFO
Ken Judd is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and manages all financial aspects of the business. The company has tripled in size with respect to revenue and personnel since he joined in 2008. His key areas of responsibility also include contracts and negotiations, corporate marketing strategies and initiatives, and leading Keste’s resale unit. He has been a certified public accountant (CPA) for over 25 years and is an officer for the Dallas chapter of Financial Executives International. He was recently named Outstanding CFO, Midsized Private Company by D CEO Magazine and the CFO of the Year for technology by the Dallas Business Journal. Mr. Judd earned his master’s degree in finance from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting the University of Maryland.
Staci Tubbs | CEO
Staci has worked at Stellar BPO since 2011 and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for North America. She has 18 years of experience leading people to create high performing teams in the business process outsourcing industry. She has extensive experience in global operations, strategy, change management, new business launch and sales. Her experience includes supporting clients in telecommunications, consumer electronics, travel and transportation, retail and government in the US and abroad. Staci graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Scott Arey | CFO
Mr. Arey has over 25 years experience in finance since graduating from Stanford University. He is expert in arranging financing in many forms including credit facilities, private placements, public offerings and project finance. Mr. Arey has assembled more than $300 million in credit facilities through banks. In addition he has raised more than $250 million in private placement investments from venture and private equity firms. Mr. Arey has arranged multimillion dollar bridge financings which have allowed companies to operate while in the midst of completing multi-tiered equity financing rounds. He also recently structured a joint venture with a government agency in the People’s Republic of China through a DFI company he established to meet PRC requirements. His other strengths include financial analysis, financial presentation, accounting, strategic planning, mergers, acquisitions, financial systems and financial operations. Mr. Arey has been a spokesperson to corporate treasurers (TMA, now the AFP) and is a nationally recognized expert on banking and international finance. Prior to ARESCOM, Mr. Arey was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Bank of America's International Trade Banking Division and Vice President and Senior Finance Manager of Bank of America's Commercial Banking Division.
Ron Taylor | Lt. Col. U.S. Army
Prior to becoming a consultant/connector, he worked for BlueCross and BlueShield of Texas for 25 years. Much of his tenure with BCBSTX, he served as Vice President and General Counsel and eventually created the role of Vice President and Special Counsel for Business Development. He was also the Treasurer of the BCBSTX State PAC and was a Board member in several state wide trade associations and legal organizations.
Mr. Taylor has been active in the Richardson Chamber of Commerce; he is a past Chairman of the Board and currently serves on the Signature Luncheon Committee. A resident of the City of Richardson for nearly 40 years he is serving the City as Vice Chairman of the Charter Review Commission.
Mr. Taylor is also active in the charity world as he currently serves on the Boards of Friends of Wednesday’s Child, the Dallas Chapter of the American Heart Association, Children at Risk and Home for the Holidays.
Mr. Taylor holds a B.A. in economics and business administration from Cornell College and a J.D. Southern Methodist University School of Law. He retired with the rank of Lt. Col. from the U.S. Army Reserve.