LIFE'S BETTER AT THE VILLAGE

Personal Trainers

Megan Smith

Fitness Director

Megan grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She played soccer for Texas Tech for 4 seasons and was awarded the Texas Tech Female Athlete of the Year in 2010 and received her master’s degree from Texas Tech. Her husband is Australian and one of her favorite trips with him was visiting the Great barrier reef and Hamilton Island. They have two children, and she loves to go to lake Powell a few times a year. Megan is all about moderation. She loves happy hour and enjoys a cold IPA and a burger once in a while!

Naci Melzer

Naci is from Minnesota and graduated from the University of Wisconsin. She played college volleyball and basketball. She loves spending time at her family cabin on a lake in MN. She enjoys going to the mountains and being in nature. She is always up for an outdoor adventure. She has completed several half and full marathons and cycling events.

Todd Hinsberger

Todd is originally from Lacrosse Wisconsin and graduated from Arizona State University. He interned for the Phoenix Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and the Arizona Sand Sharks. Todd was a founding member of the Arizona Football Club and enjoys mountain biking and watching his children compete in sports.

Linda Lawyer

Linda graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in health youth leadership and physical education. She received a master’s degree in exercise physiology with a minor in nutrition. She has worked in the fitness industry for over 15 years as a personal trainer, physical therapist aid, swim teacher and water aerobics instructor. Linda enjoys running, playing tennis, swimming, basketball and water skiing.

Dan Hejl

Dan graduated from the University of Minnesota and played rugby at the collegiate level. He loves to cook and bake at home. He is a morning person that loves to wake up early. Sport specific training is his passion, and his favorite body part to train is legs. His shoe size is 10.5 if you are looking to treat him to a pair of new shoes. He prefers to watch college sports over professional and has three kids.

Tori Rider

Tori was born and raised in Minnesota and recently moved here to Arizona. She attended Concordia University, St. Paul, and graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science. She was involved in many sports growing up including volleyball, basketball, track, and more recently, competitive bodybuilding. She spent a few years coaching youth sports teams before really getting into the fitness industry as a personal trainer. Now, she is very passionate about helping women and men build strength and feel like their best, most confident selves. Tori loves dogs, hiking, traveling, baking treats, bodybuilding, and spending time with her family and friends.

Ted Kackowski

Ted was born and raised in Indianapolis. He received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and his master’s degree at Carroll University. He is a huge Indian sports fan: IU, Cost and Pacers. He loves animals and has two senior cats. He is obsessed with the AZ weather and sunshine. Even though he does not consider himself a great chef, he loves watching cooking shows.

Mark Campbell

Mark grew up in Washington state and played baseball, basketball, soccer and ran track growing up. He graduated from Arizona State University, is married (she is also a personal trainer), has a daughter and two boxers. He loves vintage and classic automobiles and is a self ‘proclaimed “car nut”. He is currently restoring a 1965 mustang.

Cody Smargiassi

Cody has traveled to over 20 Countries and was fortunate to live all over the world throughout his amateur and professional hockey career. Cody graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology while minoring in Kinesiology. He specializes in Strength Training, Corrective Exercise, TRX, Boxing, and Youth Exercise training. During Covid, he started his own virtual training business where he trained clientele nationwide. Cody loves spending time with his poodle Ollie, traveling, and working out.

Chris Horgen

Chris was born and raised in Mankato, Minnesota, until his family moved to Phoenix in 5th grade. Chris went to Shadow Mountain High School and then received his BS in Kinesiology/Exercise Science from Arizona State University. Chris is the proud father of two beautiful daughters. When he’s not at the gym he enjoys writing, DJing, being outside and spending time in Prescott.

Jordan Ortman

Jordan was raised in a small town outside of Indianapolis, Indiana as the youngest of 9 kids. With four brothers and four sisters, she is adventurous and outgoing but also sometimes understands the need for a little peace and quiet. She attended Indiana University and received her bachelor’s in Exercise Science with a minor in psychology.  She has competed as a cyclist in criterium and track racing. But is a competitive swimmer and enjoys running, rowing, and weight training. As a student, Jordan trained with a physical therapist at an orthopedic and spine center for two years and volunteered for a boxing program to help Parkinson’s patients with symptom management. Her training plans focus on strength and endurance, emphasizing postural stability and strengthening. In her free time, Jordan enjoys reading, hiking, and shopping.

Maria Wilsey

Maria graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science with a minor in psychology and wellness coaching. Growing up as an athlete inspired her to pursue a career in fitness. Maria is a nationally ranked BMX racing athlete who placed 3rd at the 2022 National Championships. She has a passion for sports performance training. Maria’s training style focuses on strength, mobility, core development, and functionality with a goal of helping clients find the confidence to become their best. Outside of the gym, Maria is very adventurous; she loves traveling, photography, hiking, and exploring the outdoors.

J Sharpe

J is born and raised right here in Scottsdale, Arizona and attended Arizona State University while receiving a bachelor’s degree in Sports Performance and Performance Programming. He has been in athletics and fitness for the majority of his life, also he has played Pro basketball in Spain. He enjoys working with any age of person and wants to help anyone that wants to adopt healthy habits and wants to hit their fitness goals with efficiency and dedication!