Coaching Staff :: Bios
CES Staff / Coaches Bios
- Pati Heniff (running/cycling/CORE strength)
- Holly Jamison (run-walk)
- Kerl LaJeune (running)
- Ally Lofgren (running/CORE strength)
- Lori McGee (running)
- Michael Schaffner (running)
- Mark Acerenza (cycling/triathlon)
- Daphne Glover (triathlon)
- Michelle Moore (triathlon)
- Alison Tibbits (triathlon)
- Jenny Maloney (sports nutrition)
- Jordan Grauer (cycling)
- Elaine Gould (yoga)
Running Coach / Cycling Coach / CORE Strength
Pati started her running career in school, where she was a Illinois State University middle distance track runner. She has completed 3 marathons, one Ironman triathlon and three 24-hour adventure races. She is also an ITU world long course triathlon Team USA finisher.
Pati coached High School Track and Field and marathon, interval and triathlon training at the East bank Club for 6 years. She is the running program director at Equinox Fitness and a private coach for beginning marathon runners.
Pati has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Ed with a specialization in Physical Education. She also has a Masters degree in Kinesiology, American College of Sports Medicine certification in Fitness, an exercise testing certification and CPR/First Aid certified.
She is currently teaching for an elementary school in Chicago. She is a CES long distance running coach as well as the coach and instructor for the Cycling Performance and CORE Performance Classes.
Holly's first running shoes were the smallest men's she could get because women's running shoes had not yet been created! That was over 35 years ago. She has completed 5 marathons and plans to complete her 6th this fall. The half marathons and other races are too numerous to mention. Her family's passion for running actually inspired the National Restaurant Association to create The Main Course Race. "One of the many advantages of a long running career is less competition and more opportunities for hardware as one gets older!"
Professionally, Holly has a masters in Exercise Physiology, a masters in Psychology and Counseling and is certified as a Fitness Director by the Cooper Institute. She owned her own fitness company, has been fitness director for several health clubs, directed a medically supervised weight loss program for morbidly obese women and was Director of Community Health Education for MacNeal Hospital. Her community running program "RUN 1" was recognized by the President's Council on Physical Fitness. For the past 12 years Holly has been Social Activities director for 20 rental properties in Chicago, St. Louis, and Detroit.
Two years ago Holly found herself suffering from "ICGM" disease (I can't get motivated) and turned to CES because of its reputation for the professional coaching staff, programs for all levels of fitness and goals and most importantly training not for one race but a life long journey of running. Because of CES, both Holly and her husband enjoy running again. She went from participant to Pacer and now coach. "I loved being a CES pacer because I was able to give back to something that has been given me so much, share my passion and experience and most importantly watch the progress and successes of my group.
"Coaching for CES allows me even more opportunities to do something I truly enjoy as much as running and that is coaching people to grow and achieve their goals.
"You will frequently hear me say 'Every run is a good run' because no matter how hard or easy the run, you will take something from that run that will enrich your life physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually."
Kerl is a seasoned long distance runner with over 15 marathons along with many half-marathons and short distance races since 2000. His participation in Ultra races include the MC200 running relay, along with a various cycling centuries and Ultra bike rides like the AIDS Minnesota to Chicago trip. As an avid and habitual lifetime soccer player, sprints and all-around running had always been part of his exercise routine. One of his signature and fun grueling races was the Wild Scallion adventure competition where his all-male team placed 1st, 2nd and 5th with less than 7hr finishes. Kerl's over 20yrs of participating in sprint/International Duathlon races were a precursor to the variety of marathon related activities he now partakes regularly.
Continuously since 2000, Kerl has been a pacer for various Chicago Marathon training programs including CARA, I-Runs, Clocktower and CES. 10-7-12 marked the seventh year as an official NIKE pacer for the Chicago Marathon which has become a very rewarding focus of his yearly running activities. He is ecstatic to have joined CES as a running coach, continuing his long term partnership with spectacular running organizations and its runners.
Kerl's belief is that the culmination of the long training leading up to a race is more significant and rewarding than the actual race itself.
Running Coach / CORE Strength
Education: NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Madd Dog Certified Spinning Instructor
Exercise and nutrition literally changed Ally's life. In 2005, she was obese with a BMI of 32. Over the next year with proper nutrition and exercise she lost two thirds of the weight. She credits Chicago Endurance Sports and the Winter Warriors program for the last weight coming off and a completely new lifestyle and career. She began pacing after her first half marathon and hasn't looked back. She has now trained with CES for and completed 7 half marathons, 2 marathons and an international distance triathlon.
CES gave Ally the confidence and experience to leave her "office career" behind and became a NASM certified personal trainer. She is on the coaching staff for the Soldier Field 10-Mile Training Program and is the Pace Director for the Winter Warriors Training Program. She is passionate about making running fun and accessible for everyone. Everyone has a place on the path and Ally is looking for you there!
In 1998, Lori weighed over 200 pounds. After building up the will power to start running, she lost 70 pounds in one year and landed a spot on her college Cross Country team. Since then she has completed 9 marathons and several half marathons, 10-milers, 10Ks & 5Ks.
While working on her degree in Occupational Therapy, Lori gained experience coaching with high school and college cross country teams in Nebraska. After graduation she worked with the University of Chicago's Track and field team. In May of 2006, she joined the CES coaching staff. She is a USATF level I certified coach. Currently, Lori is a PhD candidate in Neuroscience and Human Movement Rehabilitation Science at Northwestern University.
Lori's endurance passion continues to grow. She recently completed her first Olympic triathlon and will next conquer the half ironman triathlon. Lori knows what it is like to start from scratch and is honored to be a part of the journey the CES athletes will seize this season.
Those who have known Michael for a long time still find it hard to believe he is a runner. Michael, who was anything but athletic in his younger years, entered the Chicago Half Marathon on a "fluke" without any real concept of what 13.1 miles entailed. In fact, he was so unsure of his ability to complete the race he did not tell anyone about it until after he finished it. From then on he was hooked, discovering a competitive side he never knew he possessed. Since then, Michael has completed 7 marathons, 2 ultra marathons, over 25 half marathons, and most recently the Goofy Challenge.
For more sessions than he can remember Michael was a pacer for CES training programs. He has also been a mentor for both CES Soldier Field 10 training program as well as the No Boundaries program. This will be his third year pacing for the Rock 'n Roll Chicago Half Marathon. Michael has really enjoyed the opportunity and helps pay it forward, sharing what he has learned with runners starting out where he once was. He has been taken aback on more than one occasion, when he's been approached by runners crediting him with helping them accomplish a goal.
When Michael is not running he is usually slumped over his computer working. Recently he has also been able to merge his interest in technology and running, developing a couple of running related apps for the iPhone.
Cycling / Triathlon Coach
Mark has been a CES cycling coach since 2006, getting his early start in BMX racing. The bike got a rest while Mark attended the University of Kansas where he was a starting member of the Men's soccer team. After university Mark found the benefits of running and a few years later began competing in triathlons. This will be his 7th season as a Sprint and Olympic distance triathlete. He has spent a number of years cycling with various clubs throughout the city. You have probably seen Mark running with Winter Warriors and other CES running programs — this season he is excited to be joining the CES triathlon coaching staff.
Daphne is a USA Triathlon and American Swim Coaches Association certified coach. She has coached Division 1 swimming and triathletes of all levels. She began swimming competitively at the age of six and swam at the Junior Olympic, high school state and masters state level. She competes in all running distances and has run over 10 marathons. She qualified for and finished the Boston Marathon twice. In her first triathlon, Daphne placed 2nd in her sprint distance age group. In her first olympic distance at the Chicago Triathlon, she qualified to race in the elite amateur division after placing 4th. She has since expanded her triathlon achievements by competing in both the half ironman and ironman distances. She is excited to work with CES athletes to help them enjoy training and experience the triumph of success.
Michelle has been competing in endurance events for nearly 10 years. After completing her first endurance event, the Chicago marathon in 2001, she turned her focus to triathlons in 2003 where she found her passion. She is an accomplished athlete having completed over 15 triathlons (from sprint to Ironman), 4 marathons, more than 12 half marathons, and numerous 5-10k races. In fact, in 2005 she trained with CES to complete the Olympic distance triathlon here in Chicago. Michelle has such a passion for the sport that she became certified as a USAT Level I triathlon coach in 2009 and began working with CES athletes. She is thrilled to be a part of the CES triathlon coaching staff and is eager to work with CES triathletes this season.
Alison began her experience in the endurance event community in 2003 after running the Chicago Marathon. Since then, she has completed 9 Marathons, various Half-Marathons, and everything from Sprint to Ironman distance triathlons. Alison has coached and led running groups in Chicago for the past several years and received her certification as a Spinning Instructor in 2010. Working with other athletes and sharing in the excitement of their journey is what fuels her passion. Alison is honored to have been a part of the CES coaching family for the past three years and is looking forward to working with the team this year to help them cross their respective finish lines!
Jenny Maloney, RD, LD
Sports Nutrition & Registered Dietitian
Jenny started training with the CES triathlon group in 2007 and has competed in olympic triathlons for the last 4 years. Jenny played collegiate division one tennis for 4 years at Bowling Green State University. Jenny has been a registered dietitian and personal trainer for 11 years with experience in sports nutrition, disease treatment and prevention, children and pregnancy nutrition, eating disorders, weight management, food allergies and intolerances, and more. She works part-time at a hospital and part-time at a tennis club and medical fitness center. Jenny lived in San Francisco for 5 years where she worked with the Cal Berkeley football team and women's tennis team. Jenny has done many nutrition lectures on various topics, been published in newsletters and websites, and has been featured on ABC and CBS news. Check out Jenny's nutrition blog.
Jordan Grauer has been an avid cyclist for almost 30 years and still fondly remembers his first racing bike. He's been a competitive cyclist since college, attended the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs, and in 1995, qualified for and successfully completed the 1,200 kilometer Paris-Brest-Paris ultramarathon cycling race. As co-owner and operator of Higher Gear bicycles for 13 years (1993-2005), Jordan was a key sponsor of Club Bicicletta, an amateur cycling club affliliated with the Higher Gear/Vox team. He has also led bicycle tours through Canada, France, Scotland, England, Switzerland, Australia, and New Zealand. Last year Jordan held a series of bike seminars for CES addressing bike fit, maintenance, technique and component selection. He's excited to continue working with CES and is looking forward to coaching for them this year.
Elaine began her athletic career at age 30 when she decided she wanted to do something "amazing" for this incredible milestone in her life. She ran the Chicago Marathon for the first time — and became hooked to the sport. Since then, she has completed 9 marathons, including 2 Boston Marathons in 2010 and 2011. After another major milestone — she trained with CES to complete her 1st Chicago Triathlon in 2009. She has since completed 17 triathlons including two 140.6 Ironman Distance races. However, all the endurance racing has taken a toll, and Elaine has had multiple surgeries on her right knee. After the 2nd surgery, her physical therapist advised her that her musculature was "stiff" and she needed to add yoga to her workout regimen to minimize injury. Elaine now practices yoga regularly and teaches Yoga for Runners to share her experience in endurance training and how yoga has allowed her to stay healthy and continue to compete. Elaine completed the CorePower Yoga 200 hour power yoga Certification in 2011 and the CorePower Yoga Extensions Program in 2012.