meet Steph

MEET Steph
About Steph
About Steph
About Steph

I grew up in the Poconos, PA where I was surrounded by more trees than neighbors. I went to college at Penn State where I met my husband—our first date was at a local restaurant called Eat ’n Park and we both ordered the same thing, a “French toast smile.” I knew that very night that he would be my husband. After I graduated with a degree in Public Relations and Advertising in 2011, I moved to Washington DC and worked in the corporate world for two years. I knew that my heart needed to be closer to my family, and since 2013, Derek and I have lived in State College, PA. We have a toddler, Noah and recently became parents of two to the most amazing little girl, Blake. Though I wasn’t raised in a family who owned their own business, being an entrepreneur was something I was drawn to. I run two businesses from home, which allows me to be a work from home Mom to my babies, and for that I am forever grateful.

6 weeks after having my first baby, I was cleared for exercise. My husband was out and reality sunk in that time was not my own anymore. I couldn’t just drive to the gym and spend 2 hours there. With a background in professional bodybuilding, the gym was my second home. I was never someone who exercised from home. When seasons of life change, you have the choice to remain the same or adapt. Take it from me— If the gym isn’t your place, your home can be your place.

I love life and believe
that it should be lived on purpose and with purpose

Does this
sound like you?
  • You don’t have a plan of where to begin
  • You’re a Mom or someone who is always
    busy with no time to go to the gym
  • You lack motivation and accountability
  • You are craving community, but can’t seem
    to find the time or energy to connect with the
    right people to help you grow
  • You’re feeling overwhelmed on where to
    begin and how to exercise properly

Becoming a mom, I was prepared to make sacrifices, but I promised myself that exercise would not be one of them. I was determined to find a way to make it a priority. I went downstairs in my basement, put a mat on the floor, found a pair of dumbbells and snuck in a workout while my son was napping. 20 minutes later, I was covered in sweat and felt like I could accomplish anything I set my mind to—I didn’t need the gym, just a positive mindset! It was in that moment I knew I was called to do more for women like you, and Mission Rise was created in July 2019.

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fun facts

  • I had a hunting license at
    13 years old
  • I’ve been to two Little Wayne
    concerts
  • I was in my high school marching
    band and played the xylophone
  • I love wearing onesies to bed
  • I can out eat my husband Derek in
    Cold Stone Creamery ice cream
    any day
  • I spoke in front of 20,000 people
    at AT&T Stadium in Texas
  • My favorite place to travel to is
    Jackson Hole, Wyoming