It was running that initially brought Steph to Krav Maga Seattle. After Kelly Herron was attacked in the Golden Gardens public restroom, a place Steph frequented on her long runs, she decided she needed to feel confident in her ability to protect herself while running alone, especially knowing she’d be going into a fight already fatigued. She attended KMS’ Women’s Empowerment Seminar and knew immediately that KMS was a great fit for her confidence and training goals.
She was drawn to the practical nature of Krav Maga, the dedication and intensity of the instructors, and the variety of classes devoted both to self-defense and fitness. Kettlebell Fundamentals was the first time Steph truly learned how to practice kettlebell skills and she fell in love with the level of focus required and the clarity of mind it gave her – not to mention the almost ten pounds of muscle she gained. She is excited to share the StrongFirst training principles and loves belonging to a welcoming community that encourages you to become the most badass version of yourself.
A Pennsylvania transplant, Steph has a BS and MS in Sport Management and coached college cross country and track and field for five years before moving to Seattle in 2015. When not at KMS or running with her husband, Thorin, she’s hiking with her mini-dachshund, Pip, writing screenplays, or reading a good book.