STAFF

FULL-TIME STAFF

Brandon Leary

General Manager

  • Bachelor’s in Exercise Science
  • CrossFit Level 2 Certificate Holder
  • USA Track and Field Level 1

Brandon has coached VCU athletes from all sports and has worked with weightlifters and CrossFitters for nearly five years. His passion for strength and conditioning started in high school, where he quickly outgrew the globo gym scene and sparked an interest in Olympic Weightlifting. After training with strength and conditioning coaches at VCU, he knew he wanted to work in the field. As an active coach, athlete and programmer for CrossFit and Weightlifting at CrossFit RVA, Brandon continues to work on and improve his personal goals, while helping others reach their own personal fitness goals.

CJ Toney

Assistant Manager

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder

CJ believes that fitness is a standard for learning to generate an invincible mindset that will lead to not only improved health, but also happiness and success in all aspects of life. He promotes a positive training environment to help each and every client overcome self-doubt or perceived limitations to achieve their full potential. CJ approaches each athlete’s goals as a fun and unique challenge, so whether they desire to lose 100 lbs, compete against others, or just look good naked, the process of educating, supporting and encouraging them to their goal remains the same.

Rashid Socarras

Instructor

OWNERS

Jake Rowell

Owner

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder
  • USAW National Level Coach
  • National Champion Coach 2017 USAW Nationals
  • NAS National Competitor 2010 and 2011

Jake came to CrossFit while he was still a student at VCU looking for new and more effective methods of training. Along with a couple of friends, he started CrossFit RVA out of the backyard of his Fan house in 2007. Jake quickly became enamored with all things strength, and the new training possibilities that CrossFit opened up. He competed in the Strongman from 2008 to 2013, including two appearances at the NAS Nationals (‘10 and ‘11). Most recently Jake has started the RVA Weightlifting team to promote the sport of weightlifting in Central Virginia. He coached the 63KG bronze medalist at 2015 USAW Nationals.

Kat Rowell

Owner

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder

Kat has played a variety of sports throughout her life, but she found CrossFit in 2007 while pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree at VCU. Since then she has trained and competed in strongman, olympic weightlifting and Regionals in 2010 in the team division. She also has experience CrossFitting during pregnancy. Her passion at CrossFit RVA are our female members – encouraging them to push themselves, try new movements and overcome their fears in the gym. She loves watching our members’ confidence grow over time as they become healthier and stronger.

INSTRUCTORS

Jamie Sulc

Instructor

  • M. Ed. in Physical Education, exercise physiology (UVA)
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder

Jamie has worked in the fitness industry since 2003. After obtaining his M.Ed. in Physical Education with a specialization in physiology, he worked with and trained hundreds of individuals across various specialities and sports. Although Jamie is a lifelong athlete, he began CrossFitting in 2011. Shortly thereafter, he received his Level 1 CrossFit coach certification in 2012. Since then he has enjoyed training other CrossFitters and helping them reach their athletic and fitness goals while using his educational background and years of experience to allow people to safely and effectively train, strengthen and condition their bodies.

Clay Farnsley

Instructor

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder

Clay found CrossFit in 2010 after researching how Gerard Butler was able to get so strong for the movie 300. After finding that Butler had used CrossFit, Clay joined CrossFit Manayunk in Philadelphia. Soon after joining, he became a part of their coaching staff. Clay is passionate about health and fitness, and about creating meaningful connections to the atheltes he trains. Knowing and understanding the day to day needs of his athletes is paramount to helping them reach their goals safely and effectively.

Kat Black

Instructor

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder

Kat loves being around all fitness levels and watching members reach their fitness goals. She also loves the undeniable results that CrossFit provides and the independence that comes with being strong. Her background in human nutrition and her experience as a registered nurse make her an excellent instructor for anyone looking to pair strength and conditioning with nutrition and dietary goals.

Maggie Kennedy

Instructor

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder

Maggie came to CrossFit in the fall of 2008, when she was looking for a way to lose about 60 pounds and nothing else had worked. She began working at RARE CrossFit while earning her Classical Civilizations degree at the University of Mary Washington. Maggie moved home to Alexandria for a year, where she coached at her original CrossFit gym, CrossFit Old Town. Maggie moved to Richmond in August of 2015 and is excited to get back on the floor as a coach. Maggie loves quick, sweaty workouts and believes CrossFit has given her a healthier relationship with food, and can do the same for you.

Case Thompson

Instructor

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder

Case’s Love for training began in High School, where he wrestled and ran cross-country.
After after graduating from VMI in 2011, Case spent 4 years in the United States Army. While in the military, he competed in multiple endurance races and ruck marches. Case received a major injury during an Airborne Operation, in which he found Crossfit to help him recover and get back into shape. During that time, he earned his Crossfit Level 1 Trainer and started a training regiment in his battalion. At CrossFit RVA he brings his military endurance to bear on his classes while also being an excellent instructor for anything dealing with injuries and training.

Courtney Egan

Instructor

  • Bachelor’s in Exercise Science

Courtney’s degree in Exercise Science has given her a solid background in analyzing human body movement in relation to exercise training. As a member, she previously interned for 300 hours with CrossFit RVA throughout the course of her undergraduate degree in 2015. Courtney’s goal is to continue to grow in her coaching abilities. She hopes to one day be able to box jump with both feet in synchrony.

Jaci Alberts-Long

Gymnastics Instructor

  • USAW Nationals 2017 Champion (63kg)
  • Former Level 10 gymnast

Jaci is an olympic weightlifter by training, but comes from a 15 year gymnastics background where she competed both nationally and internationally. Her professional coaching experience includes five years of competitive gymnastics coaching, making her the go-to person for any of your gymnastic issues at the gym. Her personal fitness goal is to compete on an international level in weightlifting and professionally to become a CrossFit level 1 trainer.

Hannah Hardy

Instructor

  • Bachelor of Science in Education in Kinesiology
  • CrossFit Level 2 Certificate Holder

Hannah graduated from the University of Virginia in the spring of 2018. During her time there, she assisted the Cavaliers’ sports medicine staff, specifically with football. In addition, she coached at CrossFit Charlottesville from April of 2016 until she joined CrossFit RVA in August of 2018. She will be attending National University of Health Sciences in the fall of 2019 to pursue a career in chiropractic medicine. Her goal as a coach is to help others figure out that they are capable of anything they want to achieve through dedicated hard work and self-belief. Hannah loves to compete in the sport of CrossFit, and her goal as an athlete is to compete on a team at the CrossFit Games.

Luke Young

Instructor

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder
    Luke joined crossfit in early 2016 after taking a few year hiatus from sports and weight training. Not only did he find the challenge he was looking for in crossfit, he found a great community when moving to a new city.

    When not coaching, you can find Luke training with RVA Barbell or participating in local functional fitness competitions.

Mike Elliott

Instructor

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder
  • Radford University graduate in Criminal Justice

    Mike was a dual sport (baseball and football) college athlete before transferring to Radford University and taking up the sport of Rugby. There, he was a member of the 2009 National Championship Rugby team and named an All-American.

    While his competitive days are left behind due to a knee injury, he understands and values the importance of fitness and health. As a full time law enforcement professional, he enjoy the change of pace and working/coaching in an upbeat environment where individuals are happy and eager to meet their fitness goals.

    If you don’t see him instructing in the evenings, he will most likely be chasing a pump while double fisting a pair of Sour Heads Bang Drinks.

Nate Schwartz

Instructor

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder

Amanda Latham

Office Administrator