Meet Our Staff

CrossFit Xtra Mile’s mission is to provide a supportive community where people of all ages and physical abilities can come together to improve their physical fitness, challenge their individual status quo, and identify and cultivate individual traits and characteristics that will help achieve greater feelings of fulfillment in their personal, professional and spiritual lives.

Corey Lewis

Owner

Corey has been involved in athletics his entire life, playing baseball and soccer growing up and then continuing to play baseball into college. In 2007, after his college baseball career ended, Corey became a coach and personal trainer for a local baseball and fastpitch academy. It was there where he began working with young athletes to reach their physical and personal goals. In 2008, Corey tried CrossFit for the first time with his former high school baseball coach, Brandon Jackson.  He was hooked immediately! Corey found that CrossFit was the first training program that not only challenged his physical ability, but was also fun at the same time. As he learned more about CrossFit, he decided that it would be the best training program that he could offer to his young athletes; so, in 2009, Corey became CrossFit Level I certified and moved Xtra Mile Training from the academy to a local CrossFit gym.

Along with loving CrossFit for what it could do for himself and his athletes, Corey also found to really enjoy taking part in competitions.  He competed in many local competitions early on in his CrossFit career.  The highlight of his time competing was making it to the CrossFit Games – Regionals in Denver, Colorado and qualifying for the CrossFit Games in Carson, California in the summer of 2010.

In December 2010, Corey graduated from the University of Missouri St. Louis with an Interdisciplinary Studies Degree with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology and Business. It was at that time, he knew he wanted to continue to work with athletes of all ages to help them change their lives for the better.

In the summer of 2011, Corey began exploring the idea of opening his own facility in order to provide the best training facility for all of his athletes. After many months of hard work, CrossFit Xtra Mile opened on January, 9 2012.  Since that day, Corey has stayed focused  and never lost the desire to help people reach their goals.  Corey gets enjoyment out of pushing people to be the best they can be and watching those people do things they never thought possible.

Since Corey began training athletes in 2007, he has helped over 30 young athletes achieve their goal of becoming college athletes.  He has also helped many people of all ages reach their goal of weight loss, gaining strength, or just becoming more active and fit.

Along with owning CrossFit Xtra Mile, Corey has also been the Head Judge and a key component in one of the largest CrossFit competitions in the Midwest, Heat of America Affiliate Competition, since 2009.

Corey strongly believes that through CrossFit and the amazing community at CrossFit Xtra Mile that anything is possible.  The human body can do amazing things if given the tools to do so and Corey looks forward to helping many more people over the years utilize those tools to reach their goals.  One of Corey’s favorite quotes is, “A hard worker will eventually succeed,” and Corey strongly believes that!

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified
  • CrossFit Level 2 Certified
  • Freestyle Gymnastics Certified
  • CrossFit Weightlifting Certified
  • CrossFit Regionals & World Games 2010

Sean Orlando

Gym Manager/Coach

In one way or another, Sean has been a part of the fitness industry his entire life. His childhood was spent hanging out with the personal trainers and group exercise instructors at the gym where his Mom taught for over 20 years.

During his time studying mathematics and economics at Bradley University, he obtained his personal training certification and began working with clients in both the one-on-one and group exercise environment.

Upon graduation, Sean began a career at a software company, progressing from training coordinator to lead software developer. It was during this time he realized this is not how he wanted to spend his life. Sean began working part-time at various CrossFit gyms while obtaining his CrossFit L-1, CrossFit Gymnastics, and CSCS. Once he realized CrossFit is what he wanted to make his life, he reached out to CrossFit Xtra Mile about a career change and the rest is history.

Sean is a believer that the foundation to a happy life is to lead a healthy life, and the best way to achieve this is constantly varied, functional movements, performed at relatively high intensity. CrossFit is more than a fitness methodology; it is a commitment to yourself. He believes it takes a special type of person to do CrossFit, one that does not cut corners and understands the value of hard work and committing themselves to excellence.

Sean’s favorite part about coming to the gym every day is the connections he gets to make within the community. He sees it as the only time of the day where people disconnect from the outside world and are fully present. It is within that time that he strives to create the best hour of everyone’s day. 

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified
  • CrossFit Level 2 Certified
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Certified
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)

Christa Sawyer

Director of Community Engagement and Member Relations

Christa’s love of sports and coaching started with gymnastics. She began competing at age 8 and continued through high school. At 16, she started coaching gymnastics and fell in love with being able to help young athletes. She continued coaching competitive gymnastics through college. She loved helping the athletes get better each day in a positive and fun learning environment.

In 2015, Christa started CrossFit. She immediately wished she would have started sooner! She loved the gymnastics components, having different workouts every day, and having other people to work out with while working toward similar goals. In 2018, Christa graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, Exercise Science. During her last semester, she completed an internship at CrossFit Eclipse in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Through this experience, she increased her knowledge about the sport, gained coaching experience, and realized that coaching CrossFit is her career path of choice.

At CrossFit Xtra Mile, Christa enjoys both coaching and working in customer support. She loves the positive, supportive community at CrossFit Xtra Mile. Her passion is helping members work towards their fitness goals.

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified
  • CrossFit Level 2 Certified
  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health, Exercise Science

Tina Smith

Senior Coach/ Head of Mobility

Tina was one of the very first new members to CrossFit Xtra Mile when it opened in January of 2012. She came to be a part of this family much like everyone does…through an introduction workout then On-Ramps! She loves this sport and believes in it so much that a few years later she sought and received her Level 1 Certification.

Tina is from southwest Missouri. raised on a 1,000 acre cattle farm. She feels the work ethic and integrity instilled so deeply in her as a child is priceless to her today, and it drives how she approaches everything that she does.

She has been involved in sports since the age of 8. While Tina is an average athlete, she has been truly blessed to be able to participate at the Jr Olympic and Collegiate level. Tina has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Sports Medicine and Education. Prior to her move to St Louis, she was a Certified Athletic Trainer and Clinician working for Midwest Sports Medicine Center in Springfield, MO.

As a coach, Tina is dedicated to not only getting you to move well, but getting you to move properly. She feels knowledge is power and she committed to helping you understand movement and how to address mobility issues that might be getting in the way!

Tina believes CrossFit is more an odyssey than a journey. In her humble opinion, the gateway to success in this sport is a relentless commitment to fundamentals and avoiding the novice’s curse.

She is steadfastly committed to the basics. Tina believes that without a strong and proper foundation one cannot build on consistency. Without consistency, it is difficult to achieve intensity. It is through intensity that we get results!

Tina says, “She is honored to be part of an amazing coaching staff. The community here at Xtra Mile is unparalleled and truly magical.”

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified
  • CrossFit Level 2 Certified
  • CrossFit Mobility Certified
  • MWOD 102 Certified
  • Bachelor’s & Master’s degree in Sports Medicine & Education

Melissa Schwab

Senior Coach

Melissa started CrossFit in 2009, about six months after her daughter, Zoey, was born. After she fell in love with the sport, she got certified to coach in 2012 and started coaching out of her garage in Washington, MO. Eventually, she moved those classes to a local gym. Now, Melissa and her family live in West County, and she is coaching, offering body-recomposition services, and handling member relations for the CrossFit Xtra Mile family of gyms. When Melissa first started, she could never imagine being a coach, but she loves it. Coaching is a great fit for her since she was a high school English teacher for years. She has also belonged to CrossFit Xtra Mile since it opened, following Corey from their old gym when he opened because she admired his passion for CrossFit and his attention to doing things the right way and offering an excellent fitness experience for each athlete.

Melissa loves CrossFit because of how it fits each individual and is always changing. It is accessible to EVERY athlete and adaptable to fit each person right where they are, while also growing with them. She also loves the challenge of learning new things and constantly getting better every day. Not to mention, she is super competitive. She loves competing against herself on a daily basis but also doing individual and team competitions. Another aspect Melissa enjoys is getting to know all the wonderful people in the gym and watching them make changes in their lives. She feels there is nothing more gratifying than seeing someone’s physique and outlook change over weeks and months. Melissa feels teaching is in her blood, and she loves to coach.

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified
  • CrossFit Level 2 Certified

Brad Jokerst

Coach

Brad has a long history in athletics starting with being a four year starter in both soccer and baseball at Bishop DuBourg high school in South St. Louis. From there, he went on to be a collegiate athlete at Webster University where he was a starting goalkeeper. It was at Webster that he received his bachelor’s degree in Marketing, and is currently a thesis paper away from completing his Master’s Degree in Public Relations.

After college, Brad spent the next ten years focusing on his music career. He spent much of this time traveling and playing music with his longtime band, The Disappeared. Since 2006, the band has released four records and played hundreds of shows. While the band still plays a handful of dates each year, they are not as active as they once were.

Brad found CrossFit in 2010 after returning home from a trip to Hawaii. The surfing, and soreness that ensued, made him realize that he wasn’t quite as fit as he thought he was. He found CrossFit South City and was immediately obsessed. He would be a member and coach at the gym for nearly seven years. During this time, he found a renewed sense of competition and has competed in numerous regional events, including placing third at HOA in 2011.

It was through CrossFit that Brad found his inspiration to become a firefighter and paramedic. He spent his first years in the fire service at The City of St. Charles Fire Department. He now proudly serves and protects the citizens of Xtra Mile’s community as a Firefighter/Paramedic for the Fenton Fire District.

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified

Devin Mundy

Head of XM Weightlifting Program

Devin’s athletic career began in elementary school when he found the sport of wrestling. He continued wrestling and playing various other sports, including football and volleyball, throughout high school. After a career-ending head injury from wrestling his senior year, he started going to the local commercial gym to stay in shape.

In 2012, he graduated high school and went on to Lindenwood University to study Exercise Science and pursue his passion in health and athletics. While at Lindenwood, he was recruited to the Olympic Weightlifting team where he found his love for competitive weightlifting.

Devin began his journey towards coaching when he started shadowing the head coach of Lindenwood his freshman year. Shortly after, he became an assistant coach for Lindenwood’s weightlifting team. While at Lindenwood, Devin was a part of helping his team win four national championships, along with individually placing multiple times on a national stage.

In 2016, Devin began coaching Olympic Weightlifting classes at St. Peters CrossFit where he noticed how positive and hardworking the community was and quickly realized his passion for coaching in a CrossFit setting.

In 2017, Devin graduated from Lindenwood University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a minor in Nutrition. Devin also has received his Certified Personal Trainer certification from the American College of Sports Medicine. He also plans to continue his career as a competitive Weightlifter while learning and growing to become the best coach he can be to help people reach their goals.

 

Certifications

  • USAW Level 1 Certification
  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

Will Rocha

Coach

Due to a childhood of health problems, I was never able to stay in a sport for very long, but I tried everything. Around 2011, my dad started CrossFit to get in shape and would bring me to the occasional Saturday class at CrossFit Visalia in California. Instantly, I was hooked.

Once my health issues with Celiac disease were resolved, CrossFit was a great tool to bring my health back from years of malnourishment. Early in 2014, I began my transition from CrossFit to full-time Olympic Weightlifting and started to do local competitions.

The competitions were where I truly fell in love with weightlifting, and in early 2014 I qualified for my first National Competition. In 2015 I started my training for the 2015 National Youth Championships for Weightlifting, where I ended up taking 5th place. After I graduated high school in 2016, I started my short career with Lindenwood Weightlifting, where I made the National team as a freshman and helped us win our 2016 National Champion title.

Unfortunately, health problems struck again, and I could no longer attend Lindenwood to lift. Late in 2017, Devin Mundy brought me out of my slump and convinced me to get back into the gym to give weightlifting another go. Since then, I’ve been making the most progress in my weightlifting career so far, and my passion for the sport has been further solidified.

I also started working as a Weightlifting Coach at CrossFit St. Peters where I realized my potential as a coach and my love for helping and connecting with people. I am now enjoying interacting with people and coaching at CrossFit Xtra Mile through customer service, the weightlifting program, the youth program, and CrossFit WOD classes.

 

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified

Candace Bourisaw

Coach

Ever since she was a little girl, Candace has always had a love for sports. Everything from Softball to Basketball to Gymnastics. It wasn’t until high school when she found her love for running. During those four years, Candace ran for Lindbergh’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams. She even qualified and competed at state in the 4x800m relay her Senior year. Soon after high school and a few years thereafter, Candace picked up a little more running and has ran in a total of four half-marathons. Eventually the running got a little boring and Candace wanted something more, and different. It wasn’t until October of 2013 when Candace discovered and fell in love with Crossfit. Six months into her new found hobby, she competed in her first Individual competition and since has competed in a handful more of individual, couplet, and team competitions. As the years went by, Candace continued to enjoy the time she spent in the box and started to get the idea in becoming a coach. It was then in March of 2019 when the opportunity came knocking on her door, and took part interning with Crossfit Xtra Mile where she then studied and interned with some of the best Coaches in the St. Louis area. May of 2019 she received her L1 and started solo coaching a few months later. Thus far, she has enjoyed every minute of coaching new and veteran athletes, pushing them to their limits and seeing the excitement come across their face when they’ve hit a new lifting PR, or just got their first pull-up, or ran an entire 400m without stopping. Candace looks forward to the months and years to come, as she continues to grow personally as an athlete and as a coach here at Crossfit Xtra Mile.

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified

Pam Biles

Intern

Marla Nenninger

Customer Support Representative

Emily Langford

Customer Support Representative

Jan Munter

Customer Support Representative

Janice Ford

Customer Support Representative