Our V-Fitt team is made up of a wide variety of people with experience in various areas of fitness and wellness. We believe our diverse backgrounds and interests makes us a team that can meet you wherever you are in your wellness journey.
Laurie Tackett: Wellness Coordinator VASD
Laurie worked in the fitness industry with YMCAs, cruise ships, corporate fitness centers and private health clubs. She has two adult children and is a 3 time Ironman finisher. She has a Bachelor's degree in Community Health Education specializing in Corporate Health Fitness. Laurie enjoys running, hiking, snow-shoeing, roller blading, cycling, and cross country skiing. She is also an EA with Sugar Creek Elementary and teaches V-Fitt classes. She is looking forward to helping others achieve a greater state of wellness.
Stephanie Clubb: Wellness Nutrition
Stephanie worked as a Clinical Pediatric and Neonatal Dietitian in Chicago before starting a family. After being home for 14 years, she returned to work first as a Production Manager in the Food Services Department and now as a Wellness Team member. Stephanie earned bachelor degrees in both Biology and Human Nutrition from The University of Western Ontario, Canada. She loves to grow, cook and eat good food and spends her free time looking after 3 kids, 7 chickens, a dog, 2 cats, a husband and a giant garden!
Melissa Ruder: Wellness Technology
Melissa is the Educational Technology Coordinator at Sugar Creek and New Century Elementary Schools. Melissa started her career teaching Spanish and coaching cross country, track and field, and softball. She is a mother of four and Ironman finisher who understands the importance of balance and making health and wellness a priority. She trains for triathlons but also enjoys any outdoor activity with family and friends; especially hiking, climbing, downhill and cross country skiing, rock climbing, and water sports.
Dana Sorensen: V-Fitt Social Coordinator
Dana is a School Psychologist at Badger Ridge Middle School and Verona Area High School. She also teaches VFitt Zumba classes on Tuesdays at 6:30pm at BRMS Aux Gym. Dana is an avid runner, and has completed numerous half marathons and 4 full marathons. You will find her most Wednesday and Friday mornings starting her day early at November Project Madison. She enjoys being outside running, biking, and hiking and spends her summers on the water wake surfing and boating. She also recently adopted a 2 year old Siberian Husky, a perfect fit for an active lifestyle!
Venus Washington: Mindful Wellness
Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. Former UW-Madison track athlete, owner and developer of R U Fit mobile fitness company, head coach of Madison Elite Track Club Inc. and a V-Fitt instructor. She has a strong interest in mindful exercise practice and enjoys helping others learn to become more present in their bodies while aiding them on their track to greatness.