Our Trainers

All trainers are Certified Personal Trainers dedicated to providing the highest level of professional services to Paradise Stronger clients.

Our Staff

Our office staff strive to give you the best fitness experience in the region

Aaron Singer

Head trainer & Executive Director

From a young age Aaron has always been active in sports such as soccer, cross-country, competitive swimming and CrossFit. Aaron’s passion as a competitor bled into a desire to coach others. During high school, he coached soccer and competitive swimming to kids. While serving in the Air Force as a medic, he trained new Airmen for their physical fitness test. Since his return to Paradise Aaron has served as a Crossfit coach, Fitness Director at Beyond Fitness and personal trainer. He has been an active supporter of the Paradise community and has served as a facilitator for Odyssey Teams of Chico. Aaron’s vision for Paradise Stronger is that it serve as a hub of health, wellness, and support for the Paradise community.

A Paradise native who has always been active in sports, focused on health and wellness, and challenging individuals to be their personal best, Aaron has served as Crossfit coach, Fitness Director at Beyond Fitness, personal trainer, youth pastor, ER Tech at Feather River Hospital, and Air Force Medic. He has been an active supporter of the Paradise community and has served as a facilitator for Odyssey Teams of Chico. Aaron’s vision for Paradise Stronger is that it serve as a hub of health, wellness, and support for the Paradise community.

shannon singer

Trainer & Membership Coordinator/Marketing

It’s been a little over a decade since Shannon found benefits of fitness; since then she has been on a quest to optimize her health through nutrition and exercise. For the last several years Shannon has applied herself to a myriad of fitness modalities and has excelled at all of them. Almost five years ago Shannon took her love for fitness to the next level and became a certified coach. Most recently she became certified as a personal trainer. Shannon has a passion for helping others achieve their health and fitness goals with a motivating approach to exercise.

michael kuhne, md

Trainer & Director of operations

Dr. Kuhne is an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Enloe Medical Center. He has a passion for physical fitness and has competed in 13 marathons, 3 Ironman Triathlons, and multiple Spartan Obstacle races. His other athletic hobbies include cycling, weight lifting, mountain biking, tennis, and skiing. A Navy veteran who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Mike’s fitness training credentials include National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)-Certified Personal Trainer, US Marine Corps High Intensity Tactical Training (HITT) Level 1 Trainer, HITT Level 2 Trainer, CrossFit L1 Trainer, TRX Suspension Trainer, TRX Functional Trainer, and TRX RIP Trainer.

Dr. Kuhne hails from New York, and having established roots in Chico as an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Enloe Medical Center, he is eager to bring his enthusiasm for fitness to the Paradise Community.  Prior to moving to Chico, he served as a Flight Surgeon and Orthopaedic Surgeon with the US Navy where he was passionate about encouraging fitness and healthy living amongst his Sailors.  Mike’s vision is that Paradise Stronger will be a means to bring healthy living, nutrition, and physical fitness to the Paradise community. 

breann patten

Trainer

Breann became a Crossfit Coach in August 2018 and is currently working on her National Academy of Sports Medicine certification. A fitness enthusiast, Breann is excited to become a coach and fitness trainer for Paradise Stronger. Breann and her family lost their Magalia home in the Camp Fire, but they recently moved back to the ridge, and she is looking forward to helping build a healthier Paradise community. Formerly from Southern California, Breann has a diverse background as a Navy veteran, bank manager, and Special Needs Aid. In everything she undertakes, Breann sets and achieves high goals and helps others do the same.

chris kempton

Trainer

Initiated a traditional aerobics class in 1986 in Charlevoix, MI., transitioning to the ‘step’ craze as the new trend emerged. In 1990,  a water aerobic and fitness class was developed and initiated in a local community pool. The year 2000, inspired by Zumba, an innovative ‘Mad Dance” variation was initiated and delivered for two decades in a community resort, along with ball core conditioning and traditional palates.  Energy, passion, and enthusiasm are the hallmarks of the Mad Dance routines, each group of participants always given opportunity to enjoy the level of engagement correct for them.

The family moved to Paradise in 2018, just before the fire… we endured with ‘you’ … and look forward to being a part of the ‘new’ community.

Board of Directors

The Board strives to ensure that the best interests of the organization are followed, and accountability of all personnel involved in the organization is are held to the highest standard.

Robert Irvine

President

Since 2002 Bob Irvine has been Executive Director of California Vocations, Inc., a nonprofit agency providing services to developmentally disabled adults. He received certification as an Administrator for Adult Residential Facilities, a position responsible for ensuring compliance with licensing and regional center regulations. Bob has a degree in accounting and is a CPA with over two decades of experience in accounting as well as in a variety of executive management positions. He serves on a number of nonprofit boards and committees, where he is well-known for creating a positive, team-oriented environment.

Jeff Wrobel

Vice-President

Jeff Wrobel is a teacher at Ridgeview High School and has been employed by the Paradise Unified School District since 2001. Born and raised in Paradise, Jeff graduated from Paradise High and attended both Butte College and Chico State University. Jeff is the coordinator of the Ridgeview Rangers, a school-based nonprofit whose mission is to graduate students who are connected to their community, embrace life-long fitness, and experience the job of volunteerism by assisting various clubs and organizations with their projects and activities.

Sandra Jensen

Secretary

Sandra is a retired staff member of CSU, Chico where she worked for 37 years. She has served on the Boards of Directors of other local nonprofits and is a judge for the international organization SAGE (Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship), whose mandate is to evaluate the viability of nonprofit business plans. She is also a free-lance editor of both nonfiction and fiction writing.

dave matson

treasurer

Dave Matson is a Chico native, a Paradise resident since 2006, and has been a CPA since 1980. His CPA practice, from which he retired in 2019, provided tax, accounting and business support services to a variety of individuals and businesses in the North State. Dave has a history of helping community organizations. He and his wife Cynde and their dog Lila are currently vacationing in Chico while they rebuild their home in Paradise. Both Dave and Cynde are active members of Paradise Stronger and are grateful to be a part of building a strong Paradise community.

Melissa Barnard

Missy Barnard RN, MSN, MBA was the Director of the Emergency Department at Feather River Hospital for 12 years until the Camp Fire struck. She has been studying and practicing yoga and other Eastern health modalities for nearly 30 years and is now a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor. Missy is currently teaching yoga while she and her husband rebuild their home in Paradise, and she is an active participant in rebuilding the town.

Shannon Singer

Shannon Singer is passionate about fitness. A NASM-certified personal trainer, Shannon was a Crossfit Coach at Paradise Ridge Crossfit from 2015-2018 and has been coaching at CrossFit Rack It and Alpha Strong in Chico since the Camp Fire. Known for her enthusiasm and can-do spirit, Shannon has a natural ability to help others achieve their fitness goals. Shannon’s 20 years’ experience as a team leader for Lifetouch, as well as her previous experience in sales, will greatly contribute to the successful launch of Paradise Stronger with husband Aaron.

John Touchette

John has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science/Wellness Management from Humboldt State University. He has had a 30+ year career in the Health and Fitness Industry working for non-profit and for-profit companies managing wellness centers, health clubs and sport centers. John is currently the Director of Administration for California Vocations, Inc., a non-profit serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. John is active in Rotary International. He is Past-President of the Rotary Club of Paradise and current Secretary of the Rotary Club of Chico Sunrise.

Mons Jensen

After 20+ years as a healthcare information technology leader, Mons has shifted his focus to organizational excellence, process improvement, and project management. He is currently a Project Manager for Adventist Health focused on Camp Fire recovery. Mons serves as a board member for the Feather River Health Foundation and for the SACValley Health Information Exchange. He is a staunch advocate of health and well-being and is active with various groups in the region promoting wellness. Mons and his wife enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, and other forms of outdoor recreation.

Danae Schuster

Danae is a US Air Force Veteran who holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Industrial & Organizational Psychology. She is currently pursuing a PhD in the same field as her MA. Danae and her husband, Taylor, an active duty US Air Force Veteran, have three children. A dedicated athlete and competitor, Danae is an avid Crossfitter, yogi, and runner. Danae and Taylor plan to open a distillery in Paradise to help rebuild and develop the town. In addition to launching the distillery, Danae plans to assist other local businesses and to encourage growth, diversity, and cultural events in the Paradise community.

Additional Board Members

Debbie Moseley

Derek Soriano