Our Instructors

Click the name of each of our instructors to learn more about their journey and why they do what they do.

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Janessa Ciaschi

General Manager
CrossFit Kids Coach
BIRTHFIT Regional Director
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

I joined CrossFit Pallas as a member after already doing CrossFit for a time. I got hooked by meeting the incredible coaches (turned friends) at CFP, checking out the facility, and studying the programming. As a trained teacher, I appreciated that the coaches were self-motivated to constantly improve their own practice and pursuit of knowledge, both inside and outside of the gym.

This inspired me to begin my own journey as a coach in 2015 Since then, I’ve become a USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach and the BIRTHFIT Regional Director for BIRTHFIT Ithaca, working with women and families during the motherhood transition.

My fitness journey began when my oldest child was 2 years old. While I was certainly looking to get more fit and follow a healthier lifestyle, what I needed the most at that point in my life was a circle of support, something I felt I was really lacking as a new mom and a graduate student. Through the seasons of life, loss, and love, I found and continue to feel, that support at CrossFit Pallas.

The women, men, and families that make up this community are simply incredible. We are a team who will simultaneously challenge and encourage anyone who walks through the front doors. Whatever the story, everyone belongs here. This is why I coach and this is why I CrossFit.

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Jana Leyden

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Kids
CrossFit Gymnastics

I started coaching because Eamon encouraged me to get my Level 1 Training Certification after my first year at the gym. I had coached middle school and high school teams, which I enjoyed immensely, so I figured I’d love coaching CrossFit as well. Coaching at CrossFit Pallas has given me a chance to get to know the sport better and connect with athletes on a different level.

My favorite part about coaching is seeing the dedication that our members have to the sport and their fitness. I’m constantly inspired by the professionals, business owners, college students and the moms and dads who workout every day they can. These are the everyday heroes who come to the gym before the sun comes up or after a long day at work and push themselves to be better.


Jami Johnston

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

I started Crossfit because I wanted a change from my redundant gym routine and wanted to try something new and challenging. Since graduating from college in 2000 I missed the daily competitiveness of organized sports and teamwork. Crossfit fed my competitive nature as well as a sense of community. I found it very humbling and challenging, which only fueled my fire to work harder and conquer my goals.

I have always been involved in sports and seem to naturally take on a leadership role when it comes to athletics. I have a passion for coaching and encouraging others and want them to experience the positive impacts of fitness in their lives, as well as the feeling that comes from being a part of a team or community like the one here at Crossfit Pallas. Shortly after beginning Crossfit I knew I wanted to become a coach. My coaches had also be sources of inspiration as teachers, mentors, and athletes. I received my Crossfit Level 1 Certificate in August of 2016 and spent several months shadowing/assisting with the Foundations Program here at Crossfit Pallas before beginning to coach solo.

There are so many reasons I enjoy coaching, but the part I love most is seeing athletes enjoy the process. From new athletes walking in the doors not knowing what to expect and looking slightly overwhelmed, then graduating from our Foundations Course, and then conquering their first WOD in our daily classes, to accomplishing goals they never thought possible. I love seeing our athletes’ confidence soar as they set new goals in fitness and life and grow to trust themselves more and more. Our coaches and athletes smile when they walk in the doors, greet each other as they have become new friends, cheer each other on during workouts, and then congratulate each other when they survive them. I have been a part of this journey myself as a new Crossfitter, and have seen it over and over ever since. I love everything about this process and am truly grateful to be a part of it as a coach here at Crossfit Pallas.

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Kylie Triolo

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Facilities and Operations Manager

I started CrossFit in February 2013 as a way to get in shape for my upcoming wedding and to prepare for a Tough Mudder race. I had fallen off of my exercise regimen as the distractions of life took my time, but I decided it was time to get back on the train. When my now husband, Brent, and I stepped into Pallas, we never looked back.

I started coaching because I like to help people. I've always looked for ways to help improve people's lives, and this is an empowering and energizing way to do so. The thing that I love most about coaching is seeing progress, happiness and fulfillment of those that I coach. I also started coaching as a personal challenge. I'm not confident with public speaking, and coaching offers an opportunity to break through that barrier.

I earned a certificate in Integrative Nutrition Counseling from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2014 and now work for Eat To Perform as an online nutrition coach. I help my clients achieve their health and wellness goals through macro planning. It's extremely rewarding to see progress and people reach their goals and I feel like all my efforts have come full circle as I put these practices together.

Sue Dozoretz

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Coaching at CrossFit Pallas means that I get to work with a coaching team of superheroes and a phenomenal community of athletes. Dream job! As a coach, I get to learn everyday from the amazing CrossFit community and help athletes discover that they are stronger than they think they are. It’s such a privilege to see our athletes break through barriers, learn new skills, and put in consistent work day in and day out.

I started CrossFit in 2012. I had been an athlete my whole life, but never picked up a barbell or been shown what to do with one. I walked into CrossFit Pallas and never looked back! At the time, I was looking for something to do during my off-season from women’s flat track roller derby that would increase my strength and help me stay injury free. That off-season training turned into a year-round pursuit. I loved how CrossFit helped me to become a better athlete and how Crossfit Pallas’s community helped to feed the fitness!

Laura Hayduchok

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Until I graduated in 2013, I had always been involved in team sports, and walking was my primary mode of transportation throughout college. Suddenly, I found myself in a very sedentary desk job with no exercise built into my daily schedule. I tried to develop a consistent gym or running routine, but found I was in desperate need of an outlet which combined the physical, mental, and social aspects of team sports.

Through the encouragement of some friends, I found myself at ‘Bring a Friend’ day at CrossFit Pallas. The next week I was through Foundations and starting my first class. In addition to making fitness a regular part of my life again, CFP quickly became the place where I could leave everything at the door and take an hour of “me” time. Like many, I came for the fitness and stayed for the community.

After work, my favorite part of the day is coming to the gym to work out and coach.

CFP has been invaluable for my own personal growth, and I wanted the opportunity to be involved in others’ fitness journeys. Since receiving my L1 in May 2018, I’ve had an outstanding experience working with members alongside my fellow coaches.

I love to see athletes repeatedly step up to challenges and find the strength to push on is remarkable. Continuing to tackle a goal after failure and finally succeed creates that incredible grit in an individual. No one comes to CrossFit because it’s easy. Being a part of that progress and self-affirmation, that “I can” moment, on a daily basis is extremely rewarding. Seeing an athlete’s first double-unders, first box jump, that long-sought-after PR, and sharing in that success—there’s nothing like it.

My primary sports growing up were volleyball and softball – and bowling, which I picked up briefly in high school. I’ve also dabbled in swimming, field hockey, running, sailing, spinning, boxing, and golf. Though CrossFit is my main activity, I continue to play volleyball recreationally. In the Summer, you can find me playing Wednesdays at Stewart Park, where my team, Cured Ham, are the reigning champs.

In CrossFit, I participate in the Open and Team Series each year, and I’ve done a number of team competitions. Most recently, Sarah Acker and I competed in Festivus where we took first place! Outside of CrossFit, I do some running races, which include the Adirondacks Distance Festival Marathon and about 15 half marathons to date.