Meet The Staff

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Chris & Cheryl Buscher


We’ve been married for 13 years and have 3 children, Cadence, Noah, and Kyla. All of them love to play sports, including fastpitch softball, volleyball, baseball, flag and tackle football, soccer, and gymnastics. These activities keep us very busy, but we enjoy every moment.

Chris, a healthcare provider in Newport, was a multi-sport athlete throughout his youth. He remains passionate about sports and values a safe, fun and positive environment. When he isn’t coaching softball, baseball and football or sneaking in some softball or volleyball playing time for himself, you’ll find him working diligently on creating relationships and working on growth of The Academy.

Cheryl, a part-time bookkeeper, keeps busy supporting the kids in their sports and activities along with running The Academy on the back end. While she is the only non-athlete in the family, she has always valued health and fitness and is especially passionate about our small group personal training programs.

Outside of sports we enjoy church, family time and the outdoors - hiking/backpacking, camping, just being together. We also love to drink coffee, play games and spend time with friends.

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Marissa Mykines

Small Group Manager & Trainer

Marissa was born and raised in Spokane. Graduated from Mead High school with honors in 2008.  She played varsity soccer all 4 years at Mead.  Marisa then attended the University of Illinois from 2008-2012 and earned a BA in Kinesiology.  She played soccer at Illinois for 4 years with NCAA tournament appearances in 2008, 2010, and 2011.

Marissa is a certified speed and agility coach, certified functional strength coach, national high school strength and conditioning specialist, jump training certified coach, certified EXOS tactical trainer, and level 1 FMS certified. She strives to increase her learning every year with different certifications in the strength and conditioning field and sport specific training world.

In 2009, she became the head JV coach at Centennial High School in Illinois.  Life after college Marissa traveled and played soccer professionally abroad in Sweden and in the United States for the Bay Area Breeze.  Upon returning to Spokane, she coached with the Shadow soccer club, and worked at the Warehouse Athletic Facility.  In Marissa's free time, she enjoys spending time at her family's lake house.

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Kaylee Kelly

Group Fitness & Personal Training Manager & Trainer

Kaylee graduated in 2008 from Mt. Spokane High school with honors.  She was a three sport athlete; soccer, basketball and track. Kaylee attended Spokane Falls Community College where she earned her AA. She was captain of the soccer team, won all conference and MVP "Bigfoot Award".  After SFCC, she attended EWU where she earned her degree in exercise science. While at EWU, she played soccer for a year before she suffered a career ending injury.

Kaylee is a certified speed and agility coach, national high school strength and conditioning specialist, jump training certified coach, certified EXOS tactical trainer, and level 1 FMS certified. She makes it a point in her life to always stay up to date on the cutting edge technology and programs in the strength and conditioning world.

Kaylee's coached premier soccer for 9 years; Spokane Sabers, Spokane Shadow and Soccer Edge Academy. She's helped coach Mt. Spokane varsity soccer team for 4 years. In addition to coaching soccer, in her free time she enjoys being a Young Life leader at Mt. Spokane H.S. and enjoys time outside with her friends and family.

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Thea Pederson


Thea graduated in 2010 from University High School, she participated in track and gymnastics primarily throughout her high school years. Thea attended Spokane Community College where she earned her AA transfer degree. She then went on to attend Eastern Washington University where she earned her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science. She was actively involved in the exercise science club and conducting and gathering data for research projects.
Thea is a certified personal trainer and is level 1 FMS certified. She is looking forward to adding more certifications in the near future and enjoys staying up to date with current strength and conditioning information and programs.
Thea has been training small group, and large group classes as well as one on one personal training at the academy for about two years with one year of that being an internship year. She loves being able to help others reach their goals inside and outside of the gym. In her free time she enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her friends, family and dog.
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