Staci Russell


Staci is currently a CrossFit L2 Trainer and a Precision Nutrition PN Level 1 Certified Nutrition Coach.

My interest in CrossFit was inspired by my husband, Bill Russell. Together, we co-founded CrossFit Cleveland in the Spring of 2007. Not having been a previous athlete, I had much to learn. I originally got my Level 1 Training Certification in the Spring of 2008 and re-certified in 2011 and 2016. In addition, I am CrossFit Gymnastics certified, CrossFit Mobility certified, CrossFit Kids certified and in March 2013 earned the USAW Club Coach Level 1 Certification in Olympic Weightlifting.

My background is in the court reporting profession. I formed Northeast Court Reporting, Inc. in 1996 and have owned and operated it ever since. I’ve been a hands-on owner since day one, and CrossFit has been no different.

Knowing the east side of Cleveland was in need of a CrossFit location, I co-founded Great Lakes CrossFit in November of 2010 with business partner Patrick Flannery.

I have been training and coaching CrossFit and am in the best shape of my life. I believe in the CrossFit methodologies and strive to help “ordinary” people, like myself, look and feel better, and gain confidence in themselves they didn’t know was there.

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Bill is currently a CrossFit Level 2 Trainer and is Precision Nutrition/PN Level 1 Certified as a Nutrition Coach. Bill received his first CrossFit Level 1 training certification in April 2007, the same month he brought the first CrossFit licensed affiliate to northeast Ohio.  After a 30 year career in the computer services industry, he now spends all of his time operating CrossFit Cleveland with his wife Staci and gym mascot Jessie, a rescued Belgian Malinois.

Bill holds a 2nd degree Black Belt in Korean Hapkido, earned through 8 years of training starting at age 39, under 7th Dan Master Michael Mignona and 4th Dan Master Chris Price. During that time Bill went from 210+lbs down to 170lbs and has since maintained his ideal weight of 165lb throughout his 50’s. Healthy eating and moderation has proven to be his success.

In addition to earning his CrossFit Level 2 Trainer credential, Bill has attended four CrossFit Level 1 Certification Seminars since early 2007, two of which were taught by CrossFit Co-Founder Coach Greg Glassman and CrossFit’s Director of Training Nicole Carroll.  Bill has also successfully completed Active Life Professional’s Coach Awareness Certification Seminar, the CrossFit Gymnastics Certification taught by Jeff Tucker, Mobility Certification  taught by Kelly Starrett, CrossFit Powerlifting Certification taught by Shane Sweatt and Laura Phelps-Sweatt, CrossFit Strongman Certification Seminar, the USAW Club Coach Level 1 Certification (Olympic Lifting) taught by Mark Cannella.

Bill has three children and lives with his wife Staci in North Olmsted, a west suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Their favorite pastime is boating in Sandusky Bay and around the Lake Erie Islands. [email protected]

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Courtney Werner


A CrossFit Level 1 coach, Courtney grew up in Hudson, Ohio and has recently moved back from living in Virginia since 2015. As a former 6th grade math teacher, Courtney enjoys being knowledgeable on movements and helping people achieve success. She received her Level 1 in the Spring of 2016.

Courtney was a collegiate long distance runner at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. With a background in solely cardio-style training, Courtney finds CrossFit to be a perfect option for all athletes because of its varying skills and ability to scale for all athletes.

Since starting Crossfit in 2015, she has continued to fall in love with the sport more each day. You will often find her working out with friends, socializing and encouraging others to enjoy it just as much.

Randy runs our Rocky River Fitness Kickboxing classes.  He has a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do as well as several championship titles in competitive sparring tournaments around the country.  Randy also owns and operates PowerKick, a fitness training company specializing in helping athletes improve their fitness levels.

Randy is credited with helping our very own Bill Russell lose over 30 pounds during the beginning of his beginning martial arts training in January through March of 2000.

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Shana Donley


I grew up in the Medina area, graduated from Medina High School and enlisted in the United States Navy. After serving my Country for 4 years I was honorably discharged after obtaining the rank of E-5.

Upon separation from the Military I returned to this area and have worked for a sub-contractor for the United States Government. I have always led a very active lifestyle and joined CrossFit Cleveland in 2013. In 2016, I obtained my Level 1 Certification and have been a coach since that time. I love all forms of fitness; I have completed a marathon, half marathon, enjoy rucking and have hiked 50 miles in the Allegheny 100. I have also participated in several GORUCK events; I have found that challenging myself with different types of fitness regiments is extremely gratifying.

Besides fitness, another one of my passions is the love and care of my dogs, they are a huge part of my life. I am a very motivated coach and enjoy helping others reach their goals by promoting better fitness thru exercise.