A Mindfulness Mentoring Movement

RISE Elite is a unique program that connects Olympians with Athletes through individualized mentoring.

Our Olympian mentors use a positive-psychology based approach where they provide athletes with three essential tools to champion sport and life:
Mindfulness, Focus, and Empowerment.

Create Greatness.

I realize now that I don’t need to train harder, I need to train smarter. Rebecca taught me to focus on what I do well and make that even better. I now face competition with excited energy rather just hoping I do well.


Your Rise Mentors

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Rebecca Soni

Rebecca Soni, also known as ‘Reb’ is an Olympic Medalist and former World Record Holder. She has a B.S. in Communications, a certificate in Positive Psychology, and is also a certified Health Coach.

When Reb isn’t busy guiding athletes to greatness one of her favorite things to do is cook and experiment in the kitchen with plant based foods. Yes, there is such thing as plant-based cookies, don’t worry! She is also an ocean swimmer, avid adventurer, and most importantly…a doggy momma to two pups. Give Reb a beach, her pups and a swim suit…she will be smiling for days.

Rebecca Soni


Caroline Burckle, Olympic Medalist and lover of any and everything healthy, has a Masters of Science in Sports Psychology & Motor Behavior from the University of Tennessee. Wondering where she gets her sense of inspiring style? Well, she also has an Associate of Arts in Merchandise Product Development from Fashion Institute of Design & Development.

In addition to her work here at RISE Caroline is also the creator of her own Personal Development Coaching Business.She is a certified Health Coach, yogi, swimmer, lifter, runner and lover of all things active. Bring her some tea…she’ll love you forever.

Caroline Burckle

Kate Ziegler

Kate is a 4-time World Champion, two-time Olympian, and former World Record Holder.  She has a B.S. in Communication and is currently attending University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business in pursuit of her MBA.

When she isn’t studying and mentoring athletes, she loves hiking in the beautiful Smokey Mountains, experimenting in the kitchen with produce from Knoxville’s Market Square farmers market, and trying new activities.  From pilates and yoga to kickboxing and cycling, Kate loves being active. She is also an avid world traveler, reader, and tea drinker.

Kate Ziegler

Kristy Kowal

Kristy Kowal, silver medalist in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, is an ever shining ball of energy. Her smile and positivity is contagious and she can immediately befriend anyone and everyone. She’s got enough World Championship Medals, American and World Records, and holds the honor of being the first woman to break the one minute barrier in the 100 yard breaststroke.

A UGA Graduate with a stunning NCAA career, Kristy may have left the pool racing behind but is an affectionate water lover nonetheless. Kristy regularly competes in countless events around the world, from Swam Across America (16 times!!) to ­­­swims to fight diabetes through fitness, as well as swims benefiting important organizations on the local and national level.

Kristy is also a passionate teacher, spreading her fun and positive vibes to the lucky 2nd graders of Pennsylvania.

Kristy Kowal

Kate Ziegler

Kathleen Hersey is a two-time Olympic athlete and healthy & active living enthusiast! She has a B.S. in Public Relations, which, she explains, is the writing major for communications majors, with a business foundations certificate from the University of Texas at Austin. Kathleen has a 200-hour yoga teacher certification and is working toward her 500-hour certification through psychology-informed, mindfulness trainings.

In addition to her love for helping people to reach their potential, she has a heart for the work she gets to do in her wonderful community at the foundation for a not for profit hospital in Asheville, NC. She loves tea, great coffee, healthy & delicious recipes (gluten and dairy free, of course!), writing, hip hop dance classes (oh, the humility!) running, swimming, taking and teaching yoga classes and all things outdoors. She has a salt lamp and at least 3 plants in her office at all times. #ComeCuriousLeaveInspired

Kathleen Hersey

Kim Vandenberg

Kim Vandenberg is an Olympic Swimming Bronze Medalist, Pan American Games Gold Medalist, and World Championship Silver Medalist. Kim has traveled the world for the past decade training, racing and teaching swim clinics to International schools all over Europe, Asia and within the United State, and has developed a greater awareness to alternative training methods and mindsets for elite athletes. Her experiences have given her a unique perspective in the sport of swimming.

Kim currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and is a Lifestyle Editor for Excelle Sports.

Kim Vandenberg

RISE Elite >>
Individual Mentoring Program

4 Months of Weekly Calls with your Mind Mentor

SEASON 3 – in progress
The 2017 Season is upon us… Season 1 – Starts Jan 2017

<<$350 Monthly>>

Click here to learn about the expectations of both athletes and parents


Weekly, online video Mind-Diving Sessions
30 minutes that is all YOURS. Let’s take you to the next level!

Customized mind-training plan
We create your program to be EXACTLY what you need.

Individual Support Worksheets and email-accountability with your mentor in between-sessions!

RISE Live >> Group MIND mentoring

The 6-Week group mind mentoring experience
Registration currently closed. Stay tuned for 2017!