Hey, you!

You found us for a REASON.

Maybe you know some of our incredible, World-Class Athlete Mentors.

You want to know a bit more about how the power the mind plays a role in sport and life performance.

Perhaps you were playing around on Google and subsequently landed here.

Regardless of how you got here, we are stoked you did.

WE ARE 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

Kathleen Hersey

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

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

Ian Crocker

Ian Crocker had a prolific swimming career spanning the better part of a decade.  After winning his first gold medal and setting a world record at the 2000 Sydney Olympics at only 18 years old, Ian started school at the University of Texas. He is one of the only swimmers in history to win the 100 butterfly at NCAA’s all 4 years of college. Internationally, Ian was Michael Phelps’ greatest rival and Ian held the world record in the 100m fly for 6 years! 

Ian won a gold medal at all 3 Olympics he competed in and has set numerous World Records (7) and American Records. He received many awards throughout his career, including the Golden Goggles award for Swim of the Year in 2005. Although a fierce competitor, it’s Ian’s compassionate coaching style that he is using to inspire the next generation of swimmers to achieve at the highest levels of the sport and life.

Ian Crocker

Heather Petri

Heather Petri, better known to her teammates as “Petie”, is a 4-time Olympian + medalist and 3-time World Champion in the sport of water polo. Having fallen in love with her sport by playing on the boys team in high school, she has seen every facet of life in sport; from having played collegiately at the University of California, Berkeley where she studied Marine Science (Writing a thesis in the Caribbean sounds like a good plan for someone who thinks she is a mermaid!) and beyond to professional international play and the honor the of representing our country at the Olympics – she values over 20 years years of experiences with her teammates and coaches as moments of growth to be our best selves in sport and life. She now spends her time selling bathings suits (she has spent most of her life in them!) and supporting the water polo team at her alma mater as a Volunteer Coach.

Also passionate about coffee, cooking, travel and fighting cancer through aquatic adventures with Swim Across America, she (most importantly) thinks flip flops are the best form of footwear.

Let’s #bebettertogether !

Heather Petri

Kami Craig

With two gold and one silver Olympic medal to her name, U.S. Women’s Water Polo player Kami Craig delivers an inspiring message of possibility and positivity. By allowing failure to serve as a roadmap to success, Kami has overcome learning disabilities and the stigmas attached to them to achieve her dreams and perform at levels beyond what others had expected of her. With 26 years of participating in athletics and 13 years competing on the U.S. Women’s Water Polo team, Kami has a world of experience to draw from in her quest to guide and support young athletes.

Kami looks forward to sharing the tools and practices that helped create her competitive mindset, work ethic, commitment, and motivation. Though dominant as a competitor and athlete, Kami has a charisma and relatability that allows her to connect with individuals of all walks of life. She is engaging, optimistic and compassionate toward others, and you will find working with Kami to be comfortable and enjoyable.

Kami Craig

Adam Mania

Adam is a 2-time US National Champion, 2004 Olympian for Poland, and previous US Open Record Holder. Adam has spent the better half of the last decade as an elite swim coach at the Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center in Milwaukee, WI. Known for his holistic training methods, Adam believes that when you combine physical training with mindfulness and purpose, you can fully realize your potential. Adam loves cooking, playing the drums and accordion, writing, and runs swim lessons and clinics in his spare time.

Adam currently lives in New York City as a writer in hopes that his TV show dreams will one day come true.

Adam Mania

A Mindfulness Mentoring Team

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.

Let’s Do This!

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.


So … WHY train the mind?

If you’ve ever thought:

I work incredibly hard in practice, and I take the time to set goals… but I feel stuck. Training my mind will help fill what’s missing.

I want to gain confidence and improve my self-esteem by having a World-Class Mentor alongside me!

I feel so much pressure and expectations, from myself and from others. I know it is possible to work through this… I need someone to show me how.

We are here for YOU.
We will take YOU to the next level in both sport and life.

RISE Elite >>
Individual Mentoring Program

4 Months of Weekly Calls with your Mind Mentor
SEASON 1 – in progress
Season 2 – Starts May 2017

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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!


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    A free 15-minute Video Call with YOUR New Mentor

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    Once you’re matched with a mentor, you’ll set up your sessions. Each week, you have a 30-minute Skype meeting with your mentor.

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    $350/month for 4 months.

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    A personal accountability partner to reinforce positive habits, help you overcome obstacles, an celebrate successes.

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    Who doesn’t love to see #progress? Athletes in our program continue to to achieve victories in their respective sports, get into prestigious colleges on scholarships, win school awards, team titles, placement improvements, time drops, scoring all-time highs and BEST of all, personal fulfillment and identity creation.

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