Summer Montabone has a passion for helping people live happier, healthier lives. It’s a passion that has expressed itself in many ways over her life and career — through her roles as a teacher, coach, professional athlete, entrepreneur and mom.
As the owner of Summer’s Fitness in North Canton, Ohio, Summer and her team of personal trainers offer fitness bootcamp and small group training programs designed to help clients meet their personal fitness goals. The facility, which opened in 2007, has enabled Summer to help thousands of men and women not only lose weight and gain confidence, but transform their lives in the process.
Fitness has played an important role in her life long before opening Summer’s Fitness. As a track and field athlete and gymnast at The University of Toledo, Summer graduated in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. After teaching at Toledo Whitmer High School, she moved back home to Akron, Ohio and started her personal training business in 2002. She became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) in 2003 through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and is also certified in prenatal and HPL resistance band instruction.
During this time, Summer also began competing as a professional fitness athlete. In 2004 she won both the “tall class” of the National Physique Committee (NPC) Fitness Championships and the overall NPC Ohio State Fitness and Figure Championship. As an “IFBB” professional athlete, Summer has appeared in national fitness magazines and DVDs as both a model and contributing expert.
A serial entrepreneur, Summer’s personal training business didn’t stop with the opening of her fitness facility. She went on to create MySpeedCoach.com, a comprehensive speed and agility training program which offers custom programs for anyone from middle school students to professional athletes. Summer also founded Forever Fit, which is designed to help mature adults live the life they want. The specialized program helps strength, mobility, balance, and endurance, regardless of current fitness, and even if clients have had injuries or surgeries.
But in 2011, a battle with postpartum depression set Summer on a path to helping others with their mental health, as well. Committed to ensuring other women don’t suffer in silence from anxiety and depression, she turned her studies to personal development and coaching. Now, Summer’s mission includes raising awareness of mental health issues and helping others embrace their personal struggles by turning them into the power to overcome adversity.
This renewed focus on holistic health and wellness has also led to a successful career improving the lives of others through Arbonne International’s natural skin care and nutrition products. Summer quickly rose to the rank of regional vice president with Arbonne and has received numerous honors from the company, including the Parade of Champions, Circle of Excellence, and Top Organizational Growth awards.
Summer is also involved giving back to her local community. She is a founding member of Women’s Impact Inc., a contributor to Girls on the Run, My Comfy Kits, and many other local charities. She currently lives in Jackson Township, with her husband Jeremie and their two daughters.
My name is Faith Phillabaum. I’ve been married to my husband, Tom, for over 26 years. Together we have three sons; Kyle is 30, Taylor is 25 and our angel son Shane. We also have 3 grandchildren; Landyn is 6, Corrina will be 2 and Camilla will be 1.
I’ve always been active. I think my first role model was my grandpa as I can remember him bench pressing on his coffee table. In grade school I participated in gymnastics, was the school champ in jump rope and hand ball. In middle school I was on Jackson’s first EVER girls basketball and volleyball teams as well as the track team. In high school I competed in summer league softball, cross country and track and was the captain my senior year.
I continued to run on my own, entered 5ks, taught aerobics and lifted weights while earning a double associates in Small Business Management and Sales and Marketing. Went on to earn my BS in Business Education, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. I worked in the corporate industry while my children were small, but my heart was in Education. I started teaching again in 1999. In 2001 I started coaching high school cross country and track.
After a lengthy career of 22 combined seasons, I decided to “retire”. While coaching, I was introduced to Summer’s boot camp classes and was hooked. I encouraged my athletes to attend during their “off season” for their speed, agility and core strength. I was also introduced to the NPC and competed for about 10 years off and on in the figure tall and master’s divisions. I trained at Summer’s Fitness and my mind was a sponge learning all I could about proper nutrition, workouts, form, stretching and recovery.
I finally decided that since I ‘retired’ from coaching high school athletes, I needed to continue to educate people on their health and well being so I became a certified group fitness instructor. In fact, having my health (not just physically) helped me with my mental health.
Let me back track a bit. On 2/1/11, my family and I tragically lost Shane. I had no idea how to carry on. I reached out to my doctor and he encouraged me to continue to work out, keep myself moving or my mind would take over and I’d completely crash or worse. The gym was my therapy and continues to be. I know there are so many others out there that battle numerous obstacles that life throws at them.
I wanted more than to be a group fitness instructor, I wanted to become a coach at Summer’s Fitness. It was time for me to continue to grow. I started with boot camps at Summer’s Fitness over 12 years ago and I want others to embody the power within them to achieve their best, enjoy life and be proud of their accomplishments. That’s what brings me back full circle to pay it forward, at Summer’s Fitness.
LINDA MANSE- SKEMP
I am married to Joe Skemp and together we have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. Family is the most important thing to me. We are blessed to have all of our children live close to us and love when we can all get together.
I love the outdoors. We live at Lake Cable, right on the lake, and take advantage each day of being able to boat, kayak , swim and fish. I also enjoy gardening, cooking , hiking, biking, reading, all fitness related activities, and being a mom and “Mimi” to my family.
I graduated high school from Hoover and have a business degree from Walsh. I have always lived in this wonderful community and could not imagine living anywhere else.
I have been teaching fitness classes for over 25 years and have achieved several types of certifications over the years. The fitness industry changes so much and is always developing new & exciting ways to stay fit, so I enjoy learning new fitness regimens as they evolve. My most recent certification is in Yoga. I have been teaching Yoga for the past four years and currently working on my next level of certification.
Being a local girl, I read Summer’s Fitness advertisements many times over the years and always thought “I need to see what this place is all about?” So… I went in and took a few sessions and LOVED the mission and program structure Summer was offering. When I was contacted by Summer to possibly be part of her team I jumped at the chance. Since 2015, I continue to love every minute I get to help change lives. I enjoy helping individuals adapt and overcome their fears of fitness. I especially enjoy seeing members get stronger and see results not only in their bodies, but also in their confidence levels, mental & emotional health. I enjoy the connection and friends I have made since coaching at Summer’s Fitness.
I have a full time career as the Office Manager/Controller at Toth Buick GMC, which I enjoy , but near as much as I do being a trainer coach at Summer’s Fitness.
JEREMIE MONTABONE, RNSA, BSN, FAI
Hello my name is Jeremie Montabone. I was born and raised in Ohio and live in Jackson Township. I am married to Summer my beautiful wife of 19 years. We have 2 daughters, Lennox and Layna, who are full of energy and are free spirited. I love to exercise, hike, fish, travel, and spend time with my family.
I attended the University of Toledo, where I obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. I have been a Registered Nurse for 17 years. I started my career as a staff nurse in open-heart surgery, then obtained additional credentialing as an RN First Assistant, and became the Clinical Lead of the Open Heart Department.
In 2008 I was fortunate to have the opportunity to start the Open Heart program at Affinity Medical Center. We had a very successful program and continued to grow each and every year. In November of 2017 tragedy struck our Hospital and community. Our friend and coworker, cardiologist Dr. “Skip” Seese was shot and killed. We continued to press on as a hospital, but it was difficult. In January 2018, we were informed the hospital would close and cease patient care within 30 days. All leaders were required to stay until the closing process was complete. My last day of work in the hospital setting was March 6, 2018.
With this time, I saw an opportunity to reinvent myself, as a person, and as a Nurse. I wanted to turn a scary and uncertain time in my life into a positive. I took a few months off to spend as much time as possible with my family. I obtained a personal training certification and attended the Functional Aging Institute, becoming a Certified Functional Aging Specialist.
I have been with the Summer’s Fitness Family since it opened in 2007. For the second time in my career I am blessed to be able to start a new program. I was honored and excited to be chosen to start the Forever Fitcamp program. I am now able use knowledge, as a Registered Nurse and a Functional Aging Specialist, to help clients on their commitment to themselves to become healthier, happier, and more fit than they have ever been.
Fitness has been such an inspirational and motivating factor in my life. When I started participating in bootcamp style fitness, in my late 20’s, it was a huge turning point that has led me to a much happier and positive future. I began my bootcamp journey with the desire to look better.
Although I did achieve the appearance goals I was seeking, I quickly discovered that there are many other beneficial aspects that are much more important than ones outward appearance. I became happier, enjoyed life again, overcame health issues and depression. Fitness gave me the ability to positively cope with the loss of loved ones and has directed me towards the light during dark times.
I lead a much higher quality of life and created connections with people I otherwise would never have met. I came to the realization it’s about investing in yourself to create a brighter and long lasting future, to enjoy the people in your life, while creating new meaningful relationships along the way. The positive outward appearance you see as a result is just one of the positive side effects of what fitness can really do for an individual. In the right atmosphere, with the right people behind you, it truly can be a life changing experience.
I am extremely passionate about sharing my experience and knowledge to help people understand all fitness has to offer, guide them along their journey to create their own experiences and success stories.
Summer’s Fitness is the definition of the optimal environment to allow people to achieve their goals and reach their personal best. I am honored to be apart of the Summer’s Fitness team, surrounded by individuals who also share the desire to make positive and necessary impacts on people’s lives. I’ve searched for the perfect platform to make the greatest impact. As a team member of the Summer’s Fitness family; I have found that and my home.
I would be lost without fitness. Be apart of our community and let fitness be the compass that guides you, it will change your life.”
- Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education
- Monmouth College Football Athlete
- 3 time Midwest All Conference
- Team awards – Rookie of the Year and Coaches Award for Leadership
- ISSA Personal Training – Continuing Education
- Physical Therapy Assistant – Continuing Education
AARON VISCOUNTE, CSCS
My name is Aaron Viscounte. I grew up here in North Canton and attended Hoover Highschool. After Highschool, I attended Capital University with a major in Exercise Science while playing 4 years of Collegiate Football. During that time I have set school records in the weightroom and was elected Team Captain my senior year along with many other honors. Soon after graduation I earned the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) Certification, and am continuing my education.
My grandfather was a Football/Strength and Conditioning Coach throughout Stark County, so I found a love and passion for fitness at an early age. Growing up I played sports and constantly was looking to improve my strength, speed, stamina, and flexibility so that I could have an edge over the competition. This led me to Summer’s Fitness in Highschool, where Summer actually trained me for Speed and Agility.
Fast forward to 2018. As I was living and working in Columbus, a few events happened which led me to move back to North Canton and be with my family. I remembered how much of an impact Summer made on me as a highschooler, and decided to bring a resume to Summer’s Fitness. About a week later, I received a call from Summer which led to an interview which eventually led to me being a part of the Summer’s Fitness Team. That call was the biggest blessing of my life.
Fitness is a great way to set and reach goals, stay in shape, and work on your health. But I see it as much more than that. Every single one of us has something going on in our life that is affecting us in a negative way. It may be a toxic relationship, family issues, working a dead end job, etc. I see fitness as an opportunity to shut off everything that is going on around us, and focus on yourself at that time. Seeing how fitness positively changes people’s mental and physical lives inspires me to work harder, and reach more people. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity each day to be a positive impact on people’s lives! I love my Summer’s Fitness Fam!
- Bachelors of Exercise Science
- (NSCA) National Strength & Conditioning Association- (CSCS) Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
- Capital University Football Team Captain
- All Conference & All County Football
- Hoover High School Scholar Athlete (3.9 GPA)
- Ronald McDonald House Volunteer
Jason, a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, achieved his Bachelors of Arts from Kent State in 2003 and spent 14 years working in the pharmaceutical industry.
In 2011, he began a weight loss journey of his own after becoming a father. He has since lost, and kept off, 60 pounds and looks forward to supporting others in their health journey. Jason enjoys “Spartan Races” and has participated in over 30 obstacle course races, since 2016.
Jason has been married to his high school sweetheart for 19 years. He and his wife have 3 daughters ages 10, 8, and 5.
He had this to say:
“Summer and Aaron have given me the opportunity to have an effect on all of your lives. I am so grateful for the opportunity. I hope my passion shows and I can provide you all with the positive experiences and encouragement you need to achieve your goals. I look forward getting to know all of you, and I’ll see you all at Summer’s Fitness soon.”
Hello! My name is Keely Snode. I am the Director of First Impressions here at Summer’s Fitness. As a life long Stark Country resident, I currently live in Alliance with my husband of 8 years, Kevin, my 4-year-old daughter, Morgan and our four-legged baby dog, Sully (he is 11 but is still our baby).
I started working at Tannenhauf Golf Course, when I was 15 years old, and that is where I met my husband. I graduated from Louisville High School and then went to Kent State University where I graduated with a degree in Organizational Communication. After graduation I always figured that I would get a job doing human resources. However, in 2008, I decided to buy a Curves franchise instead. I loved what I did and helping all the members that became like family. Unfortunately, in 2015, I decided to close the business. It was an extremely hard decision as I loved it so much, but I was pregnant and it was the best decision for our growing family. After having my daughter and returning to the work force, I tried other jobs that just were not a fit for me and my family.
In June of 2019, I found a job post that I was so excited to apply for. It was a fitness studio and some of my work could be done remotely. It sounded perfect!! I could work and be able to balance home life, which I just did not feel that I had.
As I am sure you can guess, it was Summer’s Fitness. I was beyond excited that out of all the people that applied, Summer chose me. I have never been so blessed to work with a team that just gels. Not only that, the members are fantastic, too!! I love coming to work and I love what I do. The community here is indescribable. I could not be happier being a part of #summersfitnessfamily.
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