Brittany Citron, Founder
Brittany Citron had always been a lifelong fitness enthusiast, but an eye-opening experience during her first pregnancy – feeling the impact that proper training can have on a woman’s pregnancy experience, labor, and recovery — motivated her to leave her long-time career in the corporate world to pursue what she felt was a far more important mission in helping women train for the “event of a lifetime.”
Brittany launched PROnatal Fitness in 2015 – recruiting a team of experts, including a seasoned advisory board and Carolyn Appel – to bring her vision of offering the Gold Standard in pre and post natal resources and education to life. Brittany holds a BBA from the University of Michigan, a Personal Training Certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), a Group Fitness Certification from the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and several pre and post natal specializations, including Program Design, Corrective Exercise, and Diastasis and Pelvic Floor rehabilitation. When she’s not working or exercising, she enjoys spending time with the three people who originally inspired the idea for PROnatal Fitness – her supportive husband and two children, Liam and Isla.
Carolyn Appel, Education Director
With a background in competitive, collegiate-level tennis, Carolyn Appel has built a career on her passion for fitness, athletics, and skill development. Carolyn Appel received her Master’s degree in Motor Learning and Control from Columbia University and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA. She spent several years on the faculty of the Equinox Fitness Training Institute, and is a frequent presenter at the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) Personal Trainers Conference, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) NY Chapter meeting, and the annual Fitness Education Institute’s Eclipse Summit.
Carolyn’s primary passion is teaching fellow fitness professionals. As the Education Director for PROnatal Fitness, she is “the brain” behind the company’s innovative Performance-Based Education Programs, leveraging the latest research and evidence-based strategies to teach professionals how to train women for pregnancy and the postpartum period like they would train for any other major athletic event. Of all her accomplishments, Carolyn is most proud of her role as mom to her toddler son, Julian.
Jamie Jones, Operations Manager
Jamie Jones spent the earlier part of her career working in corporate hospitality. Fitness was simply a personal passion…until her first pregnancy changed everything. Wanting to stay healthy and active through her pregnancy, Jamie continued to exercise and push herself – thinking she was doing the right things – but ended up with injuries like diastasis recti and pelvic girdle pain. She felt incredibly frustrated and disempowered that her good intentions completely backfired simply due to a lack of appropriate information and resources. However, Jamie decided to turn this situation into a positive by pursuing an education in the fitness industry.
After receiving her personal training certification, and successfully healing her own injuries, Jamie decided to leave her corporate job, and pursue a career in fitness – with the specific goal of focusing on the pre/postnatal space and helping women avoid the many challenges she faced. She discovered PROnatal Fitness, and the rest is history. Today, she is a PROnatal Certified Trainer, Group Instructor, and also manages the company’s business operations – a role she has an incredible knack for from also serving as Operations Manager of her own home with two young (and very active) boys!
Lindsay Timperman, Social Media Manager
Lindsay Timperman is a true pioneer in social media marketing. She began working in this arena when it was in its infancy — before it was even “social media!” Over the past 10+ years, as the channels have rapidly grown and evolved, so too has Lindsay’s expertise in leveraging them to build a community. Her skill in this area is matched by her true passion for supporting fellow mothers, and helping them stay healthy and strong. She is rigorous about developing and curating the very best content that she believes moms and moms-to-be will find most valuable, and is constantly seeking to listen and learn from our growing community.
As a busy mother herself, Lindsay also loves working in a setting that gives her the flexibility to do what she loves while also running (and running and running….) after her very busy son!