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VFCC's ALL VETERAN - Special Operations Team

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VFCC students quickly discover our tight-knit community of fitness professionals who are all committed to helping our students obtain a rewarding and sustainable career in the fitness industry.

In addition to VFCC's unprecedented global team of progressive course authors and presenters consisting of 27 of the most well-known progressive Health & Fitness educators comprised of Professors, Physical Therapists, Exercise Physiologists, Biomechanists and some of the top Personal Trainers in the world, VFCC has also assembled an ALL VETERAN "Special Operations Team" of seasoned fitness industry experts and strategists:

  1. Chris Paschane, Founder and CEO (USAF)
  1. Leticia Fritzsche, Fitness Education, Business Development - CA  (US Navy)
  1. Robert Banas, Student Veteran Outreach - NY; (US Army)
  1. Steven Kuhn, Business Strategies Ed & Business Development - US & Europe (US Army)
  1. Captain Jess Howland, Strength & Performance Ed & Business Development (US Army)
  1. Major Tommy Dunaway, Business Development - Northern Texas (USMC)
  1. Mathew Brzycki, Business Development - New York Area (USMC)
  1. Jeff Cercy, Business Development - Illinois Area (US Army & USMC)
  1. Gary Carpenter, Substance Abuse Ed & Business Development - Boston Area (USAF)
  1. Clark Bevans, Business Development - Orange County, CA (USMC)
  1. Talia Wesley, Career Coach, Veteran Outreach & Business Development - S. CA (USAF)
  1. Michelle Steckel, Health & Fitness Education (USAF)
  1. Amber Frederickson, Fitness & Sports Conditioning Education (US Army)
  1. Scott Hernandez, Alternative Health & MMA Conditioning Education (US Coast Guard)
  1. Raymond Gonzalez, Social Media (USAF)
  1. Christian Michael, Media Development (USAF)

Chris Paschane, Founder & CEO:


Chris Paschane, MBA, MWRS, BABC, AA, DT, APT, RES, RTS, AFP, PT, FT, CM, is a USAF Gulf War Veteran with 80% service-connected disability. More importantly, he’s a Fitness Expert and a highly accomplished Fitness Industry Strategist with 23 years of experience in fitness training, teaching, coaching, pubic speaking, as well as in business development, sales and marketing which has all been fueled by his solid education both in physical fitness and business administration.

Paschane comes from a long family line of military veterans in all branches of service dating back to the Civil War. In the late 80’s, Paschane joined the United States Air Force and served in support of the Panama invasion referred to as "Operation Just Cause" in 1989; the Persian Gulf War from 1990 - 1991 including "Operation Desert Storm" followed by "Operation Desert Shield"; and Somalia from 1992 - 1993. During his first four years, Paschane served as a Cryogenics and Jet Fuel Specialist where he developed multiple debilitating back and joint problems, as well as other health problems leading to complications with the health of his liver and spleen due to excessive exposure to toxic chemicals. Regardless of these health setbacks, rating him with an 80% service-connected disability, Paschane remained focused on acquiring the knowledge and doing the work to get and stay healthy and fit.

Upon his honorable discharge from the USAF in 1994, Paschane joined the USAF Reserves to pursue a new career as a Diet Therapist / Morale, Welfare, Recreation Specialist with a secondary duty as a Combat Medic in the United States Air Force Active Reserves while also going to school full-time and starting a full-time "civilian" career as a Fitness Trainer at LA Workout where he was quickly recognized as the "Top Trainer".

Over the next two decades, Paschane was able to achieve great success in almost every aspect of the fitness industry. As an example, he has

  • owned two well-known fitness franchises (Apex Fitness, Beverly Hills & Fitness Together, Yorba Linda)
  • led a large group of fitness departments at forty (40) Gold's Gyms throughout the central US for the brand Nutritionalysis (the company that preceded APEX Fitness, Inc.)
  • managed multiple fitness departments for multiple organizations (e.g. Gold's Gym franchise in Hollywood, N. Hollywood, and Los Angeles; LA Fitness International, Inc. in Anaheim; 24 Hour Fitness in Irvine, Beverly Hills, and Sacramento; and Santa Clarita Athletic Club in Santa Clarita)
  • administered dietetic care and provided nutritional lectures to patients at Henry Mao New Hall Memorial Hospital in Valencia and at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles
  • taught a complete Fitness Certification Course at USC Dominguez Hills, Irvine Valley College, Santiago Canyon College, Riverside Community College, and Mt. San Jacinto
  • prepared, taught, and/or tested students for multiple fitness certifying organizations (e.g. ACSM, NSCA, NASM, ACE, PFIT, ACIM, WITS, ISSA, NFPT, NESTA, NCSF, and others)
  • produced record breaking sales as the #1 distributor in the nation for Nautilus from 2000-2004
  • coached Professional UFC & Strikeforce MMA Fighters as their Strength & Conditioning Coach (e.g. Chris's good friend Keith "K.O. Kid" Berry, and others.)
  • trained countless individuals of all types including many well-known celebrities (e.g. Randy Jackson, Dr. Dre, Paul Reiser, Tim Allen, Wyclef Jean, and many others)
  • provided several hundred hours of public speaking at colleges, health clubs, hospitals, and corporations,as well as in the media (e.g. on CNN, FOX, CBS, the LEEZA Show, and other programs).

Paschane earned his MBA and BABC both from Jones International Univeristy with a specialization in Entrepreneurship with Summa Cum Laude honors. In addittion, he earned an AA from Santa Monica College with an Associates of Arts with an emphasis in Physical Education with Honors and graduated with Honors from the USAF 396th Medical Training Group as a Diet Therapist and from the USAF 400th Technical Group as a Combat Medic and as a Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Specialist. In addition, Paschane has earned many well-known and respected certifications in areas such as fitness, nutrition, advanced biomechanics, sports training and conditioning, and corrective rehabilitation. He is also a student of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing.

With more than two decades of success in the fitness industry, Paschane has developed the practical business acumen, communication competence, and innovative mindset that, when combined with his knowledge, experiences and education, puts him in a perfect position to lead VFCC.


Steven Eugene Kuhn, Education and International Business Development:

Steven Kuhn served in the U.S. Army from 1986 -1993 in Germany with the 3rd Armored Division, 3rd Infantry Division and Berlin Brigade, Steven also served with Task Force 4-8 Cavalry as a Sergeant in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. Kuhn has military ties back to the Revolutionary war where his forefathers fought under General George Washington, in the Civil War his Great Grandfather was a drummer boy, his drum, gloves and other memorabilia are on display in the William Penn Museum in Harrisburg, PA. In fact, Kuhn’s family has served in the military all the way up to the Gulf War and just about every conflict in between.

Upon discharge from the Army, Kuhn continued to live in Europe where he later became a best-selling author, a multi-country business development manager in the fitness industry, and completed his MBA at the prestigious Bradford University School of Business Management.

As one of the first who started building professional fitness business in Germany, Kuhn has an astute business mind, tailored to the ins and outs of building, operating and growing the fitness business. Kuhn has assisted many large international companies achieve great success in seven different European countries (e.g. Spain, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic and the UK) over the last fifteen years (e.g. Star Trac Germany where he increased revenue by 140% in first and 130% in second year or Holmes Place Hamburg, Germany achieving a sales record of 4500 new members in 12 months). He was also very successful as the Development and Operations Manager in Europe as the head of the Joint Venture between Bally Total Fitness and Holmes Place AG, where he was responsible for executing a 5-year business plan, IRR Models, location specific project Management, Operational interpretation and strategy with Architects, PR/Marketing and business unit budgets for multiple locations.

Since 2006 as Principal of S2K2 Precision Management, Kuhn actively consults different health club companies, currently in Turkey, Czech Republic, and Germany. Kuhn is also the General Manager for Holmes Place Health Clubs in Hungary and Zurich, Switzerland working to ensure positive growth and restructure faltering business operations and strategies.

In addition to this, Kuhn runs his own non-profit health website for U.S. Military veterans at as well as being one of 3 founders and board member for the Civil Coalition of Germany, the largest non party political organization in Germany, a group of citizens who fight for greater civil societal engagement in Germany.

Kuhn is a valued asset of the VFCC community with extensive knowledge on how to break into the European Market and for anyone wishing to develop, build, change direction, buy into, operate or achieve greatness in the Fitness Industry.


Captain Jess M. “SMASH” Howland, Strength & Performance Ed & Business Development:

Captain Jess M. “SMASH” Howland, BS, CSCS, CPT is currently serving in the US Army in Fort Drum, NY for 59th Chemical Company.  His recent deployment in Operation Enduring Freedom (completed in November 2012), sets his legacy alongside his long many family members who served in battles raging from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam era.

Among many other experiences and responsibilities during his military service, CPT Howland also served as the Company Executive Officer responsible for the health and welfare of 130 Soldiers focusing on their fitness and improving the Soldier-athlete.

CPT Howland is a passionate strength & conditioning educator who has an audacious goal to become one of the top minds in strength training and performance. Prior to entrance into the military CPT Howland earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science at Oregon State University while working as a personal trainer for four years at Gold’s Gym in Wenatchee, WA and at Oregon State University where he assisted many professional educators in the field of Exercise Science within the Muscle Performance laboratory and Exercise Physiology department. He even made time to compete in the NPC Natural Bodybuilding Competitions, taking third place in 2002 and 2003.


Robert Banas, Student Veteran Outreach Advisor:

Robert is a Army National Guard Veteran who served over 8 years from 1997-2006 with multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. While he holds down a full-time job, he volunteers lots of his time and effort to VFCC as our Student Veteran Outreach Advisor, as well as the President of the Veterans Business Council in Buffalo, NY (May 2012 – Present) and previously served as the President of the Student Veterans of America in NY (2010 – 2012).


Clark Bevans, Business Development - Orange County, CA:

Bevans was recently featured as a "Motivated Marine" in a Military Fitness Franchising article at GI Jobs.

Clark Bevans is a decorated USMC Veteran who served from 1992-2001. In addition to his achievements in the Marines, Bevans has been very successful in the health club and fitness industry over the last 15 years where he has been a managing partner and/or Manager with companies such as Gold’s Gym, 24 Hour Fitness, Bodies in Motion and Evolution Fitness.

On top of all of this, Bevans has found the time to compete professionally in MMA with a 4-0 record.

Bevans is currently a Managing Member of Unitas Fit Concepts LLC. Unitas operates and owns Anytime Fitness Clubs in the Orange County area. One Anytime Fitness Club is open in Fountain Valley with nine (9) others expected to open within the next 18-24 months. Bevans has been helping Marines at Camp Pendleton for many years, which is why he jumped at the opportunity to join our team as VFCC.


Mathew Brzycki, East Coast Business Development

Matt Brzycki served in the US Marine Corps from 1975 to 1979, earning various distinctions including the Leatherneck Award (for rifle marksmanship), meritorious promotion to the rank of sergeant, Meritorious Mast, Good Conduct Medal, Certificate of Merit, Drill Instructor Ribbon and rifle expert badge (3 awards). After completing his four-year enlistment, Matt enrolled at The Pennsylvania State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education in 1983. In addittion to being an active part of the team at VFCC, Matt is also an Assistant Director of Campus Recreation & Fitness at Princeton University where he is responsible for managing the Stephens Fitness Center and Cardio Annex where he was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the Student Awards Committee of Princeton University as an “unsung hero” in 2001.

Matt began his association with Princeton University in May 1983 as a Health Fitness Supervisor. In August 1984, he was named the Assistant Strength Coach at Rutgers University and remained in that position until July 1990. In August 1990, Matt returned to Princeton University and has held various positions including Strength Coach and Health Fitness Coordinator (August 1990 to December 1993); Coordinator of Health Fitness, Strength and Conditioning (December 1993 to March 2001); Coordinator of Recreational Fitness and Wellness Programs (March 2001 to June 2007); and Assistant Director of Campus Recreation, Fitness (June 2007 to present).

Matt has authored 8 books, co-authored 7 books and edited 2 books. In addition, he has authored more than 450 articles/columns on strength and fitness that have appeared in 45 different publications. Matt has given presentations throughout the United States and Canada including the Princeton University Cross Country Camp; Princeton University Wrestling Camp; FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar; Operational Tactics National SWAT/Sniper Symposium; Princeton University Strength & Speed Camp; American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition; Tampa Bay Buccaneer Strength and Conditioning Seminar; NSCA Strength & Conditioning Conference for Football; and Toronto Football Clinic. He has also given presentations to the Central Intelligence Agency; US Customs and Border Protection; and US Secret Service Academy. He has been a guest on radio shows in Atlanta, Cincinnati and Phoenix.

He served on the Alumni Society Board of Directors for the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State from 2001 to 2007, chairing its awards committee during his final two years. Matt was appointed by the governor to serve on the New Jersey Council on Physical Fitness and Sports as well as the New Jersey Obesity Prevention Task Force. He finished first in the 200 (29.41) and 400 (1:05.81) in his age group (55-59) at the 2012 USATF New Jersey Open and Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships in West Long Branch, NJ. His time in the 400 was below the qualifying standard of 1:06.40 for the 2013 Summer National Senior Games; his time in the 200 missed the qualifying standard by 0.31 seconds.


Leticia Fritzsche, Assistant Editor for the VFCC Patriot Fitness Magazine:


Leticia Fritzsche is a decorated US Navy Veteran of 12 years and a Freelance Sports Writer for the Riverside Sports Medicine Examiner who loves competing in Marathons, Duathlons and Triathlons, as well as Hi-Tek Adventure Races.

Fritzsche has competed in the 2004 San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon, Hi-Tek Adventure Racing Series, Camp Pendleton Duathlon, Solana Beach Sprint Triathlon, several 50 mile fun bike rides from Rosarito to Ensenada as well as numerous 5k runs up and down San Diego County's coast. Leticia has her B.S. in Kinesiology with a clinical exercise science and teacher education specializations.

In addition to her extensive experience as a performance coach specializing in biomechanics, Leticia has multiple years of experience teaching personal trainer certification courses at local community colleges in Riverside County. Remaining as one of our top rated and most popular Instructors here at Veterans Fitness Career College, she still finds plenty of time to spend with her three little girls who she adores.


Major Tommy Dunaway, Business Development - Northern Texas:

Major Tommy Dunaway is a decorated U.S. Marine Corps Officer and a 40% Service-Connected Disabled Veteran with over 15 years of combined active and reserve service. Dunaway served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as a tour in Thailand as an Inspecting Officer for the Marine Security Guard program covering 18 detachments of Marines in 15 countries.  Currently he is the Reserve Support Officer for Recruiting Station Fort Worth, TX.   Among Dunaway’s many decorations, he’s been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars and Combat “V” for valor, and the Combat Action Ribbon.  He has also earned expert rifle and pistol badges.

As a valuable member of the VFCC Team, Dunaway brings his experience as a USMC Combat Conditioning Instructor and Command Fitness Leader.  Dunaway earned an AA from Piedmont Technical College, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Carolina, and his Masters of Science from Webster University.  He has multiple Personal Trainer and Fitness Certifications and valuable experience as a Personal Training and Boot Camp business owner. 

Currently, in addition to his contributions to the VFCC Team, Dunaway and his wife, Sierra, own a Snap Fitness Center in North Arlington, TX where they train everyday people as well as semi-pro MMA fighters and fitness competitors. Dunaway enjoys spending time with his daughter Lydia and wife Sierra who is expecting their second child due Christmas 2012.


Jeff Cercy, Business Development - Illinios Area (US Army & USMC):

After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a minor in Physical Education, Jeff joined the Marine Corps.  Due to some minor challenges with his eyesight, Jeff was ineligible for pilot training, so he chose to pursue his career with the Army Special Forces.  After completing training to earn his Special Forces Tab, Jeff served out the remainder of his 21 years of service in the National Guard Reserves with the 19th Special Forces Group.  Shortly after 9-11, Jeff was deployed to Afghanistan where he served for one year in command of a Special Forces Company with teams operating throughout Afghanistan who Jeff says, “were some of the greatest guys he will ever know”.

While stationed at Camp Pendleton Jeff became part of “Team Marine” and competed in a variety of triathlons and biathlons with the Colorado National Guard Marathon and Biathlon team.  During this time, Jeff also earned his MBA and owned and operated two successful fitness franchises.  Prior to his deployment to Afghanistan, he owned a highly successful “Sport Clips” franchise in Colorado, producing one of the highest numbers for any franchise in the nation; however, Jeff decided to sell the franchise when he was deployed to Afghanistan. Upon his return from Afghanistan, Jeff purchased an “LA Boxing” franchise in Colorado where he quickly earned the accolades as the “Franchise of the Year” in his first year of business.

After enjoying a few years of success with LA Boxing, Jeff made a decision to move from Colorado to Chicago where “Workout Anytime” offered Jeff a new opportunity to start up and establish the brand in the Chicago market.  He was very intrigued with this model’s simplicity and the growth potential,  and  thought it would be a great fit based on his current situation.  Jeff has recently purchased the “Area Developer” rights in Illinois, as well as the rights to three locations in Chicago where he will open his first three health clubs.


Talia Wesley, Career Coach ,Veteran Outreach, Business Development (USAF):

Currently working at March Air Reserve Base, Talia is the Author of the Veterans Resource Guide (3rd Ed)    --a highly sought after resource guide by many veterans, non-profits, and commercial firms.  Most recently, executives at Coca-Cola have spoken with Talia about Co-Authoring a Resource Guide for their veteran employees.

Talia Wesley has invested the last 10 years working with veteran non-profit organizations as a highly esteemed Job Developer and Career Coach for active duty military, transitioning veterans and their spouses throughout the Riverside and San Bernardino County where she has assisted the development of the Veterans Employment-Related Assistance Program (VEAP) and held over  500 educational events, having over 200 attendees at each event, in the past six years.

Talia has dedicated herself to serving veterans for many years, which evident in her long list of achievements. Her is just one-third of the awards she has earned:

  • The President’s Award for Volunteer Service, incl. Pin – Gold – May 2009
  • Certificate of Achievement, with Medal – 63rd RRC General Mock CA– May 2008
  • Certificate of Achievement – US Army – over 3000 Volunteer hrs. – May 2008
  • Certificate of Appreciation – 79th RRC – Los Alamitos – June 2010
  • Distinguished Service Award - Riverside County – June 2011
  • VIP – Service Award – Cambridge Who's Who – Donald Trump – Sep 2011
  • Certificate of Appreciation – VA – Sacramento, CA – December 2011


Michelle Steckel, Health & Fitness Education:

Michelle Steckel, a 100% Service-Connected Disabled USAF Gulf War Veteran, has an extensive history of veterans in her family both in the Army and Navy who served during the Korean War, World War II and Vietnam. As an example, Steckel’s uncle, Buddy Allgood is a retired Captain and Engineer who was the Presidential Appointee for the rebuilding of Iraq, as well as the first amputee to graduate from the US Army Airborne School in Fort Benning, Georgia.

Steckel served as a Public Health Technician assigned to the 18th Medical Group Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan from 1992-1996.  Most impressively, Steckel was chosen as the “Pacific Forces Woman of the Year” because of her commitment to outstanding leadership, exceptional job performance, community service and overall presentation as a Government Ambassador. During her spare time in Japan, Steckel educated service members, families and local nationals on various health and wellness topics via American Heart Association (AHA), American Red Cross and Aerobic and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).

Steckel began her fitness career while serving in the military where she started as a Personal Fitness Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor at the base gym in Kadena AB in 1995.  In 1996, Steckel transferred to Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, NV where she continued to work as a Personal Fitness Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor.  Later in 1998, while attending school full-time, Steckel continued working as a Fitness Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor at multiple 24 Hour Fitness clubs in Las Vegas where she eventually was promoted to Group Fitness Manager, Club Manager and Fitness Manager. In 2000, Steckel moved to Irvine, CA where she became one of the top Fitness Trainers at the only 24 Hour Fitness “Ultra Sport” Lakeshore Towers.

Steckel is a certified USA Weight Lifting Coach and a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) who has also earned certifications from multiple reputable organizations in Fitness Training, Group Fitness, Yoga and Indoor Cycling.

Steckel graduated from the School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks AFB Texas in 1994 as a Public Health Technician and then went on to earn her AS in Public Health at Kadena AB, Japan. Later in 1999, Steckel earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Fitness Management at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Amber Frederickson, Health & Fitness Education:

Amber Frederickson brings to VFCC a solid education in Exercise Science/Human Movement and a decade of medical experience in the US Army as a Medical services Officer (Captain) along with her experience and knowledge gained from her work as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of North Florida, as well as her experience as a College Fitness Course Educator for a national fitness certification also at the University of North Florida.

Frederickson continues to enjoy an exciting career in fitness with clients ranging from Special Operations Military Units, High School, College, Professional Athletes, Marathon Runners, Pre and Post Natal Mothers, Post Rehab clients, as well as a Politician and NBA Coach.

Frederickson has earned multiple fitness certifications and a diploma; in addition, she has earned an Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene at Gulf Coast Community College; a Bachelors of Science Degree in Exercise Science with a Minor in Military Leadership at Old Dominion University; and a Master of Science Degree in Human Movement with an Emphasis in Sports Conditioning at A.T. Still University.


Scott Hernandez, Health, Fitness and Martial Arts Education:


Scott Hernandez is a US Coast Guard veteran who took part in multiple rescue operations in the late 80’s.  In the early 90’s Dr. Hernandez began to pursue work as a Fitness Trainer and study martial arts.  These interests led Hernandez to earn several advanced fitness and rehabilitation certifications, as well as several upper level belts in Kenpo Karate, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, and Kendo.

Dr. Hernandez earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Life Sciences at Excelsior College of NYU and a Doctorate in Chiropractic Sciences from Life University.  He is certified by the Council of Chiropractic Extremity Practitioners. He has been practicing Chiropractic for more than a decade. In his practice, Dr. Hernandez encourages others to stay healthy through their personal journey in wellness via a balance of exercise, nutrition, chiropractic, physical therapy, and massage as needed.


Gary Carpenter, Substance Abuse Education, Veteran Outreach, & Bus. Development:

Gary Carpenter, a USAF 100% Service-Connected  Disbaled Vietnam Era Veteran, is an experienced member of the veteran community and a valuable team member at Veterans Fitness Career College.  In addittion to being a part of the team at VFCC, Carpenter is on the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Planning Committee at the Veterans Business Owners Association, as well as the Founder and Director of Right Fit Careers, a Career and Business Advising Service offering veterans with disabilities and substance abuse challenges the training and coaching necessary for success.

Gary's education includes an Undergraduate Degree in Earth and Geographic Science and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health and an Advanced Graduate Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. Gary has taken numerous courses in Management/Gerontology and has pursued his Ph.D. at Capella University in Organization & Management.

As a professional business owner, Mr. Carpenter was honored by the Veterans Business Owners Association with an award for the “Most Tenacity" in 2012 and published in an article by the Disabled American Veterans due to his never give up attitude and professional growth. Actively working on behalf of veterans and others with disabilities, Carpenter was part of a successful statewide marketing campaign developed by Church and Main for the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Initiative to promote professionals with disabilities and their successful careers. He was also a participant in the 2011 NH Leadership Institute for people with disabilities and elected to the PAIMI counsel for the Disabilities Rights Commission in NH.  Finally Gary has been a motivational speaker at a monthly meeting in April 2012 for Granite State Independent Living presenting a talk on his Never Give Up, No Fear, No Limits attitude.  Also has presented at the Keys to Ending Homelessness Conference October 2011 in Lowell, MA.  Gary spoke on his blended technology, innovation and creative approaches regarding reentry for incarcerated veterans.


Raymond Gonzalez, Social Media Support and Business Development:

Raymond Gonzalez is also an 80% service-connected veteran who served in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Joint Guardian, Joint Forge and other conflicts. During his eight years of service as a Flight Medic from 1996 – 2004, he flew over 1800 flight hours with 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron Scott Air Force Base, 86th AES Ramstein Germany and the 320th Tactical Assault Medical Unit Muscat, Oman.  In addition, he was a shift supervisor charged with triaging over 3000 patients/month at a level one trauma center.

Gonzalez is a valued part of our staff who continues to contribute towards our organizational goals to maintain a professional and effective web presence. Over the last 5 years, he has become a talented and experienced Social Media and Internet Sales Marketer. As a Principle Managing Member of, Gonzalez also helps many other companies with branding their entire web presence, deployment, integration and maintenance including current and emerging high traffic social media and classified sites.


Christian Michael, Media Development:

Christian Michael is a public affairs specialist for the United States Air Force Reserve and president of Scroll Media. Michael has over ten years of combined active duty and Reserve military service and experience in communications, linguistics and computer network management.
Michael earned one AA degree in Information Systems Technology and another AA degree in Public Affairs from the Community College of the Air Force, as well as a Bachelors in Business Communication from Jones International University.
Michael supports Veterans Fitness Career College through a contract association with Scroll Media Company. Scroll Media provides their clients corporate identity management through public and media relations, branding, print product development and voice audio production. Michael provides Veterans Fitness Career College public relations support, still-graphic visual design and voice production on our interactive and informational products.


VFCC Founder & CEO,
Chris Paschane...

...a legacy of serving others
in fitness since 1991:

“In the veteran's support world, you can certainly fine virtuous veterans helping veterans, really smart businessmen, and expert practitioners. Unfortunately, it impossible to find these all wrapped up in one veteran advocate. Well, almost impossible ... Chris is proof that commitment to veterans, smart business development, and application of expert skills earned over decades of work CAN be found in one person. To top that off - his sense of ethics is nothing less than you'd expect from a military veteran - peerless. If your business, veterans' initiatives or fitness interests are aligned with Chris, you'll find no better partner, provider, or colleague!” 

Andy Gibbs, US Army Veteran; Chairman at Patriot Enterprise Project; Chairman, Veterans Business Institute

Chris knows what it means to “serve” and has a genuine passion to serve those who have served our country. We are working on a program to use his services to put more veterans to work through VFCC's excellent fitness training and job placement program. I have made several referrals to government agencies because of his excellent company and program. It has been my privilege to know him and an honor to work with him.”

Michael Kissinger, US Army Special Forces Veteran & Business Development Director at the non-profit Swords to Plowshares

"Chris, Your creativity and entrepreneurial record, plus your intelligence and public relations skills are highlighted and noteworthy. Your spirit and work are exemplary and Ashland University is pleased to partner with you on providing better employment opportunities for vets. Your efforts are timely and making a positive difference for many people in need of personal assistance.
We are proud to be associated with you. Please keep up your outstanding service."

- Dr.John Sikula, Director, Division of Adult Studies & Veteran Services Ashland University’s Founders School of Continuing Education

“Sergeant Chris Paschane performed an outstanding job promoting fitness awareness as Chairman of the 63rd Supply Squadron Wellness Committee, Norton Air force Base”

- William L. Lfevers, Col. USAF

"At 31 years old, having transitioned from a career as an Intel Officer at the Pentagon to a Yoga Instructor in San Francisco, what I find compelling is people who are passionate and dedicated. The first conversation I ever had with the founder of VFCC led to me think "wow, this guy has found his passion and he is DEDICATED. Chris Paschane has cultivated a means for Vets to continue to dedicate their lives to helping others. Educating someone on how to be physically fit in a holistic sense is a gift that never ceases to give. This gift is what graduates of VFCC are able to contribute to our society. The FT program is clear, concise, extremely informative, prestigious in the wellness field and perfect for our busy lives.  VFCC will support you from beginning, through the middle, to the end and then some.  I highly encourage any Veteran looking for their next career move to turn towards VFCC.  You will not regret it."

-Kathleen Clemens, VFCC Alumni, US Navy Veteran

“Chris's care and consideration for fellow veterans is more than words can express. He not only motivated me via his accomplishments, he also inspired me by investing his time and knowledge in coaching me to figure out what i wanted to do and what was best for my family and I. His confidence and knowledge in the fitness industry, ability to lead, coach, and train others is unquestionable and i felt nothing but comfort and trust while speaking with him. All of my answers where answered before i can even ask the question. If i had to describe Chris in a few words it would be knowledgeable, dependable, strong character and caring. Thank you Chris for everything.”

Tyrone Rodriguez, USMC Veteran & Alumni Veterans Fitness Career College

"Mr. Paschane is someone that I look up to and someone who has coached me through some vital learning curves. Chris has demonstrated his ability to teach and lead by example, and has proven sales and leadership experience.  I recommend the e-learning experience to all of my military friends and acquaintances. He is always gaining knowledge and experiences and that is what sets him apart.” 

Brenden Graves, VFCC Alumni, USMC Veteran

"Chris has a strong talent of overcoming odds and succeeding at whatever he does. That's a character you don't find often."

-Mike Urcelay, USMC Veteran and Owner of Military4Hire

“Chris and I served in the USAF together. His relentless pursuit for personal growth and excellence was pivotal to his success; and remains true to this day. He is a rare find with ethical and professional traits that have constantly set him apart. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to have Chris on my team in any capacity...he's just that versatile.”

-Bobby R. Howard, USAF Veteran; CEO, HISR, Inc.

 "Chris's personal & professional experience rank him among the most respected and seasoned professionals in the fitness industry."

- Richie Jaynes, BS: Former Gym Owner Dallas, TX; Strength & Conditioning Coach SMU; fitness & nutrition entrepreneur

 "Chris is not only an outstanding Fitness Educator, he is a gifted motivator. His ideas are revolutionizing the fitness industry."

- Dan Wirth, MS: Co-Owner of Sierra Athletic Club, Tucson, AZ and Former Director of Strength & Conditioning at University of Arizona

"Chris is a very innovative, hard working and a personable individual. He always seems to be on the cutting edge of new concepts and ideas. Chris helped us 'initially' get Bowflex home gyms the late 90's. He has always been a man of his word and I value his friendship.”

-Brad Carlson, MS: Senior Strenght Training Specialist at Bowflex/Nautilus, Inc.

“Chris is a master of his craft. He provides great knowledge and a wealth of experience which in turn gives you great results. I am privileged to have studied and learned under him. I fully endorse and recommend Chris. As I always say, If you want to be the best, you need to learn from the best and that's Chris Pachane!”

Wilson Morales,  Fitness Trainer

“Chris Paschane is a born leader, motivator, and inspirational life coach. His dedication to excellence goes beyond the gym or office. He strives to be an example in all areas of his life. Chris is also a masterful stragetist in business as well as a creative marketer. He is an all around great guy and I am pleased to know him.”
-Numair Khaled, Diversity Plan Action Co-Chair at Humboldt State University

Chris is as straight up as they come.  He’s hard working, honest, and knowledgeable and he has given me a new enthusiasm and motivation to be healthy and fit. He has changed my life dramatically for the better, and I can't recommend him highly enough.”

-Chris Puentes, CEO Interfresh

"Chris is indeed an incredible resource with great expertise in fitness protocols and obviously a 'maven' in exercise equipment!"

 - Mark A. Levinson, MD

 "In today's sometimes impersonal world it's very refreshing to deal with individuals that go the extra mile, like Chris does, to get his clients results."

 - Daniel M. Rude, D.C.

"Chris Paschane is truly a pioneer and a visionary in the fitness industry."

- Mark Leitgeb, MS: Former Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at SMU; and self-made millionaire / fitness entrepreneur

“Chris has always been known to seek out answers to difficult questions put to him. Bottom Line: He had a passion to seek and spread the truth about nutrition and fitness. The feedback from his clients is impressive. Their results spoke louder than anything--just as he promised them, "Nothing but 100% satisfaction." Even, the Pro Body Builders have been known to seek out his advice. We'll miss you as a person and an asset to our team. 

 -Angel Banos: Owner Gold's Gym Hollywood, North Hollywood, and Downtown LA, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley

 "Chris helped me loose over 60 pounds. I just want to thank you for keeping me motivated. Your knowledge of exercise and nutrition is very impressive and extremely helpful. I couldn't have done this without you."

- Sue Kazdan, RN 

"If it wasn't for Chris, I would probably be one of those people who stopped working out after the first month. He loves his work. His passion inspires me to keep on exercising."

- Abbey Thatcher, Manager

"As a 53 years old female marathon runner and fitness enthusiast, over the last 30 years or so, I've keenly observed countless Fitness Trainers. Few Trainers, if any, have stood out to me as anything more than average—at best.  This all changed after meeting Mr. Chris Paschane. Chris’s vast knowledge and experiences about the subject matter went far beyond my expectations and he was so passionate and enthusiastic about each and every lesson, which made the learning process so much more enjoyable.  He is very compassionate with students who are struggling and he has a real talent for making complex concepts easier for students to understand.  Best of all, like a Coach, Chris really knew how to challenge, encourage, and motivate his students. Chris is the type of caring, professional, knowledgeable Fitness Expert I have been seeking to learn from throughout my entire fitness journey and I feel really fortunate to have had Chris as my Fitness Educator/Mentor".

- Liza Lower, Business Owner

“Chris has a real talent for what he does in the fitness industry. I can't thank him enough. He's changed my life."

- Jacalyn Oshaghnessy, Actress

 “Working with you as my Trainer has been a real blessing. Your knowledge is incredible and your passion for people is admirable."

- Karen Basset, Actress



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