Fit Together is a collective of three holistic wellness coaches from diverse backgrounds who combine their strengths to support groups and individuals on their wellness journey. Before it grew into a business, this group of women started out by sharing wellness practices: morning yoga dates turned into discussions about community-building and nutrition. They recognized the way their passions Fit Together, and individual passions grew into supportive relationships and accountability.
Eileen Robertson Hamra and Melissa Chrusfield first met at the dance studio where their daughters both took lessons. Their friendship grew and soon they were sending early morning texts to inspire each other. Eileen was the yoga expert, leading 6 a.m. practices even during brutal Chicago winters. Melissa brought a deep awareness of the ways systemic racism creates disparity in health and wellness outcomes and the impact of it on our city, country, and world. Her vision for more equitable and inclusive resources and opportunities for Chicago residents sparked great discussion.
Tiani Pagan began as Eileen’s personal assistant, and she showed an interest in supporting the Robertson Hamra family’s healthy eating goals. She earned her Health Coach Certification at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to open up new opportunities to support Eileen’s family and pursue her lifelong passion of health and wellness.
The three women continued to grow their expertise and their relationships, and eventually, they realized they had built a special community. Their next goal became to share that community model with others, using conversations around diversity and wellness education to reduce disparities in life expectancy, and that’s when Fit Together was born.
We are on a mission to raise the standards for health equity by unleashing the power that is in each of us to heal ourselves and one another through accountability, inclusion, and affirmation. We believe that creating vibrant, successful families and communities begins with empowering individuals to achieve holistic wellness in their own unique and natural way. We want to walk alongside people as they experience a radical change in the way they see themselves, others, and wellness that affects every area of their life and community.
The Fit Together coaches have already touched the lives of thousands of people through retreats, classes and one-on-one coaching on various wellness topics. 150 people from all over the world gathered for a Zen to Zipline retreat in Costa Rica where Eileen Robertson Hamra taught yoga and fitness bootcamps. Melissa Chrusfield has enriched communities on the West Side of Chicago and taught free classes for CPS teachers of color. As Fit Together, each person in our wellness community will become an ambassador for holistic living and they will enrich other communities through their presence. We believe that community-wide wellness begins with empowering the self, and we can have a global impact by starting right here in Chicago.
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Eileen Robertson Hamra is a Certified Health and Lifestyle Coach, author, educator, and inspirational speaker. Her experience ranges from coaching individuals and families to educating elementary school students in nutrition, yoga, and Life Reentry. She earned her BS in Management Science from Virginia Tech and her MBA in Finance from Case Western Reserve University. She received her health coaching training at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City and is also a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor.
In addition, Eileen brings to Fit Together, her unique experience as a Founding Partner of Evolution Workforce, a Corporate Wellness Company focused on creating custom solutions that improve clients’ bottom lines by lowering healthcare costs, increasing productivity, reducing absenteeism, and improving morale and job satisfaction. Eileen also serves on the boards of several impact investing and nonprofit organizations.
Eileen enjoys an active lifestyle with her family and her four children. She is committed to empowering others to live healthy and extraordinary lives.
Melissa is a Certified Yoga Instructor with a heart and a passion for unearthing the limitless potential in all people. She is a long-time resident of the West Side of Chicago, an advocate for her community and a mother of three. She desires deeply that the beauty, potential and great value of every human be recognized with both words and action, and she sees yoga as a tool for healing oneself and each other.
Melissa has served as a member of the Community Advisory Committee for the Sinai Urban Health Institute for five years, the Co-Chair for UIC's Greater Lawndale Healthy Work Project, a member of the Better Baby Zone Committee in East Garfield Park and a member of the planning committee for West Side United. Melissa believes authentic relationships are at the root of real change.
Tiani Pagan is a holistic health coach who is deeply passionate about helping all people and families create a life of wellness through mind, body, and spirit. Tiani became a health coach in order to advance her life-long commitment to health and wellness while fulfilling her inherent desire to help others through a holistic approach. Tiani earned her health coach certification through Institute For Integrative Nutrition in New York City, where she studied hundreds of dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques and innovative life coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. She holds a certification by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
Through mindfulness activities and specialized approaches to health and wellness, Tiani offers one-on-one guidance as well as family coaching. Her clients cultivate effective skills and integrative methods in order to achieve positive, lifelong outcomes. Tiani’s holistic approach in her practice, which strongly focuses on transformative lifestyle and dietary methods in a supportive environment, deeply considers how all areas of life are connected in order to create applicable, functional and effective programs to foster sustainable methods of transformation for her clients.