Meet the Coaches of Gantry Kids & Teens


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Michele Kelber, Head Coach

Michele is considered a leading east coast authority on Kids training.  After a decade as a lawyer, she began coaching kids in Brooklyn and simultaneously took a position as the Managing Director of Rise Youth Athletics, a non-profit that promotes fitness for at-risk youth.  

Following these experiences, Michele opened Gantry Kids & Teens. Since, she has appeared on Fox & Friends, Fox 5 News, Telemundo, and Pix11.  

  • JD/MBA, licensed in New York and New Jersey
  • AADP Certified Health Coach
  • The Brand X Method Advanced Kids Trainer
  • The Brand X Method Teen Weightlifting Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • NY State Licensed Foster Parent

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Jessica Phillips, Coach

Jessica Phillips started her career as a New York State certified teacher in Art Education, grades K-12.  In 2007, she became a professionally-trained chef via the Institute of Culinary Education, and currently works as a restaurant manager in addition to coaching at Gantry Kids.

Upon finding CrossFit, Jessica fell in love with the challenging workouts and the program's mission to bring fitness to anyone, regardless of their circumstances or ability.  Now a coach, she is combining all her passions: fitness, nutrition, teaching and working with children.

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Kids
  • Professional Chef
  • New York State Certified in Art Education (K-12)

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Franklin Ramirez, Coach

Franklin began his coaching journey at the age of 15 when he joined Rise Youth Athletics. He began by teaching his peers, and graduated to assisting classes our of his gym in Brooklyn, NY, becoming a skilled, empathetic coach.  Franklin is now an integral part of the coaching team at Gantry Kids & Teens, and a natural favorite of the kids. 

Franklin graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a degree in Public Administration and second degree in Anthropology.  He is currently studying to become an EMT.  Franklin also works part time for Rise Youth Athletics as a Lead Coach in various NYC schools.  His dream is to become a member of the FDNY.  We have no doubt that he will make it! 

  • The Brand X Method Advanced Kids Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids
  • CrossFit Level 1