Introducing the Telos Strength & Conditioning Team

Meet the fitness experts ready to help you achieve your fitness goals and your potential.

Our story

Founders of Telos Strength

The word “telos” is Greek for “end,” “purpose,” or “goal.” It is defined as an “ultimate object or aim, the end of a goal-oriented process.” This is what drives us.

Telos is also significant to us because it was the name of Shaun’s late father’s boat. Shaun’s dad was his role model, instilling a strong work ethic, dedication, and love of coaching. Shaun spent countless hours in the weight room with his dad, where he learned how to lift and realized the connection between effort and success.⁣

Today, our passion is working with people to help them reach their goals, whether that means improving their personal fitness or pursuing athletic dreams. Our team of coaches leads by example to continue learning and improving so they can help people achieve a healthier, active life. This is a responsibility we do not take lightly. ⁣

We are grateful to have the opportunity to honor Shaun’s father in this way. From the moment we decided to name our gym after something so important, we made the promise to each day put everything we had into creating the best possible gym and community around. We will keep working hard to provide the highest level of coaching, programming, and care for our members. ⁣

Our Professional Coaches

Coach at Telos Strength & Conditioning


Playing sports and learning how to compete as a team have always been an important part of Shaun's upbringing. In high school, he began spending time in the weight room with his father, where he learned that sound lifting technique and progressions were crucial in creating a strong, well-balanced athlete. After high school, Shaun went on to play college football at Western State Colorado University, where he earned degrees in exercise science and psychology.

Looking for another way to compete after football, Shaun discovered CrossFit in 2010. He enjoyed the work that went into learning and progressing the variety of movements through the training. He earned his way to CrossFit regionals as an individual every year from 2011-2015. He has finished in the top 12 three times. This competitive experience has given Shaun a unique perspective as he passes on the lessons he’s learned to his clients and helps them reach their fitness goals. His passion is being a strength coach. He understands how to help members get results, decrease injury, and achieve their very best.


Karen's sports background is in tennis, and through hard work and dedication she earned a Division One tennis scholarship to University of Northern Colorado. An important component of her training was developing strength in the weight room. Being physically strong and having a good foundation of metabolic conditioning was essential to playing her best on the court. After earning a degree in mathematics, she moved back to her hometown of Tucson and became a high school math teacher.

Karen loved her work as a teacher, but after taking time out of the classroom to raise her two young kids, she realized how she missed coaching and working with athletes. That led her to obtain her training and nutrition certifications. She loves to see members use fitness and nutrition to become stronger, happier, and healthier versions of themselves.

Coach at Telos Strength & Conditioning


Dianne is a certified personal trainer (International Sports Science Association), a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and a group fitness coach. Her previous career was with the Tucson Fire Department, where she was promoted through the rank of Paramedic and worked on a medic truck for 6 years. She was then promoted to Captain and worked in that capacity for the last 11 years of her career.

Dianne has seen that as a personal trainer, many aspects of her work are similar to those at Tucson Fire: guiding clients to help them achieve their health and fitness goals while educating them about the process along the way. She takes her work very seriously and consistently goes above and beyond to help our members be successful.
Coach at Telos Strength & Conditioning


Carin is a certified personal trainer (National Academy of Sports Medicine) with a specialization in Youth Exercise Science. In high school, Carin was a three-sport athlete and ultimately chose track and field to continue at the college level, where she competed in high jump for The University of California Davis.

Carin moved to Tucson in 2009 and finished her B.S. in Accounting in the Eller College at The University of Arizona. Carin is a mom of three young children and is committed to teaching them what amazing things their bodies are capable of and how fun exercise can be. This led her to obtain her fitness certifications, and she is excited to share her knowledge, passion, and expertise with our community.


Matt earned his Bachelor of Science from Eastern Illinois University and obtained his CSCS through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Matt is also a Certified Nutritionist through the International Sports Science Association.

Matt grew up in the Chicagoland area and was first introduced to sports at an early age. He played baseball throughout high school and into college. After Matt stopped playing competitive sports, he began to learn more about the exercise world and decided to make a career out of it. Matt’s passion for fitness drives him to help people achieve any goals they may have to live a happy and healthy life