OUR TEAM

Burn with Kearns is led by a collaborative team of professionals, who have extensive fitness, wellness and business backgrounds. Together, our team develops and implements programs that continually position the company at the forefront of fitness innovation.

  • Kevin Kearns Founder and CEO


    Kevin is founder and CEO of Burn with Kearns, where he is responsible for the worldwide development and implementation of personal training continuing education courses and group fitness licensing programs.

    For over twenty five years, Kevin Kearns has been professionally involved in the fitness industry. In 2013, he was named an All Star Conference Presenter for IDEA, the world largest association for fitness and wellness professionals.

    His commitment to fitness is both unique and compelling. If you looked up “last pick” in the dictionary you would have found a picture of a young Kevin Kearns. He was the last one picked on the field, in gym classes and at recess. Simply put, he was the neighborhood punching bag. When Kevin was twelve his father died of liver failure and his world was completely turned upside down.

    An uncle turned father figure talked Kevin into taking karate classes. This was a turning point in Kevin’s life as it instilled within him confidence and discipline. Most importantly, Kevin learned to compete against himself. He learned that if he practiced he became better. From the love of martial arts grew the love of exercise and at the age of 19 he was able to join the first Gold’s Gym in Massachusetts. At that time he did not know what he wanted to do in life and personal fitness training was not well known back then.

    After earning his degree from the University of Massachusetts, he started his first fitness job at the Boston Athletic Club. Kevin began experimenting with new concepts of fitness based on what he learned at school.

    People at his gym become intrigued by his “creative” approaches, which emphasized functional conditioning. Soon he started helping others and his career as a personal fitness trainer in the Boston area took off.
    Based on his extensive martial arts and fitness backgrounds, Kevin has served as the strength and conditioning coach for professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters including Alberto Crane, Kenny Florian, Marcus Davis, and Din Thomas. He also was the strength and conditioning coach for WEC fighter Alex Karalexis and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and MMA fighter Daniel Gracie. Kevin works closely with famed Muay Thai/MMA coach Mark DellaGrotte out of Sityodtong.

    Athletes from several professional teams work with Kevin during the on and off seasons.

    Kevin is certified by the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association), is a Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Certified Specialist, a FreeMotion Master Trainer and member of Team Bosu.

    In the summer of 2013, Kevin released a book, “Always Picked Last”, about how bullying impacted his childhood and the lessons he learned in overcoming it.

    Kevin writes a monthly column for Ultimate MMA and Train Hard Fight Easy magazines. In addition, he has contributed to Maxim, Fight, Inside Kung Fu and Men’s Fitness magazines.

    Martial Arts Studied

    Kenpo Karate: received Black Belt
    Shotokan Karate: received Green Belt
    Jujitsu: apprentice to Shihan Bob Dickey
    Muay Thai: studied under John Frankl
    Pekiti-tirsia Kali: studied under Guro Willam Schultz
    Western Boxing: studied under John Obrien

    Current Martial Arts Study

    Brazilian Jujitsu, Straight Blast Gym: studying under Coach Steve Whitter
    Muay Thai: studying under Kru Mark DellaGrotte

  • Kennedy Lodato Director of Educational Programming


    Kennedy is a true fitness advocate and has been dedicated to the industry for over two decades. As a canfitpro: PRO TRAINER, Kennedy is well educated and diversified in the fitness industry.

    He is a certified Personal Trainer Specialist (PTS) and Older Adult Specialist (OAS) and Fitness Instructor Specialist (FIS) as well as holding all other certifications offered through canfitpro, Canada’s largest certification company for personal trainers. In addition he is also a TWIST Sports Conditioning Master Coach (TSCC-L3), as well as a Master Trainer for ViPR, BOSU, Trigger Point Performance Therapy, Surge and a BWK MMA Fitness Master Coach. Also holds, Director of Educational Programming for Burn with Kearns Inc., and co-founder of CFEA (Canadian Fitness Education Alliance Inc.), a fitness educational company delivering continuing education to personal trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, group instructors etc…

    With teaching, instructing and presenting as his passions, he’s been fortunate enough to have taught over 1600 participants, while maintaining a full time position as a Fitness Programs Coordinator, over-seeing the instruction of all canfitpro certification courses, Head of Personal Training as well as many other CEC approved lectures and workshops. He has also been fortunate enough to have been awarded canfitpro PRO TRAINER of the Year, 3 consecutive years!

    Kennedy is very passionate and committed to living a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle. His experience and steadfast approach enable him to devote his time to educate and encourage others to live a fit, active and healthy lifestyle. Kennedy is continually educating himself with new, cutting edge fitness programs, theories and techniques within the fitness industry!

    “Stay Active, Stay Alive” Attitude is everything!

  • Stephen Whittier Master Coach, United States


    Stephen Whittier is a nationally recognized martial arts instructor and performance coach. His extensive resumé as an educator spans the fields of martial arts, fitness, and academia. At Wheaton College in Massachusetts, Whittier earned top honors during his undergraduate years, graduating Summa cum Laude as a Wheaton Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa. He then attended graduate school with a full ride at Tufts University, where taught for over four years after earning his M.A. degree.Along with being a professional educator, he has pursued his passion for the martial arts for nearly two decades. In addition to holding a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and the title Kru (honorific title for teacher) in Muay Thai, his background includes black belts in karate and Filipino Kali/Eskrima, instructor certifications in Jeet Kune Do, and personal fitness training experience. He has also trained local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel.

  • Scott O’Keeffe Master Coach, United States


    Shihan Scott O’Keeffe has been teaching martial arts for over 20 years. His martial arts experience includes a Black Belt in Emperado Kajukenbo Self-Defense System, a Brown Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Royler Gracie/Professor David Adiv and a Black Belt in Emperado Kajukenbo Self-Defense System. He also has extensive training in Southern Kung-Fu and the Filipino Martial Art of Pekiti Tersia Kali. Shihan Scott O’Keeffe is a dynamic and energetic instructor with a passion for helping his students progress.

  • Nichole Rich Ph.D (Education Advisor)


    Nichole is a 3rd Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, a Certified Yoga and PilatesFit Teacher, Personal Trainer, and Sports Nutrition Specialist. She has earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Criminology, Master’s Degree in Special Education, CAGS in Educational Leadership and has completed her Ph.D. in Education. Her published dissertation “A Study of Yoga Therapy to Increase Attention in Preschool Children” is registered in the Library of Congress

  • Douglas Brooks MS, Exercise Physiologist (DVD / Online Programming Advisor)


    Douglas is the Director of Programming for both BOSU® and RealRyder® Indoor Cycling, and the ex-Ironman® triathlete is currently the Director of Athlete Conditioning for Sugar Bowl Ski Academy. Douglas was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame and has been honored by Can-Fit-Pro as the International Presenter of the Year. Coach Brooks is the author of numerous books.

  • Marcus Davis Coach


    Former professional boxer, MMA Fighter and kickboxer.
    Former USKBA and USBF champion
    15 time UFC vet
    Trainner/and former Trainner of #12 middle weight in the world Tim Boestch and former UFC champion Tim Sylvia
    Hold black belts/certifications and ranks in Choishindo, Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Muay Thai, and grappling arts
    Current owner of Team Irish MMA Fitness Academy – Team Irish PTC and 207 Athletes training facility

  • Jeff Ignatowski Master Trainer

  • Mark Passmore Master Trainer


    Mark is a certified Personal Fitness Specialist and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA); Burn with Kearns Master Trainer MMA Strength & Conditioning Specialist; Metabolic Training Specialist; FAI Functional Aging Specialist; BOSU Mobility & Stability for Active Aging Specialist, BOSU Master Trainer Specialty Certification and is a member of IDEA Health & Fitness Association. He currently holds a Black Belt in Tang Soo Do with the World Tang Soo Do Association and has studied other martial art disciplines (Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Hapkido, Shotokan) for over 30 years, Certified Women’s Self-Defense Instructor through Defend University and is a 23 year Retired Army Veteran.

  • Benjamin Moriniere Master Coach Japan Director

     

    • Capoeira – Instrutor
    • Black Belt – Brazilian Jiu-jitsu – Caveirinha
    • Black Belt – Yudansha MMA-FS (Jiu-jitsu, Judo, Kickboxing, Arnis)
    • BWK Master Trainer MMA Fitness Instructor, Level 3.
    • A.A. General Studies – Wentworth Military Academy
    • B.S. Residential and Commercial Architectural CADD
    • M.S. International Management

    Benjamin Moriniere is a Capoeira, MMA, Jiu-jitsu, Judo, Kickboxing, Wrestling, Modern Arnis and Military Combatives fighter and coach for the last decade in Japan and for many year in the U.S. He has trained thousands of students from all over the world and produced multiple adult and youth champions in MMA, Jiu-jitsu, Kickboxing, Judo and Wrestling. He has helped countless people reach their fitness goals through a “No Excuses” attitude mixed with genuine passion to see people succeed.

  • Marisol Master Coach, Mexico

  • Tony Rice Northern UK Director


    Tony Rice is owner and chief instructor of Yarm Martial Arts Academy and director of MA Fitness in the United Kingdom. Tony has been training in the martial arts for over thirty years, including shukukai Karate, Kickboxing, Choi Kwang do, and is training in escrima, Kali, and urban combat.

    Tony became Master trainer with coach in September 2014. Tony’s knowledge comes from many years of training adults and children, in various physical exercise and training regimes.

    Tony has hosted Coach Kearns at his academy on many occasions building the Burn with Kearns’ instructors in the UK, and working with Kevin closely is trying to develop the BWK brand across the UK. Tony became Northern UK area director to for Burn With Kearns in 2014.

    Tony as many clients which he and his staff deal with on a semi personal and personal basis.

  • Ron Weinberg Director of Marketing


    Ron has been with Burn with Kearns since its inception in 2005. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics & Finance from Bentley University.

  • Carlos Martial Arts Coach


    Carlos is a Martial Arts Coach/ Instructor and has been in this field for over 20 years, heading his own karate school and teaching karate clases. In the past 8 years he has obtained his Les Mills qualifications in Body Pump, Body Attack, Body Balance, Body Combat , CxWorx y Power Jump. Also he has special training for Sports Specifics, Strength and Endurance Training, Functional Training Programs, Power Rebounder, Master Trainer and Rep for Boxercise and also a Master Trainer for Lebert systems and MMA Fighther Fit since 2013. Currently He is a National and International presenter for the NAFC and has been appointed as a National director in Mexico for Full Kombat.

  • Michelle Palladini Law enforcement
    Public school programming advisor


    Throughout my years of service as a police officer, I have discovered a pattern in my calls for service. I have encountered a number of adults who cannot manage their emotional states (anger, anxiety, or sadness). Lacking these emotional skills often results in risky (and sometimes criminal) behaviors, mental health concerns and/or substance abuse. Research shows that adult mental health issues begin in childhood. Our children need to be learning emotional self-regulation as it’s of vital importance to their resiliency.

    I began thinking about ways that police officers could approach the subject of effective skill building through their interactions with children. Juvenile Officers have a unique opportunity to truly support children, aiding in their personal growth and success.
    It is my mission to educate other Police Officers in the L.E.A.P. Method, as it’s quickly become a framework for effective school based policing. L.E.A.P. is teaching Officers ways to work within their community, building relationships with parents, teachers and outside agencies to support the student.
    L.E.A.P. is working to empower School Resource Officers to approach the position mindfully, and with a great deal of compassion for our young people who face so many developmental, educational and societal challenges. When we build relationships, we build bridges between the public and the police.

  • Conor Beath Personal Trainer


    Conor is a local resident who grew up in the town of Medfield. He graduated Medfield High School in 2010, where he lived an active lifestyle playing sports like basketball, football and track. He attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology with an emphasis on exercise physiology. Since college, Conor has pursued a lifestyle focused around fitness and health. He joined the Burn with Kearns team in 2015 and began working as a conditioning coach for small groups and individual sessions. Conor is a novice Muay Thai practitioner and is currently working on an EMT certification to further his career in health.

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