Our Team

Ben Janike | Head Coach

CrosffFit Level 2 Trainer

As a former student from Minnesota State University, Mankato, Ben has been part of the fitness industry for over ten years and part of the CrossFit Community for five years. He holds a bachelors degree in Human Performance from Minnesota State University, Mankato. His aim is to help as many people as possible reach their fitness goals. CrossFit has been the best avenue to point people in the right direction when they are serious about achieving their goals.

Chris Ellison | Head Programmer

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Certified Personal Trainer
USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach

Chris is an exercise enthusiast in every sense of the word. He was a former collegiate rugby player. Chris found CrossFit just like most CrossFitters, he found an interesting workout affectionately known as “Fran”, attempted it, and was left gasping for air. He knew he struck gold. Chris is always looking to expand the CrossFit community.

Joe Bakker | Assistant Coach

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
AFAA Certified Personal Trainer

Joe became interested in CrossFit while watching the 2012 CrossFit Games on TV. That’s when he found Ben and Kato CrossFit where he became an intern and instantly got hooked on CrossFit and the community that belongs to it. Joe as a degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Sports Medicine and Coaching. He is currently a Fitness Instructor for the South Dakota National Guard.

Josh Ruiz | Assistant Coach

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Gymnastics
CrossFit Endurance
CrossFit Weightlifting

Josh loves sports and staying physically active. Josh grew up playing football, basketball and baseball and has also been involved in karate, swimming and snowboarding. In college Josh was a member of the Minnesota State University, Mankato Rugby team. He continues to try new sports and activities to keep himself active. Josh’s passion about fitness and nutrition helps him encourage people to make positive lifestyle choices. Josh’s goal as a coach is to ensure people have the correct form to get the most out of every workout.

Slater Powell | Assistant Coach

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Slater is a senior at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He plans to graduate this december with a degree in Exercise Science. As an athlete, Slater ran track and field and competed in sprints and hurdles. He was raised in a small town in Montana so he really enjoys the community aspect of CrossFit and the excitement that comes along with it. With a strong background in kineseology and Biomechanics, Slater is here to help anyone who is wanting to reach their fitness, health or wellness goals.

Dano Lotz | Assistant Coach

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Dano grew up playing baseball and basketball.

When Dano was 12, he was put in leg braces and told that he wasn’t allowed to be active. At age 16, Dano found strength and conditioning along with Olympic Weightlifting. Now, 8 years later Dano trains people on how to become the strongest version of themselves.  

Anne Kittok | Assistant Coach

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Info about Anne coming soon!

Jess Stensland | Assistant Coach & Administrative Assistant/HR

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Feel free to contact Jess with any questions you may have!
Email: jess@katocrossfit.com