Meet Our Team

 We are the team behind Fit University and we call ourselves HQ. We believe in building the best community for healthy and fit college students around the world.

Sarah Gaines

CEO & Founder

Sarah is the eyes, ears, and brain behind Fit University. Seriously... this whole thing started as a personal blog her sophomore year at Northeastern! Now, she oversees the vision behind it all and decides how we spread our mission to students nationwide. A self-proclaimed ``marketing meathead,`` Sarah spends part of her days strategizing how to connect brands with students in fun, engaging ways. Other notable things about Sarah include sneaker collection, affinity for nail art, and arguably bad habit of breaking into song or dance without warning.
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Nina Stepanov

Co-Founder, Operations

Nina is the Queen of all things operations. She focuses on making sure that Fit University can grow and scale by building the processes and structures behind all that we do. Whether it's how our Ambassador program functions or which method we use to communicate with our community, Nina is the girl to get the job done. Nina is also a CrossFitter with a deep affection for weightlifting and cheat meals.
Holly Van Hare

Holly Van Hare


Holly does all things content here at Fit University and runs our talented editorial team. Whether you regularly visit the site or read an article here and there, you've got an idea of Holly's projects and passions. Holly currently lives in New York City, where she's the Editor of the Healthy Eating channel at The Daily Meal. When she's not at work or in a cute coffee shop, you can find Holly taking and teaching HIIT classes, recording an episode of her podcast, or taking a photo of a bowl of trendy food for her Instagram @eating_peanut_better.
Marisa Lopez

Marisa Lopez

Business Development

Marisa is an OG here at Fit University, and started as our second ever social squad ambassador back in the day. Now shes tackling our sponsors and partnerships front. From getting product samples out to our community, or brand partnering at one of our signature events, Marisa is working to get our ambassadors in front of fitness brands, and fitness brands in front of our ambassadors. Marisa is a marathon runner turned powerlifter, and when she's not working behind the scenes at Fit University you can usually find her in a squat rack or saying hi to every dog she sees.

Camille Chetrit

Campus Development

Camille is the Campus Development Manager at Fit University and focuses her energy on working with colleges to amplify their Fit U chapters’ impact and resourcefulness on campus. Her passion to help grow Fit University comes from having experienced the struggles of keeping a healthy and balanced lifestyle in college on her own and wanting to build campus communities where that no longer needs to be the case! As a recent graduate, Camille now lives in Washington D.C. where you can find her teaching classes, training, and salsa dancing the night away.

Molly Carbin

Boston Community Manager

Molly is our Boston homie! She's the community manager for our largest community, aka the Boston #fitufam. She's graduated from University of Maine - Farmington where she played lacrosse and is now a personal trainer at Beacon Hill Athletic Club.