Our Team

Team Elite Strength & Conditioning, Inc. is dedicated to optimizing athletic performance for teams and individuals. Our comprehensive training programs improve core strength and balance, increase explosive power, and enhance agility and speed. Our mission is to educate all of our clients on proper exercise technique, nutrition, injury prevention, and healthy living. Our programs utilize free weight training, specialized apparatus, and advanced exercise routines that assist athletes in reaching their optimum ability and reduce the chance for injury.

Dennis Cushing - COO / Director of Finance and Admin

CEO and Director of “Finance and Administration.” Mr. Cushing will be responsible for guiding and directing financial control activities as well as overseeing the “Training & Membership” division. Mr. Cushing completed his undergraduate degree (BA in Public Administration) at the University of Maine at Orono in 1997.

Dennis has been a ACSM Certified Health & Fitness Instructor for over 8 years. As a member of both IDEA and the NSCA he is both engaged in the Personal Training arena as well as the Strength & Conditioning market. Dennis has recently taken the (CSCS) Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist offered through the NSCA. While working with a variety of clients Dennis has helped them attain goals of weight loss, muscular strength, increased flexibility and overall improved self confidence. As a former college basketball player at Colby-Sawyer College (New Hampshire) Dennis has first-hand experience with athletes that are seeking more from their talents. As a local high school basketball coach, Dennis understands the importance of hard work and a solid off-season conditioning routine. Dennis specializes in basketball conditioning for athletes as well as personal training for adults. Dennis resides in Virginia Beach with his wife Melissa and his beautiful daughters Kylie and Hope.

Contact: dcushing@teamelitesc.com


Breanna Boyd - General Manager

Bre Boyd is a Virginia Beach native  and Kempsville graduate and a recent graduate from George Mason University, where she earned her B.S. In Kinesiology and played Division 1 softball. She is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). While at George Mason she was able to experience multiple training styles through internships and her own personal experiences. She has combined these to create her own personal flare that she brings to our training team. She is passionate and dedicated to helping each individual reach their goals and achieve their athletic dreams.


Ryan Kurpiel - CEO / Director of Sales and Marketing

CEO and Director of Sales and Marketing, Mr. Kurpiel’s primary duties are to oversee the “Strength and Conditioning” division through leadership, direction and control over the sales reps (trainers) while assisting them in attaining the company’s goals. Ryan studied exercise and sports studies at Radford University while minoring in Sports Administration. 

As an Advanced Personal Trainer (NCSF Certified), Ryan has worked with various clients on many different fitness levels, ranging in ages from 7 to 77. Ryan helps clients reach individual fitness goals, such as, helping women reach pre-pregnancy weight, ensuring military and police personnel pass fitness assessments, and prepares clients for marathons, triathlons and other sporting events. Ryan works to improve the overall health and quality of life for his clients.

He is baseball coach at his Alma Matter, Kellam High School. As a high school coach, he understands how vital injury prevention is. A former college athlete, Ryan has experience with baseball, basketball, football, soccer, golf and competitive running. Ryan knows firsthand how demanding and competitive year round training can be. His multi-athletic background aids in allowing him to improve an athlete’s performance by using cross-training methods to mold the complete athlete. Core strength, balance and flexibility are the key areas to target for injury prevention and ultimate performance. “These are the most under-rated aspects in sports performance. This is an area of weakness for a lot of top athletes, and I want to make it their strength!”

As a lifetime athlete, Ryan’s interests include baseball, basketball, football, running and golf. He continues to stay active by competing in marathons, half-marathons and triathlons.

Ryan’s credentials include membership of NSCA, IDEA and NCSF as well as certifications with NCSF and the Red Cross (CPR). Ryan’s commitment to fitness is reflected by his continuing education in pursuit of his Master’s Degree at Old Dominion University in Sports Administration. 

Contact: rkurpiel@teamelitesc.com


Ryan Matalon - Assistant General Manager

Ryan Matalon is a 23 year old International Sports Science Association (ISSA) certified personal trainer. Ryan graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management while playing both baseball and golf at the collegiate level. He has a passion for helping others and seeing the improvements people are capable of achieving. Ryan always has a positive attitude and brings out the best in each and every one of the clients he trains. Try out his new Elite Boot Camp class!


Ralph Hegamin

Graduated from Kellam High School a 2 Time Basketball All-Beach District 1st Team member in 2004 & 2005, Graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2010 a 2 Time 1st Team All-PSAC member (2009 & 2010) and 1st Team All-ECAC (2010), Ranks 6th All-Time in Scoring Avg. and 4th All-Time in Rebounding Avg. in School History, Played professionally overseas in both Portugal and England from 2010-2011) Currently training in anticipation for future NBA Camps and Workouts.

Carmen Thorpe

I am a recent addition to the professional fitness world.  I started teaching group fitness classes in May 2013, and started my career as a personal trainer in August 2013.  I currently hold a certificate in personal training from the World Instructor Training Schools.  I am also First Aid/CPR/AED certified.  Though I am new to the professional side of exercise, fitness is no stranger to me.  Throughout high school I participated in basketball, softball, track, and volleyball.  I continued to maintain a high level of fitness throughout my adult life.  I look forward to encouraging others meet their various fitness goals, and enjoy the challenge of personalizing workouts for each client.

Tim Sheleheda

Tim Sheleheda is an ACE-certified Personal Trainer with over seven years of experience coaching basketball players ranging from elementary school students to high school and college aged athletes. Tim excelled at both basketball and soccer in high school. Named “all county” for both sports, Tim led his soccer team to win the County Championship. He later went on to play basketball at Allegany College of Maryland. Tim went on to captain the team before earning his B.S. in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.

Currently Tim is the acting JV Boys Assistant Coach for Kellam High School. He’s also on staff with the VB Elite Boys Basketball Program (AAU) Tim is focused on helping his clients—of all levels—meet and exceed goals. He has a passion for basketball and physical fitness that motivates him to help others in their pursuit of performance objectives. Tim understands that every athlete must have a strong foundation in the essential skills that include: foot work, passing, rebounding, ball handling, shooting, defense, and court vision. In addition to facilitating young athletes in their development of foundational skills, Tim also empowers players to improve their overall strength, agility, speed, explosiveness, vertical leap and mental acuity.

First Aid/CPR/AED certified, Tim hopes to safely and effectively assist young athletes on their journey to becoming better competitors.

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