Stephanie was born and raised in the Milwaukee area. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor's degree in elementary and Spanish education. Stephanie competed on the UW cross country and track & field teams for four years. In 2000, she competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 1500m run. After college, she completed six marathons, then took a break from competitive running to start a family. 


In 2015, Stephanie joined a gym–this is when her passion for group fitness began. She is a wife and mother of three girls, and teaches 4th and 5th grade each afternoon at Dousman Elementary School. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys traveling, gardening and DIY projects.