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Casey Passafaro

Casey Passafaro

Owner / Head Ninja Coach
Casey's Bio

  • NBC’s American Ninja Warrior Season 8 & 9 Competitor
  • CMT’s Broken Skull Challenge – 2016
  • Competitive Obstacle Course Racing
  • CrossFit Level 1 certified, CPR/AED certified, and a board certified Nurse Practitioner.

Janice “JJ” McLean

Janice “JJ” McLean

Owner / Head CrossFit Coach
JJ's Bio

  • Programs functional fitness training at NoVa Ninja/CrossFit Loudoun
  • NBC’s American Ninja Warrior Course Tester
  • Head Referee for the Capital Affiliate League
  • Professional referee for the National Pro Grid League (NPGL)
  • Director/Chief Referee of the Mid Atlantic Grid League (MAGL)
  • CrossFit L1, CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Powerlifting, CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Defense, CPR/AED certifications.

Girard Ordway

Girard Ordway

General Manager / Ninja Coach
Girard's Bio

Girard was born in Maryland and then bounced around the eastern United States a lot. His fitness journey began with ice hockey at age eight. Once in high-school, he picked up powerlifting, and eventually went on to play semi-pro hockey as an adult. On a winter trip to New Hampshire in 2010, Girard was introduced to the many forms of climbing which immediately took him on a five year journey around the world. He continued to work for Oracle while peak bagging, skiing, ice climbing, and rock climbing. Ultimately, that lead him to leave his decade long IT career in the past to become a professional bass guitarist.

He finds himself back in Virginia over 500 live shows later and has shifted his music focus to studio work allowing for more time to dedicate training himself and others through bodyweight fitness related activities.

Girard loves lots related to learning, teaching, reading, writing, challenges, conversing, and survival: Brazilian Jiujitsu, motorcycle riding/restoration, dogs, and passionate people that find answers instead of excuses. His proudest achievements to date include climbing Eyeless in Gaza, NH (5.12b rock); Great Madness, NH (WI5 ice); Solo Winter Presidential Traverse, NH (11.5 hours, 23 miles, 13 summits); and a winter climb of Parinacota, Bolivia (20,827ft stratovolcano).

Dustin Ziska

Dustin Ziska

Course-setter / Ninja Coach
Dustin's Bio

Coach Dustin is our resident Adult/Teen Ninja Night coach.  He is an experienced ninja himself and an expert course setter.  He’s placed 1st in “Goliathon,” and was awarded the coveted “David” status which only a handful of people in the country have achieved.

He enjoys training new ninja athletes just as much as experienced veterans. He looks to compete on American Ninja Warrior and consistently trains for the opportunity year round!

Leanna Lockhart

Leanna Lockhart

Competitive Youth Ninja Coach
Leanna's Bio

Coach Leanna has loved challenging herself with obstacles for as long as she can remember. She has been rock climbing since 2004, beginning with an indoor youth climbing team. Her love of the sport continued through college and beyond; today, Leanna frequents the indoor climbing gym many days a week, loves to climb outdoors, and attends competitions a few times a year. She loves the competitive side of climbing, even reaching the World Cup level!
 
Leanna has followed Ninja Warrior competitions since they have been around, stemming from her interest with rock climbing. After enjoying many years coaching youth climbing teams, Leanna is enthusiastic about being a Youth Ninja Warrior Coach with NoVa Ninja. Leanna enjoys helping children grow into strong, young athletes in a fun, positive, and safe environment.
 
Leanna is excited to begin competing in local competitions – it is a dream of hers to be televised on American Ninja Warrior!


21531 Blackwood Court Suite 110 Sterling VA 20166 (571) 526-4706