Casey PassafaroOwner / Head Ninja Coach
Joye ElsburyGeneral Manager
Julius FergusonSenior Ninja Coach
Dustin ZiskaNinja Coach / Course-setter
Mike DawkinsNinja Coach
Clayton ElsburyNinja Coach
Taylor HunterNinja Coach
John Paul AbelaNinja Coach
- 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.
Casey Passafaro is a two-season veteran of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior. She has also competed on CMT’s Broken Skull Challenge. She holds her CrossFit Level 1 certification. In addition to owning NoVa Ninja & CrossFit Loudoun, she works full-time as an Oncology Nurse Practitioner.
As GM, she works with the Staff and Coaches to provide a welcoming experience to each Visitor and Member that enters the facility. Her goal is to get you or your child started on the path to Ninja/CrossFit success. She is the Team Manager of the Ninja Youth Competition Team for the 3rd consecutive Season, Coordinator of the Ninja Youth Spring Break/Summer Camps and Mom to Ninja Coach Clayton. She is also on her own fitness journey and completed her first Goliathon Competition in June.
- NBC’s American Ninja Warrior Season 8, 10 & 11 Competitor
Coach Julius is a three-time ANW competitor, appearing on seasons 8, 10, and 11. He joined NoVa Ninja as Senior Ninja Coach in November 2019. He coaches all level Ninja Classes, specializing in Private Training Sessions and in coaching our Youth Competition Team. He is also in charge of the baseline set up for the weekly regular and specialty youth classes.
Coach Dustin is our resident Adult/Teen Ninja Night coach. He is an experienced Ninja himself and an expert course setter. He placed first in “Goliathon”, and was awarded the coveted “David” status which is only shared with some of the most recognized faces in the American Ninja Warrior community. He enjoys training new ninja athletes just as much as experienced veterans.
Join him on Wednesday from 7:30 – 9:30pm for the Adult/Teen Ninja Night class!
Mike graduated from George Mason with a degree in Psychology, worked as a Behavioral Therapist for 2.5 years with a passion for helping kids. His athletic background includes 5 years of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 2 years of Varsity Wrestling, 2 years Boxing, and 2 Years of Kickboxing.
Mike likes to work one on one in private training sessions to help people achieve their fitness goals.
Clayton has been at NoVa Ninja since 2017 and works with all level Ninjas to train and teach the skills required to become a Ninja Warrior. You will see him running our Ninja Birthday Parties and Youth Ninja specialty classes.
Coach Taylor is a strong and determined ninja! She has made world’s for two different Ninja Leagues and finished at the top of her age group in both.
John Paul Abela
John Paul's Bio
Coach John Paul teaches all age groups in Ninja Warrior, Obstacle Course Racing, and more.