Welcome to the Be Resilient Project

The Be Resilient Project is an inclusive and supportive healthy aging project that strives to improve the well-being and stamina of adults in our communities. Our safe and effective fitness programs reinforce the importance of being physically active throughout a person’s lifetime. We also provide trustworthy health coaching and wellness advice for your self-care, and a supportive social network to encourage connectedness and emotional support for our members. Let us guide you to Be Resilient throughout your lifetime.

About The Team

We are a dedicated and experienced team of professional coaches, healthcare practitioners and wellness ambassadors and advisors that is focused on protecting our community’s well-being. We believe prevention is fundamentally a more effective way to promote health and longevity. Our coaches specialize in healthy aging, with backgrounds in functional movement, adaptive training, strength and conditioning, and mind-body movement practices such as Yoga and Pilates.

steve bonnel

Coach Steve

Steve Bonnel is the creator of the Be Resilient Project and an advocate of ancestral health principles. He is committed to helping others understand how our diet, lifestyle, and environment shape human health (for better or worse). Steve is a certified athletic trainer who specializes in functional movement, pain and injury management, and adaptive training. He is also a head coach for Rock Steady Boxing, a non-contact training program for people with Parkinson’s disease. Although Steve primarily works with older adults, he enjoys helping people of all ages and physical abilities overcome lifestyle barriers to living a healthy, more fulfilling life.

Steve has a B.A. degree in Documentary Studies from Sacramento State and a background as a photojournalist. Throughout his career as a photographer, and for the past 10 years as a health and fitness instructor, Steve has worked closely with numerous people from diverse backgrounds. His relationships with the public and communities he has served have guided him throughout the development of the Be Resilient Project.

When Steve isn’t coaching or with his family, you can usually find him outdoors walking or running the Davis greenbelts, or enjoying other recreational activities with friends.

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Coach Bianca

From an early age, Bianca Radut has been interested in health and wellbeing, but she officially started her coaching career 3 years ago. She is a certified personal trainer with a special interest in Functional Fitness, as well as a certified Rock Steady Boxing coach. She’s also a certified health and wellness coach, and is pursuing a master’s degree in Public Health from Loma Linda University, with a concentration in Health Education and Wellness Coaching. In her own words, “Seeing people make successful lifestyle changes, after many failed efforts, is incredibly inspiring. Not just for my clients, but for myself as well.” Bianca feels that public health is incredibly important work – whether it’s empowering an individual to make the choices they want to make for better health, or creating an environment where a community can flourish.

When Bianca is not teaching, training or coaching, she loves singing and directing an a capella group based in Woodland. She also enjoys running through the streets or trails in the area, and volunteering with her church community.

Wellness Ambassadors/Advisors

Debbie Balash Portrait

Debbie Balash is a longtime participant and supporter of the Be Resilient Project, and currently serves on our advisory board. Since retiring from Kaiser South Sacramento as a cardiac ultrasound (echo) technician, she has enjoyed spending time with her adult children and grandkids, and also loves to travel and exercise! She joined Coach Steve’s Functional Fitness class in 2015, which has improved her balance, mobility and stamina, and has allowed her to live life to the fullest with enjoyment and confidence. Her motto is “move it or lose it!”

Debbie Balash Portrait

Vicki Smith is a longtime participant and supporter of BRP and currently helps with editing our online newsletter. Since retiring from the UC Davis Sociology Department in 2017, she has been a dedicated community volunteer, serving: as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children in foster care; with a Sister District team writing postcards for political campaigns; and as a volunteer trash grabber with Davis Picks It Up (the Trash Titans who clean up trashy areas of Davis). Other interests include jigsaw puzzles, family time, and traveling. Several years ago Vicki had quadruple bypass heart surgery, and she credits coach Steve’s classes for getting her through recovery and the difficult times of the pandemic.

Steve McMahon Portrait

Steve McMahon is a longtime participant and supporter of BRP and currently advises on tech issues and the development of our website. In a previous life he was a self-employed software developer specializing in open-source software and internet technology. These days, he studies Buddhism, walks frequently with his wife Vicki Smith, and volunteers with various organizations. He also enjoys keeping fit with Be Resilient Project classes.

Poppy Strode Portrait

Poppy Strode is a longtime participant and supporter of BRP and currently helps with editing our online newsletter. She also edits and does Spanish translation for an online nutrition education platform. Poppy is a retired state public health nutritionist who loves cooking, gardening, hula, travel, photography and hiking!

Steve Briscoe Portrait

Steve Briscoe is a longtime participant of our Rock Steady Boxing program and currently an advisor and facilitator for the Woodland Parkinson’s Support Group. He has been living with PD for 9 years. Steve is an acclaimed artist working in a variety of media and materials. He is also a retired museum exhibitions manager and preparator.

Coach Steve’s Movement and Mobility classes are just that – they are designed to help desk bound people like me who are trapped in meetings all day. Not only do I feel so much better after Steve’s classes, but I found his core strengthening and hip exercises have improved my recreational activities.

Michael Mierzwa,
Technical and Policy Advisor at California Department of Water Resources

Exercise with Coach Steve put my physical health back on track! Since joining his classes in 2016, I no longer have hip pain and regained good balance, flexibility and positive blood pressure changes. The social rewards and the friendships I’ve made through his class are a bonus as well.

Deborah Balash,
Davis Resident

Coach Steve is very knowledgeable, motivating, and his approach with “seniors” is beyond compare. I’m very grateful to have worked with him for four years!

Charles Horn,
Davis Resident

Coach Dan has improved my life through his compassionate and expert coaching. I trust his instructions and knowledge of fitness and just follow along with what ever exercises he prescribes.

Dan Bertrand,
Principal partner, Coremark Insurance Services

We appreciate Coach Dan’s low-key approach. The routines are hard and the monthly cycle keeps us from getting complacent or bored. At the beginning of the month we wonder if we can even do the exercises, but at the end of the month we’ve learned a new routine and improved our fitness.

Carol and John Rominger,
Davis Residents

Just wanted to thank you for delivering balanced and rewarding workouts. Your coaching experience and the variety of exercises you prescribe, has made me stronger and more confident as I progress in your classes. The zoom experience has also worked well for me. Staying healthy is easier now, so thank you!

Ann Bullish,
Davis Resident