Donna Benjamin, Owner
I began CrossFit in 2010, and since opening CrossFit Homeward in 2016, I have fallen in love with training all over again. Our mission is to provide wellness to a broad spectrum of adults and youth. Our Coaches are incredible people inside and outside the gym. Graduated University of Virginia 1989, BA and University of Chapel Hill, 2001, Master of Social Work. I’m a lifetime student of health and wellness.
Faith Stewart, Manager
I am originally from Philadelphia, where I played soccer and lacrosse in high school and ran half-marathons for fun. I have a background in equestrian showjumping, which I pursued for more than a decade with Olympian, Lisa Jacquin, before transitioning into fitness for time. I have been a Crossfit athlete for five years and a Crossfit coach for three.
Autumn Philyaw, Assistant Manager
I am from Hickory, North Carolina where I grew up playing soccer and softball but ended up cheerleading in middle school and high school. My senior year in high school I started going to the gym with one of my friends and immediately fell in love with fitness. I’ve been doing CrossFit specifically for a little over a year. I am currently a senior at UNC Chapel Hill, GO HEELS!
Sage Holley, Youth Head Coach
I am originally from Durham, North Carolina and have returned to the area after attending Appalachian State. I started CrossFit after watching the Games and felt that varied fitness training could act as a supplement to my lacrosse and football training. I enjoy CrossFit because unlike other training methodologies, the sport requires a wide variety of skills and strengths in order to complete the range of workouts presented in regular CrossFit workouts.
Back in 2014, I was sitting in the mall contemplating my failed dream of becoming a pro basketball player (derailed by age, height, skill, and injuries) while gorging on a big ole cheese danish, I found myself wierdly attracted by the unidentifable noises coming from the CrossFit Box across from me. I walked in to check it out and have been hooked ever since.
I grew up in Chapel Hill and played baseball and travel ice hockey. I began working out regularly at home when I was 11 and did bodyweight workouts inspired by Herschel Walker.
Bio: I am the proud mom of my amazing 9-year-old son, Kai. I received my BS in Physical Education with an emphasis in Outdoor & Experiential Education from Winthrop University in 1999. I’m well versed in a variety of coaching methodologies and have led outdoor experiences like ropes courses, kayaking, and climbing in addition to my time coaching Crossfit.
I am from New York City where I grew up training in gymnastics and ice skating. After a bad back injury, I turned to weight lifting for rehab and quickly fell in love with lifting weights and feeling stronger. I was introduced to CrossFit in 2011 through boot camp-style community classes and joined a box soon after.
I am from Chapel Hill, where I grew up playing soccer and basketball. I was introduced to CrossFit/powerlifting about 4 years ago, and fell in love instantly. My hobbies outside of lifting include cooking, mathematics, and spending quality time with loved ones.
With a distance running and beer league hockey background, I started Crossfit in 2014. I am a Firefighter and EMT in Chapel Hill, and I started coaching in hopes of sharing the knowledge and skills I learned as an athlete with other members of the CFH community.
I have been studying the effortless magic of Aikido Kokikai’s principles applied to human movement since 1983. My current focus is complementing whole body functional strength and fitness training with mind/body coordination and awareness. The combination produces astonishing results! I am a husband and a father actively involved with my boy’s Scouting and school activities. I enjoy ballroom dancing and training Sadie, my dog.
I am originally from Raleigh, North Carolina where I grew up playing basketball and running track. After several state-state moves, I decided to embark on a journey to rededicate myself to fitness and a healthier lifestyle. I was introduced to CrossFit in 2016 and quickly fell in love with the community and process.