Occupation: Owner, RunFit MKE, Third Ward Age: 39
After 12 years in financial services, Karen Berenson decided to follow her true passion – health and wellness – and become a personal trainer. “Working out myself lit something inside of me; it made me feel more like myself,” she recalls. So she got certified. She opened her own gym last fall. There, she helps clients improve balance, strength, flexibility and agility. For her own routine, Berenson does circuit training twice a week. And because cancer struck five close family members, she has run five marathons to raise money for cancer research. Berenson also says exercise is her emotional outlet. “It helps me stay emotionally and mentally stable,” she says.