Who We Are
Meet Our Team
The Elemental Edge Training Team is dedicated to transforming lives through customized, action-oriented training with proven results.
Bill Atkinson, Founder
Bill grew up in Natick, Mass. and at a young age was an accomplished trumpet player determined to be a professional musician. He changed course and spent 20 years in the Navy as a SEAL, then 10 more years as a mentor training future Navy SEALs.
Vermont is home now, and you’ll generally find him outdoors and active with the season, (trail running, open water swimming, sailing, mountain biking, hiking, alpine and nordic skiing). He brings the same energy and focus to whatever he does, and enjoys helping others achieve excellence through personal challenge.
Don grew up on the Jersey shore and as a child couldn’t be kept out of the water… as is still the case today!
An avid open water swimmer, he’s done scores of ocean races ranging in distance from 1 mile to 10K. He’s also done the 12.5-mile swim around Key West, a 21-mile swim down the Mays Landing River in New Jersey, and twice completed the 28.5 mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim. In 2006, he became the first person from New Jersey to do the Round Jersey solo swim, a 41.5 miler around the Isle of Jersey.
Don’s passion is to promote a love for the water, and to change the way we move through it and experience it… and he does that better than anyone else. When he’s not coaching others, you’ll find him on the Jersey shore, swim cap and suit only, 365 days a year. In his free time, he writes children’s books and songs while honing his newfound skills on an acoustic guitar.
Janis was raised in Groton, Mass. Her career began with Digital Equipment Corporation and spanned 30 years across the high-tech industry including Hewlett Packard, Compaq, and Unisys where she held Global Marketing Management and Executive roles. Vermont became home in 2008.
Her corporate background, and passion for people and horses, eventually led Janis to a career change in the growing field of Equine Facilitated Learning. Today she partners individuals, groups, and horses together in unique experiential programs, where new levels of self-awareness are created. Her Horse Powering Success Programs pave the way for accelerated and lasting change in the way people relate to others to get things done – personally and professionally.
Throughout the year, Janis can generally be found outdoors whether with horses, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, or simply enjoying the beauty of nature that surrounds her.
Nick grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and knew from a young age that he’d serve his country. That desire came to fruition when he was selected to attend the United States Naval Academy. While there, he distinguished himself in a variety of leadership roles, as well as participation in the Academy’s Marathon and Triathlon teams. Upon graduation, Nick took his commission in the United States Marine Corps.
Flying had always been a dream, and he realized it through more than 15 years of time in the cockpit, initially flying attack helicopters and ultimately piloting the Presidential Helicopter, Marine One. Nick served with honor in the Marine Corps before relocating to Stowe, Vermont, where he now resides with his wife and their young son.
Nick’s many talents, past and present, include competing in Ironman distance triathlons; ultra-marathons and other endurance events; and serving his community as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. He’s also a techie and likes to stay current on a variety of different gear and technology trends, and is especially interested in optimizing as many things in life as possible with extreme efficiency of effort. He’s intensely passionate about everything he does and enjoys working with others to help them achieve their own goals.
Bill grew up in California and decided early on that he wanted to be a U.S. Navy Frogman. The primary motivator for this tadpole were watching the TV series Sea Hunt starring Lloyd Bridges, but even more persuasive were two popular cinema movies: The Frogmen starring Richard Widmark, and Underwater Warrior staring Dan Dailey. The Frogmen movies were telling of the real-life daredevil exploits of the famed Underwater Demolition Teams that were created during WWII and eventually led to the formation of the SEAL teams during the Vietnam conflict. Rolling the tape to fast-forward, Bill served 40+ years in the Navy as a Sailor, a Frogman, and a SEAL.
Post-retirement in 2005, Bill managed the initial year of the Navy’s SEAL and Special Operations Mentor program, after which he turned to security-type jobs conducting vulnerability assessments and coaching civilian security personnel in how to effectually move, shoot, and communicate. More recently, Bill has been coaching crews on deepwater drilling ships how to enhance the safety of their inherently hazardous operations through detailed planning, effective communications, and rock-solid teamwork.
When Bill is not away working on a security project or onboard a drilling ship, you can find him hiking the White Mountains of New Hampshire or in the gym.