Meet SummitSix founding leaders.
( MBA, CHHC, CPT )
SummitSix Founder and CEO, Anissa Buckley is a nationally-recognized health & wellness expert, entrepreneur, and avid adventurer with a passion for helping people transform their lives through purpose, motivation, and challenge. She holds an MBA and a BS from Cornell University, an Integrative Health Coaching certification from Duke Integrative Medicine, a holistic nutrition counseling certification (CHHC) from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and a personal training certification (CPT) from The National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Prior to launching SummitSix (2021), Buckley founded a nutrition company and developed the retail industry’s leading nutrition database, healthyAisles™ which scores grocery items for health claims. The business success led to an invitation to The White House to confer with President Obama’s chef on the Let’s Move program. The company was acquired in 2007.
Prior, Buckley spent 15 years with Procter & Gamble, Sprint, and Birds Eye Foods. She also co-founded Real Life Food and Fitness, a fitness studio with fresh 500 calorie meals, HIIT fitness classes and health coaching under one roof which was acquired in 2015.
Since 2015, Buckley has been pursuing physical endeavors and biohacking life to better understand the integration between physical and mental challenge and purpose and fulfillment in life.
- Summitted Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania, Africa): 3 days Umbwe route, Unsupported- 19.3k feet, 40 lb pack
- Summitted Thorang Pass, (Nepal, Himalayas), 2x unguided, 17.7k feet, 140 miles
- Summitted El Misti, (Peru) unsupported, 19.1k feet
Cycled Garden Route (East Coast, Africa), 248 miles
Completed Two Oceans Ultramarathon, (South Africa, Cape Town) – 35 miles
- Completed Ironman Triathlons: Ironman Maryland 140.6 mi; IM Syracuse 70.3 mi, IM Boulder 70.3 2x, IM Rio 2019 (6th place- F 50-54)
- Completed Triple Bypass Ride, 4x cycled, (Evergreen, CO), 120 mi, 10k climbing; day event
- Cycled multiple high altitudes: Mount Evans 2x, (Idaho Springs, CO), highest paved road US, 14.1k feet, Haleakala volcano, (Maui, HI) (10k), longest climb in US, 36 miles
- Summitted multiple other mountains: Mauna Kea, (Kona, HI) -13.8k ft, Colorado peaks, Mt Whitney
Chris is a Harvard MBA with 30+ years’ experience working for world class organizations such as Goldman Sachs & Co and PepsiCo as a senior financial officer.
Over the past 15 years, he has spent his time recruiting, accessing, and coaching talent for the Fortune 500 as well as private equity portfolio companies.
His work has included his own executive search boutique, a mental health start-up and has done extensive work around resiliency and understanding personal performance. A competitive golfer, he has recently started training for his first ironman at the age of 59.
Kathy Redden’s journey as a leader in health and fitness began over 30 years ago where she led group exercises classes at UT Rec while attending college. Her specialty and intense passion has always been changing lifestyles.
Kathy has led marathon and triathlon training clinics for first-timers as well as experienced endurance athletes, and has also created and successfully run several swim and cycle technique coaching classes. She was awarded Top 3 Indoor Cycling Instructors in Austin Fit Magazine and has been featured in several Austin and Texas publications for her client success stories. She has also appeared repeatedly on several local TV News shows for her training expertise.
In 2012. founded Tetra Fitness, an elite training facility. During her tenure, she created over 20 new class formats. Redden sold the business in 2020.
Kathy is an endurance athlete herself, completing the CRUCE DE LOS ANDES (100K trail run) and the BC BIKE RACE (7-day Mountain Bike Stage Race) as well as dozens of Adventure Trail Races all over the United States. She has also led Vacation Transformation BootCamps all over the world where groups of clients are “in her healthy care” for 5-7 days of adventure and fitness.
Kathy is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) certified, IDEA Health and Fitness Association Certified, a Trigger Point Performance Therapy practitioner, and a Z-Health Elite Performance Training System certified professional.
When not training clients, you can find Kathy on her bike, playing volleyball in the sand, surfing Lake Austin or climbing a mountain.
Challenge: Continuous Challenge for Life Fulfillment
Encouraging Fearless Exploration and a Growth Mindset. Research shows life satisfaction and mental wellbeing are linked to continuous learning and challenge. There is no failure other than failure to try.
Strength: Our potential is greater than we think
This year has challenged us all. We’ve come through so much yet its merely a launching pad. Moving forward, its about taking the lessons of pushing through discomfort to reach further.
Connection: Promoting connection and community
Promoting connection and community means learning to work together on the mountain and back home. Connectivity stems from vulnerability, compassion, support and more and is critical for mental wellbeing.
Change: Being open to diversity is critical to growth
There is much we can learn and adopt from the culture of the mountains, and others.
Gratitude: An attitude of gratitude
It’s important to acknowledge what we have instead of what we’re lacking. SummitSix promotes giving back because we are lucky enough to do this. And that means all of us.
Nature: Get Outside
There are numerous mental and physical health benefits to breathing in fresh air and just being outside. Cortisol levels decrease by 20%. Depression and anxiety lift.
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