Catalyst Athletics is a USA Weightlifting National Championship team with multiple national champions, American Open champions, international team members, and senior and masters American record holders.

The Catalyst Athletics Weightlifting Association (CWA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that fosters the development of US weightlifting talent and athletes. There are many very talented weightlifters in the United States of America. Unfortunately, these athletes are not as strongly supported as their counterparts are in other countries. Hence, the US typically places behind other nations in international and Olympic events. Many athletes can simply not focus on their training enough to achieve maximum performance due to the need to make a living outside the sport of weightlifting.

CWA is a charitable organization that uses your tax-deductible donations to support talented weightlifters to pursue their passion and to represent the US internationally.


It costs about $20,000 - $25,000 per year to provide an athlete with basic needs like housing, food, and medical insurance. Any donation you can make, whether a one-time payment or an annually repeating contribution, is welcomed gratefully by the team and will be used for the athletes. All donations are tax deductible.

Corporate donors please contact us at to learn more or donate below.

Team Training Videos

Team Members

Jess Lucero
Jess Lucero 58 kg
World & PanAm team member, American record holder, 3-time National Champion, heaviest American woman to clean & jerk double bodyweight
John Downey
John Downey 85 kg
National Championships bronze medalist, American Open Bronze medalist

Sam Kleinschmidt
Sam Kleinschmidt 90 kg
National Championships bronze medalist, American Open silver medalist, American Open Clean & Jerk gold medalist

Chelsea Ryan
Chelsea Ryan 69 kg
National Championships & American Open competitor

Erin Andica
Erin Adica 69 kg
World & PanAm team member
Holley Mangold
Holley Mangold 90+ kg
2012 Olympian, World & PanAm team member
Lily Salisbury
Lily Salisbury 58 kg
Junior National Championships bronze medalist
Jocelyn Forest Haynes
Jocelyn Haynes 63 kg
American Open silver medalist, National Championships Clean & Jerk silver medalist

Snow Powers Charpentier
Snow Charpentier 53 kg
American Open bronze medalist

Susan Murphy
Susan Murphy 75 kg
National Championships & American Open competitor

Lindsay Pace
Lindsay Pace 63 kg
University National Championships bronze medalist

Alyssa Sulay
Alyssa Sulay 63 kg
National Championships snatch bronze medalist

Jes Liao
Jes Liao 48 kg
National Championships and American Open competitor

Jason Marks
Jason Marks 77 kg
National Championships and American Open competitor, PWA snatch and clean & jerk record holder

Retired/At-Large Lifters

Kara Doherty
Kara Doherty 75 kg
4-time Canadian National Champion
Brian Wilhelm
Brian Wilhelm 105+ kg
National Championships silver medalist, American Open silver medalist

Tamara Solari
Tamara Solari 75+ kg
National Championships bronze medalist, American Open silver medalist

Danielle Welihozkiy
Danielle Welihozkiy 53 kg
American Open champion, Collegiate National Champion, National Championship bronze medalist.

Adee Cazayoux
Adee Cazayoux 63 kg
National Championships competitor (Canada)


Greg Everett
Greg Everett 105 kg
Head coach, National Championships and American Open competitor, masters national champion, masters American Open champion and masters American record holder, Olympic Trials coach
Aimee Everett
Aimee Everett 69 kg
National Champion, American Open silver medalist, masters National Champion, masters World Cup champion, and masters American Record Holder, former Olympic Training Center resident, Olympic Trials coach
Mike Gray
Mike Gray 105 kg
American Open competitor