It’s never too late to start your fitness journey

& you don’t have to jump through hoops to make nutrition + training fit into your life

Behavior change, nutrition, and training can feel overwhelming - I’m guessing that’s why you’re here.

The good news? You’re a go-getter who wants to take ownership over this part of your life.

That is exactly where we want you to be, and I’m here to guide you the rest of the way.

So nice to meet you! I’m Marissa, owner and founder of Permanent Change Coaching.

Since beginning my career as an online fitness coach in 2016, I’ve worked with both lifestyle and contest prep clients and helped thousands of men and women of all ages, sizes, and experience levels reach their goals. 

My greatest passion is helping others change their mindset about weight training and healthy eating, become their fittest selves, and gain confidence they never knew they could have.

I strongly believe that you ARE capable of that. But YOU have to believe in you, too.

When we work together as coach and client, I strive to create and cultivate a REAL relationship – not a transactional one. The better I know you, the better I can coach you and get you where you want to be. Through our time together, you will learn the tools you need to lead this lifestyle for a lifetime, and feel like you have a teammate throughout it all.

I preach developing not only a healthy body, but also a strong mind. Your actions follow your thoughts, so you and I will work not only on the physical, but mental aspects of sustainable habit change.

Our differentiator in this industry is the education aspect of our coaching services. We actually don’t want you to resign for years on end. We design programs that teach you so you can eventually handle your nutrition and training autonomously and with complete confidence.

You don’t have to stay stuck in a place where getting results feels confusing, or even impossible. Head to our Programs page to learn more about our online coaching service!

And in case you’re curious about my background…

  • Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from George Mason University
  • Masters in Science Student in Applied Exercise Science & Sports Nutrition
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • NSCA Certified Personal Trainer
  • GGS Pre and Post Natal Coach

Full Service Online Coaching (Diet + Training)

Ideal for anyone struggling in their fitness journey or frustrated with a lack of results on their own or with previous programs. Dive into making lasting changes with sustainable, maintainable habits!

Fun Facts About Marissa

Meet The team

Aaron Chong

Director of Ops

Aaron is the PCC Director of Ops and has 8 years of coaching experience. He is a Strength + Performance Specialist and a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified Nutrition Coach, as well as USA Weightlifting Level 1 Certified.

Aaron’s fitness journey all began through his love of tennis. He has been an active person for his entire life and used to play tennis full time. He started lifting weights regularly his senior year of high school and has continued to do so ever since. Although Aaron no longer plays tennis, he has recently found a new love for playing sand volleyball. He also loves to snowboard and travel across the US to shred whenever he gets the chance!


  • 8 Years of Coaching Experience
  • Strength and Performance Specialist 
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified Nutrition Coach 
  • USA Weighlifting Level 1 Certified
Marilyn Kowalski

Assistant Coach

Marilyn was born and raised in New Jersey and currently resides in Georgia with her fiancé and 2 cats. She attended undergrad at the University of Pittsburgh and received her B.A. in Communication Science and Disorders. From there, she received her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology and went on to begin her Ph.D. at the University of Georgia, only to drop out after a semester once realizing her true passion was in coaching.

Her passion for fitness and nutrition grew as she continued to learn more about how food and proper training can improve our energy, slow down aging, and help us achieve a healthy body composition.


Marilyn went on to become an IFPA women’s physique pro, powerlifter, learned from and coached by respected figures in the industry, and garnered multiple credentials from renowned organizations to become a certified personal trainer, strength and conditioning specialist, and nutrition coach.


  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT)
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified Nutrition Coach (PN-L1)
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer (CF-L1)
  • Strength Systems International Certifications (SSIC) Levels 1 and 2
  • Girls Gone Strong Pre- & Postnatal Coaching Certification
  • Masters in Student Science in Applied Exercise Science & Sports Nutrition
  • Pro Natural Bodybuilder and Former USAPL Powerlifter
  • 7+ years of Collective Coaching Experience
Abby DeVido

Assistant Coach

Abby is one of our amazing coaches! She is 24 years old and currently lives down in West Palm Beach, Florida and has recently graduated with her MBA.

Her hobbies/passions include working out, being at the beach, iced coffee, and going on lots of walks!

Her passion for fitness grew from deciding that she needed to change one day and seeing all the not only physical changes but mental changes it has brought to her life. It started out as an outlet for her to work on herself and has turned into a passion she couldn’t imagine her life without!

She loves being a coach because it enables her to work closely with individuals to uniquely approach their journey in a way that is most sustainable to them!


  • Bachelors in Marketing
  • MBA from Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Precision Nutrition L1 Certified Coach
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Former In-Person Personal Trainer
  • 7+ Years of Collective Coaching Experience
Sam Lindauer

Assistant Coach

Sam is the newest coach to join the team! She grew up in Massachusetts but currently lives in New Hampshire with her dog, two cats, flock of chickens, and a bee hive. She is a Pro Natural Bikini & Figure Competitor and has been competing since 2015. 

Her love for fitness started while working on a farm! The intense labour of working on a farm made her realize that she’d benefit from building muscle. So she hit the gym and never looked back. 


  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 Nutrition Coach
Tara Gautier


Tara is one of Team PCC’s Virtual Assistants. She joined the team in August of 2021 to help out behind the scenes by providing administrative support. She handles a wide variety of tasks in the areas of client onboarding and management, email marketing, social media and design. She recently took on a more creative role in the business and will be expanding her expertise in that area.

She is a native New Yorker, living life in North Carolina, wife to her HS sweetheart and a proud mama of two! She possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Fashion Marketing & Management with 10+ years of corporate experience supporting high level executives as an Executive Assistant.

She recently made a shift and began her journey as a Virtual Assistant and it has been an incredible experience for her thus far! She has a true passion for helping people. Her goal for those she supports is to help maximize their productivity by alleviating their workload, so they can focus on their passion and continue to grow their business.

Hannah Staggs


Hannah works as a Virtual Assistant providing support behind the scenes. She currently lives in the UK but lived in Virginia for most of her life.

Hannah expresses her passion for fitness by playing volleyball and going to the gym. She played volleyball from the age of 12, but stopped once she reached the collegiate level. This led to weight gain and insecurities. She became a client of Marissa’s in 2017, lost over 50lbs, and fell in love with who she was again. Weight lifting has been a massive part of her life ever since, and she’s even recently joined a volleyball team in England! 

She graduated from West Virginia University with a BS in Sport and Exercise Psychology and three minors in Psychology, Health Promotion, and Human Services. While studying, she worked as a project manager on a federally funded research study and found her passion in assisting projects. After moving to the UK in 2019, she decided to pursue that passion and become a virtual assistant full time. She’s now able to help others by alleviating the stresses of managing and completing various tasks.

Kelli Florio

Customer Relations + Injury Management & Prevention Specialist

Kelli is our Customer Relations + Injury Management & Prevention Specialist. She brings over 10 years of athletic training experience, most at the division 1 college level to help our clients with injuries or ailments that occur so that they’re not forced to stop working on their goals!

Her passion for fitness started from a young age. She was an athlete from about 3 years old all the way through college where she continued to work with athletic populations.

She really dove into her personal journey in 2019 when she realized her metabolism was struggling & she hasn’t looked back – She ALWAYS says it’s one of the singular best decisions she ever made to hire a coach to teach her everything she ever needed to know & she truly loves being a small part of peoples journeys here at PCC in whatever way is needed.

She’s been with the team since September 2021 and is one of the first touch points for team PCC. You may have taken one or two calls with her before you joined the team!

Online Coaching
(Diet + Training)

Are you ready to FINALLY gain confidence in a balanced approach to fitness that lasts longer than a month or two? Let’s toss the fads and quick fixes into the trash and get you on board with a program that puts the frustration to a halt.

In the Full Service Coaching package, you get custom training, nutrition, weekly check-ins, resources – and that’s just the beginning!

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