Lisa Van Wyk, MS, BS

President and Founder

Lisa Van Wyk is our visionary.  In the summer of 2013, she founded Blaze with a heartfelt desire in mind: to see others reach their maximum potential by living for God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:30).  She is passionate about encouraging others to use their God-given talents for the Kingdom and helping them lead a life of abandonment and no regrets.

Her vision for Blaze is to be the leading sports management agency changing the world one athlete at a time while training champions for life!

Lisa's vision spans far and wide. Her calling is to provide an integrative fitness facility in the community that taps into the best in sports, music, and education and provides a center for athletic success and builds personal healing and strength that breeds champions and leaders in all walks of life.  Her studies show that a sound mind, body, and spirit are the key to successful living.  This is where Leaders are Bred.

Lisa is fearless about exploring the topic of God’s sovereignty in a broken world, and applying the science of human performance to help others succeed in life personally and professionally.  A former high school, Biology and Chemistry teacher, she holds a B.S. in Biology, Chemistry, and Health, and a Master’s degree in Microbiology.

Yet a quiet, studious type she is not.  Spunky, fun-loving, genuine and spontaneous, Lisa is a people magnet in any crowd.  She loves to laugh, especially at herself.

Lisa is a kaleidoscope of talents and skills. She is a teacher, dancer, scientist, singer, athlete, loving wife and mom.

Lisa uses her collegiate and amateur athletic experience as well as her 24 years of coaching and now 18 years of business experience, as a Chief Information Officer, and business owner to bring a needed change to the community. Lisa knows how to help others smash their goals!  Lisa is a 16 time All American in Track n Field, 2-time 400m defending National Champion, UWO Hall of Fame Inductee, and a WIAC Top 100 Athlete.   As a Freshman in college, Lisa played Division I basketball with the University of Miami Hurricanes, receiving her first strength training experience under the leadership of  the U of M football team's trainers. Lisa helped her Division I women's basketball team finish their season 32-2, and beat out Virginia's Dawn Staley and Tami Reiss, as well as Connecticut's Geno Auriemma and Rebecca Lobo twice to win the 1992 Big East Conference and NCAA Sweet 16 championships.  Lisa knows how to succeed.

Lisa is a loyal wife to Tim, her husband, and an affectionate mom to Peter (21) and Nicole (20).  Together the Van Wyk family humors Lisa’s compulsion to explore new ideas and to organize everything, from books to lives worth saving.

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Speaking Engagements

Lisa, In The News



Enspire 365, LLC dba Blaze

August 2013Present, Appleton, WI

Blaze is a sports and fitness management agency that maximizes your potential mentally, physically, and spiritually to help you lead an enlightened and inspiring life. We offer counseling, coaching and creative marketing services to help you elevate your game! Call us to join the team or experience our services.

President, Director, Head Coach

Wisconsin Blaze

August 2013Present, Appleton, WI

The Wisconsin Blaze's mission is to change the world, one athlete at a time, by training champions for life. We train athletes to be mentally, physically, and spiritually elite basketball and volleyball players and great Christian citizens. Connect with us if you are interested in experiencing the difference!

Private Company; Construction industry

March 20012015, Neenah, WI

Chief Information Officer


The Sisterhood

August 2010December 2013 (3 years 5 months)

Developing the Vision & Strategically Implementing the Vision

Girls AAU Basketball Coach

Mission Basketball Academy

January 2013August 2013 (8 months) Appleton, WI

Train athletes to be mentally, physically, and spiritually elite basketball players and great Christian citizens.

Youth Basketball Coach

Hortonville Area School District

October 2008April 2013 (4 years 7 months) YMCA & Hortonville Girls Hoops Club

Training and coaching youth athletes to excel in sports and lead a life of excellent character.

Women's Ministry Leader

Appleton Alliance Church

20092011 (2 years)

Freshman Volleyball Coach

Hortonville High School

August 2007November 2007 (4 months) Hortonville, WI

VP, Project Coordinator, Accountant

Steel Homes by Design, LLC

March 2003April 2007 (4 years 2 months)

Varsity Assistant & Head J.V. Girl's Basketball Coach

Appleton Area School District

Government Agency; 501-1000 employees; Primary/Secondary Education industry

September 1995March 2001 (5 years 7 months) Appleton, WI

Biology & Chemistry Teacher

Appleton North High School

August 1998July 2000 (2 years)

Education and Accolades

Walden University

PhD in Psychology (In Process)
2014 - 2016

Specializing in Human Performance, Sports Psychology, and Family Therapy

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

MS, Microbiology


Activities and Societies: Developed an Advanced High School & Introductory College Biotechnology Curriculum based on the National Standards of Science to help educate students in the various concepts of Biotechnology and equip them with skills they can apply to the fields of Industrial Technology, Phytoremediation, Medicine, Agriculture, and Bioethics.

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

BS, Biology, Chemistry, & Health


16 time All American
2-time 400m defending National Track N Field Champion
UWO Hall of Fame Inductee
WIAC Top 100 Athlete

Activities and Societies: Dean's List 2003 Graduate Scholarship Winner for Master's thesis work

University of Miami

Biology & Chemistry


Member of the NCAA Div I Women's Basketball team successfully completing the '91-'92 season with a 31-2 record
Big East Conference Champion
NCAA Div 1 Sweet 16 Team

Highlands Christian Academy

High School Degree, General


High School All-Conference 10-12 grade in Volleyball and Basketball

Activities and Societies: Band; Choir; Volleyball; Basketball; Softball