Jesse Co-Owns CrossFit Hakkapeliitta and leads our Veterans Program. Originally from the tiny town of Pelkie, Jesse returned to the Houghton area after serving in the US Marines where he completed two tours of duty in Iraq. Fitness became an important part of his life, not only as something he enjoyed but also as an outlet for the trauma of experiencing a war. In 2018 he transitioned from member to owner at CrossFit Hakkapeliitta, and shortly thereafter started working on the Veterans program that he still leads today. Jesse takes care of the community through numerous volunteer opportunities and works in the health care industry, most recently in the dialysis unit at Portage Health. If you can’t find Jesse at work or at the gym he’s probably spending time with his girlfriend Shannon, or his dog Zeke.