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Meet the Instructors

Aaron Karp

Aaron is a junior Kinesiology major who joined Campus Recreation in the summer of 2013. After competing for the UMass Men’s Rowing team his freshman year, Aaron began to develop his passion for fitness. He became a certified personal trainer and Spinning instructor to share his passion. Aaron’s Spinning and Boot Camp classes are designed to be challenging, forcing anyone who takes his class push themselves beyond their normal limits. He hopes however that everyone will leave his classes with a sense of accomplishment.

Aaron Karp

Ali Cook

Ali (RYT Back Bay Yoga, Boston), a yogini with eight years on the mat, believes that all bodies, no matter the fitness or wellness level, can experience healing and release through yoga. With influences from many disciplines, including Vinyasa, Forrest, Baptiste, Anusara, Yin, Iyengar and restorative yoga, Ali's classes fuse intensity, strength-building and Pranayama. Ali provides participants a direction at a variety of levels and an intensity that works for them personally. Using music and meditation combined with intelligent sequencing, Ali strives to create an experience that incorporates and engages the whole self.

Ali Cook

Alyssa Gaudreault

Alyssa is a Kinesiology major with an anticipated 2014 graduation. She currently teaches kickboxing, Spinning® and spinsantiy. Fitness has always been one of her passions. Alyssa began taking kickboxing classes during her freshmen year and fell in love with it. Kickboxing is a fun and intense way to stay in shape. Alyssa also enjoys participating in sports, such as basketball, soccer and track. She participates in intramural sports at UMass. Alyssa keeps classes fun but also ensures an intense workout that leaves participants walking out of the room dripping with sweat! 

Alyssa Gaudreault

Amanda Chamberlin

Amanda is currently in her senior year as an Early Childhood Education major. She has been dancing since she was four years old and received her ballet training from the State Ballet of Rhode Island, where she was a soloist dancer on a full scholarship. She teaches dance and fitness classes of all ages at various studios in her hometown. She hopes to pursue a professional dance career. Amanda received her AFAA Primary Group Fitness Certification in May of 2011 and has been passionate about group fitness classes ever since. She currently teaches cardio kickboxing and the popular dance conditioning class that will leave you feeling tightened and toned all over. She is extremely upbeat and makes her classes fun yet challenging for all levels and abilities. 

 

Amanda Chamberlin

Avery Hennigar

Avery Hennigar is a Public Health and Psychology double major who anticpates to graduate in 2015. Avery has always enjoyed trying many different fitness activities, but has focused on swimming, biking and running. She fell in love with Spinning® last year at UMass and decided to get her certification. She loves how Spinning® allows you to work at your own pace and reach new goals with every workout. Avery believes every workout should be a personal challenge but still fun and enjoyable and something to look forward to throughout the week.

Avery Hennigar

Bethany Welch

Bethany is a nutrition major intending to graduate in 2017. During high school she stayed active by playing three sports and constantly attending classes at her local gym.  After becoming involved with group fitness and spinning she decided to get certified to be a spinning instructor. Bethany is excited to start teaching spin and continue to take group fitness classes at UMass. She plans to have more certifications within the next couple of years. In her free time, Bethany plays for the UMass women’s hockey team.

 

 

Bethany Welch

Chastity Beach

Chastity Beach is a Public Health major. Chastity got into fitness and discovered her love for running when she participated in cross country and track in high school. She began taking Spinning® classes in college and loved Spinning® so much that she decided to get certified to teach. Chastity plans to make her classes interesting with great music and fun themes for every ride.

Chastity Beach

Courtney Stacey

Courtney is currently a Civic Engagement and Education major through the BDIC program. Fitness and nutrition have always played prominent roles in her life, and she has participated in sports and dance since she was young. Throughout high school she played field hockey, lacrosse and ran track in addition to practicing yoga and the occasional kickboxing class. Her freshman year, Courtney started going to Cardio Kickboxing classes regularly and fell in love with the high intensity and sweat-inducing workout! Since then, she has explored strength training, High Intensity Interval Training and Insanity. Courtney tries to keep her class upbeat and challenging; she focuses on pushing the limits and listening to one's own body!

 

Courtney Stacey

Eliav Ehrenkrantz

Eliav has been practicing yoga for four and a half years. Eliav practices Hatha yoga following the Anusara principles of alignment. By maintaining a steady home-practice Eliav finds inspiration from which to teach as a learning and growing student of yoga. He has taken a 50 hour alignment training, 70 hours of Anusara immersions and a 250 hour Ashtanga-Vinyasa Teacher Training. Eliav believes that engaging one’s self in a consistent yoga practice gives a person the tools to affect their lives, in a positive, compassionate and self-loving way.

 

Eliav Ehrenkrantz

Eric Soule

Eric is a Kinesiology major who joined Campus Recreation in September 2013. He loves all activities both indoor and outdoor year round, but some of his favorite things are cross fit, biking, freestyle skiing, soccer and mountain climbing. His classes are impeccably choreographed with a superb understanding for body mechanics and a knack for proper technique. 

Eric Soule

Gillian Gagne

Gillian is a sophomore History major minoring in Education. She began taking Spinning® classes at the Rec Center during her freshman year and loved it so much that she decided to become certified. Gillian believes that the ultimate fitness class should be challenging but also fun, and she strives to incorporate both in her workouts. 

 

Gillian Gagnon

Jacklyn Barzvi

Jaclyn is majoring in Communication and International Relations. Originally from Queens, NY where she began her love of various styles of dance and choreography, Jacklyn is a self-taught belly dancer who later studied the art in Israel. She is the founder of the UMass Belly Dance Club. Come join her and learn the beautiful art of belly dance!

 

Jacklyn Barzvi

Jenn Konjoian

Jenn plans to study Marketing or Communication with a minor in Nutrition or Kinesiology. After participating in several sports, she got a job working at a gym in her hometown and soon involved herself in the group fitness world. Certified in Group Power and BodyPump, Jenn is also a certified personal training. Jenn teaches Tabata and P90X at the Rec Center where her high energy classes encourage participants to challenge themselves and make the most of their workout.

 

Jenn Konjoian

Jessi Pergolotti

From Long Island, Jessi is majoring in Nutrition and minoring in Child Psychology. After years of playing field hockey, she got involved in fitness and was instantly hooked. When she took Spinning® here at UMass Campus Recreation as a freshman, she was immediately inspired by the great music and motivation. Now Jessi teaches a variety of classes and you can expect to let go of college stresses, hear great music and take on a tough workout in her classes! 

Jessi Pergolotti

Jill Isabelle

Jill graduated from UMass with honors with a B.A. in Women’s Studies and Community Health. Prior to joining Campus Recreation in 2009, Jill had competed in fitness and bodybuilding competitions. She still trains regularly, enjoys running and is always trying new things. Jill believes that family comes first, that friends should always make your life better, and the little things really do matter. Jill is focused on professional development as she continues to work on her Master’s and expand her qualifications. Her certifications include first aid/CPR/AED, AFAA kickboxing instructor, Spinning® instructor and ASFA personal trainer.

Jill Isabelle

Julia Ginsburg

Julia (RYT Prana Power Yoga, Cambridge, MA) began practicing yoga at the age of ten and knew that she wanted to spread the love of yoga and the love of life to as many people as possible. She double majors in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Sustainable Food and Farming. Julia believes that through a steady practice of yoga and breath, we can make our lives happier, one day at a time. Her classes are for all skill levels and combine strength with stretching and breathing. Vinyasa is often thought of as a meditation in motion, breath synchronized with asana (poses) that are all aligned with one another to make your body feel energized and refreshed. As always, Namaste.

Julia Ginsburg

Kamilla Rymwid

Kamilla is an English major and hopeful double minor in Sociology and French. She was introduced to the cardio kickboxing classes freshman year through Eliza's and Meghan's classes and was hooked right away. She's always been active, from being captain of the swimming and gymnastics team in high school, to being an avid hiker and runner. Physical fitness and nutritional wellness is an important part of her life. She hopes to help her class attendees gain confidence and focus, so that every participant leaves the class feeling empowered and excited for the next workout.

Kamilla Rymwid

Katelyn Russell

An avid runner, Katelyn (RYT Back Bay Yoga, Boston) first found yoga as a means to relieve chronic, running-related injuries. However, she quickly began to notice the other physical and non-physical benefits that the practice offers and was motivated to share these benefits with others. Katelyn firmly believes that yoga has something to offer everyone and that the practice should be adapted to fit the specific needs of the individual. Drawing inspiration from Vinyasa, hip-hop, Forrest, Ashtanga, Baptiste, and Pranavayu yoga, she blends these various practices to create interesting and challenging sequences that emphasize strength, flexibility, alignment and mindfulness. A graduate from the class of 2009, Katelyn is excited to be back at UMass as a Nutrition graduate student and is looking forward to being a part of the UMass Rec fitness and wellness community. 

Katelyn Russell

Katie Campbell

Katie is an English major. She discovered her love for health fitness after her freshman year at UMass when she began taking classes in turbo kick and interval training. Katie became certified in INSANITY in June of 2013. She loves high intense cardio and strength training and is excited to share the brand new INSANITY classes with UMass. She is a Beachbody coach and is passionate about helping others reach their fitness goals. In her free time she participates in the UMass Marching Band colorguard.

Katie Campbell

Kayla Clogston

Kayla is an Accounting major planning to graduate in 2015. She has always been interested in fitness but decided to get Spinning® certified in 2010 when her dad opened a fitness studio. She fell in love with leading group fit classes and became a certified TRX instructor a year later. Kayla knew she wanted to teach classes at the Rec Center since she was a freshman and was really excited to be a part of introducing TRX to the group fit schedule. She always tries to lead safe, fun and effective classes for all fitness levels.

 

Kayla Clogston

Kaylee Devincent

Kaylee is an Animal Science major with a minor in Spanish.  Kaylee fell in love with Zumba® eight years ago and has loved every moment of it. She got certified the day before her 21st birthday in November 2011. Kaylee also competes for the UMass Track and Field team, so she loves to stay active. Zumba® is a fun way to work out, take your mind off everything and just let loose and shake it! Come and join the party!

Kaylee Devincent

Kellie Bowe

Kellie is a double-major in Early Childhood Education and Communication. Eighteen years ago she began her dancing career and developed a lifelong passion for performing and keeping in shape. She started her fitness instructor career in May 2010 with a Zumba® certification. Now she teaches Piloxing, an hour long cardio class that mixes kickboxing and pilates! She also teaches PiloxingTONE, a toning class designed to whip your butt, abs, legs and arms into shape. Kellie loves fitness and the feeling of leading her participants closer to their fitness goal.

 

Kellie Bowe

Kelsey Baumgarten

Kelsey  is in her junior year as a Nutrition major. She loves everything that revolves around food and being active. After a lifetime of training in gymnastics and other competitive sports, she discovered a passion for zumba, because it allows everyone to be winners, feel good, and have fun. She attended zumba classes for many years and finally decided to teach in order to share the positive energy and promote health and well-being. She tries to make classes fun and easy-to-follow, so that everyone can get a great workout and leave feeling accomplished!

 

Kelsey Baumgarten

Lauren Duffy

Lauren has a double-major in Communication and Journalism with a minor in Education and will be graduating in 2014. After dancing for 15 years, she stumbled into a Zumba® fitness class in high school and immediately fell in love with it. After receiving her Zumba® certification in November 2010, she taught in several towns in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and began teaching at UMass Campus Recreation in January 2011. Lauren teaches Zumba®, cardio kickboxing, Yoga 101 and 30-minute toning and strengthening classes. Lauren's passion and energy make her classes fun and uplifting for people of all fitness levels. Her classes are an exhilarating way to get in shape and stay in shape!

 

Lauren Duffy

Lily Sexton

Lily has been practicing yoga for five years. She is a registered Kripalu yoga teacher as well as a dancer and swimmer. Through yoga, she learned to respect her body and mind and now wants to share this gift with others. Her yoga classes are designed to be accessible to EVERY body, regardless of ability, injury, age, gender or previous experience. Lily believes that yoga and dance are therapeutic exercises that anyone and everyone can benefit from.

Lily Sexton

Lizzee McKibben

Lizzee is a Junior Psychology major with minors in Chinese and Spanish. She began yoga as a freshman in high school because of various physical ailments. After only a few months of practice Lizzee noticed significant improvement in her health. She obtained her first yoga teaching certificate from Yoga Kingdom Sanctuary, a private studio in Los Angeles, where she learned the importance of breath and meditation in yoga and life. She recently completed a second training in Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga at Health Yoga Life in Boston. These trainings have given her a deep appreciation for the spiritual, theoretical, and physical practice of Yoga. Her classes are accessible to all and emphasize garnering awareness of the mind-body connection.

Elizabeth McKibben

Maggie Opolski

Maggie is a senior Communications major. After swimming competitively throughout high school, she came to UMass looking for a team-like atmosphere for exercise. She found that in the group fitness classes, especially Spinning®. She got certified in Spinning® her sophomore year and has been teaching ever since. She likes creating hard upbeat classes where students are inspired to challenge themselves physically in ways they did not think were possible. 

Maggie Opolski

Michelle Nowak

Michelle is a Nursing major in the class of 2015. She got into group fitness when she was looking for a way to continue working out after her high school track season ended. That is when she found Zumba® and fell in love with it. She got certified in October 2010 and has been teaching it in many different places ever since. She has a real passion for it and it shows in her classes. Michelle believes that Zumba® truly helps her to de-stress and stay fit and happy. She hopes to inspire and motivate UMass students to join the Zumba® movement so that they can be healthy and happy, too!

Michelle Nowak

Molly Shunney

Molly is a sophomore Sport Management and Journalism double major. Throughout high school, she was a three-season athlete. She has always enjoyed feeling healthy and being physically fit. When she got to college, sports were no longer a daily source of exercise and Spinning® became a great alternative. Now that she is a certified Spinning® instructor, her passion for the class - both as an instructor and student - continues to grow. She looks forward to learning more about group fitness in its entirety and hopes to have a few more certifications under her belt before graduating in 2015.

Molly Shunney

Niki Farahani

Niki has been dancing for over 14 years and has been teaching for five years. She is currently a junior majoring in dance and minoring in education. Certified as a Zumba instructor she teaches both Zumba and cardio hip hop classes. She also aspires to become certified in yoga and kickboxing. Niki has preformed on numerous stages including venues such as the John Hancock Theater in Boston and the Citigroup Theater in the Alvin Aliey Building in New York. She hopes to continue preforming after college and teaching fitness classes as well. 

Niki Farahani

Sarah Marotta

Sarah is a Business Management major planning to graduate in 2015. In high school, she enjoyed playing field hockey and teaching group fitness classes at the local athletic club. With certificates in both strength-training and yoga classes, Sarah is able to combine the two for BROga. The strength-based yoga class is set to fun music and will allow participants to become more balanced and flexible. She looks forward to bringing new material to the Rec Center and hopes to help male participants overcome their group fitness fears.

Sarah Marotta

Sarah Sawayanagi

Sarah is an Animal Science/ Pre-Vet Major graduating in 2016. From Cape Cod MA, Sarah started running regularly in High School and soon started entering in local races and events. Since then, she discovered the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle by exercising, eating clean, and staying motivated. After participating in many group fitness classes freshman year of college she knew that is what she wanted to do. Today, she teaches INSANITY classes at Campus Rec in hopes to energize people with the high intensity workouts she has to offer!

Sarah Sawayanagi

Stephanie Hill

Steph is a Public Health major with a minor in Education and Sociology. Steph has always had a passion for dancing and could not have been happier to discover Zumba®. She believes that by combining her love for dancing with teaching, she provides a fun and upbeat environment for participants. Steph strives to motivate and inspire everyone who comes to her classes and leave with sweat dripping down their body and a huge smile on their face!

Steph Hill

Tess Curran

Tess is a Public Health major with an anticipated graduation date of 2016. She is a certified Kripalu yoga instructor and has been practicing on the mat for six years. After discovering yoga, Tess began to explore all things fitness and loves to rock climb, bike, and horseback ride. Tess believes that yoga is a personal journey anyone can participate in, no matter his/her fitness level. Her classes include breath work, physical asana, and meditation that include options for everyone from newcomers to practiced yogis.  

Tess Curran

Tracy Conner

Tracy is a PhD student in Linguistics. Previously she earned a BA in Linguistics and an MA in Sociology from Stanford University before completing an MA in Communication Disorders at UMass. Originally from Leawood, Kansas, Tracy has moved from coast to coast for academic pursuits, but along the way she has always made time to dance. From competitive dance in high school, directing and choreographing for jazz and hip-hop groups at Stanford, to hitting the court and the national stage with the UMass dance team, and forays into Flashmobbing with her church MERCYhouse, Tracy has explored many styles of dance. At present, Tracy has also become AAAI/ISMA STRIDE certified by fitness guru Shaun T to teach cardio dance and body-weighted toning exercises toward an INSANE body. 

Tracy Conner