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Meet the Instructors




Amanda McCarthy

Amanda is a CHC student from Revere, MA majoring in Public Health, graduating in 2018.  Having danced since she was 5 years old, Amanda attended Zumba® and Cardio Hip Hop classes her first week at UMass attempting to keep dance in her life and stay fit.  Falling in love immediately, she became licensed to teach Zumba® herself in the spring of 2016.  She is excited to teach with Campus Rec and help others get excited about working out and being healthy!  Amanda aims to have students of all fitness and dance levels moving and passionate about Zumba®- proving that exercise can be done with a smile!

Amanda McCarthy

Anna Talia

From Indonesia, Anna studies at Isenberg, majoring in Corporate Finance, graduating in 2017. For her love of dancing, she did Hip Hop and Modern Dance for 4 years while she was in high school and tried out dance workouts such as Zumba®, Body Jam, and Dance Fitness for the first time in her sophomore year of college and totally fell in love with it! Inspired by Zumba® instructors at Campus Rec, Anna got certified in Zumba® in spring 2016 and joined the Campus Rec in summer 2016. She now teaches Cardio Hip Hop, wishing that through this class, she can encourage her participants to have a great time sweating and getting fit in an enjoyable way. Most of all, she wants her participants to be able to express themselves while working out in her class through upbeat music and fun dance moves!

Anna Talia

Anna Wadiak

Anna Wadiak is a Communication and Public Health major and a member of the Commonwealth Honors College, graduating in 2018. Certified by the American Council on Exercise as a Group Fitness Instructor, she currently teaches cardio kickboxing and Pilates and hopes to expand her teaching to cover even more class varieties. Coming from New Jersey, she found a home away from home in the Recreation Center and can be found almost everyday running around the track, taking group fitness classes and exploring different weight machines. She hopes to spread smiles and confidence as a friendly face both inside her classes and out, and she hopes that people will come to her classes to take some time for themselves, to build their inner and outer strength, to work hard in the best way possible, and to have a good time.

Anna Wadiak

Ayaka Kitimura

Ayaka is a Management major endeavoring to include minors in Economics and Spanish minors, and a member of the Commonwealth Honors College. She likes to be active so she attempted to go to the gym frequently but couldn’t keep herself motivated enough to continue working out on machines for an hour. After being encouraged by a friend to try out Zumba®, she fell in love and attended multiple classes a week. Ayaka wants to encourage others to explore different ways to stay active because Campus Recreation is a wonderful place that offers a wide variety of ways to do so. She hopes her Zumba® classes will add to the variety and create a fun atmosphere where anyone can walk out feeling great. Ayaka joined campus rec in the fall of 2016 and is excited to spread the energy and fun to others through her classes.

Ayaka Kitimura

Bethany Welch

Bethany is a Public Health major and Education minor graduating in 2017, who joined campus recreation in December of 2013. She fell in love with fitness and working out during high school after joining her local gym and playing sports in high school. Certified in Spinning, TRX, Kick it, Cardio Sport, and general group fitness, Bethany teaches a variety of classes. She is also a Nutrition Advisor and a Personal Trainer through AFAA. Bethany strives to give her participants a fun and challenging workout that will leave them feeling accomplished. 

Bethany Welch

Bobby Svec

Bobby is an Isenberg student getting his BBA in Operations and Information Management in the class of 2017. He is a Jersey boy that loves to cook and be up to date on the coolest technology. If you asked him freshman year, he would have said he is never setting foot in that gym for the next 4 years. Boy was he wrong. He friends made him take a Zumba® class at the Rec Center and he fell in love; attending 5-6 classes a week! He decided to become certified December of 2014 and was hired on the spot. Bobby is truly devoted to hiding fitness into dance so students think they are at a party and not the gym.

Bobby Svec

Brianna Laughlin

Brianna Laughlin is a Communications major, graduating in 2018, who joined campus rec in the fall of 2015. Before college Brianna danced competitively and did not have much time for working out. Brianna continues to dance at Umass, she is a part of the Dance Company but she still wanted more! Group fit showed Brianna that exercising was a great way to get away from school work and sweat with her friends. After falling in love with spin Brianna tried boot camp, TRX, and other classes Umass has to offer and decided to get certified. Get ready for a class that incorporate your entire body with fun music that will you leave you sore but smiling!

Brianna Laughlin

Carissa Lueth

 

 

Carissa Lueth

Chad Chaffee

Chad’s classes are heart centered, compassionate, and driven to honor and respect the body and mind in its present state.  As a yoga practitioner, he understands the transformative effects that coordinated breath and movement can create both on and off the mat.  Through the willful holding of poses and guided breath, those students both new and experienced can find a welcome place in Chad’s class.Chad is a  Kripalu certified and Yoga Alliance registered teacher and is a trained meditation leader and Reiki II practitioner,  As a member of the 2018 BDIC program his degree focus is on Wellness within Arts Administration and Vocal Performance blending his love of music and performance with his passion for yoga.

Chad Chaffee

Christine Miller

Christine is a senior nutrition major who loves pug puppies and hiking through the woods. She began her yoga practice in her early teenage years and continued to deepen her practice through classes here at the UMass Campus Recreation center. During the summer of 2016 Christine traveled to Bali, Indonesia to study yoga with Bodhi Yoga Academy where she became a 200 hour certified yoga instructor. In Christine’s classes you will enjoy an upbeat yoga flow with a challenging but comfortable stretch that will open up all parts of your body!

Christine Miller

Cole Gladstone

Cole is an Isenberg School of Management student and a member of the Commonwealth Honors College. After being encouraged to try indoor cycling by his mom over winter break his freshman year, he became hooked, and now can’t get enough. If you take one of Cole’s classes, you can expect to feel physically exhausted and energized at the same time. Don’t expect to nail his workout the first time you take it, as they are designed to bring even the most-fit athlete to their breaking point. With a lot of dedication, and by feeding off of the energy of the music and those around you, however, you will have the best work out of your life. As world renowned sports psychologist Dr. Bob Winters put it to Cole, “Get to Yes.” We can all get there. 

Cole Gladstone

Colleen Unda

 

 

Colleen Unda

Courtney Rogers

Courtney is an economics major, graduating in 2019, who joined Campus Rec in December of 2014. She has always been an avid gym-user, especially once coming to UMass, and believes in using exercise as an outlet.  She enjoys running and yoga and discovered Spinning, a new and challenging workout in early 2014. It is now her favorite form of cardio exercise, which has encouraged her to get her certification. Courtney enjoys designing new rides and creating playlists. Her class is sure to leave you feeling the perfect combination of sweaty and rejuvenated.

Courtney Rogers

Dana Applegarth

Dana is majoring in the BDIC program focusing on Communication through Marketing and Psychology, while also aiming for a minor in Education, graduating in 2019. Dana focused her athletic abilities playing club soccer for six years playing varsity soccer all throughout high school, never having an off season or break to really learn more about what she loved most about staying active. Unfortunately due to injuries, she couldn't continue to play soccer. Ultimately, this led her to being more involved at the gym, finding a passion for fitness and nutrition, and becoming a Cardio Sport instructor here at UMass.

Dana Applegarth

Daphne Solomon

Daphne is a Sophomore in the Isenberg School of Management as well as a member of the Commonwealth Honors College. From a young age, Daphne has always loved exercising and staying active, participating in soccer, dance and gymnastics. In High School, Daphne joined the Cross Country and Track team and there developed her passion for running. At UMass, Daphne continues to run but also found her passion for Broga Yoga while looking for ways to cross train. As an instructor, Daphne hopes to share her passion for yoga, motivate students to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and challenge themselves both mentally and physically

 

Daphne Solomon

Eliav Ehrenkrantz

Eliav is a junior comparative literature major. He began his yoga practice in his hometown, Philadelphia, in 2010. He loves teaching, and looks to find a way to challenge any student who comes to his class. With a focus on alignment and therapeutics, Eliav looks to mindfully strengthen his practice incrementally and intentionally, and teaches with a similar mindset. He loves biking, reading, watching movies and dancing.  

Eliav Ehrenkrants

Emily Pahl

Emily is a junior majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management in the Isenberg School of Business. She has always had a passion for fitness, whether it be playing soccer, basketball, or running. She believes that a crucial part of staying fit is being consistent with your workouts but between classes, exams and having a social life, it seems nearly impossible to find time to go to the gym! That's why 30 minute body/ab classes caught her eye. Swing by her classes for a quick but challenging high intensity interval workout that will push you to your limits without taking up your whole day. 

Emily Pahl

Emma Huff

Emma is a junior Commonwealth Honors College student majoring in Spanish with a minor in Economics. She has a passion for strength training and has been powerlifting since 2012. She strongly believes that strength training is one of the best forms of self-empowerment, especially for women. Emma also practices yoga regularly and enjoys acro-yoga. She was inspired by Jill to pursue a certification during the spring of her sophomore year. Emma has experienced firsthand the mental and physical benefits of pursuing fitness and hopes to share that with others. 

Emma Huff

Erin Moriarty

Erin is a junior majoring in Communications with a minor in Resource Economics at UMass Amherst. Throughout high school she was a member of the dance team as well as the track and golf team. When she arrived at UMass, she was interested in finding a fun way to exercise and keep fit. Strength based yoga and Broga appealed to her because it was not only a way to relax, but it also tapped into strength and flexibility, and made you sweat. Broga is yoga that is geared towards guys but of course open to all, and has components that are intense and vigorous as well as relaxing and restorative. In March 2015, Erin became a certified Broga instructor. She is excited to bring high energy Broga classes to UMass that will give you a great work out!

Erin Moriarty

Hala Hasan

 

 

Halan Hasan

Ivy Hauser

Ivy is originally from Atlanta, GA and is currently pursuing a PhD in Linguistics. She received her bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  At UNC she also discovered group fitness and trained in various styles of dance including Latin ballroom. Ivy is now a licensed Zumba® instructor and teaches Zumba® and Cardio Hip-Hop. She loves things like body positivity, having a healthy relationship with exercise, leaving class feeling energized and encouraged, and having a blast on the dance floor.

Ivy Hauser

Jackie Montminy

Jackie, a sophomore, majors in biology and sustainable food and farming. She first discovered Kick It in high school through founder and creator, Eliza Shirazi (a UMass Amherst Alumna!) The energy, excitement, and empowerment of Eliza’s class had her hooked. The dream of becoming a fitness instructor was born! When Eliza announced a Kick It certification at UMass Amherst, the dream came true. Jackie’s positivity and limitless enthusiasm for everyone’s success drives her passion for Kick It. She can’t wait to build the Kick It Crew with you!

Jackie Montminy

Jacqueline L. Pollock

My name is Jackie Pollock. I am a senior nutrition student on the dietetics track at UMass. As a freshman I was unsure what exactly I wanted to study, however I always knew I had a passion for health and fitness, and a love for helping people achieve their goals.  Ultimately I plan to work as a dietitian in a clinical setting after obtaining my registered dietitian license, but long term, I hope to work as an outpatient dietitian with patients who underwent bariatric surgery. I believe eating a healthy, well- balanced diet combined with any type of exercise or movement, can be the key to your health or wellness success. Together, we can help those goals become a reality. My interests in nutrition and my natural ability to listen and be a confidante will help encourage my clients to make better decision and think about their own long-term goals. I believe influencing clients’ eating habits and promoting nutritional education both have the potential to positively alter future generations’ relationships with food and nutrition; something I aspire to do as a registered dietitian!

Jacqueline L. Pollock

Jamele Watkins

Jamele is a PhD candidate in German and Scandinavian Studies. After tearing her ACL playing rugby, she came to the UMass gym to rehab the muscles in her knee. With group fitness classes and weight training, her muscles are finally identical again. Lately, Jamele goes to the gym to keep her sanity while working on her dissertation. Her Pilates class focuses on control and “makes it burn so good.” Pilates has given her more awareness of her body and movement. As Joseph Pilates said, “In ten [Pilates] sessions, you will feel the difference. In twenty, you will see the difference. And in thirty, you’ll be on your way to having a whole new body.” Join her in your healthy body and mind journey Mondays and Wednesdays at 11am. Her certifications include AFAA Personal Training, Pilates, yoga and Pilates on the ball.

Jamele Watkins

Jennifer Antocci

Jen is a senior Public Health and Communication double major here at UMass with a passion for health and wellness in every form. She fell in love with group fit while taking Insanity and Boot Camp classes which inspired her to become AFAA certified. Taking her favorite elements from the Insanity and Tabata programs she created her own one hour class featuring high intensity intervals of cardio and strength training. She aims to deliver an energetic, safe, and positive class to students of all fitness levels and hopes to inspire others to pursue a healthy relationship with fitness

Jen Antocci

Jessica Kriegsfeld

Jessica is a sophomore in the honors college majoring in Public Health and Legal Studies and minoring in Spanish and Psychology. Growing up in New Jersey, Jessica competitively danced for 15 years and played lacrosse. She first heard about Zumba when a friend told her it would be "an hour long dance party." After that first class, she starting taking classes every day and fell in love with the entirety of Zumba. Jessica hopes to give her participants new dance moves in a fun environment so they will reap the emotional and physical benefits of group fitness.

Jessica Kriegsfeld

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

Jordan Briseno

Jordan is a junior majoring in Operations and Information Management in the Isenberg School of Management at UMass. She has a strong passion for fitness and wellness and discovered yoga in high school after seeking new ways to stretch and strengthen her body. After attending Group Fitness classes her freshman year and deepening her practice, she knew that she wanted to teach yoga through Campus Rec and share her love of the practice with the UMass community. She completed her yoga certification as part of Well Heart Yoga in Falmouth, Maine and is also certified in AFAA Group Fitness, Broga and CPR/AED. Jordan's classes are geared towards strengthening all parts of the body while finding balance and stability throughout one's mind, body, and spirit. She welcomes people of all levels to join her class in the hopes that everyone will develop a love of yoga and enjoy the many benefits it has to offer.

Jordan Briseno

Julia Amodeo

Julia is a Nursing major in the class of 2017 who has a passion for fitness. During high school, she practiced mixed martial arts, which sparked her love for exercise, and earned her black belt within 3 years. When Julia came to UMass, she wanted to find an outlet to continue her training and love of exercise. She decided to try a group fitness class. Since then, she has attended many different types of classes and has found a place where she feels most at home and confident in herself. Inspired to provide others with a sense of self-confidence and love of fitness, Julia became a group fitness instructor and began teaching cardio kickboxing after finishing her freshman year. She is looking forward to sharing her love and passion for fitness and exercise with others, and helping others find new ways to enjoy their time at UMass.

Mulia Amodeo

Julia Van Dam

Julia is a Nursing major in the class of 2017. She has been playing sports since she can remember. During the off season, Julia always continued exercising and discovered her love for high intensity workouts. When she got to college, she found that she loved the fitness classes and the positive effect they were having on her, and she decided to get certified in Cardio Sport Sophomore year. She hopes to motivate her students and push them to places they never thought they could go. She hopes that they leave drenched in sweat with a smile on their face

Julia Van Dam

Katie Hill

Katie is a sophomore nursing student who has loved fitness her entire life. She found a love for cardio kickboxing and became certified to teach by the second semester of freshman year. She participated in swimming, cross country, and track in high school and holds the school record for the 4x800m run. Katie has spent her entire life moving all along the east coast and then to Colorado before arriving to UMass where she plans to graduate and become a traveling nurse to see even more of the world. She hopes to share her passion and excitement for fitness with every member of her classes and help each and every one push their limits to feel confident, strong, and accomplished!

Katie Hill

Katie Lienhard

Katie Lienhard is a nutrition major on the dietetics track, graduating in 2018.  She grew up playing on sports teams year-round, and is always looking for fun new ways to get a good workout.  Yoga came into her life in high school and continues to be very important today.  She looks forward to sharing her passion for acrobatic yoga with you!

Katie Lienhard

Kylie Amaral

Kylie is a Pre-Veterinary Science major and Spanish minor at UMass from Montville, NJ, graduating in 2018. During high school, she played softball and was an avid equestrian. She continues to ride competitively on the UMass Equestrian Team. She fell in love with group fitness, especially Spinning and Cardio Sport, and hopes to share the same interest with every member of her classes. Exercise and fitness have become an important part of her life and she looks forward to earning more certifications and trying new types of physical activities. 

Kylie Amaral

Lindsey Magri

Lindsey is an honors student majoring in Political Science, with a minor in Psychology, graduating in 2017. Growing up, she was always playing a sport, and carried this into college. During her freshman year she played club soccer at BU, and, after transferring to UMass her sophomore year, she raced for the club alpine ski team. Looking for alternative ways to stay fit, a friend forced her to try a Zumba® class, where she immediately fell in love (going every day since!). As group-fit became a daily outlet for her, she decided to go for her Zumba® certification in March 2015, and was hired by Campus Rec shortly after. She looks forward to teaching both Zumba® and Buns, Guns and Guts at the Rec-Center, hoping to inspire her students to stay fit, healthy and happy, just as other instructors have inspired her!

Lindsey Magri

Lia Gizzi

Lia is a pre-med, honors student majoring in kinesiology. In high school, she participated in field hockey, basketball, gymnastics and lacrosse. Prior to being an undergrad, Lia’s focus was on her athletic training, independent long distance running and abdominal exercises. These passions evolved from cardiorespiratory endurance workouts into higher intensity muscular training. Lia spent the past summer personal training at her local Gold’s Gym and will continue educating as a group fitness instructor here at Umass. Lia is excited to share her long time love and focus on core strength training in her high intensity 30-Minute Abs classes. She hopes that this class will allow her varying participants to escape from their studies, listen to music, and most of all have fun!

 

Lia Gizzi

Liza Brackbill

Liza is a junior psychology and creative writing double major. She started taking Zumba classes while in high school in her hometown of West Newbury, Massachusetts, and became certified to teach in March 2015. This semester is her first teaching Zumba at the Rec Center. She strives to provide classes that are taught in a positive environment and are both fun and challenging. Liza is a member of the club lacrosse team and in her free time she loves to hug trees, play the piano, and learn new things.

Liza Brackbill

Mackensie Smith

Mackensie is a junior honors student from Aiea, Hawaii working on her double major in Kinesiology and Nutrition. She has been active her entire life, mostly participating in club and school team swimming. Once in college, Mackensie was eager to try all of the group fitness classes offered at the Recreation Center, and immediately found a love for Zumba. She earned her Zumba certification in March 2016 and is so excited to start her first semester as a Group Fitness Instructor. In addition to working for Campus Rec, she also works for Res Life at the Prince Residential Service Desk. Mackensie believes that keeping active is a crucial element to finding balance in your life in order to be your best self. She goes above and beyond to give you a high-energy workout, so you'll leave the gym with a smile on your face and a pep in your step

 

Mackensie Smith

Mackenzie Wise

Mackensie is a Marketing and Sport Management double major. From Needham, Massachusetts, her love for fitness began in high school playing ice hockey, and then advanced to off season gym workouts, and runs when she was off the ice. Her senior year of high school she started Cross fit and fell in love with it. Ever since then she has been driven to help people achieve their fitness goals. This past February she became Kick It certified, and is eager to see the doors that this will open for her. Through classes like Bootcamp and Kick It, she hopes to create a fun, and sweaty environment that keeps people wanting more. She believes that if you invest your full self and time into circuit training workouts, you will not only improve your physical appearance and strength, but your mental stability and strength as well. 

Mackenzie Wise

Madeline Eaves

Madeline is a junior Marketing major from Norwell, MA.  Since she was little she has been very active but has always had a special passion for dance.  During high school one of her best friends introduced her to Zumba and she fell in love right away. When she arrived at UMass, she noticed group fit offered Zumba classes and attended one almost every day.  In November 2015, she finally decided to become a certified instructor.  Madeline hopes her classes will inspire others to love Zumba as much as she does!

 

Madeline Eaves

Maddie Howe

Maddie is a Nursing major in the Class of 2017. From a young age she has always loved exercising and living a healthy lifestyle, participating in soccer, track and lacrosse in high school. In the off-season she decided to mix up her workouts and discovered her love for spinning. Participating in spinning classes throughout her freshman year she decided to become spin certified her sophomore year. She hopes to share her love of spinning and motivate students to challenge themselves both physically and mentally on the bike. Check out her classes for a fun and upbeat workout that will leave you feeling accomplished!

Maddie Howe

Maggie Ricciardi

Maggie is a sophomore Nursing major from Saratoga Springs, NY and hopes to one day become a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. While training for a half marathon, she discovered that long distance running was too harsh on her back and decided to get more involved in her choice of cross training, Spinning. Since then, she has fell in love with the amount versatility and intensity squeezed into an exhilarating hour of a single class. Maggie aims to lead a upbeat, motivational ride that invites her students to challenge themselves and leave the room drenched in sweat and satisfaction. 

Maggie Riccardi

Marissa Best

Marissa is a sophomore from Newton MA. She is currently undeclared in the college of education. In high school, she swam competitively and danced. Afterwards, Marissa looked for ways to make exercise more engaging and found group fitness classes to be the perfect fit for her. She loved the supportive and motivating atmosphere. Certified in Spinning and Kick It By Eliza, Marissa is excited to be teaching group fitness classes at UMass. Her goal is to make working out enjoyable, while also pushing people to challenge themselves. Outside of group fitness classes, she also trains for triathlons and enjoys working with children.

Marissa Best

Mary Newton

Mary is a sophomore from Berkshire, MA. She is a political science major with a minor in Arabic. Mary was a three sport varsity athlete throughout high school and fell in love with group fitness classes at UMass because they provided the same competitive aspect that she loved during her time playing sports. She is certified to teach Cardio Sport and also teaches Buns, Guns, and Guts. In her free time Mary loves playing lacrosse and is currently a member of the UMass club lacrosse team. Mary hopes to bring the competitiveness, intensity, and excitement of athletics into each of her fitness classes!"

Mary Newton

Maya Bergandy

From Tiverton, Rhode Island, Maya is a sophomore honors student majoring in Computer Science. During high school, Maya played lacrosse, soccer and basketball year-round. Once at UMass, she dreaded coming to the gym to use the machines and began searching for a fun alternative to workout. She quickly became involved in multiple group fitness classes, uncovering her hidden love for Zumba®. Maya earned her Zumba® certification in April 2014 and now teaches 30-Minute Abs and multiple Zumba® classes. She believes that working out is extremely beneficial for your emotional health and is a great way to escape the everyday stresses of life. Overall, she strives to get others excited about going to the gym by providing fun and upbeat workouts.

Maya Bergandy

Melanie Brondyk

 

Melanie is an Accounting Major in the Commonwealth Honors College. Prior to joining the UMass community, she participated in gymnastics, which led her to transition into cheerleading in high school. Her love for exercise and fitness grew more when she discovered opportunities to take various group fitness classes. Melanie found that these classes provided her with the accomplishment of a workout but also a great way to have fun. Attending classes here at UMass, she fell in love with Spinning®. Melanie decided to receive her certified training to become a Spinning® instructor shortly after freshman year. She strives for her class to challenge themselves and to attain the goals they want to achieve. With her upbeat music, she looks forward to inspiring and encouraging her students to love Spinning® as much as she does!

Melanie Brondyk

Melissa Migden

Melissa is a marketing and psychology double major in the class of 2018. Since she was young, Melissa has always had a love for sports and exercise. She grew up dancing and playing softball until the summer before she started high school, during which she found her love of running. Melissa joined her high school track team and instantly fell in love. Through track she learned how to push herself through tough workouts and realized how rewarding fitness is. No longer running in college, Melissa found a new love of group fitness classes. Inspired by other instructors, Melissa decided to get certified to teach. She joined campus rec during the fall of 2014 and began teaching cardio kickboxing. She hopes that when people take her classes, they too will be able to gain a love for fitness.

melissa Midgen

Monica Davis

Monica is a second year master's student in the Environmental Conservation program. She graduated from Colby College in 2013, where she was a captain of the track and field team. Throughout her racing years, she incorporated cross training into her workouts and discovered the benefits of low-impact cardio work. She loves to motivate people to achieve their goals and strives to make every spin class a new experience. Head to Monica's spin class for a challenging, upbeat ride that will leave you dripping with sweat, with no regrets

Monica Davis

Natalie Saydah

Natalie is a junior Kinesiology major from Harvard, MA, hoping to one day become a Physical Therapist. Natalie’s love for fitness started as a child. She was a competitive Junior Olympic gymnast for 16 years. Once in high school, she also began coaching gymnastics and currently works as a gymnastics coach at Woodward Camp.  After starting college, Natalie missed having fitness as a part of her everyday life. She was certified as a Group Fitness Instructor through NETA in 2016. She hopes to lead students through a fun yet challenging workout, leaving students feeling stronger both physically and mentally.

Natalie Saydah

Nell Sandvos

Nell is majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management at UMass. She played field hockey and basketball during high school and during the off-season, Nell took her first spin class at her local gym and fell in love with it.  Nell’s passion and enjoyment for spinning prompted her to get certified and begin teaching. Nell’s spin class strives to challenge you, but also serve as a time to escape the pressures of school, workout, and enjoy music together.

Nell Sandvos

Nicole Melissa Morin

Nicole is a Public Health Major graduating in Spring 2017. She has been a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance since May 2013. She began her personal yoga journey in 2008 to find love for her own body and seeks to inspire her participants much like her first instructor inspired her. Nicole's focus as an instructor is accessibility, body positivity, and community connection through fitness. She firmly believes that yoga is for EVERY body and is always seeking new ways to make the practice accessible for each person. She works hard to make sure that every participant leaves her yoga classes smiling, confident, and ready to take on their next challenge! When she's not teaching yoga, Nicole loves circus arts, petting dogs, hiking, biking, and those vegan chocolate chip cookies they sell at Harvest. 

Nicole Morin

Nicole Mortell

Nicole is a sophomore nursing major from Medford, MA. She plays Women’s Club Lacrosse, here at UMass, and loves attending group fitness classes at the Campus Recreation Center. In high school, Nicole played Volleyball, Ice Hockey and Lacrosse, and was captain of all three her senior year. In the summer, She stays active with CorePower Hot Yoga Sculpt, and attends group fitness classes at Boston Sports Club. Nicole loves feeling refreshed and accomplished after completing a fitness class, which drove her to become an Instructor. Her love for Spinning was influenced by the indescribable sweaty and sore feeling after each class. She loves to motivate people to their highest potential, and hopes to spread her love for Spinning to all her participants here at UMass.

Nicole Morteli

Olivia Clark

Olivia is a Class of 2017, BDIC Advertising through Graphic Communication major at UMass. While in high school, Olivia played field hockey and lacrosse as well as worked as a snowboarding instructor at a local mountain. She discovered her passion for yoga when her best friend had to drag her to a hot yoga class in 2013. Being an avid runner and gym goer, Olivia was surprised to find out that yoga is more than just stretching and has been practicing on a regular basis ever since. During her freshman year of college, Olivia fell in love with the group fitness team and decided to become a certified instructor. Olivia’s classes balance and build strength, flexibility and endurance as well as mindfulness and body awareness. Olivia hopes to spread the love yoga can bring to the soul with everybody, because every body is a “yoga body”.

Olivia Clark

Rachel Lindskog

Rachel is a senior Nutrition and Dietetics major from New Jersey who is aspiring to pass her RD exam and become a Dietitian. She is a certified primary group fitness instructor through the American Council on Exercise. She is also Cardio Sport certified. Rachel has always had a love for fitness being that she was a varsity cheerleader for four years in high school. She loves high intensity, sweaty workouts that always challenge her and leave her feeling stronger. As an instructor, Rachel hopes that her participants leave feeling accomplished and refreshed. She wants her participants to always listen to their bodies before her voice, take breaks when they need to, but also strive to become stronger mentally and physically through exercise. Overall, Rachel can't wait to share her love for kickboxing with all of her participants.

Rachel Lindskog

Rubi Tanimura

Rubi is a Biology major graduating in 2017. From a young age, Rubi has always enjoyed the outdoors and participating in various sports. All throughout high school in Acton, MA, she played competitive volleyball as outside hitter. Her passion for health and fitness grew sophomore year of college when she tried group fit classes here at UMass and began powerlifting. She also joined a biology lab on campus where she studies zebrafish in hopes of better understanding human diseases. Rubi believes that people can accomplish anything as long as they put their hearts and minds into it. Rubi decided to become Insanity certified the summer of 2014 so that through the high intensity workout she can encourage others to practice mind over matter as she pushes them to release their inner BEASTS.   

Rubi Tanimura
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Shelagh Curran

Shelagh is a Nutrition major graduating in 2018. Growing up in Chelmsford, MA, she was always involved in sports and was raised living an active lifestyle. Her dad, being a cyclist, motivated her to try out a spinning class after she finished her last high school sports season. She fell in love with it right off the bat and she hopes to spread that love for spinning to others. 

Shelagh Curran

Stacey Hazen

I am from Stamford, Connecticut and I am currently a sophomore pursing a BFA in dance. I have been dancing since I was 3 years old and I have been teaching/assistant teaching dance since I was 12. As a fitness instructor I will be teaching ballet. I am really excited to be sharing my passion with other UMass students. 

Stacey Hazen

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

Thaine Smith

Thaine is sophomore majoring in Psychology. His two passions are playing Jazz Guitar and study/practice of Classical Yoga Philosophy. He enjoys long walks on the beach and time outdoors to appreciate nature. He plans to attend graduate school for Psychology and enter into music and meditation research. In addition, he plans to become certified as a Yoga Therapist. 

 

Thaine Smith