Meet the Instructors

AdrianaAdriana
Dance & Kinesiology 18
Adriana found her way to fitness through dance. Having taken many pilates and yoga classes growing up to supplement her dance training it wasn't until high school, when she took her first Zumba class, that she became passionate about group fitness. Her love for movement and passion for overall heath and wellness led her to become certified and share her knowledge. Adriana aims to provide her participants with an encouraging workout environment where they can progress at their own pace while having fun and breaking a sweat!
Teaches: Cardio Kickboxing, Strength Circuits, Barre

AlanaAlana
Sociology 19

Alana came to UMass to pursue a BA in sociology. Her classes bring together elements of strength, balance and flexibility in a lively vinyasa sequence. She enjoys the challenge yoga presents on the mat and the sense of tranquility it offers off the mat.
Teaches: Vinyasa Yoga

Alexa
Communication (Spanish minor) 20

Alexa has a passion for exercise and believes in having a positive attitude. She loves meeting new people and trying new things.
Teaches: Cardio Kickboxing

 

AllisonAllison
Accounting 20

Allison joined Campus Recreation in fall 2017. She took her first Zumba class at the Rec Center and loved it. She decided to become certified and give others a fun way to exercise. Her goal is to have her participants smiling by the end and feeling good about themselves.
Teaches: Zumba®

AyakaAyaka
Management (Spanish/Economics minor) 18

Ayaka 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 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.
Teaches: Zumba®

BriannaBrianna
Kinesiology 19

Bri enjoys teaching a class that is fun, motivational and a great workout for all skill levels. She is thankful for the opportunity to teach Spinning® at UMass Campus Recreation.
Teaches: Spinning®

 

BrooksBrooke
Finance and Public Health ‘20

Brooks wants you to push yourself and see how strong you are. Brooks likes challenging everyone with a variety of moves and speeds on the bike. He hopes his classes will help people grow and change themselves for the better.
Teaches: Spinning®, Spin® & Core

CaleighCaleigh
Nutrition 20

Caleigh became inspired by the passion of group fitness instructors at Campus Rec and decided to pursue a certification in Spinning®. She hopes that with teaching she can help motivate others to create healthy relationships with fitness/wellness.  
Teaches: Spinning®

CarolCarol
Communication (Spanish minor) 20

Carol found a love for group fitness her freshmen year and decided to share her passion by teaching group fit. She is very excited to meet new people.
Teaches: Pilates

 

CassidyCassidy
Dance & Public Health 18

Cassidy is passionate about the overall wellness of the body and is grateful to be able to channel this enthusiasm into both of her majors. Cassidy will be teaching Broga® and Barre this semester where you can expect to get stronger, sweat and have fun!
Teaches: Broga
® & Barre

ChristinaChristina D.
Nursing 19

Christina found and fell in love with the fitness/wellness field during her freshman. Her fitness routine is centered around strength training, interval training,and outdoor activities such as hiking or kayaking. She hopes that her challenging (but fun!) classes will inspire those new to strength training to incorporate it into their own fitness routines, and to begin to view exercise as something they want to do versus something they must do.
Teaches: Hard Body, Boot Camp

ChristinaChristina W.
Nursing 19

Christina loves to stay active by playing frisbee with UMass Women's Club Ultimate as well as hiking, running races and teaching Spinning®. Her favorite part of teaching Spinning® is that she gets to inspire people to live an active lifestyle and make exercise fun.
Teaches: Spinning
®

ClaireClaire
Psychology 20

Claire has a strong gymnastics and dance background and focuses on making her classes challenging while also fun and enjoyable.
Teaches: Total Body Burn, Cardio Hip-Hop

ColeCole
Operations & Information Management 18

Cole comes from the world of "boutique fitness," the next generation of group fit. His classes are just as much a party as they are a sweat-fest (think dark rooms, big beats and puddles on the floor.) As an instructor at one of the biggest cycle studios in New England, Cole is excited to bring the high energy of Boston fitness to the Pioneer Valley.
Teaches: Rec Spin

ColleenColleen
Dance 18

In Colleen's classes, you will enjoy an exciting, fast-paced flow of using your body to its full potential. Colleen enjoys sharing her passion for both fitness and dance in her classes and is very appreciative that her job allows her do that. She is always around so don't be afraid to say "Hi!"
Teaches: TRX
® Boot Camp, Barre Conditioning, Jazz

DaphneDaphne
Operations & Information Management 19

From a young age, Daphne has always loved exercising and staying active, participating in soccer, dance and gymnastics. In high achool, Daphne joined the cross country and track team and developed her passion for running. 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 them both mentally and physically.
Teaches: Broga®

DeanaDeana
Psychology 19

Deana's classes are high energy and focus on having fun while getting a great workout. Deana's ultimate goals as a group fit instructor are to motivate others and create an enjoyable fitness environment.
Teaches: Zumba
®

EmilyEmily
Community Health Education 19

Emily completed her Bachelor's Degree at UMass in Public Health. She is now a graduate student getting her Master's Degree in Community Health Education. She has participated in many different forms of exercise, but she knew after her first spin class that one day she would be teaching Spinning®.
Teaches: Spinning
®

HayleyHayley
Computer Science M.S.

Hayley majored in math and computer science as an undergraduate at UMass. Hayley is currently working as a data scientist at MassMutual. She connected with yoga in 2017 on a vacation to Costa Rica. Hayley earned her teacher training at Vida Asana School of Yoga in Playa Hermosa, taught by Alejandra Torres and Rosemarie Gonzalez. Her vinyasa style has an Ashtanga flavor, valuing strength and flexibility equally with a strong focus on conscious breathing.
Teaches: Power Vinyasa Yoga

Ivy Ivy
Linguistics PhD
Ivy is originally from Atlanta, GA and 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.
Teaches: Zumba®, Cardio Hip-Hop

JackieJackie
Biology & Sustainable Food and Farming 19

Jackie wants to be a high school science teacher and own a flower farm. Her classes are high energy and bring fun and fitness together. Jackie is excited to continue sharing her love for fitness and community at UMass Campus Recreation.
Teaches: Kick It® by Eliza, Cardio Kickboxing, Total Body Burn

JaneJane
Middle Eastern Studies 18

Jane began practicing yoga in 2010 after joining her mom's 200YRT training classes. Since then she has continued her practice, even during her travels abroad to Jordan in 2016. She also enjoys aerial yoga and believes there is no right way to do yoga and that students of all levels can grow and benefit from its practice. Jane hopes to bring her practice and teaching around the world when she travels.
Teaches: Hatha Yoga

JessieJessica J.
Chemistry 19

In Jessie’s classes, where she encourages you to connect with the bike and the music to make for a fun and challenging workout, there is a strong individual-based focus on form. Jessie believes that exercise is the best form of stress relief, hands down, and her ultimate goal is to empower others so they walk out of the room feeling better than they did coming in.
Teaches: Spinning
®

JessicaJessica K.
(Spanish & Psychology minor) 19

Jessica played lacrosse and danced competitively for 15 years. 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 ®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.
Teaches: Zumba®

JillJill
Assistant Director/Fitness and Wellness

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. 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's certifications include first aid/CPR/AED, Spinning®, Yoga and Barre.
Teaches: Partner/Acro Yoga, Spinning®, Barre, Rec Spin, TRX® Boot Camp, 30-Minute Abs

Julia E.
Mathematics 19
Julia began taking group fitness classes during her freshman year at UMass as a stress-relieving outlet and way to stay physically active. She continues to promote both the physical and mental benefits of exercise during her classes, and encourages you to appreciate all of the positive effects of physical activity. Julia’s high energy class, taught to the rhythm of up-beat music, allows you to work your hardest AND enjoy your time in class.

Teaches Spinning®, Spin® & Core

Julia T.
Public Health 18

Teaches: Spin & Core, Rec

 

Katherine
Nursing and Biology 20

Katherine's classes have a strong focus on moving and having fun while keeping proper technique. Katherine enjoys teaching and helping others to do the best they can and looks forward to working with everyone.
Teaches: Cardio Dance

Kelly C.
PR Engineering 21

Growing up in New York City, Kelly grew to love with yoga through community-based classes. Yoga became a way to bring anyone and everyone together. In teaching broga, Kelly focuses on making yoga (and it’s many forms) accessible to everybody, regardless of background or ability.
SpinTeaches: BRoga®

KellyKelly J.
Operations/Information Management & Legal Studies 19

Kelly's classes are focused on strengthening the body and ensuring proper form. Kelly enjoys challenging her participants while also encouraging them to go at their own pace. She is excited to encourage others to get moving and have fun.
Teaches: Boot Camp, Cardio Kickboxing

KylieKylie
Kinesiology 20

Kylie's passion for health and fitness was inspired by her mother who was an instructor for over 20 years. Friendly and motivating, Kylie will help you achieve your fitness goals while having fun.
Teaches: Boot Camp

LaurenLauren G.
Chemical Engineering 18

Lauren became a Zumba® instructor because she wants to make a positive impact on her participants. Her goal is to have her participants leave her classes happy, excited and confident about themselves. Her classes strongly focus on self-empowerment and having fun while maintaining proper form and technique.
Teaches: Zumba
®

Lauren K.
Operations & Information Management 20

Lauren teaches TRX Classes that vary in focus each week. From a yoga fusion class to hard core boot camp style training, Lauren really emphasizes an approach to fitness that includes all modalities. Strength, cardio, and sometimes partner workouts are included in her classes.
Teaches: TRX®, TRX® Yoga

LizaLiza
Psychology & Creative Writing 18

Liza started taking Zumba® classes as a high schooler and became certified to teach as a freshman in college. Aside from fitness, she loves playing the piano and ukulele, biking, skiing, and hugging trees.
Teaches: Zumba®

MackenzieMackensie W.
Marketing and Sport Management 19

Mackensie's classes emphasize the importance of weight training and proper form. Mackensie formats her class with a structure that allows anyone of any age to utilize various progressions to build into various movements. Mackensie feels lucky to have the opportunity to help people reach various fitness goals and looks forward to the energy that comes out of the room each time a class ends.
Teaches: Boot Camp

MackensieMackenzie S.
Kinesiology & Nutrition 18

Mackenzie was eager to try all classes and immediately found a love for Zumba®. Mackenzie offers a dance-based cardio workout packed with feel-good songs, so you leave class feeling strong and energized.
Teaches: Zumba®

MadelineMadeline
Operations & Information Management 19

Maddy interns at TJX Companies. Maddy has danced her whole life and was on the UMass Dance Company. She wants to continue that passion and share her love for working out and toning.
Teaches: Barre


Marissa
Psychology 19

Marissa hopes people leave her class feeling better than when they walked in the room. She uses upbeat music and positive encouragement to drive her high-energy cardio classes.
Teaches: Spinning®, TRX® Boot Camp, Kick It

MeghanMeghan
Nursing 20

Ever since attending her first few group fitness classes, Meghan knew right away it was something she wanted to do. She fell in love with the positivity, empowerment and pure fun that comes with every workout. She developed a strong passion for Spinning®, which she can't wait to share with all her riders. Meghan wants her classes to be a place where stress can be forgotten and everyone can feel good about themselves.
Teaches:  Spinning
®

MelanieMelanie
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BBA Accounting 17 & MSA 18

Melanie has a strong passion for fitness, which led her to discover her love for Spinning® during her freshman year at UMass after trying a variety of group fitness classes. She strives to help students challenge themselves by motivating her class to attain their goals at their own pace. With her upbeat music, she looks forward to helping others forget about their classwork and stress while focusing on empowering themselves. 
Teaches: Spinning®

MelodyMelody
English 19

Teaches: Cardio Kickboxing

 

MollyMolly
Communication (Psychology & Art History minor) 19

Molly's classes have a strong focus on challenging oneself physically as well as mentally by staying present in the moment. Molly enjoys the natural connection Spinning® and the body make and uses her communication skills to ensure her riders always know what to expect.
Teaches: Spinning®

Nancy
Speech Pathology 19

Nancy is a passionate practitioner of yin yoga. While teaching, she aims to create a nurturing environment where students feel free to express themselves. 
Teaches: Yin Yoga

Natalie S.
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Kinesiology 18

Natalie’s love for fitness started as a child. She was a competitive Junior Olympic gymnast for 16 years. Natalie also coaches gymnastics 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 fun yet challenging workouts.
Teaches: 30-Minute Abs, Total Body Burn

Natalie W.
Kinseiology and Public Health 18

Natalie teaches Spinning ® here at the UMass Rec Center. Natalie focuses her education studies on health and fitness and loves to stay active in any way possible. In group exercise classes, she likes to focus on endurance and strength on the bike and to create positive energy throughout the ride!

Teaches: Spinning®

NellNell
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Hospitality & Tourism Management 18

Nell teaches Spinning® classes that incorporate a variety of moves, weights and abs. Nell changes up every ride with new and old music to give you the energy to cross the finish line.
Teaches: Spin® & Core, Express Spin®

NicoleNicole
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Nursing 19

Nicole plays women’s club lacrosse here at UMass and loves attending group fitness classes. In high school, Nicole played volleyball, ice hockey and lacrosse and was captain for all three sports 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. Her love for Spinning® was influenced by the indescribable sweaty and sore feeling after each class. She loves to motivate people to their potential.
Teaches: Spinning®, Spin® & Body

NinaNina
Public Health 20

Nina wants to eliminate the intimidating stereotypes that surround group fitness classes. She believes in a positive environment where everyone can push themselves to their personal best. With fun music and energetic encouragement, her classes are for everyone looking to try something new and get a good sweat.
Teaches: Spinning®

Rebecca
Industrial Engineering 19

Rebecca started practicing yoga in 2015 as a way to exercise and de-stress. After attending one Broga® Yoga class, she was hooked. This class combined her new-found love of yoga with her old love -- that super sweaty, sore feeling you get after a really good workout. Rebecca hopes to spread peace and laughter one pose at a time. 
Teaches: Broga® Yoga

SamanthaSamantha B.
Finance and Mathematics 18

Sam enjoys playing sports and staying active. She took Spinning® at UMass and, after three years of classes, decided to pursue an instructor certification.  am is looking forward to creating challenging and fun classes that will motivate everyone to push themselves for a great workout on the bike.
Teaches: Spinning®

Samantha C.
Computer Science 19

Sam likes to keep a nice physical balance in her life by teaching technique and flexibility-oriented classes (ballet), along with classes that keep life light and fun (Zumba®) She's happy to be able to share her passion for movement and expression with her fellow students and peers.
Teaches: Ballet, Zumba®

Sarah
Communication 20

Sarah started taking Buti Yoga last year and ever since then was instantly hooked. It is an upbeat, cardio intensive workout combined with the powerful flow yoga brings to the mat. If you’re looking for a good workout and good sweat, then Buti Yoga is for you. Each class allows everyone to have fun while still pushing past limits and making a strong mind-body connection.

Teaches: Buti Yoga

ShannonShannon
Kinesiology 19

Shannon's classes focus on building strength, using proper form and having fun. Shannon enjoys helping others reach their fitness goals and is proud to be part of such a positive environment.
Teaches: Boot Camp

ShelaghShelagh
Nutrition 18

Shelagh was always involved in sports and was raised living an active lifestyle. Her dad, a cyclist, motivated her to try a Spinning® class after she finished her last high school sports season. She fell in love with it and hopes to spread that love for Spinning® to others. 
Teaches: Spinning®, Spin® & Core

StaceyStacey
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Dance 18

Stacey teaches a range of classes from partner acrobatic yoga to TRX®. Her classes have a strong focus on proper technique and body alignment. Stacey enjoys the different challenges her range of classes present and feels lucky to have the opportunity to fuse her dance studies with her work.
Teaches: TRX® Boot Camp, Ballet, Acro Yoga

TaraTara
Nutrition 18

Tara joined Campus Recreation in October 2015. She first started as a nutrition advisor but as always had a passion for physical fitness. After coming to UMass, she began to use exercises as an outlet and stress reliever. She enjoys HIIT workouts incorporating weight training and cardio circuits. Tara enjoys creating new circuits, workouts and playlists each week for classes.
Teaches: Boot Camp

TaylorTaylor B.
Kinesiology and Nutrition 20

Taylor enjoys teaching and helping others to challenge themselves. Her classes incorporate strength training and cardio-respiratory training into a challenging yet rewarding class. Taylor feels extremely fortunate to be able to bring her love for health and wellness to Campus Recreation.
Teaches: TRX®

TaylorTaylor M.
Hospitality & Tourism Management 18

Taylor's classes are powered by her motto: "You don't need the perfect body- you just need A body." She enjoys challenging participants in her class while providing modifications to show them that they don't have to feel limited.
Teaches: Insane Body Challenge (IBC)

ThaineThaine
Psychology 19

Thaine's 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 do music and meditation research. Thaine plans to become certified as a Yoga Therapist. 
Teaches: Classical Hatha Yoga

ToriTori
Accounting 18

Tori's Broga® classes blend traditional yoga with strength-based training. Tori's passions include buffalo chicken, creating playlists for her class and all things UMass.
Teaches: Broga®