Meet the Instructors

Mechanical Engineering 20

Abigail is a mechanical engineering major who loves working within the field of orthopedic and prosthetic devices. Fitness and wellbeing have always been important to her and she hopes to help others with their health goals by teaching.
Teaches:  Spinning


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


Ali hopes people leave her class feeling energized. She uses fun hip hop music and current dance moves to drive her engaging cardio hip hop class.
Teaches: Cardio Hip-Hop


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®, 30-Minute Abs

Resource Economics 21

Averey loves to run and live a healthy lifestyle. She wants to encourage that lifestyle through teaching others in her cardio sport classes and help them achieve new fitness goals.
Teaches: Cardio Sport

Becca C
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 combines 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


Becca P.
Public Health Sciences 19

Becca’s goal is to teach classes that are accessible to all experience levels, so that everyone can feel the joy and empowerment that comes from a great workout.
Teaches: Spin® & Body

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®

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: Rec Spin, Spin & Sculpt

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: Express Spin
® Spin® & Body, Spin & Core

Communication Disorders 21

Carlie re-discovered her love of spinning during freshman year, and now wants to help others find what they love through fun music and motivating workouts.
Teaches: Spinning, Spin & Core, RecSpin

Sustainable Urban Nutrition (BDIC) 2019
Carly thinks Jack Johnson wrote his hit song “Better Together” about working out. She likes the way exercise clears our brains and group fitness allows us to both uplift each other and challenge ourselves. She hopes everyone leaves feeling proud, strong and sweaty.
Teaches: Total Body Burn

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: 30-Minute Abs, Pilates

Christina D.
Nursing 19

Christina fell in love with the fitness/wellness field during her freshman year. 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: Spin
® & Body, Boot Camp

Christina 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: Rec Spin

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

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: 30-Minute Abs, Zumba

Communication 20

Dierdra was born in Toronto, Canada but moved to St. Louis Missouri when she was two.  She grew up there running, walking, and biking all the parks and trails.  When she was a sophomore in high school she moved to Jacksonville, Florida where she learned to surf and that’s where she started Zumba! After high school she started college at the Berklee College of Music where she sang, played guitar, and piano. After freshman year she decided music was just a hobby and she transferred to UMass Amherst in the Spring of 2018! Now she's studying Communications while getting to be a Fitness Instructor.
Teaches: Zumba

Mathematics & English 19

Eileen turned to Group Fitness as a supplement to the team sport atmosphere she grew up in, and found a community of great people striving for holistic health. Eileen works to create a boundary pushing space full of silly happy spinners of all skill levels.
Teaches: Spinning®, Spin
® & Core

Hospitality & Tourism Management 20

Elizabeth is super excited to be a part of Campus Recreation. Teaching Cardio Hip Hop, she hopes that those in her class get sweaty, dance like crazy, and most importantly have fun!!
Teaches: Cardio HipHop

Accounting 20

Emily encourages any and everyone to come dance around to relieve stress, improve their spirit, and feel great about their minds and bodies! Working for Campus Recreation allows her to have the opportunity to share her passion for fitness with others!
Teaches: Cardio HipHop

Dance & Public Health 19

Emmi is trained in STOTT Pilates, which takes Pilates and adds an emphasis on evening postural imbalances, by strengthening muscles through the core and extremities. She will modify any exercise to customize the workout to each participant. Emmi wants you help you maximize the benefits gained from working out, so you can work smarter and not harder!
Teaches:  STOTT Pilates

Kinesiology 20

Erin hopes that others develop the ability to push themselves beyond their limits in her classes. She motivates others to reach their full potential and always try their best. She aims to help others develop a positive relationship and mindset about physical activity.
Teaches: Spin® & Body, TRX Boot Camp, 30 Minute Abs

Kinesiology amd Public Health 20

Gillian’s goal is to encourage a healthy lifestyle for everyone on campus by providing a welcoming and fun environment during her spin classes. She wants those attending to challenge themselves while also having fun and to continually be driven to achieve more.
Teaches: Express Spin®

Kinesiology/ Pre-Med Track 21

Throughout her freshman year, Isabel fell in love with the group fit program and wanted to be a part of the team that helped her feel strong and confident. She rides to the beat of high-intensity, pump-up music and hopes that her class is challenging yet enjoyable. She wants all her riders to have as much fun as she does when she teaches and wants to put a smile on everyone's face.
Teaches: Spinning

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: Cardio Kickboxing, Total Body Burn

Public Health Sciences 19

Jessica fell in love with fitness through dance and gymnastics in high school and was eager to continue this in college. Her classes combine elements of strength and flexibility paired with fun music to stay motivated throughout the entire class. 
Teaches:  Total Body Conditioning, 30-Minute Abs 

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: Acrobatic Vinyasa Yoga

Computer Engineering 22

He has a deep passion for helping others become fitter and healthier.  His classes focus on building strength and endurance needed to conquer anything life throws at you. He believes fitness should be fun and done together.
Teaches:  Functional Fitness

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: Spin® & Body, Spin® & Core

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: Ballet, Cardio Dance

Katie N
Communications Disorders 21

Katie found a love for spinning her freshman year & loved the upbeat and welcoming environment it provided. She motivates you to do your best and challenge yourself, while having fun doing it. Katie is excited to share her love for health and wellness through Campus Rec. 
Teaches: Spinning®

Katie V
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 21

Katie loves to be active and share her love for yoga with others. She strives to teach intense classes with a focus on connecting one's breath with movement.  You can usually find her soaking up the sun, messing around in the grass, tumbling out of handstands and ALWAYS laughing!
Teaches: Vinyasa Yoga

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.
Teaches: Vinyasa Yoga, Acrobatic Vinyasa Yoga, BRoga

Kelly 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: Cardio Kickboxing, TRX
® Boot Camp

Environmental Science 21
Cardio Sport isn't just about being fit and burning calories, however those are some of the best side effects. It's about developing the excitement and team mentality that an athlete feels before every game. I want to share with others one of the most exhilarating group fitness classes that trains your mind and body to be the strongest it can be, while forgetting that working out is a task that we should all be practicing daily. 
Teaches: Total Body Burn

Food Science - MS

Kristin has always loved group fitness classes because of the high energy, motivation, and sense of community it creates. Kristin has been taking spin classes for many years, and is so excited to now have the opportunity to teach it. Her classes involve high energy, fun, upbeat music and can be taken by all. She wants to show how much fun spinning and exercising can be!
Teaches:  Spinning®, Rec Spin

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

Public Health 20

Lauralyn began Pilates five years ago to supplement her figure skating training and absolutely loved the way it made her feel both physically and mentally. She then wanted to become a certified Pilates instructor to share her passion for the exercise with others. Through practicing different forms of exercise, she has learned just how much our bodies are capable of. Lauralyn loves being able to promote healthy fit living through teaching Pilates.
Teaches: Pilates

Environmental Science / German 22

Lily offers yoga as a form of mindful movement and a way to reconnect the physical and mental bodies. She has found exercises to manage stress while cultivating strength and focus. All levels are welcomed to come flow with her.
Teaches:  Kripalu Yoga

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® Boot Camp

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

Psychology 20

Madison has always had a love for overall fitness. From yoga to Spartan Races, she believes in a well rounded approach to fitness. Madison wants those in her classes to challenge themselves, get sweaty, and have fun!
Teaches:  Rec Spin

Education 19

Maddie transferred to UMass last year as a junior and it is now her favorite place on earth!.  She loves working out, but is new to teaching spinning.  "We are all capable as long we we put our minds to it!"
Teaches:  Spinning®

Operations & Information Management 19

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

Public Health 19

Marlena’s classes give you a good workout while helping you relax and center yourself. Her class is a strong Vinyasa flow ending with a peaceful savasana.
Teaches: Power Vinyasa Yoga

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:  Rec Spin, Express Spin

Biology 19

Melody is a senior Biology major. She took a kickboxing class her freshman year and instantly fell in love. She is captain of the ballroom dancing team and loves kickboxing because it has the fun of music and choreography while pushing the body to its limits. The energy present in group fitness is a pleasure to rediscover every class and she hopes she can pass on to others all the positivity cardio kickboxing has brought to her life.
Teaches: Cardio Kickboxing

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

Marketing 20

Natasha took her first Zumba class during her freshman year and has loved it ever since. She hopes that her classes will help participants forget about all their worries (academic and other) and let loose for the hour. Natasha's classes are high intensity, fun, and do not require any dance experience
Teaches: Zumba

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: Spin® & Barre

Sustainable Food & Farming 20

Rhianna has been practicing yoga for five years, and her classes aim to center and connect mind, body, and breath. Her classes are structured for all levels and consist of strong flows and peaceful meditations. You can always find Rhianna smiling and dancing around!
Teaches:  Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga Philosophy & Meditation, Power Yoga & Meditation

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®

Legal Studies & Spanish 21

Sara hopes people can come together in her class to have a great workout and enjoy the music!
Teaches: Rec Spin

Dance 2020

Shae has taught dance for 7 years and loves teaching barre and fitness classes. She enjoys helping people reach their goals and become more confident. Shae thinks laughing with friends and a good music playlist makes working out easier, and she always wants everyone in her class to feel welcome and have fun.

Teaches: Barre, Ballet and 30 Minute Abs

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: TEX
® Boot Camp

Finance / Hospitality & Tourism Management 20

Subah hopes to bring her passion for fitness and wellness to her classes by combining strength and cardio based circuits on the bike, with engaging and energetic music. She wants to make her classes an exciting and positive space where anyone can come try something new and hopefully discover a new love for fitness!
Teaches: Spinning®

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
® Boot Camp, 30-Minute Boot Camp