2014 Presenters DC

Appel, AbbiABBIE APPEL - Abbie Appel is an award-winning instructor and the group fitness manager of Equinox in Miami Beach. As a consultant for Body Bar, JumpSport, Resist-A-Ball, SPRI products and TRX, she specializes in developing unique programs for fitness professionals. Abbie is a Ryka brand-ambassador and contributes material to fitness publications, including Self, Shape, Prevention and IDEA Journal.  She choreographed and stars in over 20 fitness videos and most recently was chosen by East Coast Alliance as “Best Female Instructor of 2013”.
Arney, JulzJULZ ARNEY- Julz Arney is the Education Programs Director for North America and the Lead Master Trainer for Schwinn® Cycling. Julz carved out her unique space in the industry as a dance-fitness expert, choreographing best-selling DVDs and creating class formats for global club chains. She is the Program Manager for Indo-Row™ and ShockWave, a Master Trainer and Development Team Member for BOSU® and a passionate Yoga student who gives back to the community teaching free classes at schools and churches.
Ballard, JordanJORDAN BALLARD - Jordan Ballard is a Piloxing Certified Instructor and US Senior Master Trainer, something she has aspired to be ever since her very first Piloxing class in 2008. Jordan began dancing at the age 2, and has worked professionally as an actress, singer and dancer her entire life.  After attending Oklahoma City University as a Dance Performance major, Jordan moved to New York and appeared in several Broadway shows and National Tours before landing in Los Angeles.  While performing in a rather physically demanding show, and struggling to keep up with the grueling schedule, a friend introduced her to Piloxing and she was hooked!  Combining her passion for dance, Pilates, love of boxing and a true feeling of empowerment and strength, Piloxing was the only exercise that Jordan actually looked forward to doing! After her show closed in 2009, she completed her PILOXING certification and is now the United States Senior Master Trainer.
Bender, LesleeLESLEE BENDER - Leslee Bender has 25 years of experience in the fitness industry and presenting worldwide. Leslee is the creator of the Bender Ball core and Bender Barre programming bringing a safer and more effective method for all levels of students to train and not feel intimidated. Leslee is a Graduate of the Gray Institute and applies safe, effective and scientifically based functional exercise into all of her programming!
Biscontini, LawrenceLAWRENCE BISCONTINI - MA, has made fitness history as a Mindful Movement Specialist as the first recipient of multiple awards from ACE, IDEA & Inner IDEA, Can Fit Pro, and ECA since 2002, currently serving as Senior VIP Consultant for Power Music®. He creates group fitness and personal training programming on an international level for clubs and spas, including Equinox, 24 Hour Fitness, Gold’s Gym International, Bally, and Golden Door Spas, where his creations received the Conde Nast Traveler Awards’ tenth place in the world for innovative spa programming. Lawrence has been Spa Consultant and Trainer for leading international spas in Europe, Asia, and the USA. As Nutritional Counselor, Lawrence has created complete nutritional menus for spas from Manhattan to Mykonos. Lawrence as Movement Specialist enjoys celebrity clients like cast members of ABC TV’s soap opera “General Hospital,” and appears on news (CNN Headline News) and television (“LIVE! With Regis and Kelly”). He is a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher, an AFAA Certification Specialist and Contributing Author to industry magazines like AFAA’s American Fitness, IDEA’s Fitness Journal, and Spa Asia.
SuziecarmackheadshotSUZIE CARMACK – PhD, MFA, MEd, ERYT, PMA-CPT ACE-CPT. As a keynote speaker, coach, researcher, and consultant, Suzie has personally coached over 1000 individuals, organizations, associations, and teams on how to work and live in more centered (creative + healthy + happy) ways. Her clients include the Pan American / World Health Organization’s international office team, the White House Athletic Center, several fortune 500 firms, school districts, celebrities, professional artists and athletes, and fellow suburban moms. Holding advanced degrees in communication (PhD/ABD) theatre (MFA) and kinesiology/movement science (MEd), she also holds professional credentials in Yoga (ERYT) Pilates (3rd generation teacher and PMA-CPT) and fitness (faculty for American Council on Exercise). Her centeredbeing system of movement and mindful living has been practiced by over 42,000 people worldwide, through online tools and at her new Centered Being studio in Lorton, VA. As a teacher trainer and workshop presenter, she has presented at DCAC and fitness conferences throughout the US and abroad, and has personally trained 1000+ instructors in Yoga and Pilates instruction. She now trains instructors and mentors teacher trainers through her centeredbeing Pilates and Yoga teacher training program, endorsed by the American Council on Exercise, the Yoga Alliance and the Pilates Method Alliance. Suzie’s research has received funding and awards from George Mason University (where she has served on faculty since 2011) and has been presented at international conferences such as the American Public Health Association, the National Academies of Practice, and the DC Global Health Communication Conference.
Sherry CatlinSHERRY CATLIN – Sherry, 2004 IDEA Program Director of the Year, is an international fitness instructor, instructor trainer and consultant who has presented workshops, seminars, and master classes in 25 countries and 30 states.  She is a Continuing Education Specialist for the American Council on Exercise and AFAA, the Director of Program Development for Body Bar Systems and has over 18 years ‘experience in health club management.  She is also the recipient of the 2007 ECA One Body One World Lifetime Achievement Award.
Cook, GreggGREGG COOK – Schwinn® Cycling and SHOCKWAVE™ Master Trainer and author of two fitness books, “Body Bar: 133 Moves for Full-Body Fitness”, and “The Gym Survival Guide: Your Road Map to Fearless Fitness” is one of the most sought after group fitness trainers in NYC. Currently teaching classes and mentoring instructors for Equinox, Gregg is filled with a passion to help others help themselves.
phylliscook2014PHYLLIS COOK – RYT, Growing up in California in an active family, Phyllis learned to appreciate a healthy body and mind at an early age.  Her passion for providing tailored training to every body, is based on her belief that everyone deserves health, vitality and well-being through movement. Phyllis met centeredbeing founder and owner Suzie Carmack while training through the centeredbeing studio teacher training program, and now serves as the studio’s director of education. In her role as a master trainer (trainer of other instructors) for centeredbeing studio teacher training, she is passionate about training fellow instructors to inspire their students to live their best possible life. Phyllis began her fitness career in 2000, as a fitness instructor through AFAA in Group Fitness and Step Aerobics. She went on to earn credentials in a variety of mind/body disciplines, including: Yoga (RYT 200), Pilates Mat, Reformer, Chair, Barrel, & Props; Les Mills-Body Pump; Mat Science; Kickboxing; Step; Cycle-Spin; Group Fitness; and Stability and Small Ball.  A dedicated student, her own continuing education is always a priority.
K_CoyleKATHRYN COYLE – Kathryn Coyle is the Life Time Athletic Pilates studio coordinator and a Peak Pilates® Level III and MVe® Instructor Trainer. She has over 12 years of Pilates teaching experience, and is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a Jivamukti Certified Yoga Instructor.
Crosby, JoshJOSH CROSBY – Josh Crosby is a World Champion rower, ultra-endurance athlete and competitor in the Ironman World Championships.  He is the creator of Indo-Row, an international fitness presenter and certified trainer who has been featured on the Today Show, CNN, and Fox News. Josh serves on the international indoor rowing federation advisory group (FISA) and recently joined Gatorade’s G Series Fit Team.
claredavdison-1CLARE DAVIDSON – BFA, Clare Davidsion is a professional modern dancer in the greater Washington, DC area, an instructor at Centeredbeing Studio, and an adjunct faculty member in dance and Pilates at Northern Virginia Community College. She holds a certificate in ballet from the North Carolina School of the Arts, and a BFA in Dance Performance from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN.  When she is not performing as a guest artist with Beth Elliott Dance Group, Kista Tucker Insights, or Next Reflex Dance Collective, she enjoys training clients and leading classes for young people and adults for CenteredBeing studio — both onsite, and offsite in Centeredbeing’s school outreach programs.
Denomme, LaurieLAURIE DENOMME - , B. Kinesiology, is an AquaStretch™ Instructor, NG360 Nike Golf Performance Specialist, and Fellow of Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute. She is an international speaker on fitness and wellness, having been voted as a Top 10 presenter at AEA’s International Conference in both 2011 and 2012, and received the 2013 AEA Fitness Professional Global Award.
Dudley, MichaelMICHAEL DUDLEY– Michael has over 30 years of executive management, operations, and sales and marketing experience in the medical industry. Michael’s expertise is in assessing business opportunities, defining business strategies, building the supporting management, sales and marketing infrastructure, and managing execution. He also served as Chief Operations Officer and a Board member for Anatomie Corporation, a privately held active wear clothing company. Most recently Michael became the Co-Founder and CEO of Aygion, Inc. an anti-aging product company currently located in Boston, MA.
FUS_3701LAUREN EIRK - Lauren holds a MS and is a certified E-RYT 500 level Yoga Instructor with over 25 years of teaching experience. She is the owner and the creator of the internationally recognized, biomechanically-based 200 and 500-Hour Registered Hatha Yoga School “Yoga I.S. ®”, Yoga Integrated Science™. Lauren is a Mastery Level Resistance Training Specialist®, a Mastery Level Muscle Activation Techniques™ Certified Specialist and MAT Jump Start Instructor. She is the owner of Yoga I.S.® Studio, School, and MAT/ Personal Training facility in Louisville, Kentucky
Fable, ShannonSHANNON FABLE - Shannon, 2009 IDEA Instructor of the Year Finalist and 2006 ACE Instructor of the Year, is the founder of SFR, a consulting firm for aspiring fitness educators, manufacturers and managers, as well as the owner of Balletone and GroupEx Pro. Shannon is a 15 year fitness veteran and freelance writer, as well as an international presenter for Schwinn®, BOSU, ACE and Power Systems. She serves on the ACE Industry Advisory Panel, has helped author portions of the ACE and ACSM Group Fitness manuals. Currently, she is the senior director for APD’s and presenters for Powder Blue Productions.

Danielle FosterDANIELLE FOSTER -
 
A road and mountain bike racer, adventure racer and triathlete, Danielle has been a provider of cycling-specific continuing education for the last 18 years. As a presenter, Danielle has been actively teaching at various conferences, as well as clubs/performance centers across the US and Europe. As a Master Instructor for Mad Dogg Athletics/Spinning, she has trained thousands of instructors in the Spinning Program. She was employed at Saris Cycling Group as a Power Training Specialist, utilizing CycleOps Power Tap technology. She and the team at Saris helped pave the way for education in training with power not only for USA Triathlon and USA Cycling coaches and athletes, but for the next generation of ‘uber educated’ indoor cycling instructors.This has led her back to Spinning as a Power Specialist Master Instructor for the new Spinning Ion bike and Spinpower education program. She is owner of Fitness Blueprint, a mobile metabolic testing company, performing VO2Max testing for athletes all over the country. Danielle trains for Nordic Walking by Fittrek, and is  CrossCore, TRX, Lebert Training Systems, Pilates and AFAA certified.  Danielle is also an educator for CrossCore, a rotational bodyweight training system developed by innovative strength training coaches.  She has been in the health and fitness industry, weight loss and personal training arena for 28 years. Danielle has headed the First Step Weight Loss Program at The Natatorium in  Ohio, and can be seen most days of the week in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, training clients in hiking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, running, cycling, and . Her educational background is in communications from the University of Florida. She resides in Ohio and directs the CycleOps Power Training Center at The Natatorium in Cuyahoga Falls, OH.
brandengarnett-1BRANDEN GARNETT - ERYT, RYT 500, Branden is an instructor at centeredbeing studio and a master trainer of yoga. He began his career as a fitness professional while serving in the Army where he received awards for physical fitness excellence and even trained soldiers while deployed in combat operations. After completing his service obligation, Branden began teaching group fitness in health clubs and found that yoga helped him mentally and physically find peace. He is a dedicated student and teacher of yoga, enjoying the journey as it presents itself each day. Branden co-founded an organization that brings yoga to the people of his community and also runs events that raise money for charities within the community. He is an advocate and educator of bully breed dogs and has rescued two Doberman Pinchers. “I like to bring levity to class. I love what I do and want my students to have fun.” – Branden
ZutaZUTA GILCHRIEST is a dynamic and accomplished athlete and has been teaching group fitness for over ten years. Working in the field of dance and fitness has been a fusion of her passion for exercise, sports, body conditioning and a healthy life style. She currently is a Regional Director/Manager at Crunch fitness in NYC and teaches a variety of classes including Jillian Michaels Body Shred, Zumba, Pound, SurfSET, and Pole Dancing. Zuta has appeared on many national television fitness segments including The View (#HotSeat ), The Today Show and Good Morning America (#SurfSET and Sand). Her workouts have been featured in Glamour Magazine as well as other well-known fitness blogs. She has presented at SELF Magazine “Workout in the Park” in NYC and Chicago. Zuta’s fitness certifications include Zumba B1 and B2, AFAA, Jillian Michaels Body Shred, SurfSET, Pilates Reformer, Buti Fitness, and X-Pert Pole dancing. Zuta has travelled the world finding ways to access the brilliance of others. Whether it’s surfing, teaching or dancing, she has a passion for sharing a love of fitness wherever she goes and thrives on creating a dynamic, lively and fun experience in all that she does. She is honored to be part of the Jillian Michaels and SurfSET master trainer teams.
Valerie-Grant[1]VALERIE GRANT – Valerie has been teaching fitness and presenting at conferences internationally for over 25 years, and delights in seeing the “light bulb” moment in all of her students. Her professional experience includes working at prestigious clubs throughout the Philadelphia area, opening her own studio, The Posture Coach. In 2010, she was awarded “Best Posture Coach” by Philadelphia Magazine. She specializes in taking the elusive tenets of The Feldenkrais Method to the fitness world and making them obvious by sharing practical tips for both group fitness and personal trainers to use in every class or session. An adjunct teacher at Delaware County Community College, Main Line Adult School, and Drexel University, her specialties include relating to students of all ages, turning perceived disabilities through mind-body. An instructor for American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid CPR, Valerie also programs and leads mind-body retreats worldwide, supporting her charities of choice. Specialties: Pilates and Feldenkrais. Certifications: ACE (CPT), AFAA (GFI), Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and Guild of Certified Feldenkrais Practitioners (GCFP)
Haggerty, KatieKATIE HAGGERTY – Katie Haggerty has been a popular member of the professional fitness industry since 1999. She is well known for her ability to create a balance of innovation, breakdown and functionality through a signature style of fun. Katie is a National Group Fitness Brand Manager, co-creator and instructor of numerous developmental workshops to grow the Life Time Fitness brand. She is a presenter at national fitness conferences and motivational speaker. She holds a BA in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota and is ACE certified.
hall jenn 13JENN HALL – Jennifer is currently strength and conditioning coach and adjunct professor of dance at Georgia State University. Having retired from dancing professionally with popular artists such as Beyonce Knowles, Jenn shifted her focus to fitness. She currently presents all over the United States and abroad for Power Systems, BodyBar, and Urban Rebounding and is the Lead Master Trainer for Balletone and Core Rhythms Live. In addition to teaching, coaching, sand presenting Jenn is still an active choreographer and her work can been seen on Fox Television’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and various fitness DVDs.
Henkin, JoshJOSH HENKIN - Josh Henkin, CSCS has written over 100 articles for various publications including Men’s Health and many other fitness publications. Josh has lectured in over 10 countries worldwide and is highly sought after for his innovative functional training concepts.
Billy KirbyBILLY KIRBY – Billy Kirby is a black-belt martial artist, certified group-exercise instructor, U.S. Marine Corps officer, and Master Trainer for R.I.P.P.E.D. A specialist in martial-art based exercise formats and a fourteen-year veteran of the fitness industry, he has produced and been featured in fitness videos, presented at fitness conferences across the country, and trained hundreds of instructors in the R.I.P.P.E.D. format. He currently lives in Washington DC, where he teaches R.I.P.P.E.D., serves as a military attorney, trains martial arts with the U.S. Naval Academy Karate Team, and eats chocolate chip cookies with his daughter (whom he affectionately calls “Mak Attack”) every chance he gets.
PetraPETRA KOLBER - Petra is a movement motivator with certifications from ACSM, ACE and is a 200hr RYT. She has over 25 years’ experience presenting at the key fitness events around the globe and has led workshops in over 20 countries. She recently completed a year-long certificate program in positive psychology with Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D. and has combined the academic research from that field with her many years as a leading fitness expert to create Moving to Happiness®. Petra is the Spokesperson for Yes Fitness Music, the fitness expert for California Walnuts and a consultant for Reebok. Petra was recently named one of America’s top trainers over 40 by Spry Living. She is the humble recipient of the Can Fit Pro International Instructor of the year (2000), IDEA Instructor of the Year (2001),  ECA Best Female Presenter 2011, 2010, 2004 and 2003.
Kravitz, LenLEN KRAVITZ - Len Kravitz, Ph.D., is the Program Coordinator of Exercise Science and Researcher at the University of New Mexico where he won the “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” award.  Len was recently honored with the 2009 Canadian Fitness Professional “Specialty Presenter of the Year” award and chosen as the American Council on Exercise 2006 “Fitness Educator of the Year”.  He also has received the prestigious Canadian Fitness Professional “Lifetime Achievement Award”.
Lebert, MarcMARC LEBERT - Marc Lebert is the owner of Lebert Fitness Inc. a world leader in developing innovative fitness training tools. He is a Club Owner, Black Belt competing at a National level, a Certified NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Practitioner, International Presenter, Silver Lining Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 and named Top 100 Fitness Entrepreneurs in the Industry.  Marc developed the Lebert EQUALIZER™, BUDDY SYSTEM™ and STRETCH STRAP™. These portable and versatile tools are being used everywhere! In Clubs, Boot Camps, Military, School/Athletic programs, home gyms and more.
angeliquelockhart-1ANGELIQUE LOCKHART - MS, RYT, Angelique is a trainer at centeredbeing studio and also a master trainer in Pilates for the centeredbeing studio teacher training program. Being a CPA by day, Angelique is quite sympathetic to the need for being centered and balanced amid a busy lifestyle.  Angelique is a Pilates instructor through the PhysicalMind Institute in both mat and apparatus and has completed her 200 hours of yoga teacher training through YogaFit. She is currently pursuing her 500 hour teacher training credential through centeredbeing.  She is an ACE personal trainer, AFAA group fitness instructor and a Pink Ribbon Program: Post Operative Workout Enhancing Recovery instructor.  Angelique has a BA in Accounting from James Madison University and a MS in Taxation from American University.  When Angelique isn’t centering others either at the studio or in her office, she enjoys traveling, reading and taking other mind/body and fitness classes.
Pete head shot2 fall 2013PETE MCCALL – Pete McCall is a personal trainer and fitness educator in San Diego, CA. Pete holds a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion, completed a Fellowship in Applied Functional Science with the Gray Institute of Functional Transformation, is a Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Pete is not only dedicated to helping clients improve their fitness levels; he has spent a large portion of his career educating personal trainers as a workshop instructor and international speaker. In addition he has authored numerous articles for trade publications, online blogs and textbook chapters. Currently Pete is the Science Officer for the Institute of Motion and an education consultant with the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the largest accredited personal trainer certification organization in the country, where he previously served as an exercise physiologist. Frequently quoted as a fitness expert in publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, U-T San Diego, SELF, Glamour, and Shape Magazine and featured as a fitness expert on a variety of TV news outlets including WRC-NBC (DC), Fox News, Fox 5 San Diego, and NBC7 San Diego, Pete is a sought-after media resource for accurate, in-depth insight on how to get results from exercise.
McMullen, JeffJEFF MCMULLEN – Jeff McMullen, with over 20 years’ experience in the fitness industry, is an international fitness presenter based in San Francisco, CA and is affiliated with premiere clubs The Bay Club Marin, EQUINOX, and  Sports Club LA, has been featured or starred in over 20 fitness DVD’s; is a master trainer for TABATA Bootcamp™, Bender Barre Method, WaterinMotion, Jumpsport® Fitness, The Indoor Cycling Group, Lebert Fitness, and TRX® GSTC / STC / TEAM/ Group RIP courses; and a Lululemon Ambassador alumnus.  CERTIFICATIONS: ACE, AEA, ACSM, AFAA, NASM
annemcdow-2ANNE MCDOW – BA, ERYT 200, RYT 500, Anne says there is really only one thing:  she was born to teach. As a yoga practitioner and master trainer for centeredbeing studio, she is committed to teaching a principled, healthy, movement- based lifestyle.   Anne started her yoga journey when there were no mats – only a towel for relaxation. Much later, centeredbeing founder Suzie Carmack became a mentor and an inspiration for her — rekindling Anne’s interest in teaching yoga.  Today, Anne loves teaching yoga one-on-one, in small groups and leading large groups alike. Certified in Laughing Yoga, Anne tries to bring that joy and fun to every practice. Anne came to centeredbeing in its infancy and is happy to be a part of the centeredbeing studio family. When Anne is not teaching for centeredbeing, she is the wife of yogi and centeredbeing teacher Bill, proud Mom of talented business owner Molly and great ER Dr. Cameron; and delighted Mimi of Holden, Maisy, Lily and Hazel. “I was born happy.  I hope to spread the joy. I hope that I can bring happiness, health and well-being to more people through centeredbeing. ” – Anne
bill_mcdowBILL MCDOW – ERYT 200, RYT 500, Bill is a trainer at centeredbeing studio and also a master trainer in Yoga for the centeredbeing studio teacher training program. As a long distance runner, swimmer and fitness advocate, Bill was looking for a kinder gentler workout for stress relief when he started practicing Tai Chi in 1995. He learned both the Yang and Chen style long forms by 2000, but when his second Sensei departed, Bill shifted his focus to other forms of movement – yoga, Pilates, and Feldenkrais.  When Bill discovered that the mindful aspect of yoga enabled him to achieve a more positive balance in his life – physically, mentally, and spiritually — he decided to become a yoga teacher and share his discovery of yoga with others. By 2004, Bill began his teacher training journey in Yoga while continuing his job as an advisory consultant in the IT industry. Centeredbeing owner and founder Suzie Carmack was an early mentor in yoga and yoga teacher training. Bill continued teaching and training steadily, completing his Yoga Alliance RYT 200 hour yoga teacher-training certificate in 2008 and his RYT 500 hour certificate in 2013. Bill  states that he “hopes to bring safe, functional movement and health to more people through centeredbeing.” When he is not teaching yoga at centeredbeing, Bill is the husband of yogini and fellow centeredbeing teacher Anne; proud father of talented business owner Molly and great ER Dr. Cameron; and delighted Papa of Holden, Maisy, Lily and Hazel.
ANTHONY MUSEMICI - Anthony Musemici has been in the fitness industry for 15 years. As well as a Master Instructor for the Spinning program, Anthony credentials include ACE, AFAA and NASM CPT ,USA Weightlifting Coach and Crossfit trainer. He resides in New York.
Mylrea, BruceBRUCE MYLREA – Bruce has a BA from the University Florida and is currently Director of Sales for Savvier Fitness, an industry leader in creating innovative programs and products for fitness professionals including Gliding, Bender Ball, and Tabata Bootcamp. Bruce and his wife, Mindy Mylrea, also have their own fitness video production, FitFlix, in Santa Cruz, CA
Mylrea, MindyMINDY MYLREA – Mindy is the creator and lead talent behind Gliding, the Gliding discs exercise program. She is a master trainer and on the pro development team for Schwinn Cycling, Body Bar, and BOSU.  Mindy is the creator and owner of FitFlix Productions DVD production services. . She has authored numerous articles and stars in over 100 instructional videos. Mindy is currently the host of Orbitrek Elite and Gliding infomercials.
bernadetteBERNADETTE O’BRIEN – Bernadette is both certified by, and a provider for, SCW, ACE, and AFAA. Teaching land and aqua fitness classes for all populations, Bernadette has acquired the nickname “Super Betty” from Atlanta to Asia, for her unmatched dynamism from bands to BOSU. Bernadette won the Centrum Vitamin contest for “The Most Energized, Amazing Woman in America,” winning over applicants in the ages of 50s, 60, and 70s. At 82, Bernadette not only teaches, but she inspires, doing her charity & philanthropic work with FG2000, sporting a black belt in Karate to boot. On a personal level, Bernadette is proud to have reversed the results of type-2 diabetes and years of smoking and weight gain serving as a principal of schools in New York City for decades, where she developed and directed the internationally-acclaimed program “Learning to Read through the Arts,” recognized by both the NYC Board of Education and the US Federal Government Department of Education. She is the founder of the Facebook group, Aqua Stars America, and is a BOSU Development Partner. Her specialty is helping the world rethink what “teaching seniors” really means today. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, SCW. 
539678_10151867534117874_1392225881_nRENEE GRACE PICKETT, Zumba Education Specialist, (ZES) and Zumba Fitness Choreographer. Since 2008 Renee has been bringing her love for dance, fitness, and self-empowerment to people all over the world! Throw in her Brazilian background, and you have one sizzling combination. ACE/AFAA, CPR/AED Certified.  She has been teaching Master Classes and Instructor Training’s to future Instructors of health and fitness everywhere. Specializing in Zumba Instructor Training’s Zumba Kids/Kids Jr. and now, Zumba Step! This newest Zumba format will help you combine the best aspects of Fitness, dance, and FUN! Zumba Step is a lower-body workout that will strengthen glutes and legs, with a unique blend of Zumba routines and Step aerobics.  There won’t be a dull or DRY moment in any classes she leads! Get ready to work your body, and ROCK your world!
ginapiccoli-1GINA PICOLLI – BA, Gina holds a BA in Theatre with a Dance minor in performance from George Mason University. She has been teaching dance, fitness and theatre since 1998.  She is an award winning choreographer and director.  Gina is an AFAA certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor with concentrations in Yoga and Pilates. She has been studying, practicing and teaching Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi since 2004, after training in Japan, California, Arizona. She is near completion of her 450 hour comprehensive training with Centeredbeing in Yoga and Pilates (mat and apparatus). Gina has also earned certification Les Mills USA: BodyPump, BodyJam, BodyFlow, and Les Mills: Kids, as well as Zumba.
Ribbins, LauraLAURA RIBBINS- Laura Ribbins, IDEA presenter and AEA Aquatic Fitness Professional of the Year 2000, is certified by ACE and ACSM and is a training specialist for several fitness organizations. She specializes in teaching techniques, deep- and shallow-water choreography, personal training and fitness programming for children and adults
dan_ritchieDAN RITCHIE – Dan has a broad background in the fitness industry including training and management in commercial and university/hospital-based fitness, for-profit, not-for-profit and educational facilities. His primary areas of expertise are in personal training for special populations (pregnant women, those with chronic disease and/or disorders such as Parkinsons, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Fibromyalgia and Alzheimers, etc.). He has participated in state funded research on exercise for Alzheimer type severe dementia and regularly presents at national and regional conferences. He is a past Board member of the Midwest American College of Sports Medicine and was nominated for the ACSM National College Board of Trustees in 2008. He has been the Enhance Fitness Master Trainer for the State of Indiana since 2007. While at Purdue, he received a Lynn Fellowship and a National Strength and Conditioning Association research grant, and in 2009 his Ph.D. in Health and Kinesiology, with a minor in Gerontology.
Roberts, KeliKELI ROBERTS - Keli Roberts is the recipient of the 2003 IDEA International Fitness Instructor of the Year award, 2003 OBOW ECA award for Best Use of Equipment, 2005 for Best Female Presenter and 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2007 Keli was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame. As an ACE Master Trainer and Continuing Education Provider, Keli  known for her acclaimed workshops worldwide. Her award winning DVDs demonstrate her exceptional teaching skills. Keli is ACSM HFS certified and holds certifications through AFAA, ACE Group Fitness, ACE Gold Personal Trainer and Level 1 Precision Nutrition. Additionally Keli is a BOSU Developmental Team Member and a Schwinn® Master Trainer
Ross, JonathanJONATHAN ROSS – His family’s obesity directly inspired Jonathan’s prolific fitness career.  He is a two-time Personal Trainer of the Year Award-Winner (ACE and IDEA), host of the Discovery Fit & Health web series “Everyday Fitness with Jonathan Ross,” and his book, Abs Revealed, delivers a modern, intelligent approach to abdominal training. A former astronomer, Jonathan used to study stellar bodies – now he builds them!
Jeffrey ScottJEFFREY SCOTT - Jeffrey is an International Fitness Presenter, Reebok Master Trainer, Schwinn Master Trainer and the Group Fitness Education and Training Manager for Equinox Fitness Clubs. With over two decades of experience in the Health and Fitness industry Jeffrey has conducted education and training workshops in over 20 countries around the world. He is recognized globally as a top fitness educator, instructor and personal trainer who is known of his motivational style of teaching.
Sherman, RobertROBERT SHERMAN - Robert holds several certifications and is the President and Owner of FIT Inc. He is a Master Trainer for Reebok International Ltd. and a published author and has appeared in several media events.
Terry Shorter, new photoTERRY SHORTER -  With over 25 years of experience in music, production, dance, martial arts, sports & television performance, Terry possesses versatility & effectiveness to instruct & train in several areas of fitness. He is the founder of R.I.P.P.E.D. – The One Stop Body Shock & R.I.P.P.E.D. 4 kids. Terry has contributed in several fitness publications & has appeared on FOX, NBC, CNN Headline News, & CBS featuring R.I.P.P.E.D. He is sure to put a smile on your face while putting the FUN in FUNctional fitness training.
195882_1874144943557_1539190587_1956486_2152243_n_2APRIL T SMITH -April is an Education Specialist and Presenter for Zumba® Fitness. She conducts Instructor Trainings for Basic Level 1 and 2, and Zumba Gold. April has presented at the Annual Zumba Fitness Convention in 2009 and 2011. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English, and a master’s degree in Education. April is certified by ACE and AFAA.
Lisa_update_headshotLISA SNOWDEN - Lisa Snowden represents Fit Bodies, Inc. out of Kentucky. Employed with the largest teaching vacation organization in the world, Lisa has the insider and first-hand experience to portray what it is like to teach overseas and how to involve yourself in the traveling community. Offer your teaching specialty to resort guests through the teaching vacation program on FitnessProTravel.com or create retreats to take your own students on tropical training getaways. Besides her extensive experience working for Fit Bodies, Inc. Lisa is an E-RYT200 trained and experienced yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner and holds over 130 hours of nationally recognized Ayurveda training and certifications.
michellestarkeyMICHELLE STARKEY - RYT 200, While completing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Well-being from George Mason University (2014) Michelle earned her RYT 200 in Yoga Instruction with the Centeredbeing Studio Teacher Training program in 2013. After joining the studio as an intern, she expanded her participation into administration, research, programming, and event coordination. Michelle believes that yoga is a vital tool for managing one’s personal well-being and focus during life. An active student and researcher, Michelle enjoys studying and researching the constructs of well-being and happiness, and spending her off time with friends and family.
Nadine StewartNADINE STEWART – Nadine is an AFAA certified personal trainer and ACE certified group fitness instructor. She is a Master Instructor for the Spinning®, Ugi®, and Bodyblade® programs.
Imacon Color ScannerCRAIG STUART – Craig Stuart is the founder and president of HYDRO-FIT. Certified with AEA and ACE, Craig has more than 25 years experience leading and directing aquatic fitness programs. He is the star of several acclaimed water fitness DVDs, and a specialist instructor at Mexico’s award winning Rancho la Puerta Health & Fitness Spa. Craig is well known for his innovative teaching techniques and energetic presentation style.
stutzman, caseyCASEY STUTZMAN - Casey Stutzman is an ACE & AFAA certified trainer, and has been actively involved in the fitness industry since 2004. Since 2006, he has acted as the Director of Education at Bay Athletic Club in Alpena, Michigan where he also teaches boot camp, small group training, one-on-one personal training and other workouts. Casey uses his experience as a Division I college football player, amateur bodybuilding competitor, strongman competitor and endurance athlete to help others reach their fitness goals. He has worked with, and developed strength and conditioning programs for several local sports teams and organizations. In 2012, Casey teamed up with Hedstrom Fitness to develop programming for Surge™, a cylindrical training tool that uses water as resistance. As a Surge™, BOSU® and IGNITE 360 Certified Master Trainer and TRX Master Instructor, he travels internationally to educate fitness professionals. Time outside of fitness involves reading, travel, indoor rock climbing, snow sports, and being an active outdoorsman. Casey enjoys spending time with his wife, Mary Beth, his daughter, Vesper, his son, Indiana and his family dog, Turkish.
Sussman, DonDON SUSSMAN - Don is the lead instructor and owner of Know CPR, a CPR & First Aid training company located in DC, VA, MD, PA, NJ, & MA. He is a certified massage therapist, has taught tennis throughout the world, and holds an MBA. He is married and has a 6 year old daughter.
Doris_ThewsDORIS THEWS – Doris has been a professional in the fitness industry for over 27 years. Starting as a College athlete, Doris now owns her own Fitness business, Team Thews.  Doris is a Master trainer for Indo-Row and Schwinn.  She has been a lead fitness personality in several Fitness DVD’s and has created and developed several Group Exercise programs and formats.
Mark_head_shot_2013MARK TICKNER – Mark Tickner (UK) is a Master Instructor for the Spinning® Programme, Master Coach for TrainingBible Coaching UK, and is the founder and owner of a well established and leading endurance coaching company in the UK. As an elite endurance athlete, Mark has raced at 7 World Championships in triathlon at all distances, including the Hawaii Ironman. Mark has presented at the largest fitness conventions around the World and brings over 20years of elite level coaching, running, triathlon and cycling experience into each and every class he teaches.
Tomi_Toles_grTOMI TOLES Tomi Toles is a premiere wellness & fitness coach and sports conditioning specialists working for over 16 years in the Five Towns Area of Long Island. Tomi has over 18 years experience in the fitness industry. He is a Certified Holistic Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach, Golf Performance Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist and an Integrative Neuro-somatic Therapist (pain management). His passion for leading a healthy lifestyle; body, mind and spirit compels him to share his dreams with people from all walks of life. By using cutting edge techniques through an Integrative holistic approach Tomi has helped hundreds of clients including mixed martial artists, professional golfers and tennis players, young and old to lose weight, reduce stress, improve sports performance, and, obtain the body of their dreams from the inside out. As a former Tri-State All Natural Bodybuilding Champion (1995-1997), Tomi set off on an educational journey of health and wellness. As a Team C.H.E.K member, he lectures and holds workshops throughout the East Coast to industry professionals, private clients and at public schools.
Trap_Zoey__HeadshotZOEY TRAP – Zoey is a Peak Pilates Master Trainer and has presented at major conventions worldwide. She was a pioneer in bringing yoga and Pilates to the fitness industry, and has been involved with indoor and road cycling for 15 years.
MistyHeadshot-1MISTY TRIPOLI - “International Instructor of the year” CANFITPRO  Creator of THEGROOVE™ and the Founder of The World GROOVE Movement™  Misty is one of the World’s most innovative and engaging instructors, choreographers, body Image truth talkers and mind/body specialists. She has been touted as one of the most creative, controversial and influential instructors of our time.  Her passion for creativity and authenticity has inspired a DANCE movement of GROOVE communities across the globe.  Her unique ability to translate powerful messages through body movement and language is truly unparalleled. Participants report Misty’s sessions to be life changing.
Nick TumminelloNICK TUMMINELLO – Coach Nick Tumminello is the owner of Performance University International, which provides hybrid strength training & conditioning for athletes and professional educational programs for fitness professionals all over the world.  As an educator, Coach Nick has become known as the “Trainer of trainers” for his innovative, hybrid fitness training concepts and for his ability to provide simple, honest and immediately applicable solutions to common problems fitness professionals face. He has presented at international fitness conferences in Iceland, China and Canada. And, he’s also a regular featured presenter at events and fitness clubs throughout the US. Nick also holds live workshops and mentorship programs in his hometown of Fort Lauderdale Fl. Additionally, Nick has produced 12+ instructional DVDs, which have sold worldwide – 6 Workshop DVDs with Healthy Learning, and is a CEC/ CEU provider for ACE & NASM.
TONY WITT HEAD SHOTTONY WITT, Zumba Education Specialist & Co-Owner Amore Dance Studio. – Along with his wife, Jessica, they are co-owners of Amore Dance Co. in
Overland Park, KS.  Hand picked in 2006 to be 2 of the original 13 ZES
 for Zumba Fitness LLC.  They have been involved in the growth of Zumba
world-wide through program development, mentoring, trainings,
conventions, videos, concerts, and continuing education.
SONY DSCRACHEL VAZIRALLI - Rachel Vaziralli has a masters in Exercise Science and Cardiac Rehabilitation, is a Schwinn Cycling Master Trainer and the creator of F3 FACE FEAR FITNESS, a video workout program. She is the Cycling Lead for EQUINOX Fitness Clubs in New York City, where she teaches classes daily, a competitive athlete, a featured instructor in the Beachbody “Insanity” & “Asylum” home workout videos, and a former professional dancer.