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Meet the Instructor Team
Updated 7/16/14

Meet the Instructor Team

Adam

adam

Major/Degree

B.S. Honors Chemistry and Biochemistry (May 2000); Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (December 2005)

Certification/Training

  • Purdue Rec Sports- ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

Fitness should be a time for fun and fellowship, enabling you to care for your body and mind, and maximize its potential for a lifetime of activity.

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Alisa

alisa

Major/Degree

My background is in medical and animal sciences. I was a vet tech and zoo keeper for many years.  Currently, I am working as a Weight Watcher leader helping members lose weight, become active and get healthy.

Certification/Training

  • AQUA ZUMBA
  • ZUMBA  Basic 1
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

A way of life equals both physical and mental well-being.

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Beata

Beata

Major/Degree

Chemical Engineering

Certification/Training

  • Turbo Kick
  • PiYo
  • Cycling Fusion
  • Purdue Rec Sports-ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

Living out an active lifestyle is about having fun and feeling great. Be it sports, hula hooping, group fitness, raking leaves, animal walk exercises, or extreme geocaching, find what you love. My favorite part of group fitness is meeting and working out with a lot of awesome people!

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Carsen

carsen

Major/Degree

Movement and Sports Science

Certification/Training

  • ZUMBA®  Basic 1
  • Purdue Rec Sports-ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

I like to be physically fit and have fun achieving it

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Catherine

Catherine

Major/Degree

Physical and Health Education

Certification/Training

  • Certified Spinning Instructor
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

The key to living a healthy lifestyle is to believe in yourself and to always have fun doing it!

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Christine

christine

Major/Degree

Food Science/Dietetics

Certification/Training

  • ZUMBA®  Basic 1
  • Purdue Rec Sports-ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, and First Aid

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

Fitness and wellness extend far beyond the realm of just lifting weights. Physical activity does not have to be a chore; people should explore different areas of fitness and discover a type of activity that fits best for them and that they enjoy doing.  Once they find something they like, they will be motivated to exercise because it makes them feel happy, alert, confident, and it’s fun!

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Courtenay

Courtenay

Major/Degree

Elementary Education

Certification/Training

  • Turbo Kick®  
  • YogaFit® Level 1
  • Purdue Rec Sports-ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

I think fitness is something that should be fun and something that you love to do.  It can be a way to connect with friends and make new ones!    

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Emily

Emily

Major/Degree

Movement and Sports Science/Pre Med

Certification/Training

  • Purdue Rec Sports-ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

Never compare yourself to the person standing next to you. It’s  about being healthy and active in a way that benefits you.

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HAILEY

HAILEY

Major/Degree

Applied Health and Exercise Science with a minor in Creative Writing

Certification/Training

  • Zumba Basic 1
  • Purdue Rec Sports-ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

Fitness and wellness is different for everyone, do what you and enjoy and what makes you want to keep being involved. Our bodies are meant to work; we should always keep pushing ourselves to improve and to be our best selves.

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Hannah

hannah

Major/Degree

Psychology/Health and Human Sciences

Certification/Training 

  • YogaFit® Level I
  • American Red Cross – CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

It's not about what you look like on the outside, it's about how you feel on the inside.

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Jennifer

jennifer

Major/Degree

Genetic Biology

Certification/Training

  • Purdue Rec Sports-ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, and First Aid

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

The only person we should ever compete with is ourselves. Strive to be what you want to be and never give up no matter what anyone else says. You are capable of anything, nothing is impossible because the word itself says I’m possible.

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Jordan

Jordan

Major/Degree

Management/ Marketing & Economics

Certifications

  • Purdue Rec Sports-ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

It's not what you do, it's how you do it. 

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Karen

Karen

Major/Degree

Nutrition, Fitness & Health

Certification/Training

  • ZUMBA®  Basic 1
  • Purdue Rec Sports-ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

Fitness isn't about a number on a scale or having a bikini-ready body every vacation season. It's about health and happiness- feeling the very best as yourself in your own body! Find what you love doing and share it with others!

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Katie H.

Katie H.

Major/Degree

Dietetics, Nutrition, Fitness, & Health

Certification/Training

  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Turbo Kick
  • PiYo
  • Purdue Rec Sports-ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

I believe in surrounding yourself with people who lift you up, causing you to be the best person you can be. I want to help others find a passion for fitness and look forward to their workout, not dread it!

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Katie R.

Katie R.

Major/Degree

Dietetics/Nutrition, Fitness & Health

Certification/Training

  • ZUMBA®  Basic 1
  • Purdue Rec Sports-ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

Only you can see through your eyes.  Only you can grasp ideas from your perspective; only you can thrive in the body you were blessed with.  Challenge yourself- enlighten others with your presence here on earth!  Life's a journey- not a destination; every cell in my body responds to every thought I think.

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Kelly M.

Kelly M.

Major/Degree

B.A. Elementary and Special Education, Purdue University (2002); M.S. School Counseling, Butler University (2009)

Certification/Training

  • Purdue Rec Sports-ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

Fitness is not about getting skinny, it’s about staying healthy so you can enjoy your life.

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Kelly S.

Kelly S.

Major/Degree

Dietetics/Nutrition, Fitness & Health

Certification/Training

  • YogaFit® Level I
  • Purdue Rec Sports-ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

I believe in living life to the fullest, doing what makes you happy and loving what you do. Always set goals and do whatever you must to achieve them.

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Mauricio

Mauricio

Major/Degree

Chemical Engineering

Certification/Training

  • ZUMBA®  Basics 1
  • Purdue Rec Sports-ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

Have fun, be active, and the workout will take care of itself.

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Megan

Megan

Major/Degree

Movement and Sports Science

Certification/Training

  • Turbo Kick®  
  • Purdue Rec Sports-ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

Being fit and active can be one of the most rewarding things in a person’s life. It affects many different areas of your life for the better. It is important for your overall health and well-being.

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Nancy

Nancy

Major/Degree

B.S. Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University (1978)

Certification/Training

  • Registered Occupational Therapist, 1979
  • Diploma from the Beijing Sports University in Dao Yin Yang Sheng Gong, 2001
  • Certificate of completion of study in Forty Nine Dynamic Meridian Form, 2004
  • Certificate of Yang Sheng Taiji Gong II EDYF European Federation Dao Yin Yang Sheng Gong, 2005
  • Diploma for Instructors from the International Dao Yin Qi Gong Symposium in Porto, Portugal, 2005
  • Certificate of Completion for Improving Balance and Decreasing Fall Risk Using Tai Chi, 2006
  • Completed 27 hours of training in Dao Yin Yang Sheng Gong by Professor Hu Xiao Fei of the Beijing Sports University, 2007
  • Certificate of Completion of 6-hour course of Health Preserving Exercises of Emperor Qian Long (Standing), 2007
  • Certificate Exercise for normalizing liver functioning and bile secretion Frankfurt, Germany, 2008
  • Certification of Review of the Health Preserving Exercises of the Emperor Qian Long Solingen, Germany, 2008
  • Certification Dao Yin Yang Sheng Gong Fan and Broad Sword Forms May, 2013

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

Slow, steady, regular practice contributes to longevity, health and fitness.

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Rachel

Rachel

Major/ Degree

Movement and Sport Sciences

Certification/ Training

  • Purdue Rec Sports-ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

Exercise is something to enjoy, be challenged by, and be something that makes you feels good about yourself in ways that go way beyond a number on the scale. Being healthy involves mind, body and spirit. Enjoy the life you were given and take care of you.

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Raquel

Raquel

Major/Degree

Dietetics

Certification/Training

  • Purdue Rec Sports-ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

I take a holistic approach to fitness and wellness. Being healthy and fit doesn’t mean having the perfect body. I strive to make exercising something people can enjoy and feel good about! Besides regular exercise, eating right, enjoying hobbies, and maintaining healthy relationships are all equally important aspects of happiness and health!

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Shelby

Shelby

Major/Degree

Pre-Pharmacy

Certification/Training

  •  PiYo Strength®
  •  Purdue Rec Sports-ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

Fitness and wellness is a mental challenge just as much as it is a physical one. Once you find the drive and motivation to work hard for the results you want, the physical part is easy.

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Shelly

Shelly

Major/Degree

Nursing

Training/Certification

  • Certified Spinning Instructor
  • Purdue Rec Sports-ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

Before we must ask others to change their lifestyle and eating choices, we must become that which people can look up to for advice and guidance through the change.

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Tori

Tori

Major/Degree

Special/Elementary Education

Certification/Training 

  • Purdue Rec Sports-ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

Both fitness and wellness are important aspects of living a happy healthy life. There is no need to compete with others at the gym, but rather with yourself. All bodies works at a different pace, therefore, if you feel good in your own skin keep it that way. Also, no one said fitness has to be boring and painful. I believe in a fun, energetic, and family friendly workout.

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Whip

Whip

Major/Degree 

Assistant Director, Group Fitness & Instructional Programs for Purdue Rec Sports
M.S., Health and Kinesiology, Purdue University
B.S., Political Science, University of Houston

Certification/Training

  • Turbo Kick - Gold Level
  • PiYo - Gold Level
  • ZUMBA Basic I
  • ZUMBA Basic II
  • ZUMBA Gold
  • ZUMBA KIDS and ZUMBA KIDS JR
  • Drums Alive
  • YogaFit Level I
  • TRX Suspension Training: Group Course
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) Group Fitness Instructor Prep Course Educator
  • American Red Cross Instructor: CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness 

Functional Fitness, Turbo Kick and Zumba are my personal soul mate workouts. I love the limitless exercises found in functional fitness making each work-out feel like a play-out, the sweet mix of hip-hop and martial arts I experience in Turbo Kick and the International dance beats from Zumba that take my energy levels sky high! Whether it’s a martial arts club, walking with a group of friends or taking a group fitness class, if you find something that makes you happy, share it!  Be that spark in another person's life by inviting them to join you on your journey towards fitness and health, or what I like to call exercise endorphin happy land!

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