Meet Our Team

All of our instructors undergo extensive training to bring everyone the best, most positive experiences in our classes! Their training involves the UREC Fitness Instructor Training (FIT) program, format-specific certifications and continuing education requirements, and emergency response (CPR/First Aid/AED). If you're interested in getting in contact with any of our Group Fitness Instructors, please email Joseph Martin at joseph.martin@wsu.edu or Leah Sanders at l.sanders@wsu.edu.

 


Ajay, B. (he/him/his)
Training & Certifications
  • Yoga
  • Currently studying Agricultural Economics

"I have been practicing Yoga and have been a health enthusiast for the past fifteen years. I have been told that I have a patient personality. I know everyone is busy, but if you have fitness goals, I will help you achieve them."

 



Alexa, S. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • XPert Pole Fitness Levels 1-4
  • Group Fitness, American Council on Exercise
  • TRX
  • Gravity
  • B.S., Zoology

"I became an instructor so that I could safely share my love for Pole and other Aerials with the community here. I see myself in my patrons. Watching them succeed and knowing that they can reach out to me brings me joy and fulfillment!"



Alyssa, C. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Yoga
  • XPert Pole Fitness Level 1

"I became an instructor for the opportunity to meet and impact many unique individuals. My job is important to me because I love creating safe, effective, and welcoming classes for my participants so that they feel motivated to continue their fitness journey."



Amy, P. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Les Mills BODYPUMP
  • TRX
  • Currently studying Business Management and Entrepreneurship

"I want to inspire people. My goal is to show everyone that fitness is fun! It isn’t something to dread but something to look forward to!"



Anna Leesa, R. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Les Mills BODYPUMP

"My goals in life are to inspire others to stay active and to share my love of fitness with those around me! I love fitness and teaching, the main reason being the way fitness makes us feel: less stressed, more relaxed, and with an overall more positive outlook on life!"



Aria, S. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Yoga
  • Dance and Cheerleading
  • Currently studying Psychology and Creative Writing

Lifting weights helped me with my mental health and made me feel empowered and strong! Then I discovered yoga and fell in love. Yoga helps people gain strength and flexibility and practice positive thoughts, and I want to help others grow and reach their full potential."

 



Audrey, V. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Les Mills BODYPUMP and RPM
  • Schwinn Certified Cycling Instructor
  • Certified Nutrition and Wellness Coach
  • Personal Training, American Council on Exercise
  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • B.A., Physical Education/Athletic Training (Jamestown College)

"Becoming a fitness instructor allowed me to encourage others to create their own healthy lifestyles. I love being a part of the fitness community. We can all share what we have learned and help others jump over barriers and succeed." 



Bailey, C. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Pink Gloves Boxing
  • Currently studying Neuroscience and Psychology (Pre-Med)
  • Assistant Researcher for the WSU Social Cognition Lab
  • Part of the Volleyball Sports Club

"I want to see people find positive wellbeing and clarity through fitness, set goals and achieve them, and discover passions they never knew they had before! I want to create an environment of inclusivity, cohesion, community, and fun for patrons from all walks of life."



Brittany, B. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • USA Weighlifting Level 2
  • Previously competed as part of the WSU Rowing Varsity Team
  • Currently competes in Olympic Weightlifting
  • Studied Mechanical Engineering
  • Serves as an Engineer in the WSU Sports Science Lab

"I couldn't be more grateful to coach in this community. Every day gives me a chance to share my passion. I hope to continue coaching throughout my life. My top priorities are effective knowledge communication, safe performance, and a healthy coach/athlete relationship."

 



Carina, V. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Hip-Hop
  • MixxedFit
  • Core Blast
  • Currently studying Psychology and Sociology

"I became an instructor to pursue my love for dance and fitness. I want to inspire and encourage others. I think something important about fitness and wellbeing is there is always room for learning and becoming stronger both mentally and physically."

 



Carissa, W. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Spin
  • HIIT
  • Group Fitness, American Council on Exercise
  • Studied Business Administration

"I thrive off of the feeling we get from completing workouts as a team! It inspires me to see other people falling in love with taking care of their bodies and enjoying all its benefits. Being an instructor is the best job I’ve had and I owe it all to my participants!”



Cece, Sayler (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Pink Gloves Boxing
  • Kickboxing
  • Currently studying Anthropology

"I love to have fun while working out. I feel like Group Fitness is such an awesome way to make friends and build community. In my classes I have “questions of the day” that we talk about as we cool down."



Cill, R. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Certified Mindful Teacher
  • Completed the Mindfulness Meditation Teachers Certification Program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach at UC Berkeley
  • Serves as Professor in the School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering

"Meditation has been really great for me, and I want to share it so others can benefit too."



Colby, H. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Vintage Swing (East Coast Swing, Charleston, Balboa, Lindy Hop)
  • West Coast Swing
  • Board Member, Swing Devils of the Palouse
  • Studying Nutrition at University of Idaho

"I wholeheartedly believe in the physical, mental, and social health benefits dancing offers, and it is my goal to help my patrons experience these benefits and explore the confidence, self-expression, and creativity that comes with dancing."



Cole, M. (he/him/his)
Training & Certifications
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Personal Training, National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing
  • B.S., Biochemistry
  • Currently studying Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology

"My truest passion is spreading knowledge. My focus is on making sure that each and every one of us has the opportunity to see the world well into our 80’s-100’s through self-worth and personal development. Health is too important to take for granted."



Danielle, K. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • XPert Pole Fitness Levels 1 & 2
  • Currently studying Wildlife Ecology (Pre-Vet), Spanish, and Chemistry
  • Serves as President of the Aerial Dance Society

"I never thought that I would love pole dancing. I want to share my passion for the pole with others who are looking for an outside-the-box fitness experience. I hope that as an instructors, I can challenge others to rise above limits in a safe, inclusive environment."



Dax, W. (he/him/his)
Training & Certifications
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Currently studying Basic Medical Sciences and Spanish

"WSU CrossFit has become my happy place! I've had some of the most amazing coaches push me to become the best athlete I can be. Now that I have the skills and confidence to coach, I want to give back and be a good example and motivator to participants."



Deb, P. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • YogaFit
  • Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance
  • WSU Tukey Orchard Manager

"I love my yoga and love sharing it with others even more.  It is important to stay as healthy as we can as long as we can so we can enjoy life more for a longer time. Paying attention to the cues our own bodies give us is a skill we can learn and solidify in our yoga practice."



Devyn, K. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Pink Gloves Boxing
  • Kickboxing
  • Currently studying Psychology and Kinesiology with plans to become a Sport Psychologist

"Boxing has become a passion of mine. I took classes my first year at WSU and began teaching the following year. I love the program and what it stands for! With PGB, we empower women through physical activity to be the best version of themselves."



DJ, M. (he/him/his)
Training & Certifications
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Kids
  • Youth Functional Fitness
  • Studied Sports Management & Recreational Events

Currently UREC's Coordinator, Competitive Sports & Youth Programs

"Nothing is better to me than helping people get their first unassisted pull-up, hit a new deadlift max, or land 10 consecutive double-unders. I love to create fun workouts that they walk away from feeling accomplished and reaching goals they never thought they could!"



Dyonne, D. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Trained in the ASCAB Capoeira style with Mestre Doutor in Philadelphia and Grau-Mestres Corisco & Andrade in Brazil
  • Women's Empowerment Self-Defense
  • Bachelor's in Architecture and Construction Project Management (University of Oregon)

"Capoeira is many things: music, movement, community, play, and of course, an incredible Afro-Brazilian martial art. I love helping individuals discover all the things their bodies can do. Step by step, so much is possible! Vamos jogar! (Portuguese: Let's play!)"



Elise, D. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Currently studying Neuroscience (Pre-Med) and Spanish

"I am so excited to have the opportunity to help and inspire others in their own fitness journeys! I strive to give people the tools and knowledge to have confidence in themselves and their abilities and achieve goals that initially seemed unreachable."

 



Emelee, C. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Schwinn Indoor Cycling
  • USA Sports Performance Level 1
  • USA Powerlifting, Club Level
  • Personal Training, American Council on Exercise
  • Currently studying Sport Science

"The main reason I got into fitness is to help people overcome obstacles that once held them back. There's no better feeling! We learn those valuable lessons in the gym, then they carry over into other aspects of life, making us stronger, more powerful individuals."



Emily, K. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Schwinn Indoor Cycling, MPower
  • Currently pursuing a PhD in Crop Science

"Fitness has been very important in managing my rheumatoid arthritis. Moving around and getting my heart rate up have been as beneficial as taking medicine! Everyone walking into my class will get a workout that will challenge and empower them to reach goals."



Gabi, J. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Yoga
  • Currently studying Kinesiology and involved in the Psychology of Exercise Lab

"I started yoga in my high school PE class. I find it very rewarding. Yoga has become more than a hobby and a practice for me; it’s a mindset and a lifestyle. I welcome fellow Cougs on their yoga journeys to discover their own inner strengths and have fun along the way."



Hannah, L. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Schwinn Indoor Cycling
  • B.S., Psychology, B.A. Dance (Stanford)
  • Currently pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology

"I love how happy and fulfilled I feel leaving a Spin class, knowing that we worked together and committed time for ourselves. I hope to make my classes a space to let go of the outside world and focus on the choices we make, the control we have, and the happiness we feel."



Hayley, H. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Bootcamp and Core
  • Spin
  • Personal Training, American Council on Exercise
  • Currently studying Sports Management

Currently UREC's Graduate Assistant, Fitness

"I love the feeling of challenging and improving myself and others! Teaching fitness lets me see my passion put to work in real life. Seeing my participants challenge themselves drives my enthusiasm and love for fitness."



Jessica, W. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Pink Gloves Boxing
  • Zumba Basic 1
  • Les Mills BODYPUMP
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Barre
  • Schwinn Indoor Cycling

Currently UREC's Assistant Director, Fitness Services & Education

 



Joanne, G. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance
  • CrossFit Level 1 
  • CrossFit Kids
  • Schwinn Cycling
  • LeMond Cycling
  • TRX
  • Pink Gloves Boxing
  • Pilates
  • Bootcamp
  • Plays hockey
  • B.S., Food & Nutrition, Masters in Business Administration

Currently UREC's Director, Programs

"I’m grateful to have learned about yoga philosophy, exercise principles, and the power of a fitness community.  It makes me happy to be able to share this life-changing information with others, knowing I can help people feel happier, stronger, and more confident."



Jolee, R. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • TRX
  • Core Blast
  • Spin
  • Currently studying Psychology and Human Development
  • Involved in the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority

"I became an instructor because I wanted to combine my love of fitness with teaching. I also love to help people reach their fitness goals, and I do so by making my classes accessible to all levels. If you see me at the SRC, please stop by and introduce yourself. I’d love to chat!"

 



Jonathan, S. (he/him/his)
Training & Certifications
  • TRX
  • AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor
  • ACA Level 2 Coastal Kayak Instructor
  • AAI Avalanche Professional Level 1
  • PCIA Base-Managed Climbing Instructor
  • Leave No Trace Master Educator
  • Wilderness First Responder

Currently UREC's Assistant Director, Adventure Programs & Experiential Education

"I enjoy teaching high-intensity fitness classes to challenge participants to strive towards their fitness goals. Participants in my classes can expect challenges like HIIT or Tabata workouts. I try to maximize participant gains by making every minute of their class count."



Joseph, M. (he/him/his)
Training & Certifications
  • Zumba Basic 1/Dance Fitness
  • STRONG by Zumba
  • Les Mills BODYPUMP
  • Bootcamp, Core, and HIIT
  • Instructional Dance
  • Yoga
  • TRX
  • Personal Training, American Council on Exercise
  • B.S., Psychology (WSU) & M.S., Movement and Leisure Science (University of Idaho)

Currently UREC's Coordinator, Group Fitness & Instruction

"Fitness should be fun! It presents us with opportunities to meet people, connect with others, and build community as we work to improve ourselves, and I love that. They're all important to me, so I incorporate them into my classes and encourage my team to do the same."



Julia, D. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance
  • Serves as Faculty in the School of Design and Construction

"I have intermittently practiced yoga for the past 15 years. I came back to yoga in 2017 and have since used it as a tool for achieving balance and decreasing anxiety and stress. Yoga has become a safe haven for me, and I seek to teach yogic principles to help others."



Katie, I. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Pink Gloves Boxing
  • STRONGMAN Level 1
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1
  • Personal Training, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Currently studying Kinesiology and Psychology

"My favorite physical activities are Olympic weightlifting, boxing, and hiking. Fitness helps me promote wellbeing in the community and lead by example. I enjoy helping people turn their goals into manageable plans of action."

 

 



Krista, B. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • LeMond Spin
  • B.S., Exercise Science & Health, B.S. and M.S., Family & Consumer Science (Apparel, Textiles & Design)

"I am an Operation Enduring Freedom Combat Veteran who fell in love with fitness while serving.  Exercise has helped me physically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and socially- and I want to help others achieve the same.  Life is too short to not be doing what we love!"



Kyle, Da. (he/him/his)
Training & Certifications
  • Taekwondo, Kukkiwon 2nd degree Black Belt
  • Yoga
  • B.S., Zoology (WSU)

"I am a survivor of multiple major depressions and have also struggled with social anxiety and obesity. Exercise and meditation were critical to my recovery, and I am driven to help others find and maintain their own wellbeing."



Kyle, Do. (he/him/his)
Training & Certifications
  • Vintage Swing (East Coast Swing, Charleston, Balboa, Lindy Hop)
  • West Coast Swing
  • Serves as Clinical Assistant Professor in Data Analysis teaching Computer Science

"I want to bring the joy of swing dancing to more people. I bring experience and expertise to my students to help them learn the intricacies of different styles. I also encourage and cheer on my students at whatever level they are at and motivate them to improve."



Kyle, N. (he/him/his)
Training & Certifications
  • Les Mills BODYPUMP
  • B.S., Kinesiology (WSU)
  • Currently pursuing M.S., Athletic Training (University of Idaho)

"I want to help people get involved in fitness and hopefully brighten their day. One of my favorite ways to do these is to ask people in my classes for input on track choices in BODYPUMP. There are plenty of different options to use in class that gets people excited!"



Leah, S. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Les Mills BODYPUMP
  • Schwinn Indoor Cycling
  • TRX
  • Pilates and Core
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • B.S. Exercise Science & M.S. Exercise Physiology (Illinois State University)

Currently UREC's Coordinator, Fitness Services & Instruction

"What I enjoy most about being a fitness instructor is the relationships I get to build with participants. I love being able to help them reach their goals and become more competent in their skills."



Leah, V. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Yoga
  • Currently studying Biology

"After experiencing several of yoga's benefits, from cultivating relaxation to building both internal and external strength, I want to spread these benefits to others. I would love to encourage my patrons and and see yoga’s many benefits in their development."



Lydia, L. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Taekwondo, 1st dan Black Belt
  • Yoga
  • Les Mills BODYPUMP
  • Currently studying Molecular Biology

"Group fitness and sport helped me get back on my feet, literally, after having minor nerve damage in my foot and tearing my ACL. They not only made me physically stronger but also improved my mental fortitude. I want to help others reap those benefits of wellness."



Madison, R. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Yoga
  • Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Currently studying Architecture

"I'm eager to help foster a community of people that share an interest in health and fitness. I work to facilitate an inclusive environment where all are able to reach their mental and physical goals. I want to continue growing and learning while sharing my passions."

 



Makayla, M. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Contemporary Ballet
  • Hip-Hop
  • Currently studying Criminal Justice and Political Science (Pre-Law)

"Being a group fitness instructor has challenged me to learn new things while giving the same experience to others. Dance has helped me add joy to my life and I hope to now spread it too!"

 



Matt, A. (he/him/his)
Training & Certifications
  • CrossFit Levels 1 and 2
  • CrossFit Kids
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, NSCA
  • Personal Training, American Council on Exercise
  • Group Fitness, American Council on Exercise
  • B.A., Sport Science
  • Dungeon Master

“I teach CrossFit because I enjoy coaching people. I want to see them grow and get stronger. I also like burpees. I don’t think you will like burpees, but I will at least make you better at them.”



Mykala, A. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Pink Gloves Boxing, Master Level
  • Currently pursuing M.A., Special Education

"I love to learn, stay active, and smile a lot! I find it super important for every individual to stay active because of how much better it makes us feel on the inside! When we feel happier inside our hearts, we'll find a lot more happiness in our everyday lives."



Nailah, K. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Co-founder of Krimson Kouture, WSU's Hip-Hop Majorette dance team
  • Currently studying Pre-Nursing and Human Development

"I aspire to be a nurturing spirit to everyone I encounter. As an instructor, I love the feeling of giving others an outlet through dance. This is my outlet as well. I engage students by keeping sessions lively, inclusive, and fun!"



Raymond, H. (he/him/his)
Training & Certifications
  • Kickboxing
  • Bootcamp and Core
  • Currently studying Kinesiology and Sports Science

"I like to help others engage in fitness. Becoming an instructor is huge for me. It allows me to experience the fitness world and encourage others to explore it with me."



Rebecca, LC. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Belly Dance
  • Yoga
  • Studied Psychology and Counseling (WSU)

"I want to share joy and fulfillment through dance and the positive impact it has when we’re able to connect and appreciate our bodies. I want everyone to have a fun time and feel empowered. I teach classes with a growth mindset and celebrate big and small successes."



Saige, F. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Pink Gloves Boxing
  • Currently studying Chemistry, German, and Mathematics

"As I have found a love for fitness, especially how I feel strong and powerful, I hope to motivate others to recognize the same within. I believe that being fit goes beyond physique: it's an attitude one takes on with their mind, body, and spirit."



Sarah, D. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Zumba Basic 1 & 2, Gold
  • M.S., Plant Pathology (WSU)

"A colleague took me to a Zumba class in grad school. It was love at first dance! I honestly believe I wouldn't have made it through grad school without it. I found ways to strengthen my psychological health through fitness, and I would like to share that with everyone."



Suha, K. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Spin
  • Currently studying Kinesiology

I strive to aid my participants gain confidence and achieve their fitness goals. Being active has helped me in numerous realms of my life and I love to share my knowledge and passion! I believe a healthy body helps keep the mind happy; let's get moving!



Sung, Y. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Zumba Basic 1, Sentao, Kids + Kids Jr.
  • STRONG by Zumba
  • Hapkido, 3rd degree level Black belt
  • Taekwondo, 2nd degree level Black belt
  • B.A., Physical Education (Sungshin University) & M.S., Sports Biomechanics (Yonsei University)

"Zumba is more than just a workout. It's family to me! In my class I like to provide the same family vibes for my patrons. We build our community together in the one hour we get to meet for every class."

 



Ty, C. (he/him/his)
Training & Certifications
  • Kickboxing (Muay Thai and Western)
  • Bootcamp, Core, and Kettlebells
  • Spartan Training
  • Hypertrophy and Fat Loss
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Powerlifting
  • Functional Training
  • Personal Training and Group Fitness, American Council on Exercise
  • B.S., Sports Science/Kinesiology (WSU)

"The core of my training philosophy is to move with a purpose. I also believe in a holistic lifestyle approach that ties together nutrition, sleep, and stress management, with the enjoyable challenging workouts that we will be doing together."



Valea, H. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Hip-Hop
  • MixxedFit
  • TRX
  • Served as WSU's Feature Twirler for four years
  • Currently studying Kinesiology

"I aspire to help everyone achieve their fitness goals and have fun while doing it. In my class, everyone is welcome to express themselves in their own unique way. My goal is to create exciting and memorable choreography that is sure to make the workouts enjoyable!"

 



Zhuoli, A. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Yoga
  • Currently pursuing a PhD in Accounting

"Fitness has been very important for me to manage stress and maintain a clear mind. Being an instructor helps me become better and stronger physically and spiritually while I share the practice of mindfulness and the joy of fitness with others."