Fitness Class Instructor Bios
Julie is a Water Aerobics Instructor. She has been involved in the Health and Wellness industry for over 30 years. She has worked in a variety of different environments, from Community Centers, Rehabilitation programs to Hospital-based Health and Wellness programs. She has been teaching Water Aerobics for 12 years and at Weber State for the last 6 years. She completed Water Aerobic certification from AEA and AAI.
Teri has a Master's degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University and is the Director of Campus Recreation at Weber State University. She is an ACSM Certified Group Exercise InstructorSM and an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer. Teri has a soft spot for "newbies" and loves helping people ease into a healthy and active lifestyle with a "Make it Fun!" attitude.
Esra has been living with her family in Ogden, Utah since 2014. She completed her first 250-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) training in Hong Kong and lead yoga classes in group settings, and private classes to physically impaired individuals who were not able to attend group classes. Living in a metropolitan city she had the opportunity to practice a variety of yoga styles like: Iyengar, Ashtanga, Svastha, Power, Hot, Restore and Yin. She also took the opportunity to travel throughout Asia and to Australia for yoga and meditation workshops. To delve deeper into the energy body she completed Reiki 1, 2, 3a, and a foundation Foot reflexology massage training.
After moving to Portland, Oregon in 2013 she found the missing piece in her yoga knowledge through Portland Therapeutic Yoga, where she completed her 200-Hour RYT training in 2014. With this training, she feels more empowered to teach yoga students to understand their own bodies, to respect their own strengths and limitations so they can practice safely without hurting themselves.
Over the years Esra's passion shifted towards postural alignment within her yoga practice. Therefore her classes focus first on establishing structural alignment and then moving with the breath to find stability and ease in a posture and in the mind
Abbey Dunford is a newly certified Schwinn Cycle Instructor, who is anxious to get her pedals moving in her classes. From surfing to camping, Abbey enjoys all that adventure has to offer. Along with being passionate about fitness and health, she is majoring in Radiologic Sciences at Weber State. She’s excited to help you on your fitness journey, so saddle up and enjoy the ride.
Claudette has been teaching Yoga for WSU, at both Ogden and Davis Campuses, since 2005. She has completed 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), 500 Hour E-RYT, and is currently 1,000 Hour RYT certified, she’s also a registered Yoga Alliance Educator for their Teacher Training Program. When you attend her classes she wants you to feel strong, capable, and successful.
Lori Harlin has been a Certified Group Fitness Instructor for over 25 years, “Teaching is not a job for me, it’s a fun way to get to work out and interact with a great group of people, I love my students and the positive energy they bring to class”. She’s taught a variety of classes, for a broad range of participants, including teaching in Okinawa, Japan. She teaches Boot Camp, Circuit, Cycle, Step, and Strength & Cardio. She believes there is never a bad day at the gym, working out is not just looking good on the outside, it's feeling great on the inside. Don’t miss out on opportunities to be the best you, ‘It is not what you are that holds you back, it is what you think you are not’…
Julia is a 200-Hour RYT certified, Yoga Alliance registered yoga instructor. Julia has graduated with her bachelor's in Exercise Science and is currently a student in the Radiography Program. She is inspired by health and fitness and loves to be active and in nature. Camping, hiking, rock-climbing, paddle-boarding, and of course yoga, are just a few of her favorites. She is enthusiastic about yoga and its benefits to provide balance and stability in life. She offers her expertise to bring relaxation, strength, confidence, and rejuvenation to each student, with every class.
After the birth of her 2nd child, Nicole was looking for a way to get healthy and fit and started doing Zumba workouts at home. She then started up an exercise class with a group of friends, which lead her to find a passion for Zumba and she got certified. Nicole has been teaching for a little over 2 years and has loved every second of it. She truly believes in helping all people feel welcome to work out and have fun in a judgment-free environment. When she's not teaching Zumba, she is filling orders for her Etsy shop, reading books, traveling, and spending time with her husband and kids.
Hannah has her PhD in Counseling Psychology and is currently a Psychologist with the Counseling and Psychological Services Center (CPSC). Hannah highly values flexibility in clinical work, and believes treatment should ultimately be adapted to each unique client. She strives to be culturally responsive in her work and places a great emphasis on developing a strong, authentic connection with her clients. She has noted interests in couples therapy, trauma-informed care, and trans affirmative care. On a personal note, Hannah loves exploring new parts of the world, creating and enjoying art, and spending time with her partner, cat, 2 turtles, and an extensive collection of succulents.
Sylvia's yoga journey began right here at WSU with amazing teachers in the Wellness Program and Campus Recreation. From there, she completed her 200-RYT at the YogaLoft at the Front in Ogden. She now teaches at a local studio and subs for the Wellness Program and Campus Recreation. Her day job is teaching writing and literature in the WSU English department, but teaching yoga is perhaps her very favorite thing to do. Yoga is the ultimate "whole person" activity, and bringing others to the yoga path is her greatest joy.
I have been a Certified Group Fitness Instructor for 5 years and have taught a variety of classes to include core, strength training, cardio, HIIT, and my favorite of all, Zumba! I have my certifications in NETA as a group fitness instructor, HIIT with Yoga, Zumba and Zumba Step. I grew up dancing and singing, so getting to relive that passion I have is just awesome. I have taught in a variety of places to include teaching in Wisconsin, Alaska, and now Utah! Life is all about balance. I believe people should do well in their jobs, enjoy their hobbies and they should take time out of their day to dedicate to strengthening and bettering their own bodies while having fun. Outside of fitness, I am an HR professional with a degree in business administration. I love helping people in any capacity!
Jonathan is the Fitness Coordinator for Campus Recreation at Weber State University. He is a PTA Global Certified Personal Trainer with advanced credentials in Exercise and Stress Management, Mindset Performance, and Behavior Change in Exercise. He is also certified as an ACE Group Exercise Instructor, USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach, Certified TRX Suspension Trainer Coach, Schwinn Cycling Instructor, and StairMaster HIIT Certified Instructor. His exercise philosophy, which stems from calisthenics and a love for extreme sports, is to help people across all ages express their bodies, sense of self, and identity through limitless movement.
I am Jessie Standing! I come all the way from Italy. I live in North Ogden Utah, I am married to a wonderful husband, and I have two adorable kids. I am going to college at Weber State University, majoring in Product Design and Development. I have been going to the gym since I was 14 years old and have fallen in love with Zumba and HIIT workouts. I love how a good workout makes me feel and I love sharing that with others. That passion led me to become a certified instructor. I love exercising, I love teaching, and I love my students. I love the fun we have while improving our health. I love that we all push our limits to go far beyond our capacities. This is what group fitness has taught me through the years. I am so excited to pass this love of fitness to others.
Sherilyn has been an Internationally Certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal trainer for over 11 years. She started her Fitness Career in Okinawa, Japan and realized SHE LOVES TO TEACH! She has taught a variety of classes throughout her career including Group Personal training, PIYO, CIZE, Zumba, Step, Strength Training, Bootcamp, Kids camp, Spin, and more! She has also taught a very broad range of participants and does everything she can to make fitness FUN for all. Sherilyn enjoys watching people become healthy and her motto is “Love yourself enough to take care of YOU!”
Rachel has been doing Zumba since 2015 and strongly believes that you can party your way into getting healthy. She is a junior at Weber State University, Majoring in Elementary Education. Rachel was unable to walk for some of her life, and since then has dedicated her life to enjoying a functional body and doing something good for your body every day. She has been dancing since 2012, and in that time, has learned modern, hip hop, tap, jazz, ballet, theatrical theater, ballroom, and Latina dancing. When not doing Zumba Rachel enjoys spending time with her dog Blackie in the wonders of nature.