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.
I've always loved group fitness as a way to exercise and be with like-minded people. I've also dabbled in running (completed several 1/2 marathons and the Ogden Marathon). The energy of participating in events is very contagious. I was introduced to Yoga because my running partner told me it would be a good stretch class. I was immediately intrigued and I completed a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training (Yoga Alliance). Wanting others to feel the community energy, I became a Yoga Instructor ten years ago. Since then, I've taken Spinning, Stability Ball, Bosu, Tabata Bootcamp, Kettlebell, KickKamp, and most recently, Pilates Instructor courses. I care about teaching classes that are well planned, inclusive, safe, and effective. Teaching fitness classes puts me in my happy place, knowing that I am leading my students toward reaching their fitness goals!
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, to include 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’…
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.
Craig is a longtime psychologist at Weber State who is excited to share mindfulness meditation with all those who want to experience a sense of peacefulness and restoration. His approach to guided meditation focuses on the breath and on our here-and-now experience within the context of cultivating acceptance. Craig’s interests include health psychology, fitness, swimming and personal wellness. So, come grab a mat, yoga bolster, and blanket...and relax.
Sara “ZQUEEN” Petty has a deep fire and passion for Zumba. She used to battle weight problems and at her heaviest weighed 300lbs. She found a great way to lose weight, exercise and dance at the same time. She hopes to inspire others to be able to believe in themselves, to be the best version of themselves! Sara has been doing Zumba since 2013 and became certified in 2018. She has 4 kids and enjoys watching horror movies and making her own Zumba choreography. She hopes to continue exploring more in the fitness world and grow!
Jonathan is the Fitness Coordinator for Campus Recreation at Weber State University. He is a PTA Global Certified Personal Trainer with an advanced credential in Exercise and Stress Management, 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.
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.