Fitness Staff Bios

Instructor Bios

Downtown

Downtown

Personal Trainers

Name: Anjinson (Andy)
Degree: B.S. Kinesiology / Exercise and Nutrition
Hometown: New York
Favorite exercise: Squats
Fun fact: I took snowboarding lessons with Sean White
Favorite motivational quote: "The only bad workout was the one that didn't happen"
Certifications: Performance Enhancement Specialist, Certified Kettle-Bell Certified, Battle Ropes Certified, NASM - Certified Personal Trainer

Name: Benjamin
Year: Junior
Degree: Junior
Hometown: Fallbrook, California
Favorite exercise: Bench Press
Fun fact: I like to play golf and basketball
Favorite motivational quote: “If you work hard, good things will happen.”- Charles Gwynn Jr
Certifications: CPR/AED, National Strength and Conditioning Certified Personal Trainer

Name: Jessica
Year: Junior
Hometown: Cottonwood, AZ
Favorite exercise: Box jumps! I also have a huge love-hate relationship with pull ups.
Fun fact: I've been through several different majors.
Favorite motivational quote: "All you need is twenty seconds of insane courage, and I promise you, something great will come of it." - Benjamin Mee
Certifications: ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

Name: Josh
Year: First-year Grad Student
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Favorite exercise: Ring Muscle-Ups
Fun fact: I once snowboarded down a volcano in Antarctica
Favorite motivational quote: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” – Tim Notke
Certifications: ACTION CPT, USAFTF L1, NOLS WFA, NSCA-CSCS

Name: Peter
Year: Expected graduation Spring 2017
Hometown: New York
Favorite exercise: Squat Snatch
Fun fact: Being a second career student, I made a huge leap of faith moving from NY to Arizona to follow my passions in both nutrition and fitness. In doing so I've learned firsthand that it's never too late to redefine who we are!
Favorite motivational quote: "Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't."
Certifications: NSCA CPT

Name: Sean
Year: First year Graduate Student
Hometown: Fullerton, CA
Favorite exercise: Snatch
Fun fact: Former ASU swimmer and EXW graduate student
Favorite motivational quote: "Live with purpose"
Certifications: NSCA- CSCS, USAW

Name: Shiloh
Year: Senior
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Favorite exercise: Squat to Curl to Press
Fun fact: I play multiple instruments including drums, guitar, bass and also sing!
Favorite motivational quote: "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." - Socrates
Certifications: National Academy of Sports Medicine - Certified Personal Trainer, TRX Suspension Training Level 1

Group Fitness Instructors

Name: Sydni
Position: Group Fitness Instructor
Years with SDFC: 2 year
Grade/Year: Fall 2017
Certifications: Les Mills BodyPump

Name: Courtney
Position: Fitness Management Intern
Years with SDFC: 1 year
Grade/Year: 2nd year masters
Major: Community Resources and Development
Favorite Exercise: Lunge
Favorite Quote: “There is no elevator to success, you must take the stairs”
Certifications: ACE Prep Course, Les Mills BodyPump (2012), Les Mills BodyCombat (2012), ACE Personal Training (October 2016), ACE Group Fitness (October 2016)

Name: Ivelisse
Position: Group Fitness Instructor
Years with SDFC: 1.5 years
Grade/Year: Junior
Major: Double Major: Interdisciplinary Arts & Performance and Nutrition
Favorite Exercise: Yoga/Swimming (Supine Spinal Twist)
Favorite Quote: “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant, if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
Certifications: ACE Prep Course, Yogafit Level 1, Zumba, Aqua Zumba, American Red Cross Lifeguard, American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor

Name: Megan
Position: Group Fitness Instructor
Years with SDFC: 1 year
Grade/Year: Sophomore
Major: Nursing
Favorite Exercise: Squats
Favorite Quote: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all”
Certifications: ACE Prep Course, ACE Group Fitness (October 2016)

Name: Michelle
Position: Student Coordinator for Group Fitness
Years with SDFC: 2 years
Grade/Year: Senior
Major: Political Science
Favorite Exercise: Running
Favorite Quote: “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world” – Marilyn Monroe
Certifications: ACE Group Fitness (October 2016)

Name: Emma
Year: First year grad student
Hometown: Phoenix
Favorite Exercise: Squat jumps
Fun Fact: I play guitar and ukulele.
Favorite Motivational Quote: “When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.”

Name: Erika
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Favorite Exercise: Planks
Fun Fact: I have an extra bone in my ankle.
Favorite Motivational Quote: “No matter how you feel: get up, dress up, show up, and never give up.”
Certifications: ACE CPT, ACE GFI, and Zumba

Name: Jaron
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Enumclaw, Washington
Favorite Exercise: Overhand Weighted Pull-Ups
Fun Fact: I can play 6 different instruments
Motivational Quote: “The difference between the impossible and the possible is in a person’s determination.”

Name: Karen
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Las Vegas
Favorite Exercise: Spinning of course!
Fun Fact: Spanish was my first language :)
Favorite Motivational Quote: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” - Helen Keller

Name: Eleanor
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ
Favorite Exercise: Pistol Squat
Fun Fact: I love to hike!
Favorite Motivational Quote: “If it doesn’t challenge you it won't change you.”
Certifications: ISSA CPT

Name: Rhyan
Year: Senior
Hometown: Indiana
Favorite Exercise: Anything that doesn't feel like exercising.
Fun Fact: I drove my car into a corn field once.
Favorite Motivational Quote: "You can totally do this"
Certifications: Zumba

Poly

Poly

Personal Trainers

Name: Courtney
Year/position: Coordinator, Student Engagement
Hometown: Darien, Illinois
Favorite exercise: Running, Swimming, Biking
Fun fact about you: I am super clumsy so sometimes swimming is a much better option for me compared to running and biking, but I tend to risk it anyways. I even venture into the weight room sometimes…steer clear when that happens.
Favorite motivational quote: “I believe that be living as athletes, we live more fully.” –Gloria Averbuch
Certifications: Indoor Cycling

Name: Lars
Year: Junior
Hometown: Los Angeles
Favorite Exercise: Deadlifts
Fun Fact: I played volleyball at a national level in 2011 & 2012 and placed 6th in the 2012 Junior Olympics.
Favorite Motivational Quote: "Limitations are for people that have them, and excuses are for people that need them."
Certifications:NASM-CPT(National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer

Name: Michael
Year/ Position: Junior/ Devil X group fitness instructor
Hometown: San Diego
Favorite Exercise: Dumbbell Shoulder Press
Goal:My goal is to hike all of the well-known mountains in Arizona.
Favorite motivational Quote: "A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor."
Certifications: Fit Pro Certification

Name: Taylor
Year: 2nd year Graduate Student, SDFC Programs Management Intern
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Favorite Exercise: Squat, Hang Cleans, Deadlift
Fun Fact: I played semi pro basketball for two years and had a blast!
Favorite Motivational Quote: “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” –Hebrews 12:11
Certifications: NASM CPT, AFAA Kickboxing

Tempe

Tempe

Personal Trainers

Name: Clayton Boer
Hometown: Moorpark, CA
Major: Kinesiology B.S. with a minor in business
Certification: NASM- CPT

Name: Jesse Slebodnik
Hometown: Peoria, AZ
Major: Exercise and Wellness
Certification: ACE-CPT
Favorite Exercise: Muscle-up

Name: Morgan Hawes
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Major: Business Entrepreneurship and Exercise and Wellness
Certification: ACE-CPT
Favorite Exercise: Front Squats

Name: Colton Ranson
Hometown: Mukwonago, Wisconsin
Major: Architecture / Exercise and Wellness
Certification: NSCA - CPT
Specialization: Strength / Hypertrophy

Name: Jacob Roper
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Major: Marketing
Certification: ACSM CPT, NASM CES
Specialization: Wellness Bodybuilding

Name: Tanner Karlinger-Gladney
Hometown: Pueblo, CO
Major: Kinesiology/Pre-Medical
Certification: NSCA-CPT
Specialization: Hypertrophy/Power Development

Name: Nate Gruber
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Major: Secondary Education
Certification: NASM- CPT

Name: Clayton McShane
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ
Major: Exercise and Wellness
Certification: ISSA-CPT

Name: Jacob Kelley
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Major: Construction Management
Certification: ACSM-CPT

Name: Owen Neary
Hometown: Westlake Village, CA
Major: Kinesiology
Certification: ACE-CPT

Group Fitness Instructors

Michelle

Major: Environmental Ethics and Policy
Hometown/State: Des Moines, Iowa
Favorite format to teach: Yoga - Vinyasa. More than a workout, yoga is a work-in. I love getting to know my students and helping them let go of the stress that builds up from the daily life of being a student, faculty, or staff member.

Salma

Major: MA in Global Affairs and Management (at Thunderbird)
Hometown/State: Born in Chicago but grew up in a tiny town in West Virginia
Favorite format to teach: My favorite format is Grind!

Danny

Major: Exercise and Wellness with a Minor in Dance
Hometown/State: Tempe, AZ
Favorite format to teach: I love teaching Grind because it lets my brain take a break from thinking and gives my body more freedom to move!

Allie

Major: Finance and Spanish with a minor in Personal Health
Hometown/State: Littleton, Massachusetts
Favorite format to teach: Hard Body HIIT! I love the mental challenge it brings and how it really pushes you to maximize your potential!

Brittnie

Hometown/State: Chandler, AZ
Favorite format to teach: Attack – I love teaching people how to punch and kick things!

Ivette

Major: MBA
Hometown/State: Caguas, Puerto Rico and Houston, Texas
Favorite format to teach: I love teaching yoga because I enjoy helping to empower my students to move organically, in a way that makes sense for their bodies. If I'm teaching a flow or power class, I focus on building heat (Tapas) so that the body awakens and starts to purify layers of stress and trapped energy.

Courtney

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Hometown/State: Boulder, CO
Favorite format to teach: Power Yoga and Hard Body HIIT!

Megan

Major: Business Marketing
Hometown/State: Brazil, Indiana
Favorite format to teach: Grind

Shelby

Major: Global Studies
Hometown/State: Tempe, AZ
Favorite format to teach: Strength!

Angelica

Major: Art History and Museum Studies
Hometown/State: Tempe, AZ
Favorite format to teach: I love teaching step!

Elena

Major: Spanish
Hometown/State: Scottsdale, AZ
Favorite format to teach: My favorite format to teach is cycle, because the class is driven by fun music to keep the energy high and cyclists motivated!

Natalie R.

Major: Elementary Education with a Minor in Spanish
Hometown/State: Tucson, AZ
Favorite format to teach: Hard Body HIIT!

Gabby T.

Major: Nursing
Hometown/State: Seattle, WA
Favorite format to teach: MixxedFit!

Natalie M.

Major: Civil Engineering
Hometown/State: Columbus, Ohio
Favorite format to teach: Step and Strength!

Stephanie

Major: MFA Intermedia Arts
Hometown/State: Perry, IA
Favorite format to teach: Zumba!

Jake

Major: Construction Management
Hometown/State: Las Vegas, NV
Favorite format to teach: Bootcamp!

Caroline

Major: Health Science
Hometown/State: Portland, Oregon
Favorite format to teach: Hard Body HIIT!

Gabby G.

Major: Biological Sciences
Hometown/State: Casa Grande, AZ
Favorite format to teach: Cycle!

Tommy

Major: Exercise and Wellness
Hometown/State: Newport Beach, California
Favorite format to teach: TRX Turn Up

Lilli

Major: BA in the Arts: Entertainment Design
Hometown/State: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Favorite format to teach: Cycle!

West

West

Personal Trainers

Name: Courtney
Position: Fitness Management Intern
Program: Community Resources and Development (M.S.)
Favorite exercise: Lunge
Favorite motivational quote: “There is no elevator to success, you must take the stairs”
Certifications: Les Mills BodyPump, Les Mills BodyCombat

Name: Andrew
Year: Senior
Major: Exercise and Wellness
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Favorite exercise: Deadlift
Fun fact about you: I love the Phoenix Suns
Favorite motivational quote: “Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up.”
Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Name: Dane
Year:Junior
Major: Exercise and Wellness (Fitness and Wellness Specialist)
Hometown: Buckeye, AZ
Favorite exercise: Planks
Fun fact about you: I have snorkeled right up to live turtles in Maui.
Favorite motivational quote: “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” - Jim Rohn
Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Group Fitness Instructors

Name: Michelle
Year: Senior
Major: Political Science
Hometown: Fontana, CA
Favorite format to teach: Cycle
Fun fact about you: I want to become a high school teacher and cross country coach
Favorite motivational quote:
Certifications: "She believed she could, so she did”

Name: Ive
Year: Junior; Freshman
Major: Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance; Nutrition Dietetics
Hometown: Surprise, AZ
Favorite format to teach: Mind/Body
Fun fact about you: My ultimate goal is to help others realize their own potential and confidence through maintaining healthy lifestyles and healthy forms of self-expression.
Favorite motivational quote: "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
Certifications: YogaFit Level 1, Zumba Basic 1, Aqua Zumba, American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, American Red Cross Lifeguard

Name: Andrew
Year:Junior
Major: Applied Mathematics
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Favorite format to teach: Kickboxing Conditioning
Fun fact about you: I play for ASU’s Ultimate Frisbee team
Favorite motivational quote: “When you aren’t practicing, someone, somewhere is… and when you meet him, he will win.”
Certifications: Black Belt in Karate

Name: Sydni
Year:Junior
Major: Communication
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Favorite format to teach: Bodypump
Fun fact about you: I am a twin.
Favorite motivational quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world”- Ghandi
Certifications: Les Mills BodyPump

Name: Megan
Year:Sophomore
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Beaumont, CA
Favorite format to teach: cycle
Fun fact about you: I am twin.
Favorite motivational quote: Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.

Name: Miranda
Year: Junior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Favorite format to teach: Hardcore
Fun fact about you: I draw realistic portraits and solve Rubik's cubes
Favorite motivational quote: Other people success is not your failure