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Group Classes: Instructors

Schedule | Class Descriptions | Instructors | FAQ

Laura Nadia Athmejvar  |  Jennifer Bailey  | Marisa Bierman  | Lynda Bodden  |  Michelle Briehler  |    Leslie Cortina   |  Cheryl Curbishley  |   Christa Eastgate |   Deb Dumont  |   Tamica Estrella  |   Dan Fatton  |   Pat Ficarotta   |   Emmanuel Goncalves   |  Danielle Gargione  |   Holly Haynes   |   Therese Julo  |   Kierceton Kepes  |   Terri Layton  |  Wendi Lauber |  Julie McCulley  |  Stacey McKenna |  Howie Moses |   Amy Otey  |  Vanessa Piepszak |   Louise Profit |  Laurel Reid  |  Lucie Reside   |  Kacie Rypisi  |  Angela Quinn  |  Dawn Sanjek  |  John Scott  |  Rachel Scupp Sherry Steiner  |  Romy Toussaint  |   Betsey Valenza  |  Rita Washington
 
Laura Nadia Athmejvar
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: July 2013
  • Specialty: Zumba
  • Certifications: Zumba, Zubma Core
  • Experience: 5 years of cheerleading/dance, I Lost it at PEAC winner, fall 2011
  • Interests/Hobbies: Dancing, Yoga, Discovering New Music, Nature, Cooking, Sci-fi/horror

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    Jennifer Bailey
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: July 2009
  • Specialty: Yoga
  • Certifications: Inner Light Yoga Center Certification – 200 hours
  • Experience: 8 years of participating in yoga classes, 3 years teaching yoga
  • Interests/Hobbies: acting, singing, dancing, reading, watching good movies, and running outside

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    Marisa Bierman
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: March 2012
  • Specialty: Boot Camp and Kickboxing
  • Certifications: AAAI- personal trainer certification
  • Experience: Participating in many group ex classes and kickboxing for over 2 years
  • Interests/Hobbies: Exercising, snowboarding, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

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    Lynda Bodden
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: June 2006
  • Specialty: PEAC Spin
  • Certifications: Johnny G Spin, AAAI, ISMA
  • Experience: Previous experience at local YWCA since 2005
  • Interests/Hobbies: Gardening, sewing, tennis, running & cycling.

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    Michelle Briehler
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: August 2000
  • Specialty: Pilates, Group Strength Training, Core moves
  • Certifications: Spinning, AAAI, NSCA-CPT, Pilates
  • Experience: Massage therapist 1993-2001, Kick Boxing instructor 1998-2000 – Northeast Academy of Martial Arts, Karate 1998-2000
  • Interests/Hobbies: Exercise, music, beach gardening, spending time with my family, scrapbooking, internet.

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    Leslie Cortina
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: March 1997
  • Specialty: All Yoga Classes, PEAC Spin, group strength training
  • Certifications: Group Exercise, Spinning, Yoga
  • Experience: 17 yrs. as a fitness professional, 7 years spinning, 5 years yoga
  • Interests/Hobbies: Practicing yoga, cycling, walking, cooking.

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    Cheryl Curbishley
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: Member since 1998, Instructor since 2006
  • Specialty: Weight classes, PEAC spin, Rebounding
  • Certifications: AAAI Primary Group Exercise Instructor, Personal Training and Spin. AFFA Kickboxing
  • Experience: Many years participating in group exercise, trained for and completed two marathons & one sprint triathalon.
  • Interests/Hobbies: Running, scrapbooking, Girl Scout Leader, full-time mom of two children.

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    Christa Eastgate
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: May 2014
  • Specialty: Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga
  • Certifications: RYT- 200, Pre-natal (Yoga Alliance Certified
  • Experience: Teaching group exercise classes since 2012, years of practicing yoga
  • Interests/Hobbies: Running, community activism, listening to live music and exotic travel

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    Deb Dumont
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: March 2012
  • Specialty: Pilates
  • Certifications: AAAI
  • Experience: Teaching group exercise classes, taking group exercise classes
  • Interests/Hobbies: Tennis, reading, exercise

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    Tamica Estrella
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: September 2014
  • Specialty: Functional training, performance training, box/kickboxing
  • Certifications: Ignite 360 powered by Under Armour, AAAI Personal Training & Weight Management, Group Training Cardio Kickbox and Step, Certified High School Coach
  • Experience: Multiple experiences in the fitness industry including personal training, small group training, boot camps, performance training and boxing/kickboxing. 2x All Fantasy Corner back (lingerie football league) amateur boxer, Division 1 women’s basketball player, fitness competitor, strength training and performance coach.
  • Interests/Hobbies: Functional training, sports, going to the beach, dancing, sewing, fine dining, and spending time with family and friends

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    Dan Fatton
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: 2007
  • Specialty: Spin
  • Certifications: Johnny G Spin
  • Experience: Spinning since 1998, began teaching in 2007.
  • Interests/Hobbies: swimming, yoga, biking, cooking, reading, gardening, laying on the beach, attending concerts, traveling, wine tasting.

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    Pat Ficarotta
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: August 2013
  • Specialty: Yoga
  • Certifications: YogaFit
  • Experience: Group Instructor since 1986
  • Interests/Hobbies: Hiking, fitness classes, eating healthy with family & friends.

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    Emmanuel Goncalves
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: April 2012
  • Specialty: Salsa Dance, Salsa Cardio, Puerto Rican and Cuban and African dance
  • Certifications: Group Fitness, Dance-Beginners to Advanced (Latin), Salsa Cardio
  • Experience: More than 5 years teaching various styles of Salsa and African dance, performing with international dance group Salsa Dakar, choreographing videos and amateur dance sport competitions.
  • Interests/Hobbies: Soccer, Swimming, spending time with his wife, Fabiola

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    Danielle Gargione
  • Joined PEAC: June 2008
  • Specialty: Spin
  • Certifications: Johnny G Spin
  • Experience: Many years participating in group exercise, coached cheerleading and track
  • Interests/Hobbies: Exercising, reading, scrapbooking

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    Holly Haynes
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: May 2007
  • Specialty: Yoga, Pilates
  • Workshop Training: AFPA 2008, Yogaphoria, Jivamukhti yoga NYC, OM yoga NYC.
  • Experience: PEAC instructor 2007-2008; yoga practitioner 1994-present; Professor (Classical Studies) TCNJ 2005-present.
  • Interests/Hobbies: Writing, reading, movies, fitness

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    Therese Julo
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: November 2009
  • Specialty: Yoga
  • Certifications: 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training, instructing Yoga group exercise classes
  • Experience: Group Exercise Instructor since 1987 (specializing in Yoga since 2001)
  • Interests/Hobbies: Biking, boating, swimming, yoga

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    Kierceton Kepes
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: August 2010
  • Specialty: Yoga
  • Certifications: Yoga, Pilates, AAAI / ISMA - Johnny G. Spin
  • Experience: 10 yrs of instructing group exercise classes at PAC, NAC, Healthquest & Body Tech
  • Interests/Hobbies: Exercising, skiing, going to the beach, listening to music, reading, laughing with friends & spending quality time with her boys.

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    Terri Layton
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: March 2009
  • Specialty: Tai Chi
  • Certifications: Tai Chi
  • Experience: 2 years teaching, various workshops.
  • Interests/Hobbies: Writing, photography, yoga, running, cooking, gardening, hiking, skiing, mycology, is a trained naturalist, and spending time with her dogs.

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    Wendi Lauber
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: January 2009
  • Specialty: Spin, TRX, Walk & Weights, I Lost It At PEAC
  • Certifications: Johnny G Spinning (Mad Dogg), SpinFlex, TRX, AAAI Personal Training
  • Experience: Started spinning when I joined PEAC, and have been loving it ever since. I have also taught and played competitive tennis, competitive swimming and diving, kick boxing and Kempo.
  • Interests/Hobbies: Traveling, photography, and working out. And I love spending time with my husband and two feathered children!

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    Julie McCulley
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: January 2011
  • Specialty: Bootcamp, Total Body Conditioning
  • Certifications: ATC, NSCA-CSCS, ACE, Stretch Therapy
  • Experience: Fitness Director 2004-2010, Philadelphia Sports Club - Fitness Manager/Personal Trainer/Group X Instructor 2010-2011
  • Interests/Hobbies: Exercise!!!!

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    Stacey McKenna
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: May 2010
  • Specialty: Zumba
  • Certifications: Zumba
  • Experience: Participating in group classes
  • Interests/Hobbies: Fitness, Teaching, Traveling, Family, & Music

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    Howie Moses
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: March 2010
  • Specialty: Spin, Beamfit
  • Certifications: Johnny G Spin, Spin Flex
  • Experience: More than fifteen years of spinning experience, completed numerous long distance bike rides, coached soccer, basketball and softball for fifteen years
  • Interests/Hobbies: Cooking, reading, traveling, learning and writing. Love laughing with my family, usually at my expense.

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    Amy Otey
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: October 1998
  • Specialty: Yoga, Intro to Step, Seniors
  • Certifications: AAAI/ISMA – Group Exercise, Step Aerobics, Yoga I & II Tai Chi, Certified w/ Rutgers – Gerontology, BBA – Strategic Mgt.
  • Experience: 15 years experience with seniors at various Continuing Care & Rehabilitation Centers. 20 years teaching aerobics – fitness. Began with Spa Lady in 1983 wearing danskin leotards & leg warmers.
  • Interests/Hobbies: Miss Amy® is the definitive Kids Rocker/Fitness Guru! She's an Advocate for the President's Challenge Program, a fitness professional and a Grammy® cataloged recording artist. Her high-energy performances inspire families to get moving. She is Making Music Fit For Kids!™
    http://www.MissAmyKids.com

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    Vanessa Piepszak
  • Joined PEAC: May 2013
  • Specialty: Boot Camp, Spin & Core
  • Certifications: BS in Exercise Science, AAA-I and NSCA
  • Experience: Cardiac Rehab; exercise physiologist intern, personal trainer, and a dual sport collegiate athlete
  • Interests/Hobbies: Playing and watching sports, exercising, traveling, spending time at the beach, friends, family and my dog.

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    Louise Profit
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: May 2014
  • Specialty: Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Yoga Kids, Yoga for Breast Cancer Therapy
  • Certifications: Yoga Alliance RYT 500, E-RYT 200, Usui Reiki Ryoho Master Level III
  • Experience: Teaching group exercise classes since 2001
  • Interests/Hobbies: Yoga, Learning, Food, Farmer's markets, Family time

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    Angela Quinn
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: September 2011
  • Specialty: Yoga
  • Certifications: RYT 200hr, Yoga Alliance Certified
  • Experience: 8 years of yoga
  • Interests/Hobbies: Marathon Running, Yoga, Vegetarian Cooking, Spending time with my husband and dog.

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    Laurel Reid
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: September 1997
  • Specialty: Kickboxing, Spin, Weights
  • Certifications: Group Exercise Personal Training, Senior Specialist.
  • Experience: 30 years of motivating people to MOVE.
  • Interests/Hobbies: The beach, watching her kids play sports, cheering on her Patriots and Red Sox, and hanging out with “Simba,” her golden retriever.

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    Lucie Reside
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: January 2005
  • Specialty: Yoga
  • Certifications: Yoga certification through SPANDA Yoga of Movement, 200 hour training
  • Experience: Practicing Yoga for over 8 years.
  • Interests/Hobbies: Reading, gardening, yoga, meditation.

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    Kacie Rypisi
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: June 2011
  • Specialty: Zumba
  • Certifications: Zumba
  • Experience: Gymnastics instructor, cheerleading coach, teaching group ex classes
  • Interests/Hobbies: Singing, dancing, scrapbooking, jewelry making, and going to the beach

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    Dawn Sanjek
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: December 2010
  • Specialty: Interval classes, Pilates, and PEAC Spin
  • Certifications: AAAI/ISMA Primary Aerobic Instructor, Strength Conditioning & Weight Training, Phase I Mat Pilates, Personal Fitness Trainer
  • Experience: Many years participating in group exercise, group training, ILIAP coach
  • Interests/Hobbies: Fitness, watching my son play sports, baking with my daughter, spending quality time with family and friends.

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    John Scott
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: September 2014
  • Specialty: Yoga
  • Certifications: Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, 200 hours (RYT- 200), Reiki I Certification
  • Experience: Instructing Yoga at various clubs and studios since 2014
  • Interests/Hobbies: taking yoga classes, working as DJ and spending time with his wife and dog

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    Rachel Scupp
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: February 2010
  • Specialty: Walk & Weights, Total Body Conditioning, PEAC Pump
  • Certifications: AAAI
  • Experience: Participating in group classes, cheerleading coach since 2005, French Ministry of Education 2010-2011, UNSS gymnastics/fitness instructor
  • Interests/Hobbies: Exercising, teaching, reading, writing, speaking French, traveling, reading French & American Literature and traveling.

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    Sherry Steiner
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: May 2014
  • Specialty: Pilates
  • Certifications: AAAI, ISMA Mat Pilates
  • Experience: Years of taking group exercise classes
  • Interests/Hobbies: Exercise, hiking, scrapbooking, cooking, wine

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    Romy Toussaint
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: January 1999
  • Specialty: Yoga – All levels, PEAC Spin, (All classes)
  • Certifications: AAAI – Yoga AAAI – Aerobics Reebok – Spinning
  • Experience: Teaching fitness classes for 20 years, soccer & volleyball coach.
  • Interests/Hobbies: Reading, playing soccer & volleyball, hiking, yoga, baking.

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    Betsey C. Valenza
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: August 2013
  • Specialty: Spinning, Muscle Conditioning
  • Certifications: AFAA, TRX, Kettlebell, Spinning, Les Mills Body Pump
  • Experience: Group Ex certified since 1998, GEX manager 2012-2013
  • Interests/Hobbies: Spening time with family, traveling

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    Rita Washington
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: February 2014
  • Specialty: Zumba
  • Certifications: Zumba
  • Experience: group exercise instructor since 2013, Life Coach & Mental Health Counselor
  • Interests/Hobbies: Dancing, writing spoken word, and community theater acting.

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    Michael Wiley
  • Joined PAC/PEAC: August 2013
  • Specialty: Tai Chi
  • Certifications: Southern Shaolin Academy in 8, 16, 24 Step Yang Style Tai Chi
  • Experience: Teaching and instructing Tai Chi classes
  • Interests/Hobbies: Art, music, travel, Tai Chi, Yoga, cycling

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