MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
Katie is a Ph.D. Candidate at Purdue University where she also teaches communication and education studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Katie received a master's degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in telecommunication from Purdue. Previous to beginning her doctorate degree, Katie lived and worked for 10 years in Washington D.C. as a press secretary and news reporter on Capitol Hill, a writer and blogger for a regional magazine, a college instructor, and a television show host. It was an experience of a lifetime!
Katie has taught fitness classes at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Langley, VA. Additionally, she led group fitness classes at LA Fitness, Bally Total Fitness, and Fitness First in Northern Virginia. Katie's certifications include the original art and science cycle program: Spinning®; Pilates, Yoga, Aqua, Body Works, Boot Camp Circuit, and Kickbox Cardio that are authorized by ACE, AFAA, and AAAI. As a fitness instructor, Katie's goal is to offer individuals opportunities to grow and rediscover their physical, mental, and emotional potentials. Katie looks forward to her next venture as a personal trainer to assist clients in Activities of Daily Living, provide proper form and technique, and increase an individual's self-efficacy so they may live the healthiest and most satisfying lifestyle they can.
I was a Buckeye until 1992 when I married my husband, Eric. I have been a Hoosier since that time and moved to Lafayette in 1998. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in School Psychology, and received my Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Purdue in 1999. I currently work full-time as a School Psychologist.
I started teaching fitness classes in 1993 and have been teaching ever since. At the onset, my classes included step and high-low aerobic classes. Much of my aerobic work was a direct knock-off of what I learned from Jane Fonda videos! I started teaching Rep Reebok in 2002 and, shortly thereafter, became certified in BodyPump. In 2012 I became certified in RPM and currently teach both BodyPump and RPM classes.
My favorite things to do include biking with friends, photography and scrapbooking, s’more nights with my children, and training for endurance events with my husband (all of which there is never enough time to do)!
Although my heart still calls Minnesota home, I have been a Hoosier long enough that I ought to change my allegiance in a year or two. I have a BA in English and Dance and a Master's degree in Education. I started teaching in the fitness realm in 1985 and have held positions teaching high-low impact, step, pilates, aquatics, Turbo Kick, Body Pump and RPM. I am certified and able to teach all of these, but prefer the last two formats at this time in my life. I currently teach the Sunday Pump class and just started the walk/run class on Wednesday evenings which is a great fit for me. I also sub for various RPM instructors.
One of my favorite things in life is learning. I used to think people as old as I am ought to know it all, not that they did, but that they should. I merely know that I have a lot to learn and that I learn from every person and situation I encounter. I hope it is obvious to people who know me that I am devoted to 3 Fs- family, faith and fitness as they sustain me in all things.
Molly is a PhD Candidate in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue. She is equally passionate about teaching the next generation of engineering students as she is about helping others meet their health and fitness goals. She teaches BodyPump, Cycling, and TRX. Molly first taught a cycle class when an instructor didn’t show up, and has been certified to teach since 2007.
Fitness Philosophy: My goal in teaching my students is to help you reach your fullest potential in mind, body and spirit. It’s not about wearing a size two, it’s about loving who you are. I believe how we feel on the inside can manifest itself on the outside. My commitment to my students is to provide the coaching and support needed to meet your goals and to help you leave the class feeling accomplished.
Certifications: Les Mills BodyPump, Spinning, AFFA Group Exercise, TRX certified instructor, Keisser Bike Level 1
Education: Current PhD Candidate Engineering Education, Purdue.
B.A. and M.S. Systems & Design Engineering, University of Illinois
I live in West Lafayette and teach third grade at Cumberland Elementary School. I have been teaching TurboKick for 11 years. I love watching my teenage boys play basketball for West Lafayette High School and also enjoy running with my husband and my dog. My favorite things include beach vacations and spending time with family and friends. I truly believe that exercise should be fun, and TurboKick classes are a blast!
Cassie is currently a Master Trainer for Savvier Fitness™ in Barre Above™ and Tabata Bootcamp™. She has a BS from Purdue University in Dietetics and Nutrition, Fitness and Health. Certifications in: Pilates – through Balanced Body™, Barre Above™, BootyBarre™, One Day to Wellness™ Coach, AFAA™Personal Trainer, Tabata Bootcamp™, TabataGX™ and Successful Bootcamp Business™. She is the Nutritionist, Thrive Barre Instructor and Tabata GX Instructor at Parkwest Fitness. Cassie is the owner of “Thrive with Cassie” Fitness & Wellness. Cassie enjoys instructing fitness classes at Parkwest Fitness and helping members increase their mobility, strength and overall health. Cassie creates and instructs programs and classes with enthusiasm. Motivating and empowering clients to do their best and achieving results in a fun and positive environment is her passion.
Donnie is originally from Niles, Michigan. He graduated in 2007 from Purdue University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology. He enjoys keeping active doing a variety of physical activities. Since 2007, Donnie has been working with his Health and Wellness department at Duke Energy to promote a healthy lifestyle. He has worked with multiple groups of co-workers to help them achicve their fitness goals. Donnie believes that he can inspire others by showing them how to put in the work. He is certified in Corecamp and has a 2 year old son with his wife.
I live in Wolcott where I was born & raised. My husband Ryan and I farm and grow vegetables. I am certified in and have been teaching BodyPump since January of 2008. I am also certified to teach CoreCamp. I teach BodyPump on Saturday Mornings.
My two favorite things: My son Samuel and daughter Addison! Only a year apart they keep me very busy! I am hoping after they get a little older that I can get back to teaching more classes at the gym. I love teaching and the accountability it gives me! I have gained so many friendships and look forward to seeing members each week!
Karri grew up in Ladoga, IN, graduated from Valparaiso University, started teaching high school math and science in 1991 and moved to West Lafayette in 2004. She loves the Parkwest community and started teaching Body Pump in 2012, RPM in 2015, and if she isn’t teaching classes in the early morning she is usually at Parkwest as a class participant. Karri sponsors both WLDM and the Blood Drive Club at WLHS and is passionate about both causes. She lives in West Lafayette with her 2 daughters.
Lisa has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics from Purdue University. She is certified in Les Mills RPM Cycling and Body Pump. She is also certified in CPR and First Aide. Lisa is married and has 4 children.
Lisa grew up in Indianapolis, earned her B.S. degree at Purdue, and then completed her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. After deciding Minnesota was a little too cold, she returned to Indiana and joined the faculty at Purdue.
In a quest to balance the craziness of life, Lisa began taking yoga classes and then went through yoga instructor training in the YogaFit program wherein she completed the coursework for the 200RYT program in 2013. As part of the YogaFit Community Service program, she began offering free yoga classes in West Lafayette at the BlackBelt Academy in 2011.
Certifications: YogaFit Levels 1-5, YogaLean, YogaFit Sweat, YogaBack, Anatomy and Alignment, Seniors, Kids
Classes you instruct at Parkwest: Yoga
Two Favorite things (in life): Only 2? Family, a great meal with friends, gardening, a good book, learning, and yoga.
Born and raised in Greece, I received a Sino-Greek Government Student Exchange Scholarship to study medicine in China, where I combined my education in conventional medicine with training in Traditional Chinese Medicine (T.C.M.). Nine years in Beijing provided me with a profound understanding of the Oriental conception of health and illness along with a foundation in Western medicine, a fertile combination that allows me to bridge East and West in the care and compassion I provide to my patients. I bring that compassion and care to the pool where I teach proper joint movement and muscle release for chronic pain management and fast recovery from joint surgery and post stroke. Join us for an hour of fun and health!
Meagan is originally from Lafayette, Indiana. She graduated from Purdue University in 2004 with a B.A. in Elementary Education/Special Education. She has been employed by Tippecanoe County as a Juvenile Probation Officer since 2006. Meagan enjoys keeping active, whether that is a personal workout, teaching a Group X Class, or attending a Group X Class. She also enjoys activities with her husband and daughter. Meagan is certified in Core Fit and RIP.
Lisa grew up in Peoria, Illinois and lived in both North and South Carolina before relocating to Indiana in 2016. She has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, and worked as a design engineer for three years before becoming a stay at home mom. Lisa started taking Les Mills classes in 2006 and fell in love with group fitness. She became certified in Body Pump in 2014 and taught for two years at MUV Fitness in South Carolina before coming to Parkwest. Lisa lives in West Lafayette with her husband and three kids, and also enjoys running and spending time with friends and family.
Melissa hails from the Land of Lincoln (Petersburg, IL) where she attended Illinois Wesleyan University for undergrad. She moved to Lafayette in 2006 to pursue a graduate degree in developmental psychology at Purdue University.
For the past five years Melissa has worked in the educational assessment industry managing state- and district-level standardized testing projects for grades K-12. When she's not stuck at the office, you can probably find her on a spin bike, on her road bike, or doing some other form of exercise like BodyPump, yoga, or CrossFit.
Certifications: Les Mills RPM, Les Mills BodyPump, Cardio Kickboxing
Classes: Les Mills RPM and Cycle
Two favorite things: Trying new things to challenge my fitness and, of course, riding my bike!
I joined a gym with my dad in 1984. I began teaching group fitness classes in 1986, and have been hooked on sharing the joy of fitness ever since. I have previously coached gymnastics. My hobbies include riding trials motorcycles, hovercrafts, hiking, and camping. I am currently certified to teach:
Pilates (Mat & Allegro Reformer)
Family, friends, and relationships are what’s important to me. I’m originally from Flat Rock, Indiana. I graduated from Purdue and met my wife there, and we've been married since 1990. We’ve lived in Oregon, Texas, and Ohio before moving back to WL in 2000. We have three daughters who are all very active both in school and in extracurricular activities. They also make me a very proud father! I got into group fitness back in 1996 teaching a Step/Circuit Training class and a Spinning class.
My current certifications include:
BodyAttack (2006); BodyVive (2007); and BodyPump (2011).
I really try to make each work out fun!
My “normal” day job is in sales. Since 2000, I’ve been a Field Sales Engineer and Account Manager for a company that specializes in Solutions for Factory Automation. Additionally, I have many hobbies but the ones at the top of the long list are: Tech/Gadgets, Golf, Skiing, and about anything outdoors
Rosy moved to Lafayette from Valencia, Venezuela in April 2006. She has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Universidad de la Sabana (Bogota, Colombia), and a Master's degree in International Business from Central Queensland University (Brisbane, Australia). Rosy worked and lived in Australia, Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela before making Lafayette, IN her permanent home. She is married and has two sons. Fitness is a very important part of her life;she is certified in BodyPump and PiYo. Rosy loves teaching and is grateful to be part of the Parkwest family. She loves spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling, dancing, learning, and visiting Cafes!
Sara is currently pursuing a nursing degree at Ivy Tech and works full time nights at Arnett Hospital. She is married and has three kids, who are all active in sports. In addition to school and work, Sara is certified in Turbokick, and has taught for 10 years! Sara is very passionate in group fitness and would love to see you in one of her classes!
I am from Chicago, IL. I graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Applied Exercise and Health. I am also a certified personal trainer and Group X instructor. My expertise is cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, and weight loss. As a trainer I’ve had experience with the elderly, teenagers, and younger adults. During my free time I enjoy participating in sports and spending time with family.
Jeni grew up in the Lafayette/ West Lafayette area and is still proud to call it home. Always active and involved in either sports, cheerleading, or dance - the love of group activity still remains strong. She began "instructor shadowing" while still in high school. In her college days, Jeni worked in a fitness facility and could often be found at the co-rec. She is certified with AFAA as a group X instructor. She is also TRX, CPR, and First Aid Certified. She also has her mat Pilates Certification.
Jeni is married and has three daughters. Being physically active is a part of their family time. Each daughter ran their first 5K at age 4. Family is one of the best gifts in life! Together they enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, shooting sports, gardeing, playing with their chickens, and just goofing off.
My name is Tekoa. I have been an instructor since 2000 with certifications in Turbokick, Bootcamp, and IndoRow. I am also an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach. My passion is helping my clients/class members understand the potential of their bodies. I thrive on seeing people accomplish what they never thought they could. My top priority is designing a balanced workout that is safe, challenging, and enjoyable. I love what I do!
I am married with 3 beautiful children. My hobbies include playing with my kids, running, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, reading, creating workouts, surfing for inspirational quotes, drawing and petting any animal that will let me :)
I grew up in the West Lafayette area. I graduated with a BS in Dietetics from Purdue University and worked as a dietitian counseling patients with a variety of health conditions at Arnett prior to having my 3 children. I began taking traditional aerobics classes as my children got older and a couple years later I decided to start teaching.
I enjoyed the Zumba format and found that it was motivating and fun. I have been certified in Zumba and teaching for over 2 years. Please come enjoy class whether you have done Zumba for years or are just starting out!
Maria studied Broadcast Communications at Western Kentucky University. Then, she headed south to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue her Degree in Film Studies. While in Nashville, Maria kickstarted her career as a make-up artist and stylist in the photography, film and video field. In 2005, her husband was offered a position at Purdue University, so she moved to West Lafayette. She is a mother of 2 children and works at Elements Day Salon in addition to teaching BootyBarre Classes.
Maria discovered BootyBarre workouts with Cassie Hilleboe in February of 2014. She quickly gave up using the treadmill at the gym and started becoming obsessed with the BootyBarre workouts and enjoyed how the workouts made her feel and look. Her passion and commitment to the BootyBarre workouts for 9 months prompted her to become a certified BootyBarre Instructor. She wants to share her obsession and passion with the BootyBarre workouts with others who are aspiring to obtain personal fitness goals and want to feel great.
Theresa Crowell has a bachelor's degree in communication from Purdue University and is a Stay-At Home Mama to three kids. She loves to lift weights and you can usually find her on the weight-room floor or upstairs on a bike! After deciding to change her life, take control of her health, and being dragged kicking and screaming to her first cycling class (that MIGHT be a bit of an exaggeration, but she was definitely scared to go!), she became addicted to the bike! She decided to become an instructor and is now certified. Theresa is also an avid knitter, a voracious reader, and a pretty big Nerd. She loves her husband, kids, and this new life they have built is AMAZING! Her advice? If you are looking to make a change, do not be scared to do so. Find someone to help you if you need the help, get a support system, and just go for it. Faith. Courage. Strength. Change.
Cheryl grew up in Kokomo and resides in West Lafayette with her husband and daughter. She is a Purdue graduate with a degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision and currently works as a Business Manager at Purdue. She has been doing Zumba for years and was inspired to become a certified instructor and stepped up to the font of class and started leading in June 2014. She excited to join the Parkwest Fitness family and looks forward to shaking it with you. Young and old, fit or not, my Zumba class is a judgment free zone where the only rule is "there are no wrong moves!" Just keep moving and try to have some fun along the way.
Lisa Burgess has a Bachelors of Science degree in health, physical education, and recreation from the school of HPER at IU. Her fitness ventures have landed her jobs in California, Colorado, and Indiana. Lisa prides herself on living a life full of fitness and health, and she has a passion for helping others do the same.
Krystal is a medical doctor and medical writer who is certified to teach PLYOGA, Piloxing, Piloxing Knockout, Piloxing Barre, and Pound Rockout Workout (both regular and Amplify trained). In October 2015, she obtained an ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialty Certification. In June 2016, she became a Body Positive Fitness Alliance Affiliated Professional. She believes that fitness should be enjoyable for everyone and be offered in an environment free of fear and judgment.
Lauren has an M.A. in Sport Psychology and is building a practice as a Mental Skills Coach in Lafayette and West Lafayette for athletes and exercisers of all ages and skill levels. Formerly, Lauren worked as a Master Resilience Trainer - Performance Expert for the Army based on Ft. Carson, Colorado. Lauren is certified in Fitness Boxing and Pilates. Her philosophy of excellence includes being the best version of yourself, giving 100% of what you have in each moment, growing outside of your comfort zone to achieve more, and learning from every failed attempt and keep moving forward. Most importantly, have fun no matter how tough or exhausted you might feel! When you see her around the gym, say hi or join her on the heavy bag!
Nick earned a Computer Engineering degree from Purdue University and worked as a freelance consultant for 20 years. He is currently certified in Pound Rockout Workout (since 2014), Piloxing Knockout (since 2015), and TurboKick (since 2016). He finished the Warrior Dash and completed a Spartan trifecta in both 2014 and 2015. He strives to accommodate participants at all levels of fitness.
My name is Sherry Underwood and I currently teach Body Pump. I live in West Lafayette with my husband and three children. Physical fitness has been a life long passion of mine! Come join me in class and look forward to fun, and better health!
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Born and raised in Indiana, my full time careers have taken me many places, from local State Road 52 working customer service to the friendly skies as a flight attendant and back to earth to pursue a career in event planning and project management. I am honored to be an employee of the Indiana Veterans’ Home where I work as Special Projects Coordinator. I am so proud to say I have been an instructor since 2012 teaching Revolution indoor cycling class. I have been Group X certified since 2013 and in 2015 I completed my certification in Les Mills RPM indoor cycling. I have a background in dance which I believe really fuels my love for instructing. In my spare time I love to dance ( even if it is the in the kitchen) with
my husband, ride on the motorcycle and run. Everyone’s fitness journey looks different, we are all on different roads. The beauty of group exercise is that for an hour or so we get to ride our roads together.
A Philadelphia native, Christina Specos is the associate director of sports performance at Purdue and oversees the sports performance programs for the women's' basketball, tennis and volleyball teams. Christina holds a BS in athletic training from West Chester University (PA) and an MS in exercise science and health promotion from California University (PA). Additionally, she attended the Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy and pursued advanced training in Pilates mat and equipment. Her specialized training has led to work with private NFL clients in massage therapy and consulting with the San Francisco 49ers, where she created a Pilates for Athletes program. Christina is a NATA certified athletic trainer, NSCA certified strength & conditioning specialist, CSCCa (collegiate) strength and conditioning coach, and NASM performance enhancement specialist. She is a star three Johnny G Spinning Instructor and certified in Body Pump, Body Step, and TRX. She is trained in the Pilates method through Body Arts and Sciences International (BSI) and is also certified by the Powerhouse Institute (PHI). Christina recently found another fitness passion: competing and figure shows! She is a nationally qualified NPC figure competitor and completed two shows in 2016. When she's not doing anything related to fitness, she enjoys hanging with her dogs, getting massages, and sleeping!
Melissa’s yoga journey began in 2001 in New York City as an effort to help reduce stress and stay fit. Yoga became increasingly important for her during graduate school and a demanding career in Washington DC. Melissa “retired” and joined her husband at Purdue University where she is a lecturer in political science. She completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2015 and started teaching at Parkwest Fitness in 2016. Melissa teaches Vinyasa Flow Yoga that entails using the breath to move through a series of poses or asanas. These heat-building sequences can calm the mind and build strength, flexibility, and balance. When she is not on the mat, Melissa also enjoys running, surfing, hiking, and gardening.
Nate is a native of rural Clinton County. Growing up on an agricultural farm, he always dreamed of adventure. He attended Ball State and majored in Elementary Education and Spanish. He met his wife, Felicia, at church in 2013 and married her in 2014. The next year, they purchased a home in West Lafayette. Nate works at an Autism Center in West Lafayette and loves his work. He also serves as a professional wedding and portrait photographer. Nate enjoy trips to different vineyards on the motorcycle, photography, and Chinese Food. Parkwest Fitness has become a second home to Nate and his wife and he looks forward to many years of instructing fitness here!
Katie holds a bachelors degree from Ball State University and works full time at Blessed Sacrament Church. In her free time she enjoys going to the gym and hanging out with her son. She has a passion for anything fitness related, helping others, and learning. She is certified in Barre Above, PIYO, and Tabata Bootcamp.
Joni grew up in Fort Wayne and attended Wayne High School and graduated from Manchester University (when it was still just a college). She taught special education in Kokomo for 37 years, and began working as a disability manager at Kokomo Head Start when she retired. Joni and her husband moved from Kokomo to West Lafayette last May. Joni's lifted weights for years, but also enjoys Yoga and trying new classes at Parkwest Fitness. Her hobbies include gardening, crossword puzzles, reading, watching Purdue sports, the Colts, and, of course, playing with our grandchildren.
Angela is currently studying Applied Exercise and Health at Purdue University with a goal of attending graduate school for physical therapy. She recently became certified in Les Mills RPM and believes group fitness classes are essential to reaching your fitness goals. She is just getting started in her instructing career and loves to give the class a great workout while making it as fun as possible!
Lacey has a BA in Sociology from Purdue University. Shortly after college, she attended an Esthetics Program and became a Skin Care and Spa specialist with Evan Todd Aveda where she has worked since 2009. She loves every moment of it! Lacey has been instructing Body Pump since 2009 and coaching Grit since 2016. She loves inspiring and motivating participants to push their limits and do their best! Lacey has a daughter, Rose, and enjoys running and spending time with family and outdoors.
Laura is very passionate about health and wellness. As a registered nurse for the past 11 years, she has a unique understanding of human anatomy and physiology, as well as the importance of taking care of the body. She graduated from Purdue University with a degree in child development and family studies. After a year of working, she decided to go back to school and pursue a degree in Nursing. She currently enjoys running, lifting, spinning and Pilates, working out almost daily. She decided to take her knowledge of the human body and combine that with her passion of Pilates. She plans to become a fully certified Comprehensive Balanced Body instructor by the end of the year. She lives in West Lafayette with her husband and son and is currently expecting her second child in September.
Katrina currently lives in Crawfordsville, has two teenage boys that are involved in various sports and activities, and works at Cook Research Incorporated as a Clinical Training Coordinator. She has a degree in Paralegal Studies, and is also working to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management.
Katrina is a TRX instructor and enjoys various types of fitness such as yoga, swimming, and biking to compliment her addiction to running. Since discovering her love of running in 2009, she has run 2 Full Marathons, 16 Half Marathons, and several shorter distances and other types of events.
Abby is in the process of earning a bachelors degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a minor in Nutrition at Purdue University. She grew up in West Lafayette and has enjoyed having a great gym so close to home. She is certified in Barre Above, Pilates Mat 1, and Tabata Bootcamp. Helping others is her passion and she has found teaching fitness classes to be a great way to achieve this!
Amanda grew up in Lafayette but left to live in Boston as a flight attendant after finishing at Purdue in May of 1999. She learned to love fitness when her husband stopped playing basketball overseas and worked as a trainer while going back to college. After coming back to Indiana and having 4 kids in 6 years, she decided to step out of her comfort zone and get certified. This is how she keeps herself accountable. Amanda began in 2012 by getting certified in Insanity. Next came BodyPump, PiYo, TurboKick, Hip Hop Hustle and AFAA group fitness. Now she works with her kids and their peers to stretch well and improve their speed and agility. Being strong and working hard are life lessons that Amanda wants to teach them young! She still loves to travel!
Gail has a background in education and property management. She has a master's degree in English education and is a certified Real Estate Broker. She is currently semi-retired and works as a CASA volunteer for Tippecanoe County.
Gail started taking aquasize classes at Parkwest about 4 years ago. She was diagnosed with a condition called DISH which greatly affected her lower back and neck. She was told there is no cure, but was encouraged to keep moving. Aquasize allowed her to exercise in a low impact environment with no pain! This year she decided to get certified as an instructor so she could continue to help herself and others as well. Most of all, she doesn't want to exercise alone, so come join her in Aqua Stretch and Tone class!
Nikki has been a resident of Lafayette since 2003. She grew up 50 miles south of Lafayette in a very small town! She and her husband have 3 beautiful, spunky girls.
She is certified in Zumba and STRONG by Zumba. Zumba is a fun, interactive style that all ages can attend and she loves how each class is personalized to the instructor. STRONG is unlike any traditional Zumba class. It is a HIIT style routine that leaves you feeling energized and powerful with NO dancing! Nikki is very passionate about fitness because it has changed her life and she can't wait to share it with every new student!
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