PRESENTERS A-M


ABBIE APPEL

ABBIE APPEL

Abbie is the owner of Abbiefit Consulting and the Creative Fitness Director for LIFE. As an award-winning fitness educator, Abbie develops and delivers programs for Power Systems, Schwinn Cycling and many other organizations. She created the SCW Pilates and SCW Barre Certifications and received SCW’s “Best Presenter” award. Abbie has produced and starred in over 30 fitness videos and contributes to fitness publications such as Self, Shape, and Prevention.

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Leslee Bender

LESLEE BENDER

Leslee has been in the fitness industry for 25+ years and is a Graduate of the Applied Functional Science Institute. She is the creator of the Bender Ball method of core training, which won the 2007 Fitness infomercial of the year. Leslee has starred in more than 30 videos and created Functional Flexibility and Fascia Fitness and Barre Above, which brings science and purpose to all movements and exercises. Leslee is currently the program director for TrueBar® Fitness concepts.

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BRIAN BETTENDORF, MSM, MS

Brian Bettendorf, MSM (Management), MS (Kinesiology) is the Head of Education for RumbleRoller and a managing partner in Drake Global Strategy, a consulting firm helping companies develop their brand, create new products and accelerate growth. He has developed and launched products and education courses for companies including TRX, RumbleRoller, ProBar, and Power Reels.

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LAWRENCE BISCONTINI, MA

Lawrence has been a SCW Faculty Member, Keynoter, Course Creator and Presenter for over two decades. As a Mindful Movement Specialist with over a dozen multiple industry-recognized awards, Lawrence serves on the Advisory Boards for CanFitPro, the International Council on Active Aging and Power Music®. He has been part of the SCW and BOSU Development Teams, and he is a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher (500RYT) and Content Specialist Contributing Author to industry magazines and texts like SCW, ACE and AFAA.

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KAYLA BONINA

Kayla is the creator of Kayla Bonina Fitness, LLC. She is a Nationally Certified Personal Trainer, Sponsored Athlete through Swiftwick socks and a group fitness instructor. Having lost 100 pounds on her fitness journey, Kayla teaches her own circuit and motivational classes while also being certified in many different formats to help encourage and inspire people and helping them develop a Strong Mind | Strong Body.


PAUL BOSLEY, MS

Paul Bosley has worked in the fitness industry for 44 years. The first 30 years Paul worked in the operations of a chain of fitness centers starting in sales and ending as an owner operator. Paul was a shareholder in Bally’s Health & Tennis Corporation of America, Q The Sports Clubs and Titan Management Group. The last 14 years, Paul launched Healthclubexperts.com initially focusing on consulting work specializing in planning presales and grand openings. The company changed its focus to providing financing for the fitness industry by packaging SBA loan and equipment leases for new and existing fitness centers and personal training studios.


BILLY BOYNTON

As a personal trainer, Billy Boynton specializes in correcting dysfunctional movement patterns while building core strength & coordination. He is a fitness professional and musician, holding degrees in Exercise Science & Emergency Medical Systems. Billy has an energetic passion for helping people reach their health & fitness goals. He is a Presenter for Power Music and the co-developer of SPORT by Group Rx. Certifications: ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, Nationally Certified EMT, Certified Group Exercise Instructor.

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AMBER BRUEHL

Amber is a part-time wannabe drummer who discovered a love for music and movement through dance. She grew up performing and competing all over the country and by age 16 was teaching and sharing her passion with others. Amber studied dance at The University of Oklahoma and worked as an instructor training local dance teams and individuals to compete on regional and national levels. In 2010 she moved to Los Angeles where she met POUND creator Kirsten Potenza and became one of the first POUND ICONS (Master Trainers).

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DAWN CLEMENTS

Dawn is the inventor of Fit Buddy, a multi-use fitness tool you can use from head to toe. Dawn’s interest in fitness occurred at age 23 when she herniated 5 discs while 8 months pregnant. Knowing how much easier prevention is than cure, she set out to create a tool to help people take care of their own body. With a background in Sun style Tai chi, Dawn incorporates Chinese medicine principles into her teaching.


MICHELLE COFER

Michelle’s passion for fitness started years ago with freestyle step and spin and grew to certifications with AFAA and Les Mills. Michelle’s love for barre grew quickly into a passion as well. Michelle holds a bachelors degree in Sports, Health, Leisure and Physical Studies from The University of Iowa. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband Benton and 2 children Olivia and Paige.


CHRIS COLLINS

Chris is a Group Fitness Trainer at the ACAC Fitness and Wellness Centers in Charlottesville, VA and has been teaching for over 7 years. He is certified through AFAA and SCW and is trained in Les Mills BODYPUMP® and GRIT®. Chris’ passion comes from his years of experience in team sports, coaching and actively promoting health and fitness within the community. He recently was voted the 2017 DC Fitness Idol Winner.


FABIO COMANA, MA, MS

Fabio is a Faculty Member at San Diego State University and UC, San Diego and a proud SCW Faculty Member. Previously, as an ACE exercise physiologist, he was the primary developer of ACE’s IFT™ model and live personal training educational workshops. Prior experiences include collegiate head coaching, strength and conditioning and opening/managing clubs for Club One. An international presenter, Fabio has been featured in multiple media outlets and is an accomplished chapter and book author.

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WENDY DALE, MS, Ed

Wendy is the Group Rx Training & Development Director for Power Music. Previously an Emergency Medical Technician, she is ACE certified and has been a professional in the fitness industry for 25 years. She oversees development of the Group Rx brands and develops RIP. Wendy has performed in hundreds of fitness/education videos and has trained fitness professionals both nationally and internationally since 1996.

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JONELLE DICKSON-PROKOPCHAK

Jonelle is the founder of the Zen Barre® certification program and studio. Through the creation and practice of Zen Barre®, she fuels her entrepreneurial spirit and passion for human services. Jonelle believes the fitness journey empowers and inspires by connecting the mind, body, and soul. She utilizes this holistic approach in her practice, teaching and methodology of the Zen Barre®. When not teaching or furthering the Zen Barre® curriculum, Jonelle is a Speech Language Pathologist.


SOHAILLA DIGSBY, RDN, LD

SOHAILLA DIGSBY, RDN, LD

Sohailla offers 20 years of experience as a registered dietitian, nutritionist, fitness pro and presenter. She is the founder of the 52-day Best Body Countdown program developed for fitness professionals to bring sound nutrition and accountability to their centers. She uses both books she has authored, the “Countdown to Your Best Body Success Journal” and the corresponding “Cookbook & Menu Plan,” along with her online coaching groups to ensure clients reach and maintain their Best Bodies.


STEVE FEINBERG

Steve created the Speedball Fitness class format and developed the instructor training program. With 20 years of industry experience, Steve is well known for the implementation of group fitness/wellness programs across premier facilities, universities, and community associations. He is also a highly regarded group fitness instructor and strength and conditioning coach in New York City.

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Elisabeth Fouts

ELISABETH FOUTS

Elisabeth is a PowerWave Master Trainer and ACE-Certified Group Fitness Instructor. Elisabeth holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and has over 12 years of experience in the fitness industry from personal trainer to regional level fitness management. Elisabeth is also an author of numerous articles on personal training and group fitness programming and currently serves as the Education Coordinator and primary content contributor for Power Systems.

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JOEL FREEMAN

A Beachbody Celebrity Trainer, Joel’s passion has always been teaching and showing others how to live healthy and fulfilling lives, with a career in the health and fitness industry that spans over 15 years. As co-creator of CORE DE FORCE®, the 30-day mixed martial arts-style training program, Joel hopes to motivate even more people to get fit and make healthier choices—all while enjoying the journey! Learn more at joelfreemanfitness.com.

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SONJA FRIEND-UHL

Sonja is a world-class athlete and skilled fitness programmer. She has over 17 years of experience in the fitness industry and holds Certifications with USATF, ACSM and AFAA as well as AFAA specialty certifications in Youth, Senior, and Pre-Natal Fitness. Sonja is also a professional runner and holds multiple records. Sonja also prioritizes her role as wife and mother (daughter, Brianna) in addition to her fitness career and competitive endeavors.

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Kimberly Garcia

KIMBERLY GARCIA

Kim is the CEO of the Garcia Institute of Modern Excellence and the Wholota Wellness Company. With 20+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry, she is a specialist in motivating individuals to become their best self. She holds nine national certifications and is a level 3 NeuroKinetic Practitioner, Egoscue Posture Specialist and holistic health coach. Her educational programs have helped thousands improve their health across the world. Her goal is to inspire individuals to ValueSelf™.


Lauren George

LAUREN GEORGE

During Lauren’s 11+ years in the fitness industry, she has managed the group fitness programs at The Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center, Florida State University, and ToddPilates Fitness in Austin. In 2015, she created PulsePointe barre (now part of the Barre Above® program). Lauren is the co-creator of the enhanced Barre Above® program, a Balletone® Master Trainer, serves as adjunct faculty at Clemson University, and is the owner of Clemson Fitness Company, in Clemson, SC.

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ANN GILBERT

Ann Gilbert is an owner of two, Shapes Fitness for Women, franchises. Ann oversees the operations of as many as 25 certified Personal Trainers, 50 Group Fitness professionals, and coordinates fee-based group personal training programs. Ann was awarded ACE / IHRSA Personal Trainer of the Year in 2001 and has been a popular speaker at Club Industry, SCW MANIA, IAFC, and IHRSA Conventions since 2002. Ann writes for Fitness magazines and can be seen on local TV weekly.


BERNADETTE GIORGI

Former professional dancer/model turned leader in fitness and beauty, seen on Fox, NBC, and BetterTV, Bernadette Giorgi, aka “b” is on a mission to redefine the meaning to “b fit” with her empowering message and signature fusion workouts. b has worked with A List celebrities, professional dancers, and athletes. The Just b brand includes: Just b Method DVDs, Just b Activewear, Just b Moved Studios, and in 2017 launched and sold-out her invention, b bOUNDER on QVC!


LAURIE GREENWAY

Raisedbarre founder, Laurie Greenway’s experience in fitness spans 30 years and includes Personal Training, many years in Group Fitness and Group Fitness Management, with certifications with ACE, AFAA, Les Mills®, and a comprehensive Pilates Certification with Balanced Body®. Laurie’s love for Barre grew as her passion for Pilates grew. Laurie holds a degree in Accounting from The University of Alabama. She lives in Greenville, SC with her husband, Kirk and has 3 grown children.


ELIAN HAAN

Elian has a background in professional dance and came to the U.S. from Amsterdam in 1995 as a licensed fitness instructor. She is certified in a wide variety of disciplines and creates and develops her own A.F.T.E.R.™ programs for seniors and health fanatics. Elian owns a yoga & fitness studio in Texas and works at the Treehouse, an addiction rehab facility, as a wellness coach specializing in pain management, anxiety & depression. With more than 37 years of experience in the fitness industry, she is excited to be a part of the SCW faculty!


JENN HALL

Jenn is a former professional dancer who performed with many superstars including Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Usher. Her love of movement led her to a career as an international presenter, educator, author and fitness business consultant. She is also a sought-after choreographer with credits including the Miss America pageant, the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Atlanta, GA, and Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. Jenn is excited to share her passions of movement and the business of fitness with SCW MANIA®!

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CHRIS HENRY

Chris is a WATERinMOTION® Champion, Master Trainer and Presenter. He has been teaching group exercise since 2007 and WATERinMOTION® since 2011. Chris has been featured in numerous WATERinMOTION and SCW Fitness DVDs. He has worked at ACAC Fitness and Wellness Centers for the past 12 years and based at their corporate offices in Charlottesville, Va, where he is currently Regional Group Exercise Director, overseeing group exercise operations and services for all 11 of their facilities in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Chris is certified by the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA), the Athletics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and is a certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE), as well as a certified BODYFLOW® and BODYPUMP® Instructor through Les Mills. You can catch Chris at several fitness events worldwide and as a regular presenter at SCW MANIA® conventions.


MARY HORNE

Mary is a 700-hour RYT, Certified Personal Trainer and classically trained former professional dancer. She teaches both group classes and in private settings in NYC and leads retreats worldwide. Mary is also is the National Director for Mind/Body programs for Bootcamp Republic and the co-creator of SPRY Method.


JEFF HOWARD

Jeff is a world-renowned fitness presenter who has lived in South Africa, Puerto Rico and the United States. As part of the SCW Faculty, he has starred in numerous SCW Fitness videos and has educated fitness professionals at conventions worldwide for over a decade. Jeff trained countless celebrities as the pioneer instructor at the Golden Door Spa and has appeared on several national TV shows. Jeff is currently the Promotional Director of Fitness for Milestone Baptist East.

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VANESSA HUFFMAN

Vanessa Huffman is the Director of Education for Club Pilates. She discovered Pilates and its ability to promote inner balance and stability while playing college basketball. As an English major with a zest for adventures and fitness, Vanessa had utilized her passions to create a brand-new approach to educating Pilates professionals.

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SUSAN JESSUP

Susan Jessup has more than 25 years in the fitness industry. As an instructor, group fitness director, gym owner, public speaker, martial artist, and host of local television fitness shows, Susan’s broad range makes her extremely dynamic, yet very approachable. She is a Senior R.I.P.P.E.D Master Trainer and RUMBLE Program Director.

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SGT Ken®

SGT KEN®

SGT Ken® is an award-winning international speaker, six-time Army Soldier of the Year, Master Fitness and Resilience Trainer, Counterintelligence Agent and highly decorated combat veteran. SGT Ken® is the recipient of the “Best New Presenter of the Year” award, the “Male Presenter of the Year” award, has been featured numerous times on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox news and serves as a host for the Fit for Duty show on the Pentagon Channel. SGT Ken®’s mission is to provide safe and effective fitness and resilience training to help people turn stress into strength and obstacles into opportunities.

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LORNA KLEIDMAN

Lorna is a 3x World Champion Kettlebell Sport athlete and best veteran for women worldwide. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, former massage therapist and author with Bachelors in Sports and Health Science. Lorna has presented at Canyon Ranch and JCC locations nationwide and is the founder of KettleX® Fitness and Education and founder/co-creator of SPRY Method.


SARA KOOPERMAN, JD

Sara, CEO of SCW Fitness Education and WATERinMOTION®, is a visionary leader who has launched nine successful MANIA® fitness-professional conventions, over 30 live and online certifications, and countless video & CEC projects. Sara’s humor and warmth are matched only by her devotion to education. She is the proud recipient of AEA’s Global Award for Contribution to the Aquatic Industry, serves on the Gold’s Gym Think Tank, is on the Women In Fitness Board of Directors, and a National Fitness Hall of Fame inductee.Sara has left an indelible mark on the entire fitness industry.

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Len Kravitz

LEN KRAVITZ, PhD

Len is a favorite presenter at SCW MANIA® conventions and no stranger to accolades; Len was voted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame in 2016. He received the prestigious Canadian Fitness Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, was named CanFitPro’s “Specialty Presenter of the Year” in 2006 and 2009 and earned the ACE® “Fitness Educator of the Year” title in 2006. Len is also the Program Coordinator of Exercise Science at the University of New Mexico where he won the “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” award.


MELISSA LAYNE, MEd

Melissa is a Kinesiology Department faculty member at the University of North Georgia. She has 30 years of experience and a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology. She taught elementary PE and coordinated fitness programs for Royal Caribbean, Home Depot, and orthopedic surgeons. Melissa is the author of WATER EXERCISE (Human Kinetics 2015), a member of the educational faculty and a DVD presenter for SCW. She is well versed at taking complicated material and breaking it down into easily understood pieces.

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Irene Mccormick

IRENE LEWIS-MCCORMICK, MS, CSCS

Irene is an award-winning fitness professional and internationally recognized speaker. An Orangetheory Fitness head coach and adjunct faculty at Drake University, Irene holds an M.S. in Exercise Science. She is faculty for SCW Fitness and a senior master trainer for TRX®, Tabata Bootcamp, Barre Above, Power Systems and JumpSport Fitness. Named IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year (2015, 2017) and SCW Presenter of the Year (2016), Irene is also a RYKA FitPro Ambassador and the author of 15 educational manuals and two books.

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Kolleen Losch

KOLLEEN LOSCH

Kolleen is a certified personal trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and a Senior Master Trainer for TriggerPoint™. Kolleen owns and directs Core Physique, a unique approach to fitness, in Alpharetta, GA that focuses on personal training, strength and conditioning, and nutrition coaching. She works with high level athletes in the NFL as well as the athletes of tomorrow. Her passion is helping people improve their lifestyles.

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LORI LOWELL

Lori Lowell has been serving the fitness industry for over 25 years. Owning her own clubs, lecturing, and consulting she has contributed to the health and growth of the industry. Lori is the 2015 recipient of the IHRSA Julie Main Women’s Leadership Award and continues to provide valuable information to industry magazines, publications, and conventions. She is the co-founder of Drishti Beats Yoga, The Drishti Yoga Teacher Training Institute, and co-founder of MOi Cycle.


KRISTIN MABRY, C-IAYT

Kristin enjoys being a group fitness instructor, ERYT 500 yoga instructor, C-IAYT yoga therapist, studio owner, continuing education provider for Yoga Alliance, and international presenter for YogaFit training systems. Her passion is integrating fitness and yoga into the overall wellness model. She is thrilled to present quick and easy tools that instructors and clients can use to achieve wellness, happiness, and connection not only inside the studio or gym, but also throughout life.


ERIN MANSOUR

Erin Mansour & Chris McNally, husband and wife fitness team and co-creators of STRYKE “Fight Dance Fitness” together they have a total of over 40 years of fitness education and experience. They have both competed as Fitness Reality Show Personalities, Erin Spike TV Sweat Inc with Jillian Michaels and Chris Broken Skull Challenge with Steve Austin.


JESSICA MAURER

Jessica found her passion in fitness education, with a concentration in program development and social media. She is the social media and online manager as well as a ghost-writer for several top and well-known fitness personalities and brands. She has designed, created, and implemented websites, blogs, and fitness programs for large brands, private studios, and individuals. She is a Master Trainer for BOSU, Lebert Training Systems, and Savvier Fitness, as well as the co-creator of LOK Fitness.

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Pete McCall

PETE MCCALL, MS

Pete is an ACE and NASM Certified Personal Trainer, consultant and host of the All About Fitness podcast. In addition, Pete is a CSCS with the NSCA and holds a MS in Exercise Science. Pete is a blogger for ACE, online instructor for NASM, teaches group fitness and is an author of numerous articles and textbook chapters. Currently, Pete is a well-respected adjunct faculty at Mesa College and a proud SCW Faculty member having created and contributed to multiple SCW Certifications.

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CHRIS MCNALLY

Erin Mansour & Chris McNally, husband and wife fitness team and co-creators of STRYKE “Fight Dance Fitness” together they have a total of over 40 years of fitness education and experience. They have both competed as Fitness Reality Show Personalities, Erin Spike TV Sweat Inc with Jillian Michaels and Chris Broken Skull Challenge with Steve Austin.


DEREK MIKULSKI

Derek is the proud founder of ActivMotion Bar®. He holds certifications from NASM, NPTI, and NSCA, and possesses a degree in health promotion and exercise physiology from Central Michigan University. He has presented internationally on fitness and business-related topics and has been featured in many nationally circulated print publications and on television. Derek and his team at ActivMotion Bar have the grand vision of making the world stronger and more balanced through fitness.

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BRUCE MYLREA

Bruce has a BA from the University Florida as well as a Plant Based Nutrition Certification from Cornell University. Having done extensive research on dietary patterns and how it affects health, Bruce shares insights into the latest myths regarding nutrition, food and its impact on society. He is currently Director of Sales for Savvier Fitness, an industry leader in creating innovative programs and products for fitness professionals including Tabata Bootcamp™.

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Mindy Mylrea

MINDY MYLREA

Mindy is the 2015 PFP Trainer of the Year, 2013 CanFitPro Specialty Presenter of the Year, 2008 Fitness Presenter of the Year, 2004 Can Fit Pro International Presenter of the Year, 1999 International Fitness Instructor of the Year, a National and World Aerobic Champion, and a five-star presenter. Mindy is an advisory board member for Oxygen Magazine, an international presenter, author, motivational speaker, video personality, and CEC provider for SCW, ACE and AFAA. Mindy was the 2015 Boston MANIA® Presenter of the Year.

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