MANIA® Presenters



Abbie Appel is a recreational therapist and the owner of AbbieFit Consulting. As a fitness education specialist, she collaborates with organizations including YMCA, Crunch, and Equinox. She is an author and program developer who created the SCW Pilates, SCW Barre Education Certification, and the new SCW Stretching & Flexibility Certification. She also contributed to the ACSM Group Exercise Manual and Schwinn Indoor Cycling Certification Manual. Abbie is an acclaimed presenter for ACSM, IDEA, IHRSA and SCW, among others. She delivers fitness education for world-class brands including Nautilus, Schwinn and TRX. Abbie was awarded SCW Fitness Presenter of the Year. 



Aaron Aslakson is the Director of Exercise Science and an Assistant Professor at Crown College in St. Bonifacius, MN. In this role, he teaches courses in the traditional on-campus Exercise Science program and is the Program Director for the online Master of Science in Exercise Science/Sport Performance. Prior to this he served as the Director of Fitness Centers for Walker Methodist in Minneapolis, MN from 2009-2022. In this role, he provided support to 11 fitness centers dedicated to older adult fitness, including location design, staff development, and program development. Additionally, he is actively involved in the American College of Sports Medicine, currently serving on the CCRB Exercise Physiologist committee and served on the conference committee for the International Council on Active Aging from 2020-2022.


Gail Bannister-Munn is the Flexibility Specialist and Core, Yoga, & Pilates Coach with the New York Jets football team. Gail is the owner of The Bannister Method Studio out of Long Island, West Babylon, New York & is the Regional Group Ex Manager of Crunch Fitness Locations (Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn). Gail teaches several different class formats at national conferences and is a Fitness Consultant for professional athletes in the NBA, NFL, NHL, & MLB. She holds numerous certifications in several disciplines, including NASM, AFAA, FST L3, Thai Massage Specialist, Yoga Fit 500+ hrs., and is a NASM & AFAA Continuing Education Provider.


With over 25 years of extensive experience in diverse fitness leadership positions, Jon possesses an unwavering dedication to transforming lives, instilling enjoyment in exercise, and fostering an inspiring atmosphere for fitness experts. Throughout his journey, he has had the privilege of traversing the nation for more than 15 years, collaborating with numerous health club establishments and gaining invaluable insights from countless professionals in the commercial fitness landscape.


Brian Bettendorf, MSM (Management), MA (Kinesiology) is the Head of Education for RumbleRoller and a managing partner in Drake Global Strategy, a consulting firm helping fitness and sporting goods companies develop their brand, create new products and accelerate growth. He has been in the fitness industry for over twenty years as a practitioner, operator, educator and consultant. After selling a physical therapy and fitness company he co-founded, Brian then spent time during the early years at TRX in a variety of product, marketing, education and business development roles.


Kelly has been an international fitness educator and a Zumba® Education Specialist (ZES) since 2009. She holds degrees in Exercise and Sports Science (Health and Physical Education) and a Master’s degree in Sports Administration. She shares her enormous passion, enthusiasm, and experience in fitness/dance with people of all ages. Kelly specializes in many Zumba® Fitness programs and has presented in over 36 countries. She is in several Zumba DVDs, including being featured in Aqua Zumba® Vol. 6. Kelly holds a variety of certifications in fitness and is a continuing education provider for AEA, AAAI/ISMA, AFAA, & ACE.


Dr. Laura Carney has a PhD in Exercise Physiology, MS in Strength and Conditioning and BS in Psychology. She has worked as an Exercise Physiologist in the hospitality field and as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for DI, II, and III athletes. Currently, she is a Teaching Professor of Exercise Science at Xavier University and continues to work with clients in the health, fitness, and wellness realms through exercise testing, training, and goal setting. Ask Laura about rugby, martial arts, or fermented foods!


Mac Carvalho is a Fitness Professional based in New Bedford, MA. He is a Master Trainer for WATERinMOTION & The SOUL Fitness Brands, as well as an on-demand instructor for HIGH Fitness on the HIGH Fitness Live On Demand Program. He is also the first-ever Fitness Sponsor for the Miss Southeastern MA Chapter of the Miss MA Organization.


Siri is a 15+-year veteran of the fitness industry and a Master Trainer for a variety of programs. She teaches formats ranging from Pilates, Barre, Yoga and Dance to Step and HIIT, and is certified by ACE, AFAA, and SCW. As an educator, Siri is passionate about training instructors and regularly presents at industry-leading conferences. Siri has an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard College. Besides her fitness career, Siri has a second career as an academic researcher on behavioral science and gender equality.


Paul Christopher is Founder/Owner of Gravity + Oxygen Fitness in Boca Raton, Florida. Holding degrees in Health Science, Athletic Training and Health Care Administration, his skill base is a culmination of over 20 years of personal training and sports performance experience. Paul is a Certified Athletic Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Certified Personal Trainer. A favorite MANIA® presenter, he generously pays forward his knowledge to the next generation of fitness professionals.


Brandi Clark is a marketing and sales coach and mentor for fit pros helping them build the financially successful businesses of their dreams. With over 25 years in the fitness industry she understands how quickly things change and evolve so she spends her time helping fitness professionals adapt so they don’t get left behind. Her specialty is training others how to create content that connects with their audience so they can build a six-figure training business, making more money to help more people.


Christine Conti, holding a Master’s Degree in Education, is a best-selling author, international chronic disease and fitness educator, motivational speaker, podcaster, and ultra-endurance athlete. She has spent over two decades researching alongside leading doctors, exercise scientists, and nutritionist to prevent and battle disease through healthy lifestyles. Her signature book, SPLIT-SECOND COURAGE, was released in 2022.


Denise Cox is a certified yoga therapist and has more than 20 years in the fitness and yoga industry. She has earned the highest-level yoga credentials with over 800 hours of training and 300 hours of clinical studies. For the past 30 years, Denise has led the Customer Satisfaction Team for Fit Bodies Inc., the world’s largest teaching vacation organization working with over 90 resorts across the Caribbean, Central America, and Southeast Asia.


Becky Conser has been in the Health and Fitness Industry for over 20 years. She has been a club operator, a Master Trainer for an International Fitness Brand, a Studio Leader for Life Time, a member of Film Talent teams and much more. She got her beginnings as a Professional dancer who traveled the Country with Marching Auxiliaries, and was a K-12 Physical Education, Health and Dance Teacher in the Public School Sector. She has spent the last 5 years leading a team of instructors in Gainesville, VA as the Studio Leader and is versed in everything from barre to conditioning to yoga. Her versatility and creativity has put her in a place where she can lead with love and sprinkle Magic throughout her community.


Ellen de Werd is a 22-year, fitness industry veteran. She is the founder of WARRIOR Rhythm™ and WARRIOR Strength™and co-creator of WARRIOR Combat ™ . Prior to the launch of the WARRIOR Instructor Academy, Ellen garnered national attention as a presenter and educator for Beachbody. In 2021 her WARRIOR formats spread internationally to 10 countries. She re-entered the conference scene, taking the nation by storm. Ellen is the Fitness Director at the Downtown Athletic Club and a Lululemon Ambassador in Eugene.


Joy is a Houston-based personal trainer, registered dietitian, and owner of Digg Deep Fitness & Nutrition and Digg Deep Trainer Academy. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, she holds a B.A. in Exercise and Sport Science, an M.S in Nutrition, and numerous certifications through NASM. Joy is a passionate business coach, helping personal trainers and fitness professionals build authentic brands and grow impactful and profitable businesses. Joy challenges those around her to dream big, push through comfort zones, and live with intention.


Sohailla Digsby is a registered dietitian, author, and developer of the life-changing 52-day Best Body Countdown program for gyms to provide the missing piece of the fitness puzzle: nutrition with accountability. With over 25 years of experience as a fitness pro and RD, Sohailla provides nutrition coaching and runs an online membership-based group. She has authored three books to help fitness professionals guide their clients to their goals. Her programs are not just about the weight you lose, but the life you gain!


Soraya Doherty has over 19 years in the fitness industry and a lifetime as a belly dance practitioner, both culturally and as an enthusiast. She is the creator of the nationally accredited RAQ THE BARRE™ program. Additionally, she has successfully taught new students of belly dance how to perform and cue fundamental isolated hip precision with the step by step RaqiSa® method. Soraya drew from her Lebanese-American roots, her many years in the professional acting and musical theatre industry, and her award-winning belly dance style, to create RaqiSa®, an engaging and empowering brand for women! She is ACE, AFAA, and AEA certified; she holds a BA from San Jose State University, and an MA from San Francisco State University, in the Theatre Arts, and is a Screen Actors Guild Member.


MaryBeth is a highly respected global fitness industry leader with over 30 years of experience in group exercise programming. She is currently a Senior Fitness Specialist and was a former National Trainer with the SilverSneakers® Fitness Program. MaryBeth was honored by AEA as Global Aquatic Fitness Professional of the Year. MaryBeth is an R.Y.T. and the co-creator of YOQUA™. As a skilled health and wellness professional, she inspires others to commit to long-term health and fitness goals.


As the Program Education Specialist for Midtown Athletic Clubs, Richard Earney is a positive & charismatic Leader with over 20 years International experience within the fitness & wellness Industry within North America and Europe. Holding National & International club & executive operation roles he has designed award winning Fitness environments and implemented innovative programming experiences throughout Europe, Australasia, and North America.


Bob is recognized by IHRSA as a subject-matter-expert in personal training. After his tour as the corporate fitness director at Equinox Fitness in New York City, Bob, holding a double masters degree in Business & Economics, became known as “The Green Thumb” because of his ability to consistently create net income profits for clubs, studios, and fitness professionals nationally and globally.



Apy is a LaBlast Master Trainer holding a bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science, and is a former national synchronized swimmer for Puerto Rico who loves dancing whether in water or on land. She went to a LaBlast® master class, and instantly fell in love with this exceptional program. LasBlast is a ballroom dance format created by Emmy-nominated choreographer & Dancing with the Stars pro, Louis van Amstel. LaBlast is a ballroom-based, partner-free dance exercise program including all components of fitness, and uses music from every era & genre. Apy feels it’s the best dance format where you can learn the true skill of dance while blasting calories


Holding a master’s degree in Sports & Performance Psychology, Jewel also carries a Bachelor of Education in Physical Education. She is the Resort Operations Supervisor at the Marriott Vacations Worldwide and has been in the fitness industry for over a decade. She is currently the Recreation Program Coordinator for her local county parks and recreation department. Jewell is an ACE certified group fitness instructor and has taught numerous formats throughout her career.


Ronnie Fulton is a Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist, a Certified Personal Trainer, and a Licensed Massage Therapist with a passion for helping people to feel better in their bodies. Ronnie uses massage tools to increase flexibility, minimize pain, and improve performance & has taught thousands to embrace simple self-care strategies. With over 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, she regularly hosts sold-out workshops.


Herson Garcia is a Level 3 NeuroKinetic Practitioner and ACE Certified Personal Trainer specializing in sports performance and faulty movement correction. As the owner of Truth Health and Performance, and a co-founder of the Garcia Institute of Modern Excellence and Wholota Wellness Company, he develops scientific-based programming for competitive athletes and inspires individuals ages 3 to 83 to enhance their innate abilities. Herson is an expert in injury prevention and athletic performance acceleration.


Andrew is a recognized speaker in the fitness industry, master trainer, and served as Director of Education for Aktiv Solutions. He is the founder of MostFit, a small line of unique workout equipment, a NASM and NFPT Certified Personal Trainer and Behavioral Change Specialist and has developed comprehensive fitness and exercise programs for health club & workplace wellness facilities. Andrew’s passion centers around user engagement and human behavior.


Suaad Ghadban is CanFitPro’s 2021 Fitness Professional of the year and a leading fitness and health expert in Canada. She is also the creator of one of the hottest award-winning workouts. She has 20 years of teaching, training, and public speaking experience. Suaad is the fitness correspondent for Global TV Montreal for the past 8 years and has been featured in countless media and print outlets such as The Huffington Post, The Gazette, CTV News, TVA, The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Salut Bonjour, Radio Canada, Women’s Health, I Heart Radio, Q 92 Radio and many more.


Ann Gilbert is the fitness industry’s premiere educator on exercise and aging. A successful owner and operator of Shapes Fitness for Women, she oversees over 50 Personal Trainers and Group Fitness professionals, coordinating extremely successful fee-based small group training programs including functional training for the older adult involving strength, balance, coordination and independence. As an ACE / IHRSA Personal Trainer of the Year, Ann is a featured, sought-after and popular speaker at IHRSA, FBA- Succeed, Club Industry, SCW MANIA®, and IAFC Conventions. Ann is an industry leader and education expert helping to develop and teach the following SCW Certifications: Active Aging, Aquatic Exercise, Group Fitness, WATERinMOTION®, and S.E.A.T. (Supported Exercise for Ageless Training.).


Jacob Glassmeyer is an accomplished, multi-award-winning Master Instructor of Tai Chi and Qigong, blackbelt in Taekwondo and Army veteran with decades of experience in martial arts and the fitness industry. Jacob was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2022 as the result of the culmination of accomplishments in the martial arts and social good through his passion, discipline and leadership to our generations and our nation’s veterans.


Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in dance and psychology, Tani has been involved in various dance, theater, and sports programs since adolescence. Her passion for athleticism carried over through the years into college. Shortly after moving and with a degree in hand she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease. A life-changing move to Florida and 4 autoimmune diseases later Tani is living her passion with a career in health and fitness: bringing electric energy, strength, and endurance to the fitness world. She currently serves on the Fitness Team at Trilogy Orlando, an active aging community in central Florida.


Chris is a WATERinMOTION® Champion and Master Trainer. Chris has been featured in numerous videos and is known for his leadership skills and creative abilities. He has worked at ACAC Fitness and Wellness Centers for 16 years and currently manages their Timonium, Md. facility, including group ex and personal training, where he recently received his second Leadership Award, voted on by his team and peers. Chris is certified through AEA, AFAA, as well as ACE, as a Certified Personal Trainer and a certified BODYFLOW® and BODYPUMP® Instructor through Les Mills.


Marisa Hoff is a Partner at The Empower Group, a full-service consulting firm based in Westlake Village, California. Marisa’s focus is working with fitness professionals and their businesses to achieve growth and continued success. Previously, Marisa was the GM at Stevenson Fitness, a full-service health club north of Los Angeles. She is an Ambassador for the Women in Fitness Association. Marisa holds a master’s degree from UCLA and is an international presenter at fitness conferences, including IHRSA, Athletic Business, The Retention Convention Beijing, and NASM.


Jenn Hogg is a 5-time US National Aerobic Gymnastics Champion, holds a Master’s Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University and is a driving force in the fitness & wellness space. As the Director of Group Exercise Programs for East Bank Club in Chicago, Jenn’s mission is to elevate talent & programming through education. Jenn is a Master Trainer for CORE Health & Fitness representing Schwinn Indoor Cycling, StairMaster HIIT, Nautilus Strength, Star Trac Cardio, and Throwdown.


Jeff Howard has a degree in kinesiology, is a beloved international fitness presenter, SCW Faculty Member, and successful entrepreneur. As a highly sought-after fitness consultant, Jeff has managed several facilities in the USA and abroad including Equinox in Chicago. He has been featured in numerous fitness videos and is a world-renowned celebrity trainer, appearing on several national TV shows, including Bravo’s popular Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. Jeff owns and operates “Jeff Howard’s Athlete’s Club”, a successful fitness streaming channel, as well as “Jeff Howard Fitness”, a fitness studio and Personal Training Center in Louisville, KY.


Greg Johnson is a fitness studio owner and has 20 years’ experience in health and exercise. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in fitness and rehabilitation, with minors in Health and Wellness. Greg also has a Masters of kinesiology from CALU, with concentrations in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA, Performance enhancement Specialist through NASM (NASM-PES).


Tatiana A. Kolovou, MBA started her professional journey as a health educator and became an organizational development trainer, public speaker, university professor and executive communication coach. She is a faculty member for the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and the owner of Ethos Fitness, a boutique fitness studio in Bloomington Indiana. Tatiana is an ACSM-EP professional and is a veteran master trainer for Schwinn cycling.


Sara, CEO of SCW Fitness Education, WATERinMOTION® & S.E.A.T., is a visionary leader who has transformed the fitness education community. A successful business owner and advisor, she is a keynote speaker, published author, podcast presenter, and sought-after industry trailblazer. Sara has a unique ability to share her passion and devotion towards fitness education through her humor, enthusiasm, and her effervescent no-nonsense personality. She serves on the Gold’s Gym Think Tank, was a founding board member of the Women in Fitness Association, is on the canfitpro Advisory Council, is a proud inductee into the National Fitness Hall of Fame, and an active member of ACSM. Sara currently served on IHRSA’s Headlight Committees for Facility Standards and is a panelist on the IHRSA’s talk show, Talks & Takes, and has left an indelible mark on the fitness industry.


Cheri Kulp has been a certified fitness professional for over three decades. She holds a degree in Special Education from Wester Chester University and is the Co-Founder of the successful aqua dumbbell program, WATERinMOTION® Strength. Cheri is currently the choreographer for both WATERinMOTION® Original and Strength programs, a marathoner, triathlete, and winner of two national bodybuilding competitions. Cheri has starred in over 100 Fit Pro videos and shares her vast experience and passion for teaching by presenting at SCW MANIA® conferences nationwide. She holds certifications in numerous land-based and aqua programs, including AEA, NASM, WATERinMOTION®, ARC, and Les Mills. 


Connie has been an experienced Adult Aquatic Specialist for over three decades. She specializes in aquatic personal training, aqua aerobics, aqua running, and aqua yoga. Connie is currently the Adult Aquatic Specialist for Desert Swim School and Fitness Works Health Clubs. She is AEA-certified, is working on her 200-hour RYT, and is a favorite CEC presenter for FitnessFest, AquaCon and IAFC.


Dr. Edward R. Laskowski, M.D., is former Co-director of Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine and a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Division of Sports Medicine at Mayo Clinic. Nationally and internationally recognized for his expertise in fitness and musculoskeletal and sports medicine, Dr. Laskowski studies and promotes best practices for musculoskeletal rehabilitation, general fitness, injury prevention, and injury rehabilitation. From 2006 to 2010, he served on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under Presidents Bush and Obama, and he has several hundred publication credits, including scientific papers, abstracts, books, book reviews, book chapters, and popular media and multimedia.


Melissa is a Kinesiology Department Faculty Member at the University of North Georgia. She has been a well-respected and well-loved fitness and nutrition leader for over 35 years. Having created the SCW Nutrition Coaching for Fitness Professionals Certification, the SCW Nutrition, Hormones & Metabolism Certification, and contributed to the SCW Active Aging Certification, Melissa has consistently sold-out educational seminars. Melissa holds a Masters of Education in Exercise Science, a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and an Associates degree in Medical Terminology.


Robert’s love of movement and fitness began at a young age. After studying dance at The University of Minnesota Twin Cities and dancing professionally for many years, Robert naturally discovered a newfound passion for movement through fitness and indoor cycling. Catching the instructor bug, he eventually discovered BeatBoss™. The BeatBoss™ Methodology was revolutionary for him in many ways and as Senior Director of BeatBoss™️ he now passes this knowledge on to others. Robert holds certifications and trainings through Schwinn, Stages, and is certified in Group Fitness and Personal Training through ACE. He also proudly leads multiple BeatBoss™️ Classes, Trainings and Coaching in person and virtually across the world.


With over 25 years in the fitness industry, Elizabeth is an international fitness educator, content creator and fierce advocate of mental health. She’s known for explosive intervals, electric coaching & innovative programming. Elizabeth has an MEd in Educational Psychology, is a licensed counselor, and a wellness and life coach. She uses counseling and coaching to help clients get out of their heads and into their bodies. She’s the National Program Education Director for Balletone, and a Program Specialist for Barre Above, Tabata Bootcamp, WaterRower, and Chaos. Elizabeth is the Fitness Director at Yale University Payne Whitney Gymnasium and the owner of Studio E Fitness.


Tricia Murphy Madden is a highly respected veteran of the fitness industry with 30 years of experience. She was awarded Fitness Leader of the Year for IDEA in 2020. Tricia served as the on-set Director for Amazon Halo, directing workouts, and contributing to talent casting and camera skills development. As a National Education Director, she oversees programming and manages a team of 100+ master trainers. Tricia is also the co-creator of Barre Above and a Co-Founder of Homeroom Fit. She actively participates in the IDEA Group Fitness Committee and frequently presents at global events, earning her a reputation as a respected leader in the field.


Rosie has almost 20 years of experience teaching and counseling, both virtually and live, all aspects of fitness, yoga, leadership, and organizational development. She holds a Master of Science degree in Human Development and served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Rhode Island. She is an ERYT and C-RYT, ACE CPT, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. She holds several SCW certifications from Group Ex to Personal Training and Aquatics and is the Creator of the SCW Aquatic Personal Training Certification. Rosie currently serves on the Fitness Team at Trilogy Orlando, an active aging community in central Florida.


Sheldon holds a Master of Science degree in human nutrition. He is Executive Director at Universal Athletic Club, and is an ACE certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor with over 19 years of experience in health and fitness. Sheldon is an experienced international presenter, lecturer, educator, business consultant, and fitness content developer. He has presented at IHRSA, IDEA, Canfitpro, MACMA, SCW, and other industry conferences. Sheldon has been featured in numerous industry publications and sits on the Canfitpro and Club Solutions Magazine Advisory Panel.


Bill is a health club industry veteran with over 25 years of experience leading and managing all aspects of commercial health clubs, medical fitness centers, residential, community, multi-tenant, and corporate fitness sites. He co-founded Active Wellness, LLC and owns a health club consultancy business – BMC3. Bill has served as Chairman of IHRSA, serving on the Board of Directors. He was President of the Mid-Atlantic Club Management Association (MACMA) and served on the Industry Advisory Board for the American Council of Exercise (ACE). He serves on the Medical Wellness Association (MWA) as a Faculty Member and The Medical Fitness Network (MFN) Advisory Boards. Bill also served as Contributing Editor for ACSM’s Health/Fitness Facility Standards & Guidelines, 5th Edition. Bill was recently acknowledged as one of the top 25 Consumer HealthTech Executives for 2020.


Irene McCormick, MS, CSCS has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and is an award-winning fitness professional, a published author, a keynote speaker, and a university lecturer. Currently, the Regional Director of Group Exercise for Genesis Health Clubs in Iowa, Irene is a Master Trainer for Savvier Fitness, and the former National Group Ex Director of OrangeTheory. As an IDEA Instructor of the year, Irene is a former TRX Master trainer, and focuses her virtual Fit Workouts w/Irene where she exclusively trains women over 40.


Linda McDonald is a Fitness Educator, Virtual Studio Owner and Program Specialist for Barre Above®, Balletone® and Extreme HIIT Chaos. A leader in Group Fitness Programming, providing continuing education training at conferences as well as local workshops, she specializes in training, evaluating, and certifying instructors in various formats. Linda has also worked as a consultant to local health clubs, evaluating group fitness instructors and providing up-skilling workshops.


Jonathan Mike, PhD, currently teaches in the exercise science and sports performance program at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. He has worked as a strength and conditioning coach and has contributed to dozens of online fitness, strength, and consumer outlets in the country. He has been involved with NSCA and previously served on numerous committees and special interest groups and has spoken at over 55 events including many for NSCA, and ISSN, NASM, and numerous other fitness organizations. Jonathan has authored numerous peer-review and scientific publications and has written 10 book chapters related to sports nutrition and strength and conditioning. Jonathan is a sought-after presenter nationally and internationally. He is currently writing a book for Human Kinetics on Strongman Training for Strength and Performance.


Kevin Mullins, CSCS, is a fitness professional, educator, and author who has coached over twenty-thousand personal training sessions and group fitness classes in the last decade. He is the author of best-selling Personal Training book – Day by Day: The Personal Trainer’s Blueprint. The creator of SCW’s Functional Training Certification, Kevin holds a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland as well as accreditation through the PPSC, USAW, Precision Nutrition, EQUINOX, NSCA, Trigger Point Therapy, ISSA, and Schwinn Cycle.


Patrick earned a baseball scholarship to San Diego State University & graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training. He founded Symmetry for Health & was awarded a patent on a measurable system for postural assessment and corrective exercise – AlignSmart Technology. Patrick has written three books, the latest – “The Physics of Pain; becoming Pain-Free”. He has spoken on the subject of postural assessment at multiple conferences & corporations.


Ruben pushes the limit with fitness and has experience with all populations, especially seniors. With a degree in Kinesiology, his background includes personal, group, and sports training, health education, and corporate fitness. He is a Master Trainer, Community Manager, and Choreographer for WERQ Dance Fitness. Accolades include winning the 2019 Fit Expo Wow the Crowd Competition, Fit Expo’s Celebrity Dance Fitness Instructor, Fitness Inspiration Medal winner, and more! Ruben brings E.N.E.R.G.Y in all that he does.


Jessica is the Fitness Supervisor for On Top of the World Communities and The Ranch Fitness Center and Spa. Jessica has been a fitness professional for over 25 years and holds certifications from ACE, AFAA, FAI, and AEA, and she is a Certified Posture Specialist with the National Posture Institute. Jessica is a presenter for the International Council on Active Aging and SCW Fitness Education.


Holding a degree in Dietetics and Human Performance, Jeannette has been working in the fitness industry for over 30 years and is currently the Director of Wellness & Fitness at the SaddleBrooke TWO HOA. Jeannette has a passion for working with the 55+ population creating programs and classes to improve their active daily lifestyles helping them to lead fun, energetic and fulfilled lives.


Michele Park has been a mentor in the health and fitness industry for over 30 years. She has owned her own personal training company, worked with large fitness corporations on program development, trained and mentored thousands of fitness professionals around the country, developed a virtual teaching course and created her own fitness program, SOULfusion. Michele creates a class experience that allows movement and music to come together bringing magic to the room. Working with Beachbody LIVE as a MASTER TRAINER for PiYo and the PiYo Live Program Director allowed Michele to do what she loves to do… INSPIRE , MENTOR & CREATE.


Emily Reilly is a certified group fitness instructor, personal trainer, and chronic disease fitness specialist. She has over 13 years of public speaking, and over 7 years of experience creating and teaching adaptive fitness classes for those living with MS. The MS community is near and dear to Emily since she herself was diagnosed at the age of 17. Her goal is to make fitness accessible for all levels of ability and help educate other fitness professionals on how to do the same.


Diva Richards is one of the top, most influential life coaches on the east coast, with over 15 years of experience within the entrepreneurship sector. She is the Founder and President of Hard Work No Excuses, LLC., which includes the 10,000+ sq foot facility located in Marlton, NJ. Diva is a former Pennsylvania State Golden Glove Boxing Champion, and an American Open Powerlifting Champion. She is the creator of The Do Work Method Motivational & Life Coaching Program, and You vs.You Production company. Diva co-created the powerful WARRIOR Combat Program integrating boxing and group exercise for a knock-out experience!


Dr. Dan Ritchie is the Co-founder and President of The Functional Aging Institute and has a broad background in the fitness industry including training and management in commercial, for-profit, not for-profit, and educational facilities. With expertise in personal training for special populations including athletes, stroke recovery, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Fibromyalgia and Alzheimer’s, he worked on state-funded research on exercise for severe dementia, Alzheimer’s type. He regularly presents at national and regional conferences and is active on committees for the American College of Sports Medicine.


Alison Robbins has ultimately found a unique way to bridge the gaps between corrective exercise and higher movement performance in the highly applicable, turn-key program called The MESO Method™. As the creator of the program, she blends her innate curiosity about movement science and her background in ballet, yoga, barre, Pilates, and indoor cycling—as well as her avid interest in wholesome nutrition and wellness lifestyles–to help design this holistically integrated restoration/activation training program. Alison has also dedicated time to other initiatives, such as opening the Meso Fit R & D Fitness Studio, in Boca Raton. Alison is NASM-CPT/CES-certified and shares her many gifts internationally at numerous conferences.


Keli Roberts was named IDEA International Fitness Instructor of the Year award, awarded the SCW Best Female Presenter, Lifetime Achievement OBOW Award, and was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame. Keli was also honored as Presenter of the Year, as well as the Inspiration Award winner for Empower! Conventions. Keli is an ACSM EP, an ACE Senior Fitness Specialist and is FAI CPT Certified. Keli is an SCW Faculty Member, a Schwinn® Senior Master Trainer, and a Ryka Ambassador.


Dane is a certified fitness professional through the NASM and created the SCW Marketing and Sales for Personal Trainers Certification. After spending 10+ years working his way to the top, Dane impacts 100’s of people in private and group training classes and 1000’s of people across the country as a fitness coach on “Daily Burn 365” in New York City.


Jason is a professional endurance and multisport coach with certifications in triathlon, running, cycling, distance and masters swimming. A 4x Ironman with over 18 years personal triathlon, cycling, ultra-distance, marathon and multi-stage racing, he translates his experiences, the fundamentals of training and endurance racing into challenging, high-intensity, goal and results-oriented indoor training and group fitness classes. ACE & AFAA Certified Instructor, Schwinn Master Trainer and CrossFit Certified Instructor, Jason is also trained in many functional strength modalities including ViPR, Kettlebells, TRX and IndoRow.


With 15 years of fitness and 30 years of dance experience, Dusty has a strong passion for her field and is excited to spread the LaBlast love! Dusty earned her B.S. in Health Promotion, Minor in Dance from the University of North Texas. Certified through ACSM, ACE and AFAA, Dusty’s goal is to educate and raise awareness of the health/wellness benefits of LaBlast while keeping in mind that variety, fun, and authenticity are just as important.


David-Dorian Ross has introduced more students to Tai Chi than any other teacher in America. He has been studying Tai Chi since 1979 from some of the top masters in the world. He’s also a US and world record holder in Tai Chi forms and competitions. He is the founder and CEO of TaijiFit, the creator of the TaijiFit method, and is the #1 best-selling author and creator of 150 Tai Chi educational DVDs and television programs. He is also the National Coordinator for the VA’s Tai Chi for Veterans program.


Steven Schwartz is the CEO of Midtown Athletic Clubs, a four-generation family business. With facilities in four states and Canada, MAC is an athletic club with unlimited boutique fitness, top-of-the-line athletic equipment, industry-acclaimed racquet sports, and resort-like environments. Steven earned a degree with distinction from Cornell University, graduating from the university’s Hotel Administration School and has built a 40 year success story in club management and growth.


Known as “The Weight-Loss Therapist” online, Dr. Seti is a licensed clinical psychologist, certified nutrition coach, weight management specialist, life coach, personal trainer, and insomnia treatment clinician with a private practice in San Diego, California. She is the best-selling author of Shatter the Yoyo and The Self Sabotage Behavior Workbook, and is a featured contributor to numerous blogs and websites. Candice has appeared on many television and radio networks, and is committed to helping others achieve health and wellness while gaining self-confidence, stopping self-sabotage, and achieving their goals through behavioral lifestyle and cognitive changes.


Having authored, Boutique Studio Blueprint: How to Open and Operate a Successful Personal Training Studio, Doug owns and operates a successful PT Facility. He is certified by ACSM, ACE and NSCA (with distinction,) and is trained in Russian Kettlebell, TRX, Dynamic Variable Resistance Training, Precision Nutrition, Functional Movement Screening and Functional Range Conditioning. He placed in the Men’s Health Next Top Trainer competition, and as a young competitive bodybuilder, Doug won the Junior National Championships. Doug served as the State/Provincial Director for NSCA, and has trained professional NFL, USTA, and PGA athletes.


Kimberly has been a leader in the fitness industry for over 25 years, presenting workshops on fitness, yoga, wellness, leadership, and personal growth at conferences around the world. She was the group fitness director for Lifetime Fitness for over 10 years and was the IDEA Program Director of the Year. Kimberly stepped away from her corporate role to create The Inspired Life University which she focuses on helping fitness professionals elevate their careers and become wellness leaders.


Michael Stack has a Masters of Public Health, Public Health Education and Promotion from the University of Michigan & BS in Kinesiology and Exercise Science. He is an Exercise Physiologist and founder of Applied Fitness Solutions, located in SE lower Michigan. In addition to his role with AFS, he is a clinical professor for the University of Michigan’s School of Kinesiology and on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Fitness Club Association. Michael is the creator and host of the Wellness Paradox Podcast, produced in collaboration with the University of Michigan.


Chris Stevenson – former Power Ranger stuntman – is the founder of The Empower Group, a full-service consulting firm with services ranging from workshops, One-on-one coaching, and more. Stevenson has over 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. In addition, he is an international speaker who regularly presents at IHRSA, SCW, and many other events. Chris has the unique ability to instantaneously connect with people and to present viable, applicable lectures that resonate with every audience.


Founder and CEO WERQ Fitness, Haley has a background in hip hop, sports, group fitness, and personal training. She exudes positive power and passion to create an energetic buzz in every class. Haley’s experience includes managing both boutique and large gyms, and schedules with 140 group fitness classes per week. Haley and WERQ have been featured in IDEA Fitness Journal, Health Magazine, SELF Magazine and InStyle Magazine. She currently resides in Kansas City with her two gutsy girls.


Doris Thews is a 35 + year fitness Industry veteran and an International award-winning Fitness Educator, including 2019 World IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year. She is the CEO of Team Thews Fitness where she consults, leads & presents for several leading brands on business, program development and executive strategy. Doris is a Senior Master Trainer and Global Mentor for Schwinn and is on the International Development Master Trainer team for BOSU and Hedstrom Fitness as well as a RYKA Fit-Pro Ambassador. In addition to presenting and lecturing internationally, she is also a Keynote speaker, well known for her motivational and athletic coaching style.


Donna Tomassi has been with LaBlast® Fitness for 4 years as Master Trainer and most recently Co-Manager of the dance fitness brand that she loves so much! Her first LaBlast® class was at an SCW convention! She is honored to now be presenting LaBlast® at SCW Midwest Mania! A 25 year veteran in the group fitness industry, Donna has taught many formats throughout the years as well as taught dance and choreographed theater programs in her local community.She is the owner of Studio 8 Fitness in Waterford, MI where she lives with her husband and daughter.


Amber Toole is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Health from Georgia Southern University. She has 30 years of experience in the Fitness Industry and loves to share her expertise with other Fitness Professionals. It is her life’s mission to spread the truth about fitness and nutrition through education. She is the owner of The Training Toole – a Fitness and Nutrition Studio in Ocala, Florida, an SCW Educator and Fit Pro Mentor.


Nick Tumminello is known as the “Trainer of Trainers.” He has worked with a variety of clients from the NFL and NBA to professional bodybuilders & figure models to MMA fighters and exercise enthusiasts of all fitness levels. Coach Nick is the author of four books, was the NSCA’s 2016 Personal Trainer, is the NSCA’s Personal Training Quarterly journal and is the creator of the Movement Performance Assessment (MPA) certification.


Tara Turner began her journey in the fitness industry over 20 years ago. She has dedicated her life to helping people achieve their fitness goals. Tara holds several national certifications including Group Exercise, Personal Training, Spinning, and Zumba. She is also a master trainer for ISCA, teaching boxing, kickboxing and kettlebell workshops. Tara encourages people to embrace the beauty, power and wisdom within their spirit, soul and body no matter what shape or size!


Sara has been teaching in the fitness industry since 2010. She grew up dancing competitively, which lead her towards teaching fitness in her adult life. Sara is a fitness instructor at the YMCA of Cass & Clay Counties and North Dakota State University Wellness Center in Fargo. In addition to being a WATERinMOTION Champion, Sara teaches Les Mills and the SOUL Fitness formats, is a master trainer and content creator for SOUL Fitness and is an ACE certified group fitness instructor.


Dr. Ashley Varol, PhD, is a teaching faculty member at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Previous roles include creating and launching the University of Cincinnati’s employee wellness program and managing a team of over 100 fitness instructors and trainers at the UC Campus Recreation Center. Ashley serves as a Subject Matter Expert for the American Council on Exercise, by whom she is PT, GFit, Health Coach & Medical Exercise Specialist certified. Her diverse experiences afford the chance to talk about all facets of health, fitness, and well-being.


Louis van Amstel is a 3x World Dance Champion, an Emmy-nominated choreographer, best known for his ten seasons on the mega-hit TV show ‘Dancing with the Stars. As the creator of LaBlast® Dance Fitness, he shares his passion for dance fitness and uses his Formula, Format, and Philosophy to get people moving through LaBlast® Dance Fitness and LaBlast® Splash (aqua). Louis developed the programs over ten years to ensure quality and accessibility for all, focusing on mental/emotional health and functional fitness. 


Manuel Velazquez is a WATERInMOTION® Platinum program choreographer and the Faculty Leader of the SCW Yoga 1 & 2 Certifications, as well as the SCW Tai Chi Certification. With over two decades of experience in the fitness industry, Manuel has been recognized as “All Around International Presenter of the Year”.  He is also an RYT-200 Yoga certified instructor and is the Head Instructor at Rancho La Puerta Resort & Spa in Tecate, Mexico (outside of San Diego).


Reena Vokoun is the Founder and CEO of Passion Fit, an author, and a TEDx speaker. She’s a certified health coach, fitness instructor, and nutrition and behavior change specialist. Reena graduated with a Bachelor’s of Business Degree in marketing and an MS in advertising. She spent years in marketing and sales for Google, Yahoo and Reebok. Reena is a TV health contributor on NBC and FOX, and the author of an award-winning book, The Wellness-Empowered Woman.


Billie has over 28 years of experience in the fitness industry and is currently the Fitness and Wellness Director at the Trilogy Resort 55+ Community and Resort in Orlando, FL. Managing almost 100 sessions per week focused on healthy active aging, Billie has authored the SCW Aqua Barre certification and is also a master trainer for SCW’s WATERinMOTION(r) and S.E.A.T. (Supported Exercise for Ageless Training) programs. Drawing on her experience as a former competitive cheerleader, Billie brings high energy, enthusiasm, and encouragement to everything she does.


A FitBodies Vacation Leader, Natalie Whitaker is a certified fitness instructor and yoga teacher with a passion for helping others develop renewed hope and skills to achieve the life of their dreams. Natalie helps her clients achieve this through multiple healing modalities including, wellness coaching, private/group sessions as well as, yoga, mind/body and fitness classes. Natalie believes that true transformation stems from an inward belief in ones unique divine creation, from soul-centered healing outward transformation is accomplished.


Jared, a former collegiate athlete with a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University-Commerce, embarked on his fitness journey in 2005 as a trainer at 24 Hour Fitness in Houston, Texas. Feeling uncertain about his post-graduation path, he seized an opportunity in 2009 to establish his own facility, thus laying the foundation for Dynamic Fitness in Pearland, Texas. Since then, Jared has successfully expanded his brand across Houston, boasting three locations, a thriving community of 17,000 members, and ongoing growth.


Maurice has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology with 25 years of experience in practical fitness training and almost a decade of instructing fitness professionals. Pursuing his Doctoral degree in Behavioral Health, Maurice is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and also owns Move Well Fitness and Move Well Fit Academy. His certifications include NASM-Master Instructor, Master Trainer, CPT, CES, PES, CNC, FNS, WLS, SFS, YES, GPTS & GFS and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with NSCA.


Sarah Zahab is a Registered Kinesiologist, Clinical Exercise Physiologist and group fitness instructor with over 22 years of fitness industry experience. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics with a minor in Biology. She is the owner of Continuum Fitness and Movement Performance, a multi-disciplinary clinic in Ottawa. Sarah is a former international fitness competitor, a nationally ranked race walker and regular fitness expert on CTV Morning Live Ottawa.


Rose Zahnn is a fitness professional and presenter with over 30 years experience. She started her journey in the world of aerobics and weight training, and has enjoyed teaching a variety of formats at her studio in Sacramento and at conferences and events around the world. She is the creator of several fitness and nutrition programs. Her lifestyle transformation program, AMAZING180, guides participants to a sustainable healthier, happier and fit lifestyle.


Dr. Julie Zuleger has over 20 years of experience as a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Strength, and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Corrective Exercise Specialist, RYT-500 Yoga Instructor, and Human Movement Specialist. Julie promotes self-care using massage tools and stretching-based programs and teaches continuing education courses for yoga teachers, massage therapists, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning, fitness, and wellness professionals. Julie holds a PhD in Education and is the Director of Kinesiology and Education at Tiger Tail USA.