Fitness Class Instructor Bios
Julie is a Water Aerobics Instructor. She has been involved in the Health and Wellness industry for over 30 years. She has worked in a variety of different environments, from Community Centers, Rehabilitation programs to Hospital based Health and Wellness programs. She has been teaching Water Aerobics for 12 years and at Weber State for the last 6 years. She completed Water Aerobic certification from AEA and AAI.
Teri has a Master's degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University and is the Director of Campus Recreation at Weber State University. She is an ACSM Certified Group Exercise InstructorSM and an American Council on Exercise certified personal trainer. Teri has a soft spot for "newbies" and loves helping people ease into a healthy and active lifestyle with a "Make it Fun!" attitude.
Julie Boam has been practicing yoga for over five years, and has completed both her 200 and 300 hour teacher training programs at Infusion Yoga & Pilates. She was drawn to the practice of yoga when she felt life was leaving her frazzled and fatigued. She realized that she felt a disconnect between the to-do list that had to be tackled every day, and the authentic person she really was at her center. Yoga became an essential tool to consciously yoke the body and spirit as a whole, rather than two separate parts that don’t get to talk often enough. Julie also enjoys stand up paddle boarding, hiking, reading, and writing.
Esra has been living with her family in Ogden, Utah since 2014. She completed her first 250-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) training in Hong Kong and lead yoga classes in group settings, and private classes to physically impaired individuals who were not able to attend group classes. Living in a metropolitan city she had the opportunity to practice a variety of yoga styles like: Iyengar, Ashtanga, Svastha, Power, Hot, Restore and Yin. She also took the opportunity to travel throughout Asia and to Australia for yoga and meditation workshops. To delve deeper into the energy body she completed Reiki 1, 2, 3a, and a foundation Foot reflexology massage training.
After moving to Portland, Oregon in 2013 she found the missing piece in her yoga knowledge through Portland Therapeutic Yoga, where she completed her 200-Hour RYT training in 2014. With this training, she feels more empowered to teach yoga students to understand their own bodies, to respect their own strengths and limitations so they can practice safely without hurting themselves.
Over the years Esra's passion shifted towards postural alignment within her yoga practice. Therefore her classes focus first on establishing structural alignment and then moving with the breath to find stability and ease in a posture and in the mind.
Candace has been a certified ACE Personal Trainer since 2016 and is aspiring to be a Group Fitness Instructor. She has competed in track and field for 6 years as a sprinter, and is now part of the Dance Department for Weber State University. Candace has a strong enthusiasm about health and wellness, and enjoys helping others find success through fitness!
Meg received her certifications through YogaLife Teacher Training. She has completed the 200 and 300 hour programs, receiving a 500 hour certification. Meg has recently obtained an E-RYT 200/RYT 500 Hour Yoga Alliance Certification.
Meg is grateful for her yoga practice, and to all those who have influenced her on her journey. She strives to honor those teachers who have aided her on and off the yoga mat, through her teaching and in her personal yoga practice. She has a strong love of yoga and a dedicated practice, and hopes to share that love and dedication with anyone who is willing to get on a mat.
Kim has been instructing fitness classes since August 2016 and is currently studying Exercise Science at Weber State. Kim started teaching boot camp classes and has now been teaching suspension training classes. Kim loves to keep her classes alive and fresh by continually challenging class attendees according to their fitness level. If Kim isn’t in the gym lifting weights, you can find her either cookin’ good food, reading a good book or lifting more weights somewhere else… :)
I've always loved group fitness as a way to exercise and be with like-minded people. I've also dabbled in running (completed several 1/2 marathons and the Ogden Marathon). The energy of participating in events is very contagious. I was introduced to Yoga because my running partner told me it would be a good stretch class. I was immediately intrigued and I completed a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training (Yoga Alliance). Wanting others to feel the community energy, I became a Yoga Instructor ten years ago. Since then, I've taken Spinning, Stability Ball, Bosu, Tabata Bootcamp, Kettlebell, KickKamp, and most recently, Pilates Instructor courses. I care about teaching classes which are well planned, inclusive, safe, and effective. Teaching fitness classes puts me in my happy place, knowing that I am leading my students toward reaching their fitness goals!
Claudette has been teaching Yoga for WSU, at both Ogden and Davis Campuses, since 2005. She has completed 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), 500 Hour E-RYT, and is currently 1,000 Hour RYT certified, she’s also a registered Yoga Alliance Educator for their Teacher Training Program. When you attend her classes she wants you to feel strong, capable, and successful.
Lori Harlin has been a Certified Group Fitness Instructor for over 25 years, “Teaching is not a job for me, it’s a fun way to get to work out and interact with a great group of people, I love my students and the positive energy they bring to class”. She’s taught a variety of classes, for a broad range of participants, to include teaching in Okinawa, Japan. She teaches Boot Camp, Circuit, Cycle, Step, and Strength & Cardio. She believes there is never a bad day at the gym, working out is not just looking good on the outside, its feeling great on the inside. Don’t miss out on opportunities to be the best you, ‘It is not what you are that holds you back, it is what you think you are not’…
Rachelle Krohn E-RYT has been teaching Yoga since 2009 with experience in studios, gyms, and various corporate settings. She has studied a variety of styles: Ashtanga, Anusara, Bikram, Restore/Yin, Trauma-Sensitive Therapy & meditation. She enjoys teaching diverse groups and blends these varieties into practical lessons with modifications or advanced options approachable for whatever level you are at. She is also certified in mat Pilates, and incorporates lots of core-work into her classes.
She is a current Health Promotion student and Ambassador of Campus Recrecation at Weber State University. Coordinator for the Ogden Yoga Festival. She has ran marathons, Ragnar relays, a triathlon, snowboards, SUPs, avid mountain-lover. She is a mom and active advocate for Type 1 Diabetes with years of experience in clinical care and nutrition. She grew up in Oregon, but Utah is now her home. You can usually find her on the mountain with her dogs!
After the birth of her 2nd child, Nicole was looking for a way to get healthy and fit and started doing Zumba workouts at home. She then started up an exercise class with a group of friends, which lead her to find a passion for Zumba and she got certified. Nicole has been teaching for a little over 2 years and has loved every second of it. She truly believes in helping all people feel welcome to work out and have fun in a judgement free environment. When she's not teaching Zumba, she is filling orders for her Etsy shop, reading books, traveling, and spending time with her husband and kids.
Michelle Taylor holds a Bachelors of Science in Human Performance Management with a minor in Nutrition from Weber State University. She was introduced to yoga in 2000 and she completed her 1000 hr RYT January 2011 and a 200 hr RYT in March 2013 and is now an ERYT 500 through Yoga Alliance. Michelle has a daily Ashtanga vinyasa yoga practice and continues to study with her teachers Kino MacGregor and Sammy Brown as often as she can. She also studies Ayurveda and has a daily meditation practice. Michelle believes that the principles of yoga and Ayurveda will help people find true lasting health and wellness. She believes yoga is a very personal practice and encourages students to stay connected internally through their breath during the practice. Michelle's classes focus on breath, strength, mind-body awareness, and having fun.
Sherilyn has been an Internationally Certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal trainer for over 11 years. She started her Fitness Career in Okinawa, Japan and realized SHE LOVES TO TEACH! She has taught a variety of classes throughout her career including Group Personal training, PIYO, CIZE, Zumba, Step, Strength Training, Bootcamp, Kids camp, Spin, and more! She has also taught a very broad range of participants and does everything she can to make fitness FUN for all. Sherilyn enjoys watching people become healthy and her motto is “Love yourself enough to take care of YOU!”
Jonathan is the Fitness Coordinator for Campus Recreation at Weber State University. He is a PTA Global Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Group Exercise Instructor, USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach, Certified TRX Suspension Trainer Coach, and Scwhinn Cycling Instructor. His exercise philosophy, which stems from calisthenics and a love for extreme sports, is to help people across all ages express their bodies, sense of self, and identity through limitless movement.
Shelly's passion has been riding the hills and highways of Utah for over a decade, and teaching communication classes along the Wasatch Front. Her love for teaching and cycling have collided, and as of 2017 she was certified through Schwinn as a Cycle Instructor. She is our newest Cycle Instructor, but don't let that fool you, she guarantees a challenge, sweat and lots of fun or your money back ; -)
Kelly Skalsky loves sharing yoga with anybody wanting to explore their practice. She completed her 200- Registered Yoga Training (RYT) from Timeless Yoga Studio in Ogden. When teaching she hopes for her students to find balance mentally, physically, and spiritually by providing them with a practice that they can embody in their daily lives.
Rachel has been doing Zumba since 2015, and strongly believes that you can party your way into getting healthy. She is a junior at Weber State University, Majoring in Elementary Education. Rachel was unable to walk for some her life, and since then has dedicated her life to enjoying a functional body and doing something good for your body every day. She has been dancing since 2012, and in that time, has learned modern, hip hop, tap, jazz, ballet, theatrical theater, ballroom, and Latina dancing. When not doing Zumba Rachel enjoys spending time with her dog Blackie in the wonders of nature.