Group Fitness Instructor Bios
Abigail has been an instructor at Yates since 2017. She loves teaching SpinCore and Spinning, and also enjoys running and taking other Group Fitness classes at Yates. Abigail received a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California and a Master’s degree in Asian Studies from Georgetown.
Andrea joined the Yates Field House team in 2014 as a yoga instructor teaching for faculty, staff, and students at all levels. She helped establish a yoga class offering off-campus in the Harris building. She primarily substitutes on main campus for flow and power yoga classes. She also teaches for special group events (e.g., Georgetown Basketball, Wounded Warriors) and assists in developing student orientation self-care trainings. Andrea is also a PhD student in public health at the George Washington University and works at the Georgetown University Medical Center in cancer prevention research. She enjoys running, getting outside and backpacking, as well as curating Spotify playlists for her classes!
Ankita joined the Yates Field House team in July 2018, after completing her Zumba Fitness Instructor training in Spring 2018. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Master’s of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. Outside of working at Yates Field House, Ankita works full-time for Access to Integrative Medicine (AIM) Health Institute, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that aims to open the world of integrative medicine to all regardless of financial circumstances. In her free time, Ankita can be found exploring DC and its amazing food and art scenes, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and working out. Fun fact: Ankita scuba dived (for the first time!) and climbed Bali’s second tallest volcano – all in one day!
Ashleigh is a graduate of George Mason University, and found her passion for Zumba while teaching during undergrad. She has been teaching for 3 years, and teaches Zumba and Dance Cardio formats. When she is not encouraging her group fitness classes to SLAY, she is the Event Manager for the Georgetown Event Management Services office. Ashleigh currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her fiancé, and loves running/biking the Mount Vernon trail, so she can enjoy all of the delicious food in Georgetown!
Spin/Boot Camp Instructor
Bethany’s love for spinning started during her time as a student on the Hilltop. After being a regular participant at Yates classes, she became a certified Spin instructor in the summer of 2012 and has been teaching ever since! She loves to make themed playlists and choreograph her classes so you’re guaranteed a fun ride – while getting your sweat on! In addition to indoor cycling, Bethany is a seven-time marathoner – actively training for more – and a certified group fitness instructor. She loves bagels and is not a fan of burpees.
Brittany started instructing group fitness and joined the Yates Field House team in August 2016. Her favorite formats to teach include Spin, HIIT, Strength, & Total Body Conditioning. Brittany received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Mount St. Mary’s University. Outside of the studio, she can be found working, hanging out with friends, exploring DC, watching the TV show FRIENDS, drawing, or reading.
Carolene completed her 200-hour Yoga certification in Mobile, AL, in July of 2020. She grew up doing gymnastics and later transitioned to running and swimming, which are two of her favorite ways to exercise outside of yoga. She started her yoga journey 3 years ago and fell in love with the practice and energy of the format. Her favorite type of yoga is vinyasa flow and she is super excited to be able to teach this to the Georgetown community! She is currently studying Spanish in Georgetown College and is on the PreMed track!
Caroline teaches spinning here at Yates and is a sophomore studying sociology and Spanish at Georgetown. She is from the DC area loves to live a healthy lifestyle by eating healthy and exercising daily.
Spin/Strength & Conditioning/Kickboxing Instructor
Christie joined the Yates Field House team in July of 2017 and has been instructing group fitness since 2011. Her favorite formats to teach include Strength & Conditioning, Spin, HIIT, Total Body Conditioning, Boot Camp, and Kickboxing. She holds her Group Fitness Instructor Certification through AFAA, is a certified Mad Dogg Spinning Instructor, and also is a certified Core de Force LIVE Instructor. Christie received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology, and a Master’s degree in Exercise Science from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. Outside of work, she can be found exploring the outdoors with her dog, cycling, lifting weights, or heading to a NATS game with her husband. Fun fact: Christie is the youngest of four girls (her poor father)!
Group Fitness Instructor
Gillian graduated from Georgetown University in 2001 and has been working out at Yates Field House for 20 years. She began teaching group fitness classes at Yates 13 years ago and has taught step, spinning, and various cardio and weights classes. She received her degree in Accounting and then managed her own portfolio of real estate investment properties in Georgetown. She lives just outside the GU campus and now spends most of her time caring for the two young children that she and her husband (also a GU grad) have.
Grace is new to the Yates Field House team this year! She grew up studying classical ballet, and initially began practicing Yoga in her early teens to supplement her dancing. Grace fell in love with the philosophy and athleticism of the Yoga community, and completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with YogaWorks in New York City. She is a current student in the Georgetown College studying History, Theology, and Italian, and is a group leader in GIVES on campus! When she’s not studying or practicing Yoga, Grace loves spending time with her friends in the Georgetown neighborhood and baking gluten-free desserts.
Jacinda joined the Yates Field House team in January, 2020. She has been teaching mat Pilates since 2011 and has worked with a wide range of ages and fitness backgrounds. Jacinda holds her Advanced Pilates Instructor Certification from FiTour and her Group Fitness Instructor Certification through AFAA, and is a graduate of the Group Fitness Instructor Training (GFIT) Course at Yates Field House. Jacinda received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a minor in Nutrition from the University of Pennsylvania and her Master’s and PhD degrees in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Nutritional Science with a specialization in early-life trauma and obesity prevention from the Pennsylvania State University. Jacinda is also a professional dance performer and instructor, specializing in Middle Eastern and Polynesian dances.
John has been involved in boxing at Yates since 2006 – first as one of the assistant coaches to the legendary Tom Quinn (C’55 and former NCAA heavyweight champ) and since 2014, running the recreational boxing program. One of the last fighters personally trained by Tom, John is now a USA Boxing-certified coach, but he continues to benefit from the experience of former Georgetown boxer Tony Essaye (also C’55) who often stops by class. John recommends reading Hemingway’s “Fifty Grand” if you want to see what first got him into all this.
Julia joined the Yates Field House team in late 2019 as a Zumba Instructor. A lifelong dancer, she loves to pursue her passion at Georgetown as a choreographer for both her dance team Ritmo y Sabor, and the annual cultural showcase Reventón Latino. She is a Junior in the SFS studying International Politics with a concentration in Foreign Policy & Policy Processes and minors in Spanish and History. She was inspired to get certified in Zumba and join the team by all the fantastic instructors at Yates her Freshman year! When not teaching classes, you can find her working at the Alumni House, exploring DC, or lounging on the lawn!
Group Fitness Instructor
Lane is a proud Hoya alumna (C’12) and started teaching group fitness at Yates in July 2013. She teaches Spinning, P90X, and PiYo. Lane works for the federal government and received her B.A. in Government from Georgetown University and her M.P.S. in Legislative Affairs from the George Washington University. Outside of work and the gym, Lane plays in a competitive skeeball league and takes trips back home to Maine.
Mobility & Flexibility Instructor
Leisha joined the Yates Field House team in July 2019 after attending Yates group fitness classes for several years and completing the GFIT program. She has practiced yoga and mindfulness for over 10 years. Leisha is happiest when reading, exploring, and playing outside. She is an avid hiker, forest bather, and birdwatcher. When not exploring the woods, she might be exploring the waters by
Lisa’s connection with GU began when she arrived as a Freshman for her undergraduate studies at Georgetown’s School of Business Administration. By her Junior year, Lisa was attending GFIT classes, and a few years later (as a 1L at Georgetown University Law Center), was instructing exercise classes at Yates. When Lisa began teaching group fitness, there were limited formats on the schedule, and she immediately gravitated toward High-Impact ‘Aerobics’. Through the years, Lisa has taught a variety of classes – including High/Low Aerobics, Step, Circuit Training, Total Body Conditioning, Cardio/Cross/Core, and HIIT. What has been, and continues to be the common thread in Lisa’s classes are passion, intensity, and most of all, fun! In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening, and taking her workouts outdoors, where she is an avid cyclist, hiker, tennis enthusiast, and yogi.
Maegen joined the Yates Field House team in November of 2014 and has been instructing group fitness classes since 2010. She holds a Group Fitness Instructor certification from ACE, TRX training certification, and Mad Dogg Spinning certification. She thoroughly enjoys teaching Athletic Conditioning, HIIT, Cardio Strength, Total Body Conditioning, and Spinning. Maegen received her BS in Biology/Pre-medical Sciences from Coastal Carolina University and her MS in Public Health from Campbell University. When Maegen isn’t teaching, you can find her trying out new recipes and cuisines, playing with her pup, exploring the great outdoors with her husband, and remodeling her home. A fun fact about Maegen, she met Michael Phelps at a restaurant in Charleston, SC when she was in high school!
Margaret is new to Yates for fall 2019! She is certified in Zumba and is an AFAA Group Fitness Instructor. She loves Zumba because it allows her to share her passion for dance and create a fun, energetic community. Originally from Eugene, OR, Margaret is a sophomore in the College studying Theater and Performance Studies and Justice and Peace Studies.
Maria Fe, or “Mafe” as her friends like to call her, started practicing yoga in 2007. Her initial motivation was to find a way to manage the stresses of graduate school. She fell in love with yoga right away and found (and keeps finding) in yoga a path to heal physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Following her new passion for yoga, she completed the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training in 2011 and the Forrest Yoga Certification Level 2 in 2017. Mafe joined the Yates Field House team in 2015. Ever the scientist, Mafe delights in linking the philosophy of yoga with Western science, and she will share this knowledge in her classes. Outside work, she can be found having fun with her family, cooking or enjoying a cup of coffee.
Originally from the U.K, Melanie joined the team in July 2017. Melanie holds an MBA but says her passion is deep rooted in health and wellness. She is a level 3 Elite Spinning(r) Instructor and has been teaching since 1999. She holds certifications in personal training, Spinpower based training as well as group exercise. Off of the Spinning(r) bike she can be found enjoying family time with her husband, two teenage daughters and two toy poodles. Fun Fact: She is a former National Figure Skating Champion and has trained at the Olympic Training Centre.
Strength & Conditioning/HIIT Instructor
Morgan joined the Yates Field House team in August 2018 and has been instructing group fitness since May 2018. Morgan has been a dancer most of her life which led her to her love of fitness. She enjoys any workout driven by a good beat and loves making playlists for her classes. Her favorite classes to teach are strength and cardio interval classes and Tabata. Morgan is currently a sophomore in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown. Outside of work she can be found exploring D.C., lifting weights, and spending time with friends.
Olivia joined the Yates Field house team in March 2016 as a Yoga instructor. She is also the Assistant Director of Faculty Services for the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. Olivia graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in International Studies and minors in Political Science and French. In her spare time, you can catch Olivia doing yoga, taking a spin class, hiking through Rock Creek Park, or trying a new restaurant. Olivia’s classes offer a safe space to explore your mind, body, and everything in between!
Group Fitness Instructor
Rosemary joined the Yates Field house team over two decades ago and is a certified Zumba instructor. In addition to teaching Zumba classes, Rosemary has taught cardio kickboxing, high-low impact, step and strength classes. Her primary affiliation with the University is a senior leader serving as the Vice President, Institutional Diversity & Equity. Rosemary received her BA and MA degrees from Kent State University and her JD degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Sara discovered yoga at her local gym when she was in high school. What started as a fun fitness class quickly evolved into a therapeutic practice that guides her daily life. Her favorite styles to practice include Vinyasa, Hatha, and Yin Yoga. Yoga brought Sara a huge sense of both physical and mental relief. As a result, she decided to become a yoga teacher in order to help others follow a similar path. She completed her 200 HR teaching certification from Green Tree Yoga & Meditation in Los Angeles and is currently in the process of completing her 300 HR certification at Tranquil Space here in DC. When she is not on her yoga mat, Sara also enjoys practicing AcroYoga, going to concerts, discovering new foods, and spending time with the people she loves.
Sarah joined the Yates Field House team this year after completing her group fitness certification through GFIT. As a long time fitness enthusiast, she can be found rowing, playing ultimate frisbee or running half marathons. Sarah is a sophomore in Georgetown College studying Government, Spanish and Economics. In group fitness classes, she loves to try new and diverse exercises that make working out fun and challenging!
Steve is a Hoya by way of the Law Center, having earned an LLM in Taxation a very long time ago. He has been a Yates member since 1988 and has been a Mad Dogg-certified Spinning instructor at Yates since 2008. By day, Steve is General Counsel for a global consulting company, and in his spare time, enjoys catching live music gigs in various genres at various venues (which explains his eclectic Spinning playlists) and with his wife, doing fun stuff with their two kids – both of whom are recent college graduates and reside locally.
One Step Beyond Instructor
During many years of employment at Georgetown University Hospital, Wendy Steele enjoyed an early morning exercise class at Yates to get her day off to a good start. In 2007 she decided to take advantage of a training class at the gym, and after passing the certification exam for group fitness instructors, she was offered the opportunity to join the teaching staff at Yates to broaden the “older adult” weight training program in the morning by adding an aerobic exercise and core strengthening class. During the August 2018 summer break, Wendy completed her recertification requirements to continue teaching at Yates through the 2018-2019 academic year.