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.
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 fiancé. 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.
Kellie joined the Yates Field House team in the Summer of 2019 as a yoga instructor and completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Vinyasa with Flow Yoga Center. She enjoys creating classes that build heat and energy and is dedicated to bringing students of all levels thoughtful and inclusive flows. Kellie is both a Georgetown student and staff, working full time in Executive Education at the MSB while a student in the evening MBA program. When she’s not on campus, she enjoys spending time with her partner Peter in their home in SW DC.
Kerry joined the Yates Field House Team in July 2019 after completing her Zumba Fitness Instructor training in the Spring of 2019. She is a sophomore in the College at Georgetown University studying Government and French. After participating in Yates Zumba classes weekly throughout her first year at Georgetown, Kerry was inspired to get certified and begin helping others find the joy that Zumba can bring into your life! When she’s not breaking it down in Zumba classes, either as an instructor or participant, find her balancing her fitness life and love for delicious food while grilling burgers with the Georgetown University Grilling Society!
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.
Lauren began graduate school at Georgetown University in June 2017 and has been a loyal member of Yates Field House ever since! She is new to instructing and very excited to be a part of this group fitness team. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at UVA, and is now working on her Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia at Georgetown. She has always loved attending group fitness classes and says that it’s the perfect stress reliever and confidence booster!
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
Libby joined the Yates Field House team in 2016 after moving to D.C. to start medical school at Georgetown. She found yoga as a runner in high
Lindsey joined the Yates Field House team in August of 2017 as a Zumba instructor. She loves to teach high-energy dance classes with Latin and belly dance technique, and you will never leave her class without a smile on your face! She is currently a student at George Washington University pursuing a BA in Geography and Geographic Information Systems. When not shimmying to her heart’s content, Lindsey enjoys training her dog, spending time outdoors, and visiting farmer’s markets on the weekend throughout DC and Cleveland (her hometown).
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.
Liz joined the Yates Field House team in 2018 as a Health & Wellness Coach and completed her Yoga Teacher Training program in 2019. She found a love for yoga in 2012 when seeking out options for cross-training to help complement her cardio workouts. Liz currently teaches a Vinyasa Flow style of yoga to men and women of all ages, levels and abilities. She values the practice of linking breath to movement as a way to manage stress and stretch the body. Her classes offer an abundance of modifications to ensure that each student’s yoga practice is truly his or her own. When not teaching at Yates, Liz loves running, cycling, hiking, traveling with her husband, and volunteering in her Church community. Through her volunteer efforts, Liz helped establish a series of “positive body image” yoga classes for a local non-profit organization that provides services to help people who struggle with body image issues and related disorders.
Lola joined the Yates Field house team in January of 2020. She is an AFAA certified group fitness instructor with a love for global music. Her favorite format to teach is total body conditioning to high energy music-because she can incorporate a variety of movement into the class for heart-pumping muscle engagement. When she is not teaching, she enjoys traveling, trying new recipes, quality time with family, or curling up with a good book and cup of coffee.
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!
Rachel completed her Barre training with the Rasamaya Barre method with Carrie Tyler. Drawing from a background in ballet and yoga, Rachel likes to incorporate a focus on positivity, breath, posture, and technique in her classes. Rachel loves yoga, and previously was trained in theater, ballet and jazz for many years. Rachel is also a postdoctoral fellow at Georgetown, and her research focuses on how emotions influence our thought processes in academic settings, specifically investigating how math anxiety influences math understanding and performance. When she’s not in lab or at the gym, Rachel enjoys cooking, going on adventures around the DMV (and beyond), theater, and anything that gets her outside.
Rita fell in love with indoor cycling while marathon training during Boston’s snowy winters, and became certified to teach Spinning classes this past March. When she’s not studying in the library, Rita enjoys monument runs, cooking, and exploring new activities around the city with friends. Expect a fun, rhythm-driven class where you’ll be challenged to let loose, laugh, push, sweat, and enjoy the ride!
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.
Sabrina joined the Yates Field House Team in May of 2018 as a group fitness instructor. She is currently a Pre-Med student working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management and Policy at Georgetown University. When Sabrina is not in the Spinning studio, you can find her eating her way through all the best restaurants in DC, walking along the waterfront, or studying in the Bioethics Library.
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!
After attending a variety of group fitness classes and completing the GFIT course at Yates over the past few years, Sarah is excited to join the Group Fitness team this year and begin instructing! She is a current senior studying Neurobiology and minoring in Spanish. She enjoys teaching classes that incorporate a variety of strength moves mixed in with cardio, and you can expect to never be bored but always get a great sweat session in when you take her class! In her free time, Sarah enjoys trying new classes at fitness studios in DC, running, reading, and spending time with her friends.
Older Adult Tone Instructor
Sharon has been involved in the Fitness Industry for over forty years. She joined the Yates Field House team in September 1983 and retired as full-time Fitness Director in May 2005. Her duties as Fitness Director were to design, implement and oversee a fitness program for the Yates membership. She has taught a variety of classes and presently teaches MWF mornings, Older Adult Tone. She has two certifications with the American College of Sports Medicine: Fitness Instructor and Exercise Physiologist. She loves the outdoors and is a passionate hiker and avid cyclist.
Group Fitness/Spin Instructor
Originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, Sheila has been a member of the Georgetown community and Yates Field House for over 15 years. She received an MA and JD from Georgetown, and holds her Group Fitness Instructor certification from AFAA. Sheila specializes in teaching all forms of cardio conditioning including HIIT, Cardio Strength, Total Body Conditioning, and Spinning. In her spare time she can be seen sharing the perfect cocktail with her partner, attending lacrosse and basketball games with their two daughters, chasing squirrels with their pup, and playing a round of golf or two. A fun fact about Sheila, she is the youngest child of eleven!
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.