Group Fitness Instructor Bios

Abigail

Abigail
Spin Instructor
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

Andrea
Yoga Instructor
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!

Ashleigh

Ashleigh
Zumba Instructor
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!

Brittany

Brittany
Spin/P90X/Insanity Instructor
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
Yoga Instructor
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!

Christie

Christie
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)!

Gillian

Gillian
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.

Jacinda
Pilates Instructor
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

John
Boxing Trainer/Instructor
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
Zumba Instructor
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!

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Leisha
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 kayak, or observing the stars from her hammock. Leisha has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Bowling Green State University. She is an AFAA-certified Group Fitness Instructor and an ACE-certified Health Coach. She is currently researching physical activity and cardiovascular disease.

Lisa

Lisa
HIIT/Cardio/TBC Instructor
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
Spin/Cardio-Strength/PLYOGA Instructor
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
Zumba Instructor
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.

Melanie

Melanie
Spin Instructor
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.

Olivia

Olivia
Yoga Instructor
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!

Sara
Yoga/Spin Instructor
Sara joined the Campus Recreation team as a Yoga instructor in January 2018 and as a Spin instructor the following January. She discovered yoga at her local gym back when she was in high school. What started as a fun fitness class quickly evolved into a therapeutic practice that guides her daily life. In 2017, she completed her 200 HR teaching training at Green Tree Yoga & Meditation (now known as The Tree Yoga Cooperative) in Los Angeles. Sara also completed her 300 HR training at Tranquil Space/YogaWorks in 2019 in Washington, DC, followed by a virtual 100 HR training with YogaWorks in 2020. After teaching Yoga at Campus Recreation for a few months, Sara fell in love with Spinning and quickly got certified and auditioned to teach. She enjoys designing classes that are fun and accessible for participants with various experiences and abilities. When she is not teaching, Sara also enjoys practicing handstands, trying new vegan recipes, and spending time with the people she loves.

Steve

Steve
Spin Instructor
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.