Our wellness and gym trainers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines. They know how to make your workouts safe, FUN and effective! Meet our trainers:
“Our team and our facility can change your life!”
Kendra graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. She is a certified Exercise Physiologist (EP) through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and a certified instructor in Mad Dogg Spinning. After graduating with a degree in Exercise Science, Kendra realized how diverse her options would be at the WRCWC, and joined the Center in 2006. Kendra loves what she does for the Center because it gives her the opportunity to make a difference in individuals’ lives every day.
Marissa obtained her undergraduate degree from California University of Pennsylvania, where she was introduced to Pilates and Indoor Cycling to keep her healthy and active. Loving how Pilates challenged her mind and body, she was inspired and took a more involved approach, gaining Basic & Advanced certifications in Mat and Reformer Pilates through IM=X Pilates. For the past 8 years, Marissa has dedicated herself as a full time fitness instructor and business owner. Through the years, Marissa has expanded her fitness knowledge and certifications to include NAFC Group Fitness, Pilates Tower, Chair, Barre, and Keiser Cycling. Marissa is a passionate instructor who fuels her competitive spirit by helping others challenge themselves and break through their personal fitness goals.
Chad Tokarski is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a minor in fitness. While attending Pitt, he was a personal trainer for three years. Chad has a strong passion for sports performance, working with future athletes and team sports. Along with Chad’s experience in the fitness world, he is also a member of the United States Air Force with the 171st air refueling wing in the pa national guard. He serves as a staff sergeant in avionics communication and navigation. While Chad is not working, he enjoys lifting, golfing, swimming, and team sports such as basketball, baseball and football
Katie earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Exercise Science and her Bachelors of Art Degree in Physical Education from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio in 2008. During college, Katie started teaching group exercise classes and earned her Primary Group Exercise Certification through AFAA (American Fitness and Aerobics Association). Upon graduation, she became a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and a certified Kettlebell Cardio Instructor (KBC). Katie is also a certified EXOS Performance Specialist .Katie enjoys working with clients of all ages and populations. Her training specialties include Power Lifting, Weight Loss, Chronic Conditions, Obstacle Course Prep, and Marathon Prep. Katie enjoys competing and has competed in 5K’s, 10K’s, half marathons, and mud races.
Valerie graduated from Marywood University with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. She is a Certified Personal Trainer through the America Council on Exercise (ACE) as well as a Licensed Massage Therapist. While attending Marywood University, Valerie was a part of the swim team. After graduating from Marywood, she quickly jumped into corporate wellness and instantly loved it. While working, Valerie wanted to continue to learn about the human body, especially the muscles, which motivated her to obtain a license in massage therapy. Valerie’s background as a collegiate athlete, certified personal trainer, and licensed massage therapist exemplifies her passion for human movement and performance. Valerie believes in order to achieve a healthier lifestyle, you have to enjoy doing it. She loves working with her clients to create an individualized program that is fun as well as challenging.
Jackson graduated from West Virginia University with a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science. (Let’s goooo Mountaineers!) He has been a trainer since 2006 and is a Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP) through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and an EXOS-certified Performance Specialist (XPS). Jackson recently added a Pilates Reformer certification to expand his personal training abilities. Jackson feels that proper squats (his favorite exercise) are essential for everyone whether it be for sports, work or daily activities. One of his many specialties is training high school athletes. He has had clients go on to play football in Division I-AA, and Division I baseball. Jackson believes that everyone has a little athlete inside, regardless of their age or ability, because being an athlete is more mental than anything. Jackson himself has trained for semi-pro football, sprint triathlons, half marathons, and two body building competitions. He always has an end goal in mind when he is working out, and that is how he trains and motivates members here at the center. He is committed to seeing people reach their fitness goals.
Lynn turned to Pilates in 1999 for relief from lower back pain. Not only did she permanently eliminate her pain, she felt so much stronger and more energized that she soon began training to become an instructor through PHI Pilates. She has now taught all levels of Pilates for the last 16 years, including personal training, and is studying for a certification through the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). Lynn also has participated in several PHI produced instructional DVDs.
Erin discovered her love of exercise at age 11 as she followed along to her mother’s step aerobics DVDs. She began her fitness teaching journey as a Johnny G. Spinning instructor 15 years ago. Since then she has expanded her teaching to include boot camp, circuit training, strength, core and yoga. She received her boot camp training through IDEA Health & Fitness Association and achieved her Yoga Fitness Instructor Level II certification from the American Fitness Professionals Association (AFPA). She also received her Personal Training Certification through AFPA in 2013. She believes in five quadrants for optimum fitness health: cardio, strength training, healthy eating, stretching (yoga) and finding the joy while doing it!
“Exercise is the best form of medicine.”
Stephanie received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and an EXOS Fitness Specialist. Stephanie’s interest in fitness began at a young age participating in numerous sports. She has a strong passion for helping people reach their goals and working to improve all aspects of health including mind, body, and spirit. Her extensive education heavily lies in working with adult populations and individuals with chronic disease. She has experience working in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation settings along with the general population to help with weight loss and general fitness. As a personal trainer, Stephanie’s main goal is to provide her clients with the tools they need to live a better lifestyle and for them to see exercise as fun and beneficial. She has a strong belief that you can do anything you set your mind to with hard work and perseverance. Stephanie enjoys hiking and any other activity that involves the outdoors.
Shane graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. He holds certifications as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as EXOS certifications as a Performance Specialist and Fitness Specialist. Shane has had several health and fitness experiences from working at the collegiate level with the Pitt men’s and women’s basketball team to an internship with Allegheny Health Network Sports Performance working with diverse populations such as developing youth, teens, active adults, professional athletes, and those with chronic conditions. He aims to help his clients not only reach peak performance, but become healthier individuals that can maintain a superb quality of life. Shane believes that while exercising can be tough, everyone can do some form of it and ultimately it should be enjoyable in order to see the greatest results.
“Let it make you stronger, not bitter.”
Kortlyn graduated from Waynesburg University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). While attending Waynesburg University, she participated in both Women’s Basketball and Lacrosse. Kortlyn’s athletic background has shaped her into a lifelong competitor, striving to challenge all those she comes into contact with to work towards their athletic and health and fitness goals. Kortlyn has experience in many fitness settings, including Athletic Performance, Power Lifting, Strength, Speed and Agility and Injury Rehabilitation. Kortlyn believes that as a trainer she should never ask a client to perform an exercise that she herself cannot execute. She challenges herself and her clients to grow continually in mind, body and spirit.
Jamie Udeze is a graduate from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. He is a Certified Personal Trainer through American Council of Exercise (ACE) and an EXOS Fitness Specialist. Jamie’s passion for fitness started in middle school participating in sports such as basketball, football, track and field. He still stays active by lifting weights, playing basketball, and various types of exercise to challenge himself. Jamie’s training specialty includes strength & conditioning, weight loss, and functional training. Jamie’s main focus is to help people work towards their goals, become healthier individuals, and improve overall quality of life!
“I have never seen a wild thing sorry for itself. A bird will fall frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.”
Kenny graduated from Waynesburg University with a degree in Exercise Science. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and an EXOS-certified Performance Specialist (XPS). Kenny joined the Wellness Center team in 2012. His training specialties include Athletic Performance, Weight Loss, Chronic Conditions, Power Lifting, and Strength. Kenny has many favorite activities including hiking, kayaking, Frisbee golf, hunting, swimming, biking, reading books, woodworking, and watching movies.
“Let the possibilities inspire you more than the obstacles discourage you.”
Ralph Marston Bill attended and played football for Malone University in Canton, Ohio, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Adult Fitness. He continued his education at Kent State University, where he received his master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and is currently in the final stages of a second master’s degree in Nutrition and Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology. Bill also obtained certifications as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist, USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach, Functional Movement Screen practitioner, and Personal Trainer. The drive for his educational pursuits comes from his passion to help all people reach any performance or health goal they have. Bill believes that the focus of all training is movement. Some want to increase the amount of movement they can perform, the strength and speed of particular movements or use movements to increase general health and reduce pain. Working as a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, and in physical rehab, settings have given Bill the experience to help all people become better, regardless of where they start from.
“This hurts me more than it does you!”
Butch graduated in 2014 from IUP with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. He is a Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP) through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and an EXOS-certified Performance Specialist (XPS). Butch takes great pride in being a trainer and makes it his personal goal to ensure that each of his clients feel accomplished every day. He says that getting the opportunity to change someone’s lifestyle into a healthy one is the most rewarding thing he could ask for. His training specialties include Weight Loss, Strength, Flexibility and Balance. Butch’s hobbies include Tough Mudder races and marathons; he enjoys any challenges he can find.