Fitness Instructor Bios
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|Lisa Barnes||Ashley Dias||Sheli Jasterzbski|
|Megan Beers||Carol Gernat||Pam Sheldrick|
|Diana Brown||Jessica Haims||Roseann Loia|
Lisa Barnes is an ACE (American Council on Exercise) certified personal trainer and small business owner. After graduating from the University of Dayton with a Mechanical Engineering degree, she joined the United States Army as an Aviation Officer. Lisa spent 7 years in the Army flying numerous helicopter platforms, but always loved fitness and the “high” that she would get from it. In 2009 Lisa decided to follow her “fitness passion” and become a certified personal trainer. Currently, the services of Lisa Barnes Fitness LLC include in-home 1-on-1 personal training and small group boot camps.
Megan is excited to be bringing Pilates to Drew! Megan has studied Pilates under Pam Sheldrick and teaches Pilates at Studio Yoga. She is also a former ballet dancer who trained at New Jersey Ballet and has received her teacher training certification from American Ballet Theater. Megan teaches adult ballet at the YMCA in Madison and has started her own children’s dance program at the Gibson’s Gym in Washington NJ. She has also received her certification in Floor Barre under Zena Rommett and looks forward to bringing it to the Madison area in the near future. Megan’s class focuses on working pass your limit to help achieve your best self through challenging Pilates matwork exercises. This sometimes includes the use of props like the Pilates ring and hand weights.
Diana is the best accountability partner you will ever have! Her main goal is to make a hard, boring workout the best entertainment you’ve ever had so you keep coming back and achieve those desired results! She was the owner of the former Neighborhood Fit Club in Ridgewood, NJ, she is AFAA certified, and has been dancing, choreographing, cheering, and personal training for many years. She is from Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ and is a graduate of Rutgers University. DBrown (as she’s affectionately known) is also the coach of the Drew Cheerleading Club and if you had an awesome time at Country Line Cardio and you’d like to have this much fun getting in shape on a continuous basis email firstname.lastname@example.org to join!
Jane began practicing yoga in 2001, to relieve problems with a knee injury that resulted from years of long distance running. She has been hooked on yoga ever since. She began weekly Iyengar Yoga classes at Studio Yoga in 2005, entered Teacher Prep in 2006 and has been in the Teacher Workshop Program with Theresa Rowland since 2007.
Jane volunteered her time and taught weekly yoga classes to women from domestic violence shelters through Women Aware of Middlesex County, and to stressed-out mental health counselors and social workers through Catholic Charities in East Brunswick. Currently she teaches classes in Yoga Basics, Open Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, and Plus Size Yoga at both the Madison and Chatham locations of Studio Yoga. Her teaching style reflects her love of yoga and her genuine desire to share its benefits with her students. She has been inspired by, and tries to impart to her student the message of the sage advice, “To Begin Where You Are”.
Ashley got involved in Zumba after taking a class and realized how much fun a workout can be! The music and the upbeat feeling are incredibly contagious! She trained formally in dance for 16 years and danced competitively for 8 years. After college, Zumba was a way for Ashley to get back to dance. Zumba allows participants to get a full body workout by dancing and just having fun. Ashley currently teaches Zumba to her colleagues at work and Curves. Ashley is a Fairleigh Dickinson University graduate with a Bachelor degree in Studio Fine Arts and a Master degree of Art in Teaching. In addition to teaching Zumba, she is also an Art Teacher in the Summit Public Schools.
Jessica Haims was introduced to dance at a very young age studying many styles such as ballet, lyrical, Latin, competitive ballroom, and ultimately fell in love with the oldest form of dance: Belly dancing. She has been studying this ancient art form for over 3 years now and continues to study with renowned teachers. Jessica teaches throughout the NJ area and is enthusiastic about all her classes! She is very experienced with teaching starting out in CT developing dance programs for summer camps, and working with charity organizations that use dance to help children. Throughout the New England area Jessica has performed in restaurants, bars, and at many other events. Jessica is very excited to bring her love for this dance to Drew University for its grace and great exercise!
Carol Gernat, Ph.D. is a staff counselor/psychologist in the McClintock Center for Counseling and Psychological Services who holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. She has worked in the Center since 2004. Prior to her position at Drew, she has experience in corporate and hospital settings.
Drew student and senior, Sheli Jasterzbski, has been a certified fitness instructor since age 19 but has been working out on her own since age 11. Certified through AFAA, Maddog Spinning, and TRX Suspension Training, she has attended various exercise-related workshops over the years. Currently filling the role of an instructor and a guide to perform fitness assessments for new members, Sheli works at two gyms, Woman’s Way Fitness Center of Wayne and LA Fitness of Parsippany. Sheli enrolled in Drew’s intensive TRX I and II senimar as an incoming freshmen when the course was offered, and is now excited to be instructing it. She especially enjoys weightlifting, spinning, pilates, yoga, teaching others, and sharing her passion for fitness.
Following more than twenty years in the corporate world and “aware“ of a change in the path ahead, Roseann’s journey led her to the Starseed Center for Yoga and Wellness in Montclair, New Jersey. At one of New Jersey’s highly regarded traditional schools, she found a sense of “coming home” and knew her life was changing in a very significant way. Upon receiving her certification, her life’s purpose to share the knowledge of yoga was unquestioned.
Teaching yoga is Roseann’s primary vocation. She is passionate about its ability to allow us to live as our truest, whole self. When not teaching or learning about yoga, she enjoys the company of longtime friends, the spiritedness of her niece and nephew, and the pleasures of the everyday. Roseann is grateful for the balance yoga has brought to my life and the opportunity to help others on their own path to wholeness!
Pamela Sheldrick, a resident of Morris Township, has been a fitness instructor for over thirty years. For the past eight years she has specialized in Pilates matwork. Pamela incorporates the use of various props in her classes, including hand weights, resistance bands, mini-stability balls and the Pilates rings. She currently teaches in Madison at Studio Yoga and the YMCA, as well as the Chatham Club and the Somerset Hills YMCA. Pamela is certified by PhysicalMind Institute, New York City.