Group Fitness

meet our instructors

 About Our Instructors

All Campus Recreation Group Fitness Instructors are CPR/AED certified, and many hold nationally recognized group fitness certifications. Instructors have previous group fitness leadership experience prior to hiring, or have completed the Campus Recreation in-house Instructor Training Program before instructing.

Meet Our Team

 ARIANNA MEDEMA

HOMETOWN: Streator, IL

CERTIFICATION(S): ACE Certified Health Coach

FAVORITE CLASS TO TEACH: Yoga

FITNESS QUOTE: "True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed, yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn't care about what you have been. Yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be called yoga, its essence must be embodied." -Aadil Palkhivala

FITNESS INSPIRATION: My family and my health. My competitive side came from growing up with four brothers, always playing sports and working out together. Maintaining optimal health, the way I feel after a great workout, is what inspires me to have an active lifestyle today.

WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT ARIANNA: I wrestled in Kids' Club and again my senior year.

BIANCA SAWYER

HOMETOWN: Chicago, IL

CHRISTINE LAGATTOLLA

HOMETOWN: Mt. Prospect, IL

CERTIFICATION(S): PiYo and Svaroopa Yoga Foundations

MAJOR: Masters in Educational Psychology, Bachelors in Physical Education

CLASSES TAUGHT: Yoga and various toning classes

FAVORITE FORM OF EXERCISE: Vinyasa yoga and running

WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT CHRISTINE: I served in the Marine Corps.

Christine Lagattolla

KATELYN MARTIN

HOMETOWN: Petersburg, IL

CERTIFICATION(S): CPR

FAVORITE CLASS TO TEACH: Cardio Pump

FITNESS QUOTE: "The real workout starts when you want to stop."

FITNESS INSPIRATION: My family. They challenge me to be healthy and encourage me when I need it the most!

WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT KATELYN: I played volleyball for about seven years.

MOST EMBARRASSING SONG ON HER PLAYLIST: Party Up -DMX

        Katelyn Martin

KELLY HEPP

HOMETOWN: Chicago, IL

CERTIFICATION(S): Pilates

FITNESS QUOTE: "Take time to do something kind for your mind and body."

FITNESS INSPIRATION: Any yogi. 

WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT KELLY: I'm a black belt in karate!

MOST EMBARRASSING SONG ON HER PLAYLIST: Whitney Houston. Too much Whitney Houston. 

Kelly Hepp

LYNN HERRMANN

HOMETOWN: Park Ridge, IL

CERTIFICATION(S): ACE Group Fitness Instructor, Zumba, TRX, PiYo, MVe Pilates, Bosu

FAVORITE CLASS TO TEACH: I can't choose just one! Each class has different health benefits.

FITNESS QUOTE: "What would you do if you weren't afraid?" (This is true for both fitness and life in general)

FITNESS INSPIRATION: Participants. I've worked with many participants who didn't like exercising or didn't feel comfortable in the gym setting. Group fitness classes helped them to feel comfortable exercising. Participants inspire me when they start by standing in the back of the room and gradually make their way to the front row or even become an instructor.

WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT LYNN: I am learning Italian so that I can speak with my family members in Italy.

MOST EMBARRASSING SONG ON HER PLAYLIST: Macarena for Zumba

Lynn Herrmann

MARY BETH HENNING


HOMETOWN: Lambertville, MI

OCCUPATION: Associate Professor in the College of Education

CERTIFICATION(S): AFAA Group Exercise Instructor

FAVORITE CLASS TO TEACH: Sculpt & Streth and Cycle

FITNESS QUOTE: "You are stronger than you think!"

Mary Beth Henning

 NOELLE MITCHELL

STEPHANIE JONES

Stephanie Jones

Help Wanted!

If you are interested in teaching for Campus Recreation, contact Leanne Kulchawik at 815-753-9421 to set up an interview.

We are looking to hire individuals who:

  • Have experience leading Group Fitness classes
  • Are energetic and motivational
  • Are reliable and responsible
  • Have a passion for fitness and wellness

Become a Group Fitness Instructor