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

ANNIE WEBER

HOMETOWN: Albuquerque, NM

CERTIFICATION(S): Les Mills Body Combat

FAVORITE CLASS TO TEACH: Body Combat

FITNESS QUOTE: "The first wealth is health" -Ralph Waldo

FITNESS INSPIRATION: My friend Jen. She was the instructor in the first Body Combat class I ever went to. Her high energy made the class fun, and she was awesome at motivating you to give it your all! The euphoria I felt after those classes, day in and day out, motivated me to take the leap into teaching group fitness. I hope I can inspire participants the way she inspired me.

WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT ANNIE:  I love country music!

MOST EMBARRASSING SONG ON HER PLAYLIST: Larger Than Life -The Backstreet Boys

Annie Weber

 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

CASEY GARVEY

HOMETOWN: Glenview, IL

FAVORITE CLASS TO TEACH: Spin and TRX

FITNESS QUOTE: "If you aren't living your life to the fullest, you are already dead."

FITNESS INSPIRATION: Being able to be physically active with my future kids and grandkids.

WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT CASEY: I am an adrenaline junkie! I will jump out of an airplane with you any day of the week!

MOST EMBARRASSING SONG ON HIS PLAYLIST: You will just have to come to my class and find out!

Casey Garvey

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

DEBORAH BRANDT

HOMETOWN: Pacific Grove, Ca

CERTIFICATION(S): Sunrise Yoga, 200 Hr Yoga

MAJOR: Psychology/Horticulture

FAVORITE CLASS TO TEACH: Hatha Yoga

FITNESS QUOTE: "It is not arrogant or egotistical to feel good inside. You have nothing to do with it. It's simply the honest response to clearly perceived Reality." -Erich Schiffman

FITNESS INSPIRATION: Erich Schiffman; he's a down-to-earth Yoga instructor.

WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT DEBBIE: I have started showing my Japanese Kai Ken dog.

MOST EMBARRASSING SONG ON HER PLAYLIST: Deep South -Layo & Bushwacka

Deborah Brandt

JEN BESHANSKY

HOMETOWN: Mokena, IL

CERTIFICATION(S): Les Mills Body Combat and Spin

MAJOR: Masters in Sport Management

FAVORITE CLASS TO TEACH: I love a good spin class, but I am a combat warrior at heart!

FITNESS QUOTE: " No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everyone on the couch!"

Jen Beshansky

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

LIZZY DE GUIA

HOMETOWN: Lancaster, CA

CERTIFICATION(S): CPR & First Aid

FAVORITE CLASS TO TEACH: Cardio Pump

FITNESS QUOTE: "You're only one workout away from a good mood."

FITNESS INSPIRATON: No specific person inspires me, but I am inspired by people who truly push themselves in their workouts.

WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT LIZZY: I can walk on my hands!

MOST EMBARRASSING SONG ON HER PLAYLIST: What Makes You Beautiful -One Direction

       Lizzy de Guia

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

SARITA AGUIRRE

HOMETOWN: St. Paul, MN

CERTIFICATION(S): Les Mills Body Combat

FAVORITE CLASS TO TEACH: Body Combat

FITNESS QUOTE: "Half your workout is between your ears; when your brain says 'No!' your heart says 'Go!'"

FITNESS INSPIRATION: Becky, the trainer who ran the Body Combat certification training I attended. She was incredibly motivational and genuinely cared about helping us become the best instructors we could be so that we can motivate others. 

WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT SARITA: I absolutely love Halloween and spooky things! One of my guilty pleasures is to watch those crazy ghost hunting shows. I just can't help myself, they fascinate me!

MOST EMBARRASSING SONG ON HER PLAYLIST: Honestly, I don't have "embarrassing" songs on my workout playlist. I listen to rock and heavy metal when I workout, like Metallica or Godsmack, or plug my headphones into the TV. So I don't have anything too scandalous to divulge for this one!

Sarita Aguirre

SHAINA KALANGES

SHEVONN DAMPER

SOPHIE FORCIOLI

HOMETOWN: Rockford, IL

CERTIFICATION(S): Group Fitness

FAVORITE CLASS TO TEACH: 3D Abs

FITNESS QUOTE: "If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you." 

FITNESS INSPIRATION: My dad. He turned 50 this year and has been running marathons ever since he was in his 20's. He has ran fifteen NYC Marathons and numerous others. I would love to run a full marathon with him sometime soon if I get the time to train!

WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT SOPHIE: I backpacked across Europe with my older brother in summer 2013!

MOST EMBARRASSING SONG ON HER PLAYLIST: One Time -Justin Bieber

Sophie Forcioli

STEPHANIE JONES

Stephanie Jones

Help Wanted!

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

We are looking to hire individuals who:

  • Have their personal training certifications or are working toward their certifications
  • Are energetic and motivational
  • Are reliable and responsible
  • Have a passion for fitness and wellness

Become a Group Fitness Instructor