MEET OUR STAFF

Beth Finkle

Beth Finkle

Director

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Ryan Shuler

Ryan Shuler

Manager

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Mary Justice

Mary Justice

Administrative Assistant

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Katerina Suda

Katerina Suda

Graduate Assistant

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MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

Kristen Benninghoff

Kristen Benninghoff

Zumba Instructor

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Kristin has been teaching Zumba and Zumba Gold classes here at UD for the past 3 years. She also teaches Zumba at the Bear-Glasgow YMCA. Kristin is the Senior Associate Director of the UD Honors Program and proud Blue Hen alum!
Andrea Boulden

Andrea Boulden

Vinyasa Flow Instructor

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Vinyasa flow is designed to build strength and flexibility.  On my mat I felt challenged and often humbled; off my mat I began to feel stronger and more confident – a lovely balance of strength and ease. In an effort to deepen my practice and understanding of yoga, I completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program guided by Yogi Susan Smith, founder of One-Yoga. Through the YTT program I gained so much more than teaching skills- I learned how to live consciously in the present moment- which I strive to do daily, through asana practice, meditation and breath awareness. In my classes, I encourage my students to greet their mat each day with an attitude of self-acceptance and gratitude. For it is in honoring our bodies that we can begin to see and embrace the unique gifts that this life has given us.
Martha Buell

Martha Buell

Instructor

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Martha has been at the University for 20 years and is a Professor in Human Development and Family Studies, and the Director of the Delaware Institute of Excellence in Early Childhood. Martha teaches Zumba and Aqua Zumba.
Gwen Gerety Hayes

Gwen Gerety Hayes

Instructor

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Gwen’s interest in yoga began as a pre-teen. She began seriously practicing as an adult, to complement marathon running and weight training, about 20 years ago.   After receiving a certification as a personal trainer in 1998 from ACE (American Council on Exercise), she took her first teacher training course primarily as continuing education for her certification in 2005 with Yogafit™, a vinyasa style of yoga, and began teaching yoga the following summer in a small studio in Redondo Beach, California.  She completed her 200 hour certification with Yogafit™ in December 2008 and completed 500 hours certification in 2013, having had over 1,000 hours of teaching as of 2010

Yoga is Gwen’s passion.  She enjoys reading and sharing yoga history and philosophy.  For her, yoga is more than physical exercise but a spiritual journey.  She loves to share the spiritual dimension of the practice in her classes and invites students to participate in this deeper sense of what yoga truly is:  union, with one’s self, with every human being and with the Spirit that unites us all.

Serita Porter

Serita Porter

Instructor

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Seritan has a Master’s in Public Policy and is a health professions advisor at the University of Delaware’s Center for Premedical and Health Profession Studies. Her interests include chronic disease and behavioral health, particularly nutrition consumption and physical activity. She teaches UD Cycle, BODYPUMP, Pilates, HIIT formats, Cardio Sport, and Kettlebell. She is also certified in TRX.
Jaime Tomlinson

Jaime Tomlinson

Advanced Instructor

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I work at UD as a geologist with the Delaware Geological Survey. I have been teaching for Employee Wellness in my spare time since 2013. In addition to the mixed format cardio/strength classes that I lead for Wellness, I’m also an advanced instructor in Les Mills BodyPump.  My favorite teaching moments are when participants surprise themselves and do things they didn’t think they were capable of when they first started coming to class.  I like taking fitness classes almost as much as I enjoy teaching them, and am around the Lil Bob in some capacity most days of the week.  I’m also an avid road and trail runner and I am a setter for my two co-ed volleyball leagues. When I’m not finding a way to break a sweat, I’m either working in my veggie garden and cooking/canning summer’s bounty, or I’m buried in a novel.
Polly Weir

Polly Weir

Fitness Instructor

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Polly Weir, who is also the director of conference and event services at UD, has been a fitness instructor for several decades.  She and her husband, Bob, owned Body Tech Fitness Center for over 10 years.  Polly currently teaches a variety of classes at the Paladin Club in Wilmington, including high intensity interval training, Tabata, circuit training and kick boxing.  Polly teaches Cardio Strength at UD.  This class combines the principles behind all of her other classes and it is tailored to accommodate all fitness levels.  When not working or teaching fitness classes, Polly enjoys yoga, hiking, running and volunteering for various causes.
Diane Rogers

Diane Rogers

Yoga Instructor

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Diane Rogers, ERYT-200, completed her training with One-Yoga in Middletown, DE.  Diane is a lifelong learner, continually improving her yoga education with esteemed teachers such as Tao Porchon-Lynch and Susan Smith. She is also an undergraduate student at West Chester University, studying Exercise Science and Communications.

Diane took her first yoga class in 2006, and was hooked immediately – challenged both physically and mentally by the power of the practice. Yoga quickly became her primary form of exercise and relaxation. Diane teaches vinyasa style power yoga, yoga for athletes and gentle flow yoga accompanied by loving physical and verbal assists. She believes that yoga is a gift that transforms lives, and brings inner peace and overall health to all. Diane’s classes provide a fun mix of challenging postures, invigorating breath work, and meditative stretching. She is dedicated to helping students understand their bodies’ anatomical freedoms and limitations, to live each day fully present, and to breathe.

Kelsey Cummings

Kelsey Cummings

Yoga Instructor

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Kelsey is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. She completed a 200 hour training in 2013 and has been teaching yoga ever since. She started her journey with yoga as she was completing her Master’s Degree in Sociology at UD. Kelsey was a UD undergrad and graduate student, and now works in the UD Honors Program as an advisor and program coordinator. She loves UD!

Kelsey’s background in yoga in rooted in exercise science and safe movement principles. She wants her students to learn how to move safely and take the skills they learn with her into any movement or fitness classes in which they participate. Her classes focus on improving kinesthetic body awareness, deepening into more purposeful breath, and increasing one’s mindfulness in not only their movement but also their thought. Kelsey wants to dispel the myth that yoga is about stretching – it is about strengthening the body and the mind!

MEET OUR TRAINERS

Angelina Seeney

Angelina Seeney

Fitness Trainer

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“It seems impossible until it’s done” To me, exercise isn’t just about staying fit and healthy. It’s about building confidence and strength. There’s nothing more empowering than conquering a tough workout. The grueling final rep, the burning ache of that last mile – it’s what I live for! Together, you and I will push past the walls holding you back. You WILL accomplish your fitness goals – it’s all in the mindset! I will be there to help you along the way.

In my free time I like to lift weights, do yoga, go to the beach, go for bike rides, and play with my dog Brody! I also enjoy hanging out with friends, watching Netflix/random movies with my roommates, cooking, going on adventures, and reading!

Claire Romaine

Claire Romaine

Fitness Trainer

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Claire is a UD Senior majoring in Exercise Science and minoring in Coaching Science and Strength and Conditioning. She is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and a Cycling Fusion Certified Cycling instructor.

She is a dedicated athlete, avid runner and enjoys participating in 5ks, 10ks, half marathons, and triathlons. Claire looks forward to sharing her passion and motivating others to stay fit by working out and living a healthy lifestyle.

Katarina Suda

Katarina Suda

Fitness Trainer

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I graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Behavior Science and am currently pursuing a Master’s in Health Promotion. I’m working with Employee Health & Wellness as their Graduate Assistant. My fitness philosophy has always been to push yourself beyond your limits. You tend to be stronger than you think! My fitness interests are in high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and Tabata workouts.

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