MEET OUR STAFF

Beth Finkle

Beth Finkle

Director

Tower at STAR, 7th Floor | eMail
302-831-4481

Chelsea Finch

Chelsea Finch

Fitness Coordinator

Carpenter Sports Bldg | eMail

Ryan Shuler

Ryan Shuler

Manager

Tower at STAR, 7th Floor | eMail
302-831-2866

Nancy Koller

Nancy Koller

Administrative Assistant

Carpenter Sports Bldg | eMail

Laura Gimbutas

Laura Gimbutas

Wellbeing Coordinator

Carpenter Sports Bldg | eMail

MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

Melissa Alfonso

Melissa Alfonso

Barre Fusion Instructor and Personal Trainer

Bio

Melissa is certified to teach Barre, Pilates, Tabata, and Core.

Milinda Rose Atallian

Milinda Rose Atallian

BODYPUMP and Exercise & Conditioning Instructor

Bio

Milinda currently teaches and coaches at three different facilities, as well as coaching her daughter’s volleyball team. She is certified to teach BODYPUMP, BODYFLOW, Les Mills SPRINT, Spinning, and General group exercise. She enjoys running, Crossfit with her husband, and being the biggest cheerleader possible for all the activities her daughter is involved with. She is passionate about getting people to move and realize their potential in any type of fitness class. Milinda was inspired to teach after becoming a Breast Cancer Survivor. It was important to her to show people that they can not only stay fit, but they can become fit, and even get stronger after battling a disease.

Kristen Benninghoff

Kristen Benninghoff

Zumba Gold Instructor

Bio

Kristin has been teaching Zumba and Zumba Gold classes here at UD for the past 4 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!

Martha Buell

Martha Buell

Instructor

Bio

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.

Andrea Boulden

Andrea Boulden

Yoga Instructor

Bio

Certified yoga instructor, Andrea also is a jewelry designer and loves to paddleboard and boat outside of her practice. She loves watching her students grow and become more in tune with their bodies.

Jacqueline Charlton

Jacqueline Charlton

Yoga Instructor

Bio

Jacqueline has a passion for yoga and a strong desire to teach. Jacqueline’s intention/aspiration for her classes is simply to do her personal best as a yoga teacher—recognizing that some days are good and others are better. She believes that in spite of our deepest struggles, things will get better after an opportunity on the mat. Jacqueline further believes that a lot of internal and external healing occurs in the yoga room. She completed the Empowered Yoga 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program in 2011. She also has additional training in yoga therapy, trauma sensitive yoga, yoga for children, yoga for seniors and chair yoga.

Pamela Cox

Pamela Cox

Zumba & Abs Instructor

Bio

Pamela has a wide realm of certifications from Zumba, Pilates, spin, TRX, HIIT, core, Les Mills GRIT, Les Mills TONE, to OCR training and is the Group Exercise Director of the Bear-Glasgow YMCA branch of Delaware.

Kelsey Cummings

Kelsey Cummings

Group Fitness Instructor

Bio

Kelsey is the Academic Program Coordinator for the UD Honors Program. Inspired to teach 7 years ago, Kelsey was encouraged by an amazing instructor to take her love for yoga to the next level and become an instructor. Her favorite thing about teaching yoga is the energy of all of the students. Each individual is coming from a different place, but can come together and spend some time focusing on their breath and movement all together. Outside of yoga, Kelsey loves spending time with her family in the outdoors, reading, and hiking

Amanda Curry

Amanda Curry

Zumba Instructor

Bio

Amanda is a Theatre teacher at the Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington and an Alumnus of the University of Delaware. Along with singing and acting, Amanda loves to encourage and power others through Zumba. Not only is Zumba insanely fun, but it is an opportunity to meet and connect with a wonderful community of positive people.

Joshua Davis

Joshua Davis

Group Fitness Instructor

Bio

Josh is an Emergency Medicine Doctor who encourages fitness as the key to prevention to health problems in the future. Josh is certified to teach Step, BODYCOMBAT, BODYPUMP, CXWORX, Cycle, Dance, and Boot Camp.

Brenda Denesowicz

Brenda Denesowicz

Cycle HIIT

Bio

Brenda is a certified spin and Les Mills Sprint instructor who currently works as a Certified Clinical Master Herbalist and Birth Doula. Brenda loves to encourage those that are new as well as challenge the regular participant to create a positive energy in all of her classes. Teaching keeps her motivated to be her best healthy self!

Jenna Elliot

Jenna Elliot

Barre Instructor

Bio

Jenna is a student of the University of Delaware, a Middle School Cheer Coach at Caravel Academy, and personal trainer. Jenna loves getting people excited to move, work out, and reach their goals, whether that is in a group fitness class or one on one.

Michael Farnan

Michael Farnan

Train Like an Athlete Instructor and Person Trainer

Bio

Michael is a personal trainer who is an alumnus of the University of Delaware. Michael enjoys working one on one with clients as well as training in small groups.

Chelsea Finch

Chelsea Finch

BODYPUMP and BODYCOMBAT Instructor

Bio

Chelsea is the Fitness Coordinator for the UD Employee Health and Wellbeing Program and is certified to teach BODYPUMP, BODYCOMBAT, GRIT, Zumba, and Cycle. For Chelsea, group fitness to her is one of the most empowering programs to be involved in. As an instructor, you have the power to motivate and challenge participants to give their best absolute effort in everything they do. The best feeling is when you give your energy off to your participants, they give it right back, and all of you realize nothing is stopping you from completing this workout. That community “feel” is what draws Chelsea back each class.

Maryann Quinn-Hendrix

Maryann Quinn-Hendrix

Pilates Instructor

Bio

Maryann is certified to teach Pilates, barre, Les Mills BODYFLOW, Les Mills BARRE, Aerial Yoga, and Meditation. Outside of fitness, Maryann is a paralegal and loves to travel and cook. Her favorite thing about teaching group fitness classes is the opportunity to connect with members and help inspire them on their wellness journey.

Jeremy King

Jeremy King

Yoga and Pilates Instructor

Bio

Jeremy is a current student of the University of Delaware in the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med Program.

Stacie Larkin

Stacie Larkin

Slow Flow Yoga Instructor

Bio

Stacie is a Faculty Developer of the University of Delaware, as well as a Physical Therapist and Health and Wellness Consultant. Outside of work, Stacie loves to ski, kayak, paddleboard, and ice skate. Teaching yoga for Stacie provides a wonderful break in her day to connect with others, breathe, move, and make a positive difference in other people’s lives.

Ricardo Narvaez

Ricardo Narvaez

Group Fitness Instructor

Bio

Ricardo is a yoga, Pilates, and core strength instructor who is a clinical biochemist and Senior Manager at Siemens Diagnostics. His focus is in keeping participants healthy and in their best physical condition. He is inspired by Joseph Pilates, and has been following his practices for over 20 years.

Jennifer Palacio

Jennifer Palacio

Zumba and Barre Instructor

Bio

Jennifer is certified to teach Zumba, Zumba Toning, Aqua Zumba, Zumba Kids, Zumba Step, Cardio Sport, and Barre. Her main focuses in life is her family, health, and fitness and inspiring other to live a healthier lifestyle. Teaching fitness classes is ow a full time job and she encourages her students everyday to know that, “It’s never too late to help others build a better, stronger, healthier version of you!”

Renee Paoli

Renee Paoli

BODYCOMBAT Instructor and Personal Trainer

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Renee is certified to teach BODYCOMBAT, GRIT, barre, TRX, and BODYATTACK and teaches at multiple locations throughout the Hockessin and Newark Area.

Brittany Powers

Brittany Powers

Power Yoga Instructor

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Brittany is the Project Coordinator of Early Childhood Autism Initiatives at UD. While practicing yoga has become a regular self-care activity for Brittany, she strives to help others explore their personal strength and find their inner peace through yoga.

Serita Porter

Serita Porter

Group Fitness Instructor

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Serita is certified to teach Cycle, BODYPUMP, HIIT and Pilates. She became an instructor to assist and motivate others toward a healthful lifestyle that includes resistance training and aerobic exercise.

Gina Reich

Gina Reich

Group Fitness Instructor

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Gina is certified to teach Spin, Step, Pilates, HIIT, and Les Mills CXWORX who works as a personal trainer and the Christiana School District Nutrition Department. The energy from working out with other people, the music, and choreography allow Gina to stay motivated to teach and participate in group fitness classes.

Makenzie Schulz

Makenzie Schulz

Group Fitness Instructor

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Makenzie is a certified Pilates and Yoga instructor who is a full time student in the MBA program with a major in Business Analytics and a part-time virtual project manager. Mak loves seeing her students’ progress each week, and seeing that “Aw-ha” moment when their bodies and minds align to nail the perfect pose!

Jaime Tomlinson

Jaime Tomlinson

Cardio Strength Instructor

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Jaime works as a Research Geologist at the Delaware geological Survey who is certified to teach BODYPUMP and Cycle at the University of Delaware. Her favorite part about teaching is helping members progress in their workouts and surprising themselves, such as moving up in weights or powering all the way through a HIIT set for the first time. Outside of teaching, Jaime loves to garden, cook, bake, and trail run!

Natalie Trait

Natalie Trait

Group Fitness Instructor

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Natalie has been working in the health and wellness industry for the past 18 years in many different facets including the local YMCA, personal training studios, and corporate health and fitness programs. Natalie earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a minor in Nutrition from West Chester University in 2003. Natalie is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through NSCA as well as a Mad Dogg Spinning Instructor. She takes pride motivating members in her classes and helping each and every one to love fitness and reach their personal health goals.

Jackie Vincent

Jackie Vincent

Step & Tone Instructor

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Jackie loves making connections with her participants and playing a part in helping individuals reach their fitness goals. She also specializes in stroller strides (fitness for moms)!

Polly Weir

Polly Weir

Express Cycle and Cardio Strength Instructor

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Polly is the Director of Conference & Event Services at UD and an adjunct professor in Hospitality Business management. With 30 years of fitness class teaching experience, Polly loves to have fun engage with her participants, while also improving their confidence, strength, health, and mindset at the same time.

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