MEET OUR WELLBEING TEAM

MEET OUR STAFF

Beth Finkle

Beth Finkle

Director

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

Jess Pieper

Jess Pieper

Wellbeing Coordinator

125 Carpenter Sports Building
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Ryan Shuler

Ryan Shuler

Associate Director

Tower at STAR, 7th Floor
Email 302-831-2866

Jen Muzzi

Jen Muzzi

Nutrition Outreach Coordinator

Tower at STAR, 7th Floor
Email 302-831-1224

Laura Gimbutas

Laura Gimbutas

Wellbeing Coordinator

125 Carpenter Sports Bldg
Email | 302-831-7425

Nancy Koller

Nancy Koller

Administrative Assistant

125 Carpenter Sports Bldg
Email | 302-831-8388

Chelsea Finch

Chelsea Finch

Fitness Coordinator

127 Carpenter Sports Bldg
Email | 302-831-1437

Kristin Garibaldi

Administrative Assistant

125 Carpenter Sports Bldg
Email | 302-831-8388

MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS 

Melissa Alfonso

Melissa Alfonso

Core Conditioning Instructor and Personal Trainer

Bio

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

Milinda Rose Atallian

Milinda Rose Atallian

BODYPUMP, Exercise & Conditioning, and SPRINT 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.

Bridget Baldwin

Bridget Baldwin

BODYPUMP, GRIT, & BODYCOMBAT Instructor

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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!

Herbert Bell

Herbert Bell

Tai Chi Instructor

Bio

Herbert is certified Health Coach and Tai Chi Chuan Instructor, as well as Environmental, Health, Safety & Sustainability Consultant.  Herbert loves to see students connect the “Breath” with the “Movements” eventually receiving the health benefits from their Tai Chi/Qigong practice.

Andrea Boulden

Andrea Boulden

Yoga 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.

Ben Brewer

Ben Brewer

BODYPUMP Instructor

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Ben is a certified Body Pump instructor; he also works as a Data Analyst for the College of Health Sciences. When he’s not teaching group fitness or staring at hundreds of lines of code, he enjoys running, lifting, and playing tennis. As a Pump instructor, his biggest goals are to make people smile and feel good about their workouts.

Martha Buell

Martha Buell

Zumba 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.

Aude Cardona

Aude Cardona

Yoga Instructor

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Kelsey Cummings

Kelsey Cummings

Yoga 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

Isabella Hsiao

Isabella Hsiao

Zumba Instructor

Bio
Morissa Mercaldo

Morissa Mercaldo

Vinyasa Yoga Instructor

Bio

Morissa has been practicing yoga for more than twenty years, and began teaching yoga because it is a unique, versatile, and empowering medium for the mind and physical body.  Outside of her practice, you can find Morissa teaching grammar and composition to middle school students. Come join Morissa for Vinyasa on Thursdays where you can become more mindful, strong, and at ease.

Brenda Denesowicz

Brenda Denesowicz

SPRINT Instructor

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!

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.

Chelsea Finch

Chelsea Finch

BODYPUMP, BODYCOMBAT, GRIT and SPRINT 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.

Stacie Larkin

Stacie Larkin

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.

Amjed Hallak

Amjed Hallak

BODYPUMP and GRIT Instructor

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Jessica Ruggieri

Jessica Ruggieri

BODYPUMP, SPRINT, and GRIT Instructor

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Bianca Nagy

Bianca Nagy

Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer

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Christine Shaw

Christine Shaw

Yoga Instructor

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Kristin Lepley

Kristin Lepley

Cycle, BODYPUMP, and SPRINT instructor

Bio
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

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 & Core Conditioning Instructor and Personal Trainer

Bio

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

Cherish Warner

Cherish Warner

Yoga Instructor

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Amy Thomas

Amy Thomas

BODYCOMBAT Instructor

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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.

Diane Goldsmith

Diane Goldsmith

Yoga Instructor

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Diane joined UD in 2016, and is an Administrative Assistant in IT. A UD trained LGBTQ Ally and Women’s Caucus Executive Board Member, she is passionate about advocating for positive change for women on campus and beyond.  Diane has been teaching yoga since 2012.  An all-levels teacher, Diane specializes in Yoga for Athletes, Beginners Yoga and Yoga for Recovery. Diane is a regularly featured yoga teacher at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover DE since 2015. 

Susan Storm

Susan Storm

SPRINT, BODYPUMP, and Barre Instructor

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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!

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)!

MEET OUR PERSONAL TRAINERS

Bridget Baldwin

Bridget Baldwin

BODYPUMP, GRIT, & BODYCOMBAT Instructor; Personal Trainer

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Bianca Nagy

Bianca Nagy

Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer

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Alexander Armstrong

Alexander Armstrong

Personal Trainer

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Corey DeShields

Corey DeShields

Personal Trainer

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Connie Hewitt

Connie Hewitt

Personal Trainer

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Renee Paoli

Renee Paoli

BODYCOMBAT & Core Conditioning Instructor and Personal Trainer

Bio

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

Sandeep Patel

Sandeep Patel

Personal Trainer

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EMPLOYEE HEALTH & WELLBEING

CONTACT

Carpenter Sports Building

26 N College Ave Room 125, Newark DE 19716
P: (302) 831-8388 wellbeing@udel.edu

Hours

Monday-Thursday: 5 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday: 5 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat-Sun: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS 

MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS