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

MEET OUR VIRTUAL GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTORS 

Christine Shaw

Christine Shaw

Vinyasa Yoga Instructor

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Christine has been in the fitness industry since 1984 and teaching Yoga since 1998. She has a 500hr Yoga Teacher Training Certification and is a Level 1 Yoga Therapist. She has training in reiki, energy exercise, group exercise and spiritual leadership certification. Christine is owner of a yoga studio and creator of YES- Yoga for Emotional Support. Her favorite thing about teaching yoga is guiding people to heal and to feel and be their best. She enjoys teaching dynamic flow classes that suit each individual on that day!

Milinda Rose Atallian

Milinda Rose Atallian

BODYPUMP & BODYFLOW Instructor

Bio

Milinda currently teaches and coaches at three different facilities, and enjoys the different nuances of each establishment. She is a certified personal trainer through ACE, as well as a general group exercise instructor.  She is also certified to teach BODYPUMP, BODYFLOW, Les Mills SPRINT and has just completed the BODYCOMBAT training.  Milinda is also certified to teach Spinning and CardioSport.  Her passion for teaching came after she survived Breast Cancer.  It was important for her to motivate others who have gone through, or are going through any type of illness, to keep moving forward.

Isabella Hsiao

Isabella Hsiao

Zumba Instructor

Bio

Isabella is currently a Spanish and Health Behavioral Science Double Major at the University of Delaware. She has been teaching Zumba since 2018 and absolutely loves teaching because every class feels like a dance party!

Martha Buell

Martha Buell

Zumba Toning 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.

Amy Thomas

Amy Thomas

BODYCOMBAT Instructor

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Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of Delaware with a minor in Biology.  Besides her career in Sports Medicine treating athletic injuries, she has been in the fitness industry for the last 19 years as an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and ACE Personal Trainer.  The energy and drive in group fitness sparked her on a path to motivate others and is certified to teach Les Mills BodyPump, BodyCombat, and BodyAttack.  To her, there is no better feeling then teaching a high energy class that leaves everyone feeling successful and accomplishing more than they thought they could

Jennifer Palacio

Jennifer Palacio

Pilates Tone Instructor

Bio

Jennifer has been teaching in the Group Fitness industry since 2009 for local gyms in the area and the City of Newark. She is certified and licensed in different formats such as Pilates, Barre, Cardio Sport, Zumba, Zumba Toning, Strong by Zumba, Aqua Zumba.  She feels it’s always important to connect with her students as she inspires them on their fitness journey.  She enjoys giving back to others by organizing various fundraising events in her community and likes to work with special needs individuals. Her hobbies include running, biking and training for half and full marathons.

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Chelsea Finch

Chelsea Finch

BODYCOMBAT, GRIT CARDIO, & CXWORX 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.

Renee Paoli

Renee Paoli

GRIT CARDIO & Barre Instructor

Bio

Renee has been teaching group exercise for 20 years and has been a personal trainer for 6 years.  She loves connecting with members through music and movement and motivating them to be their best self. Her favorite quote is “Workout because you love your body, not because you hate it.”

Cherish Warner

Cherish Warner

Yoga 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.  She began teaching fitness classes for UD in 2011 and is certified in BODYPUMP, HIIT, and Cycle.  Jaime discovered group exercise as a graduate student at UD and was immediately hooked on the energy, motivation, socialization and workout variety that comes with fitness classes.  Her favorite part about teaching is helping members progress in their workouts and surprising themselves by achieving new milestones.  Outside of teaching, Jaime loves to garden, cook, bake, hike and trail run!

Polly Weir

Polly Weir

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.

Jen Muzzi

Jen Muzzi

Yoga Break Instructor

Yoga Break Instructor

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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.

MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS 

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

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.

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

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.

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

Milinda Rose Atallian

Milinda Rose Atallian

BODYPUMP, Strength & Conditioning, and SPRINT Instructor

Bio

Milinda currently teaches and coaches at three different facilities, and enjoys the different nuances of each establishment. She is a certified personal trainer through ACE, as well as a general group exercise instructor.  She is also certified to teach BODYPUMP, BODYFLOW, Les Mills SPRINT and has just completed the BODYCOMBAT training.  Milinda is also certified to teach Spinning and CardioSport.  Her passion for teaching came after she survived Breast Cancer.  It was important for her to motivate others who have gone through, or are going through any type of illness, to keep moving forward.

Bridget Baldwin

Bridget Baldwin

BODYPUMP, GRIT, & BODYCOMBAT Instructor

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Bridget is an instructor of all trades! She teaches BODYPUMP, BODYSTEP, BODYATTACK, BODYCOMBAT, GRIT, cycling, bootcamps, TRX, circuit training, and free-style step. Outside group fitness certifications, she is also an ACE certified personal trainer and ACE certified Orthopedic Exercise Specialist. Bridget’s Bachelor’s Degree is in Physical Education Studies with a concentration in Fitness Management and a biology minor.  

Bridget has played sports her whole life and has had a gym membership since before she had her driver’s license.  She was on the Crew team at UD and has completed half-marathons, sprint triathlons, numerous mud runs, and obstacle course races. She also competed as a professional bodybuilder for 3 years.  Bridget has a passion for lifting, but her fitness philosophy is that “We should all be striving to get through this life with as few physical limitations as possible. Sometimes that’s about working harder, sometimes it’s about working smarter – but always it’s about evolving our training to meet ourselves at our current fitness level and keep improving on what we’ve got!”

 

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!

Isabella Hsiao

Isabella Hsiao

Zumba Instructor

Bio

Isabella is currently a Spanish and Health Behavioral Science Double Major at the University of Delaware. She has been teaching Zumba since 2018 and absolutely loves teaching because every class feels like a dance party!

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 certified yoga instructor and has been teaching yoga classes since 2012 for a variety of populations from older adults, people who are blind, to young competitive figure skaters. Her classes at UD are primarily a slow flow, with a focus on alignment and breath. She incorporates a mix of poses that address strength, mobility and balance. She enjoy teaching classes that are accessible to anyone and yet challenging to all. Teaching yoga allows her to integrate my skills and knowledge as an educator and a physical therapist to lead a practice that is purposeful in design.

 

Cherish Warner

Cherish Warner

Yoga Instructor

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Amy Thomas

Amy Thomas

BODYCOMBAT, Strength & Conditioning, and Cardio Strength Instructor

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Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of Delaware with a minor in Biology.  Besides her career in Sports Medicine treating athletic injuries, she has been in the fitness industry for the last 19 years as an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and ACE Personal Trainer.  The energy and drive in group fitness sparked her on a path to motivate others and is certified to teach Les Mills BodyPump, BodyCombat, and BodyAttack.  To her, there is no better feeling then teaching a high energy class that leaves everyone feeling successful and accomplishing more than they thought they could

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. 

Renee Paoli

Renee Paoli

BODYCOMBAT & Core Conditioning Instructor and Personal Trainer

Bio

Renee has been teaching group exercise for 20 years and has been a personal trainer for 6 years.  She loves connecting with members through music and movement and motivating them to be their best self. Her favorite quote is “Workout because you love your body, not because you hate it.”

Jaime Tomlinson

Jaime Tomlinson

Cardio Strength Instructor

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Jaime works as a Research Geologist at the Delaware geological Survey.  She began teaching fitness classes for UD in 2011 and is certified in BODYPUMP, HIIT, and Cycle.  Jaime discovered group exercise as a graduate student at UD and was immediately hooked on the energy, motivation, socialization and workout variety that comes with fitness classes.  Her favorite part about teaching is helping members progress in their workouts and surprising themselves by achieving new milestones.  Outside of teaching, Jaime loves to garden, cook, bake, hike and trail run!

Jennifer Palacio

Jennifer Palacio

Barre Instructor

Bio

Jennifer has been teaching in the Group Fitness industry since 2009 for local gyms in the area and the City of Newark. She is certified and licensed in different formats such as Pilates, Barre, Cardio Sport, Zumba, Zumba Toning, Strong by Zumba, Aqua Zumba.  She feels it’s always important to connect with her students as she inspires them on their fitness journey.  She enjoys giving back to others by organizing various fundraising events in her community and likes to work with special needs individuals. Her hobbies include running, biking and training for half and full marathons.

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Jessica Ruggieri

Jessica Ruggieri

BODYPUMP, SPRINT, and GRIT Instructor

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Jess has been a fitness instructor since 2008 and a Les Mills coach since 2012. Her full time gig is right here on campus within the Development & Alumni Relations Office. Jess is a UD alumnae with a Masters in Health Promotion as well as a Nationally Certified Health Coach. Her passion is to help others live better! If you don’t find her at work or in the gym, she is probably either watching football or reading on the beach depending on the season!

Christine Shaw

Christine Shaw

Yoga Instructor

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Christine has been in the fitness industry since 1984 and teaching Yoga since 1998. She has a 500hr Yoga Teacher Training Certification and is a Level 1 Yoga Therapist. She has training in reiki, energy exercise, group exercise and spiritual leadership certification. Christine is owner of a yoga studio and creator of YES- Yoga for Emotional Support. Her favorite thing about teaching yoga is guiding people to heal and to feel and be their best. She enjoys teaching dynamic flow classes that suit each individual on that day!

MEET OUR PERSONAL TRAINERS

Bridget Baldwin

Bridget Baldwin

BODYPUMP, GRIT, & BODYCOMBAT Instructor; Personal Trainer

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Bridget is an instructor of all trades! She teaches BODYPUMP, BODYSTEP, BODYATTACK, BODYCOMBAT, GRIT, cycling, bootcamps, TRX, circuit training, and free-style step. Outside group fitness certifications, she is also an ACE certified personal trainer and ACE certified Orthopedic Exercise Specialist. Bridget’s Bachelor’s Degree is in Physical Education Studies with a concentration in Fitness Management and a biology minor.  

Bridget has played sports her whole life and has had a gym membership since before she had her driver’s license.  She was on the Crew team at UD and has completed half-marathons, sprint triathlons, numerous mud runs, and obstacle course races. She also competed as a professional bodybuilder for 3 years.  Bridget has a passion for lifting, but her fitness philosophy is that “We should all be striving to get through this life with as few physical limitations as possible. Sometimes that’s about working harder, sometimes it’s about working smarter – but always it’s about evolving our training to meet ourselves at our current fitness level and keep improving on what we’ve got!”

Renee Paoli

Renee Paoli

BODYCOMBAT & Core Conditioning Instructor and Personal Trainer

Bio

Renee has been teaching group exercise for 20 years and has been a personal trainer for 6 years.  She loves connecting with members through music and movement and motivating them to be their best self. Her favorite quote is “Workout because you love your body, not because you hate it.”

Corey DeShields

Corey DeShields

Personal Trainer

Bio

Corey is a Basketball Performance Coach and provide basketball specific strength and conditioning and basketball skills training/development. He primarily works with Middle School, High School, and Collegiate student-athletes. His primary training goals are to improve athleticism (strength, speed, explosiveness, mobility, and flexibility) and to decrease the occurrence injury.

Sandeep Patel

Sandeep Patel

Personal Trainer

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Sandeep is an Associate Professor at the University of Delaware, as well as the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Associate Chairperson. 

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