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Alex

Alex

Year: Graduate Student

Major: Journalism

Certifications: MADD Dog Spinning

Home Town: Atlanta, GA

Experience:
Alex has been teaching spin for 3 years.

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Allie

Allie

Year: Senior

Major: Digital and Broadcast Journalism

Certifications: Turbo Kick Certified, AFAA GF

Home Town: Cumming, GA

Experience:
Danced for 13 years: ballet, jazz, Irish dance, hip hop, and lyrical/contemporary

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Allison Koch

Allison Koch

Year: Senior

Major: Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Anthropoloyg

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/AED/First Aid, Schwinn Cycling

Home Town: Cedar Rapids, IA

Experience:
Cycling coach for the UGA triathlon team

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Amanda J. H.

Amanda J. H.

Major: B.S. Psychology and M.Ed Educational Administration and Policy

Certifications: Schwinn Indoor Cycling, QiFORZE Certified, AFAA Personal Training

Home Town: Sag Harbor, NY

Experience:
Amanda has been teaching Cycle at Ramsey Student Center for 1 year!

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Anie

Anie

Major: Zumba Instructor (job)

Certifications: Zumba, Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning, Zumba Kids/ Zumba Kids Jr., ZIN member

Home Town: Obrigheim, Germany

Experience:
Been teaching Zumba since 2011

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Betsy

Betsy

Year: Graduated

Major: Assistant Showroom manager at lululemon athletica

Certifications: Les Mills BODYATTACK� and BODYCOMBAT�

Home Town: LaGrange, GA

Experience:
Betsy has been teaching group fitness for four years. This will be her 2cd year at Ramsey Student Center.

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Bill

Bill

Major: B.A. Social Relations; James Madison College, Michigan State University

Certifications: RYT 200hr., Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance RYT 500hr, Etowah Valley Yoga, Cartersville, GA

Home Town: Detroit, MI

Experience:
Teaching since 2004. Workshops at Midwest Yoga Conference and Yogaville, Virginia. Training with Master teachers: Sharon Gannon, Alan Finger, Jonny Kest, and Paul Grillley. Teaching at Namaste Yoga, Practice Yoga, and City Yoga in Detroit, Detroit Athletic Club. Bill has been teaching at Ramsey Student Center since 2008.

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Brandon Miller

Brandon Miller

Year: Graduate Student

Major: Public Health

Certifications: NSCA-CPT , American Red Cross Certified Instructor, CPRO/AED/First Aid, FMS Level 1 Certified, Powerplate Certified,TRX Rip Trainer Level 1 Certified

Home Town: Clermont, Florida

Experience:
Brandon has been in the fitness field for the past 6 years and is currently the Graduate Assistant of Fitness & Wellness.

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Brendan

Brendan

Year: Graduate

Major: Social Work PhD program

Certifications: AFAA, TRX Ripped

Home Town: Lakeland, FL

Experience:
Teaching boxing, kickboxing, and group fitness for 4 years at UGA.

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Britiany

Britiany

Year: Graduate Student

Major: Speech Pathology

Certifications: CPRO/First Aid, AFAA GF

Home Town: Jefferson, GA

Experience:
Britiany has been a dancer for 12 years.

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Carol

Carol

Certifications: Certified Personal Fitness Trainer (W.I.T.S), Pilates Instructor (SCW), Aquatic Exercise Instructor (SCW), Power Pilates Beginner Mat Training, Power Pilates

Home Town: Athens, GA

Experience:
I've worked at Ramsey since January 2008

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Cathy

Cathy

Major: Yoga instructor (job)

Certifications: I have completed the Southeastern Yoga Teachers Conference in 2002/2003, the Western Yoga Teachers Conference also in 2003. My 200 hr. Yoga Teacher certification through Yoga Alliance, MBSR.

Home Town: Illinois

Experience:
Cathy has 28 years of experience in various fitness training and over 20 years of mind/body specific formats!

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Charlotte

Charlotte

Certifications: RYT Yoga Teacher Certified - 200 hours

Home Town: Athens

Experience:
Charlotte has been teaching yoga since 2008.

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Chris

Chris

Year: Professional

Major: Proprietor of Athens Arena (Job)

Certifications: Sanctioned by USA Boxing; Licensed by Georgia Professional Athletics Commission

Home Town: Athens, GA

Experience:
Promoted Georgia Golden Gloves, Georgia Junior Olympics, and many state championship tournaments; fought for Georgia Professionally; taught 5 years at Athens Arena; and worked 2 years at Gerrit's Leprechaun Gym in Miami, Florida.

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Courtney

Courtney

Year: Graduate Student

Major: BA, Political Science. BS, Dietetics. Will graduate with MS, Foods & Nutrition/Dietetic Internship this Summer

Certifications: AFAA Primary Group Fitness, BodyCombat, RYT200, RIPPED, Schwinn Cycling, CPRO, First Aid

Home Town: Hartwell, GA

Experience:
Teaching Group Fitness since March 2007

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Demetria

Demetria

Year: 1st year PhD student

Major: Communication Studies (Health Comm)

Certifications: MADD Dog Spin Instructor

Home Town: Houston, TX

Experience:
Cycle instructor (teaching for 5 years), boxing, half-marathons, cross-fit training

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Elizabeth Pilcher

Elizabeth Pilcher

Year: Senior

Major: B.S Dance

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

Home Town: Rome, GA

Experience:
Dance instructor at Rome Civic Ballet.

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Emily Hubbard

Emily Hubbard

Year: Senior

Major: Public Relations

Certifications: Certified indoor cycling instructor

Home Town: Athens, GA

Experience:
Emily has taught cycling at numerous cycling gyms in the Athens area.

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Helen

Helen

Certifications: Yoga Alliance RYT-200

Home Town: Athens, GA

Experience:
Yoga training since 1999 at Samadhi Yoga & Iyengar Yoga Center in Denver, Colorado, and teacher certified at Asheville Yoga Center, Asheville, NC. Currently teaching at BodyPlex and UGA Ramsey.

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Jenn

Jenn

Year: Senior

Major: Dietetics

Certifications: ACE Group Fitness, Les Mills BODYPUMP�,Les Mills BODYCOMBAT�, Schwinn Cycling, Turbo Kick, ACE Personal Training.

Home Town: Dallas, GA

Experience:
Jenn has been teaching Group Fitness at Ramsey Student Center and local gyms since 2011.

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Jordan Sylvester

Jordan Sylvester

Year: Senior

Major: Dietetics and Consumer Foods

Certifications: AFAA CPT, TRX Ripped, CPR/First Aid

Home Town: Marietta, GA

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Katie C

Katie C

Year: Sophomore

Major: Exercise and Sports Science

Certifications: Les Mills BODYPUMP, BODYATTACK, BODYFLOW

Home Town: Marietta, Ga

Experience:
Ive been teaching group fitness since the fall of 2008.

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Katie W

Katie W

Year: Graduate Student

Major: Public Health

Certifications: Schwinn Indoor Cycling, FitTour Group Excercise

Home Town: Vienna, VA

Experience:
Cycling instructor at Clemson University Jan 2012- May 2013

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Kaylee

Kaylee

Year: Senior

Major: Health & PE

Home Town: Dacula, GA

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Kelly

Kelly

Year: Junior

Major: Communication Science and Disorders

Certifications: Zumba Basics 1, Aqua Zumba, Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN) Member

Experience:
Teaching Zumba since June 2011.

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Kim

Kim

Major: Administritative Career

Certifications: SCW Deep Water Specialty Certification, AEA Aquatic Fitness Professional

Home Town: Athens, GA

Experience:
Kim is an aquatic professional for Deep and Shallow water. She has been teaching water aerobics for 20 years.

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Kristin

Kristin

Major: Masters in Piano Pedagogy, Freelance Pianist

Certifications: Les Mills BODYPUMP�,Les Mills BODYCOMBAT�,Turbo Kick, PiYo Certified

Home Town: Pittsburg, KS

Experience:
Teaching Pilates at YMCA in Pittsburg, KS. Teaching bodypump at Ramsey since early 2010

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Laura Higgason

Laura Higgason

Year: Senior

Major: Social Studies Education, Specialty in History

Certifications: AFFA CPT, CPR/AED/First Aid

Home Town: Peachtree City, GA

Experience:
2 years of personal training experience.

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Lauren M

Lauren M

Certifications: Certified in CPR/CPRO and First Aid. Water in Motion, BODYCOMBAT

Home Town: Conyers, GA

Experience:
Lauren has been teaching Deep Water at Ramsey for 1 year.

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Leah

Leah

Year: M.S in Kinesiology

Certifications: ACE Group Fitness, NASM, CPT, Willpower and Grace, Schwinn, FMS, TRX Rip, TRX Suspension, CPRO & First Aid.

Home Town: Homewood, Illinois

Experience:
10 years

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Melanie

Melanie

Major: Medical Record Administration (currently called Health Information Management); MBA

Certifications: AFAA Group Fitness, Les Mills BODYPUMP�, Les Mills BODYATTACK�, Les Mills BODYCOMBAT�, Schwinn Cycling

Home Town: Watkinsville, GA

Experience:
Melanie started teaching Group Fitness in May 2009. Since then, she has taught several formats including: HEAT, boot camp, kick and sculpt, BODYPUMP, and BODYATTACK.

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Myrna

Myrna

Certifications: Yoga Alliance RYT 500

Home Town: Pittsburgh, PA

Experience:
Yoga teacher's training- 1976, Sivananda Yoga Ashram, Quebec, Canada. Attended 5 yoga conferences, over 8 years experience in Ashtanga Yoga, over 12 years experience in Bikram Yoga.

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Rebecca

Rebecca

Major: Special Education & Spanish

Certifications: ACE Group Fitness

Home Town: Roswell, GA

Experience:
15 plus years of dance

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Ruth

Ruth

Year: Fashion Merchandising

Major: Yoga Instructor (Job)

Certifications: Certified Yoga Instructor (International Network for Alternative & Intuitive Therapies, Inc)

Home Town: Shreveport, LA

Experience:
Ruth has practiced yoga since 1992 and teaching since 1997. Her favorite influences are Kali Ray, John Friend, and Erich Schiffmann.

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Samira

Samira

Certifications: CPRO and First Aid Certified

Experience:
After years of traditional dance training, Samira discovered belly-dancing, in Athens, and never looked back. Over the past 6 years, she has performed both cabaret and tribal dances with Troupe Hameeda and as a soloist. A perpetual student, she attends many workshops, including Aziza, Tamra-Henna and Mardi Love. Each of these dancers unique styles has left its mark on her own dancing. Samira has been teaching at Ramsey for 6 years. Her favorite aspect of belly dance is its all-inclusiveness. Her greatest joy is sharing an art form that embraces people of all ages and shapes.

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Sarah

Sarah

Major: Economics & International Business

Certifications: TurboKick

Home Town: Snellville, GA

Experience:
This is my first semester as a full-on instructor and I'm excited to be here!

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Savannah

Savannah

Major: Dental Hygiene

Certifications: Spinning Indoor Cycling Certified, SCW Primary Group Fitness

Home Town: Conyers

Experience:
Taught 1 year at a gym in her hometown. Has been an instructor at Ramsey for 6 months.

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Scottie Gray

Scottie Gray

Year: Graduated

Major: Specialist for Strength and Conditioning

Certifications: ASCM, CPT

Home Town: Union,KY

Experience:
Taught Group Fitness for 6 years, Strength and conditioning coach for 3 years

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Shannon

Shannon

Year: Senior

Experience:
Shannon teaches kickboxing!

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Shirin

Shirin

Certifications: QiFORZE Instructor Certified, AFAA Primary Group Fitness Instructor

Home Town: Johns Creek, GA

Experience:
This is Shirin's 2cd semester teaching at Ramsey Student Center.

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Skylar

Skylar

Major: Advertising, New Media, Music Business

Certifications: CPRO, First Aid

Home Town: Duluth, GA

Experience:
Skylar has 19 years of dance training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and hip-hop. She is also a member of Contemporary Dance Ensemble

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Tiffany

Tiffany

Major: B.S, FCS, M. PH

Certifications: Les Mills BODYPUMP and BODYCOMBAT, WATERinMOTION, Schwinn Cycling, AFAA Primary Group Exercise and Personal Training.

Home Town: Acworth, GA

Experience:
Tiffany has been a group fitness instructor at Ramsey for 2 years as well as a personal trainer. She also presented H.I.I.T Fit at the Southeastern Fitness Collegiate Expo 2012.

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Vivian

Vivian

Year: B.S. Berry Coll

Major: Science Teacher

Certifications: ACE Group Fitness, AFAA Personal Trainer, FiTour Pilates, IFTA Cycle, Schwinn Cycling, FiTour Step, AFAA Group Exercise, PiYo Certified, Silver Sneakers, TRX Ripped

Home Town: Clarksville, TN

Experience:
Vivian has taught group exercise for over 30 years!!

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