Meet the Instructors

Group Fitness Instructors

  • beccaoppgfitMajor: Health and Human Performance (Health and Physical Education), with a minor in Adapted Physical Education
  • Certifications: CPR/First Aid 
  • Hometown: Farmington, MN
  • Instructor for: High Intensity Circuit-Training
  • Favorite part about leading Group Fitness: My favorite part is sharing a workout I'm passionate about with others and watching people's confidence in themselves grow.
  • Fun Fact: I graduated Basic Military Training as Top Graduate out of 708 trainees.
  • Major: Animal Science - Veterinary TechnologyBecca
  • Certifications: CPR
  • Hometown: Rochester, MN
  • Instructor for: Butts and Guts
  • Favorite Part about leading Group Fitness: I love helping others learn to love being active and healthy.
  • Fun Fact: My favorite hobby is to go to concerts and music festivals.
  • Career: Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse
  • Certifications: Zumba, Kettleballs, Yoga, and Group Strength
  • Hometown: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (grew up in Mt. Calvary, WI)
  • Instructor for: Substitute for many classes
  • Favorite part about leading Group Fitness: My favorite part is seeing people have fun and let go of their stressors.
  • Fun Fact: I love participating in powerlifting!
  • Dawn group fitnessCareer: I am a group fitness instructor at the Hastings, MN YMCA. I teach cycling, water exercise (including Arthritis water exercise), and Silver Sneakers classes. I am also the ForeverWell Coordinator at the Hastings Y. I plan and organize programming for our 65+ year old members which includes field trips and educational, serving, and social activities. 
  • Certifications: Foundations of Group Exercise (ACE); Fundamentals of Aquatic Fitness Exercise Design (ACE); Arthritis Foundation Program Leader (Aquatic Exercise Association); indoor cycling certified through Spinning, Team ICG, and Stages Cycling; and certified Silver Sneakers Classic, Circuit, and Yoga instructor 
  • Hometown: River Falls, WI
  • Instructor for: Indoor Cycling
  • Favorite part about leading Group Fitness: I love motivating and encouraging others along their fitness journey!
  • Fun Fact: I love to rollerskate and play Nerf gun wars with my family.
  • Major/Career:Deb I attended UWRF majoring in Business Administration. I recently retired from the Prescott School District after 32 years as its Human Resources Coordinator. I am also a yoga instructor at In Balance Yoga & Fitness in River Falls.
  • Certifications: 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher
  • Hometown: River Falls, WI
  • Instructor for: Yoga Flow
  • Favorite Part about leading Group Fitness: Sharing a guided relaxation at the end of each yoga flow practice and encouraging students to embrace self-care and kindness on and off the mat.
  • Fun Fact: A source of great joy in my life are my three young grandchildren who live near me, one of them in my backyard!
  • Run group fitnessCareer: Financial advisor at The Wealth Enhancement Group in Woodbury
  • Certifications: Certified yoga instructor, personal trainer, and group fitness instructor
  • Hometown: River Falls, WI
  • Instructor for: Yoga
  • Favorite part about leading Group Fitness: My favorite part about teaching yoga at UWRF is seeing students make time for their wellness.
  • Fun Fact: My husband and I keep bees and we are cat parents to Pepper and Toes. I also teach goat yoga in the summer!
  • Major/Career: MBA in Organizational Development and BA in Political Science. I'm edging towards retirement, but I am a recovering HR executive and former faculty member in higher ed, and now recareering into exercise science.
  • Certifications: RYT-200, Reiki Master, SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources), CBM (Certified Business Manager), SHRM-SCP (another senior HR certification), and licensed Referee for US Rowing. I will be taking my ACE-CPT exam later this year.
  • Hometown: Chicago and Springfield, IL
  • Instructor for: Gentle Yoga and Beginner Yoga
  • Favorite part about leading Group Fitness: I enjoy watching people embrace a new pathway and grow into it.
  • Fun Fact: I taught management and marketing classes in CBE here at UWRF and at St. Kate's collectively for 15 years and I now teach part-time at WITC.
  • Sonja group fitnessMajor: Exercise and Sports Science
  • Certifications: CPR
  • Hometown: Inver Grove Heights, MN
  • Instructor for: Power HITT
  • Favorite part about leading Group Fitness: I enjoy spreading my passion for fitness with people of all abilities and goals.
  • Fun Fact: I do Crossfit competitions.

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Campus Recreation

A105 Falcon Center

(715) 425.4289


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