Fitness Instructors

  • Jodi Gorman

    Jodi has been in the fitness industry teaching group exercise, personal training, and small group training for over 25 years. She enjoys working with people and thrives on the success of others. Jodi is a member of IDEA and The Health and Fitness Provider Network, with certifications in NASM, AFAA, Sharecare, Spinning and Schwinn. 

  • Debi Hawkins, E-RYT

    Debi holds certifications in Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga and in Itsy Bitsy Yoga® for babies and tots. She started teaching mommy and me classes in 2004 and has combined baby yoga and massage with postnatal yoga in a unique program called Wee OnesTM Yoga. In 2011, she attended Grounded Yoga teacher training, a yoga program for kids, teens and families to round out her training for all ages.

  • Jane Hoagland

    Jane's fitness specialties are Core Ball and Deep Stretch instruction. Jane sought exercise to help her with her back issues, and now enjoys instructing those with physical limitations. 

  • Erin White Heydorn

    Erin has been a spinning certified instructor since 2004. She began taking classes as part of a New Year's resolution while in grad school in Ohio and decided to become an instructor before moving to Charlotte in 2005.

  • Shawn Caldwell

    Shawn has been teaching group exercise for over 20 years and loves seeing the motivation each person has for doing their workouts. She is certified to teach group exercise, spin and senior adult fitness.

  • Debbie Brown

    Debbie has been teaching water aerobics at the YWCA for several years and is also a YWCA Lifeguard. Debbie holds certifications in Water Art Water Fitness and American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Leadership from Western Carolina University.

  • Mary Lou Buck

    Mary Lou Buck, BS, Physical Education and Recreation, UNCG, 500-hour certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher, has taught yoga over 35 years. She created and owned Yoga for Life in Dilworth, 1998- 2009. Mary Lou was Director of Health and Physical Education and directed summer day camp for the Baltimore YWCA, 1959-63. She moved to Charlotte in 1963, taught swimming part-time for Charlotte YWCA for 30 years, beginning in the Trade St. building.

  • Julianna Canfield

    Julianna has been a fitness instructor since 2002. She has experience in spin, Tabata, cardio strength, yoga, senior fitness, and Pilates. Julianna also serves as the Director of Fitness at the YWCA and enjoys the relationships built among the staff and members. She believes the YWCA is a special place and considers it a true privilege to be a part of people's weekly routines.

  • Drew McClain

    Drew graduated from UNC Charlotte with a BS  in Exercise Science. He is an ACSM certified Exercise Physiologist, and an IFTA certified group exercise instructor. Drew has won awards for sparring and skill demonstrations at the regional CACMA Queens Cup martial arts tournament held annually at UNC Charlotte as well as awards at the national USKSF tournaments in Baltimore, Maryland.

  • Kathleen Lunsford

    Kathleen is an AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor, AFAA Certified in Senior Fitness, a Schwinn Certified Spin Cycle Instructor, an ACE Certified Kettlebell Instructor and BLS Certified.  She is a Zumba Toning Licensed Instructor and an ACSM Personal Trainer and CNA for Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab in Gastonia.

  • Meredith Jolly

    Meredith, a Wake Forest graduate, has been teaching spin for several years and is certified by AFAA. Meredith loves teaching because she loves getting to know the members.

  • Cynthia Osborne

    Cynthia is the Fitness Director and owner of CJOSMILES Aquatics. Cynthia is certified by the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA), Arthritis Foundation Exercise and Aquatic Program Leader and Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease (WWE), Hydro Pilates, Red Cross Life Guard, Star Fish Aquatics Water Safety Instructor, Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED.

  • Trinity Cho

    Trinity is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer as well as ACE Group Fitness Instructor, and is also certified in Spin through AFAA G.E.A.R.  She teaches a variety of classes, including cardio, strength/toning, spin, and bootcamp. Her favorite aspect of teaching fitness is seeing not only the physical but also the mental and emotional transformations an individual makes when he or she finds their own strength.

  • Lisa Farnick

    Lisa teaches swim lessons and swim clinics. She is WSI and CPR certified. She loves instructing to watch the achievement, confidence and joy it brings to others: the smiles are addicting.

  • Jody Frazier

    Jody has been teaching fitness classes and doing Personal Training for over a decade. She is one of the coaches of the YDub Tri Club (Triathlon training group) and also teaches kickboxing, cardio strength, body sculpt, athletic conditioning, spin and bootcamps. She is a USA Triathlon Certified Coach, a certified Personal Trainer, a Golf Conditioning Specialist, and is certified in Pre/Post Natal fitness training.

  • Leah McPherson, E-RYT

    Leah holds certifications in YTT, RYT and is CPR certified. Her fitness specialty is Vinyasa Yoga instruction. She has been teaching at the YWCA since 2016 and teaches yoga because she believes in helping others reach their full potential. 

  • Jeff Nerret

    Jeff is the current Aquatics Manager at YWCA and is a certified WSI instructor and instructor trainer, an American Red Cross Lifeguard, Lifeguard instructor and Lifeguard Trainer. Jeff oversees the management of the YWCA pool as well as lifeguards and teaches swimming lessons to all ages. He has been a member of the YWCA family since 2016. 

  • Grace Fleury

    Grace is a certified group exercise yoga teacher and certified to teach indoor cycling. She began teaching at the YWCA in 2016 and enjoys sharing her love for cycling and yoga with others. 

  • Eliza Hardaway

    Eliza is Lifeguard certified and WSI certified and her specialty is aquatic instruction. Eliza enjoys instructing because she likes making kids and adults feel confident about themselves in their ability to be in and around water without feeling overwhelmed. 

  • Chatham Ripple

    Chatham is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher and has been teaching yoga for several years. She is also a licensed mental health counselor and incorporates knowledge and skills from this field into her practice. "Yoga helps keep me centered, grateful and open minded." Chatham enjoys teaching all levels of yoga and especially prenatal yoga.

  • Yael Powell

    Yael  is an ACE certified personal trainer. She is a RYT 200 yoga instructor and holds a black belt in Full Contact Karate. Physical fitness has always been a part of her life, and she loves working and helping people reach their goals.

  • Diane Wiegel

    After tearing her left ACL skiing and having a baby at 43, Diane decided to dive back into fitness and make it part of her daily life. She is an AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor and a Two Star Certified Spinning/Cycle Instructor through Mad Dogg Athletics. Diane has been teaching since 2012 and loves helping people work hard and feel good about themselves.

  • Emma Brown

    Emma's fitness specialty is aquatic instruction. She is a certified WSI instructor and American Red Cross Lifeguard. She has been with the YWCA since 2013 and enjoys sharing the techniques that helped her learn to swim to the children in her classes.