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Fitness Instructor Judi Underhill


We are proud to introduce Judi Underhill to the Cougar Fitness team. Judi's very first yoga class was taught by her "daughter"! It was through her inspiration that Judi developed her practice with Leslie Boyce, CYT, E-RYT and Janet Snyder, CYT of Many Hearts Yoga in St. Louis, Missouri and completed her 200 hour Teacher Training Certification in 2010. Judi says "Yoga has changed my life. I want to share the joy and incredible physical and mental benefit it has brought me." Fun fact about Judi is that she and her husband have recently bought a sailboat and plan to circumnavigate the Caribbean while experiencing different styles of yoga!

Courtney Page


Courtney Page is an undergraduate student studying Speech-Language Pathology. She completed the SIUE ACE in house training program in the Fall of 2012 and is currently Zumba and NETA Group Fitness certified. One thing she loves about group fitness having a positive attitude and motivating others, while having others motivate her in return through the workout! Courtney first became involved with group fitness by attending a lot of group fitness classes when she was a freshman at SIUE. She fell in love with the atmosphere and relationships she developed in class. This passion led her to take the leap and become an instructor herself. She has been running half marathons for two years and will run her first fill marathon in October 2013! Her favorite quote is "where you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right. "



Alie completed the SIUe in-house group fitness instructor certification in spring 2009 and is also SPINNING® certified, Pi-Yo™ certified and has her AFAA Primary Group Fitness certified. She loves being able to help others to get motivated and live an active lifestyle! Alie is currently teaching and coaching.


Justin is Group Fitness Certified and Spinning© Certified and instructs for both types of classes. Justin earned both his Bachelor's in Psychology & Philosophy and M.S.Ed in Kinesiology right here at SIUE and comes to us with a military (USMC), cycling, and triathlon background. He enjoys making his classes challenging and rewarding for people of all fitness levels.


Kim has been teaching at SIUe for over 11 years. In the past she has taught Hi/Lo Cardio, Kickboxing, Body Sculpting and Step it UP. Kim loves getting participants excited about the classes while also getting a great workout.


Falon is a Belly Dancing Instructor and has been teaching at SIUe for 5 years. She is currently the Director of Desert Moon Dance Academy East in Edwardsville, IL and has dance training in ballet, tap, modern and African with the Katherine Dunham technique. Falon enjoys meeting new student each semester and loves that she not only teaches movements, but also the history behind the movements!


Melvin joined the SIUe group fitness program as a cycle instructor. Melvin enjoys being on the bike and helping others get fit. He feels that cycling is a great low impact way to reach your fitness goals.


Paula is a certified AFFA Primary Group Fitness Instructor. She is also a certified SPIN® instructor. She has been teaching at SIUe for 7 years. Paula enjoys watching participants see results from exercising and seeing them get excited about working out!

Fitness Instructor Kiana Senior


 Kiana is a sophomore pre-nursing student that has a love for shaking it! She fell in love with Zumba and set out become an instructor, she became a certified Zumba instructor in spring 2012. She loves to share her passion for dance and loves the energy of her group fitness participants. In the future Kiana would like to pursue a career in neonatal nursing and continue her enthusiasm for not only dance but also baking!

Fitness Instructor Kendall Matthews


Kendall is a SIUe alum whose motto is Fitness is a lifestyle! With her love and enthusiasm for fitness she found herself taking lots of group fitness classes and eventually she became Spinning Certified to share her passion. She enjoys watching her participants set goals they never thought were possible and achieving them.

Karen Ryals

Karen Ryals

Karen has been teaching Yoga at SIUE since the Spring of 2013.  She loves the yoga studio and participants at SIUE.  Since she began at SIUE, she has learned a lot and looks forward to learning more.  She also teaches kids yoga!

Fitness Instructor Ryan Rosiak


Ryan is a true group fitness advocate. Ryan began attending Group Fitness classes two years ago and along with his hard work ethic, he has managed to lose 200 pounds and maintained his weight loss. Ryan graduated spring 2014 with his bachelors in accounting and will continue to stay on our group fitness team as long as he is in the area. His future plans are to become a public accountant and teach cycle for the rest of his life! Ryan loves the competitive atmosphere group fitness provides and also likes that it is always fresh, exciting and fun.


Emily completed the In-House Group Fitness Instructor Training and is Spinning Certified. She is currently a Senior studying Nursing student and would one day like to be a Pediatric Nurse.

Fitness Instructor Nicole Kiel


Nicole Kiel is new to the group fitness team. She is Spinning Certified and will push you to the max in her workouts. Nicole is working as a nurse in the ICU and she is celebrating the pregnancy of her second child. Nicole loves getting to meet new people and help them reach their fitness goals.

Mike Dixon

Mike Dixon

Mike is currently certified through AFAA and Spinning.  He loves meeting new people and watching them improve their fitness levels.  His favorite class to teach is bootcamp because of the variety and space to use!

Fitness Instructor Sui Chen


Sui Chen is a graduate student who completed the SIUE ACE in house training program in the Fall of 2012. Siu really enjoys sharing his knowledge with people who are enthusiastic about his same interests. He became interested in group fitness because he wanted a way to release his energy! A little fun fact about Sui is that he can speak a mix of British and Australian English with a Chinese accent. His favorite quote is "rainbows come after heavy thunderstorms."

Donna Bartley


Donna just joined our fitness team in Spring 2014 teaching yoga. She loves teaching yoga because she loves seeing how it effects each person differently. “Yoga is about connecting with you mind, body and spirit. Everyone is at a different stage and it is beautiful to see them grow” she says. She has loved her first semester here at SIUe and is looking forward to many more. Interesting fact about Donna is that she has swam with Beluga whales!

Alexandria Dovgin


Alexandra completed the SIUe In-House Certification Program in Fall of 2013. She is currently a  HIIT instructor for us but hopes to eventually expand her expertise to other group fitness classes in the future. Alexandrs transferred to SIUe from Moraine Valley Community College, where she ran cross country for 2 years. She was an individual qualifier for the NJCAA Cross Country National Championships in 2010 and 2011. She loves group fitness because it's a lot of fun and she love to meet the participants and work out together every week. Her favorite quote is, "I do not regret the things I've done, but those I did not do." (Empire Records, 1995)

Fitness Instructor Kristie Chase


Kirstie Chase is studying exercise science with a health education minor. She completed the SIUE ACE in house training program in the Fall of 2012 and is currently NETA Group Fitness and YogaFit certified. Kristie really enjoys the atmosphere of group fitness as well as challenging her body in different classes to become a stronger person. She became involved with group fitness by taking a lot of different classes at SIUE. She is super into photography and her favorite quote is "you are your own limitation."

Juan Barron


Juan is a veteran of the United States Air Force who took our in house group fitness certification course in Fall 2013. He is currently one of our boot camp instructors and is ready to make you sweat! He enjoys watching his participants progress and improve with every class. Juan lives by the motto “ through pain comes strength”.

Nikki Harris

Nikki Harris

Nikki loves being able to work with the people who come to her class and enjoys their time together.  She loves meeting new people and seeing those people again and again.  She is certified in Zumba, which is her favorite class to teach because she loves to dance! She says she is one of the easiest people to talk to – try it out!

Fitness Instructor Taylor Nick


Tayler Nick is an undergrad exercise science major. She completed the SIUE ACE in house training program in the Fall of 2012 and is currently NETA Group Fitness and HIIT certified. Tayler really enjoys the social aspect of group fitness; it is a great and different workout. When the opportunity to become a group fitness instructor came about, Tayler took it and has loved every part of it! Her favorite quote is "never give up on something you really want. It won't be easy getting it, but it will be worth it."

Courtney Johnson


When Courtney started walking, her journey of dancing began! Dancing helps her work through stress, anger, hard times, and other emotions. Dancing keeps that beautiful smile on her face! She loves working at the SIUE gym as a group fitness instructor because “it gave me more motivation and it gave me a chance to do three of the things I love the most, DANCE and INSPIRE & ENCOURAGE others”! Courtney started dancing at her church and large church conferences at the age of 4. She enjoys hip liturgical/expressive dance. In junior high, she was the captain of her dance team where she found her love of hip hop. She danced her way through high school where she learned jazz, pom, and beginner’s ballet. She loves teaching group fitness because of the opportunities she has to teach, motivate and encourage others.

If you have any questions regarding any Group Fitness classes, please contact Fitness Coordinator at 618-650-5392.

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