“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” This a motto Dawn Wessman has embraced over the last 16 years of leading group exercise. “I love people and learning new things. Incrementally improving at each fitness discipline has shown me anything is possible, at any age, especially when you’re surrounded by great people who are trying their best.” She began by leading yoga and Pilates classes in Salt Lake City, becoming a master trainer, then adding cycling, weightlifting, barre, boot camp, personal training, Zumba and five children into the mix.
July – Joanie Kelly
From athlete to coach, student to teacher, crossing the finish line of a marathon, to doing a headstand in yoga… I’ve always fed off the energy of “Do what you love…Love what you do”. Getting to share in people’s fitness journeys is an absolute privilege. I love seeing the hesitant look of “What am I doing in a 6am spin class?” To then coming twice a week, or having a first time yoga student say “I’m not flexible” to finding their breath and moving their bodies into poses they never thought possible. Mornings begin with my daily intention of “GRATITUDE, MOVEMENT & LAUGHTER” and being able to share that in a community makes the day that much better.
March – Sinceree Clark-Diego
“Sweat, Smile, Repeat” is not only Sinceree’s tagline but it is her persona. Born and raised in Boston, Sinceree has always aimed to do more, push further, and work harder, all while maintaining a smile. Her career started in Computer Science and working as an Insurance Underwriter until she stumbled unto her passion for fitness. She has been working in the fitness industry for over 10 years both as a group exercise instructor as well as a personal trainer. She holds an Associates Degree in Exercise Science from Quincy College, (NCSF) Certified Personal Trainer, (AFAA) Group Fitness Certification and (AEA) Aqua Fitness professional.
In her free time Sinceree enjoys doing all things life has to offer with family and friends from sky diving to reading a book on the beach. Each year she aims to travel to a new place and explore local culture. Music moves her soul and you can find Sinceree moving to the sounds of life’s eclectic beat. Quite simply, Sinceree looks at each day as a chance to live life to the fullest.
Sinceree’s energy will inspire and motivate you through any format style she is teaching. A class with her will always have “sweat, smile, repeat!”
January – Heidi Garza
Heidi Garza is originally from Monterrey Mexico. In Monterrey, Heidi worked as a choreographer for local TV shows. She is a former; professional soccer team cheerleader, and member of the Coca-Cola dance team. With these companies Heidi toured around the North of Mexico opening Concerts for national Artists. She also worked for Universal Music as an Artist Choreographer. As a Zumba instructor for 10 years, Heidi has even choreographed dances for Zumba Inc. DVD’s, Zin 43. Some of the songs she has choreographed:
Take on me
Let’s get loco
She has performed at a Zumba convention as a backup dancer. Her choreographies and classes have taken her to teach Master classes in States like: Indiana, Florida, New York and Texas.
Heidi’s classes are fun and full of energy. Her class takes you to travel all around the world through the music and dances.
Heidi’s connection with her students is the most important goal for her. She strives to help students reach their fitness goals and gain confidence through dance with her positive motivation.
November – Elvie
Elvie grew up in the Philippines. She is a world traveler and often explores new places with her 18-year old daughter, Gillian, and her better half, Ed. She loves hiking, snorkeling, and trying all types of delicacies. Her professional life is in the audit world: she is a CPA, Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Fraud Examiner.
Elvie is has been a fitness enthusiast for several years. She has been a dedicated participant in all varieties of group exercise classes, including yoga, high intensity training, and many of the Les Mills programs. Several fitness instructors inspired and mentored her through the certification process for Body Jam and Body Pump. They witnessed her devotion and ability and motivated her to succeed.
Elvie’s passion for fitness started with running races such as 5k’s, half marathons, and obstacle courses such as Warrior Dash and Spartan Race. She is an avid dancer and was a member of Onstage Dance Company for 5 seasons. She performed in 10 shows with hip hop, Bollywood and jazz styles. She is also a certified Zumba instructor. Elvie’s teaching style focuses on connecting with members through demonstration of the benefits of being in class. She motivates participants to challenge themselves to build stamina and endurance. She welcomes all new and regular members with enthusiasm and a contagious smile to make them feel part of a fun learning community.
September – Vielka Fuentes
Vielka is originally from Dominican Republic, she started at Waverley Oaks as a substitute Zumba Instructor in 2017, and shortly thereafter took on a regular class. She is an upbeat and positive person, and her class reflects her personality. What members enjoy most about her style of teaching is her selection of Latin music, and the contagious moves and energy in every class. She puts in a lot of time and effort preparing for each class with new music playlists and choreos making every Sunday morning a real Zumba party that boost our members energy for the rest of the week. Vielka also teach ME Body Conditioning every Monday, a totally different format where you can get a great shape and feel awesome. Vielka loves the interaction between teacher and members, the beautiful connection that fulfill her soul and spirit while she does what she more loves, Teaching.
August – Jacqui Sweeney
Jacqui has been teaching yoga for the past 19 years and is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500). She is passionate about teaching students therapeutic Viniyoga and Myofascial release techniques which decreases pain and increases range of motion. These methods release muscles and connective tissue and students learn how to stretch and strengthen their bodies through the asanas (postures) and meditative breath work. She enjoys working with a diverse range of students, especially beginners.
She has been fortunate enough to study with some of the Yoga masters including Gary Kraftsow (ViniYoga/yoga therapy), Lee Albert (Integrated Positional Therapy) and Jenny Otto (Yoga Therapy). Come join us!
July – Kali Patrick
June – Angela O’Reilly
After experiencing the benefits of forming a practice her new found love for yoga lead her to enroll in Power Yoga Teacher Training Yoga in 2015 and later complete her Pre/ Postnatal Yoga Certification.
Often a person with tight or sore muscles, Angela is a strong believer that Yoga is not just for the flexible, it’s for everyone of all abilities. Angela encourages you to listen to your body and honor that asana practice looks differently in every-body. Through her desire to help others she is dedi- cated to motivate, inspire and challenge you to work to your capacity.
When Angela is not on her mat she enjoys coaching MX4, working on her own fitness, reading a good book & getting outdoors with her husband and two children.
May – Charlotte Fitts-Sprague
Charlotte started at Waverley Oaks as a substitute cycle teacher in 2017, and shortly thereafter took on a regular class. She is an upbeat and positive person, and her class reflects her personality. What members enjoy most about her style of teaching is her song selection, be it rhythmic remixes you hear on the radio today or a blast from the past. She puts in a lot of time and effort preparing for each class with new music playlists that slow you down, speed you up, and give members a fresh, exciting challenge every Tuesday night. Charlotte is very committed to a healthy lifestyle. You’ll find her at Waverley Oaks every morning working out before her daily job in the beauty industry. Outside of cycling, she is a marathon runner who ran Chicago in 2018, is currently training for New York this November, and hoping to run Boston in 2020. She uses cycling as her preferred cross-training platform for running to build speed and stamina, without having to put stress on her legs and joints. She encourages members to push themselves beyond their mental limits and harness their inner athlete by incorporating running techniques like self talk. Outside of the gym, Charlotte loves being in the kitchen! She is a vegetarian and has a passion for cooking many healthy and delicious meals.
April – Teri Muller
Zoom ahead to today and while a lot has changed, my love for leading classes has never changed. I am a Fitness Professional with certifications ranging from Pilates to PiYO, Zumba to Body Pump, Personal Training to Specialization in Corrective Exercise. The industry is always growing and I am a dedicated, lifelong student. Skiing, biking, swimming, golf, hiking, dancing and an award winning actress, these are some of my passions, but teaching group exercise remains at the
center . I love encouraging a new member, helping them feel a part of the group and providing the guidance to help them feel successful and wanting to come back. I also love the camaraderie of teaching to a member for many years, knowing they keep coming because the class is fun , packed with variety and continual physical challenges.
Having great music, a warm smile and being just a little but silly are my trademarks. Come and join us in class and be a part of the best hour of your and my day!!
December – Karleen Fallon
October – MaiLee Sweeney
MaiLee played team sports throughout her high school and college careers. After graduating from college, she juggled a full-time job with raising a son as a single mom. One day, looking to take a little break from her hectic schedule, she walked into a Cardio Kickboxing class at a local gym and instantly fell in love.
“I figured I have 50 minutes of free time, so let me try this one class. I loved that I could work out with other people who motivate one another. I missed that comradery and found it in Group Fitness.” Group fitness became a staple in her life. After being approached by several instructors over the years, she finally signed up for her first fitness certification and has been teaching for 4 years. MaiLee has her AFAA Group X, Mad Dogg Spinning, Insanity Live and P90X Live certifications, and she has a license to teach Strong, by Zumba.
MaiLee still juggles her full-time job as a Cyber Security Program Manager with raising her son and teaching group fitness classes. “People don’t come to my class to see me. They come here for themselves, just like I did 10 years ago, when I needed a little break and found Group Fitness classes. I want to help them find their focus and escape for that hour they are in class.”
July – Nicole Derosiers
Nicole has been a dancer since she could walk! She found Zumba in 2011 and hasn’t looked back. Since she became licensed in the Latin dance fitness format in 2012, Nicole has found a true passion for exercise and wellness. It ignited her confidence and desire to help others. She is licensed in Zumba toning, Aqua Zumba, Zumba Gold, BollyX, Barre, and Strong By Zumba, which she teaches at here at Waverley Oaks. Nicole is AFAA and CPR certified. While fitness is her passion and side hustle, Nicole is a public affairs producer at WCVB-TV Channel 5. When she isn’t teaching or working she is bingeing on Netflix shows or trying out new restaurants!
Her fitness motto? “There are two rules to be successful in my class: Sweat and Smile!” Even in Strong 😉
June – Emily Evans
Emily grew up as a ballerina and received her B.A. in Dance and Human Development, summa cum laude, from Connecticut College. She has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years and completed her 200-hour power yoga certification in early 2016. Emily danced professionally in Boston for several years.
Her yoga classes intend to empower practitioners to feel grounded and joyful.
When Emily is not in the studio, she can be found writing, hiking, reading, making art and eating sushi.