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.
- Wednesday Zumba 5:30pm
- Thursday Zumba 7:30am
December – Jim Costa
As a former marathoner and triathlon participant, Jim’s training experience runs the gamut from working with individuals just beginning to train to highly experienced athletes. He believes in a sensible and moderate approach to exercise. Education combined with an individual’s physical or water training experience dominates his training regimen. Emphasizing awareness of one’s breathing and movement, he helps his clients get the most benefit out of their work. He likes to encourage smarter, kinder and more diverse workouts that are tailor-made for an individual or a group. A moderate intensity, enjoyable brand of exercise that brings fitness within everyone’s grasp.
Jim has a passion for water and fitness training having worked professionally since 2000. He is certified as an Aquatics Instructor by the AEA and the AFPA. Additionally, he is a Certified Aquatic Therapist from the Aquatics Therapy and Rehab Institute. For dry land fitness he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the NSCA, ACSM and NASM as well as a Certified Personal Trainer from the AFPA. In addition to these certifications, he is a Certified Group Exercise Instructor from the well as a Certified Yoga Instructor. Prior to launching his career in physical fitness and water training, Jim received his BA and MBA degrees from Boston College and worked as a marketing professional. These certifications demonstrate Jim’s commitment to safe and healthy exercise.
- Thursday Cardio Sculpt 7:00pm
- Sunday Cardio Sculpt 10:00am
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.
- Wednesday LesMills BODYPUMP 6:30pm
October – B. Swain
In 2010 B. Swain took her first water fitness and it was a game changer. She went from being a participant to being an instructor in 2015 after being inspired to study under boot camp instructor Peter LeVelle. She is currently certified through Aquatic Exercise Association. She likes to get the participants in her class to shake, rattle and roll on a weekly basis. Shaking it up by switching up the routine each week. Rattling the muscles with a mix of cardio and resistance work and rolling to the sounds of music ranging from the Swinging 40’s to the Upbeat 2000’s. She welcomes people of all ages and levels into her class where the goal is to have fun, fun, FUN! Not even realizing you are working hard to a healthier you.
Most of her time is directed in raising her FOUR children that continue to teach her a thing or two everyday. In here spare time B. Swain enjoys pushing her culinary skills in a monthly gourmet group and playing in a volleyball league. She is stoked that she is being highlighted during her favorite month, October.
B. Swain Teaches:
- Friday Aqua Burst 10:00am
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.
- Sunday Zumba 11:00am
- Monday Body Conditioning (ME) 10:30am
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!
- Monday ViniYoga 7:30pm
July – Kali Patrick
- Wednesday Vinyasa Yoga 6:30pm
- Thursday Gentle Yoga 7:30pm
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.
- Monday Vinyasa Flow 9:30am
- Wednesday MX4 5:30pm
- Friday Vinyasa Flow 9:30am
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.
- Tuesday 6:30pm Cycling
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!!
- Tuesday 9:30am Cardio Muscle
- Wednesday 10:30am ME Body Conditioning
- Friday 8:30am Fit For All
- Friday 10:30am MX4
March – Shannon Roark
After 6.5 years working an office job at a computer, Shannon made the jump to full time fitness and joined the personal training team here at Waverley this past March. She is now certified as an ACE Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor as well a LES MILLS BODYPUMP, BODYCOMBAT, GRIT, and CXWORX Instructor.
In addition to working for LES MILLS as an Assessor for the past two years, reviewing instructor video assessment submissions and determining if they are ready for certification, Shannon was recently accepted as a LES MILLS National Trainer and Presenter for BODYPUMP, where she will get to travel the country presenting the format and bringing new instructors on board to change the world through life-changing fitness experiences.
- Sunday 9:00am LesMills BODYPUMP
- Sunday 10:00am LesMills BODYCOMBAT
- Tuesday 6:00am MX4
- Thursday 6:00am LesMills BODYPUMP
February – Dawn Wessman
-Working out makes me a kinder mother .
-I taught college level Russian, religion and am a professional photographer.
-My dear husband and I are both 5’, we have five children and have lived happily in Boston for 5 years.
Dawn teaches Tuesday 5:30pm Body Sculpt
January – Kristen Martin
Kristen teaches Monday 6:30pm LesMills BODY PUMP
December – Karleen Fallon
- Saturday 8:00am Group Cycling
- Saturday 8:00am Group Cycling
November – Dore Zornada
Dore’s passion is sharing her love of moving to music with others, whether it’s on a bike, in the pool, on a yoga mat or in a fitness studio. She seeks to empower participants to honor their bodies, move with joy and confidence, and find their best selves. She loves helping participants individualize a group class to serve their needs and fitness level, and offers modifications and advancements in all of her classes.
Dore loves to move and enjoys an active lifestyle including yoga, Pilates, competitive singles tennis, road biking, kayaking/SUP, weight work, dancing and teaching 14 classes per week. Dore started practicing yoga in 1995 to combat the physical demands of training for a marathon and the stress of practicing law in a large firm in DC. When she decided to return to work after spending twelve marvelous years at home raising her two sons, she chose to become a yoga and fitness instructor rather than return to the practice of law.
“To me, teaching is my calling. I feel so fortunate to have found my passion, and I hope that living my dream can help others find their passion through moving in the ways that best suit their bodies and personality.”
- Monday 12:00pm Vinyasa Yoga
- Thursday 11:00am Aquafit
- Friday 7:15am Body Conditioning
- Saturday 9:15am Power Yoga
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.”
- Thursday 6:30pm TABATA
September – Sue Delaney
Sue has been a part of the fitness industry for over 30 years. She started in college as a dance minor and never looked back. She has taught group fitness all over the United States, as well as France, Spain, and Hong Kong. Making fitness a part of her life has been a passion of hers for as long as she can remember. She believes in the social aspect of group fitness classes, and finds them to be a place of both physical and emotional support. She finds the fellowship of the group has uplifting powers. Two years ago, Sue had a knee issue with her meniscus. This forces anyone to re-evaluate their fitness workouts, and goals. Pilates and Barre became even more important, in her own routine, and in her teaching She encourages all levels of fitness into the class, and hopes to include any level to start and discover where it leads. Sue never loses sight of the fact that it’s an honor to lead a group of people into that zone. She teaches barre, Pilates, and muscle conditioning classes.
- Monday 5:00pm Barre
- Monday 6:00pm Pilates Mat
- Wednesday 4:30pm Core Strength Express
- Wednesday 5:00pm Pilates Mat
August – Scott Mahon
Scott has always led an active life playing football and lacrosse grow-ing up, and still enjoys snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing in his free time. Scott received his Bachelors in Sports Motion Science from Salem State. He has always been passionate about working out and trying to better himself for his adventures. Scott injured his shoulder playing football, which resulted in a botched surgery. After giving up on all of his activities and surrendering to chronic shoulder pain for several years. He rebuilt himself from the ground up, focusing on correctly strengthening his body. Scott has been a personal trainer and group fitness instructor at Waverley Oaks for almost two years. He enjoys enhancing people’s lives by increasing their mobility and strength so they can tackle any obstacles that they might encounter.
Scott believes that moving the body can help you feel better, it can turn even the worst of days around! Also, that exercise leads to a stronger mentality and a better spirit. Committing one’s self to an exercise routine builds self-worth, and teaches that hard work pays off. There’re few things in life where you truly get out what you put in. Whether at your job or in a relationship some of the work you do will go unnoticed. With exercise everything you do counts. The culmination of all of your hard work is returned by strength, empowerment, happiness, and accomplishment.
Scott teaches several classes that can accommodate varying levels of fitness, while still pushing you to your limits. Scott enjoys bringing his energy to the stage, making exercise fun for everyone. His classes focus on full body workouts designed to help everyone reach their fitness goals.
- Tuesday 5:30pm Body Sculpt
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 😉
- Monday 5:30pm Strong by Zumba
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.
- Thursday 6pm Vinyasa Yoga
- Sunday 10:30am Power Yoga
May – Ben Weinstein
In 2010 I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes as well as Sleep Apnea. I was 36 years old and weight 235 pounds. After two years of doctor appointments, daily insulin shots, using a CPAP machine, I decided to change my life style. Making a New Year’s resolution in 2012. I walked into my first Zumba class and never walked out. I have been a Zumba fitness instructor for past five years. I have a strong background in fitness management, sports and exercise. My journey though Zumba fitness has motivated me to want to live a healthier lifestyle. I bring that motivation to every class I teach; Inspiring others to continue with their fitness journey.
- Tuesday 6:30pm Zumba
- Thursday 7:30pm Zumba
April – Rochelle Wolfe
As a water class instructor, my mission is to bring excitement into your workout while helping you stay well and fit. I aim to deliver a wide variety of opportunities for functional movement training in my water classes. My philosophy behind functional training ( functioning in every day living ) is to improve overall quality of life. My class members range from 20 year old athletes to senior citizens. Some are rehabilitating from an injury. I focus on posture and alignment with some advanced options sprinkled in. I help people to personalize their workouts and encourage them to step out of their comfort zone. Incorporate strength and endurance in a playful routine. My teaching style is to encourage you to push yourself and to get the best out of each workout. My classes are high energy and upbeat. I want you to leave having had a great time and a great workout. My favorite part about teaching is seeing progress and new-found confidence in members. I’m AFAA certified with a BS in Nutrition and a Masters in Education. I’m a former member of the Simmons College Varsity Crew Team. We competed in the Head of the Charles and Dad Vails competitions – always coming in 1st or 2nd place! In the early 80’s I taught aerobics at Woman’s World! I’ve been a lifeguard and swimming instructor.
- Wednesday 10am Aquacise
- Friday 10am AquaFit
February – Shannon Roark
Up until the age of 23, Shannon’s idea of living healthy was to order a Diet Coke on the side on her hamburger and French fries. A scary blood sugar reading at a routine doctor’s appointment was the wake-up call she needed. Thanks to a diet overhaul and Les Mills, she was able to gain control over her weight and find her true passion: fitness.
Shannon’s journey with fitness started mostly with running and BodyPump, completing a half marathon in the fall of 2014. As she attended more and more group fitness classes, she kept picturing herself at the front of the class, leading it. So she thought, why not?
In 2014, Shannon left her corporate consulting job and moved to the public sector. This was dually beneficial, as not only was public service her passion and her career intent all along, but it also freed up her time to teach group fitness classes. First came her Mad Dogg Spinning certification, then her ACE Group Fitness Instructor certification, then her Les Mills BodyPump and BodyCombat certifications. Most recently, in the past year, Shannon has be- come certified in Les Mills GRIT and earned her ACE Certified Personal Trainer certification. And she’s already thinking about what will be the next one…
This past year, Shannon was one of five (out of approximately 200 appli- cants) people accepted to the Les Mills TAP (Trainer/Assessor/Presenter) Team as an Assessor for BodyPump and BodyCombat, reviewing instructor video assessment submissions and determining if they are ready for certifica- tion. Shannon loves providing thoughtful and detailed feedback to help in- structors in their roles, praising strengths and identifying areas for growth. Contributing to the expansion of the Les Mills tr1be has been a great way to repay it for all it has done for her own health and happiness!
- Sunday 10am LessMills BodyCombat
- Thursday 6am LessMills BodyPump
January – Emilia Bohac
In the water, on land or on snow, Emilia is a mover and a shaker. She leads an energetic class, with positive vibes and diverse music. She’s thrilled to frequently teach Pre-K through Seniors on the same day – both on land and in the water. This gives Emilia unique insights on body movement and teaching progressions. In over forty years of teaching swimming, she’s seen all ages, abilities, and mobility’s gain benefits from increased buoyancy and resistance in the pool.
Emilia’s love of movement began at age five with ballet. Ballet expanded to classes in pointe and modern dance. Not one to be put in a box, she also competed in western style square dancing and contra dancing! Teaching swimming was her second love, and began while she was in junior high. Next her interests grew to include soccer, leisure education, recreation, and boating. Emilia has led both “the go getter” and “the tentative” to success while teaching a variety of activities including kayaking, Nordic skiing, sailing, and canoeing. Currently she coaches middle and high school sports, and also teaches Physical Education. Additionally she has spent many years as a waterfront director, aquatics consultant, and lifeguard trainer. Athletes of all ages, from around the world, find success with her fun creative teaching style.
Emilia considers herself an educator and a coach; developing people’s potential and actualizing their goals is her passion. Emilia’s commitment to helping people make the most of life’s experiences shines forth in her leadership. Whether you exclusively prefer a water workout, or like to change things up once in awhile – come join her at the pool!