Group Fitness Director | NASM Personal Trainer & Fitness Specialist, AFAA Group Fitness, & more
Debbie loves helping people achieve their fitness goals. She finds coaching group exercise classes a very rewarding job. The best part is helping people feel great about working out and see them happy! Debbie’s fitness experience goes back 20 plus years. She has even had the privilege to be part of Aerobics competitions back in the day. Debbie’s classes are always well prepared and thought out. She continues to attend fitness seminars yearly to keep updated on the latest fitness trends and skills.
Melissa has extensive experience as a Swim Instructor at Rolling Hills Club. As a competitive swimmer with the Mud Sharks Masters Team Melissa has won High Point Medals in Pacific Masters, All American Swimmer and has placed in US Masters National Meets. She currently teaches water aerobics, group swim lessons and helps coach the Swimfit program at Rolling Hills Club. In her spare time Melissa is a professional artist/teacher. Melissa combines a great ability to teach the technical aspects of swimming with a friendly style of coaching that helps swimmers learn to swim fast in a fun and enjoyable environment.
Fitness has been a significant part of Barb’s life for the last 34 years. During her career, she has managed two fitness companies; The Bod Squad, Inc. and Steppin’ Out. Barb has taught a variety of classes including pregnancy, kids’ aerobics, muscle, spinning, stretch, step, and regular aerobics. Currently at Rolling Hills Club, Barb teaches our Muscle Madness and Movement, Muscle & Stretch class. Teaching students of all levels is her passion. When she is not teaching exercise, Barb substitute teaches and enjoys playing tennis and reading.
Certified Personal Trainer & Certified Pilates Instructor
Megan loves making fitness fun! Megan began her professional career as a dancer/actress in New York City. After a hip injury ended her performing career, Megan taught for NYU and the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in NYC. Her love of teaching classes and individuals to work on strengthening and understanding how to engage their muscles from the inside out led Megan to Pilates, Personal Training and Group Exercise. Megan teaches Pilates Mat, Reformer and Barre Strength classes.
Growing up in the country, Winnie learned at an early age the importance and value of community. The theme of community and providing an emotionally, physically and socially satisfying experience for each individual is one that she has carried for 23 years at Rolling Hills Club. As an instructor of Water Fitness and Kindergarten PE Specialist for almost 30 years and as a manager, she has followed this model of providing opportunity for change and growth in a nurturing environment.
I have taught fitness, community health and nutrition classes since 1999 to youth and women in migrant camps, as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua, to public students in the Bronx, and to expecting and new mothers in Brooklyn and the Bay Area. I love being an advocate for your health and helping others get stronger in body, mind and spirit. I am fueled by the energy and camaraderie of exercise, training one-on-one and in my group cardio, cycle and TRX classes. My classes are high energy, fun and challenging. It’s such a joy to motivate my students to leave class feeling emptied of stress and renewed with power, confidence, strength and beauty. In addition to my passion for health and wellness, I love working as a freelance photographer, doula, and bilingual teaching artist. I am filled with joy from gardening, the great outdoors and active family adventures of all kinds with my husband, son & baby daughter.
Michelle is a California native who has been active in fitness and nutrition her entire life. Her background is varied and the foundation of her fitness philosophy is based upon versatility and cross-training. Road biking, mountaineering, snow camping, backpacking, climbing, hiking, SUP, surfing, and kayaking are a few of her favorite outdoor activities. And, training in the gym and teaching group exercise keeps her ready for the next adventure.
Simply put: Fitness equates to Freedom. If you are strong and healthy, you have the option to say “YES” to life’s opportunities! Whether it’s reaching the summit of that mountain or just the top of your street to catch a glimpse of the sunset. It’s never too late to start! Let us help you reach your fitness goals.
Schwinn Cycling Certified, SCW Aquatic Certified, Sunflower Wellness Certified Aqua Instructor
Tori Graw brings her enthusiasm for fitness and teaching to the Rolling Hills Club as a Cycle and Aquatics instructor. She is a Sunflower Wellness instructor for people living with cancer. She is known for her passion for music and positive attitude. As a long-time member, instructor, tennis player, as well as being part of the front desk team, Tori reaches out to members to create a sense of community and to promote well-being through fitness and health.
Heather has been teaching group exercise classes since 1989 and joined Rolling Hills Club in 2007. Heather teaches a variety of classes including our early morning Bootcamp class, Cycle, F.I.T and Senior Fitness. In the early nineties Heather received a Silver Medal in the Bay Area Reebok Aerobic Championship. Heather truly enjoys working with all ages and levels (especially her amazing Senior exercisers and her hard working boot campers!) She enjoys connecting with members and seeing their progress. Her workouts are tough but always FUN!
Amy has been teaching with Rolling Hills Club 20 years this year. Amy enjoys teaching both water aerobics and indoor cycling.
Beth finds doing yoga practically beneficial and endlessly fascinating. She loves to share her passion for yoga with others, from first-timers and beginners to devoted practitioners, on Tuesday and Saturday mornings at RHC. Having turned 50 in 2011, Beth credits her yoga practice for helping her to feel vibrant, energetic and grounded while also managing and preventing injury. A radio broadcaster since the mid-80s, Beth worked at Radio Bangkok for 3 years and became certified in Thai massage at Wat Pho in 1993. She then immersed herself in Iyengar (alignment-based) classes, workshops and retreats for ten years with numerous master teachers while working at KFOG and later KQED. Beth also studied yoga philosophy, Pranayama and Ayurveda at the California Institute of Integral Studies and did her yoga teacher training through Yoga Tree in San Francisco following a year of studying Anusara yoga at the Yoga Kula in San Francisco. She continues to study Acroyoga (a blend of acrobatics, yoga and Thai massage) and to offer workshops in Partner Yoga, a beautiful way to work out through give and take and learning to trust and communicate well.
Meghan has been working in the fitness field since graduating from college in 2001. She has a degree in Exercise Sport Science. She has taught all kinds of fitness classes, personal training, and teaches and coaches swimming as well. Spinning is a passion of hers and she is happy to be on board as an instructor! She is married to Skylar Kannegeiter, who serves in the Coast Guard. They have one son named Bodhi.
ACE Certified Personal Trainer, ACSM Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist
Kim loves exercise and loves sharing that passion with others. She has been teaching group classes since 1989 when cardio kickboxing was all the rage. In addition to different fitness modalities, she has a background in Kenpo Karate and self defense. Kim teaches a variety of classes at Rolling Hills including Cycle, Kickboxing and Strength & Conditioning. Kim also head up the Sunflower Wellness program and is a strong advocate for the benefits of exercise for people living with cancer. Please contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about that program.
Melissa Lakritz is an enthusiastic and motivated teacher who has been practicing yoga for 11 years. She uses precise instruction, alignment with breath, and fluidity of movement so that her students feel focused, empowered, and connected to their core. Learning how to generate energy into different parts of the body helped Melissa relax and release tension both on and off the mat. Her passion for asana practice led her to complete a 200 hour teacher training and become a RYT through Yoga Alliance. Melissa continues to be inspired by the transformation that yoga has provided in her life. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to share her passion and teach others how to unite mind, body and spirit through Yoga.
AFAA Primary Group Exercise Certification
Heather has spent her whole life teaching or learning in a classroom. After 15 years as a high school English teacher she was ready to reinvent herself, and embarked on a journey of physical wellness which included learning to swim, bike and run in preparation for triathlon competition, participating in the life changing UltraSimple Diet program, and embracing all that Group Exercise at Rolling Hills Club has to offer. Zumba fitness classes quickly became the favorite, and after spending a year and a half positioned at the front of the room, it was a natural next step to pursue certification to teach the high energy, incredibly fun Latin rhythm-inspired cardio class!
Susie loves swimming and always has. In her youth she swam for her high school swim team. This was before Title Nine passed and there were very few sports for girls. Susie was on the very first women’s swim team at the University of Miami, Florida in 1972–73. After many adult years as a runner, biker and skier she returned to her true love, swimming, in 1998.
Susie has been swimming as a masters swimmer since 2000. First with the Rolling Hills Mud Sharks and now with the Marin Pirates Masters. Her professional career was as a registered dietitian. She focused on sports nutrition as well as hyperlipidemia. She spent most of her career teaching and leading seminars on nutrition. She worked for Covert Bailey, the author of Fit or Fat and then for “Jazzercise” as their nutritionist. So the transition to teaching about her real love, swimming, was easy.
Susie is married, has a daughter currently in college and two shih tzu’s that keep her walking on a daily basis. She recently walked 60 miles in three days for “The 3-day Walk” for the Susan G Komen for the Cure. When she is not coaching, or swimming, you may see her walking!
ACE Certified Spin Instructor
Jessica began teaching spin classes at Rolling Hills during the summer of 2016, however, she has been teaching spin for many years prior at San Rafael High School. At the school, she fundraised for four years in order to get 45 spin bikes to teach spin to the students and teachers. Jessica is an avid cyclist and has competed in many triathlons and century rides. Jessica loves motivating her students to get the best work out possible.
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Katie was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. Raised by a coach, Katie has always loved sports and staying active. Like many other women, she found it much harder to keep fitness in her life after becoming a mom. Her value as a group fitness instructor is that she can identify with the daily struggle to eat healthy and commit to your fitness routine. As a mom with three young children, Katie can offer advice and tips to those facing that battle. She loves to motivate people and has a lot of enthusiasm to offer our members. Katie believes it is easier to exercise and stay fit when you are having fun and that’s the atmosphere she tries to create in her classes. Katie is ACE Certified as a Group Fitness Instructor and teaches early morning boot camp and cycle classes.
Registered Yoga Instructor
Sarah has been delighting in the discoveries of yoga since first stepping on to a mat in 1998. She began teaching in 2003 and soon after became a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. Using yoga philosophy, mindful sequencing, breath practices, and a bit of humor, she creates classes to encourage students to build awareness both on and off the mat. Her practice and teaching are deeply rooted in the joyful expression and alignment principles of Anusara yoga, having studied with its founder, and she has been a long-time student of Ulrika Engman. More recently, Sarah has expanded her studies of alignment-based yoga under the guidance of Sienna Smith and Prajna Yoga teachers Tias Little and Djuna Mascall.
Certified Zumba Instructor
Jessica took her first Zumba® class in 2008 and became immediately addicted. After taking classes for four years from some of the best instructors in California, she decided to get certified to teach. The best thing about Zumba is the music and the party like atmosphere. I like to incorporate fitness moves, boxing and of course dance to my routines so my students get a full body workout.
Certified White Lotus Instructor
Tim West has been teaching yoga in Novato for over fifteen years. He has a doctorate in psychology and is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice. He has led yoga workshops throughout Northern California and Hawaii and has studied with a meditation master in India for over 20 years. He has run marathons and several triathlons and considers yoga a necessary compliment to athletic training. Tim uses his training in stress management to teach classes that are energetic and that use breath work for deep relaxation.
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