Falcon Fitness Staff

All Falcon Fitness staff members are certified in first aid and CPR/AED. 

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Karyn Smith

Position: Group X Instructor | Personal Trainer
Profession: Health Educator - Wellness Connection
Certifications: ACE Personal Trainer, AFAA Group Exercise Instructor, ViPR® Instructor

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Adrienne Ansel

Position: Graduate Assistant – Fitness | Group X Instructor and Personal Trainer
Major: Masters degree in Kinesiology
Certification: ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, BODYPUMP™ Instructor

Training Philosophy: My training (and life) philosophy is to always work to maximize your fullest potential. I believe in hard work… and enjoying it along the way! By giving 110% effort in everything you do, whether it's in the gym or in life, you will find success, pride, and personal growth. I live my life and teaching philosophy by this quote: “Do what you love, love what you do!”

Personal Interests: I am the RecWell energizer bunny. I have high energy and a passion for living a healthy, active lifestyle! I adore about helping others enjoy fitness in my role as a trainer and as a Group X instructor. I enjoy being busy, but if I have any spare time I find myself dancing, listening to music, running, spending time with my friends and family, reading, or traveling.

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Sarah Adams

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Mathematics
Certifications: ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor

Training Philosophy: For me, fitness is about challenging yourself to be the best that you can be, but also having fun! Working out doesn’t have to be work! It should be an outlet that makes you laugh and smile! I also believe in trying to become the best version of yourself. Everyday, work towards a new goal and learn something new! 

Personal interests: I have always loved working out and being active, but I truly became inspired in my fitness journey when I joined Group X! I have been actively involved in many different Group X classes throughout my undergraduate studies. Being a member of Group X has given me confidence and has helped me to make many new friends! Along with being involved in Group X, I love teaching, mathematics, art, and being outdoors! Life is an adventure, and I am looking forward to seeing what this adventure has in store for me!   

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Lauren Andrews

Position: Student Supervisor | Group X Instructor
Major: Psychology | Minor: Human Development and Family Studies
Certifications: ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor

Training Philosophy: I believe that everyone no matter what size or shape, should be able to exercise and love it while they are at it! I want to create a space where everyone feels comfortable and knows that they can get to the fitness level that they want with a little bit of hard work. I want all participants to love their bodies!

Personal Interests: When not at the gym, (because I love the gym a lot) you can find me dancing with University Dance Alliance, dancing and singing in the car with my friends, reading a good book, watching some Netflix or hanging out with friends and family. I love a little bit of everything and love to meet new people!

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Rechelle Bischoff

Position: Personal Trainer
Major: Dietetics
Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist

Training Philosophy: My training philosophy is to help clients of all levels obtain their personal fitness goals, while providing nutrition advice and, most of all, always having fun!

Personal Interests: I love working out and always pushing myself in the gym! I grew up playing sports, so it's in my blood! I love watching most sports, especially football, soccer, baseball and softball. I spend most of my free time outdoors hiking, running, rollerblading or just taking in the awesome scenery wherever I'm at!


Joe Black

Position: Personal Trainer and Group X Instructor
Major: Exercise Science
Certifications: NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Training Philosophy: I believe in faith, consistency, and hard work in everything you do. If you have the faith in yourself, are consistent in what you do, and you are willing to put in the hard work, then you can achieve any goal you set for yourself. I apply that to the gym, school, and every other aspect of my daily life, and it has made me into the person I am today. 

Personal Interests: The gym is my happy place, but I also enjoy going to movies, listning to music(specifically J.Cole), and playing video games. I also compete in Powerlifting and enjoy playing basketball. 

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Diana Curtis

Position: Personal Trainer, Group X Instructor, Graduate Assistant for Student Recreation Center Facilites
Major: Master's in Kinesiology
Certifications: NCSF Certified Personal Trainer, PLYOGA

Training Philosophy: is teaching functional fitness that can help individuals during their everyday life and provide them with "self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement."

Personal Interests: include marathon running and weight-lifting. I have been running for about nine years and have completed eight full marathons. My goal is to complete one in every U.S. state and on every continent.

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Lauren Dial

Major: Developmental Psychology
Certification: ACE Group Fitness Instructor

Training Philosophy: My training philosophy is to find an exercise format that you enjoy and work towards growing in that area. I found that making fitness fun and enjoyable is most helpful for achieving my own personal fitness goals, and I aim to provide that for others. Sometimes we encounter obstacles that test our drive to maintain a healthy life balance (it happens!). However, those moments can be an opportunity for tremendous growth. Work hard, stay positive, and keep moving!

Personal Interests: I enjoy spending time outdoors (gardening, hiking, biking, etc.), but also am a big fan of watching movies, reading, and playing video games. I love riding rollercoasters and crocheting as well…but just not at the same time.

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Donna Dick

Position: Group X Instructor, Tutorial Coordinator – Learning Commons

Training Philosophy:  I have loved being active all my life, majoring in health and physical education as an undergraduate student. Over the years I have been a physical education teacher, YMCA fitness instructor, and even led exercise classes at nursing homes and senior centers. I have found the key to staying fit is to find things you enjoy and not to be afraid to try something new and to challenge yourself. Yoga for me is a wonderful activity, because it not only can increase strength, balance and flexibility, but it can soothe tension and anxiety in the mind and body. I want people who come to my yoga class to enjoy the poses and the movement and to cultivate their inner peace and calm.

Personal Interest: In my free time, I enjoy being outside whether it’s biking, hiking, or traveling. I also enjoy attending live plays and musicals, practicing the piano and getting together with friends and family!   

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Nancy Fisher

Position: Group X Instructor
Profession: Elementary School Teacher and Fitness Instructor
Certifications: POUND Pro Instructor, Zumba®, specialties Instructor, Aqua Yoga Instructor

Training Philosophy:  I want to make fitness accessible to every BODY.  I want to inspire people to MOVE.  I wish for anyone to come into any class of mine and leave feeling accomplished in what they were able to achieve, but to also smile, laugh, sweat, and realize that fitness doesn't have to be a chore.  

Personal interests:  I enjoy reading, relaxing at home with my family, eating and discovering great food, but especially meeting people and being inspired by what the world has to offer!

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Demetria Graham

Position: Group X Instructor
Profession: Student Services Counselor in the College of Arts and Sciences
Certification: AFAA Group Exercise Instructor

Training Philosophy: It's your workout, you get out of it what you put into it.

Personal interests: I am a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. I am a former basketball player and coach.  I am a graduate of BGSU. As a former (and current) Group X participant, the instructors inspired me so much that I made the decision to live a healthy lifestyle, and I decided to become a fitness instructor.  One of the best decisions that I have ever made in my life!

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Caroline Haworth

Position: Personal Trainer and Group X Instructor
Major: Communication Disorders and Sciences, Pre-Occupational Therapy
Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Training Philosophy: It’s ok to start small, as long as you start! I believe that any healthy habit is worth the time because in the long run it can make the difference in being able to keep doing what you love.

Personal Interests: I love to exercise with friends, and that takes up most of my time. I love learning about child development, communication, exercise and philosophy. In the summer and fall I spend a lot of time running, hiking, and swimming. When I’m not sweating it out, I like to cook (Mexican usually), watch Netflix, drink coffee, go shopping, visit new places, eat pizza, volunteer at H2O or spend time with my close friends and family. You can always catch me smiling

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Katie Hamilton

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Masters in College Student Personnel
Certifications: Zumba® Instructor

Training Philosophy: I truly believe that working out should be fun! That’s the best part about group fitness, you can exercise in a welcoming and supportive environment and have a blast at the same time.  Whether you have never been to a group fitness class before or you attend multiple classes a week, group fitness is a wonderful way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. To begin making a positive impact on your health and overall wellness, all you need is a smile and a willingness to learn.

Personal Interests: When I am not busy being a graduate student or shaking my booty in a Zumba® class, I enjoy cooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.


Corina Kreill

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Inclusive Early Childhood Education
Certification: ACE Group Fitness Instructor

Training Philosophy: "A down dog a day keeps the doctor away." I believe everyone is uniquely different and beautiful, and it is important to meet yourself where you're at. Come as you are! I am here to help people be comfortable and confident with themselves. Connecting the mind and body is a beautiful thing that I strive to teach in my classes. Take deep breaths, go with the flow, and always have fun!

Personal Interests: I absolutely love to try new things and be outside appreciating nture! I enjoy running, rollerblading, dancing, ice skating, and really anything active. I am always up for an adventure and to travel the world. I coach a volleyball team and serve at St. Tom's. I am very passionate about education and working with children. I cannot wait to become a teacher!

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Olivia Krupp

Position: Group X Instructor, Wellness Connection Graduate Assistant
Major: Masters of Public Health, Health Promotion and Education
Certifications: ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor, PiYo Instructor

Training Philosophy: "Love your body, and teach your mind to respect it."

Personal Interests: I love spending time outdoors running, hiking, camping, and reading in my hammock.  I also enjoy going to yoga and barre classes and spending time with loved ones.

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Tara Lanzer

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Marine Biology
Certifications: Basic Steps Level 1 Zumba Instructor

Training Philosophy: My training philosophy is to find ways to enjoy everything you do, including exercising! Whether that means listening to music during your workout or finding friends that will exercise with you, making exercising enjoyable keeps you motivated, makes it easier to give your 100%, and gives you a reason to look forward to it every day! My goal as an instructor is to give people a way to enjoy exercising and staying fit.

Personal Interests: Apart from Zumba© and dancing, running is one of my favorite ways to exercise. I also enjoy other classes offered here at the Rec like BODYPUMP™ and Barre. In addition, I am very passionate about my major, Marine Biology, and one of my main goals in life is to make the oceans a cleaner and safer place for the animals that call it home. I am always trying to find ways to make everything I do more environmentally friendly. In my free time, I am usually hanging out with friends or family, reading a good book, or taking care of my pets!


Crystal Lau

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Masters in Speech-Language Pathology
Certification: ZUMBA® Basic Level 1

Training Biography: Fitness should be fun and enjoyable! As long as you are having a great time and sweating, you're working out! Group Fitness is awesome because you can always bring a friend (or ten, or twenty...) with you - so bring them!

Personal Interest: When I am not in class or working in the clinic, I enjoy crafting, cooking, and hanging out with my friends. I also sing at a church choir every Sunday!


Angie Lee

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Neuroscience
Certification: ACE Group Fitness Instructor, AFAA Sunrise Yoga

Training Philosophy: I believe that there is so much more to health and fitness than having the perfect figure or workouts so intense they leave you feeling wasted rather than rejuvenated. I believe that a healthy mind, balance, self-love, and forgivenes are essential to persue your goals and overcome moments of weakness. I want to help inspire, empower, and guide people to live the lives they want through yoga, strength training, nutrition, and getting outside. My passion lies in helping people discover that health and fitness is not just something you do, it becomes a part of who you are. 

Perosnal Interests: The outdoors have my heart, especially my home back in California. When I am not at school or the gym, I like to plan trips to the mountains with my husband, take our two dogs out to play, and find new places to explore. I love learning new things and doing anything that involves being active outdoors, but some of my favorites are backpacking, snowboarding, wakeboarding, surfing, diving, climbing, and running. 

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Nicole Lembo

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Psychology
Certification: Zumba© Instructor

Training Philosophy: My philosophy behind fitness is having faith in yourself to take that first step. I personally feel that believing in yourself and pushing the limits of your comfort zone is what helps you find your true happiness. I put my whole heart and mind into everything I do in order to better myself each and every day. But at the end of the day, whether it’s in life or at the gym, if it makes you happy and nourishes your body, keep doing it! 

Personal Interests: My personal interests include anything active. From throwing a ball to going on a run, you can count me in. I grew up competitively dancing and I love exercising, so what better way to combine my two passions than Zumba©!

I am also very passionate about giving back and helping others. So one day I hope to combine my passions for fitness and psychology to make a positive impact on the world.


Zac Longenecker

Position: Personal Trainer and Group X Instructor
Major: Criminal Justice Specializing in Computer Science
Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer, American Red Cross CPS Certified, Certified Peer Educator - Wellness Connection - SRC

Training Philosophy: The way I see training is this - When we wake up in the morning, we know life isn't perfect. In fact, most things are actually far out of our control. But our ability to walk in the gym, manipulate our bodies in insanely cool ways, and build a never-give-up mentality that can last a lifetime? Limitless. 

Pesronal Interests: Since I consider the gym my home away from home, it means a little more to me than just a hobby. But besides that, I like to spend time with friends and family, go on random adventures, and get myself into ridiculous eating challenges.


Tony Lowe

Position: Position: Personal Trainer and Group X Trainer
Major: Exercise Science
Certification: ACE Personal Training Certification

Training Philosophy: I am passionate about transcending limitations. My biggest thrill is seeing clients break through barriers and achieve their goals. I believe that pursuing health and wellness will reveal a person's true potential. I specialize in periodized, phased workout programming. This will keep progress attainable and sustainable. The best results come from working slowly through an intelligent strategy. 

Personal Interests: I am wild about guitar and I'm an enthusiast of vintage instruments. I studied many forms of martial arts earlier in life, and pay attention to MMA events and modern training practices. I have enjoyed gymnastics and circus arts training, obstacle racing, and kayaking. I like to rest, too. Sometimes, the best day has a great hike, a fresh meal, and bad detective novel. Add a great old 50s album on a ricketty turntable, and I am in heaven. 

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Maria Matyac

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Inclusive Early Childhood Education
Certifications: Yogafit Level 1 Foundations

Training philosophy: I believe in optimism through everything you do including exercise, without a positive attitude, you can’t learn what exercise is right for your body. I believe staying healthy is a matter of your body and your state of mind working together. Exercise should strengthen your mental and physical fitness. There is no failure in trying, only in doing nothing.

Personal interests: When I’m not practicing yoga, in my free time I enjoy attempting Pinterest crafts and desserts. I’m an early childhood major that thrives off cute little kids and creativity. I have a passion for sculpture and ceramic art and I hope to someday have my own studio as well as pursue a profession as a second-grade teacher. I enjoy activities that slow down our fast-paced lives, and put things in perspective… and this is why I love Yoga!

“Yoga is not about touching your toes it is about what you learn on the way down.”


Ian Pfeiffer

Position: Personal Trainer
Major: Exercise Science
Certification: NCSF Personal Trainer

Training Philosophy: I believe that there are many types of fitness that individuals can be involved
in - whether it's Powerlifting, Bodybuilding, or Crossfit. Finding your match allows you to see what type of training you are capable of and how you can achieve that goal. 

Perosnal Interests: I enjoy lifting, going to sporting events, hanging out with friends, and going out and having a good time. 

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Kelsey Ranney

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Inclusive Early Childhood Education
Certifications: Zumba® Instructor

Training philosophy: Give 100% effort in everything that you do and it will become a "want" rather than a "need.” 

Personal Interests: I have been a dancer my whole life, and I participated in cheerleading in middle school and high school. I'm in the sorority Kappa Delta here on campus. In my free time, I love to read, write, dance, hang out with my friends, and watch Netflix. 

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Lindsey Roberts

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Clinical Psychology
Certification: TurboKick© Instructor

Training Philosophy: Find something fun! Try new things, be kind to yourself, and figure out what works for you and your goals. Give yourself credit for showing up—the rest will follow.

Personal Interests: I am a psychology nerd, so I spend most of my time learning about people. When I’m not working, I love being outdoors, trying new foods, and spending time with people who make me laugh, a good jigsaw puzzle, and vying for affection from my cats.

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Jared Sater

Position: Personal Trainer and Group X Trainer
Major: Exercise Science
Certifications: ACE Personal Training Certification

Training Philosophy: Exercise is the best investment you will ever make. Any time that you spend in the gym is an investmet in yourself. Having fitness in your life means that you can create a better quality of life and enjoy all the time that you have. 

Personal Interests: When I am not in the gym weight training, I am usually spending time with my fraternity! I enjoy playing basketball, enen though I'm not very good at it. I also love cooking and trying new recipes!

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Jodi Schroeder

Position: Group X instructor, Administrative Assistant in the Department of Theatre and Film
Certification: BODYPUMP™ Instructor

Training Philosophy:  I strive to motivate others to achieve their personal success one step at a time.  I enjoy celebrating the mini-successes of realistic achievements which in turn become the foundation for greater triumphs.  Sometimes, the toughest thing to do is to take that first step.

Personal Interests:  A native of Northwest Ohio, Jodi has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree specializing in Marketing, as well as, a Master’s degree in Workforce Development and Education from Bowling Green State University.  Back in the summer of 2012, I caught the BGSU Falcon Fitness “bug” and haven’t looked back since.  In my free time, I enjoy participating in various sporting activities with my kids, spending time with my family, and soaking up the quiet calm a great run affords me.

Claire Semer

Claire Semer, Ph.D.

Position: Group X Instructor
Profession: Assistant Director in the Office of Residence Life
Certification: AFFA Group Exercise Instructor, WERQ Dance Fitness Certified, BUTI Yoga Certified

Training philosophy: Claire hails from Queens, NY and holds degree in Psychology, Mental Health Counseling and Higher Education. When it comes to health, there’s nothing more powerful than the mind and body benefits of exercise. Claire’s WERQ classes are high energy, sweat-soaked dance parties, with lots of positive attitude for any fitness level. WERQ showcases the hottest songs and participants leave feeling healthy and confident. Claire’s Buti Yoga class is a mix of a high-intensity fusion of power yoga, tribal dance and plyometrics. This practice combines cardio, strength training and flexibility in one seamless format.

Personal Interests: Claire currently serves as an Assistant Director in the Office of Residence Life, and also serves as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Toledo and BGSU.


Rachel Wasson

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Clinical Psychology
Certification: 300-hour Certified Yoga Instructor

Training Philosophy: Personal growth, both physical and mental, happens when you confront your fears with curiosity, lean in to discomfort, and let go. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is all about balance. I regularly study traditional yoga philosophy and incorporate it into classes. I also enjoy teaching others to find strength and flexibility within themselves.

Personal Interests: Mindfulness and yoga are my passions. I am pursuing a career using mindfulness in clinical work and research. I also enjoy hiking, playing outside with my dog, jamming to music, and finding a good hammock spot.


DeeDee Wentland

Position: Group X Instructor
Profession: Senior Secretary in the School of Cultural and Critical Studies
Certifications: Zumba®, Zumba® Toning, Aqua Zumba®, and STRONG by Zumba®, and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor.

Training Philosophy: Fitness should be fun! When you find something that feels more like "fun" and less like "work" you're more likely to do it on a regular basis. 

Personal Interests: The Zumba® fitness program allows me to let my "inner dancer" out!  I'm more motivated when I work out with my friends in a group setting in any type of choreographed fitness class. We have amazing wellness programming here at BGSU, and I try to take advantage of everything!  I also enjoy boating, walking in the park, going to festivals and museums, reading, watching movies, attending BGSU sporting events, and trying to keep up with my four grandchildren.

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Rylee Wheaton

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Dietetics
Certification: Les Mills BODYPUMP™ Instructor

Training Philosophy: I strive to love others and to empower everyone I encounter to realize their full potential. Always aiming to create a positive environment where people can come to work hard, lift weights, smile lots, and become the best version of themselves. 

“You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress” 

Personal Interests: I am passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle and finding the beauty in simple things. I love spending time with my family, going boating on the lake, loving Jesus, cooking healthy foods, and being apart of this incredibly strong fitness community here at BGSU.