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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Maddi Stiles

  • Position: Fitness Graduate Assistant of Student Recreation Center
    Major: 2nd year Sport Administration Graduate Student in the School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies
    Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Instructor of Older Adult Strength Training

Favorite Thing About Being a Part of Falcon Fitness: My favorite part of Falcon Fitness is the environment I work in & the people I work with. Nothing beats coming into work every day & enjoying what you do while being surrounded by great people! Another part that I enjoy about Falcon Fitness is teaching my Older Adult Strength Training class – this community is one of the most dedicated group of individuals & I couldn’t imagine Falcon Fitness without them! Falcon Fitness has given me so many great experiences & friendships that I will forever cheris.

Personal Interests: I enjoy working out & staying active, spending time outdoors, walking my pup, Tucker, & hanging out with family & friends!

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Frank Abbey

  • Position: Personal Trainer
    Major: Graduate Student in School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies with a Specialization in Kinesiology
    Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer, CPR/AED

Favorite Thing About Being a Part of Falcon Fitness: I get to help individuals reach their goals!

Personal Interests: Player on the BGSU Club Quidditch Team

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Adrienne Ansel

  • Position: Fitness Instructor
    Profession: Fitness and Wellness professional and small business owner
    Certifications: Masters of Education in Kinesiology, ACE, Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, Health Coach, Les Mills BodyPump™ Instructor, and SilverSneakers® Instructor

Favorite Thing About Being a Part of Falcon Fitness: It brightens my day to lead others to ENJOY exercise while building relationships with others in our special Falcon Fitness Family!

Personal Interests: Staying active is definitely one of my favorite hobbies! In my spare time, I love choreograph for the BGSU Dance Program. When I’m not teaching or training or staying active, you can find me spending time with loved ones or snuggling with my 3 sweet kitties.

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Nick Beier

  • Position: Student Supervisor, Personal Trainer, Group X Instructor
    Major: Exercise Science
    Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Les Mills BodyPump™ Instructor

Favorite Thing About Being a Part of Falcon Fitness: Working with all different types of people!

Personal Interests: I enjoy golfing, rollerblading, and riding my bike.

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Holli Brackman

  • Position: Fitness and Well-Being Graduate Assistant
    Major: 2nd year graduate student in the Kinesiology program
    Certification: ACE Certified Person Trainer

Favorite Thing About Being a Part of Falcon Fitness: My favorite part about Falcon Fitness is the people! Everyone is so friendly, nice, and educated in their specific areas, which makes the work setting a fun atmosphere to be around. 

Personal Interests: I enjoy running and biking, spending time with my nieces and nephew, and hanging out with my friends

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Lauren Galloway

  • Position: Personal Trainer and Graduate Assistant in the Wellness Connection
    Academics: In the college Student Personnel Masters Program
    Certifications: NASM-CPT and CPR/AED Certified

Favorite Thing About Being a Part of Falcon Fitness: I am looking forward to helping people set and achieve their physical fitness goals! I hope to help people increase self-efficacy towards exercise, find their "why", and make physical activity a lifelong, enjoyable activity.

Personal Interests: When I am not at the SRC, I enjoy running, biking, swimming, and hiking. I am a coffee enthusiast and enjoy sitting down with a good book or friends!
 

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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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Kate Hans

  • Position: Group X Instructor
    Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders minor in Applied French
    Certification(s): ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor and CPR/First Aid

Training Philosophy: I truly love being able to dance with my participants every week! It brings me so much joy to foster healthy living through dance. After attending various Group-X classes as a freshman, I realized how important exercise is, both physically and mentally. Through teaching group fitness classes, I hope to share my love of dance and create an inclusive atmosphere for my participants to grow and have fun!

Personal Interests: When I’m not dancing, I enjoy going on walks, exploring museums, listening to k-pop, and spending time with family and friends!

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Hanna Hunt

  • Position: Personal Trainer and Student Supervisor of Facilities
    Major: Dietetics
    Certifications: Level 1 CrossFit Instructor

Favorite Thing About Being a Part of Falcon Fitness: The amazing culture we have! Such a fun staff! 

Personal Interests: Working out, boating & shopping! 

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Kayla Kindle

  • Position: Older Adult Fitness Instructor: SilverSneakers® Splash
    Major: Exercise Science/Pre-OT
    Certifications: SilverSneakers® Instructor, CPR/AED/First Aid

Favorite Thing About Being a Part of Falcon Fitness: I love helping and encouraging others be at their best and being able to form relationships with class participants! 

Personal Interests: I enjoy reading, long distance running, and cooking with new recipes! 

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Bryant Miller

  • Position: Fitness Instructor
    Major: Inclusive Early Childhood Education
    Certifications: 200 Hour Hatha Yoga instructor. Anti -Racism in Yoga Training. Adult First aid/AED/CPR.

Favorite Thing About Being a Part of Falcon Fitness: I love being able to do so many outreach programs where I get to meet amazing groups of people that might have not come to a yoga class otherwise!


Personal Interests: I love to hike and take Trader Joe's road trips with my roommates!

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Lindsey Murphy

  • Position: Older Adult Fitness Instructor
    Major: Gerontology, Long Term Care Administration
    Certifications: SilverSneakers® Splash

Favorite Thing About Being a Part of Falcon Fitness: Getting to exercise with my older adult patrons while having fun doing so! Staying mentally active is just as important as staying physically active, and I believe Falcon Fitness is a great proponent for that! 

Personal Interests: I enjoy volunteering my time with older adults, aside from teaching them! I also enjoy exercising on my own time, whether that be in the gym or staying active by golfing with friends on the weekends!

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Melissa Ladd

  • Position: Group X Instructor
    Major: MA History of Art
    Certifications: ACE Instructor, Cardio Toga, AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED, First Aid

Training Philosophy: Fitness is not only about physical health but mental health as well. Fitness for me is about inner and outer strength, not physical appearance. Body positivity is about strength and confidence, enjoying the amazing things that your body is capable of. My fitness philosophy has always centered on “longevity.” Movement and flexibility are my priority. Learning to move your body and building intrinsic strength leads not only to a healthy, confident mind, but an energized body that remains mobile long into older age. That’s why I practice yoga in all of its forms. I absolutely love bringing that outer strength and inner peace of mind to my students.

Personal Interests: I love practicing advanced yoga postures and weight lifting is a great way for me to gain strength to get into those poses (handstands!) Outside of yoga and fitness (which I love a lot), I love extreme sports, reading and rock music. A lifelong dancer, I enjoy singing and performing as well. Art is a passion of mine, I love animation and graffiti and enjoy studying art and visiting museums.

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Jodi Schroeder

  • Position: Budget Coordinator - Intercollegiate Athletics
    Certification: BODYPUMP™ and Cycle 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.

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Kayla Schwieterman

  • Position: Personal Trainer and Customer Service Attendant
    Major: Inclusive Childhood Education
    Certification: NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Favorite Thing About Being a Part of Falcon Fitness: Being in an encouraging environment where you see someone achieve a goal or do something they didn't think was even possible.  

Personal Interests: In my free time I enjoy being active through lifting, walking, or hiking. I love exploring new coffee shops and teaching little kids!

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Claire Semer, Ph.D.

  • Position: Group X Instructor
    Profession: Assistant Director, Office of Residence Life
    Certification: AFAA Group Exercise Instructor, WERQ Dance Fitness Certified, BUTI Yoga Certified, and SilverSneakers®

Favorite Thing About Being a Part of Falcon Fitness: I love providing different fitness formats to participants and watch them fall in love with exercising and sweating!

Personal Interests: I enjoy spending quality time with my family and gardening in the warmer months.

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Maria Signorino

  • Position: Mindfulness Facilitator
    Major: Environmental Policy and Analysis | Specialization: Education and Interpretation | Minor: Entrepreneurship
    Certifications: Mediation and Mindfulness Instructor, Reiki level 1, Reiki level 2 , CPR and First Aid

Favorite Thing About Being a Part of Falcon Fitness:
 I absolutely love providing others with what I am so passionate about myself. It is important to me to practice what I preach, so I love meditating for myself as much as I love leading others in meditations. I also love how positive, outgoing, inclusive, and helpful the entire Falcon Fitness community is. 

Personal Interests: I enjoy yoga, hiking, and plants. Also, I love to try new things. I believe it is important to go out of your comfort zone to really see personal growth.

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Janae' Thomas

  • Position: Group X Instructor
    Major: Business Management
    Certifications: Zumba® Instructor

Training Philosophy: : If you focus on doing your best and having fun you won’t have time to compare yourself to others!

Personal interests: : If I am not in class, you can probably find me in Starbucks, dancing, watching Netflix of shopping!

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Camryn Varner

  • Position: Personal Trainer
    Major: Inclusive Early Childhood Education
    Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Favorite Thing about Being a Part of Falcon Fitness: I am excited to be a part of a community of people that share the same passions as I do for fitness, and I cannot wait to continue to learn from everyone around me while having fun doing what I love!

Personal Interests: I enjoy getting coffee with friends, listening to various podcasts, watching any Disney movies, and a fun fact about me is that I am part of the BGSU Cheer team.  

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Sylvie Vitaglione

  • Position: Group X Instructor
    Major: Adjunct Professor of French in the Department of World Languages and Cultures
    Certifications: BA in Dance (UC Berkeley), 200H Yoga Teacher Training Certification (YogaWorks), First Aid and CPR

Training Philosophy: A lifelong dancer, Sylvie trained in ballet in her home country of France and modern and contemporary dance at the University of California Berkeley, where she earned a BA in Dance. During her years as a dancer Sylvie found yoga as a physical practice to support her breathing, deepen her stretching and manage and prevent injuries. She believes in building strong and intelligent bodies by training both our muscles and our minds. Her Barre and Yoga classes will get you off the couch and onto the mat to work on toning, balance, flexibility, agility and refining your range of motion. Working with a wide variety of bodies and abilities, her classes balance movement with stillness, challenging participants to build strength and endurance while also finding time for reflection. 

Personal Interests: Sylvie loves trying new forms of movement (and is currently learning to figure skate!), creating the "perfect" work-out playlist, wandering around art museums, cooking, watching movies, and exploring local parks with her family. 

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Paige Wagner

  • Position: Fitness Instructor
    Profession: Registered Dietitian/Teaching Kitchen Manager for BGSU Dining
    Certification: BodyPump™

Favorite Thing About Being a Part of Falcon Fitness: Getting to know individuals of all ages in the BGSU community and seeing them each week. They hold me accountable and they inspire me each and every day!

Personal Interests: Outside of work, I enjoy playing piano, reading books, cooking and spending time with my husband and dog.
 

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DeeDee Wentland

  • Position: Group X Instructor
    Profession: Secretary, School of Cultural and Critical Studies (ACS, ETHN, POPC, and WS)
    Certification(s): Zumba®, Zumba® Step, Zumba® Toning, Aqua Zumba®, and STRONG by Zumba®, BodyPump™,and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor.

Favorite Thing About Being a Part of Falcon Fitness: I love being a part of our Falcon Fitness family as an instructor and as a participant because our team is so supportive and positive!  Being at the Rec is the best part of any day on campus.  It’s where the fun is!

Personal Interests: I love going place and being a tourist, in Ohio and beyond.  I enjoy walks in the park, being by water, and I have 5 grandkids who keep me busy.

Updated: 12/02/2021 11:22AM