NETA trainers are exceptionally qualified professionals who are dedicated to fitness education. They have Bachelors or Masters degrees in the exercise sciences and years of experience in the fitness industry. They are also personable, approachable and devoted to making fitness training an enjoyable experience. Their hands-on approach to training offers plenty of individual attention. They have a relaxed, friendly style that creates the ideal atmosphere for learning. If you want to expand your knowledge and have fun in the process you can depend on NETA to give you the best hands-on training in the fitness profession.
Ashley Artese is currently pursuing a PhD in Exercise Physiology at Florida State University with a research focus in resistance and functional training for older adults and special populations. She earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the College of William and Mary and her master’s degree in exercise science from the University of South Carolina. She has studied martial arts for 21 years and is a certified ACE GFI & PT, licensed Zumba, registered yoga teacher (RYT® 200).
Emily Ellison, MA, has been working in the fitness industry since 2004 teaching fitness classes and managing group exercise and fitness programs within campus recreation. She holds both undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Exercise Physiology and is currently pursuing Certification in Applied Functional Science from the Gray Institute. National certifications include Group Exercise & Personal Training, Spinning®, SPINPower®, and AEA. She is the Associate Director of Fitness Programs for Cornell Fitness Centers, where she oversees the Group Exercise and Personal Training operations, as well as fitness programing for the Cornell University community.
Kym started teaching group fitness in 1988. She is an ACE certified Group Exercise Instructor and Personal Training. She has completed her 200 hour RYT yoga certification. Her background includes work in fitness management, personal training, older adult and youth programming and has years of experience leading a variety of group exercise classes including small group training, yoga, Pilates, TRX and kettlebell.
Colleen O’Neil has worked as a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor for over 20 years. She holds accredited Personal Training certifications through ACSM, and NASM, Group Fitness Instructor and specialty certifications for Yoga and Pilates through NETA, YogaFit, and the YMCA. Colleen also is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher. She earned her Master of Science in Applied Exercise Science through Concordia University Chicago. Colleen worked in corporate fitness for 12 years, and now runs a personal training business, and is a Presenter for NETA. Her goal is to help clients enhance their health through exercise and education, and by incorporating a variety of exercise formats in personal training and group exercise.
Sheila has been in the fitness industry since 1989. She has earned a B.S. in Sports Med Rehab and is a NASM certified Personal Trainer and Exercise Specialist & Corrective Exercise Specialist, and an ACE & NETA Personal Trainer and Group fitness instructor. She is also certificated in Yoga, Pilates; Reformer, Chair & Mat, Barre blend, KB, TRX, Cycle. Sheila has a true passion for fitness and feels blessed to be able to share this passion with others.
“Sheila was very effective in making sure we understand the matrials and prepared us not only to be able to do everything but how to properly teach it.”
(Brigitte O’Brien, New Paltz, NY)
“Awesome instructor! Sheila was very knowledgeable and very helpful!”
(Julie Kirk West Burlington, IA)
Mario, NETA’s Executive Director, joined the team back in 1994. With great vision for the company, he directed the creation of continuing education programs expanding into all areas of fitness. Mario has been the key ingredient to NETA’s unparalled success. He is always ready to take the company on its next business adventure. In his free time, he spends time fishing, working on his horse farm and horseback riding with his wife.
“I like how the Personal Trainer Certification is NCCA accredited. The e-mail updates and the new catalog that’s been sent out is great!”
(Anonymous, Saint Paul, MN)
Jon has a M.Ed. in exercise science from the University of Minnesota and has been in the wellness industry for over 25 years. Jon currently works as a Wellness Coach at OptumHealth where he has delivered over 7,000 telephonic wellness coaching sessions. He has integrated the stages of change model, self-efficacy theory, positive psychology, and motivational interviewing into his practice to help his clients achieve lasting lifestyle change.
Marzell Gray is an Assistant Professor in the Applied Health Sciences department at the University of Minnesota in Duluth, MN. He holds a doctoral degree in Public Health, a Master in Business Administration degree, and Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Marzell began his career as a personal trainer at a non-profit organization. He continues assist clients, while also working with the Physical Activity Alliance, and presenting workshops for NETA.
“Marzell had a great ability to break down information and present it so everyone could understand.”
(Kyle Crable, Blaine, MN)
Samantha Hackbart, M.S. Ed. has a fitness career that spans over 8 years with experience in group fitness training and management in the community and collegiate setting. As an ACSM-HFI, ACE Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, published research in the International Journal of Exercise Science, she brings a great deal of knowledge, creativity, and energy to the NETA team! She looks forward to developing and providing fitness professionals with innovating continuing education opportunities.
Lauri is thrilled to share her passion for fitness and healthy living with NETA participants. Having Lauri in the front of the room guarantees an energizing, inspiring workout. Teaching Group Fitness since 2004 and coaching in the Mahtomedi School District since 2010 her degree and certificates include: BA Communication/Dance from the University of Minnesota, NETA Group Fitness, TRX Suspension Training, Senior Fitness, Barre Fusion, RPM , Indoor Cycling, Rollga, Bodypump®, Bodystep®, Bodyvive®, Bodyflow, CXWORX, Zumba and Aqua Zumba.
“Lauri was very fun, she created a friendly, encouraging and great atmosphere”
(Anonymous, Bemidji, MN)
“Great growth and continued development of class. She had so much energy! I loved it!”
(Anonymous, Prior Lake, MN)
Michael is NETA’s Director of Certification. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a B.S degree in Kinesiology and a M.Ed. degree in Applied Kinesiology. He holds accredited certifications through ACSM, NSCA, NASM and ACE. He has previously served on ACE’s Industry Advisory Panel and as the Chair of NETA’s Certification Board. In addition, he is a Past-President of the Minnesota Distance Running Association’s Board of Directors.
“Mike was a very professional speaker that put information in terms for me to understand. Because of that, I was able to learn more.”
(Laurie Budduck, Weston, WI)
Jan has been teaching group fitness and yoga classes since 1997. She is a Life Time Fitness Master Yoga Trainer delivering training and certifications both nationally and regionally. As a ACE, AFAA and NETA certified group fitness instructor and CEC provider, Jan has a passion for sharing her love of yoga and serves as a Teacher Trainer and Facilitator for Life Power Yoga.
“Jan was easy to understand, she’s knowledgeable, likable, easy to relate to and made good use of our time”
(Catherine Schumtsch, Merrill, WI)
“Master class was fun and instructor was very knowledgeable!”
(Steph Pipal, Lake Crystal, MN)
Jimmie entered the fitness industry in 2001, conducting personal training sessions and teaching group fitness and martial arts. His expertise and passion is educating and empowering his clients, and inspiring future personal trainers through NETA. He currently owns and operates Cambridge Mixed Martial Arts, offering professional martial arts training, Boot Camp and personal training. His certifications include NETA PT and GX, CrossFit Level 1 coach, and Physical Mind Pilates instructor.
“Jimmie is a very good instructor who is well organized and very informative”
(Daniel Howell, Lowell, MA 10-20-2013)
“Jimmie was very knowledge and personable. He explained everything very well.”
(Anonymous, Edison, NJ)
Tiffani Kelly, BA, RYT, is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance and holds her NETA Group Fitness Certification. She has been practicing yoga since 1998 and started teaching in 2002. Tiffani’s studied with yoga gurus Doug Swenson, Barron Baptiste, and Bryan Kest. She’s visited several Yoga Ashrams including a Sivananda Ashram in Southern India. Tiffani resides in Pinehurst, NC and teaches yoga for Pinehurst Golf Resort. She loves sharing her yoga experiences and passion for the practice.
“Tiffany is an amazing instructor, easy to be with in the class setting. She is also very informative and overall good.”
(Tina Provw, Cle Elum, WA)
“She was great and I enjoyed what I learned at the workshop!”
(Anonymous, Ravenna, OH)
Carolyn Kimmel, IFBB Figure Pro, owns her own Fitness business, focusing on Wellness and Competitive Fitness Coaching. Carolyn possesses years of knowledge, versatility and passion for Group Fitness. She has a degree from Hillsdale College and her certifications include ACE-GFI, ACE-FNS, AFFA and Spinning.
“Carolyn explained the subject matter in a way that was easy to understand”
(Kari Wedge, Midland, MI)
Darci is currently NETA’s Director of Education. She obtained her doctorate in Health Science and Exercise Leadership from California University of Pennsylvania and holds certifications through the NSCA, ACE, NASM, and USAW. She began working in fitness, nutrition and health promotion with members of the United States Marine Corps in 2008, has been presenting for NETA since 2015, and joined NETA’s team full time in 2018.
Shannon has been a NETA trainer since 1997 and her focus is on the latest research and education to maximize effectiveness and efficiency. Owning her own fitness business allows her to coach a variety of classes ranging from Bootcamp to Pilates. Her credentials include: BS in Exercise Science, ACE, NASM, TRX, and Pilates. She believes the best part about being a coach is inspiring people to use a fun, common sense approach to living healthier!
Matt has earned a B.S. in Sports Medicine and a M.S. in Sports Administration with a focus on Exercise Science. He has been NSCA-CSCS certified since 2004 and has held positions including division I strength coach, personal trainer, and wellness director, Faculty-level trainer for the YMCA of the USA’s Foundations of Strength and Conditioning course, and adjunct professor for a local college. Matt has a passion for helping others to reach their goals.
“Matt’s high level energy kept the day moving along”
(Kimberly Clarke, Richmond, OH)
Jennifer has a MA in Health Coaching from the University of Maryland School of Integrative Health. She is a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach, ACE Group Fitness Instructor, ACSM Personal Trainer, 200-hour RYT and NETA Pilates Instructor. Her background includes coaching clients on metabolism, behavior change, nutrition, fitness, sleep and stress management. She currently teaches Cycling, Pilates, Yoga and HIIT for Plus One. Her goal is help clients of all ages and abilities feel their best by providing guidance and accountability to help them achieve their wellness vision.
Mike has a B.S. degree in Fitness Management and earned his M.Ed. in Health Education from Pennsylvania State University. He is a certified CSCS with NSCA as well as has his Primary Group Exercise Instructor certification. Before working in the corporate fitness profession, he was an experienced collegiate strength and conditioning coach. Mike’s ultimate professional goal is to help everyone he works with attain the confidence, discipline and ability to achieve their full fitness potential.
“Michael was interesting and the way he taught reminded me of the little things I often overlook that is necessary when training an inexperience individual”
(Anonymous, Morgantown, WV)
Kelsey is a 2016 graduate of Penn State University where she began her journey as a fitness professional. While earning her degree in Kinesiology, she spent most of her free time teaching group fitness classes such as Full Body Workout, Total Muscle Conditioning, ZUMBA, Pilates, Fitness Yoga, Washboard Abs, Cardio Kickboxing, and MORE! Her love for teaching granted her a Graduate Student Assistantship at the University of Pittsburgh where she received her Masters in Health, Physical Activity, and Chronic Disease. Kelsey is now the Group Fitness Coordinator at the University of South Florida where she leads fitness instructional courses, plans special fitness events, and manages a team of group fitness instructors. She believes that everyone has the ability to live an active and healthy lifestyle and wants to help YOU find your fit!
Tina started her fitness journey in 1995 on the University of Minnesota Dance Team and teaching group fitness while obtaining her BS degree. She is currently the LifePower Pilates Coordinator, as well as a trainer and group fitness instructor for Life Time Fitness. Her passion is to inspire others to be the best they can be and help them gain confidence in themselves. Her certifications include: ACE, NASM CPT and Corrective Exercise Specialist, STOTT Pilates full certification and Group Cycle.
“Tina was very interesting and provided us with even more suggestions and information than was on the outline”
(Anonymous, Beaumont, TX)
Nicole has been with the NETA team since 2004. As Vice President of Operations she is responsible for the Customer Service team and the day to day operations as well as planning Fit Fest Events. Nicole came to NETA with a B.A. in Sport Management and Minor in Exercise Science. She truly enjoys working with our customers and looks forward to many more years with NETA.
“Customer Service is always willing to do whatever needs to be done to create a successful workshop.”
(Anonymous, Saint Paul, MN)
Originally a Philadelphia native, Sharon moved to the Denver area in May 2017 with her wife, Katie, and two dogs. In Denver, Sharon is the Manager and Head Coach for Sloans Lake CrossFit. She is the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the USA Wheelchair Rugby Paralympic Program, a curriculum writer and National Presenter for National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA), writing and instructing workshops.
Cathy started teaching group fitness in 1991. She is an ACE Certified Group Exercise Instructor and Personal Trainer and a STOTT Trained Pilates Instructor. Cathy has been a National Presenter for NETA since 2006. In 2010, She began leading Laughter Yoga sessions and is now a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, training others to spread health and hilarity. Cathy believes in life-long learning and loves to share her passion for movement with people.
“Very thorough, very informative, very enthusiastic and very energetic.”
(Savannah Pollock, Cloquet, MN)
“She was very in-depth, energetic and helpful!”
(Alexandra Marcelli, Hermitage, PA)
Riley has a B.A. in Exercise Science and a M.A. in Exercise Physiology. He began his fitness career in 2002 as a strength and conditioning coach. He has held positions at the collegiate level and the minor league baseball level. He presently works as a personal trainer in Minnesota. Riley is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. He enjoys educating and helping to change the lives of people he guides toward their fitness goals.
Deanna started coaching in 1996 and became certified as a personal trainer in 2004. She has a B.S. and Master’s degree, and her certifications include: USATF Coach, ACE Personal Trainer, Group Exercise, Pilates, Yoga, BOSU and Kettlebell. She has been a master trainer with NETA since 2005. Deanna has written many NETA home study programs including: Dancing with Divinity, Movement through the Chakras, Running A to Z and the Ultimate Guide to Wellness.
“Deanna was very knowledgeable. She’s a good presenter, informative and good with the course.”
(Kathleen Schultz , Chaska, MN)
“She is very respectful and explained the running A to Z workshop very well. I loved it!”
(Anonymous, Prior lake, MN)
Angie became certified with NETA in 2001 and has certifications in both Personal Training and Group Fitness. She is a 2013 MBA graduate with a concentration in Sports Management. She is a faculty member at a community college where she has developed and is currently teaching their HPE classes. Angie is also licensed to teach Zumba, Tai Chi Easy, and Self Defense. Angie loves to share her devotion to health and fitness because she knows what a profound effect it can have on others.
“The day started off by warmly being welcome. She made a point to learn and address each of us by name. Angie assured all that “failure was not an option” and we all would do well! All material was covered very thoroughly. Angie was witty, sincere, caring, patient and incredibly professional. Her knowledge base was very impressive. She explained and demonstrated the poses flawlessly. I can only strive to reach her level of expertise.”
(Kim Stevens-Len, Chelsea, MI)
“Angie, always energetic and awesome.”
(Kerry Bollech, Rochester, NY)
“All questions were answered at the workshop and all the options to modify movements were shown at the workshop!”
(Anonymous, Scotch Plains, NJ)
Jon has been teaching for NETA since 2002. He currently works for the Tucson Unified School District as a High School Physical Education Teacher. He has served as the Department Chair/Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Odessa College, Assistant Professor of HPER at Glenville State College, and Assistant Professor of HPER at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. He holds a Master’s in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota. He also has 50 graduate credits towards his doctorate. He is an active member in NSCA, USA Weightlifting, Livestrong & AAPHERD. Jon’s love of fitness and teaching allows him to do two things he is extremely passionate about.
“Jon was passionate about the topic which made it contagious.”
(Anonymous, Chattanooga, TN)
“The basic information that wasn’t understood in the manual were brought up and clearly explained. Well done!”
(Mohammad Ali, Southern Pines, NC)
Susie has been in the fitness industry since 1987 working in every part of the fitness industry; as a fitness instructor, personal trainer, program director, education director and a national fitness presenter. She has a BS degree in Exercise Science and Pre-Physical Therapy and NETA certifications for Group Exercise and Personal Training. Today Susie works with individuals who have eating disorders in a rehab gym. She spends her free time enjoying time with her husband and children.
“Susie really explained the dynamics of HIIT training very well, great stuff to bring to any class.”
Jennifer Turpin Stanfield
Jennifer Turpin Stanfield, M.A., (Exercise Science) ACSM EP-C, is a Professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. She is an ACE-certified Group Fitness Instructor, certified personal trainer, registered yoga teacher, and a national presenter for NETA. Jennifer has more than 17 years of experience in the health and fitness industry and is passionate about helping others live healthier lives through the adoption and maintenance of positive health behaviors.
Mou Xe Yang
Mou Xe is a Fitness Education Consultant at NETA. He is one of the knowledgeable and friendly voices you hear when you call the NETA office. He graduated with a bachelors in Human Health and Performance, Psychology, and Biology with a minor in Health Education from University Of Wisconsin River Falls. He is currently pursuing a MBA in Healthcare management and Human Resource/Business emphasis. He recently relocated from River Falls, WI to St Paul, MN and enjoys being active on his free time.
Jessica is currently a Combat Fitness Coordinator at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California. She is working towards her Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Physiology and Rehabilitation from California University of Pennsylvania. She began working in the fitness industry in 2012, training at the Marine Corps Air Station in North Carolina. Jessica holds certifications through NSCA, ACE, and NASM.
Cayla McAvoy is a graduate from Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!) who earned her B.S. in Kinesiology. Cayla went on to earn her M.S. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Central Florida, where she worked as the Fitness Graduate Assistant for two years. Cayla is an ACSM- Certified Exercise Physiologist, AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, and is a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher. She has always had a passion for fitness, and is continuously inspired and motivated to help others lead a healthy lifestyle.
Amy has a M.A. degree in Counseling and Psychotherapy. In 2008, she became a Certified Life Coach from the Adler Graduate School. She is also a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach. Presently, Amy works as a Wellness Coach for OptumHealth, providing members with telephonic health and wellness education and facilitating effective coaching to promote behavior change. Amy is also a NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer and NETA-Certified Group Exercise Instructor.
Jason holds a BS in Exercise Science and is the Manager of Health and Fitness for a medical fitness facility in Owensboro, KY. Jason teaches group cycling and is a NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. He also is a Crossfit Level 1 trainer. Formerly, Jason was a faculty-level instructor for the YMCA of the USA teaching Y fitness certification classes around the country. Jason has a passion for fitness and for sharing that with others.
Ernest holds a B.S. Exercise Science from Minnesota State University-Mankato. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through NSCA and a NASM-Certified Personal Trainer. He currently works as the Healthy Living Director for the YMCA in West St. Paul (MN). Ernest is a faculty-level trainer for the YMCA of the USA’s Foundations of Strength and Conditioning course. He enjoys training and developing personal trainers to ensure their success in the industry.
Autumn is a Fitness Education Consultant at NETA. She started as a Digital Media Intern, then she took a full time position with NETA. Her love for the fitness industry sparked after she discovered rock climbing. She spends most of her free time rock climbing in some capacity. Otherwise, she enjoys being outdoors hiking and camping, and she loves practicing yoga.
Eli, a native Vermonter, has been teaching fitness, wellness, and life-saving skills for over 10 years. He believes that there exists a wellness experience for everyone and wants to help them discover it. He has a B.S. in Nutrition & Food Science and an M.S. in Executive Leadership. Eli has certifications with ACE, NETA, AFAA, TRX, Spinning®, IDEA, is a 200hr RYT and a Reiki Master. He is also a regional and national American Red Cross Instructor Trainer. Beyond staying physically and mentally well, Eli hopes that you feel a sense of community and empowerment from his classes.