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​Assistant Director of Fitness & Wellness


Jake Minnis

Fitness and Wellness Coordinator




HAyley halkovic

Student Fitness Coordinator

Hayley is a senior at UA majoring in Public Health and minoring in Nutrition. She has been working at the Campus Recreation center since her sophomore year and is now a Fitness Supervisor. She is currently working on her certification to be a personal trainer for ACE. Although she is at the Rec Center at all hours of the day, in her spare time she combines her passion for fitness and health by hiking, running, lifting weights and is currently training for a bike trip through the Dolomites in Europe over the summer.

Abbey Roberts

Abbey is a sophomore majoring in Nutritional Sciences with a minor in Biochemistry. She is a Certified Personal Trainer through ACE and is passionate about health and fitness. Whatever your personal fitness level is, Abbey is confident and excited to work with you and help you achieve your goals. She recognizes that each individual is unique, and will provide you with all the right tools to help you succeed.

Alexa pepin

Alexa is a current student here at the U of A studying Nutritional Sciences with the hopes of becoming a registered dietitian. She was born and raised in San Diego and plans to graduate in may 2018. She has always enjoyed working with others and got her interested sparked in group fitness while coaching a competitive swim team after 8 years for swimming herself. She enjoys all outdoor activities and hope to participate in her second triathlon. 

Annie mccabe

Annie is currently a Senior at The University of Arizona perusing a degree in Nutritional Sciences and Biochemistry. She is a ACE-Certified Group Fitness Instructor with a passion for nutrition, fitness, and overall well-being. Annie loves sharing her passions with those around her in hopes of helping them to reach their personal goals.

Anthony Vito

Anthony teaches the yoga that kept him sane and grounded during his years in the hustle of NYC. His motivation now is to share with others the sense of balance, ease, and harmony his practice gives him. Anthony's teaching style reflects his Hatha training infused with Vinyasa flow cued up to a dynamic playlist. His typical class could include a Warrior sequence and then resolve with longer holds in balance postures, accessible inversions, and ease you into a beautiful Savasana. Experience for yourself Anthony’s sweet authenticity and devotion to the art of yoga!


Briana Gee

Briana is a Registered Nutritionist Dietetic Technician, an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and Health Coach. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Nutritional Sciences and decided to combine her passion for fitness with her love for healthy food. Briana teaches a variety of group classes, is a LesMills Certified Instructor in BodyPump, BodyCombat, and GRIT, and is a TRX Coach. ​

denise jimenez

Denise is an AFFA certified personal trainer as well as a group fitness, TRX and Barre instructor.  She has worked with a diverse clientele in corporate, gym and rehabilitation settings.  Denise strives to connect with people in ways which will aid them to live a more healthy and balanced life.

Denise is a Tucson native and began her fitness journey through dance.  He career led her to New York City and as Snow White at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  She enjoys all things fitness and art related.  Her two boys, Diego and Santiago, keep her life busy and adventurous.

genesis burkholder

Genesis is a freshman majoring in Public Health with a minor in nutrition. She is working on her ACE certification in group fitness and hopes to achieve her goal by February. Her number one goal is to help you leave every class feeling like you've accomplished something. 

haley cohn

Haley is a senior at the U of A, majoring in Broadcast Journalism and Business.  She loves being able to connect with people through fitness, and help them reach their fitness and health goals.  Haley has had a passion for fitness since a very young age and is always excited to share new workouts, tips, and tricks. 

Jake stapleton

My name is Jake Stapleton.  I am currently a Junior at the U of A and have an incredible passion for fitness and for people.  Fitness is the ideal area of life for me to be a part of because of what it entails.  My desire to be the healthiest person I can be, along with my love for people and developing relationships, make for an incredible combination.  I also love traveling and eating more than most people. 


Jen Patterson

Jen is a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor. She has been in the fitness industry for 17+ years and has been teaching at UA for 9 years. In her free time, Jen enjoys road biking, mountain biking and rock climbing. Although she works full-time in academia, she still loves teaching fitness courses, especially Spinning™.  During the summer, she teaches the Tour De France Spinning classes. This is a high energy class that gets your blood pumping and heart racing until the very end. She looks forward to seeing you in class!

Jenna Kaufman

Jenna is a second-year physiology major at the University of Arizona. She is also a certified Pilates Instructor.  Jenna was first introduced to Pilates through dance when she danced pre-professionally at the Colorado Ballet. In addition to dance and exercise, Jenna enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and helping others reach their fitness goals. She looks forward to sharing the benefits and rewards of Pilates.


Jordan recently moved to Tucson from Madison, WI after completing her degree in Child Life & Studies of Education to pursue her dream job as a Certified Child Life Specialist. When she is not at work she loves being at the gym, taking fitness classes, and being outdoors.  She began dancing at the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since. She taught Zumba for five years until she found WERQ.  WERQ is a fun cardio dance fitness class that is for all fitness levels! She can’t wait to see you in one of her classes. 

Julie frish

Julie is a certified Group Fitness Instructor through AFAA with additional certifications from Les Mills and Zumba Fitness. This summer she is teaching BodyPump, BodyCombat, and Barre. Currently, she is a 2nd year PhD student in Optical Sciences; utilizing time teaching at the Rec to take a break from the lab and give you an awesome workout!

Kate Chisholm

Kate is a graduate student at the U of A in Public Health and Latin American Studies and is an AFAA-certified Group Fitness Instructor.  She enjoys helping people of all fitness levels and backgrounds to reach their health and wellness goals.  Kate is also a Boston Marathon-qualified distance runner and loves to share her enthusiasm for running in the Couch to 5k class and beyond.

Kelsi Harris

Kelsi Harris is a devoted yogi, runner and avid cupcake eater. She has spent the last three years expanding her Hatha based practice with a Yoga Alliance RYT-200 Certification. Kelsi enjoys empowering her students to push themselves to their capacity while challenging them with a smile.

Keri Billings

Keri is a certified personal trainer through ACE. She graduated from the U of A in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Health and recently completed the Fitness Professional Program at Pima Community College. She is very passionate about fitness and helping people become the healthiest they can be. ​

Lauren Phillips

Lauren Phillips

Lauren is currently a certified Les Mills BodyPump instructor and Beach Body PiYo LIVE teacher. In addition to teaching fitness classes, Lauren is a successful distance runner. As an undergraduate at the University of Arizona, she plans to pursue a degree in the field of Nutritional Sciences. If you are looking for a challenging workout from a youthful instructor, come try one of Lauren’s BodyPump or PiYo classes this summer! 

Lindsay saavedra

Lindsay is a 200-hour RYT who has been practicing yoga since 2007. She completed her teacher training at Yoga Oasis in Tucson. Lindsay has began studying meditation under the direction of Puran and Susanna Bair, creators of Heart Rhythm Meditation, since August 2015, and became a certified Heart Rhythm Meditation instructor in July 2017. Her classes are both invigorating and accessible, with focus on alignment, mindful movements, and deep, steady breathing. Lindsay is a University of Arizona alumna who works in non-profit management.

Logan Kasper

Logan is an undergraduate student here at the U of A pursuing a degree in Physiology. He aspires to be an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports related injuries, and there stems his passion for health and fitness. This has driven him to begin his career by obtaining his NASM Personal Trainer Certification. As a Trainer, Logan focuses primarily on strength and physique training, but aims towards bettering his client's overall health and fitness by encouraging habits they can utilize the rest of their lives. Personally, he has experienced the  difficulties that come with athletic injuries and it is these experiences that have given him insight into rehabilitative training. His distinct attention to detail allows him to design the ideal program for each client that is geared towards their unique goals. He feels thankful each day to have the opportunity to aid people in their individual fitness endeavors. 

Mallory Page

Mallory is a second year undergraduate majoring in Nutritional Sciences and minor in Business Administration. She is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and she is passionate about using health and fitness as a way to make people feel their best. She enjoys watching her clients grow both mentally and physically over their training journey. 

Maria Pasamante

Maria Pasamante works as a Budget Analyst at Davis-Monthan AFB.  She was certified in Spinning in 2006 and licensed in Zumba in 2008. Zumba is a "feel-good" experience that is great for both your body and soul! Her goal is to motivate and inspire you.  She'll be right there with you, getting sweaty and working it - dancing together! Keeping Fit is not a Fad - it's a way of life!!

Nathan Englert

Nathan is a sophomore majoring in Math. Whenever he is not working with numbers and statistics, he shares most of his passion in sports and fitness. Nathan is currently a football coach and his hobbies include weightlifting as well as participating in sports such as football and basketball. This is currently Nathan's first year working at Campus Recreation and currently teaches Boot Camp. If you're looking for a good time and a great workout, be sure to stop by one of his classes.


Paula Arreola

Paula began working at Campus Recreation her freshman year as an undergraduate at the University of Arizona. She currently works in the weight room, represents Campus Rec as an ambassador, and is a cycling instructor, certified through Mad Dogg Athletics-Spinning. She can be found in the weight room or in the spin studio where she is devoted to encouraging both mental and physical growth - both inside and outside the gym. Paula is fluent in Spanish and grew up playing ice hockey in Michigan. Since moving to Tucson, she enjoys spending her time exploring outside with her dog, Lobo.


Sophie Mehrinfar

Sophie is a student at the University of Arizona, studying Public Management and Business Administration. She has been practicing yoga for six years and became a certified instructor two years ago. She loves teaching her Yoga Sculpt class that combines yoga with full body workouts and building a strong core while playing fun and upbeat music in class! 

Sophie Mitchell

Sophie is a Junior studying Marketing in the Eller College of Management.  She loves anything health and fitness and has been spinning for over five years.  She is a certified Spinning instructor who loves upbeat music and high energy rides!


Sephanie is a certified Zumba instructor and has been involved with the Zumba community for the past 9 years.  She also has a background in many types of dance including hip-hop and ballet.  Stephanie is a graduate student in Optical Sciences, focusing on development of photonic devices using novel materials.  When not at the gym or in the lab, she enjoys being outside hiking, running, and rock climbing.

Stephanie Reid

​Stephanie is a 200 RYT yoga teacher who studied Vinyasa style yoga at Pure Yoga West in NYC. During her training, she was exposed to teachers from around the world who showed her just how much there is to learn about the yogic philosophy. She is excited to continue to learn and grow from everyone in the yoga community- including her students. Her yoga journey began when her 15 year long career as a competitive gymnast came to a close. Her transition into yoga was a swift one and she has been practicing regularly ever since. Her dedication to yoga is rivaled only by her love of the arts. She is currently studying graphic design at the U of A. Come to her class and you'll be sure to break a sweat and relieve some stress.

Kael Williams

My name is Kael Williams. I’m from Sacramento, California and I am currently a Public Health major at the University of Arizona, while minoring in Sports Management. My fitness journey began when I was 12 years old playing multiple sports. I fell in love with strength and conditioning, and the all around positive impact exercise has on an individual’s life. Now, I’m a physique competitor, cofounder of a fitness and lifestyle brand, West Coast Muscle, and I get to help people reach their physical goals, as well as life goals. I believe exercise is the root to a happy and healthy lifestyle, and I want to impact as many people as I can in a positive way through fitness.



Marisa Lewon

Marisa is a graduate student at U of A in the School of Fine Arts, pursuing her MFA in visual art. She is an RYT200 certified yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance, as well as Sampoorna Yoga and Lagree Fitness certified. She enjoys helping others to feel good through the tools of yoga and meditation, while strengthening and relaxing the body. Marisa is also a lover of the outdoors, and can often be found hiking on her days off from school and work.