Meet YWCA’s Certified Fitness Instructors

Every fitness instructor at Charlotte’s YWCA is certified in CPR, First Aid and AED (using an external defibrillator) as well as the specific certifications required for their specialty. (A list of organizations referred to in the credentials of each instructor are at the bottom of the page for your easy reference.) 

Mary Casey, fitness instructor, yoga, health

Mary Casey
Certifications: RYT 200

Mary Casey is a longstanding, devoted member of the YWCA, where she loves to swim laps. She is also a committed yoga practitioner. Mary is excited to guide you in an engaging yoga practice where she intends to impart her learnings on yoga philosophy, postures, breathing, and mindfulness.

Sarah Cousar

Sarah is a yoga instructor at YWCA Central Carolinas. She typically leads the Monday night Vinyasa II/III class.

Bryan Crouse, instructor, fitness instructor, aquatics classes

Bryan Crouse
Certifications: NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Bryan has been a certified personal trainer and metabolic specialist for over 5 years.

His major focuses are core strengthening, balance, flexibility and range of motion to help prevent/limit pain. He is a certified metabolic technician and incorporate specific cardiovascular zone training with heart rate monitors. As a met tech, he strives to help maximize cardiovascular health and fat burning for any fitness level. Overall, he likes to help people push themselves past their “perceived” limits and improve mentally and physically…inside out!

Jane Hoagland
Certifications/Training: YMCA Group Exercise; YMCA Senior Fitness; Golden Heart Stretch and Balance

Jane’s fitness specialties are core ball and deep stretch instruction. She got into the fitness world when seeking exercise to help her with her back issues, and now enjoys instructing those with physical limitations. 

Keightlyn Edwards
Certifications: Lifeguard; AED/CPR/First Aid; Open Water Diving; Babysitting/ Child Care

Keightlyn has been teaching swim lessons since 2017 and has been a Swim Instructor at the YWCA since 2019. She loves to teach swim lessons and see the impact lessons make on both children and adults in growing their confidence and breaking down their fear of the water.

Rose Epps
Rose is an aquatics instructor at YWCA Central Carolinas, leading the weekly Aqua Yoga class.

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Lisa Farnick
Certifications: Red Cross WSI

Lisa teaches swim lessons and swim clinics. She loves instructing, especially watching the achievement, confidence and joy it brings to others.

Headshot of Instructor Jody Frazier

Jody Frazier
Certifications: USAT; Spin: Red Cross Lifeguard; Pre/Post Natal Fitness

Jody has been teaching fitness classes and doing personal training for over a decade. She also serves as Head Coach for the YDub Tri Club (Triathlon training club).

Kay Fuller
Certifications: PhysicalMind Institute of New York in Pilates; Kripalu Yoga

Kay began teaching Pilates in 1999 before moving around the country. Returning to Charlotte, she now enjoys sharing her broad knowledge of exercise and movement through her ongoing teaching.

fitness instructor, pilates, ywca

Anne Krause-Huckleberry
Certifications: Pilates Mat; Pilates Anatomy; Biomechanics; Posture Analysis

While certified in Pilates Mat, Anne continued her education on the Pilates Apparatus. She has a Masters in Music Theatre, Dance, Anthropology and Education; and a Dance Diploma in Modern Dance and Contemporary Dance.

Anne grew up in Germany and moved to Charlotte in 2012 where she lives with her husband, 3 children and 2 dogs.
Lindsey Lesh
Certifications: Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor, Red Cross WSI Instructor
Lindsay has been teaching swim lessons and coaching since 2006. She swam competitively throughout high school and college. She has had the pleasure to learn from some of the country’s elite coaches and swimmers, thus gaining a more in-depth understanding of the sport and its mechanics. Lindsay loves the water and enjoys helping swimmers of all ages and abilities reach their goals in the pool. She has been with YWCA since January 2019. 
fitness instructor, yoga, HIIT

Yael Powell

Yael leads YWCA’s HIIT, LIIT, Pure Body Strength, Cycle and Move & Groove classes and she specializes in Yoga.

fitness instructor, Zumba, Salsa

Carmen Murphy
Certifications: Zumba, Aqua Zumba

Carmen Murphy has loved to dance since she can remember doing a jazz routine to Car Wash by Rose Royce as a small child. She is passionate in sharing her love of dance and music through her Zumba classes!

Hampton Thrower
Certifications: RYT 500; Kripalu Yoga

Hampton, a 500-hour Professional Kripalu Yoga Teacher, guides students with a detailed and fluid approach that has emerged from his own search for healing. He began teaching classes in 1997. Dedicated to supporting students with special needs, he became Yoga of the Heart certified.

fitness instructors, ywca fitness, aquatics

Shelley Warren
Certifications: AEA Aquatic Fitness Professional Certification

Shelley’s number one passion is the water, and she combines that passion with her love of instructing each week at YWCA’s heated indoor pool. She has taught both shallow and deep water aerobics at YWCA since the 1990s.

The table below lists the organization represented by the initials found in the certification citations:
ACE American Council on Exercise Certification
ACSM American College of Sports Medicine Certification
AEA Aquatic Exercise Association
AF Arthritis Foundation
AFAA Aerobic and Fitness Association of America
AFWWE Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease
CPO Certified Pool/Spa Operator by National Swimming Pool Foundation
E-RYT Yoga Alliance Certification: Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher
IFTA Interactive Fitness Trainers of America Certification
NASM National Academy of Sports Medicine Certification
RYT 200 Yoga Alliance Certification: Registered Yoga Teacher with 200 hrs of training
RYT 500 Yoga Alliance Certification: Registered Yoga Teacher with 500 hrs of training
USAT USA Triathlon Certification
WSI Red Cross Water Safety Instruction Certification
YMCA Partnered with American Council on Exercise to create YMCA Foundation Certification Courses