Fitness Instructors

  • Jodi Gorman

    Jodi has been in the fitness industry teaching group exercise, personal training, and small group training for over 25 years. She enjoys working with people and thrives on the success of others. Jodi is a member of IDEA and The Health and Fitness Provider Network, with certifications in NASM, AFAA, Sharecare, Spinning and Schwinn. 

  • Debi Hawkins, E-RYT

    Debi began teaching aerobics, calisthenics, and stretch classes in the 1980s at fitness centers in Manhattan.  She earned her first yoga teacher certification in 2003. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher, former Anusara-Inspired Yoga Teacher, Certified Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher, Certified Itsy Bitsy Yoga Facilitator for babies and tots, Grounded Yoga Teacher for kids, teens and families, Restorative Yoga Teacher, and Bodymind Ballwork Facilitator. She also hold a BA degree in Theater Arts from SUNY Stony Brook and a certificate from the state of North Carolina in Early Childhood Development.  She believes yoga is accessible to all ages, sizes, and levels of "ability." She has been teaching yoga as well as volunteering at the YWCA since 2004 and feels a deep connection with this community.
    “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Jane Hoagland

    Jane's fitness specialties are Core Ball and Deep Stretch instruction. Jane sought exercise to help her with her back issues, and now enjoys instructing those with physical limitations. 

  • Erin White Heydorn

    Erin has been a spinning certified instructor since 2004. She began taking classes as part of a New Year's resolution while in grad school in Ohio and decided to become an instructor before moving to Charlotte in 2005.

  • Shawn Caldwell

    Shawn has been teaching group exercise for over 20 years and loves seeing the motivation each person has for doing their workouts. She is certified to teach group exercise, spin and senior adult fitness.

  • Debbie Brown

    Debbie has been teaching water aerobics at the YWCA since 2009 and was a lifeguard for several years.  She has certifications in WaterArt Water Fitness and American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED, utilizing these to teach Deep Water Fitness Classes. Debbie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Leadership from Western Carolina University.
    Debbie enjoys her work at the YWCA due to the Mission of the organization and the wonderful relationships she has developed with class participants and staff members. She has fun leading others in improving their health.
  • Mary Lou Buck

    Mary Lou Buck, BS,  Physical Education and Recreation, UNCG and 500-hour certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher, has taught yoga since the late 1970’s, including at the YWCA. She created and owned Yoga for Life in Dilworth, 1998-2009, then returned to teaching yoga at the YWCA. Mary Lou was Director of Health and Physical Education and directed summer day camp for the Baltimore YWCA, 1959-63. She moved to Charlotte in 1963, taught swimming part-time for Charlotte YWCA for 30 years, beginning in the Trade St. building. 

  • Julianna Canfield

    Julianna has been a fitness instructor since 2002. She has experience in spin, Tabata, cardio strength, yoga, senior fitness, and Pilates. Julianna also serves as the Director of Fitness at the YWCA and enjoys the relationships built among the staff and members. She believes the YWCA is a special place and considers it a true privilege to be a part of people's weekly routines.

  • Drew McClain

    Drew graduated from UNC Charlotte with a BS  in Exercise Science. He is an ACSM certified Exercise Physiologist, and an IFTA certified group exercise instructor. Drew has won awards for sparring and skill demonstrations at the regional CACMA Queens Cup martial arts tournament held annually at UNC Charlotte as well as awards at the national USKSF tournaments in Baltimore, Maryland.

  • Cynthia Osborne

    Cynthia is the Fitness Director and owner of CJOSMILES Aquatics. Cynthia is certified by the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA), Arthritis Foundation Exercise and Aquatic Program Leader and Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease (WWE), Hydro Pilates, Red Cross Life Guard, Star Fish Aquatics Water Safety Instructor, Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED.

  • Kay Fuller

    Kay Fuller was trained and certified in Pilates by the Physical Mind Institute of New York, NY and Grace Pilates of Beverly Hills.  She is also a certified Kripalu Yoga instructor.  Kay began her career as a ballet dancer, Cecchetti Council dance teacher and ballet studio owner in Michigan.  Kay began teaching Pilates in Charlotte in 1999 at the Dowd YMCA and Bank of America corporate center health club.  After moving to Kansas City she opened a Pilates studio for the Woodside Tennis and Health Club where she also worked with dancers from the Kansas City Ballet.  In Albany NY she operated her own Pilates business for many years.  She eventually returned to Charlotte to be near her children and grandchildren.  Kay enjoys sharing her broad knowledge of exercise and movement through her ongoing teaching.  She reminds everyone that by staying as fit as possible we can enjoy a healthy and active life throughout our lifetime. 

  • Lisa Farnick

    Lisa teaches swim lessons and swim clinics. She is WSI and CPR certified. She loves instructing to watch the achievement, confidence and joy it brings to others: the smiles are addicting.

  • Jody Frazier

    Jody has been teaching fitness classes and doing Personal Training for over a decade. She is one of the coaches of the YDub Tri Club (Triathlon training group) and also teaches kickboxing, cardio strength, body sculpt, athletic conditioning, spin and bootcamps. She is a USA Triathlon Certified Coach, a certified Personal Trainer, a Golf Conditioning Specialist, and is certified in Pre/Post Natal fitness training.

  • Leah McPherson, E-RYT

    Leah holds certifications in YTT, RYT and is CPR certified. Her fitness specialty is Vinyasa Yoga instruction. She has been teaching at the YWCA since 2016 and teaches yoga because she believes in helping others reach their full potential. 

  • Jeff Nerret

    Jeff is the current Aquatics Manager at YWCA and is a certified WSI instructor and instructor trainer, an American Red Cross Lifeguard, Lifeguard instructor and Lifeguard Trainer. Jeff oversees the management of the YWCA pool as well as lifeguards and teaches swimming lessons to all ages. He has been a member of the YWCA family since 2016. 

  • Grace Fleury

    Grace is a certified group exercise yoga teacher and certified to teach indoor cycling. She began teaching at the YWCA in 2016 and enjoys sharing her love for cycling and yoga with others. 

  • Eliza Hardaway

    Eliza is Lifeguard certified and WSI certified and her specialty is aquatic instruction. Eliza enjoys instructing because she likes making kids and adults feel confident about themselves in their ability to be in and around water without feeling overwhelmed. 

  • Yael Powell

    Yael  is an ACE certified personal trainer. She is a RYT 200 yoga instructor and holds a black belt in Full Contact Karate. Physical fitness has always been a part of her life, and she loves working and helping people reach their goals.

  • Emma Brown

    Emma's fitness specialty is aquatic instruction. She is a certified WSI instructor and American Red Cross Lifeguard. She has been with the YWCA since 2013 and enjoys sharing the techniques that helped her learn to swim to the children in her classes. 

  • Tony Sissons

    Londoner by birth.  US Citizen by naturalization.  Tony joined the YWCA team in January of 2018.  After a heart attack followed by extensive heart re-hab, Tony learned how to exercise and strengthen the most important muscle in the body – the heart.  He became certified in spin and is an incredible inspiration and instructor for all fitness levels, especially those recovering from heart events, cancer remission and lower body joint replacement areas.

    Fun Tony Facts:
    Tony speaks, reads and writes Swedish fluently and 99% Norwegian.  He also speaks French, German and a little bit of over 10 or so other languages.

    *His playlists are AMAZING!!