Meet the Instructors at the Marvin Lustbader Center for Health, Wellness and Fitness
Stephanie holds level 200 (Moksha Yoga) and 500 (Yogaview) certificationand has been teaching in the surrounding communities since 2008. Before teaching Yoga, she was a lawyer, marketing director and marathon runner. She teaches our early yoga here and other yoga classes on our schedule. She’s been very helpful subbing classes and continually contributes her experience, ideas and energy to our Group Exercise program. Stephanie also teaches paddleboard yoga and yoga/SUP in the community and a beginner series at Glencoe Beach…so now that the weather is warming, she’ll be heading outdoors more! She volunteers at the Cancer Wellness Center and also Midwest Palliative Care and Hospice.
Bill holds a Schwinn Cycling certification. If you want a well-constructed cycle experience with clear objectives, Bill’s class will deliver! He partners his cycling expertise with a dedication to running, and challenges his students to set incremental goals and work hard. When he’s not on the bike, you may find him competing in marathons, dualthons or other events.
WERQ and Cycling
Pediatrician Sharon Robinson is a certified fitness instructor teaching WERQ, cycling and other formats. Although she actively serves in many community and medical capacities, she makes time to teach at several locations. Sharon’s enthusiasm and smile are contagious, her classes are fun and will help you stay fit (and out of her office!)
Aqua Aerobics and Active Older Adults
Susan has been teaching at the JCC since 2001. In addition to her aqua classes, she will teach our active aging adults in a variety of appropriate studio classes. She can help everyone who attends modify movement to get a great workout.
Pam believes that movement is art in motion. Her yoga classes reflect her passion for artistic expression and her training in social work. She holds a 200hour Yoga Alliance training certification and has worked with a variety of fitness levels and age groups.
Debbie holds multiple certifications in everything from barre to personal training. She’s been training Zumba instructors across Illinois and beyond for many years and continues to stay focused on sharing Zumba, and in its many forms, with her students. Her clear and easy-to -follow instruction makes her classes effective and enjoyable.
Barre, TRX, Strength, Yoga and WERQ
Tev is an experienced and versatile instructor who knows how to help her students find individual success. She is certified to teach barre, TRX, strength, yoga and WERQ. She currently teaches Bootcamp and subs various formats.You will enjoy her creativity and energy.
Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor
Liz is a certified Personal Trainer with certificates in weight management and sports nutrition and holds a 200-hour yoga certification. She also recently completed her Barre certification. She is dedicated to helping her clients pursue a healthy lifestyle through movement and nutrition.
Linda teaches Pilates and Pilates Reformer classes and has been ACE Certified since 1989. She has training in contemporary and classical methods. Certified Peak Pilates Level 1 and PhysicalMind Matwork. Currently finishing a 750+ hour training at Village Pilates Studio in Forest Park in the classical Method.
Zumba, Cycle, Strength and more
Kathryn is an ACE Personal Trainer and EXOS Fitness Specialist as well as an AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor – she teaches Zumba, High Fitness and Cycle along with many other strength based formats. Shes’s a recent graduate of SIU where she received Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor of the Year awards as a senior! She is currently completing her Yoga Certification and will be adding that to her long list of accomplishments.
Almost 15 years ago, a dear friend convinced me to try my first yoga class. I had no idea what to expect. I immediately fell in love with the practice. After five years of yoga classes, I decided to deepen my practice and knowledge in a 200 hour teacher training at Moksha Yoga Center. I teach Vinyasa flow style yoga focusing on alignment and the micro-movements that can enhance the postures. For me, yoga has helped me heal physically after some medical challenges and surgeries. I practice Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga which I have studied and practiced consistently for several years.
Geri Bleier Schlanger
Practicing and studying fitness for 30 years, with a focus on vinyasa yoga since 1994, first certification in 1997 and teaching ever since. Geri has trained over 300 teachers in Chicago thru the Yogaview teacher training program that she co- lead for 10 years. Geri teaching from her heart with an emphasis on compassion but also believes transformation takes a lot of focused hard work.
PMA Certified Senior Pilates Teacher
Kay happened upon Pilates in 2005 when physical therapy failed to relieve chronic low back pain from a serious back injury and while trying to curtail pending knee surgery. She found that Pilates not only relieved her pain and decompressed her spine, but made her stronger and more confident.
Kay has been teaching Pilates since 2010. She received her certification after completing the Village Pilates Studio Teacher Training Program in Forest Park, IL. It is among the most comprehensive and intensive programs of its kind in the world. It is designed with the most rigorous standards, requiring 750 hours of study and covering the complete classical repertoire of exercises on all apparatus.
Kay is a member of the PMA and maintains her certification and membership through certified continuing education courses and workshops.
Kay loves teaching and helping clients realize their fitness goals. She is empathic with those who are just beginning an exercise program or on the road to recover their physical strength. She also provides a challenging workout for those who wish to maintain or enhance their fitness level. Kay’s greatest joy comes from helping you become your best.
Group Exercise Manager
Deena grew up in a dance studio. But her fitness experience includes Step, Barre, Pilates, Interval, Cycle and many other formats. Whether she is teaching a class, assisting members with their goals or supporting other instructors and staff, Deena is committed to wholeheartedly serving everyone at the Lustbader Fitness Center.