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Misty Wright

Group Fitness Instructor

Fun Fact: I love helping people of all ages realize they are athletes for life, and that working out doesn't have to be a chore, but can be really fun!

Time at SIU/Education: I've been teaching fitness classes here at the Rec for 10 years, and have been training here for the past 15 years. I have a bachelor's degree in Finance and an MBA in Marketing, both from SIU-Edwardsville.

Future Plans: To get my Personal Training certification and train people one on one

Hobbies: Triathlon, boating/lake life, traveling, hanging out with my awesome sons and my fun friends


Jessica Newton

Jessica Newton

Group Fitness Instructor

Fun Fact: I’m a vegetarian

Time at SIU/ Education: I started at SIU in fall of 2016. My majors are Paralegal Studies (Pre-Law) and Political Science and my minors are Environmental Studies and Psychology. Graduation: I hope to graduate by Spring ‘20

Future Plans: I want to go law school and become an environmental lawyer. I would love to work with the EPA and possibly become a judge later on.

Hobbies: I like to be outdoors and I also love makeup.


Sydney Kennay

Sydney Kennay

Group Fitness Instructor

Fun fact: I ran Cross Country and the 2-mile event in track for 4 years.

Time at SIU/Education: I'm only in my first year at SIU. My major is Exercise Science.

Future Plans: My goal is to be a fitness and wellness coordinator and also keep teaching group classes or personal training.

Hobbies: I love hiking, traveling, and just spending time with family or friends.


Emma Brazeau

Emma Brazeau

Personal Trainer

Fun Fact: I am a twin! I am also a swimmer on the Swimming & Diving team here at SIU.

Time at SIU/Education: I started working at the SIU Rec center in the fall of 2017. I am an exercise science major here at Southern. Graduation Date: Spring 2019

Future Plans: To become a sports psychologist and compete in Ironmans.

Hobbies: Swimming, watching Netflix, and eating.


Daniel Boehmert

Daniel Boehmert

Personal Trainer

Fun Fact: I have a pet snake named Medusa.

Time at SIU/Education: I am approaching the end of my sophomore year. My major is exercise science. Graduation date is Sprint 2021.

Future Plans: Once I graduate, I plan on attending the PTA program at SIU.

Hobbies: Picking stuff up and putting it back down, fishing, being outdoors, golfing, and long drives in my truck.


Casey Macabulos

Casey Macabulos

Personal Trainer

Fun Fact: I was born in Hawaii and have lived all over the world.

Time at SIU/Education: I have a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science and currently working on a second in Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

Future Plans:  I would like to become an RD while still helping people achieve their fitness goals.

Hobbies: Fishing, kayaking, and kayak fishing.


Nathan Shaw

Nathan Shaw

Personal Trainer

Fun Fact: Favorite guilty pleasure fast food is Panda Express.

Time at SIU/Education: I started doing personal training in the late fall / summer of 2016. I will graduate in Fall of 2019 in Exercise Science and Physical Therapy Assistance Program.

Future Plans: My future plans are to go to Physical Therapy School and do Traveling PT.  

Hobbies: A hobby I enjoy is taking my dog out everywhere. He is a lab/beagle mix. I take him for jeep rides about everyday. We camp, kayak, hike, and run 5 K events. Anything that is outdoor related we enjoy.


Kelsie Walker

Kelsie Walker

Personal Trainer and AIR Partner

Fun Fact: I swam on the SIU swim team.

Time at SIU/Education: Born and raised in Carbondale, but going to school for four years. Graduated with a Bachelor's degree.

Future Plans: Going to school to be a physical therapy assistant

Hobbies: playing with my dogs and going to the lake


Emma Chapman

Emma Chapman

Group Fitness Instructor

Fun Fact: I constructed my own version of Britney Spears' denim VMA's dress.

Time at SIU/Education: Sophomore majoring in English Education, first year at SIU after a 7 year college hiatus.

Future Plans: I hope to do one beautiful, unassisted pull up...and teach the next generation to read and write.

Hobbies: Sketch and improv comedy, crafts, true crime audiobooks, cooking, and Dateline.


Alex Barnes

Alex Barnes

Group Fitness Instructor

Fun Fact: I've been a professional mermaid since 2016.

Time at SIU/Education: I started at SIU in the Fall of 2018 as a Crop, Soil, and Environmental Management major, and plan to graduate in 2022.

Future Plans: I want to pursue sustainable urban agriculture in Chicago (where I'm from).

Hobbies:  Swimming, drawing, anything outdoors.


Riley Riggs

Riley Riggs

Personal Trainer

Fun Fact: I've traveled all over the country for soccer tournaments.

Time at SIU/Education: Junior and both my parents,sister, and cousins all graduated here from SIU!

Future Plans: To go to Graduate school to become a Physical Therapist.

Hobbies: Love to stay active, play soccer, and relax with family and friends.


Tamás Hajtman

Tamás Hajtman

Personal Trainer

Fun Fact: I'm from Hungary and love cooking healthy food. Also part of the Swim & Dive team here at SIU.

Time at SIU/Education: I am a junior and an electrical engineering major here at Southern. Graduation date: Spring 2021.

Future Plans: Try to stay and work in the US at least a couple more years after my graduation.

Hobbies:Swimming, biking, snowboarding, any extreme sports, traveling


Laura Collebrusco

Laura Collebrusco

Certified Group Fitness Instructor

Fun Fact: I rode my bicycle 430 miles in 6 days on the Tour de Wyoming.

Time at SIU/Education: Bachelor's in Exercise Science, Southern Illinois University, Master's in Exercise Physiology, University of Northern Colorado

Future Plans: I am currently working on prerequisites in hopes of being accepted into a physical therapy program.

Hobbies: Gymnastics, yoga, cycling


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Abigael Schulz

Group Fitness Instructor

Fun Fact: I studied abroad for a semester in Oslo, Norway and traveled to 16 different countries while I was there including a solo trip.

Time at SIU/Education: I created my own major for Social Justice and Inequality at Hanover College in Indiana with a minor in Business. I am currently a law student at SIU.

Future Plans: To become major of a mid sized town and eventually governor of a state.

Hobbies: I am a foodie and a traveler so I am constantly planning my next adventure.