To Enhance and Enrich the Lives of Our Members

Group Exercise Staff


Celine Dastous - Group Exercise Manager
Classes taught at Oakwood: Cycling, Body Conditioning, Stretch & Release, TRX, Yoga, H.I.I.T
Education: M.A. English
Certification: A.C.S.M. Group Exercise Leader, Spinning, Piedmont Yoga Certification, Smart Flow Yoga
Training: Resist-a-Ball, Mat Pilates, Polestar Allegro, Turning Point Studios Pilates Training, Bosu, TRX, Yoga Tune-up, Therapy Ball Practitioner
Experience: 27 years

Lisa Andrews

Classes taught at Oakwood: Cycling, Muscle Conditioning , Ball
Certification: AFFA Group Exercise Instructor, Spinning, Personal Training
Training: Advanced Coaching (Cycling), Body Bar, Rep Reebok, BOSU, TRX
Experience: 18 years

Kristy Appleton
Classes taught at Oakwood: Triple Kick, HIIT Cycle, Zumba, Cardio Funk & Functional Fitness
Education: B.A. from the University of Michigan
Certification: Health Coach & Group Exercise instructor
Experience: 5 years

John B. Beard

Classes taught at Oakwood: Tai Chi, Women's Self Defense
Education: B.S. Nautical Science - Cal Maritime Acad., Graduate El Cerrito High School
Certification: AFAA Group Exercise Instructor, EFT Energy, Instructor of Self Defense
Training: Hung Ga Kung Fu, Muay Thai Kick Boxing, Escrima Stick Fighting, Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Okinawan Karate, Yang, Sun Tai Chi, Chi Gung, Kum Nye Moving Meditation
Experience: 20 years

Marian Bernstein
Classes taught at Oakwood: Aqua-Fit
Education: B.A. American & English Literature, Graduate Studies
in Expressive Arts Therapy
Certification: AEA, Water Art (Special Populations and
Aquatic Exercise), Health Education
Training: CMT Certification in Massage Therapy
Experience: 18 years

Maria Elena Magana Cervantes
Classes taught at Oakwood: Cardio Strike

Leyder Chapman

Classes taught at Oakwood: Latin Rhythm
Education: Physical Education Degree
Experience: 8 years

Heidi Chew
Classes taught at Oakwood: Yoga
Education: BA, Business Economics, UC Santa Barbara
Training: Shadow Yoga, Forrest Yoga
Experience: 10 years

Rod Ciocho
Classes taught at Oakwood: Yoga
Certification: Mark Horner Moksha Yoga Shala
Training: Universal, Shadow, Iyengar, Ashtanga and Yin Yoga
Experience: 12 years

Desi Dikova
Classes taught at Oakwood: Zumba, Step
Education: M.S. Civil Engineering
Training: Zumba Basic
Experience: 3 years

David Henry
Classes taught at Oakwood: Yoga
Training and Certification: RYT - Chair Yoga, Yoga Alliance, Immersion and
teacher training at Yoga Kula.
Experience: Ballet and Ballroom dancing for 30 years, Yoga 6 years

Carah Herring
Classes taught at Oakwood: Cardio Dance, Line Dancing
Education: B.S. Mass Communications, Bennett College for Women. Master of Journalism, UC Berkeley.
Certifications: AFAA Group Exercise, Schwinn Cycling, Urbankick, Zumba. IDEA Conference attendee.
Training: 15+ years of classical ballet; modern dance, jazz dance, West African dance. Stability Ball, Mat Pilates, BOSU, Gliding Discs
Experience: 15+ years

Cheryl Kasovsky
Classes taught at Oakwood: Body Conditioning, Stretch, Zumba. Bodysherd.
Certification: ACE, BOSU, Core, Resist-a ball, Kick boxing,
Stretch, Zumba
Experience: 25 years

Janet Kaufman
Classes taught at Oakwood: NIA
Education: B.S Psychology
Training: NIA Black Belt 2014
Experience: 10 years

Laurie Koneski
Classes taught at Oakwood: Cycling, Core and Stretch, Sculpt, Foam Rolling
Education: B.A. Film/Video
Certification: A.C.E. Group Fitness Instructor, A.C.E. Personal Trainer,
Spinning, Polestar Pilates Reformer, Gravity, TRX, Nutritional Counseling
Training: BOSU, Stability Ball, Medicine Ball, Pilates Mat, Ballet Barre
Experience: 29 years

James Lambert
Classes taught at Oakwood: Cycling
Education: Mechanical Engineering and Culinary Arts
Certification: Spinning
Experience: 6 years

Andrea Legault
Classes taught at Oakwood: Aqua-Fit
Education: BS Business CSUEB, AA Retail Management FIDM, AFAA Group Ex Certified 2010- Current
Land Training: Bosu, Interval, Step, Zumba Gold, Piyo Live!
Aquatic Training: Aquabata, aqua kick, intervals, HIIT, Sport conditioning, deep water
Experience: Land Classes 2002, Aqua Classes 2003, 14 years

Claudia Florian-McCaffrey

Classes taught at Oakwood: Yoga
Education: Julliard B.A. of Fine Arts (Dance)
Certification: Anusara Yoga Certification, Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga,
Infant Massage, Childbirth Educator in HypnoBirthing
Training: Extensive professional training in modern dance, Alexander
Technique, Anusara Yoga, Meditation, Laban Movement,
Therapeutics and Childbirth education
Experience: 15-20 years

Tina Ory
Classes taught at Oakwood: Mat Pilates
Education: B.S. Physical Education, Teaching Credential
Certification: Certificate in Pilates, by Physical Mind,
U.S. Water Fitness Assoc. A.F.F.A. instructor
Training: Resist-a-Ball, Balance Body Reformer , Yoga Kids
Experience: 35 years

Kathleen Ostler
Classes taught at Oakwood: Zumba, Body and Sole
Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater and Dance
Certification: NIA Black Belt, Zumba B1/B2, MELT Method
Certified hand and foot, AFAA Certified
Training: 3 Mastery of Teaching intensives
Experience: 13 years

Noel Panganiban

Classes taught at Oakwood: Cycling, Ball, Zumba, Body Conditioning, Gentle Pilates & Stretch.
Education: B.S. San Francisco State University
Certification: AFAA Group Exercise Leader, Zumba, Spinning, U-Jam.
Experience: 30 years

Chris Petit
Classes taught at Oakwood: AquaFit, Gentle Fitness
Certification: AFAA, Aqua Fitness, Water in Motion, Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid
Experience: 30 years

Maureen Richards
Classes taught at Oakwood: Cycle
Education: B.S. Nursing
Certification: A.C.E., Spinning
Experience: 25 years

Dori Sanchez
Classes taught at Oakwood: Aqua Aerobics
Education: Associate in Arts Degree
Certification: AEA Certified, Personal Trainer, Zumba, Aqua Yoga
Experience: 20 years

Veera Sanjana
Classes taught at Oakwood: Yoga Stretch, Yoga
Education: M.A. Economics, M.S.W (Social Work & Community Services)
Certification: Munger School of Yoga Teachers Training Certification (India),
Certificate of Teaching Yoga Center, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner,
Certified Compassionate Touch Instructor
Training: Yoga Pravesh, Yoga Parichay in India, Dance and Movement Therapy,
Herbology (Ayurvedic and Chinese), Vipaasana Meditation, Kripalu Yoga
Experience: 30 years

Grace Seth
Classes taught at Oakwood: Yoga
Education: B.S. in Agricultural Business
Certification: Advanced Studies and Teacher Training
Experience: 8 years

Heather Schrag

Classes taught at Oakwood: Spin, Body Conditioning
Education: University of Oregon BA Journalism, Palo Alto University MA Counseling, Pending 2019
Certifications: AFAA, Insanity, Group Fight, Group Power, Group Groove, Schwinn Cycling
Experience: 7 years

Balvinder Singh (Ballu)

Classes taught at Oakwood: Yoga for all, Cardio Cut, Spin & Athletic Conditioning, Bollywood Dancing, Conditioning on the Ball.
Education: Masters in Physical Education with Yoga Specialization, Post Graduate Diploma in Physical Education with Yoga Specialization, Bachelor of Science (Electronics)
Certification: Performance Enhancement Specialist - NASM, Certified Spin Instructor - Maddogg, Certified Group Ex Instructor - AFAA, Certified Fitness Trainer - ISSA, Certified Group Exercise Instructor - NESTA,
Certified HRV Bio-force
Experience: Changing lives since 1992

Jessica Sinnarajah
Classes taught at Oakwood: Cycling
Education: BA, Economics, Tufts University, MBA, UVA Darden School of Business
Certification: Maddog/Johnny G/Spinning Certified, Reebok Cycling Certified
Experience: 16 years

Ellen Stevens
Classes taught at Oakwood: Step Interval, Cycling
Education: A.A. Business
Certification: ACE Group Exercise, Cycle Reebok, Spinning®, Piyo, Bodyshed, Peak 10
TRX, Insanity, Group Power
Training: Resist-A-Ball, Reebok Core Board, Gliding®, Kickboxing
Experience: 31 years

Sue Thomas
Classes taught at Oakwood: Step, Cycling, Muscle Conditioning,
Interval Training, Circuit Training, Boot Camp, TRX
Certification: A.C.E Group Exercise, A.C.E. Personal
Trainer, Spinning
Training: Bosu, Gliding, AI Stretch, Stability Ball, TRX
Experience: 30 years

Melinda Teutschel
Classes taught at Oakwood: Pilates, Mat, Stretch & Release
Education: B.A. Dance
Certification: Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (ISMETA),
Alive and Well Institute of Conscious Bodywork Certified Massage Therapist, Franklin Method Educator Level 1,Certified Pilates Instructor, Pilates Method Alliance (PMA)
Certified Personal Trainer (NASM), Holistic Life Coach (Chek Level I),
Certified Moving for Life Teacher.
Training: Yoga works, yoga teacher training
Experience: 19 years.

Shelly Valerio
Classes taught at Oakwood: Cycling, Step, Muscle Conditioning, TRX
Certification: A.C.E. Group Exercise Instructor,
A.C.E. Personal Trainer, Cycle Reebok,
Spinning Certification
Training: Kickboxing, BOSU, AI Stretch, Stability Ball, Spinning, TRX
Experience: Over 35 years

Robin Weiss
Classes taught at Oakwood:Body Conditioning, Stretch & Ball
Education: B.A. & M.A. Psychology
Certifications: AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, AFAA Personal Trainer,
3rd Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do
Training: Stability Ball, Reebok Core, Mat Pilates, Fitness Yoga,
BOSU, Gliding, Schwinn Cycling, Kickboxing, TRX
Experience: 30 years