Instructor Bios

Jessica Cervi

Jessica Cervi

Hi, I'm Jessica Cervi. I was born and raised in Italy and I moved to Canada only three years ago for school. I'm currently doing my PhD in Mathematics at the University of Saskatchewan. In Italy, I grew up in a family very passionate and traditionalist about food and I learnt all the secrets from my mom and my granny. Cooking is really my hobby and I enjoy preparing Italian meals all the time for friends! Come out for a fun cooking night..preparing an Italian meals has never been this easy!

Jari Chaloupka

Jari Chaloupka

Jari Chaloupka is a Registered Yoga Teacher (200 hour RYT) through Namaskar Yoga School, Registered Yoga School with the International Yoga Alliance (http://yogalliance.org/). She has been teaching yoga since 2009. Jari strives to practice and teach yoga with passion and compassion. What is important to her is the harmony between body and mind that comes with practicing yoga, the sense of gratitude and self-realization. Also, she encourages her students to keep a positive attitude with a sense of humor and sense of play.

Mary Cheveldae

Mary Cheveldae

SPRA, YMCA certified with CPR-C/First Aid. Mary teaches Cardio, Sculpt, Core, Tabata and Bootcamp style classes. Her workouts focus on training multiple muscle groups with multi-plane, functional movements. By combining cardiovascular exercise with resistance training you get a more efficient workout. Mary focuses on bringing safety to a fun and welcoming environment. All fitness levels are welcome as modifications are given for beginners to advanced!

Tim Cheveldae

Tim Cheveldae

Tim is a SPRA instructor. Previously he was a professional goalie for 10 years, six in the NHL. For the past 11 years Tim has been a firefighter. Tim has extensive fitness resources to draw from while preparing for his classes. He tries to give his fitness participants an intense challenging workout with a wide variety of exercises. As an instructor he loves to laugh and have fun at his classes no matter how intense the workouts are. His favourite fitness saying is "Do your best and forget the rest" (Tony Horton, founder of P90X).

Myra Cruz

Myra Cruz

Hey Party People!! Zumba® Fitness has been a part of my life as of 2010. Fell in love with this unique program of excercise in disguise! The movement, the music and the energy! What a perfect combination to get your heart a pumping, your face smiling, and your entire being a shakin'! Zero coordination required to join the class. You were born with a unique rhythym, and I truly believe Zumba® Fitness is for everybody! Became passionate to share with others why I fell in love with this high energy program and I have been licensed to teach Zumba® fitness for all levels since 2011. Look forward to partying with you!

Karen Dagdick

Karen Dagdick

A registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, Karen has been teaching yoga since 2005. As an avid traveller and respectful explorer of cultures and traditions, Karen's initial introduction to yoga was in 1992 in India where she studied under various teachers. Karen says, "In yoga I knew there was a lifetime of exploration and discovery." Karen owned and operated Yoga Central for 3 years and in that time implemented a 3 year, Yoga Alliance certified, Teacher Training Program. She continues teaching yoga through various community association programs and at SIAST Kelsey Campus. Much like her import business, Karen started teaching yoga to share the things she loves in life. "Yoga has taught me that one must go within in order to explore the magic of the world around.”

Marissa den Brok

Marissa den Brok

Marissa has been dancing competitively for 13 years in the various genres of jazz, ballet, pointe, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, and musical theatre. She has trained intensively and achieved graded exams in the ADAPT jazz syllabus, as well as the RAD ballet and pointe syllabus. Marissa has also had the privilege of taking classes from former So You Think You Can Dance Canada participants and numerous other highly acclaimed choreographers from across Canada. Marissa enjoys working with young dancers, as she has been a teacher assistant for over 6 years at her dance studio while focusing on helping them find their passion for dance in a fun and friendly environment.

Beth Erker

Beth Erker

Beth danced for 14 years at Sitter School of Dance. She is well versed in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, and musical theatre. She has competed for 10 years in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe and lyrical. Beth has completed all of her graded and vocational RAD ballet exams and all of her CDTA tap and jazz exams. She was a part of her high schools dance and musical theatre program and loves working with children. She is currently at the U of S studying microbiology and immunology and has been a part of the Rush dance team for 2 years.

Paula Fortier

Paula Fortier

Paula has been teaching fitness for the last 4 years. As an educator with a love of fitness, it seemed a natural transition to move into sharing her love of movement with others. Paula is SPRA certified and is also trained in first aid, CPR-C and AED. She especially loves dance, Pilates, yoga and functional movement so she weaves them all together to achieve a toned body from top to bottom. She also believes that great music and great fun is a must!

Norma Gunningham-Kapphahn

Norma Gunningham-Kapphahn

Norma Gunningham-Kapphahn is a certified group fitness instructor, with additional certificates in Sport Movement and Fitness Yoga. She is an avid skier, cyclist and runner, enjoying all the seasons outdoors in Saskatchewan.

Sydney Harms

Sydney Harms

I enjoy sharing my love of sports and have been fortunate enough to be a Sports ABC's instructor for the past four years.  I like to instruct in a non-competitive environment where children feel that they can come, have fun and make new friends!

Jillian Hauber

Jillian Hauber

Jillian is a registered dietitian with a passion for cooking delicious and nutritious meals. She believes that food can be both good tasting and good for you. She has previous experience teaching both adult and child cooking classes and has worked as playground leader for the City of Saskatoon for many years. Jillian knows that getting kids involved in cooking is a great way to help them develop the skills and confidence they need to prepare simple, healthy meals and snacks all on their own.

Christine Hay

Christine Hay

Christine Hay is a first year student at the University of Saskatchewan. She is enrolled in the College of Engineering and hopes to pursue a degree in the Civil Field. She has previous experience teaching children through school band and dance clinics. She loves working with kids and welcomes the opportunity to do so again! In her free time, Christine enjoys dance, choir, musical theatre, crafting, and travelling the world. She is excited to teach the brand new Vehicle Adventures Class, beginning in the new year!

Diane Hein

Diane Hein

I am a certified STOTT Pilates Instructor with experience in beginner to advanced mat lessons, as well as pre and post-natal and rehab. I obtained my certification in March of 2010 after experiencing first-hand the rehab benefits of Pilates due to a joint injury. I am a firm believer in exercise that works with the body, not against it, and am able to modify most exercises to suit any level or disability. For more information please visit my website at www.newdirectionspilates.ca

Tera Jensen

Tera Jensen

My name is Tera Jensen. Over the years I have enjoyed a variety of sports and fitness classes. I became inspired to become a fitness instructor after falling in love with Zumba®. The music and moves are so much fun it truly is exercise in disguise. I love how Zumba® appeals to so many. All ages and all fitness levels are attracted to Zumba®. My certifications include SPRA Group Fitness, Zumba®, Zumba® Gold, and Zumba® Step. Come join the party!! I look forward to meeting you!

Jordan Kapphahn (K-Rush Fit)

Jordan Kapphahn (K-Rush Fit)

With a background in athletics, martial arts, weight lifting and running, Jordan Kapphahn is a well rounded instructor with a wide variety of skills and knowledge in the field of fitness. Jordan is SPRA and YMCA certified, and is also trained in first aid, CPR-C and AED. Whether your objective is to get back into shape, maintain a healthy body, or condition for sport, Jordan Kapphahn will help you reach your goal! If you have any questions contact Jordan at: Krushfitsask@gmail.com.

Matt Neufeld

Matt Neufeld

Matt was raised in Williams Lake, BC and in December of 2016 moved to Saskatoon where he works as the Program Director with the YMCA of Saskatoon. Matt leads group fitness classes and spin classes at the YMCA, he is certified with SPRA and the YMCA in group fitness and spin. Matt spent 3 years coaching strength and conditioning classes at Total Ice Training Centre located in his home town of Williams lake. 

Rose Palidwor

Rose Palidwor

I have been a fitness instructor for 9 years and am certified through SPRA. I teach a variety of classes from Step, Boxercise, Bosu Ball and the ever popular bootcamps (indoor and outdoor). I am also a certified Piloxing and Piloxing Barre Instructor. I became certified in 2011 in LA, Californa and am only 1 of 2 instructors here in Saskatoon to teach Piloxing. You will find me teaching at various gyms and communities within the city. I enjoy teaching to a variety of age groups at different fitness levels, keeping my classes fun and fresh is always my goal!! Fitness has always been a big part of my life from playing on various organized teams when I was younger, to competitive ball into my early adult years. I have 3 grown children, 2 girls and a boy who were also very active growing up, this was great, becasue it allowed me as a parent and an instructor to be involved in their off ice training (dryland). Myself and a few other parents would run the training off the ice. Everyone is on there own personal journey when it comes to fitness, I believe that the key to staying physically active is to find a class and an insturctor that meets your wants and needs when it comes to classes. Find something fun and you will never dread going to the class!

Alicia Vassell

Alicia Vassell

Alicia is SPRA certified and has been teaching fitness classes for approximately 14 years.  Alicia as been involved with fitness from a young age - dance, running and weight lifting are the basis of her passion for fitness.  Her motto is "Making fitness fun while getting stronger inside and out".

Nina Zettl

Nina Zettl

Nina is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and currently working towards her 500 hours. She has been teaching yoga full time for the past 2.5 years and has experience teaching children's yoga classes quite regularly over that time. Nina has taught to all age groups - parent and tot (ages 1-5), ages 3 - 7, ages 5 - 10 and 10 - 13 as well. She is also a Registered Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga Teacher and working towards her 500 hours in Prana Flow (vinyasa flow) and has experience in teaching prenatal, mom and baby yoga and all levels vinyasa flow and hatha yoga classes.