Meet your UMW Fit Fam!
Amber Zipfel (she/her/hers)
Amber is a first semester Senior at UMW. She is majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, and double minoring in Sports Management and Digital Studies. This is her first semester teaching her favorite formats, core and stretching, at this school! Amber loves to stay active, either by doing cardio outside or working hard at the gym. A fun fact about Amber is she is obsessed with smoothie bowls and is gluten free!
Bill Brooks (he/him/his)
Bill went to W&M some decades ago, where he got degrees in anthropology and computer science. He has been teaching yoga since 2008 and mindfulness since 2013. Both are contemplative endeavors that have brought him much benefit. For fun, Bill likes to run, garden and cook, and spend time with his grandchildren whenever possible.
Britteny Backus (she/her/hers)
Britteny will be a Senior in the fall with a major in applied physics and a minor in data science. This will be her 4th semester teaching group fitness, and her favorite format to teach is cycle! During her free time she loves to read and build rockets!
Hannah Chester (she/her/hers)
Hannah is a Junior Theatre and CDS double major, and has been teaching Dance Fitness and FlexAbility for 3 semesters now, Dance Fitness being her absolute fave! She loves to dance, play with her dog, eat, and a fun fact about Hannah is that she eats plant based!
Jessie Mills (she/her/hers)
Jessie is a sophomore biomedical science major! This will be her first year teaching and she is so excited to start. Jessie is planning on leading a stretching and flexibility class, but she also loves taking yoga and dance fitness classes! Jessie loves dance, especially musical theatre, and in her free time you can find her dancing with PAC!
Katherine Conner (she/her/hers)
Katherine is a senior majoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and is also in the College of Education for Elementary. This will be her fourth semester teaching, and she has fallen in love with Dance Fitness! Katherine is currently into orca whales, so ask her anytime — she would love to chat!
Lily Silva (she/her/hers)
Lily is from Cleveland, OH and is a Senior American Studies major in the Master’s of Secondary Education program. She has been a group fitness instructor for four semesters teaching mainly yoga and some strength classes. Lily is also working on her cycle certification! In her free time, Lily loves to dance, garden, read, and enjoy nature! Lily is always up for an adventure!
Maggie Mae Young (she/her/hers)
Maggie is a junior majoring in Communication & Digital Studies. This will be her 4th semester teaching! Her favorite class to teach is relaxation yoga, but her favorite class to take is BodyFlow by LesMills. A fun fact about Maggie is she has been playing golf since she could walk!
Mariana Hough (she/her/hers)
Mariana is a junior from Harpers Ferry, WV. She is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience and has been teaching cycle for just over a year now (and is certified through Schwinn). If Mariana is not in the gym, she enjoys hiking and reading in her free time! A fun fact about her is that she is an honorary cast member at Walt Disney World in Florida!!
Victoria Percheke (she/her/hers)
Victoria, but many know her as Tori, teaches HIIT and Core! This is her fifth semester as a fitness instructor at UMW. When she is not teaching, she loves to write and cook vegan recipes. Tori also really enjoys traveling and experiencing new things! She is an English major with a double minor in Journalism and Digital Studies. Someday she hopes to work for a health magazine!
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