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Presenter List

Elizabeth Andrews has been a group fitness instructor and coach for 35 years, teaching and developing exciting classes and programming, from the southeast to the Pacific NorthWest. Elizabeth is a Master Trainer for the best companies in the movement arena, BOSU, TRX and DVRT Ultimate Sandbag, also using her gifts as a motivational speaker for companies such as Amazon, as well as writing for ACE. She has presented several times at IDEA World, IDEA West, TRX Summits, Western States Chiropractic College, and for the YMCA Summits. Her diverse experience working and teaching in the rehab field, general fitness, as well as yoga, provide a broad perspective and knowledge, in movement.
Abbie Appel is the owner of APS Appel Programming Solutions and AbbieFit Consulting. As an award-winning fitness educator and group fitness programming expert, Abbie develops and delivers programs for Schwinn Cycling, TRX Training and many other organizations.  She developed the SCW Pilates and SCW Barre Certifications and has produced and starred in over 50 fitness videos.  Abbie contributes to fitness publications such as Self, Shape, Prevention and IDEA Journal and is certified by ACE, AFAA and NASM.
Gail Bannister Munn is the Group Exercise Classic Coordinator for Crunch Fitness Rochdale, NY. Gail currently works as the Flexibility, FST, Thai Body Therapist, and Yoga coach with the NY Jets Football Team, Pro Hoops Basketball, and various NFL/NBA athletes that focuses on skill sets that can help players improve in all areas of defense, and offense. She currently holds National Certifications in several different disciplines, including NASM, Fascial Stretch Therapist L3, AFFA, and is an NASM/AFAA Continuing Education Provider, which enhances her coaching abilities to her athletes, staff and her classes.
She is the owner of The Bannister Method, located in Greenvale NY. Gail presents The Bannister Method™ at national conferences and is a Fitness Consultant for professional athletes. Feel free to check out her website at www.GBMFLEX.COM and you can follow her on Instagram @GBMGLEX
Katina Brock, MSEd, is the creator of Wet Barre™- a unique, aquatic format that skillfully adapts Barre, Pilates, Ballet and Corrective Exercise to the water, featuring mostly original exercises. She is an international aquatic fitness presenter and continuing education provider for AEA, AFAA & NASM with three decades of teaching experience. A frequent contributor to AKWA Magazine, she has also been a featured fitness expert on Shape.com, the LA Times, VH-1 Couples Therapy, and was an original trainer at the Biggest Loser Resort in Malibu. She lives in New York City.
Maria Browning
Brandi Clark is a marketing and sales mentor for those in the fitness industry.  With over 25 years in the fitness industry she has served her clients in every capacity from group instructor, personal trainer, master trainer and a gym owner.. She understands how quickly the industry changes and evolves and she spends her time helping fitness professionals implement business strategies so they can stand out as a leader in their industry. Her specialty is teaching people how to create content that really connects with their audience so they can build their training business and help more people achieve lasting lifelong changes.
Katy Coffey is an AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor, an AEA Aquatic Training Specialist, Master Trainer with Aqua Body Strong & S’WET and holds a collective of 15 additional fitness certifications for both land and aquatic fitness training
Teaching aquatic fitness in and around Boston, Massachusetts. She’s been working in aquatics management since 2002. She currently holds Instructor Training certifications for the American Red Cross, ASHI and YUSA
Becky Conser
Ellen de Werd is a 21-year, fitness industry veteran. She is the founder of WARRIOR Rhythm™ and WARRIOR Strength™. In 2018 and 2019, prior to the launch of WARRIOR Instructor Academy, Ellen garnered national attention as a presenter and educator for Beachbody.  In 2021 her WARRIOR formats spread internationally to 9 countries. She re-entered the conference scene with WARRIOR, taking the nation by storm. Ellen is the Fitness Director at the Downtown Athletic Club and a Lululemon Ambassador in Eugene.
Denise Druce has been inspiring people to live healthier, happier lives since 1981. Her students refer to her as ‘The Elevator…when you’re around her, you’re going up! She teaches her students to stand at the “Soft Edge of the Hard Place” in fitness and in life. Her non-profit Yoga Forward is “taking yoga where it isn’t”…prisons, shelters, schools, and shopping malls. She has a Masters Degree in Public Health, is a Master Trainer for Schwinn, a Yoga Therapist and a Yoga Alliance E-RYT500. Her greatest life lessons came with her journey with breast cancer. It taught her to thrive!
 Dani D Fitness realized that the only way to ensure a positive outcome is to “fight for what you want” — which has become the mantra of her mission and her movement. She stopped obeying the old narratives about how fit bodies needed to look, and ditched the idea that negativity is an effective tool.
By embracing a positive relationship with her body and developing an effective training and nutrition plan for herself, she not only achieved her fitness goals by traditional standards (40lbs lighter, body fat reduced by 17%), but more importantly she learned that you can’t put your life and your happiness on hold while you’re striving to become more fit.
Your body doesn’t exist separately from your life and your happiness — they’re all connected. Dani proved how powerful strengthening that connection can be, and her passion is to empower her clients to become stronger and happier, too.  Some of her accomplishments include

  • Coaching hundreds of clients over the past 3 years.
  • Hosting over 50 events all over middle Tennessee.
  • Creating sustainable lifestyle plans to keep clients consistent and align their journey with Dani D. Fitness.
Sonja Friend-Uhl has trained people of all ages and abilities for over 22 years. A skilled fitness programmer, Sonja holds Fitness Training Certifications with ACSM and AFAA as well as AFAA specialty certifications in Youth, Senior, and Pre-Natal Fitness. Sonja is a certified ACE Health Coach which gives her the ability to work with those in the allied health field in regards to high risk or specialized clientele. She is a registered Nutrition & Weight Loss Counselor. Following her passion for running, Sonja is USATF Coaching Certified. She has served as a high school, collegiate, club and private running coach. From 2012-2015 Sonja served as an assistant Cross-Country and Track coach at Vanderbilt University. Since August of 2016 Sonja has a served as a volunteer Track and cross country coach for FAU in Boca Raton and operates her own coaching & running education platform, www.TheRunningWarrior.com.
Master of Musicality, Lauren George is the Co-Creator of the Enhanced Barre Above Program, Creator of the Musicality Method, Co-Owner of FitBiz Retreat, adjunct faculty at Clemson University, a former studio owner, and a Master Trainer for Balletone. She has had a love for movement since a young age and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Texas A&M University and Master’s Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from University of North Texas. She was named EMPOWER! Fusion Education Partner of the Year in 2018. Lauren has had the pleasure of leading the group fitness programs at large health clubs, private studios, and collegiate campuses. Lauren’s two biggest passions are creating fun and effective workout programming and helping other fitness professionals succeed in the industry!
Jenn Hogg became a certified instructor & trainer in 1991 while pursuing her Masters in Marketing at Northwestern University. More than 15 years later, she left the corporate grind to pursue what was clearly her lifelong passion – fitness. During her journey, she became a 5-time US Champion in Aerobic Gymnastics, a Master Trainer & Presenter for Schwinn and a Platinum Lululemon Am- bassador and a driving force in the Chicago Fitness community.
Alicia Jerome, Group Fitness instructor and Pilates Trainer born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Alicia passion for fitness started with running Track at a young age and where she was a 100- and 200-meter Junior Olympic Champion.
She holds Comprehensive Pilates Apparatus certifications through Balanced Body, Power Pilates, and currently is a Master Trainer with Club Pilates and Peak Pilates FITCORE. Alicia also holds numerous other certifications.
Chris LaCour is a New York City based NASM-CPT, AEA Aquatic Trainer and Master Trainer for HydroRevolution and S’WET™. Chris has been bringing Aquatic Fitness to NYC pools for 12 years after he was able to recover from his back surgery using the help of the water. He has been on a mission to help change the perception of aquatic fitness and “level up” exercises in order to bring a fresh perspective and more dynamic movement to the pool.
Jenice Mattek works each day helping clients improve their breathing and experience the benefits of optimal breathing throughout their daily lives. She is also the Director of the Integrative Movement Institute and Chicago Integrative Movement Specialists and co-author of What Lies Beneath: The Under-realized Effects of Breast Abdominal and Pelvic Surgeries. She co-created the Integrative Movement System ™ which is taught to professionals around the world.
A.J. Meyers is a published writer, editor, content creator and podcast producer with decades experience in creative marketing and narrative storytelling. Through his workshops and consultations, he educates clients on how to create fresh, engaging copy and appealing visual/audible content to market and promote branded communications and to attract new customers or clients. With experience as a social media manager developing advertising strategies and campaigns, AJ’s client’s have seen an increase of online following and engagements with their audience by over 500%.
Tricia Murphy Madden is a 29-year industry veteran and 2021 IDEA Fitness Leader Of The Year.  Tricia is the National Education Director for Savvier Fitness and the co-creator of Barre Above with over 85 master trainers and over 5600 trained instructors worldwide. She is the co-author and creator of a children’s book and fitness program called, The ABC’s of Exercise sold worldwide. Tricia sits on the IDEA Group Fitness Committee and is known for her numerous programs developed over the past 29 years.
Bruce Mylrea/ BA in Economics / ECornell certified in Plant Based Nutrition / AFPA certified Holistic Nutritional Councilor. He spends hours each day reviewing the latest in unbiased nutritional research. Bruce is focused and passionate in educating others on the life enhancing and life extending benefits of whole food plant based nutrition. Bruce is the SCW male presenter of the year for 2017 and also 2017 Life Time Achievement Award for CanFitPro. Bruce and Mindy have worked together for 11 years in the fitness and wellness industry and present both fitness programming and nutritional education together.
Mindy Mylrea – Mindy Mylrea is the 2017 Life Time achievement Award Winner for CanFitPro , 2016 Empower Instructor of the Year, 2015 PFP Trainer of the Year. 2015 International Presenter of the Year, 2013 CanFitPro Specialty Presenter of the Year, 2008 ECA OBOW Fitness Presenter of the Year, the 2004 Can Fit Pro International Presenter of the Year, the 1999 International IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, a National and World Aerobic Champion, a 361 sponsored athlete, and a five star presenter for IDEA. Mindy is an advisory board member for Oxygen Magazine, an international presenter, author, motivational speaker, video personality, and CEC provider for both ACE and AFAA.  Mindy is the creator and lead talent behind Gliding , the Gliding discs exercise program. She is a master trainer and on the pro development team for Schwinn Cycling, Body Bar, and Bosu.  Mindy is the creator of Tabata Bootcamp that earned Most Impactful Program of 2013, and owner of FitFlix Productions DVD production services. . She has authored numerous articles and stars in over 400 instructional videos. Mindy is currently the host of Orbitrek Elite and 6 minutes to slim it  infomercials. Mindy donates her time and talents regularly to numerous charities and nonprofit organizations. Mindy is the mother of three boys, been married for 32 years, and lives in Santa Cruz, California.  Bruce and Mindy have worked together for 11 years in the fitness and wellness industry and present both fitness programming and nutritional education together.
Jamie Nichollsis the CEO of Fitness Conventions Inc. She plans and executes conventions for fitness professionals to further their education. Jamie has 22 years experience in the fitness industry and is an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor. She has been involved with Fitness Conventions Inc. since 2001 starting off as a staff assistant.  She became the Registration Manager in 2006 and the Finance Manager in 2010.  In 2011, she became Co-Owner of the business.  In 2019, she became the CEO. She resides in the Richmond, VA area and teaches a variety of group exercise classes at the local YMCA. She is an independent distributor for The Juice Plus Company. She also fundraises for the Step Up for Down Syndrome event every year. She was just recently elected to the Board of Directors and Vice President of the Hunley Foundation where she will share responsibility in guiding the Foundation forward in carrying out its mission to provide financial assistance to a variety of charitable, religious, scientific and educational organizations and will play a key role in the stewardship of Foundation assets. Jamie resides in Quinton, Virginia with her husband and two children.
Aimee Nicotera is an international presenter and Virtual Studio Owner. Aimee holds a BS in Nutrition Science, a Masters in Health Education and certifications from ACSM, ACE and AFAA.   Aimee is the creator of the format E5 COLLECTIVE.
Dr. Evan Osar – Audiences around the world have heard Dr. Osar’s dynamic presentations. Dr. Evan Osar is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and expert on assessment, corrective exercise, and functional movement. He has authored Corrective Exercise Solutions to Common Hip and Shoulder Dysfunction and Amazon #1 Best Seller, The Psoas Solution. Dr. Osar developed the Integrative Movement System™, an evidence-based approach to improving clinical outcomes and helping patients perform at their highest level. Dr. Osar is in private practice in Chicago, IL and teaches his proprietary approach, the Integrative Movement System™ to health and fitness professionals that specialize in corrective exercise, medical fitness, and training the older adult population.
Jenni Lynn Patterson-LaCour is an AEA ATS, NSCA- CPT, CEC Provider, an International Aquatic Fitness Presenter and creator of S’WET™.  She has been working one on one with clients and teaching aquatic fitness classes in New York City for over a decade. Jenni’s S’WET™ structure takes H.I.I.T. and strength training to a new level in the pool! She believes the perception of water fitness is transforming the way people cross train and soon ALL ages, abilities and genders will be making waves in the pool together! For more information, contact her at www.jennilynnfitness.com or jennilynn@jennilynnfitness.com.
Irene PluimMentz, PT became a licensed physical therapist in the Netherlands before immigrating to the United States. She is the co-owner of One Step Beyond, Inc. Physical Therapy. Irene’s passion for anything “water” led to becoming an AEA certified instructor. She integrates her knowledge of hydro-dynamics with physical therapy into all her sessions. Irene is the inventor and developer of the Aqua-Ω adjustable drag resistance water exercise equipment.
Diva Richards is the co-creator of WARRIOR Combat and the Format Lead. She is a motivational life coach with over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry. She is the Founder and President of Hard Work No Excuses, LLC. Her 10,000+ sq. foot boutique fitness studio is located in Marlton, NJ. Diva is a professional public speaker, owns the DO WORK podcast, and has an apparel line. She lives in Philadelphia, PA where she studied music and dance.
Dr. Dan Ritchie is the president and co-founder of the Functional Aging Institute and a best selling author of Never Grow Old! With over 20 years experience in the field and having trained over 2,000 clients over age 55.   Dan received his PhD at Purdue University in Kinesiology with a minor in Gerontology.   In addition Dan leads a team of 7 trainers at Miracles Fitness a personal training studio with an average age clientele over 62.   In addition to being an international speaker on the topic of aging and fitness Dan has also been involved in research on Alzheimers and Parkinsons.
Dane Robinson is a Certified Personal Trainer and Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has held almost every job in the fitness industry from mopping floors at Bally Total Fitness, to personal and group training, all the way to regional department management.Dane impacts HUNDREDS of people in private and group training classes in Atlanta, GA and THOUSANDS of people across the country as a TV fitness coach on Daily Burn’s episodic on-demand show “Daily Burn 365” in New York City.

Dane also serves as a fitness coach with Total Gym as a part of their “Total Gym TV” series and can be routinely found as a Total Gym Master Coach on the QVC network.

SGT Ken® is an award-winning international speaker, Master Fitness Trainer, Master Resilience Trainer, and a fitness specialist for the American Council on Exercise. Ken is a CSP® (Certified Speaking Professional™), a member of the National Speakers Association, and a graduate of the John C. Maxwell Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker Course. Ken has trained over one million Service Members and civilians through Operation Fit to Fight, has written over 100 articles for GX®, Backpacker®, Outside®, Health®, and created the Operation Family Fit video series and family fitness kits for the Air National Guard Yellow Ribbon division. Ken has served as the host for the Fit for Duty show on the Pentagon Channel. Ken was awarded his tenth Army Commendation Medal for creating the Warrior Fit Camp program for the Tennessee Army National Guard Suicide Prevention Task Force, helping thousands of Armed Service Members turn stress into strength and obstacles into opportunities through physical and emotional resiliency coaching and leadership training. Ken serves as the Director of Programming and Education for WaterRower®.
Dr Emily Splichal, Functional Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist, is the Founder of EBFA Global , Creator of the Barefoot Training Specialist® Certification, Author of Barefoot Strong and Inventor of Naboso Barefoot Technology. With over 20 years in the fitness industry, Dr Splichal has dedicated her medical career towards studying postural alignment and human movement as it relates to barefoot science, foot to core integration and sensory integration.
Doris Thewsis an International award winning Fitness Educator including 2019 World IDEA Fitness Instructor of the year. She is the CEO of Team Thews Fitness consulting. Doris leads and presents for various several fitness brands. Senior Master Trainer and Global Mentor for Schwinn and is on the International Development Master Trainer team for BOSU and Hedstrom Fitness. Doris is the CEO off Team Thews Fitness, which consults several leading brands on business, program development and strategy. In addition to presenting and lecturing internationally, she is also a Keynote speaker. She is known for her motivation and athletic coaching style. RYKA Fit-Pro Ambassador.
After graduating from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Tyler Valencia turned an undergraduate internship with the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) into a full-time position. Throughout his time at NESTA, he excelled at several positions, developed his skill set with online instructional design, and eventually accepted an executive position with the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT) & Smart Fitness. After working for NCCPT, Tyler decided to start his own online health and fitness company and founded the Kinesiology Institute for Performance Specialists (KIPS). Since 2016, KIPS has been selling and developing online and live education for health and fitness professionals. In 2020, Tyler decided to re-start his first-ever entrepreneurial quest and relaunched Time 2 Train Fitness, an online exercise platform which specializes in live and on demand workouts for those wanting to workout at-home. Tyler holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Kinesiology and will be completing his PhD in Health and Human Performance later this year.
Andrea Velazquez has been immersed in the Aquatics Industry for over 25 years. She is a Recreation Supervisor for the City of Yonkers and Creator of AVAQUATICS. She is Master Trainer for many aquatic specialties, representing Acquapole, SAF Aqua Drums Vibes and HydroRevolution. She holds numerous certifications including AEA Fitness Professional, Aqua Vida Floating Yoga, Tsunami Fitness Boards, and RM Medically Based Aquatics. She is a StarGuard Instructor and Starfish Aquatics Institute Swim School Instructor Trainer. She is a Presenter at the NYS Parks and Recreation Conferences, SUNY Cortland (her alma mater) Recreation Conference, DCAC Fitness Convention, Aquatic Therapy Rehab Institute (ATRI), Association of Aquatic Professional Conference (AOAP), and SCW Fitness Mania Fitness Conferences.