Meet Our Instructors



Water Works • Water Aerobic

Mary Ellen Haines

Deep Water Aerobics

Katie Stutler

Deep Water Aerobics

Glenda Field

Deep Water Aerobics

Jenny Hinton is a substitute Deep Water Aerobics instructor. She became involved after learning that the exercise can help lessen the symptoms of MS, but now knows the program so well that she occasionally fills in for the regular instructor!

Zumba • Beginner Fitness Blend • Shallow/Deep Water Aerobics

Darlene Thomas

Water Aerobics • Swim Lessons

Shari Peterson

Spinning • Toning

Jeannie Simpson joined the Y in the winter of 2008. She wanted to lose weight and needed the group support and overall environment that the Y provides to stay to motivated. As her passion for exercise grew, she began teaching spinning classes when there was no instructor available. She now teaches Spinning on Mondays at 5:30 pm, Toning with hand-weights on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 am, Low Impact Muscle Training on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 am, and a Pilates Toning class on Saturdays at 8:00 am.When Jeannie isn't instructing at the Y, she enjoys kayaking, cycling, running, hiking and horseback riding. She also loves spending time with her grandchildren.

Tai Chi

Charlotte Williamson is the Y's Tai Chi instructor. Charlotte's class is an exercise routine based on 18 movements that will improve health and increase energy, agility and flexibility. This great class also reduces stress.


Patricia Dobbs not only teaches seventh grade students during the daytime at Jeter Watson Intermediate School, but also finds time to share her love of Yoga with Y members who find her classes to be top notch. She also regularly participates in triathlons and 5k events with family members and friends.

Strength Train Together • Zumba

Nancy Turkewitz joined the Y about seven years ago. Originally a member of Curves, she got bored and wanted some variety in her workout. The main reason she joined the Y was to be and stay healthy. After a year she tried out some classes and really enjoyed Cardio Kick. That was the one class she attended regularly. When the instructor could no longer teach she took over and expanded to strength and toning classes in addition to subbing for Zumba when needed. Nancy has since become one of the Y's Zumba instructors as well as a Strength Train Together Instructor.

Nancy is a full-time school counselor at both Callaghan and Sharon Elementary School. She has two children and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys reading all kinds of books and watching movies. She likes walking around town (about six and half miles at a time with her friends) and enjoys her workouts and exercise classes.

Strength Train Together

Amanda Tomasek

Chair Yoga • Good Morning Yoga

Fred Pifer 

Intense Cycling

Tamara Reid became a member of the YMCA while it was located at the Boys Home. She became interested in fitness roughly fifteen years ago. Tamara took up exercise to help combat a eating and sleeping disorders and had incredible success doing so. She uses what she’s learned during her fitness journey to help others.

Outside the YMCA Tamara is an avid cycler. Last summer she rode roughly 2,600 miles! She enjoys hiking and boxing and serves of the board of Clifton Forge Main Street. Tamara is always up for trying something new when it comes to exercise!


Michelle Reed 


John Reed, Sr. 

Intense Cycling

Susan Hutchison 

Intense Cycling

Laura Dascher


Heather Fridley

Group Cycling

John Strott

Group Cycling

Debbie Strott

Beyond Barre

Sarah Broughman