Meet Our Instructors

Water Works Water Aerobics  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!

Beginner Fitness Blend

Shallow Water Aerobics

Deep Water Aerobics 

Darlene Thomas  
Water Aerobics

Swim Lessons

Shari Peterson 




Jeannie SimpsonJeannie 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 WilliamsonCharlotte 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.
 Yoga  Patricia DobbsPatricia 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


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!

Gymnastics Michelle Reed 
Gymnastics John Reed, Sr. 
Intense Cycling Susan Hutchison 
Intense Cycling Laura Dascher 
Spin Heather Fridley
Group Cycling John Strott 
Group Cycling Debbie Strott 
 Beyond Barre Sarah Broughman




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