Barbara has lived many places, including Alaska and the Netherlands. During college, she spent two summers on Cape Cod cooking for a woman in her 80s. She has a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Arizona and has written for WebMD. She has run a marathon and flown on a trapeze (even though she is afraid of heights).
Bonnie grew up in Connecticut with a great love of movement and music. Striving for excellence in all that she does, she rose to the top of her class in high school. Cultivating hard work, consistency, discipline, and chutzpah led to a 13-year professional ballet career with The Hartford Ballet and subsequently Ballet Arizona. Those years of living her childhood dream gave her the opportunity to discover all kinds of strengths and a type of flow that will never go away and uses that passion for movement to share with Village members who cross her path. Now her two teenage kids keep her “on her toes” and her Golden Retriever, Marley, keeps her company and does doggie Pilates.
Denise is originally from Wisconsin. She started teaching group fitness classes when she was 16. She received her bachelor’s degree in exercise science and wellness and from Arizona State University. She enjoys hiking, reading, kayaking, traveling, and spending time with her family. Fall is her favorite season, and she loves to be outdoors. Her favorite quote, “Fitness is a journey, not a destination…make every day count.”.
Jenni’s top three favorite things are coffee, family, and fitness (not always in that order)! She is a mother to one “water ballerina” daughter and to another “unicorn-boy” son, both who make her world full of joy and light! When she not driving said children to and from activities, she is still on the road running to stay sane and logging training miles for her next marathon. (If those two things can belong together?) If you see her honk and wave! Words of advice: Fitness needs to fit into your life because it will facilitate your best life!
Jinger has been teaching in the fitness industry since 1983. She has taught just about every format over the years including Hula Hoop and Stand-up paddle board classes. She loves all kinds of candy and is a certified master gardener. She is very shy in large crowds (hard to believe) and even had an imaginary friend when she was little. Her closet is organized by season and color.
Joan attended several Arizona colleges and universities achieving an Education degree specializing in PE. From age 5, she immersed herself in the performing arts as a dancer, musician, and an actor. As a competitive roller skater, she won an Arizona state championship. Joan enjoys travel both domestically and abroad, having fun salsa dancing in six different countries and exploring over 30 national parks and monuments. She hikes and reads avidly.
Jodi would describe herself as tenacious. She considers herself a teacher and a student. She is always moving forward and believes in gratitude. Her favorite quote is, “Live your best life.”. She enjoys hiking, biking, and knitting.
Maurice is from Wisconsin and graduated from Blue Sky Massage School in Grafton, WI. After high school Maurice went into the US army, airborne, has 10 static line jumps under his belt. He moved to Arizona in search of warmer weather. He loves to go hiking and backpacking, especially summers on the Mogollan Rim. He enjoys spending time in Arizona’s national forest and is looking to take up fishing.
Sandy is originally from New Jersey, she moved to Scottsdale AZ at the age of 15. She was a gymnast for 12 years and loved every second of it. That is where her love for being active began! After High school she moved to Southern California, where she finished college and enjoyed the beach life for 10 years. From starting gymnastics at the age of 3 to this current day she is always active doing something! You will find her running, boxing, golfing and doing Pilates regularly to keep her body strong in all the right places. Words of advice: Keeping our bodies strong in all the right places will help us continue doing the things we love for years to come.