Meet our Fitness Instructors
Classes: Strong | Zumba Gold | Personal Trainer
Danielle is passionate about empowering others to THRIVE! While looking for a way to take charge of her wellness and re-connect with her mind and body post-pregnancy, she tried Zumba for the first time in 2009. It was a moment she will never forget, because it was that first incredible class that inspired her to help others as a leader in the fitness field. Today, Danielle is a certified personal trainer, and has taught several fitness classes including Zumba, Strong by Zumba, Les Mills Body Pump, meditation classes + more. Danielle believes in the importance of cultivating community through exercise, and invites people of all fitness levels to ‘join the tribe’ by bringing their own unique energy into her classes. Outside of class, Danielle enjoys singing, participating in theatre, camping, and spending time with her husband and two amazing kiddos. Follow her wellness adventures and insights on Instagram: @goteamjauw!
Classes: Classical Yoga | Gentle Yoga | Sing Song Yoga
Deb Weiss-Gelmi is a certified “Iyengar Yoga Teacher”, and she has great respect for the rich teaching lineage of the method. She finds it deeply rewarding to guide her students from their first experiences with yoga through to a deeper understanding of yoga and themselves. Deb founded and developed Sing Song Yoga®, the kids’ musical yoga program featured in Zeeland Recreation’s programming, and has published a kids’ yoga DVD, an iOS App, and a school program. Her formal education includes a bachelor’s in education (including child development), and a master’s in reading and literacy K-12.
Donielle has been on a health journey for a good part of her adult life, and she loves using that journey to help motivate, support, encourage and a cheer others on in her fitness classes! Donielle has been married for 20 years to her husband, Bill, and they have three kids (Samantha, Brandon and Andrew).
In 2007, Grace discovered Zumba and was thrilled to find out that she could burn lots of calories and improve her overall fitness level while doing something that she couldn’t help doing anyway. When the invitation was extended to become a licensed Zumba instructor, that was a no-brainer, and now she gets to throw a dance party several times a week at Zeeland Recreation Center. She promises that if you join her class, you will burn lots of calories, you will improve your overall fitness level, and you will learn some sweet, Latin-inspired moves to spice up that dance you do in the produce section.
Classes: Deep H20 | Midday Movers | Sunrise Stretch & Stride
Heidi has a passion for water exercise and for teaching community members about how to be safe in water. Heidi is also a certified lifeguard, lifeguard trainer, water safety instructor and pool operator. In addition to teaching aquatics classes, Heidi also serves as the Assistant Aquatics Coordinator for Zeeland Recreation. She has lived in Zeeland for 36 years and graduated from Zeeland High School. She loves to relax by her pool, read books, take walks, and spend time with my family and friends. Heidi also owns “Sun Island and Hair Care”. Heidi and her husband Todd have two wonderful children: Brie and Curtis.
Classes: Cardio, Strength & Stretch | Circuit Training | Power Pilates & Yoga
Jaci Lowther is a health and wellness enthusiast. She is a group fitness instructor and has been teaching classes since 2012. She currently holds a certification as a Nutrition and Wellness consultant from AFPA. Jaci ‘s favorite quote is “Encourage one another and build each other up”. She strives to live by this motto when she teaches, and loves to encourage her fellow students to be their best. Being healthy and staying active are incredibly important to her and she loves to support others as they pursue a path to wellness!
Class: Arms & Abs | Spin
Jodi has had the privilege of instructing fitness classes for 30 years for several clubs and corporations. She has taught high/low, step, yogafit, pilates, TBC, arms and abs, kickboxing, and cycling. Besides teaching classes, Jode has a passion for wellness coaching, walking her dogs and grand dog, boating, singing, and cooking (for my husband and three grown children and 2 in-law children).
Class: Triple Threat
Jen’s fitness career began early on as a recreational participant in both school and community programs. Over the years, the benefits of fitness always were at the forefront even as she transitioned into the workforce. Jen merged her passion for health and wellness into a career for nine years while living in Los Angeles as the Assistant Director for Fitness & Wellness at Loyola Marymount University. Initially receiving her Mad Dogg (Spinning) and Barre Physique certifications in 2008, she also holds certifications in Schwinn Indoor Cycling, AFAA Group Exercise, TRX, and is a 200 hour RYT. Prior to moving back to Michigan. Jen was also a member of the Equinox Group Fitness team and attended Equinox exclusive trainings for ViPR, Barre, MetCon3, Pure Strength and Precision Running. A native of Michigan, she received her Bachelors of Science from Central Michigan University (’98 Psychology & Human Development). Jen’s motto: whatever your age, activity level, or desired outcome, you’ll be successful and have fun; together we’ll reshape your life, one workout at a time!
Classes: Senior Strong & Balanced | Spin
Julie Lamer is a Group Fitness Instructor for Zeeland Recreation and Herman Miller Inc. She started teaching Group Fitness in 1985. Julie is also an avid runner. She began running in the 80’s and has kept that passion going. Julie enjoys competing in races, triathlons, golf and spending time with family and friends. Julie, her husband Scott and daughter Maci reside in Zeeland.
Classes: Personal Trainer
Certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer (NASM CPT), and also a certified group fitness instructor, Kendra finds joy in encouraging others on their fitness journey. Kendra's own fitness journey began 20 years ago and has evolved into serving as the President of the Macatawa Cycling Club, leading multiple local community road cycling bike rides, participating in triathlons and providing personal training. In 2018 she even completed her first full IRONMAN triathlon! In addition to her fitness pursuits she enjoys traveling with her hubby of 31 years and spoiling her 5 grand-kids.
Classes: Barre Cardio Fit | Teen Yoga
Mellissa Zoerhof has worked as a fitness instructor since attending Michigan State University where she taught a variety of classes for the University. She is certified in bootcamp, Kids Sing Song Yoga and Teen yoga and is also 200hr Yoga certified. Mellissa is passionate about "Whole Health"- Healthy mind, body and soul. Mellissa has a background in education, specifically middle school reading and literacy, so she is a book nerd! Mellissa is married to a builder, Chris, whom she loves to do life with and the two of them have two wonderfully energetic kiddos, Macie and Reid.
Class: Aquatic Body Conditioning | Energy H2O
Paula Shivers has lived in Zeeland for 16 years, and is originally from Chicago. Paula loves teaching aquatics fitness classes because she loves helping others. Paula’s greatest joy is watching patrons enjoy the workouts and meet their personal goals, whether it’s weight loss, strength, longevity, balance, or just overall health. Paula and her husband Jeff have two daughters: Alanna and Gabbi.
Susan Kleinheksel has been teaching various group exercise classes for over 16 years. She started teaching because one day in a strength class, the instructor didn't show up! She's been hooked ever since. She loves to work out, and loves helping people... which makes teaching workout classes a win-win! She's currently certified in AFAA, Les Mills Body Combat, and TRX. When she isn't working, Susan enjoys spending time with her daughter, and doing all sorts of projects.
Classes: Hydro Cardio | Spin | Yoga-Pilates Fusion
Suzette Staal has taught fitness classes for over 20 years. Trained as an educator, Suzette loves to teach! She is certified by the Aerobics Fitness Association of America as well as the Aquatics Exercise Association. Suzette works full time at Hope College in the Academic Success Center. Her passion is helping people achieve their very best in all aspects of their lives. When she is not working, Suzette loves to cook, read, walk her dog and be active!