MANIA® PRESENTERS M-Z

Stefania Manfredi

Stefania Manfredi hails from Turin, Italy and is the co-inventor of the Acquapole® method. Stefania has a degree in Physical Education with a Masters in Sport Psychology. She has managed fitness instructors in a swimming facility in Turin, Italy for over 10 years and is a synchronized swimming team coach. Stefania owns a pilates center, specializing in pilates classes and personal training. Since 2010 she has overlooked and developed Acquapole worldwide trainings and events. Stefania personally tests all Acquapole® protocols and has trained more than 1000 aqua fitness instructors.

Jessica Maurer

Jessica H. Maurer finds a passion in fitness education, and she concentrates her energy in program development and social media. Jessica is the social media and online manager for several top and well-known fitness personalities and brands. She has designed, created, and implemented websites, blogs, and fitness programs for large and private studios and individuals.

Sheldon McBee, MS

Sheldon McBee has a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition, is an ACE certified Personal Trainer, and has over 18 years of experience in health and fitness. Sheldon is an experienced international presenter, lecturer, business consultant, fitness content developer, and training director. Sheldon is also a passionate and dynamic presenter, and he has been featured in numerous fitness education and training videos. Sheldon is the Personal Training Director for Universal Athletic Club based in Lancaster, PA.

Bill McBride

Bill is a health club industry veteran with over 25 years of experience leading and managing all aspects of commercial health clubs, medical fitness centers, residential, community, multi-tenant, and corporate fitness sites. He co-founded Active Wellness, LLC and owns a health club consultancy – BMC3. Bill has served as Chairman of the International Health Racquet & SportsClub Association (IHRSA) Board of Directors, President of the Mid-Atlantic Club Management Association (MACMA), and served on the Industry Advisory Board for the American Council of Exercise (ACE).

Irene McCormick, MS, CSCS

Irene McCormick is the former Senior Director of Fitness for Orangetheory Fitness. She is an IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, a twice-published author for Human Kinetics, and an award-winning conference educator and keynote speaker. Irene holds an MS in Exercise Physiology from Iowa State University and serves as an SCW Fitness faculty member. Irene is the creator of the SCW Foam Roller certification and presents several SCW Fitness certifications. She is also the Lead Conference Educator for WaterRower®, Master Instructor for TRX®, and Master Trainer for Savvier Fitness. As a RYKA FitPro and Subject Matter Expert for Orangetheory, NASM, and ACE, her certifications include ACSM Fitness Leader, NSCA-CSCS, ACE CPT, ACE GFI ACE LWM, NASM CPT, AFAA Group Ex, TRX, and AEA.

Alex McLean

Alex McLean has been teaching group fitness since 1995. He started as a dancer and master class presenter for the Reebok Performance Team and Nike Culture Shock, and is currently an educator for multiple world-class brands, including Schwinn® Cycling and Strong NationTM. He has appeared in video and print projects and as a professional dancer and acrobat. Alex has been in commercials for Facebook and Joy Mangano Home Products. He has also danced with LeAnn Rimes, Disney, Universal Studios and the NBA/WNBA. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, NASM.

Courtney McWaine, MBA

Courtney McWaine is a Transformational Wellness and Life Transition Speaker, Podcaster, and Career Strategist. She is a trauma survivor turned Queen of Thriving During Major Life Transitions. She has utilized her experience as an Operations Manager in corporate Supply Chain and as an avid Fitness Professional to promote mind evolution and transformation. Courtney was named as one of Oxygen Magazine’s individuals on the Future of Fitness list. She was propelled toward her life passion of empowering others to make long-term change following her survival of a near fatal car crash. She overcame her life altering experience with the attitude that anything is possible and now encourages others to live the same way!

Liz Morrison

Liz is a branding and marketing strategist and designer, and teaches fitness and wellness professionals, trainers, and coaches how to streamline their marketing, make more money, and save time while doing it. As a former fitness competitor with 10+ years in corporate and agency marketing experience, she has become known for her relatable, humorous messaging, refreshing style of digital and experiential marketing, and down-to-earth demeanor. Liz is reshaping attitudes on fitness culture, lifestyle expectations, how to live well, and has been recognized as a Trailblazer by VoyageATL.

Kevin Mullins, CSCS

Kevin Mullins, CSCS, is a fitness professional, educator, and author who has coached over twenty-thousand personal training sessions and group fitness classes in the last decade. He is the author of best-selling Personal Training book – Day by Day: The Personal Trainer’s Blueprint. The creator of SCW’s Functional Training Certification, Kevin leverages his degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland as well as accreditation through the PPSC, USAW, Precision Nutrition, EQUINOX, NSCA, Trigger Point Therapy, ISSA, and Schwinn Cycle to every event.

Mindy Mylrea

Mindy is a PFP Trainer of the Year, CanFitPro Specialty Presenter of the Year, Fitness Presenter of the Year, CanFitPro International Presenter of the Year, International Fitness Instructor of the Year, a National and World Aerobic Champion, and a five-star presenter. Mindy is an advisory board member for Oxygen Magazine, an international presenter, author, motivational speaker, video personality, and CEC provider for SCW, ACE and AFAA. Mindy is also a Boston MANIA® Presenter of the Year award recipient.

Mica O’Dell

Mica started her career in fitness at age 16 and is now the Fitness Director at the Fayetteville Athletic Club in Arkansas. In addition to her Kinesiology degree, Mica has constantly been expanding her fitness knowledge and holds certifications in Personal Training, Cycling, Pilates, 7 Les Mills Programs, and Barre Intensity.

Nathalie Plamondon-Thomas

The expert with a proven system to get you transformational results. Nathalie is the international No.1 Bestselling Author of eleven books on success and wellness. She has empowered over 100,000 audience members and thousands of clients internationally to get rid of their negative self-talk. She combines over 10 years of experience in human resources, 25 years in sales, and over 30 years in the fitness industry. In 2007, she was the “Fitness Instructor of the Year” for Canada.

Billy Polson

Billy Polson, is a nationally recognized fitness entrepreneur, presenter, and business consultant. In 2004, looking to build an unparalleled training facility and a community of the Bay Area’s leading independent coaches, Billy founded DIAKADI Fitness, awarded San Francisco’s ‘Top Trainers/Gym’ for 13 straight years. Three successful fitness brands later, he launched The Business Movement, a fitness entrepreneur education program, which has assisted hundreds of fitness business owners with developing powerful brands and maximizing their success.

Jeremy Purifoy

Jeremy is the Chief Operating Officer and owner of one of Journey 333’s five locations. He cultivated profit margins above 30% to grow his business from scratch to 430 members. He co-authored the best-selling book “52 Amazing Journeys” and has been featured on NBC News to share his knowledge and passion for fitness. Jeremy, an ACE-CPT with a degree in health science, utilizes his skill and experience to inspire coaches to rise to their next level.

Fraser Quelch

This internationally renowned expert is a founder of the revolutionary training company TRX® and an award-winning presenter who’s been featured at conferences and events all over the world including an appearance on the TEDx stage. Fraser combines an animated, entertaining style with his knowledge and gift to motivate and inspire. His provocative presentations have been known to stretch the minds of his audiences and provide relevant and effective training solutions in a practical setting.

Diva Richards

Diva Richards is one of the top rising motivational life coaches within the east coast region with over 15 years experience within the entrepreneurship sector. As the Founder and President of Hard Work No Excuses, LLC., which includes the 10,000+ sq foot Hard Work No Excuses Fitness Facility located in Marlton, NJ, Hard Work No Excuses fitness apparel line, The Do Work Method Motivational & Life Coaching Program and You vs You Production company, Diva brings real-life success and experienced guidance to her clients and followers.

FRASER QUELCH

Diva Richards is one of the top rising motivational life coaches within the east coast region with over 15 years experience within the entrepreneurship sector. As the Founder and President of Hard Work No Excuses, LLC., which includes the 10,000+ sq foot Hard Work No Excuses Fitness Facility located in Marlton, NJ, Hard Work No Excuses fitness apparel line, The Do Work Method Motivational & Life Coaching Program and You vs You Production company, Diva brings real-life success and experienced guidance to her clients and followers.

Lisa Simone Richards

Lisa Simone Richards is a publicist for online coaches who want to be featured in magazines, on stages, TV, podcasts and other major media. She helps them go from invisible to in-demand with strategies that help build business by leveraging the audiences of others. Lisa helps her clients get the kind of credibility that has people running to work with them. When she’s not shooting national TV segments or working with editors on magazine features, you can find her swinging a kettlebell, exploring local restaurants and petting every dog she walks by.

Keli Roberts

Keli Roberts, the owner of Keli’s Real Fitness, Inc., is the recipient of the IDEA International Fitness Instructor of the Year award, Best Female Presenter and Lifetime Achievement OBOW Award. Keli was inducted into the esteemed National Fitness Hall of Fame. Additionally, she was also honored as Presenter of the Year as well as Inspiration Award for Empower! Conventions. Keli is an ACSM CEP and holds certifications through ACE as a GFI, HC, and CPT. Furthermore, she is an SCW Faculty Member, a BOSU Elite Presenter, Schwinn® Senior Master Trainer and Ryka, WIFA, and Athleta Ambassador.

Dane Robinson

Dane is a certified fitness professional through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has held almost every job in the fitness industry, from training to regional management. After spending 10+ years working his way to the top, outside of training group classes and private clients in Atlanta, GA, Dane impacts 100’s of people in private and group training classes and 1000’s of people across the country as a fitness coach on the episodic on-demand show “Daily Burn 365” in New York City. Dane also serves as an on-demand trainer with Total Gym, as part of their “Total Gym TV” series and can be routinely found as a Total Gym Master Coach on the QVC Network.

Giovanni Roselli

Giovanni was recently voted SCW Fitness’ 2020 August Live Stream MANIA® Best Male Presenter. As a highly sought-after personal trainer and group fitness instructor, he is also a Master Instructor for both the Institute Of Motion and ViPR PRO. He has a lengthy history creating content for companies such as Nike, 24 Hour Fitness, and Equinox where he won the Educational Excellence by A Trainer Award and was nominated for Group Fitness Program of The Year. As a man of many talents, this former WWE Superstar has also professionally acted alongside some of the world’s top actors.

David-Dorian Ross

David-Dorian Ross has introduced more students to Tai Chi than any other teacher in America. He has been studying Tai Chi since 1979 from some of the top masters in the world. He’s also a US and world record holder in Tai Chi forms and competitions. He is the founder and CEO of TaijiFit, the creator of the TaijiFit method, and is the #1 best-selling author and creator of 150 Tai Chi educational DVDs and television programs. He is also the National Coordinator for the VA’s Tai Chi for Veterans program.

Sam Roth, MA

Samuel J. Roth, MA, is a PhD candidate in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at the University of California, San Diego in Dr. Christopher Benner’s lab. His research specializes in using next-generation sequencing technologies to understand gene regulation. He received his Master’s Degree at Wesleyan University in 2014 while working with Dr. Michael Weir on developing genome-wide peptide detection techniques. Sam is also a lifelong athlete with two personal training certifications. He was the captain of his college track and field and cross-country teams while earning multiple All New England honors and currently practices Brazilian jiu jitsu under famed world champion Andre Galvao.

Alex Ruani

Alex Ruani is a UCL doctoral researcher and chief science educator at The Health Sciences Academy, where she leads a team of accomplished scientists and PhDs on large education projects helping 150,000+ working and aspiring nutrition professionals succeed in their careers. Her expertise is sharing what’s new and what’s actually working in the field of nutrition, giving learners the tools they need to stay on top of evidence-based advice and get ahead of the curve.

Nicole Sebring

Nicole Sebring, Founder of Haus of Show, was inspired to create a health & wellness community offering fun & innovative outdoor fitness classes aimed to build confidence in one’s inner strength and bring awareness to important causes. As a yogi, surfer and active member in her beach community, Nicole & her Haus Babes are changing the way we view fitness. Together, they are changing their community for the better and most importantly changing the way females of all ages view themselves. As a brand ambassador for Grab The Gold, Nicole keeps her energy levels high & sugar intake low. She stays fit on & off her board and mat with Grab The Gold snacks & supplements.

Robert Sherman

Robert Sherman has been named one of the top 100 fitness trainers in America by Men’s Journal and Allure Magazine. He was also selected by the Washington Post as a best fitness instructor in the Washington D.C. area and recognized as a top local “Power Trainer” by Capitol File Magazine. Robert inspires and his compassion and knowledge lead to success.

Michele Silence, M.A.

Michele Silence, M.A. is a fitness professional, trainer, educator, studio owner and freelance writer serving as an advisory board member for P.E. Central. Her articles have appeared in Fitness Management, The IDEA Journal, The DietChannel.com and numerous Op-Ed news columns. She is the President and CEO of Aerobic Fitness Consultants, and the creator of KID-FIT, P.E. classes for preschoolers. Michele recently created the KID-FIT Virtual Studio and has developed a preschool music and workout site

Jacquese Silvas, MAEd, BSBM

Jacquese Silvas, MAEd, BSBM, international presenter, published author, and speaker has been in the fitness industry for 25 years. She is the owner of JACS Figure On Fit, LLC, a successful Arizona fitness boutique and co-founder of POWRD, LLC. Additionally, Jacquese teaches health and PE classes part of the year, acts in various roles to affect strong communities, is a certified personal trainer and group instructor, and a master trainer for MASHUP®, Tabata Bootcamp™, and Fluid Strength. Her favorite role is being able to make impacts on communities: her love for this industry and the connections she’s made to so many people. She believes that the fitness profession is a reciprocal process of love, inspiration, and empowerment.

Tricia Silverman, RD, LDN, MBA

Tricia is a registered dietitian, fitness instructor, and wellness coach. She is an international virtual and live presenter, and the author of the award-winning international Amazon Bestseller, Healthy Dividends: Investments in Nutrition, Movement, and Healthy Habits that Pay Off. She developed and leads the SCW Nutrition for Active Aging Certification. Tricia teaches Nutrition Entrepreneurship and Healthy Aging for Northeastern University, and serves as the Faculty Lead, where she helps oversee the Applied Nutrition Program and the Certificate in Integrative Health and Wellness.

Kimberly Spreen-Glick

Kimberly has over 25 years of experience teaching and presenting on fitness and yoga, as well as professional and personal development. She served as the senior director of group fitness at LifeTime for over 10 years and is an IDEA Program Director of the Year award recipient. Her primary focus is helping fitness professionals bridge the gap between physical fitness and complete well-being so they can live their own best lives while being Difference Makers for others.

Chris Stevenson

Chris Stevenson is the founder of Stevenson Consulting, a full-service consulting firm helping businesses and entrepreneurs of all types maximize potential. His expertise stems from his hands-on experience in all aspects of the health club industry. For almost 20 years, Chris and his team successfully owned and operated Stevenson Fitness, a full-service boutique health club in Southern California. The club’s success was based on providing an unparalleled member experience, centered on proper staffing, systematic operations, and world-class leadership. This success was reflected in the club’s NPS, which was consistently in the 90s (industry average is in the 40s). Chris is an international speaker who regularly presents at SCW, IHRSA, Club Industry, IDEA and others. He also sits on the board of directors of IHRSA and the Customer Engagement Academy.

Doris Thews

Doris Thews is an 35 + year fitness Industry veteran and an International award winning Fitness Educator, including 2019 World IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year. She is the CEO of Team Thews Fitness where she consults, leads & presents for several leading brands on business, program development and executive strategy. Doris is a Senior Master Trainer and Global Mentor for Schwinn and is on the International Development Master Trainer team for BOSU and Hedstrom Fitness, as well as a RYKA Fit-Pro Ambassador. In addition to presenting and lecturing internationally, she is also a Keynote speaker well known for her motivational and athletic coaching style.

Eric Thomson

Eric is an energetic and charismatic fitness instructor and personal trainer recognized for his motivational coaching and results driven programming. As Master Trainer for Core Health & Fitness and SCHWINN® Indoor Cycling, Eric has also presented at EMPOWER! and LifeTime Fitness’ signature programming. He co-owns Avenger Fitness and teaches for EQUINOX, is certified by NASM and ACE, and can be seen in projects with Beachbody, Spartan Strong, and AFAA.

Peter Twist

A Sport Scientist and Performance Coach for 700 pro athletes, Twist coached in the NHL for 11 years before partnering with the China government helping modernize summer and winter Olympic training. A pioneer of functional training creating the industry’s first functional certifications, Twist today innovates how we can activate both brain + body and improve our human vehicle. TWIST University certifies trainers in sport performance and sports medicine. Twist’s leadership and methods have been harnessed by Under Armour, IMG, Nike, Beijing Sport University, American Council on Exercise, IDEA World, Virgin Active, Equinox, and trainers in 33 countries who studied TWIST sport education courses. A Stage 4 cancer survivor and thriver, Twist’s mission shares positive energy, inspiration and education across the spectrum from restoring health to highest peak physical and mental performance.

HELEN VANDERBURG

Helen is the owner of Heavens Elevated Fitness Club and Fusion Fitness Training™ in Calgary. She is the recipient of many industry awards including IDEA Instructor of the Year and CanFitPro Presenter of the Year. She is also an elite athlete as a former World Champion synchronized swimmer and honored member of the Sports Hall of Fame. Helen is a master trainer and educational program developer for SCHWINN® and the author of Fusion Workouts.

Andrea Velazquez

Andrea Velazquez has been immersed in Aquatics for over 20 years. She is a Recreation Supervisor for the City of Yonkers and Master Trainer for numerous aquatic specialties including Acquapole®, Aquastrength® and SAF aqua Drums Vibes®. She is a Lecture Presenter at professional conferences including NYS Parks/Recreation Conferences, Association of Aquatic Professionals, as well as her alma mater SUNY Cortland. She holds numerous certificates in aquatics including AEA Professional, Medically Based Aquatics, AquaVida Floating Yoga.

Manuel Velazquez

Manuel is a proud SCW Fitness Education Faculty Member and a WATERinMOTION® National Trainer. He is a valued trainer for BOSU®, Tabata Bootcamp and Barre Above, and a recipient of the NYC All-Around International Presenter of the Year award and has been presenting at fitness conferences worldwide for over two decades. Manuel is a continuing education faculty member for SCW, ACE, AFAA, ACSM, AEA, and WATERinMOTION® and stars in over 50 Fitness Instructor Training Videos. He is also an RYT-200 Yoga certified and an AFAA Team Pro and Examiner. Manuel is a former Lead Instructor at the Golden Door Spa in Puerto Rico and now is a head instructor at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico, outside of San Diego.

Reena Vokoun

Reena Vokoun, Founder & CEO of Passion Fit, is an entrepreneur, writer, public speaker, content creator, media spokesperson and certified health & wellness expert through AFAA & ACE. She graduated with a B.B.A. in Marketing & Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.S. in Advertising & Communications from Boston University. She spent several years in corporate America working in digital marketing, sales & business development for Google, Yahoo, Reebok, CNET, GE & Grokker.

Connie Warasila

Connie is the choreographer for WATERinMOTION®, faculty member of SCW Fitness Education, and certified by ACE, AEA, AFAA, Balanced Body, The Braining Center, Yoga Fit, Schwinn®, Reebok Cycle, and Moms in Motion. Awarded the Aquatic Exercise Association Fitness Professional of the Year, Connie has over 30 years of teaching experience in the USA and abroad. She enjoys traveling around the world presenting new and creative workshops to make fitness more accessible, professional, and fun.

Kia Williams, MS

Kia Williams, MS, E-RYT 200, is an experienced group fitness instructor, personal trainer, and yoga teacher who holds several specialty certifications and teaches multiple formats including barre, yoga, and others. Kia is a master trainer for Barre above®, Fluid Strength™, and Balletone™. Kia has managed fitness and wellness programs and facilities across the country and is committed to helping others live a healthy lifestyle by maintaining a strong, fit, and balanced mind and body.

Maurice Williams, MS

Maurice has a BS and MS in Exercise Physiology with 20 years experience in fitness. Maurice owns Move Well Fitness and Move Well Fit Academy. He is also a professor of health and human performance at Freed Hardeman University. He is married with four awesome kids. His certifications include NASM-Master Instructor, Master Trainer, CPT, CES, PES, SFS, WLS, GPTS and FNS, NSCA-CSCS, BTS1, Pn1.