Meet Our Instructors


  • B.S. in Biology
  • Certified Tai Chi Instructor
  • CPR/AED Certified

Charlene is a lifetime resident of Elgin and has been interested in health and wellness since completing a special report on nutrition while in grade school. This led her to study the life sciences throughout her schooling, resulting in a B.S. Degree in Biology. She is an avid reader of health related information and supports a holistic approach to wellness. Charlene has participated in fitness activities at the Centre since 2005 and was encouraged to seek certification to become a Tai Chi Instructor when the former teacher moved away and a replacement could not be found.

Charlene has studied Tai Chi for the last four years, learning concurrently under three instructors having over 20 years of Tai Chi and other Martial Arts experience each. She was certified by Tai Chi Healthways of San Diego, CA under the direction of Master Jesse Tsao, PhD.. Master Tsao is the 12th Generation in a direct line of Tai Chi Masters tracing back to Chen Wangting, the founder of the Tai Chi Martial Art Form in the late 1600′s.

Charlene is committed to carrying on the long held traditions of this ancient art and helping serve the health needs of her community.


  • B.S. in Sociology from I.S.U.
  • Group Fitness Certification in Feb, 2011
  • Schwinn Certification April, 2011

“I used to weigh around 300 pounds and was motivated by my fitness instructors to keep my goals small and attainable. They made me feel accepted in classes and asked where I was when I would skip – making me accountable for my actions. I hope to “pay it forward” and do all this and more for someone else. That is why I entered this field of work.”


  • Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR. / AED Certified
  • Kettlebell Certified Instructor
  • Specialties: Kettlebell, High Intensity Interval Training, Fit Camp

Specialties: Kettlebell, High Intensity Interval Training, Fit Camp

In addition to teaching and training, Kathy is devoted to our 8 week and 6 week Fit camps. Fit Camp is all about teaching that health and fitness is a lifelong commitment, not a part-time hobby. Seeing the incredible cardio/core/strength benefits as well as pounds and inches lost in such a short period of time, shows that mindfulness and consistency equal big results.


  • (Habla Espanol)
  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Chinese Bodywork
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • Certified Nutrition and Wellness
  • Consultant
  • C.P.R. / A.E.D. Certified

Dawn covers almost every spectrum of fitness: a massage therapist and a personal trainer, as well as group fitness instructor. She recently started working with Judson University’s soccer teams, taking them through spinning/cycling as an alternative to their usual training regiments. It’s paid off in better stamina and physiology/kinesiology education!


  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • Certified Pilates Instructor
  • Certified Yoga Instructor
  • C.P.R. / A.E.D. Certified
  • AAFA Kickboxing Certified
  • Kettlebell Certified

Having mastered almost every format in the Group Fitness genre, coupled with over 20 years of teaching experience, Danae can be your “go to” person for just about anything in the field of fitness. Don’t let the pretty smile and warm demeanor confuse you. She can be quite the drill sergeant when it comes to the upper body, lower body, and core work!


  • Certified Zumba Fitness Instructor
  • Certified Zumba Kids Instructor
  • Certified Aqua Zumba Instructor
  • Certified CPR / Life Support / First-Aid

When Emily attended her first Zumba Fitness class in January 2010, she came home and told her husband, “That’s the most fun I’ve had in 10 years!” The very next month, she and her sister attended the Zumba Fitness training, and soon after began teaching classes at a local college. Despite being voted ‘most conservative girl’ in her high school yearbook, Emily loves the freedom of expression that dance provides and always leaves class feeling energized, happy and confident (and, of course, sweaty)!

Emily had the privilege of teaching Zumba Fitness classes for 3 years in Australia where nearly every class she taught was outdoors. She is also the mother of five (four of whom are already taller than her) and happily married to the local Presbyterian pastor (Westminster Presbyterian). She has a tendency to smile through her entire class and is convinced it makes you squat deeper, jump higher and burn more calories.


  • Swim Instructor (Pool/Open Water) – USMS Levels 1 & 2
  • Group Fitness Instructor – ACE & AFFA
  • Personal Trainer – NASM
  • Triathlon Coach – Ironman Certified
  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Motivational Speaker
  • Spanish Speaking

Migdalia has many personal fitness strengths to share with our members. In addition to being a group fitness instructor and a personal trainer she is also an active endurance athlete. She has successfully competed 15 full Ironman competitions, is a 3 time Ultra-Marathon runner (100 Miles) and is an endurance swimmer. Whether your goal is to do your first triathlon, find healing through massage, or simply get into better shape, she can help! She is passionate about her work and can motivate you to get on the right path to better fitness. Her experience, schooling and positive personality can help you get into better shape!