Fitness Instructor Bios
Maggie Barclay: BTSS Fitness Coordinator
Maggie has been working in the fitness field since 1984. She is an ACE certified personal trainer, AFAA certified fitness instructor, AFAA certified kickboxing Instructor, and certified Aqua Instructor. Along with that she is trained as a Yoga fit- Level 1 Instructor, Certified Drums Alive® Instructor, and licensed in most of the Zumba Fitness® programs. Her skills include training as a Longevity Wellness Specialist, Senior Fitness Specialist, and the ASFA Senior Fitness Instructor training. She has a passion for organizing and participating in charity events, including 6 years with the 3 Day Walk for Breast Cancer and many local Zumbathons®. Join Maggie for Cardio Party & Core, Strength & Balance, Gentle Moves Yoga, Small Group Personal Training, and Cardio Dance Party!
Dondra is certified through AFAA and has been teaching many forms of group exercise for 23 years. She has a major from Western Michigan University in Communications with a minor in Dance. She is a graduate of Irene's Myomassology Institute and has an Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. While she has many skills that she enjoys, group fitness is her favorite and she enjoys getting to know the participants and guarantees a challenging cardio workout and stronger core by the end of each session!
Lola is certified by the National Association of Sports Medicine as a Personal Trainer. She is the owner of Get Fit, LLC and specializes with one on one or small group exercise. When not teaching fitness and nutrition, she runs competitively, rides both road and mountain bikes, swims occasionally, and loves to keep moving! Her passion for good health and fitness is what guides her and she loves to share that passion with her clients.
Han Hoong Wang
Han has more than 30 years teaching experience in Tai Chi and Wushu. She is certified by the Chinese Department of Education and has studied extensively in China and the U.S. under Grandmasters for the Yang and Chen families. She was honored to be selected as a disciple of Grandmaster Yan Zhen Duo, 4th generation of the Yang family. Join Han in our Tai Chi program to enhance balance, strengthen body & mind, all while relieving stress and tension
Karen spent several years as a CAM therapist for the St. John Providence Health System, and specializes in gentle and chair yoga for those who are either limited in mobility, reluctant to get onto a mat, or are recovering from an injury or illness. She is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance and Yoga Ed. and is a member of Yoga Association of Greater Detroit. Karen is grateful to have the opportunity to share the practice offering her students the ability to open doors to a more gratifying life through yoga. Yoga allows us to be who we are, without judgment or expectation. “Yoga is the practice of tolerating the consequences of being yourself.” Bhagavad Gita.
Lea is a health and fitness professional who holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Toledo. She is certified as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and health and wellness coach, with experience in the development and implementation of health promotion programs. Lea is specialized to work with the aging population, those with mobility and orthopedic health concerns, and those seeking a mind/body approach for a means of improving their health, wellness, and fitness. Lea is passionate about supporting individuals by delivering programs and introducing tools and resources that aid them in reaching a healthier, happier self through the means of health behavior change.
Karen has been teaching fitness classes for over 31 years! She is a certified Aqua instructor, a certified AFAA group exercise instructor, is a member of Yoga Alliance and is a Registered Yoga Instructor (RYT), is certified as a Pilates instructor, is licensed to teach Zumba, is certified to teach TRX classes, step classes, strength classes and more! Improve your core, get stronger and find your balance in Pilates, Strength and Balance or run up a hill in Aqua Interval. These classes are interactive, fun and will get you fit!
Ernie Thomas is the BTSS Pool Coordinator and head lifeguard. In addition to these key roles at BTSS Ernie is now certified as an aquatics instructor and teaches Water Walking, Beginner Swim lessons and our new Swim Fitness class, along with guarding open swim times. Ernie’s positive attitude, happy personality and enthusiasm for his job have inspired our senior swim participants to push harder to achieve their fitness goals.
Donna has been an Ace certified Group Fitness Professional since 2007. She teaches all formats of group fitness and is licensed in Zumba, and most recently, Bokwa. Donna is a Michigan Master Trainer for LaBlast and Fitness format created by Louis VanAmftel, Dancing With The Stars. She also holds her RYT-200 Yoga Teaching certification. In addition to group fitness and personal training, she has been a dance instructor for 20+ years and now choreographs local musical productions. She is honored to be on the BTSS faculty as well as the owner of Studio 8 Fitness in Waterford. Please join Donna in her Chair Yoga and Barre Balance classes.
Annie Carpenter: Assistant Fitness Coordinator
Annie Carpenter, has been a leader on the Michigan fitness landscape since 2009 as an instructor, personal trainer, group fitness manager and fitness equipment sales manager. She is a fitness professional holding 13 certifications including AFAA Certified Fitness Instructor, RYT 200-hour certified Yoga Instructor, Barre Instructor, as well as a BA in Psychology and Behavior Modification. In addition to her fitness career, Annie has over 10 years of experience in the Senior Living Industry. Having grown up as a Bloomfield Township native, Annie is excited to be back and honored to be part of the team. Seeking to Encourage, empower and entertain, Annie’s classes are full of fun and will keep you feeling at your best!