Meet Your Instructors

Micaela Wiehe

Major: Global Studies
Minor: Spanish
BearFit Instructor since: Fall 2016
Classes: Hydropower, Bond BearFit at Darr Agriculture Center, and Balls O' Fun!
About Me: I first set foot in a fitness gym my sophomore year of high school and I feel like I haven't left since! As a gymnast and a swimmer, I've always been passionate about keeping our bodies healthy and strong. If you love being in the water as much as I do, join me downstairs in aquatics during Hydropower for your next water workout!

Lacey Bertram

Major: Dietetics
Year in School: Junior
Classes: The BearFit classes I teach are Chisel Up and Uppercut which both include weight lifting with endurance. It is a great time that gets your heart rate up!
About Me: I have taught BearFit classes for a year now and just began personal training after acquiring my personal training certification. My ultimate goal is to have a career as  a sports dietitian.

Savanna Stanley

Year in school: Senior 
Majors: Agricultural Communications with an emphasis in Health and Wellness
BearFit Instructor since Fall 2016
Classes: Muscle Mix & Bond BearFit at Darr
About Me: I am from California and love being outdoors and in the sunshine! My passion for health and wellness has always been a key part of my life yet my true passion for weight training began about three years ago. So please come on out to my Muscle Mix classes, Fridays, 12:10pm-12:50pm, to learn proper form, various exercises to incorporate into your workout plans, and a great time!

Leah Reitmayer

Year in school: Senior
Major: Dietetics 
Minors: Chemistry and Bio-Medical Science 
BearFit Instructor since Spring 2016
Classes: Total Body Blast, Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays
About Me: I am originally from San Diego, California and came to Missouri State University in 2012 to play on the Field Hockey team. I have been involved in a variety of sports my whole life, not just playing, but also coaching.  I am so excited to have the opportunity to be a BearFit instructor. I hope to one day continue my career with health and wellness using the dietetics and fitness backgrounds I have attained. 

 

Noriko Makoski

Non-student; Nondegree-seeking
BearFit Instructor since Spring 2016
Classes: Zumba®; Piloxing®, STRONG by Zumba(R) 
I am ZIN® (Zumba Professional Instructor Network) certified since July 2013, licensed to teach Zumba basic, Aqua Zumba, Zumba Toning and Zumba Gold.  I am also a member of PIA® (Piloxing Instructors Association) since September 2015 and BeachBody certified (PiYo & TurboKick) 2016. 

Conner Kelley

Year in school: Junior
Major: Cell and Molecular Biology
Minor: Religious Studies
BearFit Instructor since Fall 2015
Classes: Bootcamp Solution
About Me: I love movement and all the many different ways it is used. I explore a variety of movement practices on my own and like to incorporate different aspects of my practice into my classes. I am from southern California and will always be a beach boy. Eating good-for-you food is probably my life's number one passion.

 Anna McAlister

Year in school: Junior
Major: Middle School Education
BearFit instructor since Fall 2015
Classes: Dance Fitness, DanceBox, Kickboxing, Boot Gainz, Absolution & Guided Meditation
About Me: I really love my job as a BearFit instructor and I hope people enjoy my new classes this semester! Outside of school and work, I enjoy knitting, playing Pokemon Go, and playing Animal Crossing.

 

Collin Portz

Year in school: Sophomore
Major: Biology
BearFit Instructor since Spring 2016
Classes: Power Cycle & Core Flex
About Me: I was born and raised in the Kansas City burbs. I came to MSU to pursue a degree in Biology on the Pre-Physical Therapy track with the aspirations of one day becoming a sports physical therapist. I'm currently studying anatomy which has been incredibly helpful in developing a comprehensive knowledge of muscle movement and mechanics. I emphasize flexibility, core and hip stabilization, and cardio. My motto: Lean muscles are the dream muscles.

Kylie Wheeler

Year in school: Sophomore
Major: Theatre
Minor: Spanish
BearFit Instructor since Spring 2016
Classes: Mile High, Cycle Pump, & FlexFit
About Me: I ran varsity cross country/track and a half marathon in high school, so I would love to help you reach your running goals in my Treading class. Along with teaching classes, I am the BearFit Supervisor at the FRC. One of my favorite quotes, "Fitness is 100% mental. Your body will not go where your mind doesn't push it."

Austin Gordon

Year in school: Senior
Major: Psychology
Bearfit instructor since Fall 2014
Classes: YogaFit and Yogalates
About Me: I am studying to be a Clinical Psychologist. I fell in love with yoga and all things fitness around the time I went to college. I am here to inspire people to find a way to stay in shape that works for them!

Teresa Brandenburg, Assistant Director of Fitness & Wellness

M.S. Health Promotion & Wellness Managment, 2007
Certified AFAA (Aerobics & Fitness Association of America) Primary Group Exercise Instructor, Kickboxing Instructor and Personal Trainer; Certified Pound(R) Instructor.
I joined the Campus Recreation professional team December 2015. 
Classes: Pound(R), Mix-It-Up, Rotation (Indoor Cycling) & 20/15/15