Meet Your Instructors

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.

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.

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 inBiology on the Pre-Physical Therapytrack with the aspirations of one day becominga 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 amthe 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."

Bailee Finn

Year In School: 3rd year, Junior
Major: English, Communications
How long have you been teaching BearFit: Summer 2017
Classes you are teaching: Hatha Yoga
About You: I've been doing yoga for years and love it! I love teaching yoga even more and seeing everyone relax and improve their flexibility, while still getting a low intensity workout. I also enjoy playing tennis, reading, and eating pizza outside of work.

Kayla Howard

Year In School: Junior
Major: Recreation with an emphasis in Health and Wellness Promotion
Minor: Psychology
How long have you been teaching BearFit: Fall 2017
Classes you are teaching: The Burn (a circuit based class that involves both strength training and cardio intervals)
About You: I am from Overland Park, Kansas and this is my third year at Missouri State. I am a very involved student on campus and have been a part of the Emerging Leaders program, Phi Sigma Upsilon, Sigma Kappa, Relay for Life committee, Psychology Club and the Recreation Advisory Board in addition to teaching BearFit classes. In my free time, I love to run outdoors, train for races, write and volunteer at The Arc of the Ozarks and Convoy of Hope.

Zuzanna Fraczak

Year in school: Sophomore
Major: Cell and Molecular Biology
Minor: Chemistry
How long have you been teaching BearFit: Summer 2017
Classes you are teaching: Salsa Fitness
About You: I am originally from Poland, but I have fallen in love with Latin dancing! I have done Latin and country dance competitions, and I am hoping to extend my passion for dancing into the world of fitness. My ultimate goal is to make people comfortable with simple salsa concepts, while getting fit at the same time!

Teresa Brandenburg, Assistant Director of Fitness & Wellness

M.S. Health Promotion & Wellness Management, 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

Joe Arledge, Graduate Assistant of Fitness & Wellness

B.A. Psychology, Minor in Organizational Leadership, 2016
Certified SCW Primary Group Exercise Instructor, Certified MadDogg Spinning(R) Instructor.
Taught at the University of Cincinnati for 2 years, brand new at MSU.
Classes: Cycling, Strength-based classes
About Me: Multi-sport athletein high school and never lost the passion for fitness in general. I did my undergrad at the University of Cincinnati were I held multiple positions in the Fitness & Wellness department, including teaching Group Fitness. Now I am pursuing my Master's degree in Health Promotion and Wellness Management. My favorite quote:"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." -Wayne Gretzky