Fitness Class Instructors

Meet Our Group X Fitness Class Instructors


Hi everyone! I graduated from Campbell University in 2017 with a B.A. in Communication Studies with a focus in Public Relations and Health Communication and decided to come back to pursue a Master degree in Public Health. You may have seen me around Campus Recreation as I work as the Graduate Assistant of Fitness, which led me to get certified in BodyPump! When you come to my class, you can expect to sweat it all out. My passion for fitness comes from being a cheerleader and swimmer my entire life. When I am not studying or at work, you can find me playing with my rabbit, Grey, or my puppy, Ryker, or cooking a new recipe. I love all things that involve nature too! I hope to see you all.  

Favorite Quote: “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live” -Albus Dumbledore

Classes: Les Mills BodyPump 


Hi everyone, my name is Brittany! I graduated from Wake Forest University in 2014 with a degree in Health and Exercise Science. Currently, I am in Campbell’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. I am a firm believer that fitness is a journey and not a race that you can complete in a day. I think any kind of fitness and movement in general is good for the body, so I often find myself motivating those around me to just keep moving. I love to dance, laugh and see others enjoying themselves. Les Mills has designed Body Pump to be a total body workout using light to moderate weights with a lot of repetition. What you can expect from me as an instructor is a high energy class and some extra motivation to get you through the intense moments in the program as well as encouraging you to keep along the fitness journey to a better you! Look forward to meeting you and “pumping” up the heat this summer!

Favorite Quote: It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up – Vince Lombardi

Classes: Les Mills BodyPump 

Chelsea M.

Hey everyone, I’m Chelsea! I am originally from Durham, NC, but moved out to the ocean to pursue my bachelors degree in Exercise Science at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. It was through my undergraduate experience that I fell in love with fitness and worked as a Strength and Conditioning coach for the Wilmington Hammerheads soccer team! I made the move to Buies Creek to continue my education through the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Campbell. In my class you can expect a circuit style program incorporating short bouts of full body strengthening, cardio, and the all important… CORE! There are tons of new research studies showing the benefits of HIIT training for weight loss, aerobic endurance, strength gains, and the best part: you can endure ANYTHING for a minute at a time. This class is FUN and a great way for participants at all levels whether you want to begin a fitness journey, learn new exercises to incorporate to your established routine, get confidence to love the skin you’re in, or if you don’t like exercise but want to reap it’s benefits in short bursts at a time! 🙂 Come out, and let’s work up a summer sweat!

Favorite Quote: Only 10% of life is what is handed to you, the more important 90% is how you use it. 

Classes: BodyBlast

Chelsy C.

Hi there! I am a recent graduate from Campbell and have been the Power Pilates instructor going on 3 years now. I studied Marketing at Lundy-Fetterman and am currently a Marketing Specialist and Manage Social Media at a commercial brokerage firm in Raleigh. I have a huge heart for creativity, wellness, and community, which led me to my passion for coming alongside others to reach their fitness goals through my class. As a travel cheerleader and dancer of 17 years and long-term Power Pilates participant, upbeat body-weight training/toning and yoga mixed with fun music, of course, is my favorite way to exercise and stay fit. Come to my class and get ready to have a Pilates Party! Oh, and prepared to sweat! I am excited to meet you already!

Classes: Not teaching in the summer…catch me in the FALL!


Hi! My name is Cora-Ann and I am originally from NJ, where I graduated with my B.S. in Exercise Science, minor in Psychology at Montclair State University and where I found a love and a passion for Group Fitness and Personal Training. I decided to pursue a career in Fitness by attending Indiana State University as a Graduate Assistant in Campus Recreation, helping to run their Fitness department and programs while obtaining my M.S. in Exercise Science. I am now working here at Campbell University as the Assistant Director for Fitness & Wellness. I am certified through ACE (American Council on Exercise) as a Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist and I have my Yogafit Level One, RealRyder cycling, Les Mills BodyPump, POUND fitness, and TRX Foundation certifications as well as experience teaching a variety of strength and cardio classes. I am working on my ACE Weight Management certification and plan to complete my Yoga certification through a 200 hour RYT program this upcoming year. I also train in Olympic lifting, Crossfit, and have done 3 Spartan Sprints and would love to reach a Trifecta one year! I am super excited to be teaching on our Group X schedule as well as work alongside the rest of this awesome Group Fitness staff here at Campbell. In my free time I love playing guitar, singing, music, reading, cuddling with my two sweet cats (Kylo and Nika!)…and having adventures!

Favorite Quote: “Be fearless in pursuit of what sets your soul on fire” 

Classes: This summer you might find me subbing Yoga, BodyPump, or Cycling…but definitely taking PiYo!!


Hello everyone! My name is Courtney Gagliano, and I am from Hattiesburg, MS. I ventured to Buies Creek, North Carolina to pursue my goal of becoming a Physical Therapist. I completed my undergraduate studies at Mississippi State University with a degree in Kinesiology and concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology.  It was there that I began instructing cycling classes, and I LOVE IT! Cycling is a fantastic cardiovascular workout, while also being a low impact exercise that’s easier on your joints! I also love exercise of all types, and I’m always up for trying a new class. Apart from exercise, I love the arts so anything film, music, or fashion related I’m down! I also love adventuring and traveling to new cities. I love loud music and SWEAT!  I aim to make my class challenging but fun at the same time. In my class, you can always make song requests, and I’ll add them to my playlist. Come out for a good, sweaty time! Certification: American Aerobic Association International (AAAI) and International Sports Medicine Association Cycling Instructor (ISMA).

Favorite Quote: “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – Pablo Picasso 

Classes: Cycling


Hello everyone! I am originally from Columbus, Ohio. I completed my undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology at West Virginia University. I also rowed on the Women’s Rowing team at WVU, which brought about my interest in weight lifting. I am currently in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Campbell. A few of my passions are hiking, snowboarding, and baking. I believe that fitness should be fun! You can work hard and enjoy exercising at the same time all while improving your health and wellness. In my class, you can expect to burn lots of calories as we target each of the major muscle groups throughout the class. I will be cheering you on and working hard with you all throughout the entire class. I cannot wait to sweat it out in BodyPump with you all this summer!

Favorite Quote: It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine ~ Eeyore

Classes: BodyPump


Jacqueline has been teaching yoga for over three years and practicing for five. She is an ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor and YogaFit Certified and has been a part of the university recreation community at Washington State University, where she first taught yoga. Her true passion is teaching where she gets to expose different populations the accessibility of her favorite subjects. Beyond yoga, and she also a Professor in the Engineering department at Campbell. 

Classes: Yoga and BodyPump


Hi My name is Kaylah! My major is Pharmaceutical Sciences. I am apart of the US Army Reserves with hopes to become an Active Duty officer. I love fitness and everything it stands for. I love the feeling people get after a good workout and that proud feeling you get for pushing yourself. Bodypump is a great class that will push you mentally and physically. In the classes I teach I want the participants to have goals for each class. It can be to make it through the whole class, lose a certain amount of weight, get tone, or just be more confident. I hope my participants leave my class feeling stronger and more confident in themselves. I want you to walk out the door as if you can conquer the world because you can. It will be a journey for my participants and me as well. Getting fitter is better when you have friends and others supporting you all the way. 

Favorite Quote: “I already know what giving up feels like. I want to know what happens if I don’t”

Classes: Les Mills BodyPump 


Hi everyone, I’m Liz! I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science. Currently, I am in Campbell’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. I have always had a passion for health and wellness (my dad is a doctor and my mom is a nurse), and I’m eager to share my love for exercise and staying active with others! I would describe myself as a performer, as I participated in a local theatre group for 10 years and was a member of a performance jump rope team in high school. I am also an avid runner and have recently started running half marathons. If you attend my kickboxing classes, expect an intense, high energy environment that allows you to enjoy yourself no matter your exercise experience. I look forward to “kicking it” with y’all!

Favorite Quote: “Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently.”

Classes: Kickboxing


I am a Hatha Yoga Instructor and received my certification from the North Carolina School of Yoga in Raleigh in 2007. I started practicing yoga for stress relief but found it to be a tremendous blessing physically, mentally, and spiritually. I enjoy sharing the health and spiritual benefits of yoga with my students and helping them on a journey to wellness and peace of mind. I graduated from Campbell University with a BA in Mass Communication and a minor in Computer Information Systems. I work full-time in marketing. I also lead the hand bell choir and sing in the choir at my church. I enjoy music, reading, and spending time with my family, friends, and dog.

Favorite Quote: Be receptive to the grace of God. ~ Sri Dharma Mittra

Classes: Yoga Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m.


Hello, my name is Nelly Zavala and I am currently enrolled in Campbell University studying for Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics. I graduated from Johnston County Early College Academy in which I graduated with my high school diploma, Associate’s in Arts, and Spanish Interpreter Certificate. I will finish my math degree next year, and my engineering degree in 2020. I love to go to the mountains and hike, I also love my three adorable huskies. I teach Pound Rockout Workout, it is a very unique workout that uses drumsticks, or ripstix, and they are used to drum to the sound of the music. Pound infuses cardio, strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements. What makes my class unique is that I encourage each and everyone to push themselves, sometimes at the end of my Pound class I will have the classroom split in half and face each other and have a “battle” to see which side is louder, and who brings the most energy. I also teach STRONG by Zumba, in which I just got certified. This class is an amazing workout, especially if you want to burn all those holiday calories! I move around my classes a lot to encourage everyone. Instead of leaving your stress behind, anger, or whatever it is you are going through I want you to bring it to class and use it in your workout and take it ALL out! Oh, and hooting and hollering is a MUST in my class. #letsbeSTRONG #Poundposse

Favorite quote: “Give a man a fish, and you have fed him once. Teach him how to fish and you have fed him for a lifetime.”

Classes: Not teaching this summer, catch me in the FALL!

Nicole H.

I am currently a physical therapy student here at Campbell, and I plan to graduate December of 2019. I graduated from Campbell with a Kinesiology degree and minors in both Biology and Spanish. I am certified in BodyPump, and I will also be working the gym desks around campus. I grew up playing soccer and running cross country. I have always been physically active- and I encourage you to find your motivation to stay active as well! You will find that my classes will push you to be the best version of yourself while having fun. Outside of school and campus rec, I am a traveler, a foodie, and a mother to many plants. Can’t wait to work out with you all and see you around campus!

Favorite Quote: “Look deeper through the telescope and don’t be afraid when the stars collide towards the darkness, because sometimes the most beautiful things begin in chaos.” – R.M. Drake

Classes: Les Mills BodyPump 

Nicole W.

Hello! My name is Nicole and I came to Campbell about two years ago and I consider it to be home. I am an Instructor of Homeland Security and Criminal Justice, as well as an Academic Counselor for the Online department. Additionally, I am an Officer in the United States Navy. I fell into endurance fitness to deal with stress and a military deployment made me realize I need to balance the pressures I put on my mind and body – thus I found Yoga! I enjoy events like long distance Rucking, Obstacle Course Races, and Ultra Endurance Events and yoga helps me recover physically as well as keep my mind sharp and relaxed. I am YTT200 certified and I love to share the joy and well-being of a yoga practice with as many people as I can and I hope to see you in a class soon.

Favorite Quote: “Range is of the ego, form is of the soul.” -Alan Finger

Classes: Yoga Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m.


Hello! My name is Rachel and I am a Sophomore here at Campbell studying Healthcare Management. My passion for a healthy lifestyle and mindset has created a love for exercise in my life. I have danced, ran, swam, and played soccer competitively throughout my life. I first joined a cycling class here at Campbell and fell in love with it! I am a lover of all things Christmas, peanut butter, and nature. I hope to see you all in class! 

Favorite Quote: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” 

Classes: Not teaching this summer but catch me in the FALL!


Classes: Not teaching this summer but catch me in the FALL!


Hi Camels! I’m Sarah Kilian, a senior at Campbell majoring in Exercise and Sports Science in hopes of becoming a Physical Therapist!  I instruct Zumba, STRONG by Zumba, and PiYo. My fitness career began when I tried my very first Zumba class my freshman year at CU. I absolutely fell in love with it being as I was a dancer for 4 years and a cheerleader for 6, so staying in shape was and still is something super important to me. I have been instructing Zumba for 2 years, STRONG for 1, and will be teaching PiYo starting fresh this summer and in the fall! If I’m not in class, you can usually find me somewhere running around Carter Gym. I enjoy Disney World, any animal, and just being happy! My classes always involve lots of smiles, energy and excitement! I can’t wait to “CU”! 

Favorite Quote: “A failure is not always a mistake. It may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.” -B. F. Skinner

Classes: Zumba Thursdays at 5 p.m. and PiYo Wednesday at 5 p.m. and Thursdays at 12:15 p.m.