RHF class instructors are dedicated to helping you achieve your health and fitness goals in a welcoming, group environment.
Jen Hughes, Yoga Instructor
Jen attended her first yoga class with her mom at age 16 in Maine. She has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2011. While attending school in Colorado for experiential education and recreation, she studied Iyengar yoga and Ashtanga yoga. Her desire to teach and share yoga with the world was sparked in November 2007 after losing one of her teachers unexpectedly to suicide. “The only way I could process how I felt was on my yoga mat and I knew that my dharma included offering solace of this kind to the world. Yoga is so much more than downward dog and balancing on one leg, it’s about building capacity for our lives.”
Jen's classes mirror her personal practice: getting totally in tune with what your physical, emotional and mental bodies need, allowing your edge and intuition to meet at a beautiful place. Jen has had the opportunity while living in Seattle to deepen her practice through completing the 8 Limbs Yoga Teacher Training program and attending workshops with Nicolai Bachman and Rod Stryker. In addition to teaching yoga classes, Jen loves making people laugh, visiting her family in Maine and sipping tea while watching birds on her deck.
Eunice Hobbs, Yoga & Cycling Instructor
Eunice was drawn to yoga because she found she could be herself while practicing. When Eunice first began practicing yoga, however, she felt intimidated by the thin, experienced people she saw in classes. She kept practicing, though, because moving through the postures made her feel great! Being in the poses facilitated a shift in her awareness that helped her accept and love her body.
Now Eunice enjoys offering the gift of self-acceptance to her students. As a medical assistant for 19 years, part of her inspiration to become a teacher was to motivate others to get on their mats and realize that yoga applies to regular life. Eunice believes that everyone--young, old, curvy, slight, black, white, and everyone in between--benefits from a regular yoga practice. As a yoga instructor, she ensures that her students feel safe to explore their body, mind and spirit while on their mats.
Eunice trained at Urban Yoga Spa and received her 200-hour RYT in 2014. She began community yoga classes at Odessa Brown and still teaches there regularly. Eunice is a mother of three young adults.
Shari Klein, Pilates Instructor
Shari is a wife and mother with a passion for fitness and health. She believes that an active lifestyle is infectious and loves sharing her passion with others. Shari is currently expanding her knowledge by participating in a dynamic 700+ hour apprenticeship at Seattle Pilates International, working under a group of the world's most knowledgeable instructors. She is thrilled to be serving her local community by teaching Pilates at Rainier Health & Fitness.
Maria Roy, MixxedFit® Instructor
In July 2014, Maria took her first MixxedFit® class at Rainier Health & Fitness (RHF). After just one class, she was hooked. Maria became a certified MixxedFit® instructor in October 2014 and has taught at RHF since February 2015. Maria loves being a MixxedFit® instructor because she gets to: (1) dance like she’s at the club while getting a workout at the gym, (2) talk with students after class and (3) create choreography.
In addition to teaching MixxedFit®, Maria loves to try all things fitness! In 2010, she trained for Seattle's Rock ’n’ Roll half marathon and after completing realized she needed a career in the fitness industry. From June 2010 to October 2014, Maria ran one full marathon, five half marathons and seven 5K’s. She seasonally volunteers as a running mentor with Fleet Feet Sports Seattle. In November 2012, she obtained her National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) personal trainer certificate.
Maria also loves challenging herself academically and has a Bachelor of Science plus several certificates. Her hobbies include loom knitting hats, hair braiding, baking, running, high intensity interval training, reading nutrition books and going on adventures with her husband plus 2 and 4-year-old sons. Maria Roy is a stay-at-home mom during the day and a MixxedFit® instructor by night.
Pamelagrace Beatty, Modern Dance for Older Adults Instructor
Pamelagrace has been dancing as a hobby for over 30 years. When she lived in California 15 years ago, she was part of a dance company for approximately five years. Prior to teaching dance to women over age 50, she taught dance technique and choreography to liturgical and praise group dancers. She has also performed as a soloist dancer. Pamela enjoys working with all levels of dancers: from never-having-danced-before participants to accomplished dancers, including at her modern dance class for older adults. Pamela says, "Dancing is a wonderful form of exercise and a lovely way to express one's creativity!"
Shalimar Gonzales, Cycling Instructor
Shalimar has been an enthusiastic cyclist since 2000 and became a certified instructor in 2012. She views indoor cycling as an excellent training tool toward becoming a stronger outdoor cyclist. In her free time, Shalimar can be found riding along the Burke-Gilman Trail or exploring new sights on her road bike. Her varied athletic pursuits include AIDS LifeCycle finisher when she biked from San Francisco to Los Angeles, Olympic Lifting, CrossFit, and signing up--though never running--various 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathons.
Stuart Kaufman, Cycling Instructor
Stuart is an avid biker having completed RAMROD (Ride Around Mt. Rainier in One Day), a 150 miles ride with 10,000 feet elevation gain. He has participated in two cycling adventure rides in Israel and enjoys leisure cycling around Lake Washington. Physical fitness is an important life value and Stuart's other hobbies reflect this: hiking, cooking, playing the bass guitar and swimming. He even swam across the Columbia River 10 times! During the week, Stuart is a Life and Business coach specializing in helping people (mostly men) discover their emotional intelligence and maturity. Learn more about Stuart.
Ruby Keefe, Cycling Instructor
Before relocating to Seattle in August 2014, Ruby taught cycling for nearly seven years at various branches of Los Angeles Metro YMCA. She loves building community and helping people achieve things they never imagined they could do.
Ruby is also a graphic production artist. When not on a bike, she can usually be found training for a 5K, working in the garden, walking the family dog or visiting the Southern Resident Orcas in the San Juan Islands.
Manny Dunham, Boxing Instructor
Manny has been a boxer for 16 years and a personal trainer for 7 years. He loves training people and helping them lose weight, maintain a healthy lifestyle and learn how to properly execute movements to prevent injury. His awards and achievements include:
- Boxer ranked #6 in the nation
- Oregon State Golden Gloves Champion
- Washington State Regional Golden Gloves Representative
- Three Time PNW Champion
- Three Time McCracken Fight Night Champion
- Artic Gloves Champion
- Professional Fighter Making Pro Debut
Giavonna White, Boss Chick Instructor
Giavonna (Gigi) was born and raised in Seattle. As a youth, she participated in Urban Impact's summer program from elementary school to middle school, and got her first job here in high school. She also took theater lessons here in middle school. Gigi loves culture, art and children. She's worked with school-aged children at four community centers and at two daycares plus taught Sunday school at Columbia City Church of Hope for five years. She also taught students in Bothell school and Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute dance. Gigi received her B.A. in Dance History with a minor in African American Studies from the University of Washington. She volunteered at the Northwest African American Museum for three years. RHF is her first gym teaching Boss Chick and she hopes to spread it all over Seattle!
Mia Baybayan, ZUMBA Fitness Instructor
Mia is originally from Ewa Beach, Hawaii. She attended college in Orange, CA, and moved to Seattle in June 2017. She tried Zumba for the first time at a Relay for Life event in 2011. Mia started taking Zumba classes in her sophomore year of college and became a certified Zumba Instructor after graduating in May 2017. She wants her Zumba classes to feel like a fun dance party where everyone is always smiling, laughing and sweating!