Jillian Shay

DIRECTOR OF GROUP EXERCISE | ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Group Exercise Instructor (1989), Zumba, Zumba Gold and Zumba Toning Certified Instructor

Jillian’s first love for exercise came through group exercise classes back in the 1980’s – Remember Jane Fonda and leg warmers? Jillian attended classes at Sante West in the Marina District of San Francisco. There she met Joanie Greggains who mentored her and encouraged her to follow her dream of helping others to find the joy of exercise. She became an ACE certified instructor in 1988 and was hired by Rolling Hills Club the day after she moved to Novato in 1989. Since then, Jillian has taught many popular classes. She started the first of it’s kind muscle class for women, Muscle Madness, which is still on the schedule today. Currently, Jillian is teaching the wildly popular Zumba® and Zumba Toning® classes. She also teaches Fitness Interval Training (FIT), which she designed to increase muscle strength and endurance while creating maximum calorie expenditure. Jillian has an incredible passion for group exercise classes which shows in her enthusiasm and joy of teaching. She always welcomes newcomers.

Debbie Abell

Integrated Teacher Training (ITT) Certified Pilates Instructor – Professional Level

Debbie Brings over 20 years of passion and training in Fitness, Pilates and Group exercise. She has a diverse background as an Ace CPT, ITT Pilates CPT, MELT instructor and BAM educator.

Debbie’s personal experience with athletics, dance, and Pilates feed into her deep understanding of the anatomy of movement. She is an avid sports enthusiast with strong practical knowledge of injury prevention.

Debbie is deeply committed to her advanced studies in neuromuscular re-education and continues to study with some of the most respected authorities in this field; Madeline Black, Jean Sullivan, Sue Hitzman and Joshua Margolis.

Melissa Adkison

Melissa has extensive experience as a Swim Instructor at Rolling Hills Club. As a competitive swimmer with the Mud Sharks Masters Team Melissa has won High Point Medals in Pacific Masters, All American Swimmer and has placed in US Masters National Meets. She currently teaches water aerobics, group swim lessons and helps coach the Swimfit program at Rolling Hills Club. In her spare time Melissa is a professional artist/teacher. Melissa combines a great ability to teach the technical aspects of swimming with a friendly style of coaching that helps swimmers learn to swim fast in a fun and enjoyable environment.

Janna Barkin

Janna has been a practicing yogini for over 20 years, and she delights in creating a safe space for others to experience the power and grace of yoga. Janna’s Anusara-inspired classes invite a joyful opening in body, mind, and heart. She combines a playful passion for the practice with a strong understanding of universal alignment principles, as taught by John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga. Janna teaches yoga all over Marin County, and has been teaching at Rolling Hills since 2005. Prenatal yoga and Mom and Baby yoga are some of her specialties. Janna leads yoga retreats locally and abroad. Visit her website at JannaBarkinYoga.googlepages.com

Barb Brown

ACE Certified
Fitness has been a significant part of Barb’s life for the last 34 years. During her career, she has managed two fitness companies; The Bod Squad, Inc. and Steppin’ Out. Barb has taught a variety of classes including pregnancy, kids’ aerobics, muscle, spinning, stretch, step, and regular aerobics. Currently at Rolling Hills Club, Barb teaches our Muscle Madness and Movement, Muscle & Stretch class. Teaching students of all levels is her passion. When she is not teaching exercise, Barb substitute teaches and enjoys playing tennis and reading.

Winnie Comfort

Growing up in the country, Winnie learned at an early age the importance and value of community. The theme of community and providing an emotionally, physically and socially satisfying experience for each individual is one that she has carried for 23 years at Rolling Hills Club. As an instructor of Water Fitness and Kindergarten PE Specialist for almost 30 years and as a manager, she has followed this model of providing opportunity for change and growth in a nurturing environment.

Debbie Gleeson

ACE Certified / Schwinn® Cycling Certified / Flirty Girl Fitness® “Flirtification”
Debbie loves helping people achieve their fitness goals. She finds coaching group exercise classes a very rewarding job. The best part is helping people feel great about working out and see them happy! Debbie’s fitness experience goes back 20 plus years. She has even had the privilege to be part of Aerobics competitions back in the day. Debbie’s classes are always well prepared and thought out. She continues to attend fitness seminars yearly to keep updated on the latest fitness trends and skills.

Tori Graw

ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Schwinn Certified Cycle Instructor, SCW Certified Aquatics Instructor, Certified Sunflower Wellness Group Exercise and Aquatics Instructor
Tori’s devotion to fitness can be found throughout the Rolling Hills Club: teaching cycle, aquatics, group exercise, personal training, as well as playing tennis. Her passion, preparation, and commitment to teaching, combined with her extensive music knowledge, delights the members. Her positive approach and individual attention brings out the best in everyone she encounters. In addition, Tori delivers this winning combination to the Sunflower Wellness community to provide exercise and support to those participants living with cancer. For more information: torigraw@gmail.com or 415-720-8434.

Heather Hartley

ACE Certified
Heather has been teaching group exercise classes since 1989 and joined Rolling Hills Club in 2007. Heather teaches a variety of classes including our early morning Bootcamp class, Cycle, F.I.T and Senior Fitness. In the early nineties Heather received a Silver Medal in the Bay Area Reebok Aerobic Championship. Heather truly enjoys working with all ages and levels (especially her amazing Senior exercisers and her hard working boot campers!) She enjoys connecting with members and seeing their progress. Her workouts are tough but always FUN!

Amy Hesla

Amy has been teaching with Rolling Hills Club 20 years this year. Amy enjoys teaching both water aerobics and indoor cycling.

Beth Huizenga

Beth finds doing yoga practically beneficial and endlessly fascinating. She loves to share her passion for yoga with others, from first-timers and beginners to devoted practitioners, on Tuesday and Saturday mornings at RHC. Having turned 50 in 2011, Beth credits her yoga practice for helping her to feel vibrant, energetic and grounded while also managing and preventing injury. A radio broadcaster since the mid-80s, Beth worked at Radio Bangkok for 3 years and became certified in Thai massage at Wat Pho in 1993. She then immersed herself in Iyengar (alignment-based) classes, workshops and retreats for ten years with numerous master teachers while working at KFOG and later KQED. Beth also studied yoga philosophy, Pranayama and Ayurveda at the California Institute of Integral Studies and did her yoga teacher training through Yoga Tree in San Francisco following a year of studying Anusara yoga at the Yoga Kula in San Francisco. She continues to study Acroyoga (a blend of acrobatics, yoga and Thai massage) and to offer workshops in Partner Yoga, a beautiful way to work out through give and take and learning to trust and communicate well.

Melissa Lakritz

Melissa Lakritz is an enthusiastic and motivated teacher who has been practicing yoga for 11 years. She uses precise instruction, alignment with breath, and fluidity of movement so that her students feel focused, empowered, and connected to their core. Learning how to generate energy into different parts of the body helped Melissa relax and release tension both on and off the mat. Her passion for asana practice led her to complete a 200 hour teacher training and become a RYT through Yoga Alliance. Melissa continues to be inspired by the transformation that yoga has provided in her life. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to share her passion and teach others how to unite mind, body and spirit through Yoga.

Marisha Olivarez

AFAA Certified Personal Trainer
Marisha has been a personal trainer and aerobic and dance instructor through AFAA since 2003. She competed and placed in the top 10 in Contra Costa Bodybuilding Championships in 2009. Marisha’s passion is to provide you with the tools of living and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, inspiring and motivating you to be the best that you can be. Consistency and determination is the key to achieve your desired goals. Marisha specializes in weight loss, body building, reconditioning athletes, and safe and effective strength training.

Heather Ophir

AFAA Primary Group Exercise Certification
Heather has spent her whole life teaching or learning in a classroom. After 15 years as a high school English teacher she was ready to reinvent herself, and embarked on a journey of physical wellness which included learning to swim, bike and run in preparation for triathlon competition, participating in the life changing UltraSimple Diet program, and embracing all that Group Exercise at Rolling Hills Club has to offer. Zumba fitness classes quickly became the favorite, and after spending a year and a half positioned at the front of the room, it was a natural next step to pursue certification to teach the high energy, incredibly fun Latin rhythm-inspired cardio class!

Susie Powell

Susie loves swimming and always has. In her youth she swam for her high school swim team. This was before Title Nine passed and there were very few sports for girls. Susie was on the very first women’s swim team at the University of Miami, Florida in 1972–73. After many adult years as a runner, biker and skier she returned to her true love, swimming, in 1998.

Susie has been swimming as a masters swimmer since 2000. First with the Rolling Hills Mud Sharks and now with the Marin Pirates Masters. Her professional career was as a registered dietitian. She focused on sports nutrition as well as hyperlipidemia. She spent most of her career teaching and leading seminars on nutrition. She worked for Covert Bailey, the author of Fit or Fat and then for “Jazzercise” as their nutritionist. So the transition to teaching about her real love, swimming, was easy.

Susie is married, has a daughter currently in college and two shih tzu’s that keep her walking on a daily basis. She recently walked 60 miles in three days for “The 3-day Walk” for the Susan G Komen for the Cure. When she is not coaching, or swimming, you may see her walking!

Phyllis Schultz

Introduction to come.

Gretchen Turzo

Integrated Teacher Training (ITT) Certified Pilates Instructor – Professional Level
Gretchen Turzo is an ITT certified Pilates instructor who trained with some of the leading Pilates professionals in the Bay Area including Madeline Black, Jean Sullivan, Debra Schubert, Jorg Chabowski and Leah Putnam. At a young age, Gretchen was a competitive gymnast later moving on to dance, yoga, and competitive sports. She has found her calling as a Flying Trapeze artist and Pilates and Gyrotonic instructor in the Bay Area. Gretchen truly enjoys working with others as they learn mind-body awareness and use it to further their health and life endeavors. Since becoming a Mama, Gretchen has added a specialty in working with Pregnant and PostPartum Mamas to strengthen and heal our Mama bellies and bodies.

Katie Stafford

Katie was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. Raised by a coach, Katie has always loved sports and staying active. Like many other women, she found it much harder to keep fitness in her life after becoming a mom. Her value as a group fitness instructor is that she can identify with the daily struggle to eat healthy and commit to your fitness routine. As a mom with three young children, Katie can offer advice and tips to those facing that battle. She loves to motivate people and has a lot of enthusiasm to offer our members. Katie believes it is easier to exercise and stay fit when you are having fun and that’s the atmosphere she tries to create in her classes. Katie is ACE Certified as a Group Fitness Instructor and teaches early morning boot camp and cycle classes.

Sarah Steen

Sarah has been delighting in the discoveries of yoga since first stepping onto a mat in 1998. She began teaching in 2003 and soon after became a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. Using yoga philosophy, mindful sequencing, breath practices, and a bit of humor, she creates classes to encourage students to build awareness both on and off the mat. Her practice and teaching are deeply rooted in the joyful expression and alignment principles of Anusara yoga, having studied with its founder, and she has been a long-time student of Ulrika Engman. More recently, Sarah has expanded her studies of alignment-based yoga under the guidance of Sienna Smith and Prajna Yoga teachers Tias Little and Djuna Mascall.

Tim West

Introduction to come.


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