Meet Our Fitness Instructors
Betsy Maxwell is an American Sports Fitness Association certified Barre Instructor and barre fitness lover. As a long time enthusiast for strength training, ballet and music, this passion is deeply rooted. Betsy is motivated by self-improvement and the opportunity to encourage others towards reaching their goals. While all body types can expect to work hard and build strength in her classes, they can also expect to be entertained and celebrated. Betsy loves witty banter, genuine laughter and learning new things. She adores her four beautiful sons whom she is raising in Holland with her loving husband. They have been blessed with loving and supportive family and friends who are excited to share Betsy and her passion with the community!
Zumba Gold | Personal Trainer
Danielle is passionate about empowering others to THRIVE! While looking for a way to take charge of her wellness and re-connect with her mind and body post-pregnancy, she tried Zumba for the first time in 2009. It was a moment she will never forget, because it was that first incredible class that inspired her to help others as a leader in the fitness field. Today, Danielle is a certified personal trainer, and has taught several fitness classes including Zumba, Strong by Zumba, Les Mills Body Pump, meditation classes + more. Danielle believes in the importance of cultivating community through exercise, and invites people of all fitness levels to ‘join the tribe’ by bringing their own unique energy into her classes. Outside of class, Danielle enjoys singing, participating in theatre, camping, and spending time with her husband and two amazing kiddos. Follow her wellness adventures and insights on Instagram: @goteamjauw!
Classical Yoga | Gentle Yoga | Sing Song Yoga | Yoga in the Park
Deb Weiss-Gelmi is a certified “Iyengar Yoga Teacher”, and she has great respect for the rich teaching lineage of the method. She finds it deeply rewarding to guide her students from their first experiences with yoga through to a deeper understanding of yoga and themselves. Deb founded and developed Sing Song Yoga®, the kids’ musical yoga program featured in Zeeland Recreation’s programming, and has published a kids’ yoga DVD, an iOS App, and a school program. Her formal education includes a bachelor’s in education (including child development), and a master’s in reading and literacy K-12.
In 2007, Grace discovered Zumba and was thrilled to find out that she could burn lots of calories and improve her overall fitness level while doing something that she couldn’t help doing anyway. When the invitation was extended to become a licensed Zumba instructor, that was a no-brainer, and now she gets to throw a dance party several times a week at Zeeland Recreation Center. She promises that if you join her class, you will burn lots of calories, you will improve your overall fitness level, and you will learn some sweet, Latin-inspired moves to spice up that dance you do in the produce section.
Asst. Aquatics Coordinator | Deep H20 | Midday H2O | Stretch & Stride H2O
Heidi has a passion for water exercise and for teaching community members about how to be safe in water. Heidi is also a certified lifeguard, lifeguard trainer, water safety instructor and pool operator. In addition to teaching aquatics classes, Heidi also serves as the Assistant Aquatics Coordinator for Zeeland Recreation. She has lived in Zeeland for 36 years and graduated from Zeeland High School. She loves to relax by her pool, read books, take walks, and spend time with my family and friends. Heidi also owns “Sun Island and Hair Care”. Heidi and her husband Todd have two wonderful children: Brie and Curtis.
Cardio Sculpt | Fitness Workshops & Challenges
Jaci Lowther is a health and wellness enthusiast. She is group fitness instructor and has been teaching classes in person and online for the past 9 years. She is also a Nutrition and Wellness consultant and loves to help others learn how to become healthier by finding balance in their lives through eating healthy, moving more, getting adequate sleep, and managing stress. Jaci 's favorite quote is "Encourage one another and build each other up." 1 Thessalonians 5:11. She strives to live by this motto when she teaches. Jaci loves to encourage her fellow students to be their best. Being healthy and staying active are important to her and she loves to support others as they pursue a path to wellness!
Senior Strong & Balanced | Spin
Julie Lamer is a Group Fitness Instructor for Zeeland Recreation and Herman Miller Inc. She started teaching Group Fitness in 1985. Julie is also an avid runner. She began running in the 80’s and has kept that passion going. Julie enjoys competing in races, triathlons, golf and spending time with family and friends. Julie, her husband Scott and daughter Maci reside in Zeeland.
Muscle Max 30 | Personal Trainer | Senior Power | Spin | Spin & Strength | Spin 30
Certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer (NASM CPT), and also a certified group fitness instructor, Kendra finds joy in encouraging others on their fitness journey. Kendra's own fitness journey began 20 years ago and has evolved into serving as the President of the Macatawa Cycling Club, leading multiple local community road cycling bike rides, participating in triathlons and providing personal training. In 2018 she even completed her first full IRONMAN triathlon! In addition to her fitness pursuits she enjoys traveling with her hubby of 31 years and spoiling her 5 grand-kids.
STRENGTH & STRETCH | YOGA FLOW
Mellissa is a group fitness instructor and Yoga teacher who has a 200 hr Yoga Certification and is also certified in Sing Song Yoga. She is also a certified Middle school teacher and has her Masters in Elementary Education. Health, wellness and learning have always been passions for Mellissa and she is grateful to continue to inspire these in kids, teenagers and adults at Zeeland Rec. In addition to her role at Zeeland Rec, she is the owner of "Grit & Grace", which is an organization that provides wellness and learning opportunities for all ages in West Michigan. Mellissa lives in the country north of Zeeland with her husband, 2 kids, 1 dog and 13 chickens.
Susan Kleinheksel has been teaching various group exercise classes for over 16 years. She started teaching because one day in a strength class, the instructor didn't show up! She's been hooked ever since. She loves to work out, and loves helping people... which makes teaching workout classes a win-win! She's currently certified in AFAA, Les Mills Body Combat, and TRX. When she isn't working, Susan enjoys spending time with her daughter, and doing all sorts of projects.
Hydro Cardio H2O | Spin | Spin & Power Yoga | Yoga-Pilates Fusion
Suzette Staal has taught fitness classes for over 20 years. Trained as an educator, Suzette loves to teach! She is certified by the Aerobics Fitness Association of America as well as the Aquatics Exercise Association. Suzette works full time at Hope College in the Academic Success Center. Her passion is helping people achieve their very best in all aspects of their lives. When she is not working, Suzette loves to cook, read, walk her dog and be active!
Trish has had a passion for water her entire life.When an injured knee brought her to water aerobics for strengthening, she immediately fell in love with the low impact workouts. She felt compelled to become an instructor and share in her joy. With the healed knee she has taken to leading HIIT classes with strength training. She loves to hike with her dog, boating, biking and singing. She and her husband also own The Embroidery House Inc. / Harwood Printing & Advertising where she is an Account Executive