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Instructor Bios

Andrea Brelje

Andrea has her master’s degree in athletic training from Ohio University. She sort of stumbled into teaching fitness classes. Initially, running was the only thing fitness-related that she did. Now, she loves fitness and seeing how a person’s body adapts to new stresses placed on it. She enjoys seeing others grow and accomplish what they once thought was hard and seeing it become easy for them! A fun fact…she has a pet fish & you can hear him chew.

Anna Gonzales

Anna has never been a good dancer (even though she would love to have been!) but has always loved group fitness classes.  When she came across Zumba many years ago, she fell in love!  She finally became licensed to teach Zumba in August of 2015.  It is Anna’s goal to bring fun, positive energy to each class so you to get a great workout without even knowing you are working out!  Come join the party!! Besides teaching Zumba, Anna enjoys mountain biking with her husband, Kevin, and golden retriever Zeus, snuggling on the couch with her other golden, Nova, reading, yoga and kayaking.

Brandi Colberg

Brandi is a certified yoga instructor from Core Power Yoga.  Her yoga journey began as she was battling some health issues and her physical therapist recommended trying yoga.  Her love of yoga grew as her body felt stronger and better.  After practicing yoga for a year, she knew that going to yoga teacher training at Core Power was the next step.  Since then not only has yoga helped her health, it has brought peace, new friendships and happiness.  Besides teaching yoga Brandi is a mother to two sons in college and a step mother to a daughter and son, and a grandmother.  She loves being with her family, volunteering at Family Pathways in many programs, activities on the lake, and walking with her dog Chico.

Michelle Dalquist

Michelle is certified through the International Sports Science Association (ISSA) as a personal trainer and through National Exercise Trainer’s Association (NETA) in group fitness. She has taught circuit training through community education and training classes for the Warrior Dash. She also works for Fairview Health Services teaching cardio, strength, and flexibility exercise classes to older adults. She finds great joy in seeing people improve their health, strength and flexibility. She finds it very rewarding when a class member can see visible changes in their abilities, especially when it means maintaining a more independent lifestyle and reducing or eliminating prescription medications. Michelle’s goal would be to teach in such a way to positively motivate people to reach their fitness goals.

Diane Fedor

Diane became a member of the Lindstrom Wellness Center after 8 years of inactivity. After working with the incredible instructors and gaining her cardio and muscular strength back, she became certified to teach. She wants others to experience the progression she experienced and realize that you have to start somewhere. She enjoys watching participants change their attitudes from “I can’t do that” to “Look at me now!”. A fun fact about Diane is that she is obsessed with Jeopardy and trying out for the show is on her bucket list.

SuZanne Gillespie

Suzanne Gillespie has worked in the fitness world since the 90’s. She is a wife, mother of 4, and works full-time at the Chisago Lakes School District. Suzanne is certified in Kettlebells and Zumba. She will be going back to fitness school to be trained in Yoga. Suzanne’s hobbies include reading, camping, and working out! Her personal motto is “Never Give Up!”

Heather Johnson

Heather obtained her group fitness instruction certification in 2001. She then began teaching fitness and yoga classes at Hazelden. In 2007 she became trained in research-based senior fitness classes, and has been with that population ever since. Heather is motivated by people exercising for the “right” reasons (health, longevity, depression, etc.). She has been teaching at the Lindstrom Wellness Center for 1.5 years. Heather has lived in Lindstrom for the past 16+ years with her husband, Frank. She loves to exercise including skiing, biking, hiking, yoga, and swimming.

Jill Sontag

Jill Sontag graduated from Chisago Lakes High School in 2009, from there pursuing a degree in Athletic Training from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. She finds great joy in working with all types of people helping them reach there physical fitness goals. Jill believes it is so rewarding to see people change and improve their lifestyle. Jill teaches Steady As You Go (SAYG) classes in Luck and Webster, in addition to teaching Kettle Bells and Glutes and Abs at Lindstrom. She also enjoys working with her athletes, creating programs to help them increase their sport performance on and off the field. In her spare time, Jill enjoys working on her family farm, horseback riding, hunting, and hiking with her dog. “Take care of your body! It is the only place you have to live!”

Kayla Stankowski

Kayla is originally from Mosinee, WI. She received her B.S. in Athletic Training from Winona State University in 2010. She then went on to attend Indiana State University where she received her M.S. in Athletic Training in 2012. Kayla has always been passionate about playing sports and being active. She discovered her interest in becoming a fitness instructor after attending several group fitness classes at a local gym. She holds a group fitness certification from Les Mills. Kayla enjoys helping people accomplish their fitness goals, and sharing in their excitement when improvements are made. “It is very rewarding to help make a positive influence in people’s lives!” In her free time, Kayla enjoys being outdoors, waterskiing, and playing soccer.

Tim Tougas

Up until the Fall of 2012, Tim struggled with weight. His blood pressure was getting higher and more difficult to control. His blood sugars were starting to rise and he was going to have to start medication to control his diabetes. Finally, in the Fall of 2012, he got serious about changing his diet and started to work out more frequently. He dropped 40 pounds, his blood sugars went back to normal, his blood pressure was under control and he felt great! This is when he decided he wanted to help other people who have struggled like himself and began taking classes to become a personal trainer. In April 2013, he was certified through International Sports Science Association (ISSA) as a Personal Trainer. Recently, Tim also became ISSA certified as a Senior Fitness Specialist. Tim enjoys working with kettlebells the most because he feels they are the most versatile and have made the greatest impact on his workout program. He enjoys teaching and training other people. He is currently in training to become a Senior Fitness Trainer and looks forward to working with older adults.