Instructor Bios

Don Burks- Yoga


Don is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, USN Test Pilot School, and W&L Law. He spent 20 years as a Navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and test pilot instructor. As an attorney, Don has worked as a prosecutor, litigator, and presently has a local, general practice. He started yoga over 20 years ago and has studied with teachers throughout the US and in different disciplines. Don has taught yoga at W&L, other universities, and in the local area for the last 10 years.

Patti Colliton- Employee Fitness


Employee Fitness, a little bit of everything! • NSCA certified in strength and conditioning; Former Certified Athletic Trainer • 17 years of group ex teaching: step, kickboxing, strength training, spin • Day job: Asst Director: Fitness Center • Night job: A.T.E (adolescent transportation engineer)

Jessie Knadler- Pilates Fusion


A lifelong devotee of fitness, Jessie Knadler has been practicing Pilates and yoga for 13 years and received her certification from Stott Pilates in 2008. Since then, her class has evolved to include a blend of styles that inspire her, drawing from Pilates, yoga, and muscular structure strength training. By day, she is a writer and journalist. Her articles and stories have appeared in Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, Women's Health, among many others. She is the author of Rurally Screwed: My Life Off the Grid with a Cowboy (Berkley/Penguin, 2012) and the cookbook Tart & Sweet (Rodale, 2011). She lives in Rockbridge County with her husband and her daughter.

Shana Levine- Sport Circuit and Group Cycling


Shana Levine teaches sport circuit and is hoping to get more involved in group ex going forward. She had a blast and learned a lot at the DCAC fitness conference this past summer. Shana is CPR/AED and First Aid Certified and is working toward her ACE group fitness certification.She spends most of her time serving as Washington and Lee's Associate Director of Athletics and teaching her spring term course - Women in Sport. A 2001 Washington and Lee graduate, Shana earned a bachelor of arts in biology from W&L, where she was a four-year letterwinner and a team captain for the soccer team. Shana then went on to earn a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. While in law school, she served as an assistant women's soccer coach at Carnegie Mellon University. Shana then returned to W&L following three years with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Jeff Shay- Group Cycling


Jeff has been teaching group cycling since first getting hooked in 1996. He's an avid sailor, golfer, skier, and mountain biker and loves the outdoors. After graduating from college he raced on the US Alpine Pro Ski Tour. He also loves his day job as the Johnson Professor of Entrepreneurship and Leadership at the Williams School. Come join him for an early (and I mean early) morning workout and start your day off with a bounce in your step!

Kristen McCabe- Pilates


I am a 1995 graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a B.S. in Athletic Training. I studied dance for 18 years and have been faithfully practicing yoga and pilates since 2002. I returned to UNLV in May of 2011 to earn my Mat Work I and II Pilates certification. I continued my Pilates education in April 2012 with workshops in "Pilates for Golf" and "Pilates for Stress Management". Besides my love for dance, yoga and teaching pilates, I love to cook. I live in Lexington with my husband, Gene and our 4 daughters Kaelan, Molly, Ava, and Georgia. Hope to see you in my class!

Eduardo Velasquez- Group Cycling

Nancy Trumps- Zumba

Nancy has been teaching Group Exercise classes since the 80's -- and has moved through all the different styles of fitness...Jane Fonda-style aerobics, step, Jazzercise -- you name it.  Zumba is her new favorite.  There is really nothing like a great Zumba class to eliminate exercise boredom!  She teaches at the YMCA, VMI, and W&L...and would love to help you get Back in the Groove!"

Krysta Huber- Piloxing

Krysta became a fitness instructor as a high school senior after ending her swimming career. She became certified in Piloxing – a cardio-intensive class that combines pilates and kickboxing. She has since expanded her instruction to include Sport Circuit. Krysta is a member of the class of 2016, majoring in business journalism. She is also a sister of Kappa Delta, a member of the Women in Finance Club, and a writer for the campus newspaper, Ring Tum Phi.

Kelsey Cotter- Group Cycling

Maggie Ackell- Zumba

Joan Miller- Group Cycling

Thayer Case- ABS