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LEIGH ANN BYRD has been teaching some form of aerobic exercise for 25 years. Exercise is her passion and she loves helping others achieve fitness goals, but most importantly keeping people motivated to move. In addition to teaching fitness classes at Chetola, she is also a certified personal trainer. Leigh Ann has a degree in Medical Technology and is currently taking classes at ETSU to pursue a Masters Degree to become a Physician Assistant. She works as a nurse in a local physician’s office when she is not teaching fitness classes at Chetola or the hospital's Wellness Center. Her husband Mike and her two daughters keep her busy and bring much joy to her life.
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BRIANA KIDD recently graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management. During her time in school, she fell in love with the sense of community she feels while practicing yoga with others. After teaching at the university for a year, she wanted to go deeper into the program and therefore became the mind/body programmer. Briana is a former gymnast and has been practicing yoga for about five years. She currently holds a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification, and has been teaching for over two years. Being from South Florida, Briana enjoys the beach and the sunshine, but as she resides in the mountains, she feels calm and giving in her heart. Yoga has allowed Briana to grow and build confidence in the way she presents herself, and she is always eager to share her love and passion for the practice through her experience thus far.

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ELLEN RUSSELL is a native of Blowing Rock, N.C. Ellen left the area to attend the Art Institute of Atlanta studying Fine Art and Fashion Illustration. After returning to the Blowing Rock area, Ellen pursued her love of the arts by making jewelry, painting and dabbling in dance. A fitness enthusiast, Ellen found her passion after attending her first Zumba Fitness class. Totally smitten, she decided to become a certified instructor and share the passion for this Latin-inspired dance fitness program. Ellen is certified in both Zumba as well as Zumba Toning (which incorporates light-weighted maracas for more intense power toning moves), and she is currently pursuing her AFAA (Aerobics & Fitness Association of America) certification. Ellen has been an instructor for two years and is looking forward to 20 more.

CATHERINE SCANTLIN completed her BS in Health Promotion at Appalachian State University and her MS in Community Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Catherine is the Health and Wellness Director at Chetola Resort. She is a wellness educator helping people find improvement and balance in all areas of wellness. Catherine is a certified yoga and spin instructor and has been teaching all sorts of fitness classes to adults and children for more than 15 years. She has been practicing yoga for 10 years and teaching for seven, focusing on a gentle flow that builds heat, strength, and awareness of body, mind and spirit. Catherine also teaches plant-based, whole foods cooking classes at Chetola.

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Highlands Sports and Recreation Center Office: 828-295-5535

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