Fitness Class Instructors

Jeri Winterburn
Group Exercise Director

Jeri has been teaching fitness classes for over 35 years. She is also a syndicated fitness columnist, and wrote weekly columns for the Bellingham Herald for several years. Jeri has been featured in a R.I.P.P.E.D video available online.

In her spare time, she enjoys camping and hiking with her family – as well as breeding Bernese Mountain dogs, and creating unique jewelry and wreaths, and dried floral arrangements which she sells online.
Whether you are new to exercise or a seasoned athlete, Jeri is always eager to help you attain your fitness goals.

A.C.E., AFAA Group fitness, AFAA Personal Trainer, Nautilus Strength & Personal Trainer, R.I.P.P.E.D. Instructor and trainer.
Celine Mauger
Class Instructor

Celine teaches Zumba® Fitness classes at the Cordata location every Wednesday at 5:30pm and Friday at 5:45pm. She strongly believes that exercising can and should be fun and enjoyable and always strives to make every class a party. Her goal is to make her routines easy to follow so that everyone moves the whole time and gets a great cardio workout. She also shows modifications throughout the class for lower impact steps. Celine holds her Group Exercise Instructor Certification through the Athletics and Fitness Association of America. Only three rules apply in Celine’s Zumba® classes: Keep moving, have fun, and smile!

In her personal life, she likes to spend time with her family: her husband Michael, with whom she moved from France 12 years ago, and their three children who are 9, 6 and a brand new baby.

AFAA certified
Jeremy Lemcke
Group Fitness Instructor

I have been teaching at BAC close to 5 years. I am certified as a Boot Camp Instructor under the START Fitness Program. I am also certified in Tac Fit and have an Indoor Cycling (Spinning) Certification. I currently teach Boot Camp on Mondays and Wednesdays at Cordata. I also teach indoor cycling on Tuesday mornings at the Downtown club.

Outside of the gym, I work a full-time job in technology sales. I love to spend time with family – wife Melissa (who also teaches at the club) and daughters, Michaela and Zoey. In my free time, I love to race triathlons, ride bikes, snow ski, run trails, paddle board, and hanging out with friends.

START Fitness Program, Tac Fit, Indoor Cycling (Spinning) Certified
Kate Stevenson
Group Fitness Instructor

Kate Stevenson has been a group fitness instructor at Bellingham Athletic Club since 2001, upon graduation with a B.S. in Fitness and Exercise Science from Western Washington University. She is a certified ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Polestar Pilates Instructor. Kate currently teaches a variety of group classes, including Power Pump, Whole Body Fitness, Strong, RIPPED, Mat Pilates and Pilates Fusion at BAC and in the Faculty/Staff Wellness Program at WWU. Kate has danced with Bellingham Repertory Dance for years and continues her passion for dance and performing with Kuntz and Company. You’ll find Kate running the trails in the wee morning hours and playing with her 2 awesome kids, Clyde and Hazel, and her sweet husband Trent, all around town!

ACSM Health/Fitness Certified Instructor, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Leah Congdon
Class Instructor

I have been teaching group fitness classes for over 3 years. I have an AFAA group fitness certification and currently teach a kickboxing/power class at BAC. I also enjoy running and hiking with my dog. When I’m not at the gym, I work at Opportunity Council as a Case Management Supervisor for Homeless Housing. I love reading, watching movies, and drinking wine with friends.

AFAA certified
Leslie McKee
Group Fitness Instructor

Leslie has been teaching yoga for nearly 18 years. Currently, she teaches Gentle Yoga at the Downtown club. Her goal is to provide therapeutic classes that target areas of deep stress and past injury. Classes include breath-work, poses, and meditation.

When not teaching, Leslie enjoys playing a lot with my two young boys, practicing yoga, and enjoys walks in the woods.

Leslie has two boys, ages 3 and 7, and the sweetest dog you’ve ever met. Her husband is pretty sweet too!

Liza Elman
Group Fitness Instructor

I started my yoga career in 2012 getting certified with a 200-hour teacher certification course. I was trained in an Ashtanga based studio. I have used yoga to help center myself as well as surround myself in a warm and welcoming community. I started teaching at BAC in November 2017.

When I am not teaching yoga, I try to spend as much time outside as possible. I love to ski, hike, kayak, surf, visit the farmers market and cook!

I hope to see you in my class!

Lynnette Reilly
Personal Trainer/Group Fitness Instructor

I am Lynnette Reilly and have a passion for personal training, health and wellness. I am excited to inspire and motivate you to reach whatever fitness goals you are looking to achieve. I want to enable you to move more freely through mobility, stability, strength, and flexibility.

As a youth I was on many different athletic teams, but truly began my own fitness journey after the birth of my three daughters. I felt empowered as a woman and realized how much my body was physically capable of. I found great enjoyment and a feeling of success as I began to lift weights, grow my strength, and be able to both push and pull my own body weight. Watching my own body physically change and being able to perform physical tasks with more ease was such a great feeling of achievement. Fitness has provided a sense of great accomplishment and I love helping others find that same connection with strength. It has also been an amazing outlet in giving me the energy and endurance I have needed in my daily life. I have since completed multiple races and events such as the Spartan, the Tough Mudder and the Warrior Dash. I continue to strive toward becoming a more fit individual each year.

I love to make the gym everyone’s playground. As a Functional Movement Specialist, I take my clients through a series of assessments. This allows me to prescribe the exercises that will help you move more efficiently doing the things you love the most. Whether your goals involve weight loss, strengthening, endurance or pain management. I can find the solution to meet your need. No matter what age or gender, no matter what weaknesses or inhibitions you have, I can help. Let’s begin this journey together.

ACE Certified Trainer 14 years; Pilates Mat 1and 2, Barrel and Apparatus Certified; KB Certified; FMS Certified; Circular Strength Training Certified
Melissa Lemcke
Group Fitness Instructor

Melissa Lemcke has been teaching at BAC for two years. Melissa keeps her fitness interesting and ever-changing. She’s a certified spin, boot camp and TRX instructor with a new addition to her arsenal with Beachbody’s PiYo. Currently, Melissa is teaching Pump & HIIT, Strong and Cycle. PiYo will be on the schedule for both clubs starting in mid-April.

This journey in fitness has been a wonderful and exciting experience which shows in her classes. Melissa prides herself on the variety of content and the modifications in difficulty in her classes. Her education is always ongoing to keep her current and fresh.

Outside the gym, Melissa stays active with friends and family through running, triathlons and various races. Melissa is married to fellow group fitness instructor Jeremy Lemcke. Her daughters, Michaela (12) and Zoey (5), keep her busy. Michaela is currently swimming on Bellingham Bay Swim Team and loves it! Zoey is a ball of fire and spunk and ready for kindergarten in the fall.

Spin, Boot Camp and TRX Certified
Susan Deschenes
Group Fitness Instructor

Susan has been certified as a Group Exercise Instructor and started teaching in 1993. She got her Personal Trainer Certification in 1995. Susan currently teaches Group Fitness Boot Camp classes at the Downtown club on Mondays and Wednesdays. She also teaches yoga, pilates, spin, bench, floor and senior fitness classes.

Group Exercise Certified Instructor, Personal Trainer Certification