Fitness Instructor Bios
Kim Ravenelle has been teaching at the Smithfield YMCA for over 15 years. Kim was a member at the Y taking group fitness classes when her children were younger. Kim enjoyed the classes and the Y and decided to become an instructor herself. Health and wellness has always been an integral part of Kim’s daily life!
Kim also works at LOFT in Smithfield where she is the Co-Manager. She loves to work with people and loves merchandising! When Kim isn’t at work, you will find her power walking, spinning, at yoga class or here at the Y teaching cardio and body sculpt.
As a Libra, Kim ensures a balance of cardio, strength and stretch in her classes!! She believes that cross training is best for fitness as it incorporates different muscle groups and keeps things interesting. Come check out one of Kim’s classes for a full-body workout that will leave you feeling energized.
Keera is a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer at the Smithfield YMCA. Keera has worked in the Health & Wellness industry for over 7 years and found her passion is helping others.
Keera has run over 30 OCRs (Obstacle Course Races) including Spartan Races, The Tough Mudder, and many more. She is a Certified Life Coach and Personal Trainer, and with the combination of both trainings, she founded a business called “Strong As Mothers”. “Strong as Mothers” helps mothers of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances, gain strength both mentally and physically in a sometimes challenging world. With two boys of her own, Keera developed a passion for helping people and mothers alike, to become confident and strong both physically and emotionally!
Come and join one of Keera’s group fitness classes at the Y and you will see for yourself the passion and energy that that she dedicates to her classes.
Cheryl has been teaching Pilates for almost 15 years at the Smithfield YMCA. Cheryl’s classes have grown over the years and they include not only working out, but FUN! Cheryl believes that fitness should always be fun, so why not get fit and have fun all at the same time! Try one of Cheryl’s Pilates classes and you will definitely have fun, enjoy plenty of laughs and feel refreshed upon completion.
Nancy has a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health and a Minor in Dance and a Concentration in Adaptive Physical Education from Rhode Island College. She also has a Master’s Degree in Health Education from Rhode Island College, 1994. IFor the past 30 years, Nancy has been a PE and Health and APE teacher for the North Smithfield School system, teaching grades preschool through grade six. Nancy is soon to be retired from her full-time career in June 2020.
Nancy teaches has been teaching Essentrics at the Smithfield Y for a little over a year. Nancy learned about Essentrics by seeing a commercial on TV and immediately ordered a set of DVDs and began the program, 2 years ago. Nancy thoroughly enjoys Essentrics and it has helped her with the tightness and aches and pains. Training began for Level One in September of 2017, and she was officially certified in April of 2018. She then completed her Level II training in December of 2018. In July, Nancy attended the Level III Training and is working on her Certification for Level III. Nancy absolutely loves teaching Essentrics and the wonderful people at the Smithfield Y.
Anita is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level through Yoga Alliance (E-RYT500) and Certified by Integrative Yoga Therapy as a E-RYT500 and as a C-IAYT 1000 with The International Association of Yoga Therapists. She has taken certified classes for teaching Adaptive Yoga to those with MS, Heart Disease and Cancer. Is a certified Kripalu DansKinetics® Teacher (Yoga Dance) and has completed training’s in iRest® for working with those who have PTSD, insomnia, stress and anxiety inherent in our modern lifestyles. She continues to deepen her practice and teaching by exploring Somatics, Positional Therapy and other types of Yoga such as Bikram and Lyengar.
Anita’s classes are for everyone and everyBody and welcomes students with physical challenges and those who would like to challenge their preconceived notions of what they can or cannot do. Props and modifications are used as needed. She likes to share her belief that the physical body is meant to be active in order to maintain optimal health and that Yoga can be used as a tool to soften the aging process and aid in recovery from injury both physical and emotional. The intentions within her classes are to share her knowledge of joyous and guided mindful movement while supporting others in connecting to and rekindling the joy within. Along the way we will find strength, stability and increasing flexibility both mind and body.
Anita Bevans C-IAYT 1000
Integrative Yoga Therapy
iRest Yoga Nidra Level II
Integrated Positional Therapy
Teri’s Yoga training includes certifications from Eyes of the World and Yatosha Yoga. In 15 years of teaching, Teri has taught different types of Yoga including Vinyasa, Hatha, Yoga for Athletes, Chair Yoga, Yoga for Equestrians, Restorative Yoga, and private Yoga sessions.
Teri is also a certified Weight Management Specialist through NESTA. Her training includes implementing weight loss programs, setting achievable goals, implementing physical activity plans, and weight loss/lifestyle coaching.
In addition to instructing Yoga classes and running Weight Management programs, Teri is currently training in Essentrics and will begin teaching very soon!
Teri has been teaching classes at the Smithfield YMCA for two years including Vinyasa Yoga, Chair Yoga, Yoga Stretch and Strengthen, and Meditation. In addition to instructing Wellness Classes at the Y, Teri works at the Y’s Courtesy Desk as well. Stop by and say hi and Teri is always willing to share her knowledge.
Noel has been a licensed Zumba(r) instructor since 2016 and an instructor with the Smithfield YMCA since 2017. Besides Zumba(r), Noel is a core member of DanceBFF, a Bollywood Dance company and she is an aspiring Bellydancer. Noel’s classes are lighthearted and always full of laughter because there are no mistakes, only unique solos!
Toni began her journey as a group fitness instructor back in 1993 right here at the Smithfield YMCA. She has 27 years of experience teaching group fitness classes at the YMCA. Over the years she has taught and been certified in many different types of fitness classes including, aerobics, step aerobics, pilates, circuit training, boot camp, and cardio kickboxing. She has been certified in personal training and is also certified to train members on the Strive circuit and on the Queenax multi functional trainer. She served as the Health and Wellness Coordinator here at the Smithfield YMCA in orevious years. Toni is also certified as a Diabetes Prevention Program instructor and as a Chronic Disease Self Managment Program instructor and has taught both classes here at the YMCA over the past few years. She has a passion for sharing her fitness and nutritional knowledge with others and motivating others to live a healthy lifestyle.
Pam Collins has always been interested in health and well-being. Pam’s quest was to achieve whole-body balance, of the mind, body and spirit. Pam began taking Essentrics classes and realized that she had found the answer to her quest! Not only did she find her answer, but she found the Fountain of Youth. The dynamic combination of stretching and strengthening in the Essentrics class is energizing, rejuvenating and balances the whole-body.
The amazing Smithfield Y members that have shared their passion for the Essentrics Program have created a community committed to well-being, while they age backwards! Pam became an Essentrics Level 1 instructor in April 2020 and loves teaching and sharing the benefits of this program with others!