Instructor Bios

an instructor bio photo Kellie AlicakosMajor - Nutrition
Kellie is a senior Athletic Training major. She has completed Student Recreation Center Personal Training coursework, and is studying for the ACE CPT exam. Her favorite quote is, "Don't ever let anyone turn your sky into a ceiling." - Eric Thomas.
an instructor bio photo Kimberly AsmanMajor - Nutrition
Kimberly is a Nutrition major at Montclair State University with a concentration in Dietetics. She started teaching Group Fitness in high school and currently teaches Kickboxing and HardCORE at the Student Recreation Center. Kimberly brings high levels of energy and enthusiasm to all of her Group Fitness classes!
A portrait photo of Shannon Baruchian for the GroupX Instructor Page Shannon BaruchianMajor - Exercise Science
Now into her second year as a group fitness instructor, Shannon is currently certified in INSANITY and PIYO. Having found her passion for fitness fairly young it led her to major in exercise science. Her experience includes being featured in the 2014 INSANITY Informerical and working as a independent Team Beachbody Coach. Shannon has been teaching INSANITY for two years, is a Certified Lifeguard Instructor, and Vice President of Club Soccer. Her favorite quote is, "Make Yourself Proud".
an instructor bio photo Jennine CriscuoloMajor - Nutrition/Food Science
Jennine is a junior Nutrition and Food Science major. She is Student Recreation Center In-House certified. Her favorite quote is, "Clear your mind of can't." - Samuel Johnson.
an instructor bio photo Katie FierroMajor - Television and Digital Media
Katie is a sophomore Television and Digital Media major. She has 17 years of dance experience as a Zumba Instructor, as well teaching dance, and choreographing. Her favorite quote is, "I won't quit until I know that I truly tried." - The Color Morale.
an instructor bio photo Cala FilsMajor - Biochemistry/French
Cala is a third year student with a double major of Biochemistry and French. She loves listening to different types of music and will do her best to keep her classes hyped. Cala wishes that everyone would have a great semester!
A portrait photo for Erich Homenik Erich HomenikMajor - Molecular Biology/Biochemsitry
Erich is a senior with a double major in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Montclair State University. This year is his first year as a GroupX Instructor. He is also a three year swim coach. His favorite quote is, "It is no use saying, 'we are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary."
an instructor bio photo Antoine JoynerMajor - Athletic Training
Antoine is a senior Athletic Training major at Montclair State University. He has experience in teaching Kempo Martial Arts, TRX - Suspension, and Mini-Band Mania. He is also AFFA Primary Group-X Certified. His two favorite quotes are, "A teacher is never a giver of truth; he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself", by Bruce Lee, and "Excuses will always be there; opportunity won't", by Anonymous.
an instructor bio photo Cora-Ann LicwinkoMajor - Exercise Science
Cora-Ann is a senior Exercise Science major with a minor in Psychology. She is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, an ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor, CPR/AED Certified, and Les Mills Body Pump Certified. Her favorite quote is, "The best way to predict the future, is to create it." - Abraham Lincoln.
an instructor bio photo Matthew ManacoMajor - Philosophy
Matt is a junior Philosophy major who has been training in martial arts for 15 years, and teaching it for 9 years. His favorite quote is, "Movement is freedom. This class will focus on developing cardio, balance, core strength, coordination, and flexibility through martial arts training. Participants of all fitness levels will enjoy a fresh and challenging workout each class."
an instructor bio photo Kelly MatthewsMajor - Exercise Science
Kelly is now in her 4th year at Montclair State University. She is majoring in Exercise Science and minoring in public health. She has been teaching for two years, and is AFFA certified, and certified in two different Les Mills programs as well. Her favorite quote is, "If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you." - Anonymous.
an instructor bio photo Marissa MurrayMajor - Exercise Science
Marissa is a senior at Montclair State University majoring in Exercise Science. She’s been very involved with fitness and group exercise since the age of 17. She is an NPC Bikini Competitor and a sponsored athlete of MHP and J&R Nutrition. Health and wellness are a huge passion of hers and she hopes to bring a positive, uplifting attitude to her classes and the Student Recreation Center.
A head shot photo of Natalie PerezDuel for the Group X Instructor bio page Natalie Perez-DuelMajor - Musical Theater
Natalie is a senior Musical Theater major with a minor in Dance. She has danced professionally in New Hampshire with Interlakes Theatre and in Texas with Texis Family Musicals. She is excited to be sharing an array of dance culture through Zumba. Natalie is part of MSU's Group X Mentee program and is a ZIN member licensed to teach Zumba through Zumba Fitness. Natalie encourages fun exercise and a passion for fitness and dance!
an instructor bio photo Muna RimawiMajor - Athletic Training
Muna is an Athletic Training major at Montclair State University with a minor in German. She has been a part of Campus Rec since freshmen year working at equipment checkout and now holds an AFAA certification teaching BodyScuplt in the Student Recreation Center. Muna strives to help her participants reach their fitness goals and enjoying the process while feeling good about them selves!
A head shot photo of Jolie Rizzo for the GroupX Instructor bio page
Jolie RizzoMajor - Psychology
Jolie is a senior Psychology major with one year of experience. Her favorite quote is, "No day is so bad it can't be fized with a nap." - Anonymous
an instructor bio photo Scott SatcherMajor - Nutrition
Scott is a senior at Montclair State University studying Nutrition. He is a very self-motivated individual that gets a genuine delight by helping others in any way possible. Having been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA for nearly the last five years, Scott is very excited to share his knowledge to others through his class. Scott is looking forward to creating an environment where everyone is learning and striving to get better while having a great time.
an instructor bio photo Amanda SchreinerMajor - Psychology
Amanda is a Jersey girl who grew up doing both dance and cheer. Amanda is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Public Health; she has a certificate in Child Advocacy, and is fulfilling requirements to go to medical school when she graduates from Montclair State University. Through middle and high school, she took yoga classes to balance her busy life. Since she came to Montclair in 2011, Amanda’s love of yoga has grown, along with her busy schedule. She is now certified through YogaFit. She currently teaches open level yoga classes, perfect for any participant: from beginner to guru. Amanda teaches both slow-burn and vinyasa classes which focus on being confident, grateful, and stress free. Her creative flows will allow participants to sweat it out then completely relax with a guided deep-meditation.
an instructor bio photo Samantha StewartMajor - Nutrition
Samantha is a senior Nutrition major with a concentration in Dietetics at Montclair State. She teaches Pilates and Cycling; and is certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. Samantha brings her love for fitness and a healthy lifestyle to her classes and motivates her participants to feel good about themselves and accomplish their fitness goals!
an instructor bio photo Brittany TierneyMajor - Exercise Science
Brittany is a sophomore majoring in Exercise Science. She has been dancing since she was two years old and now shares her passion for dance through teaching Zumba classes at the Student Recreation Center. Brittany loves Zumba because it is a great motivator for exercise. One hour of cardio and toning goes really quick because participants are having so much fun. Her goal is to keep people fit and healthy and to be educated in doing so.