Stephen F. Austin State University

Group Axe Instructor Bios

Group Exercise Instructors

Miranda Minor
Group Axe Classes I teach: Zumba, Cycling, Yoga, PiYo, Strength Training, Boot Camp, Step, Aqua Aerobics, Turbo Kick, Abs for Lunch
Hometown: Columbus, MS
Favorite Hobbies: Reading, Biking, Attending fitness workshops and Certifications
Major/Occupation: Master of Education in Kinesiology, Fitness and Wellness Graduate Assistant
Why I enjoy teaching Group Axe classes: I love teaching group exercise because it brings my heart so much joy seeing others excel through fitness!

John McElrath
Group Axe Classes I teach: Bootcamp, CSI Express, Abs
Hometown: Akron, OH
Favorite Hobbies: Any excitement I can get my hands on!
Major/Occupation: Master of Education in Kinesiology, Fitness and Wellness Graduate Assistant
Why I enjoy teaching group axe classes: I enjoy helping others achieve their goals through exercise, while adding fun to the agenda.

Stuti Gakhar
Group Axe Classes I teach: Turbo Kick, Cardio Kick, Abs for Lunch, PiYo Strength Express, Trim n' Tone
Hometown: India
Favorite Hobbies: Working out (duh!), biking, dancing, running, yoga, hiking, listening to music
Major: Pre-pharmacy
Why I enjoy teaching Group Axe classes: I have a deep passion for fitness, being active and working out, and I love to share my passion with others. I invite you to come join me and get a run, energetic, challenging and rewarding workout!
Jennifer (Jenn) Basham
Group Axe Classes I teach: Cycling
Hometown: Tomball, TX
Favorite Hobbies: Dancing, working out, reading and spending time with friends
Major: Nursing
Why I enjoy teaching Group Axe classes: I love teaching group exercise to motivate and help people reach goals that they never thought were possible.
Mark Nosal
Group Axe Classes I teach: Yoga
Hometown: Austin, TX
Favorite Hobbies: Yoga, reading, cooking, relaxing, being outside
Major: Environmental Science
Why I enjoy teaching Group Axe classes: I enjoy sharing the numerous benefits of Yoga with others. To me, it's a hidden outlet that has increased my personal growth more than I ever thought possible. When I teach, it gives me the opportunity to open the same door for others to all of the same possibilities.
Katherine Alpher
Group Axe Classes I teach: Cycling
Hometown: League City, TX
Favorite Hobbies: Working out, Dancing, backpacking, rock climbing, playing music with friends, and reading
Major: Special/Deaf Education
Why I enjoy teaching Group Axe classes: I enjoy watching people get excited about becoming healthy.
Ana Romero
Group Axe Classes I teach: Trim-N-Tone, Abs for Lunch
Hometown: Nacogdoches, TX
Favorite Hobbies: Working out, reading, photography, writing, going out for coffee
Major: International Business with minors in Photography, Marketing and French
Why I enjoy teaching Group Axe classes: I LOVE teaching group exercise classes because it makes my heart happy to see people succeeding and reaching their goals. I enjoy being a motivator and encouraging people to never give up. While exercise is a huge passion of mine, seeing other people track their progress and feel accomplished about how far they've come is even more rewarding.
Samantha (Sam) Schroll
Group Axe Classes I teach: Hard Core, Sweat-It-Out
Hometown: Lake Jackson, TX
Favorite Hobbies: Dancing and working out
Major: Kinesiology
Why I enjoy teaching Group Axe classes: Teaching group exercise is a great way to stay active while encouraging others to do the same!
Katie Lundberg
Group Axe Classes I teach: Abs and Trim-N-Tone
Hometown: Kingwood, TX
Favorite Hobbies: Watching movies, working out, scrapbooking
Major: Kinesiology
Why I enjoy teaching Group Axe classes: I enjoy helping people feel better and gain confidence in themselves. It's a good feeling when I can show people how much they can accomplish if they work for it.
Mackenzie Stair
Group Axe Classes I teach: Cycling, Booty Sculpt
Hometown: Magnolia, TX
Favorite Hobbies: cooking, crafting, and painting my nails
Major: Business Communication and Legal Studies
Why I enjoy teaching Group Axe classes: I enjoy teaching cycling because I like pushing people farther than they ever thought they could go.
Caryn Berkowitz
Group Axe Classes I teach: Cycling, Abs
Hometown: Sugar Land, TX
Favorite Hobbies: Mountain biking, drawing
Major: Education 4-8 grade
Why I enjoy teaching Group Axe classes: Though this is my first semester teaching, I look forward to making exercise more enjoyable as well as beneficial.
Taylor Robinson
Group Axe Classes I teach: Hip Hop, Core 'N More
Hometown: Baytown, TX
Favorite Hobbies: Shopping, watching movies, partying, swimming
Major: Health Science with a minor in Nutrition
Why I enjoy teaching Group Axe classes: It gives me an opportunity to reach out and help others who are interested in Fitness.
Elizabeth (Lizzy) Alvarado
Group Axe Classes I teach: Yoga
Hometown: Austin, TX
Favorite Hobbies: Biking, skateboarding, playing instruments, yoga
Major: Cinematography (film-making)
Why I enjoy teaching Group Axe classes: I love the practice of Yoga. As a student, it has helped me to focus and relax more, while maintaining a healthy body. I want to share this tool with the world to help everyone feel the great things that Yoga can provide.

Mitchell Robuck
Group Axe Classes I teach: Boot Camp
Hometown: Flower Mound, Tx
Favorite Hobbies: Fishing
Major: Kinesiology
Why I enjoy teaching Group Axe classes: I love to help people work hard, while trying to realize they are working hard!

Joey Gort
Group Axe Classes I teach: Hip Hop, Zumba
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Favorite Hobbies: Working out and being active
Major: Kinesiology
Why I enjoy teaching Group Axe classes: I want to inspire people to be active within the fitness community.