Advisory Board

Let’s Get to Know the Movers & Shakers

Julie Twynham

Grand Master Trainer & Educational Director

Julie has a strong academic background from the University of Waterloo, in Human Kinetics, combined with her dance and coaching background provide her with strong technical and creative skills. She has co-authored 25 Instructor Certification manuals created 378 Educational videos for both land and water modalities. She has developed two Apps. In the day, she facilitated the Speedo Aquatic Fitness System in Canada (1993-2000) and has had the privilege to work throughout the world helping enthusiasts and professionals understand exercise design. She has worked in promotion for Speedo, Hydropool swim in place pools, Rockport walking shoes, and the Original Pool Noodle company.

Drusilla Leitch

Grand Master Trainer and Certification Director

Drusilla is a past recipient of the Ontario Fitness Council Leadership Award and a former presenter for the Elder Hostel Association teaching Active Living programs. She has collaborated on many WaterART training programs and manuals including WaterART Land and Water Arthritis programs, Mind Body/Tai Chi for the Water, Specialized and Senior Populations; Walking, Shape Up and Water Trainer, Kidz, and Rehabilitation Specialist Manuals. She has been teaching fitness since 1977 and specializes in senior programming. Her main focus is using functional fitness to stay healthy and independent herself. She does many virtual assessments to help the new generation along. Drusilla attends regular programs at Vanastra Recreation Centre in Clinton, Ontario.

More about Julie

She worked at the Toronto Fitness Institutes for 15 years and job responsibilities included Exercise Testing, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Instructor Training and developer of Aquatic and Land Personal Training Programs. She designed their first computer program for land personal trainer exercise inventory and better back programs. Simultaneously, she facilitated and created many Instructor Training workshop through her company Body Check Inc.

As a veteran of the fitness industry for over 40 years, she has presented for many world organizations, community centers and clubs throughout Canada, United States, Europe, Singapore, Mexico,U.K. and South Africa including: World IDEA, Aquatic Exercise Association, American Fitness Professionals Association, Sara City Workout, IHRSA, IHRSA Ontario, University of Michigan, University of Washington, University of Western Ontario, University of British Columbia, University of Waterloo, Ontario Fitness Council, European Aquatic Fitness Conference, Canadian Aerobic Instructors Network, University of Waterloo, CanFitPro, Manitoba Fitness Leaders, Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association, to name a few.

Julie's achievement

  • Developer of 295 Educational or land and water fitness videos
  • Developer of WaterART Fitness Educational App & Aging Well Workout App
  • Co-Author of  26 WaterART Instructional Manuals including: Aquatic Rehabilitation  Kids Instructors, Land & Aquatic Personal Trainer Specialist, Senior Fitness.
  • Presenter for American Fitness Professionals Association (2004-2010)
  • Volunteer for Toronto Sport Leadership Program (TSLP) 2011-2019  Special recognition Award 2013 & 2015, 2016
  • Canadian Mentor Award -Finalist (1998-9)
  • Originator of Use Your Noodle - the original Pool Noodle Program (1997) 
  • World IDEA Presenter (1997-2001)
  • Organized Aerobathon & Raised $50.000.00 for Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (1990-94)

  • Organized and Raised $10.000.00 for Jerry Lewis Telethon (1991-92)
  • Volunteer for National Fitness Leadership Advisory Council for Aquatic Fitness Standards (1999-2000)
  • Faculty for University of Nevada WaterFit School (1998-99)
  • World IDEA Water Fitness Committee member (1996-1999)
  • World IDEA representative (1993-96)
  • Finalist for Canadian Women's Mentor Award ( 1999-2000)
  • Fitness Institute Instructor of the Year ( 1994 Inaugural award)
  • Berka Fraser Award - The Fitness Institute (1990)
  • IRSA Ontario - Aerobics Coordinator of the Year (1994)
  • Best of Women of the Year - Toronto Sun (1993).
  • Level 2 NCCP Figure Skating Coach (1978 -1987)

Certified Master Trainers


Anita Beauchamp

Cincinnati, OH

Anita resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where she provides H2O Rehabilitation, Personal Training, CPR/BLS & First Aid Certifications. She is a High School Health Teacher for Cincinnati Public Schools. She has been affiliated with the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati teaching Group Exercise, Rehabilitation, Aquatic Personal Training and Swim Lessons. She continues to be a strong advocate for water based exercise programs for everyone as an addition to land based exercise programs to provide a well rounded daily routine

Diana Brakel

Waterford, MI

Diana received a Master of Science degree in Parks and Recreation Resources from Michigan State University. She teaches water fitness and swimming classes at the Waterford Pool and Fitness Centers, and is also the Swim Lesson Coordinator. In addition to being a WaterART Master Trainer, Diana is a Red Cross Instructor Trainer for Water Safety and Lifeguarding for basic and instructor level classes.

Kris Cassell

Greenville SC

Kris Cassell is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Shallow & Deep Water and Arthritis InstructorInstructor and teaches classes at the YMCA Caine Halter in Greenville, South Carolina. In addition to her instructor training, Kris is a Livestrong Coach with Livestrong at the YMCA (an exercise program for Cancer Survivors) and a PWR! Moves Certified Instructor (an exercise program for individuals with Parkinson's). She has degrees in both Human Nutrition and Hospitality Management. Kris enjoys hiking, golfing, cooking, and being involved in the community!

Judy Conley

Napa, California

Judy is a graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Physical Education where she competed on the swim team. She has been involved in both land and water fitness for over 30 years. She is the Author of two books on Water Exercise and has created, taught and hosted many CEC courses for AEA and ACE as well as being instrumental in developing the Michigan Aquatic Network.

Cindy Cook

Charlotte NC

Cindy has been teaching land and aqua classes for over 30 years and is passionate about seeing people become their best selves. She loves developing specialty classes for members/facilities. When not in the liquid gym, she enjoys music (which she also teaches), playing in bands, riding motorcycles, living on a farm with her husband and 2 dogs, and being very involved in church ministry.

Dr. Lucia Cordell Getsi

McCormick, SC

Dr. Lucia Cordell Getsi, Ph.D. is University Distinguished Professor Emerita, of English and Comparative Literature at Illinois State University. Her professional fields are Cognitive Poetics, Comparative Literature, Poetry and Poetics. She is a nationally known poet, scholar, literary translator, and twenty year editor of the acclaimed Spoon River Poetry Review.

Barbara Graham

Columbia SC

Barbara is an exemplary example of the how water exercise may change your life for the better. Her story is compelling in that in 2007, after being diagnosed with sugar diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, she decided to go to the water. She began to feel better and decided to teach and help others. In 2008 she became Certified. Since then she has added 11 levels of Certification to her resume.

Diane Kabakoff

Cincinnati OH

Diane lives in Northern Kentucky and has been teaching Aquatic Fitness for over 25 years. She works with Power Wellness at Mercy Health Plex in Fairfield Ohio where she delivers medically based Aquatic Fitness. Diane has taught both land and aquatic Fitness Classes Cincinnati State and University of Cincinnati. Additionally, she is a Certified Lifeguard and Swimming Instructor.

cathy Novick

Grand Blanc, Mi

Cathy Novick is a Master Trainer for WaterART Fitness. She currently works as a Water Fitness Coordinator, an Aquatic Personal Trainer, and an Aquatic Rehabilitation Specialist at Ascension Genesys Health Club in Grand Blanc. She has been teaching water fitness for 12 years. Cathy holds Bachelor Degrees in Physical Education from Albion College and Elementary Education from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She also holds a Masters degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Leadership from Oakland University. Cathy earned varsity letters in 4 sports both in high school and college. She was a public school teacher for 25 years before moving her teaching skills entirely into the water.

Jane Pomponio

Port Tobacco, MD

Jane is recently retired as the Fitness Coordinator, at the College of Southern Maryland, where she taught in the Wellness Fitness /Aquatics dept. She has over four decades of experience as an educator, personal trainer, adjunct faculty member, group fitness instructor, aquatics manager, corporate wellness director, wellness specialist and tobacco coordinator to motivate and help others reach their health and wellness goals. Jane loves running and moving. She now enjoys teaching land and aquatic exercise and working on set filming, with her trick dogs Marley and Cinnamon.

Janet Rollero

Whitehouse Station, NJ

Janet Rollero, is a Master Trainer for WaterART Fitness. She holds an ACE Personal Trainer Certification, AEA Certified and the owner of Fitness for U and Certified Fitness for Special Needs, Inc. With twenty plus years of professional experience behind her, Fitness for U Studio owner and personal trainer Janet Rollero is committed to helping her clientele achieve and sustain optimal health. “I am a personal trainer because I love teaching people the positive effects of exercise,” says Janet. Janet's positive energy is contagious as she moves and trains clients and instructors both on land and in the water.

Julie Scratch

Seattle, WA

Has a Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor. She is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer & Group Exercise Instructor, Yogafit Instructor, Certified Red Cross Lifeguard/Water Safety Instructor and WaterART Master Trainer. She currently resides in Anacortes, Washington 1 1/2 hour drive from Seattle. She works at both Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center and Anacortes Physical Therapy.Julie has over 20 years of experience helping various populations achieve their health and wellness goals. She has a passion for guiding those with injuries or limitations to become more functional in their daily lives. She has facilitated Instructor Training in both the USA and Canada.

Dorie Shore

Statesville, NC

Dorie Shore is a Certified Rehabilitation Specialist and has worked many hours for physically and mentally challenged children with programs such as: swim programs, learn to swim lessons and even racing events. She has a love for water fitness with a deep passion for aquatic rehabilitation. Dorie has contagious energy and a natural ability to help others. She has worked in the aquatics industry for over 25 years. She sings at church and with her husbands business of Karaoke.

Amanda Sommer

Burlington, NC

Amanda's has been involved in the industry since 1997. She is a licensed massage therapist and a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Exercise Science. Her solid understanding of how the body works helps her to teach safe and effective programs for all ages and abilities. She is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine, as well as a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance.

Terry Steele

Lakewood Ranch, FL

Terri Steele is a Gold Certified WaterART Master Trainer. She has been teaching for 25 years and started with WaterART in 2000. Additionally, she is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and AFAA Certified as a Group X instructor. She loves teaching water fitness not only because of the health benefits but because it is helping people live life better. Terry has 4 children and 5 grandchildren. Her background includes a business degree and years of helping people to become involved in water fitness.

Anne Marie Waterhouse

Wilmington, Delaware

Anne Marie Waterhouse is the mermaid trainer! A Certified WaterART Master Trainer & Instructor since 2006 with Gold Level Certification. She is an International Professional Fitness Instructor, a guest presenter & trainer at Spas in the northeast USA, an instructor at YMCA's & private clubs, and a 500 hour certified Yoga instructor. Anne Marie's background is in Figure Skating, Dance, Yoga, Kinesiology, & Choreography. Combining these skills with over 3 decades in the fitness industry she is now thrilled to be able to train other people who love the water to become Certified WaterART Instructors.

Claire Prudhomme Whetstone

Champaign, IL

Claire Prudhomme MCP, LMT, CMT, BCTMB,HTCP Restorative Touch Therapies Massage, Aquatic and Healing Touch Therapy Champaign, She Claire has been working in the fitness industry for over 35 years, teaching and serving as both a water instructor and a personal trainer .

Adriana Affinito

Ottawa, ON

30 years of teaching Aqua-Fitness. Trilingual. French/English /Italian. Bachelor of Education. Physical Education/Teaching English Second Language from McGill University 1990. Started as a National Lifeguard. First Aqua-Fitness qualifications were from YMCA-YWCA. Level One Synchronized Swimming Coach. Taught Aqua-Fitness in Greenfield Park and St-Lambert, Quebec. Worked as Fitness Trainer and Aqua-Fitness Instructor in Toronto & Ottawa.

Christie Becker

Sylvan Lake AB

Christie has been involved in Recreation for over 20 years in various capacities. Whether its teaching land or water fitness, she is passionate about maintaining an active lifestyle and understands the importance of a healthy wellbeing. Certified as a Kidz H2O Instructor, Parent & Tot H2O Instructor, Land Instructor, Pre & Post Natal H2O Instructor, Arthritis H2O Instructor, and Shallow and Deep H20 Instructor.

Judy Bjornson

North Vancouver, BC

Judy is a Master Trainer for WaterART, a Co-owner and trainer at Surefeet, a Fall Prevention Balance and Mobility land Program in North Vancouver. She was chosen to lead a nine- month Parkinson’s research program by VCH and VGH and has developed and teaches a Parkinson’s, M.S. Stroke Recovery and Post-polio program which she teaches in the community both on land and in the water.

Fay Curley

River Drive Park, ON

Fay Curley is a Fitness Expert and dance enthusiast, and has been for over 40 years. She is a proud Master Trainer, supporting WaterART Fitness International for 20 years. Fay enjoys skiing, the outdoors, lakeside, travelling, and spending time with her growing family. Her passion is collaborating with colleagues to create sustainable and effective lifestyle improvement programs for our communities and fellow Fitpreneurs. WaterART accreditation's include Land, and water training (all levels).

Dr. Leigh De Groot

St Catharines, ON

Leigh de Groot, Doctor of PT Leigh de Groot, B.Sc, DPT is a Doctor of Physiotherapy licensed in both Ontario and the State of New York. She has been involved in aquatics in varying capacities since 2002 years including Lifeguarding, teaching swimming lessons and teaching Red Cross First Aid and CPR courses. She has been a WaterART Instructor since 2007 and is certified in Arthritis, Seniors, Pre/Post Natal and is an Aquatic Rehabilitation Specialist.

Christina De Souza

Toronto, ON

Christina de Souza has been actively involved in both land and H2O fitness for the last 20 years. Christina has coached a youth swim team, participated in lifeguard competitions and swim instruction, worked for YMCA, and she continues her fitness career working for the Private clubs through in Toronto as well as for private organizations. She manages her own fitness business as well with private training sessions both in the water and in the gym

Sandy DuSomme

Sutton, ON

As a graduate from Seneca College (on the Dean’s list in Recreation Facility Management). She is qualified and Certified in synchro, swim team, spring-board diving and Instructor Trainer for Red Cross and Life Saving Society. She has taught several programs in Ontario & Alberta for WaterART Fitness. She holds a Gold Level Certification in WaterART for Personal Trainer, Senior's & Special Populations, Arthritis, Rehabilitation, Sports Conditioning & TaeKwonDo Certifications.

Jennifer Green

Brampton, ON

Certified WaterART Master Trainer, Educator, Owner of Stellar Fitness and Travel – Travel Associate, and is registered as an E-RYT 500 and YACEP yoga professional through Yoga Alliance. *Specialties include a focus on wellness and mindfulness education that offer modifications and exercise options to help with health considerations and chronic pain management. She is also an author of a #1 international best selling book for children on mindful breathing to help them have less stress and anxiety.

Rikki Gross

Ancaster, ON

Rikki's background includes 4 year Bachelor of Physical Education, 1 year toward a Master of Exercise Physiology, Aqua fitness certifications (group, personal training, Corrective Exercise certification, Orthopaedic Spinning Instructor as well as over 10 000 hours of continuing education credits and hands on experience. Rikki has endless energy and passion to help new instructors. Her strength is her attention to detail with technique and research. She grew up in South Africa and has lived in Boston and Toronto.

Joanne Hannan

Richmond Hill, ON

Joanne is a Gold Certified Aquatic Fitness Instructor and Master Trainer. She teaches aquatic fitness full time via a variety classes and small group sessions for City of Toronto and West Park Rehabilitation Centre. Her background includes a Medical Laboratory Technologist. She is Certified as a Shallow & Deep H20 Instructor, Arthritis H2O Instructor, Sports Conditioning H2O Specialist, Mind Body H2O Instructor & Personal Trainer H2O Specialist as well as Rehabilitation Specialist. Joanne provides fun and function to her water programs.

Princess Hector

Toronto, ON

Princess has been Certified WaterART Instructor for 6+ years, teaching both shallow and in deep for various classes across the city of Toronto. She has a degree in Health Sciences and will be attending York University for Athletic Therapy in the fall . Currently she works as a Recreational Director in the city. She is excited to be expanding her career in the Athletic Therapy program at York University. She co-taught the Toronto Sports Leadership Group and loves helping others.

Ecil Kang

Toronto, ON

Ecil has been Certified WaterART Instructor for 10+ years, teaching both shallow and in deep for various classes across the city of Toronto. She has a degree in Kinesiology and Health Science from York University. She currently teaches classes in person and online. Additionally, She is an instructor for standard first aid and cpr and swimming lessons. She also teaches land group exercise programs and works as a lifeguard. Ecil is very helpful and conscious of her first time patrons and always "checks in " to see if there are any certain health conditions or injuries they need safety recommendations with.

Debbie Kirk

Parry Sound, ON

Deborah Kirk holds a degree in Psychology and Business and is an active swimming teacher for the Royal Life Society in Muskoka and Parry Sound, Ontario. Over the years Deborah has held many aquatic certifications including being a lifeguard, swim instructor, head instructor, examiner, NAUI scuba diver, Area Chairman for RLSS, Swim Canada official for Competitive Swimming and most recently a Master Trainer with WaterART International. She is very passionate about exercising with a purpose and having fun at the same tim

Susan Kisilevich

Edmonton, AB

Susan Kisilevich is a Certified WaterART Master Trainer with specialties in: Senior’s Instruction, Mind & Body, Parent & Tot/Toddler, Aquatic Personal Training, Aquatic Rehabilitation, Arthritis and Common Movement Disorders Instructor, Aquatic Running Instructor as well as Sports Conditioning Specialist. Susan’s motto is “Wellness through Water”®, using the water to train clients for healthy living on land and she is the owner and operator of Catch the Wave Water Fitness® in Edmonton. She is a registered and practicing Occupational Therapist and has achieved a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy as well as Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Alberta.


Toronto, ON

Catherine has a Political Science Degree from Carleton University and over 30 years experience in Corporate Management and Mentoring experience. Catherine has been around water her whole life. She has been a Lifeguard, Swim Instructor, Swim Team Coach, Figure Skating Coach, and Gymnastics Coach. While recently reinventing her career, Catherine has embarked on an Aquafit journey with the City of Toronto in multiple locations and disciplines. Her enthusiasm, creativity and cumulative experience comes through in the energetic, fun, and diverse programs she delivers. Catherine is WaterART Certified in the following programs: Shallow/Deep, Boot Camp, Mind/Body, Parent/Tot, Arthritis, and Common Movement Disorders

Michelle Monforton

Windsor, ON

Michelle is a kinesiologist who lives in Windsor, Ontario. She has been involved in various aspects of aquatics all of her life. The last several years have been spent developing and managing a hydrotherapy program focused on using the water to help rehabilitate individuals She also works part-time as an Aquatic Fitness Instructor at Goodlife Fitness. She began with WaterART in 2005 and has loved every minute of it. WaterART has been the perfect way to combine her passion for the water with education and background in functional anatomy. She loves to share her knowledge and facilitate training events to improve the standard of care and value that aquatic fitness may yield for all ages and fitness levels.

Marianne Paciocco

Hamilton, ON

Marianne has spent most of her life around the water: She has been on the WaterART Team since the beginning. Her background is extensive: she has competed and coached Synchronized Swimming for many years, is currently a Full-Time Lifeguard and was with the City of Hamilton for 32+ years where she now teaches Water Fitness Classes part time. Combining her love for Aquatics & knowledge of Fitness with her energy & enthusiasm, Marianne created SYNCHRO FIT a new and exciting WaterART Program! Marianne is also a World KickBox Champion - what a strong woman!

Caterina Valenino

Toronto /Fredericton NB

Caterina Valentino (she/her) PhD, MBA, MPA. You can add RT (registered technologist), CHE (Certified Health Executive (Canada) and FACHE (Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives) is a Gold Certified Instructor. She blends her knowledge as a registered x-ray technologist with her management experience and educational instruction to design aquafit classes that are effective, efficient and fun. As a continuous learner, she brings a wealth of diverse skills that make for inclusive classes.

Jarilyn Weaver

Lac la Biche AB

Jarilyn has over 23 years experience teaching Aquatic Fitness. She is 'Gold' level certified instructor holding 8 levels of Certification with WaterART Fitness International. Additionally, she is a BCRPA registered Group Exercise and Aquatic Fitness Leader, a Master Instructor Trainer for the Canadian Red Cross and a Lifesaving Instructor Trainer for the Lifesaving Society both in First Aid and Lifesaving.

Natalie Wong

Markham ON

For over 15 years Natalie grew her passion for the water which extends from personal fitness to coaching dragon boat paddlers at the international level. Natalie has first-hand experience of how water fitness can help people live better lives. She thrives off the energy of seeing her clients succeed, and aims to create environments that are welcoming to all skill level and targets, because the benefits of water fitness should be available to everyone!

In loving memory Aneta Kuzma

Aneta was a graduate of University of Lodz in Poland with B.A.General Arts and M.A Library and Science Information and Teaching.

She was a WaterART Certified Gold Master Trainer for Fundamentals, Specialized Populations, Arthritis, Kidz Fitness and Personal Training. as well as Lifesaving Instructor, Water Safety Instructor, National Life Guard, Pool, Aquatic Supervisor, CPR by Lifesaving Society.

She was involved in both land and water fitness. Her people skills and enthusiastic approach result in recent highest achiever mark in her work place in Milton Leisure Centre. She loved to teach water fitness classes and run several successful aquatic programs.

WaterART Family and Friends remember Aneta for her enthusiasm, professionalism and warm spirit as well as her drive for achievement.