Advisory Board

Director

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 23 instructor training manuals created 110 Educational DVDs for both land and water modalities. She facilitated the Speedo Aquatic Fitness System in Canada (1993-2000) and has worked throughout the world helping consumers and fitness 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 WaterARTTM training programs and manuals including WaterART Land and Water Arthritis programs, Mind Body/Tai Chi for the Water, Specialized and Senior Populations; Kidz, and Rehabilitation Specialist Manuals. When in Ontario Drusilla teaches on a regular basis at Vanastra Recreation Centre in Clinton Ontario. She divides her teaching time between Ontario, Georgia and Florida. She has been teaching fitness since 1977 and specializes in senior programming. Her main focus is using aquatic fitness to train clients in the water for a successful and productive life on land.

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 114 Educational DVDs for land and water fitness
  • CoAuthor of WaterART Instructional Manuals including: Aquatic Rehabilitation  Kids Instructors, 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 where she provides Aquatic Rehabilitation, Aquatic Personal Training, CPR/BLS & First Aid Certifications. She currently works for the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati teaching Aquatic Fitness, Rehabilitation and Aquatic Personal Training, and at The Jewish Community Center and Mercy Health Plex Fairfield as a Water Fitness Instructor and Aquatic Personal Trainer.

Diana Brakel

Waterford, MI

Diana is a Certified WaterART Instructor and Aquatic Personal Trainer living in Waterford Michigan. She has Master's of Science in Park and Recreation Resources from Michigan State and minor in Therapeutic Recreation. She has been teaching since 1988 and is currently a Water Safety Instructor Trainer and Life guarding Instructor Trainer for the American Red Cross.

Chris Crotty

Surfside, FL

Chris is residing Satellite Beach, FL and continues to contribute to the health and wellness of others. She graduated from Slippery Rock State College with a BS in Health & Physical Education; has been teaching aquatic fitness since 1978 and involved with various aquatic programs for 36 years. She currently teaches at Pro Health facilities.

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.

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.

Ruth Fraley

Williamsburg, VA

Ruth was a competitive swimmer and diver in her youth. She returned to water to improve mobility and reduce stress. Ruth holds an MLS and MBA and does consulting work in records management and legal information for government and private industry worldwide. She has recently moved from Naples Florida where she provide personal training and seniors water fitness classes.

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.

Terri Lees

Bel Aire, KS

Terri Lees is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Aquatic Specialist in Wichita Kansas. She has a Masters Degree in Physical Education and Sports Science from Emporia State University. She has also earned a Corrective Exercise certificate from NASM. Terri has been a Master Trainer for WaterART since 2004. She is passionate about the water. She describes herself as a committed professional whose mission is to educate people how to improve their quality of life through aquatics and massage.

Sharon McDonnell

Blufton, SC

Sharon has been involved in many facets of the fitness industry for over 25 years. She has earned a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from Indiana University and a Certified Exercise Physiologist/ Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) She provides aquatic rehabilitation, H2O personal training and has achieved the Gold Certified status with WaterART Fitness.

cathy Novak

Grand Blanc, Mi

She 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. She was a public school teacher for 25 years. She earned varsity letters in 4 different sports both in high school and in college, AEA, WaterART Personal Trainer & USWSA. She currently works as Aquatic Personal Trainer & Group Exercise Coordinator at Ascension Genesys Health Club. I love listening to people when they first discover how strenuous a water workout can be.”

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 Healthy U Personal Training Studio. She is passionate and committed to bring her knowledge and experience of 17 years in the fitness industry to those who want to improve their overall health. She is located in Whitehouse Station, NJ and travels often spreading her knowledge and experience of WaterART Fitness principals. Janet's positive energy is really contagious. She will move your mind, body & spirit to the next level!

Julie Scratch

Seattle, WA

Has a Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor. She is an ACE Certified Group Exercise Instructor, Yogafit Instructor and WaterART Master Trainer. She currently resides in Anacortes, Washington 1 1/2 drive from Seattle. She works at both Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center and Anacortes Physical Therapy. She teaches water classes in shallow and deep, a land Yogilates class and subs other classes. She is a Certified Red Cross Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor as well. Her role at Anacortes Physical Therapy is of Exercise Specialist ensuring patients are exercising safely and effectively. She has facilitated Instructor Training in both the USA and Canada.

Jane Pomponio

Port Tobacco, MD

Jane is recently retired as the Fitness Coordinator, at the College of Southern Maryland, where she currently teaches in the Wellness Fitness and Aquatics department. She has over three decades of experience as a health 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. Shed has a natural passion for helping new instructors stay energized and become an asset to the industry.

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

Elon, NC

Amanda's has been involved in the industry since 1997. She is a licensed massage therapist, and uses her knowledge of anatomy and how the body works to create the most effective programs for all ages and abilities. In addition to WaterART her other certifications are ACSM Exercise Physiologist, AFAA group fitness certification and work as an Exercise Physiologist at Cone Health Alamance Regional in Burlington and Clinical Exercise Physiologist. She has developed and led classes for clients with arthritis, MS and low back pain.

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 .

Deborah Wyatt

Mooresville, NC

Deborah currently teaches a variety of programs at the Lowe's YMCA including aquatic boot camp and aquatic running with regular group exercise classes. She has been an instructor for 30 years (land and water). She is a Certified in Shallow & Deep H20 Instructor, Aquatic Arthritis and Aquatic Senior Certification, Aquatic Rehabilitation and Aquatic Personal Training. Her land experience includes: step, total body (weights and cardio) yoga, stretch, kickboxing, hi/low impact, as well as Senior classes for strength, cardio, flexibility and even Line Dancing.

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.

Lissa Berrard

Vanastra, ON

Lissa has worked faithfully in the aquatics industry for over 20 years. She is currently the Facility and Program Director of Vanastra Recreational Centre ( for 13 years). Additionally she is an Instructor Trainer and Examiner for First Aid, AED, National Lifeguard Service, Lifesaving Instructor, Red Cross Water Safety Instructor.

Judy Bjornson

North Vancouver, BC

Judy’s passion for aquatic fitness and helping people live happier and healthier lives has led her to become a Master Trainer for WaterART. She is an experienced educator and a proven fitness industry leader. Her innovative approach led to the first Parkinson’s Specific Aquatic class, an Aquatic Stroke Recovery Program and a Multiple Sclerosis group program, She is an enthusiastic, upbeat educator who strives to make her educational certification workshops filled with knowledge, practical applications and be action packed.

Fay Curley

East Gwillimbury, ON

Fay has worked with most York Region communities teaching both land and aquatic group fitness classes and individual personal training. She has developed programs and managed fitness professionals for many Recreation facilities. Fay has established relationships with health-care professionals developing rehabilitation programs enabling MVA and post-surgery clients to successfully regain their mobility. Fays WaterART accreditations include; Master Trainer, Rehabilitation Specialist, Instructor, Special Populations, Personal Trainer, Senior Land Instructor.

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.

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.

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

Joanne Hannan

Toronto, 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.

Pam Genge

London, ON

Pam has been a Master trainer for 14 years and was the honored recipient of the WaterART Master Trainer of the Year Award in 2006. She is the Assistant Certification Director. Pam has been in the fitness industry teaching a variety of disciplines for over 20 years. She is Gold Certified with over 10 Certifications from WaterART Fitness International. Additionally, Pam is a Certified Yoga Teacher (500 hrs) with Hybrid Flow, a Certified Pilates instructor with Balanced Body and Certified Personal Trainer with ACE (America Council of Exercise).

Clare Gorman

Bolton, ON

Clare has been a certified fitness instructor / personal trainer both on land and in the water, for 18 years. She has owned and managed her own personal training company, 'Naturally Fit', since 1995, working with clients in their own homes and in the pool setting. She is also an 'Instructor Assessor' for OFC, evaluating new fitness instructors. She works primarily with post rehab and 'special needs' clients, utilizing exercise, stress management and lifestyle coaching as an intergrated part of her program design. She has been a peri-operative nurse (hospital operating room) for 40 years.

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.

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.

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 competed and coached Synchronized Swimming for many years, is currently a Full-Time Lifeguard with the City of Hamilton, and a 20-year veteran teaching Water Fitness. Combining her love for Aquatics & knowledge of Fitness with her energy & enthusiasm, Marianne created SYNCHRO FIT a new and exciting WaterART Program!

Delia Palmer

North Vancover, BC

Delia works with all ages, special interests being, training with hydrotherapy and joint rehabilitation.. She takes on all levels of fitness backgrounds, and enjoys teaching variety in a workout. Delia is a Master Trainer for WaterART Fitness International and conducts instructor course workshops and Certification programs.

Jan Rakovsky

York University & King City, ON

Jan Rakovsky was a former competitive swimmer who competed at the CWIAU championship level for 4 years while studying Physical Education at York University. Jan taught in the school system for 10 years and spent another 10 years studying and teaching body/mind/spirit programs, specializing in the Nia Technique where she achieved Black Belt / Teacher Trainer level, and Yoga as a certified instructor. Jan brings her love of water and movement together to produce a creative twist to the WaterART program.

Jarilyn Weaver

Edmonton, 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.

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.