Donna has been working in the health and fitness industry professionally since 1987. She managed three Atlantic City Hotel/Casino health spas for seventeen years. Donna possesses a vast depth of knowledge and experience in working with special populations. She holds certifications in personal training (on land and in the water). She is a Nationally certified Master water fitness instructor and coordinator of water fitness programs. Donna can certify aquatic instructors through the USWFA. She is certified to create customized corporate programs. She holds certifications in aerobics, weightlifting, cycling, yoga, meditation, pilates mat work and reformer, CPO, CPR, First Aid, and massage therapy. She is also our very own in house massage therapist! In addition, she is certified through AAFA, AAAI, and IDEA. Donna also holds an Associate’s degree in Applied Science and BS Degree in Exercise Physiology. She has performed professionally as a vocalist, dancer, musician, and dance and fitness choreographer. She has on camera commercial training and has created and produced her own fitness aerobics videos. When meeting Donna you immediately realize she has a sincere passion for the fitness field and displays a genuine concern for the overall health and well-being of her clients. Most of all, she has a great sense of humor, enthusiastic personality, and energetic spirit which she uses to inspire others!
Ed Gerhardt has been teaching aqua aerobics classes at the JCC for 13 years
Ed has several AAAI, Arthritis Foundation and Silver Sneakers certifications. Ed teaches the only exercise class that uses hydro static pressure, in a gravity free, impact free, zero limits environment. Ed’s Deep Water Challenge class allows participants to find the true potential of the muscle that counts the most, the heart. Ed enjoys teaching his group of Margate athletes as well as representatives from the surrounding communities. Ed’s group comes together to share the same ideals with a common bond of strength, constantly coming back from life’s tremendous setbacks.
Ed claims to have the ‘best legs on the planet’ and challenges you to ‘come see for yourself’. For Ed, it’s all about the water and leaving stronger in heart and spirit touched by the people he was hired to help.
Lisa is an aqua fitness instructor with the JCC. She began her fitness career over 30-years ago. Lisa is nationally certified in fitness and massage by the NCBTMB and holds AAAI-ISMA and AFFA certifications in aqua fitness, group exercise and personal training. She is also certified by the National Arthritis Foundation in water and land exercises and a licensed nurse.
Lisa feels that the JCC is about great people, having fun and enjoying life. Lisa considers herself very lucky to work with such a wonderful group of people. Lisa is an identical twin. She lives in Margate with her family.