Personal Trainers & Group Instructors

Ann Erik

Personal Training & Group Fitness Coordinator, & Reformer Pilates
Live Long Live Strong Director, Learn Move Create Director 

Ann got started in the fitness industry in the early 2000’s. She is ACE certified personal trainer and holds several group fitness certifications including Spinning, Les Mills Body Pump and Body Attack, Mat Pilates and Pilates Reformers, Barre Above with Pilates Focus, and UrbanKick. She believes variety is the key to constant change. Understanding that no other person is the same, she focuses on making workouts challenging yet fun for people from all ages and fitness levels. Although fitness is her passion, her heart belongs to her two children, Jasmine and Matthew.

Melina Johnson

Fitness Floor Supervisor & Personal Trainer

Melina is a recent graduate of Rowan University with a BA in Exercise Science. Melina was an intern with the U Movement, LLC, a sports performance company focusing on strength and conditioning and basketball skills training, based out of Maxfit & Sports Facility in Glassboro, NJ. Melina has assisted with training athletes and clients of different ages. She was also a former sprinter from Rowan’s Women’s Track and Field team. Melina is excited to start her personal training career the Milton & Betty Katz JCC. Melina’s goal is to help members reach their overall fitness and health goals. Melina “looks forward to building relationships with the members as we continue to work together.”

Michelle Barbera

Wellness & Healthy Lifestyle Coach, Personal Trainer, and Group Fitness Instructor.

  • ACE Personal Trainer
  • ACE Health Coach (weight loss/nutrition/ behavior change)
  • Diabetes Prevention Coach
  • Behavior Change Coach
  • Nutrition Coach
  • Health Care Certified Professional (HCCP)
  • NBHWC Certified
  • American Cancer Society Smoking Cessation
  • OPEX Assessment and Program Design

Fun Fact: Michelle was a Season 5 at home trainer for ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss with Chris and Heidi Powell. Her client lost over 100lbs by incorporating proper nutrition, regular exercise and lifestyle changes.

Lawrence CrespoPeggy Jewitt

Personal Trainer

Peggy brings more than 10 years experience as a personal trainer and is certifications in indoor cycling and senior adult fitness to her position at the JCC.  An avid runner, Peggy has competed across the country in 36 marathons and over 100 half marathons. She proudly and consistently finishes in the top five of her age group.  In additio

n to her work at the JCC, Peggy serves as a certified track official for local high schools.

Peggy resides in Margate where she has happily raised her three children.

Greg TroastGreg Troast

Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor 

Greg Troast has been a personal trainer with the JCC since 2006. He previously worked as a law enforcement officer for the Atlantic City Police Department. In 1992 he obtained certifications with the State of New Jersey as a Fitness and Aerobics Instructor and Trainer at the Cooper Institute of Aerobics. Greg spent 10 years as a Fitness Trainer for the Atlantic County Police Academy. He also served as a Titleist Performance Instructor in Golf Movement in 2012. He currently lives in Northfield with his wife and son.

Aline Catorc

Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor

Born in North Africa and raised in Paris, France, Aline Catorc has been a fitness professional with the Jewish Community Center for 19 years. Aline began her fitness journey studying the Brazilian martial art Capoeira. She continued on to study ballet for 16 years and built an extensive background in different styles of dance including belly dancing and Zumba. Aline’s training focuses primarily on engaging, lengthening, strengthening and toning the entire body. Aline believes that fitness is not only a practice, but a way of being, and she works to teach that mindset to clients.

Aline has personal training certifications in Gravity and Pilates Reformer, US Water Fitness, indoor biking, Zumba, AAAI-ISMA Personal Fitness Trainer, and Group Exercise Instructor.

Debbie Weiner

Group Fitness Instructor

Debbie is a certified cycling and Pilates instructor by AAAI-ISMA. Debbie has been with the JCC for over 15 years. Her energy is constant and unmatched. Debbie has been an avid and competitive runner for 30 years and has competed in many races and marathons. Debbie enjoys all forms of exercise and especially loves and participates in many classes at the JCC.

Debbie resides in Margate with her husband Ron and two children, Brandon and Ashley.

Shari Frolove

Group Fitness Instructor

Shari Frolove grew up in Richboro, PA. She has spent her educational and professional life in the passionate pursuit of bettering the lives of children. For 20 years she has worked toward this mission as a teacher and certified school counselor. Her spinning certification enabled her to combine her love for fitness, her passion for teaching, and her strong desire to make a difference in people’s overall well-being. She began teaching spinning and core classes, youth boot camp and interval based Bosu classes at The Newtown Athletic Club in Bucks County, PA.

Shari’s enthusiasm for new adventures and personal growth has provided her with invaluable life experiences through her work with girl empowerment organizations in Los Angeles, CA and Bucks County, PA. Now that Shari has moved back to the area, it is especially meaningful to her to be a part of the JCC community where she thrives on building connections and inspiring members to tap into their limitless potential.


Lisa Cundiff

Group Fitness Instructor

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 licensed by the NJ State Nursing board. 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.


Lisa Gottlieb

Group Fitness Instructor

Lisa Gottlieb is a NJ State certified Medical Technician who has been in the fitness industry for 30 years. She has an extensive choreography and dance background.

As a certified personal trainer, aerobics instructor, step instructor, and owner of her own weight loss company, Lisa has enjoyed helping people be at their best for most of her life. She brings her love and knowledge of dance to her calorie burning, safe and fun Zumba classes and body sculpting cardio classes.

Frank Wright

Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor 

Frank has been a group fitness instructor for over
19 years. Frank is certified in Primary Aerobics, Step and Older Adult Fitness by AAAI/ISMA. All of Frank’s classes are designed for all fitness
levels. Frank’s goal is to be stronger than yesterday.

Chae Yang Bullock

Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor

Chae Yang Bullock is a wellness coach specializing
in Personal Training and Yoga for support throughout the lifespan. She began practicing yoga in 2000; after experiencing many benefits, became an instructor in 2005. She has trained extensively in Vinyasa, Alignment Yoga and Subtle Practices such as Mindfulness Meditation. Chae is also an American Council on Exercise (“ACE”) certified Personal Trainer.
In addition, she has been a registered Pre-Post Natal yoga teacher since 2012 and is an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist and Ayurvedic Health Counselor
which focus on individualized healthy eating, lifestyle and activity. After a traumatic injury to her spine in 2012 and years of rehabilitation,
she found wellness through other modalities of exercise such as resistance training in addition to yoga. This empowerment with the inspiration of her elderly father, active husband and her clients inspired her pursuit as a personal trainer to keep people moving and add LIFE to years.

Steve Bouchard

Group Fitness Instructor

Steve Bouchard has been with the JCC for one year teaching bike classes. He has been taking indoor bike classes for ten years and has been teaching for seven. He holds certifications in Indoor Cycling from MadDog Fitness, Saris Power Fitness and the International Indoor Cycling Association.

Steve has been a local high school science teacher for the past 32 years and when he is not in the gym trying to fight getting old, he enjoys outdoor biking, skiing, reading great books and the beach. He is married and has two grown daughters. He lives for finding that right piece of music that will inspire members “to give that little bit more on the bike.”

Veronica Valencia

Group Fitness Instructor

Veronica is a former classically-trained ballet dancer with over 25 years of experience teaching group fitness classes. She received a college dance scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in dance. She also has a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology. Veronica has ACE, AAFA, and AAAI-ISMA certifications; and teaches Zumba, Hip Hop, Pilates, Step, Kickboxing, CardioSculpt, Pilates, Barre, & HIIT water aerobics. Veronica is thrilled to be a part of the amazing group of fitness professionals at the JCC!

Sara Carleo

Group Fitness Instructor & Reformer Pilates

Sara is passionate about fitness and nutrition. She loves teaching Barre, Pilates, Pilates Reformer, and her newest addition, Stretch and Flex.

Sara has been teaching and instructing for over seven years and is still continuing her education in fitness.

Sara spent her youth in Margate and at the JCC, where she feels right at home. She loves her job and looks forward to all the amazing things the JCC has to offer.

Donna Innis

Group Fitness Instructor 

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 wellbeing of her clients. Most of all, she has a great sense of humor, enthusiastic personality, and energetic spirit which she uses to inspire others!

Nick Nesto

Personal Trainer

Nick has always been a sports and training enthusiast, and has a passion for helping others along their fitness journey. He possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition, and a Personal Trainer Certification from The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Nick has recently returned to the fitness field after a career in Information Systems Management with a global food corporation.

Nick’s personal fitness and athletic journey has included participating in Division III football, amateur natural bodybuilding, and Taekwondo where he achieved the rank of 2nd Degree Blackbelt.

Nick is currently pursuing a specialization certification as an NASM Stretching and Flexibility Coach.

Mikki Becker

Personal Trainer

Mikki brings tons of fitness knowledge to the JCC.
She holds serval specialized certifications including
I.F.T.A. Certified Personal Trainer, A.F.A.A. Certified
Group Exercise Instructor, Les Mills BODYPUMP™
Certification, Power House Pilates, Bosu, Resist-ABall,
TRX® Trainer, N.E.T.A. Kettlebell Certification,
American Red Cross CPR & AED Certified.

Mikki specializes in working with Teens and
Adolescents, Senior Fitness and Sports Performance.

“Mikki has helped move from a wheelchair to a
walker to a cane. There has been a tremendous
change in my mobility and just getting though the
day.” – Val G.