Healthy Living Program - Instructor Bio's

Priscilla Hummel - is delighted to be among the group fitness instructors at Cornell University! Priscilla teaches Cardio Dance for the Healthy Living Program, Cardio Fuego for the P.E. Department, as well as Cardio Dance and Cardio Dance & Sculpt for the Cornell Fitness Centers. She also teaches a variety of group classes for Island Health and Fitness including Les Mills BodyPump, Triple Threat, and Water Wakeup. An Ithaca native, Priscilla received 12 years of dance training at the Ithaca Ballet, Armstrong School of Dance, Ithaca Academy of Dance, and CSMA; she also obtained a black belt from the Ithaca club of Chung Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do. Priscilla holds a BA in Theatre with a dance minor from Brenau University and an MFA in Acting with a directing concentration from Regent University. After completing her education, Priscilla spent nine years in Chicago working for a professional nonprofit theatre company and freelancing as a director, choreographer, and performing arts instructor. She began teaching group fitness in Chicago in 2009 and received her national group fitness certification through AFAA in 2012. She continued to teach at gyms throughout the Chicago area until her return to Ithaca at the end of the 2016 summer season. Priscilla is thrilled to be back in her old stomping ground and is grateful for the warm welcome into the thriving Healthy Living Community!

Shelly Marino - earned a B.A. from Cornell in Biological Science, and has been leading fitness classes with great enthusiasm for 20 years. She currently teaches group fitness classes for Wellness, Physical Education and the Cornell Fitness Centers. An avid runner, she competes in trail races, road races and cross country. In training for running and triathlon events, she found that we are often a lot stronger and more capable of achieving our goals than we might have imagined, and she works to bring this awareness to her students. Her classes include a happy combination of discipline, hard work and fun.Shelly holds AFAA certifications in Group Exercise, Step Aerobics, Mat Science I and II, and The Wave Workout, and is also an AFAA-certified Personal Trainer. She has done AFAA home studies in Senior Fitness and Resistance Training. She is also certified as a Spinning Instructor (Madd Dog), a TRX instructor (TRX), and has two levels of Pilates matwork certification from TheMethodPilates.

Keri Johnson - has been involved in the health and wellness industry for 16 years. She holds an Associates Degree in Applied Sciences and Integrated Health Care. Keri is also a licensed massage therapist and Registered Kripalu Yoga teacher. She has certifications in; Personal Training, Aromatherapy, Stott Pilates, Tact Fit Commando, Shock Wave and Escape Functional Fitness. Her love for teaching group fitness shines through during her classes, where she applies her expertise, experience and sense of humor!

Ginny Mindel - took belly dancing for eighteen years, including teaching off and on throughout that time. She has been taking Zumba and Zumba Gold classes for the past five years, and since she loves it so much, she thought “why not become an instructor.” Ginny completed Cornell Fitness Instructor Training class in Fall 2014. She team taught during the spring and summer semester and recently got licensed in Zumba Gold®. When she is not dancing, she loves to ride her motorcycle (which is hard to do here in Ithaca for very long).

Lisa Tsetse - has trained in the Iyengar Yoga tradition since 1985 and is a certified teacher in the tradition. Her classes are an immersion in the process of self-discovery through developing clarity and resilience as resources for personal development. Lisa currently teaches yoga for Cornell University's Fitness and Wellness programs, Longview Ithacare community and at Fine Spirit Studio. She also maintains a private bodywork practice and offers yoga sessions for individuals of all ages and abilities. Learn more about Lisa at her website:

Kimberly Yan - was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area. She explored dance briefly in her life, but has always been involved in fitness, health and sports. She has been teaching Barre fitness for 4 years and has enjoyed observing the progress of improvement in her clients as well seeing them lead healthier, more well balanced lives.

Debbie Bannister - a participant in water fitness classes for 16 years, decided to share her love of the class to help others reach their fitness goals. She became AEA certified in 2011, and has been teaching water fitness classes for the last year. Recently retired from her full-time administrative job at Cornell, she looks forward to branching out to other styles of group fitness certifications. When not teaching, Debbie enjoys gardening, reading, swimming, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Rachel VerValin - a lifelong athlete, Rachel originally came to the mat in 2002 because it was an incredible workout. After practicing many different styles with many different teachers, she found a love for Vinyasa. She received her 200hr certification in January 2011 and has been teaching ever since. In May 2013 Rachel furthered her studies at Integral Yoga Institute and received her 85hr Prenatal Yoga certification. With the inspiration and support of her community, she created her own immersive yoga retreat company, Heart Thread Yoga, in May 2014. Rachel seeks to create a nurturing environment where students can learn and practice yoga in a caring and accessible way. Her classes are often filled with funny quips, laughter, hard work, and great music. She (immensely!) enjoys creating a space where EVERYONE can feel comfortable practicing yoga asana, with the belief that a balanced body = a balanced life. Rachel has been teaching at mighty yoga in downtown Ithaca since 2011, along with teaching at fine spirit studio in fall creek. She has been teaching for the Cornell Fitness Centers since 2011.

Diodo Magalhaes - started teaching group fitness in the late 90’s heyday of aerobics, step-aerobics, hip-hop aerobics and full body strength conditioning. After four years of teaching group fitness he took a pause to focus on his law degree and academic career. Fitness however has always played a very important part of his life. He has studied several martial arts, enjoys running long distances and weight-lifting. While pursuing his doctoral degree at Cornell, Diogo has obtained certifications in Spinning and SpinPower, as well as in TRX Group training. He has started teaching once again and has been moved by the warm reception and wonderful group dynamics from the Cornell community. Diogo is looking forward to his next group fitness certification in Kickboxing Training. He is also a licensed scuba-diver and sky-diver.