Instructor Spotlights


Wendy Radley

December 2016

Wendy Radley grew up in Davenport and graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Plant Sciences. She then moved to California and was a State Park Ranger for ten years when she and her husband decided to move back to Iowa City to raise their two children.

Wendy, an endurance distance runner and longtime participant in group fitness classes, always thought it would be fun to teach. She took the plunge two years ago and started teaching spin at NDAC. She now teaches Les Mills RPM and Body Pump classes. Wendy greatly enjoys challenging herself, promoting health and fitness and loves being with like-minded folk!

Julie Pady

November 2016

Hi! My Name is Julie Pady, and you will find me at North Dodge in the Group Fitness Room on the weekends.

I grew up in Rochester, MN. I attended St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. Born and raised a Minnesota fan, I migrated south to Iowa with my boyfriend (now husband) many years ago, and have slowly converted to being a Hawkeye and Panther fan.


I live in Cedar Rapids with my husband, and have 2 children. Dylan is a sophomore at UNI, and Logan is a junior at Jefferson High School. My ‘day’ job is a Business Analyst for United Fire Group in Cedar Rapids. I am on the Life Insurance side of the business.


I have been teaching group fitness for about 7 years. I had always been the participant in those classes prior to teaching. Knowing what I expected from my instructor and what qualities I admired in those instructors is what I strive to do in my classes. I am certified in Les Mills BodyPump, BodyStep, BodyFlow, BodyCombat, CXWorx, and also in Spin and YogaFit. I enjoy working out with the members as I tend not to push myself when I work out alone. I love the dynamics of group fitness and the relationships that have developed from the members. It is the members that motivate and inspire me to love what I do!​

Roseanne Hopson

October 2016

Thanks for checking out the instructor spotlight this month!

My name is Rosanne Hopson and I have been a fitness instructor at North Dodge for the past 15 years. Fitness has always been a part of my life. I started running for fun when I was young and still remember going on RAGBRAI X my junior year of High School!

I grew up in Des Moines and graduated from Dowling High School. I came to Iowa City to attend the U of I and have never left. I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and practiced nursing for 20 years. I worked in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit for ten years and as a Research Coordinator for Cardiac Electrophysiology for ten years at UIHC.

After 'retiring' from nursing, I became a certified spin instructor in 2001. A few years later, I added the Silver Sneakers certification and most recently, in 2013, became an AFAA certified personal trainer. I teach spin and Silver Sneakers at North Dodge.

I feel the nursing background really goes hand in hand with the fitness training. The part of nursing that I miss most (taking care of and helping others) is fulfilled as an instructor.

Shannon Price

September 2016

Known as the Antiaging Guru, I have spent a lifelong journey in fitness. Growing up in Colorado and Southern Indiana, as a child and teen, my weight always fluctuated even though I was always active, which made my always interested in health and fitness. I was a competitive swimmer, loved boxing, weight training and I hold a 4th degree Blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do and rankings in 3 other Martial Arts. I have been a LesMills group fitness instructor since 2005 and am certified in 4 programs: (BODYCOMBAT, BODYPUMP, CXWORX AND BODYVIVE).


I love teaching numerous classes weekly including those classes that I’ve designed over the past 20+ years for strength training. I hold two national trainer certifications- AFAA and ACE. No two people who come to me for help are trained exactly the same, since everyone has different goals. My goal is to find the perfect solution of exercise and nutrition for each person to get the results they want no matter their age or fitness level.

I am a Star Diamond Coach with Team Beachbody. Partnering with this remarkable, passionate company since 2012, whose mission is to help people live more active and fulfilling lives, has been an incredible opportunity to help my class members and clients with proven combinations of nutrition and exercise coupled with their one on one trainings with me and classes they attend weekly. This addition has made them happier and heathier and able to do more with better endurance than they could originally.

My other passion! I have been a lifelong musician. Playing keyboards and guitar and singing my entire life, beginning with my guitar and coffee houses at the age of 15. After having a local rock band all throughout high school and college, right out of college I spent over 16 years traveling on the road full-time playing 5-6 nights a week, living in hotels. During those years I carried a set of dumbbells and a fold-down ski machine, roller skates and anything else I could fit into the truck and hotel rooms. You will still see Holiday Road Band playing around Iowa. In 2016 I am honored to be inducted into the IA Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for Women Who Rock.

Changing lives is an essential part of my life each day. Coaching and mentoring about what makes you healthy and young for life, showing each person that there is NO easy fix. To change your life you need to make it a forever lifestyle - which is so much easier than always looking for a quick fix or gimmick that doesn't have lasting results. Creating a healthy and active environment is something I strive to do. Showing clients and club members, friends and family, that you can eat the things you like, you can have a glass of whatever you want to drink. Just pay attention to it the rest of your life and you'll get big results. There is a balance - and it will spill over into everything you do every day.

Jim Sherlock

August 2016

I began taking BodyPump In 2009 after a friend pulled me off the gym floor into the group fitness room for a class (I was not a willing participant).


He set me up right in front of the instructor and wished me good luck. I made it through the first class and, after barely being able to walk up and down stairs for a few days, started coming back on a regular basis.


After a few years of being a participant, I took the plunge and went through the LesMills BodyPump training to be a Pump instructor. With the support of my fantastic fellow instructors at NDAC, I made it through the training and hit the ground running as a BodyPump instructor.


In 2015 I went through the training and certification for LesMills RPM (cycle) and absolutely love being an RPM instructor. The combination of the music, speed, and power on the bike makes for a amazing (and quite addictive) workout. And I've never crashed or been injured on a stationary bike (to date).


I grew up in Williamsburg, Iowa and somehow managed to receive my undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Iowa while being a member of the Hawkeye Marching Band. Being in the Marching Band is as close as I was ever going to get to a real football field -- and I'd like to think that all of the counting and drilling are now paying dividends as a group fitness instructor. I still can be found in area clubs playing trombone on occasion.

I live in Iowa City with my wife Stacey and our three children and work at Pearson as Director of Assessments Privacy and Security.

Beth Pruessner

July 2016

I began teaching Body Pump about 12 years ago after my favourite instructor moved... She was fun, crazy and motivated me to work hard!


After college I developed running injuries and gained weight. I fell in love with BodyPump because it transformed my body - made me stronger, and helped get me through many life challenges.


In the last year I have have fallen in love with and trained on CXWORX and RPM. I have been known to get a little funky (maybe dance, maybe a head bang) in BodyPump and was recently told by a member that I may slightly underestimate the length of sprints in RPM... But I always have fun and hope to motivate everyone to push themselves just a little harder than they would have worked on their own.

I'm an Iowa City native, married with 2 kids and a chiweenie... and am a compassionate, professional nurse at my day job (lest you don't see my compassion while teaching)...

Diana Gallegos

May 2016

Diana Gallegos holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience and completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship and a research position in the Center on Aging at the University of Iowa. When she experienced the healing and therapeutic benefits of yoga in herself, she realized her purpose was not to be in the lab, her purpose was to share yoga. It is her heartfelt passion, joy, and life work to bring the gift of yoga to others, no matter their age or ability.

Come join Diana on Fridays at 9:35 a.m. for Yoga for Flexibility! This class—set to beautiful healing music—will flow through sun salutations, standing poses, seated and supine poses, and end with a soothing restorative pose. You will work your entire body, clear and calm your mind, and leave feeling more balanced and refreshed for your weekend!

New to yoga? No worries! Diana brings a compassionate and non-intimidating approach to her teaching. You can expect a transformative yoga class that moves at a pace you can truly experience, learn, and enjoy each pose. And Diana makes sure to move around the class making safe and effective adjustments, assists, and modifications when needed. This class is wonderful for beginners, but advanced yoga practitioners also love it!

You’ll be in great hands! Diana is an experienced yoga teacher. She has been practicing yoga since 2002 and teaching since 2010. Her training includes 200 hour yoga teacher certification from James Miller in 2010, and Adapting Yoga for Disability Level 2 certification from Matthew Sanford (2013 – 2015). She has also completed in-depth study with many other prominent yoga teachers from across the country. She continues her advanced studies in the Prajna Yoga style with founder, Tias Little; and advanced studies for yoga for disability with Matthew Sanford. In private practice, Diana teaches yoga to individuals of all abilities, even those with disabilities; such as, amputations, traumatic brain injuries, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, dementia, scoliosis, and arthritis. She also teaches yoga at an adult day care to individuals with developmental disabilities.

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2400 North Dodge Street

Iowa City, IA  52245



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