Meet Our Team

With WATERinMOTION® being the leading program in aquatic fitness, people from different locations and age groups have come together to form a group very dedicated to growing WATERinMOTION® and all that it has to offer. We value each and everyone of our faculty members and what they have done to help WATERinMOTION® become so successful, because without you it simply wouldn’t! This is the WATERinMOTION® family—Join us today!

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Connie Warasila

Connie is the choreographer and co-founder of WATERinMOTION®, faculty member with SCW Fitness Education and certified by ACE, AEA, AFAA, Yoga Fit, Schwinn, Reebok Cycle and Moms in Motion. She has been awarded the Aquatic Exercise Association’s Fitness Professional of the Year and is a published author of articles in various trade publications. She has over 30 years of teaching experience in the USA and abroad and is presently teaching in Northern Virginia. She has traveled around the world presenting new and creative workshops to make fitness more accessible, professional and fun.

Sara Kooperman, JD

Sara is the owner and Executive Director of SCW Fitness Education and founder of the eight MANIA® Fitness Instructor Training Conventions along with WATERinMOTION®. Sara is an attorney who was selected as a Gold Medal winner distinguishing her as a business leader who has contributed to the economic health of her community. She also received the state honor as Business Woman of the Year. Sara is a former lecturer for ACSM and is the proud recipient of AEA’s Global Award for Contribution to the Aquatic Industry. Sara has served on the Gold’s Gym Think Tank and has been inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame.

Ann Gilbert

Ann is the Program Director of WATERinMOTION® Platinum and an International Master Trainer for WATERinMOTION® Original. She is the Owner/Operator of two Shapes Fitness for Women facilities in Tampa, FL overseeing 30+ certified Personal Trainers and 50+ Group Fitness Instructors. Ann presents internationally at IHRSA, Club Industry, IAFC and MANIA®s and was awarded the prestigious ACE/IHRSA Personal Trainer of the Year award. She stars weekly on TV as a Fitness Expert and she is also featured in over 20 acclaimed educational videos.

Cheri Kulp

Cheri has spent her adult career as an instructor beginning as a special education teacher for 18 years. She has been a group fitness instructor and has been teaching lifeguard classes and swim lessons for over 25 years. Cheri was also previously an aquatics director responsible for training aquatic instructors and lifeguards. As a marathoner, triathlete and winner of two national bodybuilding competitions, she has always had a passion for teaching and fitness and is honored to bring both together as a trainer for WATERinMOTION®. Cheri is currently certified by AEA, AFAA, WATERinMOTION®, Les Mills & the American Red Cross.

Chris Henry

Chris Henry is a WATERinMOTION® Champion and Master Trainer. He has been teaching group exercise since 2007 and WATERinMOTION® since 2011. Chris has been featured in countless videos and is known for his leadership skills and creative abilities. He has worked at ACAC Fitness and Wellness Centers for the past 10 years and managed a team of 75 Group Exercise and Fitness Instructors at their Midlothian, VA, facility. During this time, Chris received ACAC’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Leadership Person of the Year and Service Provider of the Year awards. You can catch Chris at several fitness events worldwide and as a regular presenter at SCW MANIA® conventions.

Jen Keet

Jen is a National Trainer and Presenter for WATERinMOTION®. She has numerous certifications and has taught Group Exercise for 19 years. Jen regularly presents for SCW MANIA® events and spends weekends “on the road” teaching, training and inspiring fitness professionals. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development/Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. She brings a lot of humor and insight into her classes.

Minda Kjar

Minda is a WATERinMOTION® Presenter and Trainer. She has appeared in many WATERinMOTION® DVDs and has been teaching WATERinMOTION® for the past 5 years. She has been a certified fitness professional for over 9 years with a focus on aquatic exercise. She is certified through SCW, AEA, ACE, AFAA, Hydro Pilates, WATERinMOTION® and is a Les Mills BODYVIVE® instructor. Minda is a strong supporter of Donate Life for organ and tissue donation awareness.

Jessica Pinkowski

Growing up in family operated dance studios and teaching classes at an early age helped develop Jessica’s musicality and skill to choreograph mindful movement for all ages. She transitioned into the fitness industry in 1996 building 20 years of experience leading group wellness classes and specializing in functional movement for active aging adults. She is currently the Group Fitness Supervisor for “On Top of the World Communities” and “The Ranch Fitness Center and Spa” located in Ocala, Florida.

Manuel Velazquez

Manuel is a proud Faculty Member for SCW Fitness Education, while being a valued trainer for Hydro-Fit, Bosu, Tabata Bootcamp and Barre Above. He is a WATERinMOTION® National Trainer and a recipient ECA-NYC OBOW All-Around International Presenter of the Year award and has been presenting at fitness conferences worldwide for over two decades. Manuel is a continuing education faculty for SCW, ACE, AFAA, ACSM, AEA, and WATERinMOTION®, and stars in over 50 Fitness Instructor Training Videos. He is an AFAA Team Pro and Examiner, and is a Lead Instructor at the Golden Door Spa in Puerto Rico and is RYT-200 Yoga certified.


Cheryl Chiappeto

Cheryl Chiapetto has been teaching group exercise classes for 15 years. She is certified with AFAA, Zumba, Silver Sneakers and WATERinMOTION®. Cheryl has a minor in dance and currently coaches and choreographs for the marching band color guards in Springfield, Illinois. She combines technique, her musical background, and passion for fitness to create energetic high-energy classes. One of Cheryl’s favorite groups to teach is the beginner level. Cheryl is honored to work as a Champion presenter for WATERinMOTION®.

Betsy Hare

With over 23 years experience in teaching and training in the fitness industry, Betsy is ecstatic to be joining the Water in Motion Champion team. She has been in 10 Water in Motion DVDs. She was the underwater focus in WIM 18 and 19 and in WIM 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 and Platinum 5 and 6. As a competitive ice skater in her youth ,Betsy discovered her passion for fitness and movement. She is certified with Water in Motion, AEA as a group instructor and personal trainer, Burdenko levels 1-7, Hydrorider, ATRI, Hydrofit and the Arthritis Foundation. In addition to her extensive water experience Betsy is also certified with AFAA, Les Mills (Body Pump and CxWorx), Stott pilates, Zumba (Gold, Basic1,2, Aqua), NETA,Yogafit, Silver sneakers, and Tabata Boot camp. When not pursuing fitness endeavors , Betsy is a practicing ARCB certified Reflexologist. She holds a B.S from Boston College and an M.S. From SUNY Buffalo. Betsy is the lead Aquatic Fitness trainer at the JCC of Greater Buffalo in Getzville, NY

Susan Masciello

Fitness is Susan’s second career after 38 years in the financial services industry. She is an AFAA certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. She also holds Aqua certifications from SCW, AEA, and FiTour. Susan has been teaching Aqua fitness since 2011 in Tampa Florida. In August of 2012, she was certified in Water In Motion. She also teaches land classes for active aging Boomers. Susan is proud to be part of the Water in Motion family as a Champion. You can see Susan as a pool participant in several of the WIM training videos.

Bryan Miller

Bryan is a proud member of the WATERinMOTION® family, having participated in all but two filmings since Wave 15. He is an AEA certified aquatic professional, and ACE certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer. Bryan has been teaching group fitness since 2011, and his passion for his classes and students come through with his enthusiastic and expressive style.

Joni O’Neil

After years of teaching group fitness classes “on the side” Joni’s passion for fitness and health promotion in the community migrated into the work place and she transitioned from full time Clinical Nursing to full time health, fitness and wellness promotion for the hospital. Currently she is the Health/Fitness supervisor for Stillwater Medical Center’s Total Health/Total Fitness Aquatics. Along with managing fitness staff and programing she continues to teach classes and do community presentations focusing on the active aging population. A group fitness instructor since 2006 certified with AFAA, SCW (Water In Motion, Aquatic Instructor, Active Aging) Zumba (Aqua, Kids, Toning), Exercise Safety Association and is a Certified Pool Operator.

Charles Plafcan

With over 33 years of experience as a fitness instructor in Texas, Charles Plafcan makes it easy to participate and feel comfortable at “ALL” shapes, sizes and ages Charles is committed to creating a “no work and all fun” class environment.   ACE: Group Exercise /ACE: Personal Training /Zumba/ MA: Human Relations and Business MA:/Professional Counseling / Licensed Professional Counselor/Studio Owner since 1987. Now 60, Charles shares his belief in Active Aging with all his classes.

J.D. Simmons

Fitness is a passion and way of life for J.D. She feels being entrusted with the responsibility of leading students to better health and helping them discover their true potential is a huge honor. She is absolutely thrilled to be a WATERinMOTION® Champion. She has been teaching Les Mills BodyPump® and an AFAA certified Personal Trainer since 2005. Since then she has expanded her certifications to include: Les Mills BodyAttack®, LiveStrong, SilverSneakers®, TRX® Suspension Trainer, WATERinMOTION®, and the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. J.D. is currently a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, and the Fitness Coordinator at Fontaine Gills Family YMCA in Lakeland, Florida. She is also a group fitness instructor and personal trainer at Plant City Family YMCA in Tampa, Florida.

Alexandra Stepanova

Alexandra is a group exercise instructor, personal trainer, choreographer and personal trainer with 10+ years of the US and international experience. She is certified with AEA, WATERinMOTION, NASM, Les Mills (CXWORX), TRX, as well as an approved trainer for numerous signature programs by Equinox. Alexandra is also a RYT 200hr, certified through Yoga Inside Out. Alexandra is very passionate about aquatic fitness and is on the mission to help change the demographics of aquatic classes and attract a new population of male and female athletes to working out in the pool. She strives to create an exceptional fitness experience in all of her classes, so everyone is motivated to work hard and achieve their goals. Alexandra is an Aqua Fitness Coordinator and Lead Instructor at PJCC in Foster City, CA and is extremely honored and excited to join the team of WATERinMOTION Champions.

Robin Taylor

Having taught Aquatic Fitness for over 12 years, Robin is AEA and AFAA certified. Teaching at Suncoast YMCA and Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center in Tampa, she leads variety of aqua and senior programs. Her energy, passion and dedication keep her classes filled.  She is a black belt in Isshinryu Karate, enjoys running, and has participated in several WIM filmings, as both a pool participant and on-deck presenter.

Amy Weisenmiller

Amy has been working in the fitness industry for most of her adult life. A trained dancer as child and teen led to a natural transition into fitness. She currently works as both a group fitness instructor and dance instructor. She also previously worked as a group fitness manager overseeing a large staff of instructors. Amy’s passion for fitness is contagious and she loves bringing health and happiness into the lives of others and is thrilled to be a Champion for WaterinMotion! Amy currently holds certifications with ACE, WaterinMotion, Zumba & Piyo along with the American Red Cross.

Craig Yaniglos

Craig Yaniglos is the Aquatic Director of the Hubbard Community Pool in northeast Ohio. His facility is a WATERinMOTION licensed facility and teaches 7 WIM and 2 WIM Platinum classes each week. Craig Has been involved in aquatics since the age of 8, which first began as a competitive swimmer. He swam and graduated from John Carroll University in 2004 and became director at Hubbard in 2005. Craig specializes in teaching highly energetic aquatic formats with simple, effective choreography. Craig is also an AEA Training Specialist, AEA CEC Provider, Acquapole Instructor, Hydrorider Instructor, and Arthritis Instructor. Helping to grow the aquatic community is a goal that Craig is very passionate about. Educating instructors and facilities is the best way to achieve this goal.