Meet the Northern Sport Centre Fitness Team

The Northern Sport Centre Fitness Team is certified and passionate about active living. Each instructor brings a unique approach to teaching and training that will encourage and motivate!  

Certifications include: BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA), Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP), canfitpro, and the YMCA. 


  • Alisha Adams

    Fitness Instructor
    Personal Trainer

    Alisha is a CSEP Certified Personal Trainer and an RYT-200 with the South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA). A graduate of CNC's Kinesiology program, Alisha has been with the Northern Sport Centre since 2014. She teaches a variety of Group Fitness classes and is one of our busiest Personal Trainers. A love of movement exploration led her into the dance world at a young age, guiding her towards a career in the health industry. Alisha is passionate about inspiring self-love in her clients, encouraging enjoyable movement and exercise that challenges them physically and mentally.

  • Leah Chambers

    Yoga Instructor

    Leah recently joined the Northern Sport Centre as a certified (RYT® 200) yoga instructor and will be subbing in where needed. Yoga has been an intrinsic part of her life for almost a decade, a journey that started in Asia and continued around the world, including Taiwan, Indonesia, India, Russia, and finally Canada.  

    Leah completed her yoga teacher training through the South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA).  Her classes incorporate many years of academic teaching experience and extensive cultural familiarity. Leah excels with beginners who need a little extra care and attention, and is sought after for her calm and gentle presence.

  • Vivian Giannisis

    Yoga Instructor

    Vivian is certified (RYT-500hr) through the South Okanagan Yoga Association (SOYA). Her goal is to make yoga accessible to as many people as possible, updating her skills through training and education. Over the years Vivian has developed a unique style of peaceful yoga that is an extension of her warm and welcoming personality. Her soothing voice gently guides students through poses that challenge the body while calming the mind. Vivian teaches Yin Yoga, Yoga, Gentle Yoga and her classes are always full!

  • Jenna Hansen

    Yoga Instructor

    Jenna joined the NSC fitness team September 2018, and will be teaching Yoga Flow and Aerial Yoga. She has been practicing yoga since she was 15 attracted by the physical benefits but stayed for the mental & spiritual benefits. Jenna has been teaching since 2016 after earning her SOYA 200 hour YTT and Level 1 Aerial YTT certifications. Jenna brings a playfulness into all her classes - the key to long term fitness is making it fun, never forced. During the day, Jenna is a social worker (UNBC grad!) and can be found hiking, riding her dirt bike, practicing acro yoga in her spare time.

  • June Hart

    Fitness Instructor
    Personal Trainer

    June brings over a decade of specialized experience to the NSC Personal Training team. Her focus is clients facing medical issues such as pre/post op, rehabilitation, illness, chronic pain and aging. She a member of the National Council of Certified Personal Trainers and is currently working towards certification as a Medical Exercise Specialist. A childhood love of all things fitness led June to this unique, and rewarding field. She has assisted hundreds of clients as young as 15 and as old as 75 bridge the medical and fitness gap.

  • Lon Hilton

    Fitness Instructor
    Personal Trainer

    Lon is a certified Personal Trainer Specialist through canfitpro and a Certified Level 1 Fitness Kickboxing Instructor. He is also working towards becoming a Fitness Instructor Specialist and a Healthy Eating & Weight Loss Coach through canfitpro. Lon has been an outdoor sport enthusiast his whole life. His focus is strength training, functional core strength, Plyometric movements and calisthenics. Lon’s training approach goes beyond counting reps creating an experience that results in positive change for his clients. He teaches Core Fit and Fit Camp in addition to serving on the NSC team of Personal Trainers.

  • Alex Hogh

    Fitness Instructor
    Personal Trainer

    Alex is the newest addition to the NSC Personal Training team joining us in September 2019.  He has been in and around fitness facilities since he was 16 but it wasn’t until a minor back injury that he decided that it was time to make a career of active living.

    Alex is a graduate of CNC’s Kinesiology program and a CESP Certified Personal Trainer.  He admits that he is no “skinny minnie” but believes that no matter your size or fitness level, there are many fitness activities to enjoy and learn. When he isn’t working out you will find Alex on the couch, computer gaming, binge watching internet series and enjoying beer and pizza!   Not sure if working with a personal trainer is for you?  Alex will convince you otherwise!

  • Kathleen Hogh

    Nia Instructor

    Kathleen is a Certified 1st Degree Black Belt Nia Teacher and a Licensed Zumba Instructor. She has specialized in teaching dance-based fitness since 2004 and prior to that she was a keen participant in aerobics and circuit training fitness. Kathleen was inspired to take up teaching after experiencing her first Nia class in 2001. She believes that the combination of fitness and a healthy lifestyle builds mental and emotional health. Kathleen’s Nia and Zumba classes are fun, interactive, and can be adapted to any fitness level.

  • Noah Hutchison

    Personal Trainer

    Fitness and recreation has been a big part of Noah’s life since he was a child. All through his younger years, Noah was a very active athlete in martial arts, football, volleyball and swimming (including certification as a lifeguard and instructor). When he was 16, Noah developed an interest in bodybuilding and moved into strength training, and athletic-based circuit and cardio training.  Making a career out of his passion for fitness was a natural step!  

    Noah earned his NCCA-accredited certification of Certified Personal Trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.  You will also see Noah behind the Front Desk at the NSC in his role as a Facility Membership Assistant. 

  • Rebecca Krahn

    Fitness Instructor

    Rebecca is a Canfitpro Certified Group Fitness Instructor and BCRPA Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor. She has been teaching Cycle Fit, Strong n' Fit and Cycle ‘n Sculpt at the NSC since 2016. Rebecca is also working on her Personal Training certification. A hard working grandmother and mother of four, Rebecca proves it’s never too late to get into shape and try something new. She loves being at the gym and it shows - her commitment, enthusiasm and drive are contagious!

  • Benita Le Morvan

    Zumba Instructor

    Benita has been Latin dancing ever since she travelled to the Dominican Republic as part of a high school exchange. Her many years performing in a belly dance troupe made her move to Zumba a natural one as it combines her love of musical movement and fitness. Benita received her Zumba certification in 2014 and her approach to this energizing fitness program is simple - just move your body and have fun!

  • Denise Marshall

    Yoga Instructor

    Denise is certified (RYT-500hr) through the South Okanagan Yoga Association (SOYA). Her other certifications include, Yin Yoga, Baby and Me Yoga, Rainbow Kids Yoga and Aerial Yoga. Her passion is guiding yoga students of all ages and abilities to find movement and ease wihile connecting to their body and breath. In her own practice, Denise has always used Yoga as a balancing activity for running and other athletic adventures. She believes by listening to your body and responding appropriately you will reap the benefits for long term and prolonged health. You will also find Denise at the Front Desk of the NSC in her other role as a Facility Membership Assistant.

  • Denise McKinley

    Yoga Instructor

    Denise is a recent addition to the NSC fitness team and will be teaching Wednesday night's Yoga Flow.  She is certified (RYT-500hr) through the South Okanagan Yoga Association (SOYA) and believes that yoga can improve your life, physically, mentally and spiritually.

    In her day to day role as a counsellor/social worker, Denise recognizes the healing and strength that can be gained by being present in your body using breath and gentle movement. Her classes are energetic and reflect her emphasis on the breath, playfulness, and attention to the present moment. 

  • Paz Milburn

    Fitness Instructor

    For over twenty years, Paz has been one of our city’s most enthusiastic dance and group fitness instructors. She is a certified Zumba, Tai Chi and Tae Kwon Do instructor and a popular dance teacher! Paz has shared her passion for active living with many local groups including the YMCA, Northern Health and the PG Arthritis Society. Her exercise philosophy consists of three components: cardiovascular, strengthening and flexibility. We are thrilled that Paz has come to the NSC to teach Tai Chi (beginner and advanced) and our first ever Cardio Dance class!

  • Laurie Monsen

    Fitness Instructor

    When it comes to certifications Laurie has most of it covered! She is a BCRPA (BC Recreation and Parks Association) Certified Personal Trainer, Weight Trainer and Advanced Group Fitness Instructor. She also holds a Sport Nutrition Advisor designation with AANH (Alive Academy of Natural Health) and is Keiser Spin instructor certified. Laurie brings over thirty years of experience in the fitness industry including teaching public school physical education, youth team training and group fitness. She is a motivating instructor that will give you that extra push towards your goals. Laurie can be found at the Northern Sport Centre almost daily teaching Weekend Warrior, Active Aging and Fusion.

  • Gillian Recknell

    Yoga Instructor

    Gillian (BPE; RYT 200) has been an avid all-season outdoor enthusiast for decades, whether it is trail running, hiking, paddling, or snowshoeing. This activity soon led to physical pain that began to hinder her ability to enjoy the great outdoors. So… she turned to yoga… That was a decade ago. Stronger now than she has been in years, she credits yoga for listening to her body and being mindful of pain and injury. Gillian is one of the new NSC team members teaching Yoga and Yoga Flow.

  • Talia Rosa

    Fitness Instructor
    Personal Trainer

    Talia is a BCRPA-certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness and Weight Instructor, Spin Coach, Yoga Instructor, and FMS Level 1. She recently re-located to Prince George from Grande Prairie. It was there where she fell in love with Crossfit and earned Level 1 accreditation. Talia’s lifelong passion for sport and physical fitness has led her on a journey of Crossfit competition, figure competition, half marathons, and more.

    As a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor Talia prides herself on being attentive to her clients’ goals and abilities. Each client undergoes a thorough movement assessment before she designs a safe and effective training program. Talia believes in an individualized approach to performance training, as no two clients are the same. Her energy, positivity and spice for life make all her classes and personal training sessions popular!

  • Erica Tung

    Personal Trainer

    Erica brings a passion for active living to her role as a Personal Trainer. Growing up in Edmonton, Erica was a keen competitive basketball and hockey player as a child and teen. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a BSc in Kinesiology and is a CSEP Certified Personal Trainer. Currently Erica spends her time exploring the great outdoors around Prince George and serving as the coach of the competitive climbing team at OVERhang.