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Meet Our Instructors

Denise Wertheim

Denise is a water aerobics instructor and first began teaching at the J more than 22 years ago. In addition to water aerobics, she has worked as a personal trainer and taught a variety of aerobic and weight training classes during her 30-year career in fitness. “I love the students in my class. They are an absolute inspiration to me. They take an active role in maintaining their health and are so supportive of each other,” she says.
Classes Taught: H20 


Fee Pearson

Fee has been teaching fitness classes for approximately 20 years. She’s certified through American Aerobic Association International and loves teaching cardio kickboxing. In addition, she is also licensed to teach Zumba and Zumba Sentao. 
Classes Taught: Cardio Kickboxing


Haruko Newman

Haruko is certified through AFAA and licensed in Zumba.  She loves dancing and especially dancing with her Zumba ladies and gentlemen. She welcomes everyone and says every class, “We will have a great dance party.”
Classes Taught: FUNctional Fitness, Super Sculpt, Stretch & Meditate, Intermediate Core, Zumba, Cardio Dance Fusion, Beginner Core



Jaya Bhatt

Jaya was licensed as a Doonya instructor in 2016. She grew up dancing to Bollywood all of her life but is trained in ballet, modern, tap and jazz. After a year of taking Doonya classes and with some persuasion from her big brother, Jaya decided to get licensed as an instructor to share her joy of Bollywood with her new home town. She emulates her favorite Bollywood actress, Madhuri Dixit, with every song she teaches. 
Classes Taught: Doonya Bollywood Fit Dance Class


Jodi Pick

Jodi has been active in sports almost all her life. She loves to run, bike and swim. She has participated in several ten-mile races, century bike rides, and sprint triathlons. Her new passion is to teach spin classes. She brings high energy, challenges, and motivation to each class. Jodi has been taking spin classes for the past 15 years and became certified as an instructor six years ago. She is proud to be a pioneer of the J's spin exercise group. Jodi loves to teach. She has a degree in Special Education from the University of Arizona and enjoys working with children. In her spare time, she tutors and works with the Special Olympics Swim team.
Classes Taught: Cardio Cycling

Karen Kapen

A native of New Orleans, Karen has lived in the D.C. area for more than 20 years. She has been a member of the J for nearly a decade. As an avid exerciser and former competitive athlete, Karen enjoys teaching spinning for its energy and intensity. She loves the fact that you can get a great workout in a very short period of time - something every busy parent of young children can appreciate.
Classes Taught: Cardio Cycling, Adapted Cardio Cycling 



Below are our great subs that help out when we need them!

Cindy Rosen

Cindy has been a member of the Pozez JCC community for several years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from Penn State University and was in the United States Marine Corps for 24 years before becoming a certified Personal Trainer through the National Personal Training Institute. She has taught aerobics classes as well as swimming lessons and has a wide range of fitness knowledge and certifications- including kettlebells, TRX and more making her a very well-rounded trainer. Cindy enjoys working with people and helping them reach their personal fitness goals and she looks forward to helping you get a strong core!

Connie Leibowitz

Connie is a retired high school English teacher who has been an AEA Certified Aquatic Instructor since 2003. She has benefited personally from aquatic exercise and firmly believes in its value to both physical and emotional wellness.  She used to teach H20 Aerobics at the J full-time, but now divides her time between Virginia and Florida. She is a substitute H20 Aerobics teacher here at the Pozez JCC and has also been a seasonal instructor at the YMCA in Sarasota, Florida.

Masumi Scott

Masumi has been teaching Zumba for more than two years in the Alexandria area and has always been especially into fitness during the past ten years. She is very happy to share her passion for Zumba with other people and enjoys seeing the big smiles while having fun and still getting a hard workout! She is specialized to teach Zumba, Aqua Zumba, Zumba Gold and Strong by Zumba classes. “I always love to challenge myself and to spend time with people. I want you to try my classes and see how you like them!”

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