WJ Fitness Center Trainers
Joseph earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in the field of Kinesiology, concentrated in Exercise Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He plans to continue his education and hopefully get in to a graduate school program for Physical Therapy. He enjoy playing basketball, golf, swimming, hiking and lifting weights all in his leisure time.
Pat has been a certified trainer and group instructor since 2000, and currently holds a personal trainer certification, Nutritional counselor, and 16 credit hours of Functional training for sports through American Fitness Professionals and Associates. He also is certified through Madd dog athletics for Spin and spent 6 years as a certified LHSCA cross country coach for I.H.S. and currently holds an RRCA running coach certification .He has competed in numerous 70.3 Iron Man Triathlons, 2 Marathons, Obstacle course races and numerous adventure races from 4 to 24 hours of continuous racing.
His passion for athletics and training are evident. He truly enjoys helping others to achieve a healthy lifestyle and to see those he works with reach their full potential. He knows that training for races is more than just putting one foot in front of the other. The knowledge of knowing when to go hard and when to rest is a major factor in your performance. Pat has a firm belief that we all have an athlete somewhere in us, and we just need the right plan to reach our goals. He also believes that if your mind set is to know your limits but never ever sell yourself short you will be amazed at what you can achieve.
Annette has been involved in the fitness industry since 1992. Having worked in many different avenues of the fitness industry including group fitness, Pilates, and personal training, she has found that Pilates reformer and group fitness is truly her passion. Annette is certified with the American Council on Exercise as a Group Fitness Instructor/Personal Training and received her Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University. Annette has also earned certification as a Zumba, Pilates, Senior Fitness Specialty and Pilates Reformer Specialist. Annette enjoys helping people reach their full potential and succeed at reaching their fitness goals.
Denise has a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master’s of Science degree in Natural Health and Wellness from Clayton College. She is level I Reiki (Energy) Healing Touch Practitioner, and is the author of two books on adoption and reunion. She enjoys presenting seminars on energy-based stress management techniques for women, and when not working enjoys yoga, painting and outdoor fitness activities.
Harry obtained a Masters of Education in Health Promotion/Human Performance from the University of New Orleans. He is certified through the American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Exercise Physiologist. His specific interests relate to triathlon, distance running, swimming and the psychological aspects of behavior management and physical fitness. He has also completed a marathon and over 4 half-ironman distance triathlons.
After working in education from 1999 to 2013, Julie was excited to join the West Jeff Fitness Center Team in Marrero. She taught Fitness for Life, Lifetime Wellness, Weight Lifting and Jogging while coaching, training and recruiting softball players at Southeastern Louisiana, LaTech, Lees McRae College and Campbell University. She also has experience in basketball and strength/conditioning training at the high school and middle school levels, worked summer camps for the Fellowship of Christina Athletes and taught Lifeguarding for the Boy Scouts of America. Additionally she personal trained clients of all ages/fitness levels at centers in the Atlanta area and Hammond, LA.
While getting her Master’s Degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Delta State University she led group classes for the retired population and taught swimming lessons for children. Julie has an undergraduate degree from Florida State University in Communication Studies. Her fitness passion includes; incorporating core, posture and balance into every workout. Julie greatly values nutrition and is a certified Pre-Diabetes Lifestyle Coach. She teaches Abs Class and Boot Camp for Baby Boomers while personal training clients on land and in the pool.
Alison is the morning Fitness Coordinator at our Terrytown location and she has been a part of West Jeff Fitness Center since 2013. She obtained both her Bachelors and Masters Degree from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Kinesiology with a concentration in Health Promotion and Wellness. Alison enjoys educating people on how to achieve a lifetime of health and wellness through SMART (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound) goals. When she's away from her WJFC family she enjoy playing tourist in her city (NOLA) and spending time with family/friends.
Otho Nash Jr.
Otho Nash Jr. was born and raised here in New Orleans, LA. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation Services from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSU HSC) and his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. He has been involved in the health & fitness field since 2011, being certified with the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA) as a personal trainer, and is also a certified instructor for Silver Sneakers. Otho’s past experiences include working as a physical therapy technician, Velocity Sports Performance, and interning with the New Orleans Voodoo of the Arena Football League and Tulane University, both within the Strength & Conditioning Department.
Javonda Nix is a native of New Orleans, LA. She attended the University of Louisiana in Lafayette for her undergraduate degree. Javonda graduated from ULL in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion and Wellness. Javonda is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Health degree from Benedictine University. Javonda is the pre-teen/teen fitness instructor at the Terrytown facility and has many years of experience in youth programming. She has experience in community service work, which encompass helping others reach their goals. In her career as a community service member, Javonda created a Summer Youth Fitness program called YOLO (Youth Opposing Lives of Obesity), which gave youth the opportunity to explore fitness and nutrition education to improve their lifestyle. Javonda’s passion for health promotion and wellness gave her the ability to empower youth across the city. Javonda enjoys working with youth and watching them reach their full potential.
Dr. Janelle Perez has experience teaching children with all exceptionalities (autistic, deaf, blind, physically and mentally delayed) since 1982. Among swim lessons, she also teaches Aquacise, Yoga, Pilates, Spin, Line Dancing and Senior Group exercise class. Janelle began her second career here at the WJFC in 2006. She has a Doctorate in Education from the University of New Orleans. She also has a Master Water Fitness Instructor Certification and a Coordinator of Water Fitness Programs Certification from the USWFA; Water Safety Instructor Certification from the American Red Cross and a Personal Training Certification from AFAA. Janelle’s passion is promoting a healthy lifestyle for a better quality of life for all people, including those with special needs.
Ben graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology in 2003. He has 13 years of fitness experience training children and adults. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with NSCA since 2005. Ben has many fitness interests and has competed in multiple endurance events. He has used his knowledge of nutrition and strength training to achieve his own expected goals. Ben is willing to share his knowledge to help others improve quality of life and achieve fitness goals.
Rene Reed was born and raised in New Orleans Louisiana where he attended St. Augustine High School. He attended Louisiana State University where he received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Fitness Studies. Rene has over 20 years of martial arts experience which has contributed greatly to his passion for fitness. He specializes in weight loss and athletic conditioning.
Her passion for dance and how the body moves started at the age of three and has continued to grow with her throughout her adult life. Chandra’s passion evolved from tap, ballet and modern dance to group fitness and personal training. She use’s fitness as a stress-reliever and inspirational tool for her life. She is currently certified in a vast array of fitness certifications that include: Personal Trainer, Group exercise instructor, Werq instructor and Yoga/Aerial yoga and Pilate’s instructor. She has a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University in Political Science, two masters from the University of New Orleans and is currently finishing her doctorate in Planning at the University of New Orleans. “Fitness is not about being better than someone else; it’s about being better than you used to be.”
Melissa is a member of the morning staff and has been part of the fitness team since 2005 . Sheattended Louisiana State University and is a certified personal trainer. Melissa enjoys being part of the fitness industry and is passionate about helping others attain their health and fitness goals, whether it is weight loss, training for competition in a sport or event, or increasing overall health and well-being. Melissa would love to help you obtain any fitness goals you may have through hard work and determination.
Ja’Mea obtained a Bachelors in Biology from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is certified through the International Alliance for Fitness Professionals (IAFFP) as a Personal Trainer. She’s no stranger to fitness as a form athlete. Her specific interest in kickboxing, weight loss training and over health and performance. She’s highly motivated and will help you become discipline, build confidence, look and feel better !