Albany Area YMCA

Meet our Instructors

Al Seely

Al teaches Spin® at the Central Facility. His classes meet Thursday at 8:15 a.m., and Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.

Anita Maxfield

Anita teaches Spin® at the Lee Branch. Anita’s classes meet Monday and Wednesday at 6:10 p.m.

Carlos Johnson

Carlos is an instructor and Personal Trainer at the Central Facility. He teaches Sports Boot Camp on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. He also leads the 30-Minute Circuit Express Class on Monday and Wednesday from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m.

Clint Newsome

Clint leads the Lunchtime Boot Camp class at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons.

Dan Gillan

Dan teaches Boot Camp and Specialty Classes at the Albany Area YMCA. Dan has served as President and CEO of the Albany Area YMCA since October 2013, but was introduced to the Y four years ago when he was hired as a part time Fitness Instructor. Dan is a Certified Personal Trainer, and also holds certifications in Kettlebell and Body Bar. Hailing from Chicago, Dan is a graduate of Purdue University, the Naval Postgraduate School, the Marine Corps Command Staff College, and the US Air Force Air War College. He served over 32 years on active duty as a US Marine and retired in 2009. Dan is married with children, and is very actively involved in many community organizations.

Dana Cimino

Dana leads the Balanced Body Class in the Leadership Room at the Central Facility. The class meets Monday and Wednesday at 10:15 a.m.

Dianne Davis

Dianne Davis has a BS in behavioral psychology from the University of Georgia and a MS in Industrial Psychology from Valdosta State University. She is a certified public manager who retired from state government in 2013. Dianne is a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Health Coach through the American Council on Exercise. She is an instructor for Jump Start, which is a resistance training program in the Genesis room at the Central Facility.

Donnette Kline Lewis

Donnette is the Director of Health and Wellness at the Albany Area YMCA. Donnette has an extensive Fitness background. She has served in Wellness roles at 3 different YMCAs in the past 21 years, and has been in Albany since 2005. Donnette has numerous certifications and has led almost every class taught at the Y. She eagerly shares her passion for wellness with our members and guests. Donnette loves the work she does for the Albany Area YMCA, which she considers a “very special place.”

Julie Michas

Julie is a certified Personal Trainer who teaches the following group fitness classes at the YMCA: Basic Step, Step, Sculpt, Tabata Bootcamp (high intensity interval training), and Zumba. Julie has been a fitness instructor for over 25 years, 10 ½ years at the Albany Area YMCA. In addition to her Personal Training certification, Julie holds certifications in Group Fitness, Tabata Bootcamp and Zumba. Julie received a Bachelor’s degree in Science, Health Science Education, and a Master’s degree in Health Science Education from the University of Florida. Julie is married to Paul Michas and they have three children - Michael, Chris and Nick.

Mark Roberts

Mark Roberts is a Certified Personal Trainer with 20+ years of fitness experience with an emphasis on Wrestling, Boxing, Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Free Weights and Weight Machine training. Mark leads Kick Boxing conditioning upstairs in the Central Facility on Mondays at 4:30 p.m., and Boxing Conditioning on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. upstairs at the Central Facility.

Roger Haggerty

Roger teaches Spin® at the Central Facility. His classes meet Thursday at 5:45 a.m. and Friday at 12 noon. On Fridays after Spin®, Roger leads a 10-minute Plank’N class in the Wellness Room across the hall from the Spin Room.

Sam McCormick

Sam serves as Senior Health and Wellness Associate at the Y. In addition to designing and implementing fitness programs and services at the Y, Sam also teaches a variety of group fitness classes at the Central Facility and Lee Branch, including Spin, SilverSneakers Classic, SilverSneakers Splash, R.I.P.P.L.E.D, Water Aerobics, Line Dancing and Interval Toning. Sam has 17 years of fitness experience, beginning her fitness career at Gold’s Gym in Albany in 1998. She is a Certified Personal Trainer as well as being certified as an instructor with many fitness organizations including SilverSneakers®, Madd Dogg Spinning® and Zumba®.

Samantha Helton

Samantha teaches Aqua Zumba, Water Aerobics and Chair Yoga at the YMCA. She has ten years of experience as a fitness instructor, earning a certification in Group Fitness as well as Zumba® Basics 1 and 2, Zumba Gold®, Aqua Zumba®, Zumbatomic®, Zumba® Toning, and Zumba Sentao®. Samantha was born and raised in Leesburg, Georgia, and attended the Lee County school system throughout her K-12 education. Samantha graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Dance. While at Valdosta State University, Samantha received training in many areas of dance, including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and Modern. She also trained in Latin dance styles, dance pedagogy, kinesiology and choreography, and has produced several choreographic works for various organizations. Samantha is wife of Ashley and mom of Summer Rayne.

Vicky Leister

Vicky is a Zumba instructor at the Albany Area YMCA. She is certified as a group fitness instructor and is licensed to teach Zumba Basic 1, Zumba Basic 2, Zumba Gold, Zumba Gold Toning, Zumba Toning, Zumba Step, Zumba Sentao, Zumba in the Circuit, and Piyo. Vicky fell in love with Zumba when she trained in Mexico under Zumba creator Beto Perez. She knew immediately that she had found a workout that kept her motivated and happy. Vicky became a Certified Instructor in Mexico and moved to the US in 2007. Vicky encourages everyone to try Zumba and find out how much fun it can be.