Meet our Fitness Instructors

Sonya Abston

Sonya Abston doing a yoga poseSonya has passionately practiced yoga for over 10 years. Over the past 3 years she has completed her 200hr RYT as well as additional certifications in Prenatal, Assisting, and Yoga fit. She teaches several different types of yoga but her favorite is power vinyasa. She's an expert in motivating and challenging fellow Yogis to strengthen, tone, stretch, and most importantly feel great about themselves!

Chelsea Case

Chelsea Case on top of a hiking trailHi my name is Chelsea and I've been instructing boot camp and cycling workouts for about six years. I believe that movement is medicine and love to create team oriented environments where everyone feels welcome. I love to hike, bike, kayak, travel, play music, and eat (probably most prefer eating) and love to be outside whenever possible. I look forward to meeting everyone!

Mary Delk

Mary Delk headshotMy name is Mary Delk. I have been teaching fitness classes for over 25 years. I teach fitness classes regularly at Jewish Community Center. I have been instructing at Bellarmine for 5+ years. I have 2 daughters and one of them attended BU. I have one wonderful grandson who is 2 years old.

I love teaching at the Surf because of the great energy from the students. We work hard and have fun! We have such a diverse group of individuals, it's always interesting. I feel a real connection with all the participants. Yea! Bellarmine Knights!

Autumn Grasty

Autumn Grasty headshotI started my group fitness career in 2014, got my Personal Training certification in 2015, and am currently certified to teach five different formats. I'm also a regional Master Trainer for Speedball Fitness, so I get to train other instructors how to teach the format. I love learning new things and challenging myself to grow - stepping out of my comfort zone is something I try to do often.

Fun Fact: I am a combat veteran of the US Air Force, and did a tour in Iraq in 2005. I also play the oboe and English horn in concert band at IUS and in high school musical pit orchestras.

Kallie Hillam

Kallie Hillam has been teaching group fitness since 2013. She has taught Group Cycle, Barre, Water Aerobics and H.I.I.T. Along with being a fitness instructor, Kallie has her Bachelors in Biology and Health Education, but is currently a full-time parent to her two kids. In her spare time, Kallie likes to read (suggestions welcome), go on hikes (suggestions welcome), try new restaurants (no chains, but suggestions welcome) and recipes, and spend time with her husband and kids. Can't wait to meet you at the barre!

Desiree T. Hoffman

Desiree T. Hoffman has been a certified REFIT® instructor since April 2017. She is a registered nurse at Norton Audubon and Baptist Health Louisville, and is currently pursuing her PhD in nursing at Loyola University Chicago. REFIT® married Desiree’s lifelong passion for dance and health. REFIT® focuses on strengthening the heart as a muscle and soul!

Desiree loves to travel, explore new restaurants, ski, and volunteer as a Young Life leader.

Susie Pope

I've been active in several athletic endeavors for most of my life. I am a runner and cyclist. My husband and I ride road and trail bikes all around the city. We also love to hike and backpack in the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC. 

Practicing the Baptiste style of yoga has kept the intense physicality I love in a yoga practice! I am so proud to be a part of the teaching team at 502py. It's been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life!

Hannah Steen

Hannah Steen headshotI was born and raised in southern KY, but moved to Louisville in 2010. I am an alumna of the University of Louisville and had an internship in Bellarmine’s Student Activities Center as a graduate student. I became certified as a group fitness instructor in 2015 because I believe that together we can accomplish more than we ever can on our own! I love helping participants try new exercises and seeing them reach goals that they didn’t think they could—STRONG is in, people. My full time job is working as the Assistant Director of Student Activities at BU, but I love getting to know faculty and staff through my Cardio Sculpt class.

Fun Fact: Yoga is my favorite kind of exercise to do (not teach) because I see so many benefits to the practice both on and off my mat. Come practice with me at 502 Power Yoga!

Elizabeth Nalley Thompson

Elizabeth Nalley Thompson headshotFitness, Health, Yoga & Dance are my passion.

Elizabeth “Izzy” Nalley Thompson is Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with over 1000 hours of yoga instruction, Personal Trainer & Wellness Coach. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Public Health, minored in Wellness Coaching and Peace, Justice and Conflict Management from UofL.

Izzy is trained in Hatha and Vinyasa with an emphasis in Buddhist philosophy, meditation and corrective alignment. Other trainings and certifications: Koru Mindfulness Meditation Certificate, National Academy of Sports Medicine, EXOS Fitness Specialist & Performance Specialist, Pilates, Zumba, Cycling, Silver Sneakers, BodyShred and more.

Mary Watson