Meet Your Trainers & Instructors

Dana Cannon, “Coach D”
Director of Fitness
Personal Trainer & Instructor

Dana, also known as Coach D, graduated from FIU with her BA in Marketing. She is a dedicated fitness professional with a passion for achieving optimal levels of health, wellness and quality of life through fitness. She works with a variety of people from beginners to experts with a focus on form, technique and nutrition. She has a true love for coaching and mentoring the youth with a focus on athletic and personal development. She has worked as a track coach, assistant youth strength and conditioning coach and assistant trainer for the last 3 years. Dana has always had an interest in sports from a young age. Track, specifically, was a love of hers that she started at the age of 6. She grew up running track, playing volleyball, soccer, and basketball. She received a track scholarship to Florida Atlantic University (FAU), where she competed competitively for 3 years. She aims to promote positivity, self-discipline and originality in herself and others. Her philosophy is based on the belief that daily practice of an intentional, positive mindset is paramount in order to attain one’s goals. This is at the root of her beliefs, practices and teachings. Her clients are drawn to her positive leadership, high energy, active lifestyle, and authenticity. She currently competes as a 56kg powerlifter in the USPA. She also competes professionally as a bikini athlete in the IFBB Pro League.

  • Bachelors of Administration in Marketing
  • CPR/ AED/ First Aid Certified
  • Professional Bodybuilder -Bikini Division
  • Powerlifter in the United States Powerlifting Association- 56kg Class
  • Sponsored Athlete
  • NCAA Division 1 Athlete

Jill Martino
Triathlon/Health Coach
Personal Trainer & Instructor

Jill is a certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor, coach and competitive triathlete at all distances (sprint to Ironman). She has played sports her entire life, including swimming, basketball and Division I tennis for the University of Missouri. Jill taught high school Business/Computers for 7 years where she coached both boys and girls tennis to multiple state tournaments. As much as Jill loves to compete, her true love is coaching and helping others achieve goals and overcome challenges that they didn’t think were possible. Jill has the ability to challenge the elite athlete, but truly loves helping those that are starting from scratch and simply want to live a healthy lifestyle.

  • Bachelor of Science in Education from the Univeristy of Missouri (GO MIZZOU!)
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer and ACE Certified Health Coach
  • AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • Certifications in P90X, TRX Suspension Training, Kettlebell, Spinning, Schwinn Indoor Cycling, Pilates, Nutrition, BOSU, Kickboxing, BODYSHRED and more
  • Former Instructor Trainer for the YMCA-USA, plus many other YMCA Certifications
  • 3x Ironman Triathlete; competed at both National & World Championships for Triathlon – Ironman All World Athlete
  • Competed on Goody’s Team StayPut as a Nationally sponsored triathlete
Nicole Smith, Fitness Supervisor

Nicole Smith
Personal Trainer

Nicole is a former pole vaulter from the University of South Florida. She took her drive and determination from vaulting into the corporate world where she tackled complicated problems every day doing engineering consulting in the water/wastewater industry for 5 years. During that time, she tore her ACL and started rehabilitation where she discovered a passion for problem solving the body and compassionately helping people improve their quality of life by optimizing movement. She is currently a student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Nova Southeastern University and she specializes in training people of all fitness levels in strength & conditioning for sports or general fitness, core, flexibility, and balance.

  • University of South Florida, BS Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • CPR/AED certified
  • Former NCAA Division I and Regional Qualifying pole vaulter

Lisa Sandusky
Instructor & Triathlon/Health Coach

Lisa graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s in Health Education; holds a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Georgia State University; and has a Nutrition Specialty through ACE.  She has been actively involved in the health & fitness industry for over 25 years. She currently teaches indoor cycling and strength classes while training for races and taking care of her family. She is a part time triathlon coach and full time mom of 3 biological daughters and 2 boys and 1 girl adopted from Nicaragua in 2014.

  • ACE Group Fitness Certification
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer
  • Certified Spinning and Swinn Indoor Cycling Instructor
  • Licensed Sports Massage Therapist
  • TRX Suspension Training (Total Body Resistance) Certified Instructor
  • Former Division I Gymnast for Auburn University – All-American
  • Former Atlanta Hawks Cheerleader
  • Competed on the HerSports Triathlon Team as a Nationaly Sponsored Triathlete
  • USAT & Ironman Triathlon World Championships Participant
  • USAT All-American Athlete and Ironman All World Athlete
  • 8x Ironman Finisher
  • Boston Marathon Qualifier and Finisher

I.T. Antigha
Personal Trainer

I.T. graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology and also earned a Masters in Management from Wake Forest University. During his first year at Florida State, he successfully walked on the Florida State football team as a free safety. Since then he has participated in multiple strong man competitions, obstacle course races, and various team sports. His experiences as an athlete, coach, referee, and trainer have enriched his overall perspective as it concerns athletic competition and continually helps him relate to individuals of all ages and fitness levels. In his spare time, I.T. enjoys writing, practicing Jiu-Jitsu, playing co-rec flag football, and serving in the community.

  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from Florida State University
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • VertiMax Certified Trainer
  • Former Walk-On Football Player at Florida State University
  • Former Strength and Conditioning intern with the New York Yankees GCL League
  • Purple Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
  • CPR/AED/First Aid Certified
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Christine Cowan
Personal Trainer & Instructor

Christine is an accomplished health & fitness professional with over 30 years experience and a demonstrated history of success. With her keen ability to identify an individual’s needs, she collaboratively sets goals, manages and motivates clients to success utilizing her extensive knowledge of a wide range of training disciplines. She is committed to providing an educational and entertaining, innovative and functional experience that exceeds client expectations. So whether it’s one-on-one training, a small group or a large class, this “tri state transplant” gets it done!

  • University of Bridgeport BFA Theatre and Dance
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise Physiologist
  • Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200)
  • Check Institute Scientific Core Conditioning Specialist
  • PowerPlate & Kinesis certifications
  • CPR/AED certified
  • Hanna Somatics educated

Holly Hostler
Personal Trainer & Instructor

Holly Hostler is a graduate from Florida State University with a BFA in Fine Arts (Dance).  Upon graduating she moved to New York City and danced professionally with several modern dance companies, most notable Joy Kellman Dance Company.  While living in New York she also worked for the corporate headquarters of Tommy Hilfiger Inc.  While living in New York she also became an ACE certified personal trainer and a Johnny G. Spinning instructor.  She has been teaching spinning, aerobics, Pilates, and Silver Sneakers for the past 14 years.  Holly completely understands the joy of movement and loves to help others find this within.

  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • YMCA Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • Silver Sneakers Certified Instructor
  • Johnny G. Spinning Instructor
  • Certified Schwinn Indoor Cycling Instructor
  • Pilates Matt Certified through Physical Mind
  • Zone Certified Nutrition Counselor

Jill Scott
Zumba Instructor

Jill taught physical education at the high school level (24 years) and was a high school guidance counselor (14 years) in Hillsborough County (East Bay, Hillsborough and Gaither). She was a Head Varsity Soccer, Tennis and Track Coach during those years. Jill retired from HCPS in 2010 and immediately earned her Zumba licensures (Zumba, Zumba Gold, Aqua Zumba, Zumba Kids, Zumba Kids Jr. and Zumba B2) and began teaching at Curves, Studio Z 41, Land O Lakes Recreation Complex as well as Cheval. Her strongest passions have been in teaching aerobic fitness and playing and coaching soccer.

  • Masters Degree in Physical Education/Teacher Education
  • Masters Degree in Counselor Education
  • First woman to coach for the Rowdies at “Kamp Kik in the Grass”
  • One of the first women to earn a USSF National Level “C” license
  • Aerobics instructor for “Aerobic Dance by Jackie Sorenson”
  • Taught college fitness classes at HCC for 6 years(cardio and weight training)
  • Presented state aerobic workshops for FAPHERD
  • Zumba Workshop Presenter for the HCPS PE Symposium
  • Instructor Trainer in CPR for the Hillsborough County Physical Education teachers and coaches
  • Beach Body Coach and P90X3 Team participant

Tracy Parker
Instructor & Triathlon/Run Coach

Tracy graduated from Illinois State University and moved to Florida in 1996.  She is currently working on a Masters in Marketing with a sports concentration.  She is a 3-time All-American Triathlete and has competed at all distances of running from 5k to marathon.  Additionally, she has been a running guide for the blind at the marathon distance.  Tracy enjoys spending time with her three children, standup paddleboarding, rollerblading and triathlons.

  • 3-time All-American Triathlete
  • Consecutive three year member of  TeamUSA Age-Group Triathlon World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland, Hamburg, Germany, and Vancouver, Canada
  • Placed second at Age-group Nationals for Aquathon
  • Competed in all distances of running from 5k to marathon
  • Certified Schwinn Cycling Instructor
  • Certified CPR and Oxygen, First Aid
  • Black belt in tae kwon do
  • Nationally Sponsored Triathlete – Goody’s Team StayPut
  • Triathlete for 9 years
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Cathy Hughes
Personal Trainer & Instructor
Triathlon/Run Coach

Cathy has a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Florida. Although she enjoyed running as a young woman she did not enter the professional exercise field until later in life. The need to lose the extra pounds of pregnancy and undo unhealthy life choices allowed her to find her passion in fitness. She first became a Spinning instructor then built on that passion to become a Personal Trainer and Triathlon Coach. Cathy feels that confidence can be gained through accomplishments in recreational sports and reaching the goals that you set for yourself. She has 3 children ranging in age from 7-18 and understands that regardless of the demands life requires it is important to set time aside for you.

  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Level 1 Kettlebell Coach
  • TRX Qualified
  • Spinning Certified
  • Livestrong Coach
  • 2015 Bronze All World Ironman Athlete
  • CPR/AED/First Aid certified

Tiffany Southwell
TRX/P90X Instructor

Tiffany has a Bachelor of Science in English from Radford University, and a Master’s degree in Education from UT.  She currently teaches 12thgrade English at Steinbrenner High School, and as her love for teaching ventured into her love of athleticism, she recently became a fitness instructor at Cheval.  Although she is competitive in her own fitness endeavors, she enjoys working with people who have a variety of fitness goals.  Tiffany believes the best approach to getting fit is concentration on form and encourages a slow and steady approach to achieve goals.  In her free time she enjoys power yoga, vacationing with family, and enjoying the perfect cup of morning coffee after a workout.


Danialle DuPree
Yoga Instructor

Danialle received her 200hr YTT certification through The Lotus Pond Center for Yoga and Health for all levels of Hatha and Vinyasa Flow styles of yoga. Having come to the mat in her early teens, drawn in by the mental and physical peace it offered, she knew from the start she wanted to teach it and share its benefits with others. In addition to her 200hr certification, she’s earned certifications in Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga.


Jody Maurer
Swim Instructor & Coach

Jody has been swimming competitively since she was 5 years old; and has been coached by U.S. Olympic coaches and Hall of Famers. She swam and instructed lessons in Atlanta from a young age and eventually became a Georgia State Champion, earning a swimming scholorship to Georgia Southern College from 1982-1986.  During her final year at Georgia Southern, she was undefeated and elected Team Captain.

Through the years Jody has kept up with her swim conditioning, including relaying several triathlons.  She has a level 1 and 2 U.S.A. Master’s Coaching Certification.  Her passion is instructing all ages, both children and adults, on the fine technique of stroke efficiency.  Jody started coaching Masters at the YMCA and has helped her swimmers improve tremendously, along with achieving their personal goals.

 As of October 2012 the competitive swimmer in her wanted to get back on the blocks and compete herself.  Since that time, she has qualified for U.S.A. Master’s Nationals in seven events, being rankied as high as 14th in the Nation.  We are excited to have Jody as a part of Cheval’s Swim Program and feel confident she will be a positive instructor and coach that will enhance Cheval swimming even more!

Victoria Rennesund
Personal Trainer & Instructor

Born and educated in the UK, Victoria worked in luxury retail in London before taking a retail job on Cruiseships where she met her husband and ended up moving to Florida. Victoria stepped into the sports world in Florida through Team in Training and long distance bike rides. Having never run more than a mile, she started training at the age of 36 and has since competed in triathlons from the sprint to the half iron distance and runs races from 5k to 13.1miles. In 2008 Victoria was certified as a Spinning Instructor and she became a Personal Trainer in 2011 after realizing that she could share her new love of sports and fitness with others who could realize that it really is never too late to start something new.  Victoria has two children and an ever-changing menagerie of rescue dogs and cats.

  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • TRX Certified Instructor
  • STAR 3 Spinning Instructor
  • Division Winner Sprint/Olympic Triathlons
  • 2011 US 5i50 Athena Division Champion
  • Qualifer 2016 USAT Age Group National Championships
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Ron Corners
Yoga Instructor

Ron obtained his 200YTT yoga teaching certification through a training program offered by YOGAWORKS.  He was born and raised in Tampa and holds a degree in Finance from the University of South Florida.  He recently moved back to Tampa after living in Miami for twenty years where he worked in interior design and real estate.  Years of high intensity gym workouts and a high stress career provided Ron with the need to search for balance.  Finding Yoga was the end result of this search.  After experiencing the many benefits of yoga as a new student, Ron decided to enroll in teacher training and take his practice to the next level.  It was during teacher training that he became interested in teaching yoga to others . . . and as they say “the rest is history.”  Ron develops yoga classes to increase strength, flexibility, breathing capacity, balance and inner peace.

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Heather Brady
Yoga Instructor

Heather has been practicing yoga for the last 10 years and received her 200 YTT certification through Zarnay Yoga in 2016.  Practicing yoga has brought so much peace and joy to her life as well as broadened and strengthened her relationship to her higher power. Heather enjoys being able to share what she learns and helps people to become more attuned with their own bodies and personal practice; hopefully giving back this gift of serenity and spreading the love throughout the community. She enjoys a Hatha style practice as well as flow and relaxation. Heather also hopes to learn more about Ashtanga Yoga and Tai Chi in the future!

Carolyn Schuster
ReFit Dance Instructor

Carolyn is a wife, mother, worker-bee, and queen multitasker.  In the chaos of life, she found it easier, and easier, to forget her own health and well-being; so, she went on a fitness journey.  This journey took her from elliptical machines to weight machines, from fearing fitness classes to teaching fitness classes, and it all lead me to REFIT®.  And…REFIT® WAS DIFFERENT!!  It was dancing and laughter, friendships and community, happiness and sunshine, all rolled into one sweaty-hour!  Her heart leads her on this REVOLUTIONARY journey and she has never looked back!

Recently moved to Florida from Colorado and also enjoys working for iHeart Radio.

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Kris Buchman
Personal Trainer & Instructor

Kris was born and raised in the snowy tundra of northwestern Minnesota. In high school, she played volleyball, basketball and track. She then attended Moorhead State University and studied Mortuary Science.  After a few years there, moved to Minneapolis, where she worked and lived at a funeral home (can you believe it?) and also worked at the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office. She started bartending to make a lil extra oney….well…..a few bartender friends and myself decided to pack up and move down to sunny Florida! (the day they left Minneapolis it was -30 degrees…..right choice maybe?).
Fast forward to now….She is married to Steve, with 2 great kids, Riley and Alexis (both at Steinbrenner, until Ri graduates this spring . . . sniff sniff tear), have a Pug, 3 adopted cats (uffdah) and recently acquired a Steinbrenner Warrior Softball Rally Hamster…..don’t ask.
She loves teaching classes/working out and has run a few half marathons, a Spartan race, Tough Mudder and a lot of 5ks, 8ks, 10ks and 15ks! She also loves going to crossfit classes. Kris believes that variety is the spice of life (workouts). Change is good!
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