When it comes to our gym staff, we hire only the best because we want to be able to give our members what they need and more from their local gym. Our trainers and staff members are passionate about helping our members to achieve their fitness goals, motivating them every step of the way so that they can achieve whatever it is they have come into our gym to do. Meet our staff below!


Andrew Lawton



Andrew is a 12 year Army Veteran with 2 tours to Iraq and Afghanistan both as a Military Police Officer and a Forward Observer with the Infantry, to include 2 years with the US Army Honor Guard. He also has over 16+ years of fitness experience that ranges from the lowest level job to the highest, his ability to motivate and produce has allowed him to help others reach their dreams and better themselves. He is a beloved father of 3 children, 2 dogs, 4 cats and an amazing wife who also has experience in the health/medical industry. On his off time, he likes to spend time with his family going hiking, playing football and on other occasions stay in and play a variety of video games.

Andrew’s motto “All of our lives have a beginning and an end. No one can change that. Take this time to leave a lasting impression.”

Matthew Phaneuf

Assistant General Manager

Action CPT and Advanced Nutrition

I am an Air Force veteran of 7 years where I spent most years as a security forces officer and finished my last years as an instructor for the Delayed Entry Program. I love the fitness world and everything about it. I’ve been studying fitness and training with friends since I was in high school. I have my biggest supporter always by my side who is studying medicine in school so we are always studying and learning all we can together. We are always looking for new adventures and challenges to take on including hiking and climbing anything we can. In my free time, I enjoy playing and watching sports with friends and family or swimming and spending time with my dog.

Matthew’s motto: “No matter how many steps something is going to take in life  it’s the first step that matters the most.”

Atiana Caraballo

Front Desk Manager

Atiana attends Worcester State University and is majoring in Elementary Education and Psychology. Every day is different in Playmor, which brings her a lot of joy. She enjoys the exposure to different age groups it gives her and the various opportunities that occur each day. She also enjoys the idea of giving parents a break, so they can work out and take care of themselves. She values the relationships she gets to build with the children and finds it very rewarding.

Colin Robinson

Account Manager

Colin is currently finishing my bachelors degree of communications at Worcester State University where he has also completed four years of college football. He grew up in the gym world because his father owned two gyms. He is an Action Fitness certified personal trainer and is an assistant coach for wrestling in his free time. He enjoys traveling and loves to eat cookies on my free time. He is very excited to be working with such an amazing Personal Trainer team at Impact.

Colin’s motto: “Rest at the end, not in the middle.”

Alan De Los Santos

Overnight Manager

Alan was born and raised in Worcester MA. Graduating from UMass Lowell with a degree in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security, he gained experience working for various law enforcement agencies including the Worcester Sheriffs office, Worcester Probation Department, and U.S Army Military Police. Alan decided he wanted to peruse a different career and made the jump to the fitness industry, working in many other clubs before joining the Impact team. He values hard work, honesty and integrity, and hopes to make an impact in others life’s while aiding them in reaching their true potential.

Wendy Boutin

Group Fitness Director and Instructor

AFAA Primary GFI, Certified in Spinning, Barre, Pilates, Yoga, The TRIP, Zumba®, STRONG by Zumba®, CPR/First Aid

Wendy is a seasoned group fitness instructor, who has taught a variety of classes for the last fifteen years. She previously developed and tested software for a large insurance company and taught classes at their wellness facility as a hobby. That hobby grew into a passion. That passion turned into a way of life and she hasn’t looked back. Today, she is able to share her years of passion, knowledge, and experience by leading trendy, as well as traditional style class formats for members, while also mentoring less experienced instructors. By nature, she is always excited to try new things and, by profession, you’ll often find her looking for new ways to develop her teaching skills. Her current hobbies include anything outdoors, adventurous, and self-propelled. She loves biking, golfing, disc golfing, hiking, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and romping her two dogs, Brady and Brooklyn, in the woods.

Wendy’s motto “Get comfortable with uncomfortable and try new things.”

Amy Smith

Playmor Manager

Amy has worked as an assistant in a daycare for ten years.  She planned curriculum ideas for everyday activities and the holidays. She later worked as a nanny for five years caring for two children in Auburn. Although, this environment is relatively new to her, she hopes she gets the opportunity to know each one of you and your children.

Amy’s motto: “Walking the Footsteps of a Stranger,  you will find things you never knew.” – Pocahontas

Front Desk

Mike Candito

Front Desk

Mike is an undergraduate at Worcester State University perusing a degree in communications. Fitness is a passion of his and he has been an active gym goer since he was 18. Mike has been in the fitness industry for 3 years and is always eager to learn more.

Ethan Poovakad

Front Desk

Ethan is new to the fitness industry but is currently looking to become more actively involved. He enjoys participating in multiple sports including soccer, basketball, and wrestling. In his down time he likes to play video games, listen to music, and spend time with his friends and family.

Marcus Ashton

Front Desk

Marcus was Born and raised in Worcester, MA. He loves sports and video games and is inspired to reach his full potential in physical fitness at Impact Fitness.

Chris Guardieri

Front Desk

Chris was born in brazil and raised in the US and is multilingual in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch. He truly loves hiking to mountain tops and claims it to be the best feeling in the world. He also enjoys gaming and traveling. He believes that if anything is worth doing, it is worth doing right./p>

Alex LaCrosse

Front Desk

Alex is Early Education Certified and has experience working with physically and mentally impaired adolescence. He’s also had training in fostering positive behavior, medication administration and neglect and abuse. He earned his BS in Kinesiology and is now pursing a Doctorate in Occupational Hand Therapy.


Beverly Keenan

Playmor Specialist

Beverly has eight years experience in childcare and is retired from Reliant Medical Group. She enjoys traveling,  reading, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends.

Tyesha Parson

Playmor Specialist

Tyesha is a senior in high school and is planning to major in writing when she attends college. She enjoy working at Playmor because she enjoys giving the kids a place where they can express themselves freely away from their parents and school.

Selena Wilson

Playmor Specialist

Selena is a senior at Worcester State University studying Business and Administration, with a concentration in Finance. She started working with kids at an early age, babysitting her younger brother. In addition to working at Playmor and attending college, she’s an intern at Sasso Insurance and Financial Services, Inc. Outside of work, Selena likes to paint, hangout with friends, and go four-wheeling. She loves fashion, animals and candles. Selena is happiest when she’s watching the kids learn and grow. She believes you can gain a lot of knowledge from the children, especially on how to enjoy the simple things in life. Selena’s favorite activities to do with the children are, arts and crafts, watching funny movies and building forts.

Selena’s Motto: “Stay committed to following your passions and never stop teaching the younger generations”.

Emond Asiamah

Playmor Specialist

Emond is 20 years old, a sophomore at Worcester State University and she loves working at Impact Fitness!

Personal Trainers

Brielle Hutchings

Personal Trainer

NSCA CPT, US Army Master Fitness Program

Brielle is an amateur bodybuilder and 10 year Army veteran with two completed tours of active service. She serves as the Master Fitness Trainer for her National Guard unit and has focused her energy into preparing for the unit’s transition to the new physical fitness test through video tutorials and in-person training. After her first tour, in 2017, she chose to pursue a career in the fitness industry on the civilian side. She completed three bodybuilding shows in 2019 and is seeking to cross classes in 2020 from Bikini to Figure in the World National Bodybuilding Federation (WNBF). Her primary goal is to give back to others who want to take steps towards a healthy lifestyle. She resides in Worcester, MA with her two toddlers and their dog. She loves participating in obstacle course races and hiking throughout the summer and fall.

Stephanie Jouki

Personal Trainer

Stephanie has always been a fitness enthusiast ever since she was little; attending dance, swim and gymnastics lessons. She started teaching dance at the age of 16 and fell in love with being able to teach, guide and inspire others to follow their dreams. Alongside teaching dance Stephanie also started to coach gymnastics, pole dance and crossfit and acquired her personal training certificate in 2012. She has been actively training in various fitness programs since then and has helped many clients along the way in achieving their goals!

Sarah Acerbo

Personal Trainer

Licensed Athletic Trainer, ISSA CPT, Bodybuilding & Nutrition Specialist, CPR/AED

Sarah is an athletic trainer, figure competitor, and has specialities in nutrition, bodybuilding, body composition, injury rehabilitation, and injury prevention. She has been passionate in health and fitness ever since her dad first brought her to the gym when she was 17 years old. Her dad being a former bodybuilder inspired her to start a fitness journey of her own. She is passionate about helping others become better versions of themselves. Sarah is looking to work with athletes who are ready to push themselves to the next level, reach their true potential, and want to change their body composition (fat loss, muscle gain).

Sarah’s Motto: “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”

Shavonne Tedstone

Personal Trainer

Shavonne has been in the fitness industry and competing since 2014. She has been passionate about fitness and bodybuilding for many many years. Her goal is to help guide people to achieve their fitness goals and live a healthier lifestyle.  She’s excited and proud to be a part of the Impact Fitness family. She is also a full time hair stylist and has been behind the chair for 12 years. She loves what she does…fitness and hair…making people look and feel their best.
Shavonne’s Motto: Motivation is what gets you started….. habit is what keeps you going.

Jessica Bossolt

Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor

AFAA CPT, AFAA Primary GFI, Yoga, HIIT, and Indoor Cycling, CPR/AED

After many years of studying yoga and meditation Jessica became certified to teach yoga in 2005. She has been teaching Hatha yoga, prenatal/postnatal yoga, and power yoga ever since. Slowly, she expanded her certifications to general group fitness classes, cycling classes, and HIIT classes. She has a background in occupational therapy, which allows her to adapt activities to students of all levels and abilities.

Jessica’s motto: “Do something today that your future self will thank you for!”

Group Fitness Instructors

Andrea Dagostino

Group Fitness Instructor

Kickboxing and Strength Conditioning

Andrea has been working as a fitness instructor for more than fifteen years. She is very passionate about fitness and is currently studying to get her NASM Personal Training certification. Helping people achieve their goals in her number one priority.

Andrea’s motto: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”

Cristina DeOliveira

Group Fitness Instructor

Certified Kick It By Eliza Instructor & Marketing professional

Growing up, Cristina was a competitive gymnast, turned all-star cheerleader, and graduated with a degree in Marketing from Quinnipiac University. After establishing her professional career, she wanted to get back into the fitness world, so she became a Kick It By Eliza instructor in September 2017. Cristina has been teaching Kick It throughout central Mass, building the FEMPIRE and expanding Kick It beyond the Boston area, where most instructors reside. Kick It is more than a workout; it’s a network of diverse women (and men), dedicated to empowering each other through exercise. Cristina strives to share her love of this workout, what it stands for, and use it to inspire others to feel their best.

Cristina’s motto: “With the right amount of effort, you can achieve anything you set your heart and mind to.”

Patti Desto

Group Fitness Instructor

Certified AFAA Primary GFI, SilverSneakers®, and BOOM®

Patti has been teaching exercise classes for many years. Although, she still teaches Step and Muscle/Cardio classes, she has been teaching Senior Fitness for 4 years and just loves it. She loves their enthusiasm and willingness to try new things, but the most rewarding part is that they notice results almost immediately.
Patti is married, has 3 grown children, 7 grandchildren and 3 wonderful little dogs, Henry, Dorothy and Lizzie Lu, all rescued from shelters. She enjoys hiking, going to Maine for long weekends, reading and just hanging out with friends.

Patti’s motto: “You are never too old to start some form of exercise. Move it or lose it is really true!”

Amy LeClaire

Group Fitness Instructor

Certified in Zumba®, SilverSneakers FLEX®, and CPR

Amy is a dancer, journalist and educator. She strives to help her members attain confidence in their unique abilities. A former Sally McDermott dancer of Auburn, Amy brings passion and technique to the fitness floor. Also mentored by Les Mills (Combat, Body Pump, Sh’Bam) she strives to balance fitness and dance amid her workouts. Amy is the author of widespread promotional articles, along with the highly acclaimed dog column for her beloved Golden, Lincoln. When not dancing, Amy can most likely be found writing stories, singing (karaoke), or spending time outdoors with her family. Amy’s oldest Zumba member is 89, her youngest 18. Amy longs to salsa until her late eighties and to live the sweet life—La Dolce Vita—while working hard doing what she loves and traveling to Italy every now and then.

Amy’s motto: “Kindness matters.”

Tracy McDonald

Group Fitness Instructor

HIIT, Cardio Boxing, and Strength Conditioning

Tracy has been teaching in the health and fitness industry for 18 years. She is a certified trainer and instructor. She teaches in gyms, colleges, businesses, and schools. She also travels and teaches for resorts all over the world. Tracy believes exercise should be fun, so she strives to make her classes just that…FUN! Tracy also enjoys spending time with her dogs.

Tracy’s motto: “Exercise should be fun.”

Tanya Pierre

Group Fitness Instructor

ISSA CPT, Medical Assistant Certification, CPR/AED

As a mother of two, I understand how hard it is to make time to work out, but it’s so important. It’s also important to get back to exercising with someone who understands exactly what mothers need to keep up with their children, and more importantly stay healthy for them. Fitness has always been a part of my life. I stopped working in the medical field after 12 years in 2017, so I can further my education and become a personal trainer. It was when I did my first show in 2015 a year after having my son, and the amount of women that reached out to me for advice is when I realized I have a huge passion for this. I love helping others achieve their fitness goals! I am excited to say I am in a field that I enjoy working in.

Tanya’s motto: “Each new day is an opportunity to improve yourself. TAKE IT and make the most out of it.”

Santa Rodriguez

Group Fitness Instructor

Certified in Zumba®, Zumba® Toning and STRONG by Zumba®

Since Santa was a little girl she’s always had a tremendous passion for dancing; it is one of the ways she releases her stress, but it also brings her creativity to life. She feels we all have a purpose to fulfill in this life and her purpose is to help people feel good about themselves. She lives in worcester, MA and has been a ZIN™ Member since May 2014. She absolutely loves being an instructor because it helps her connect with others’ souls and she thinks that’s beautiful.

Santa’s motto: “Impact others. Impress God.”

Jessica Saliba

Group Fitness Instructor

Certified in Barre, Zumba®, and Hip-Hop dance

Jessica has over 20 years of experience in the dance industry. She started dance training at a young age which eventually led to competitive dancing during her hghschool years. She joined the dance team in college and went on to teach both young children and adults ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop classes. She soon found a love for teaching fitness-based dance classes and currently teaches barre, Zumba and the occasional hip-hop class. She is currently working on becoming a kick boxing instructor.

Jessica is the mom to two amazing little boys and works as a kindergarten teacher during the day. She enjoys staying active and eating tacos in her spare time.

Evangelia Singas

Group Fitness Instructor

B.S. in Sports and Science, Certified in MOSSA Fight, Power, Ride, Active, Core, Les Mills The TRIP, Schwinn Cycling, and CPR

Evangelia has been a fitness instructor for many years, starting in Greece where she grew up and continued on when she moved to the United States. After taking a break to raise her two sons, she is teaching again and enjoying every minute.

From a young age, she was involved in a variety of sports, but track and field was her passion and she competed through college. She currently teaches at a few gyms in the local area. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and going out with her friends.

Melissa Vidal

Group Fitness Instructor

Melissa has been teaching group fitness classes for more than fifteen years. She was a stay-at-home mom of three and found teaching classes was a great way to get her workouts in and meet new people. After all these years, she still loves getting to meet new people and help them reach their fitness goals.