The Team

Grisel Diaz

Grisel Diaz

Zumba instructor

Grisel became a Certified Zumba Instructor a little more than three years ago, and has been volunteering with “Amigas en Salud” since 2016. She is originally from Mexico and has been living in North Carolina since 1999.

“I have been dancing since I was in elementary school participating in all my school festivals, so dancing is in my blood!  Dancing burns a lot of calories and also has mood and mind benefits. The rest is history! I have been enjoying and dancing to all rhythms and genres and I hope to keep dancing for a long, long time!”

Kattia Blanco-Acuna

Kattia Blanco-Acuna

Zumba instructor

Kattia is a certified Spinning® Instructor and a ZIN Zumba Instructor, and has been volunteering with “Amigas en Salud” since July, 2017.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in education, and a dual Master’s degree (Educational Psychology and Agricultural Education with emphasis in Nutrition Education).

“I strongly believe that we need to dance, chat, sing… and repeat!”

 

Olivia Desena

Olivia Desena

Cardio Dance Instructor

Olivia is a Cardio Dance instructor and Doctor of Physical Therapy student at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has been teaching group fitness classes with UNC Campus Recreation since 2015, including Cardio Dance, Boot Camp, and TRX formats.

She aspires to become fluent in Spanish, and enjoys volunteering with both Amigas en Salud and SHAC Physical Therapy.

Melissa Jensen and Alison Lacko

Melissa Jensen and Alison Lacko

Directors

Alison and Melissa are doctoral students in the Nutrition Department at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Alison is interested in better understanding health disparities and inequities, and the strategies needed to reduce them. Melissa is focusing her work on obesity prevention policies in the context of Latin America.

They have been volunteering with “Amigas” since January 2017, and are currently the program co-directors. They enjoy the opportunity of promoting health in the community, and dancing to fun music, with great people every week!

A BIG THANK YOU to our past & present volunteers!

A BIG THANK YOU to our past & present volunteers!

Liz McInerney of the Duke Department of Psychiatry, Romina Fabiola Boyle, Lisa Spees, Pat Pande of FootCentric, Liz Waddell, Kristen Pate of Fleet Feet, Deborah Lemmerman, Katie Kline, Abigail Liberty, Mitzy Gonzalez, Norma Marti, Lisa Garland of Planned Parenthood, Linda Chamiec-Case of Compass Center, Ellese Nickles, Cara Hehn, Angela Lucero, Brett Sheppard and Katy Phillips at Farmer Foodshare, Rachael Whittemore, Edwin Alcorn, and Timarie Chan.