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WIFA Waves Episode 35 | WIFA Writer's Academy Scholars
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WIFA Waves Episode 35 | WIFA Writer's Academy Scholars

Sep 17, 2021

Episode 35 of WIFA Waves is an extra special one! Lindsey and Jennifer chat with a host of female writers from the WIFA Writer's Academy, as well as the program mentor, Lisa Greenbaum. The women share their takeaways from the academy, their goals as writers, what they are most proud of and how they will use the tools from the program to share their greatness with the world.

Listen to the full episode for all this and more! 

Full transcript available upon request.

Registration for the next round of WIFA Writer's Academy is now open! Learn more and register today

More about the scholars 

Jodie Boettger
Jodie Boettger is a caring educator, an engaging presenter, and an energetic fitness instructor and personal trainer. She prides herself on bringing students and clients to their “A-ha!” moments as they gain knowledge. Jodie loves to help people to move better. Her over 20-year career has included fitness management (PT and Group Fitness), lead choreographer and master trainer for a series of pre-choreographed programs for a 22 club fitness chain, industry recruiter, educator (certifying personal trainers and group fitness instructors), and fitness conference presenter. Calgary is her current residence and hometown. There you will often find her “zoom zoom-ing” around town in her Mazda 3, on her BMW motorbike, or on her bicycle. She loves the big sky and the big mountains. 

Lariassa Brown
Larissa Brown, MS, AFAA-GEI, ACE PT, ACSM EP-C,  is a health and fitness professional with 13 years of varied experience in the wellness industry.  She is the Coordinator, Instructional Programs-Group Exercise at Georgia State University and has her own fitness business. She helps fitness professionals develop in their career through training and mentorship opportunities. She is a certified professional, a wife, a mom, and a lover of learning. She loves to share her knowledge and experiences with others.

Melissa Crews
Melissa Crews is a NFPT Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Health Coach & ACE Group Instructor in the Houston area. Melissa is the owner of Seize the Moment Wellness Coaching and the Fitness Coordinator for University of Houston-Downtown. Melissa has been in the health & wellness industry for over 5 years and has been a guest speaker for Memorial Hermann/United Way, Lone Star College, and University of Houston Downtown events. Melissa’s goal is to motivate, inspire, and encourage others to live their best life through the power of becoming mentally strong and incorporating exercise to thrive through everyday life.

Amanda Joyce Jensen
Amanda Joyce is a health coach and author, raised on a ranch instilling in her the importance of nature and outdoors. A Light the Night award recipient, she raises funds for leukemia research and was interviewed around the globe about revolutionary immunotherapy. AJ is a certified ACE health and wellness educator at Wildly Healthy where she helps caregivers find time for wellbeing. She encourages resets for hearty and healthy wellness habits in her books, Encouraging Widows and Marshalling Beats of Your Heart.

 Michelle Leachman
Michelle Leachman, M.S. is determined to inspire, educate and motivate others towards self-discovery. She is an aspiring author in the framework of medical practices, a public speaker and movement focused business professional. She holds degrees in Human Movement Performance-Exercise Science and Journalism. She oversees the Department of Professional Education for the American Council on Exercise. She serves as a Global Ambassador for the Women in Fitness Association, is a Master Coach for CORE Health and Fitness and teaches group fitness for Equinox. Michelle enjoys all things active such as hiking, strength training, disc golf and anything with a touch of competition.

Karyn Silenzi
Karyn Silenzi has been a part of the health and fitness industry for 30 years and has coached individuals and businesses to successfully excel and expand their offerings. After graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Education, she pursued further education in fitness and exercise training with the belief that health and education go hand-in-hand. A former national and provincial team athlete, Karyn has worked and trained alongside Olympic and nationally ranked athletes. Karyn is a Master Trainer for Team ICG/Life Fitness Academy in North America and with LIVNorth in Canada. She also runs certification programs for personal trainers and fitness instructors through canfitpro. Karyn presents at international fitness conferences, writes articles and class profiles for companies, and facilitates workshops in several fitness modalities.

Lisa Greenbaum (Writer’s Academy Mentor)
Lisa Greenbaum E-RYT 500, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist and Author. Specializing in Yoga for trauma and mental well-being, her purpose is to empower herself and others to collectively raise our vibrations. Winner of the 2018 Canadian Presenter for canfitpro, Lisa sits on the editorial board for OptiMYz magazine, is a 100 top health influencer 2017-2021 and a global ambassador for the Women in Fitness Association. Creating inspirational experiences founded on authenticity and integrity is her mandate and she shares her passion by teaching workshops, courses and retreats both locally and internationally. She has been active in the fitness industry since 2001

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