Meet the Instructors


LAUREN CRUSOE    Fitness and Wellness GA


Hello my name is Lauren Crusoe I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science at Southern Illinois University and currently pursing my Master of Science Degree in Human Performance. I am the Fitness Manager here at Texas Southern University Student Recreation Center; Metabolic Specialist and Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor. I currently hold certifications for TRX Suspension Training, Red Cross CPR/AED, M3 Keiser & Metabolic Technician. My job is educate the "Healthy Way Of Life Living"




Hello Tigers!!!

My name is Maria Tavera, your Zumba Instructor for the 2013-2014 Session!!! A graduate of the illustrious Texas Southern University- Class of 2013!!! I acquired a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a Chemistry minor.I am currently a Post-Baccalaureate Student that will be starting the Accelerated Nursing Program at UTMB this upcoming summer. Serving you as a certified Group Exercise Instructor & Zumba Instructor- I plan on adding more certifications under my belt as time progresses!;) Lover of all things fun and yummy, fitness and food are my #1 passion!!! If you need help with anything concerning cleaning up your diet or getting in shape, please feel free to ask me questions when you see me and if I cannot help I will be sure to refer you to someone who can!!!  For fitness tips and "Clean" recipes, check out my blog :





Deanna Voltz is a self-contracted nationally certified yoga instructor who practiced and studied under Lex Gillan at the Yoga Institute of Houston Texas; where she completed her 200-hour teacher training. She is Yoga Alliance certified, a part of the National Association of Certified Yoga Teachers (NACYT) and holds a yoga certification through AFAA. Deanna is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the field of psychology with a focus on Health and Human Development. She holds a bachelor’s of science degree in psychology and a master’s degree in sport psychology; in addition she has completed graduate work in counseling psychology.






My name is Jennifer ‘Jiffy’ Morales. I am a veteran Personal trainer, Group exercise instructor, fitness and wellness coach, a licensed amateur boxer, as well as a boxing coach, a team leader and a physiology lab assistant. Fitness and nutrition is my passion as I have successfully proven innovative methods to help my clients and athletes reach their goals ranging from weight loss to flying like a butterfly and stinging like a bee. My abilities are limitless and my strengths in the gym are beyond believable. Some areas that I specialize in include strength and conditioning regimens, footwork and agility, speed and max interval training, Crossfit, plyometrics, TRX aerobics, anaerobics, and most importantly mental training with an emphasis on focus, motivation, and self-hypnosis. I believe that anything is possible if you believe it is possible. Take it from a CHAMP!

Boxing your Brains Out,





My hometown is Ashburn, Virginia; an area more commonly known as Northern Virginia located about 20 minutes outside of Washington D.C.  My major is Business Management, Class of Fall 2013.  My strengths in the gym are calisthenics, body weight training, and core training.  The greatest asset I will bring to the rec is discipline. My primary goals for the 2013-2014 year at TSU are to raise the vibration of the students and teach healthy living habits, whether nutrition or fitness; but of course, as a student, my main goal is to graduate from undergrad in Spring 2014, and return to school in the fall to obtain my masters in strength and conditioning.   




Name: Alexander Crenshaw

Major: Psychology

Minor: Public Health

Year: Senior

Certification: Group Ex Instructor

Specialization: Bootcamp, Full Body Conditioning

Quote: When you look good, you feel good; and when you feel good, you operate to the best of your ability. Fitness...Its not just exercise, its a lifestyle




Alexis Mcafee is my name. I am a former TSU Tigeress Dance Team member as well as a former member of the Texas Southern university cheerleader.  I am 22 years old from San Diego California a senior majoring in communications. I serve as a group exercise instructor here at the Rec. where I teach Cardio Tiger Tease and werk it. My motto is "When I turned my can't in to cans I turned my dreams into plans" Come join me.




Name: Oyah Kheperu

Major: Human Performance

Position: Graduate Assistant of Recreation Programs/ Yogalates Instructor

I aspire to be a Director of Recreation, Health Coach, and help motivate my peers to lead a healthy and productive lifestyle. 

Quote: “Toughness is in the Soul and Spirit, Not in Muscles”









My name is Alandrea Pfeifer and I am a senior from the schools of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences and the Barbra Jordan- Mickey Leeland School of Public Affairs. Fitness has always and will forever be the joy of my life. Going from playing basketball and winning state titles to exploring the entire aspect of a fit life has changed my life completely. I am now certified in Personal Training and Group Exercise. With one of my majors being psychology, a physical health as well as a healthy mental state of being is equally important to me. I am currently a Yoga Instructor and I look forward to instructing Yogalates here at Texas Southern University. I am ultimately here to help, motivate and learn. Help you get fit, motivate you to push forward, even through the pain and learn what helps make a person enjoy their life. I look forward to working with all my fellow Tigers, Faculty and Staff, and our surrounding community. Be blessed and remember if it doesn't challenge you it doesn't change you.




About Me: For as long as I can remember I have always been active, playing sports, running and just enjoying life. Being an athlete introduced me to training at an early age. Weight, Speed, Agility, etc. training helped me on and off the playing field. I took this love of health and fitness to become a Health Coach and Fitness Instructor. My goal is to motivate, inspire, and educate others about the benefits of exercising and living a healthy lifestyle.  My numerous experiences have instilled in me the patience and understanding to work with diverse populations and customize workout plans to meet individual needs and achieve goals.  Health and fitness is more than just your appearance; exercising makes us feel better and live healthier. With patience and persistence, anyone can achieve realistic goals, including high self-esteem, confidence, and the body you desire. I strive to create a personal relationship with all my clients.  Exercise, nutrition, and determination are the keys to success.  I'm here to provide encouragement, confidence, motivation, and strength, to help you reach your fitness goals!  




KNUBIAN "SUAVE"  H.I.T.T. ; 20/20/5

My name is Knubian Gatlin. I am a freshman at Texas Southern University majoring in dietetics. I am an Honors College Scholar and plan to graduate in 2017. I am a certified group fitness instructor, and I specialize in metabolic, resistance, circuit training, and beginner suspension training.
Quote: "Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever." L.A. (Lance Armstrong)  



Edward Mendez I am a junior majoring in Health Studies at Texas Southern university. I am set to graduate spring 2015 and will continue with Physical Therapy.

I am also known as Lalo because it describes who I am. I use it as an acronym to Living Above Life’s Obstacles (L.A.L.O). Fitness is my lifestyle, I love it I love it. It’s my Passion, I don’t have to say it my actions, and my energy states it all. I believe that everyone can love it, everyone can succeed in accomplishing any goal in life whether is, fitness, work, relationship or spiritually. It all starts with a Vision, period. I wake up every day with the vision of working harder than yesterday making me one day closer to give Life to my dreams. Are you giving Life to your Dreams?




Hi, my name is Powell, Anthony. I am currently majoring in Computer Science with a concentration in networking and Political Science. I'm 25 years old and  health and wellness is a passion of mine. I'm a specialist with the Texas Army National Guard and a herbalife independent distributor.  I started my journey a year and a half ago so I know the feeling most beginners have.  my goal is to help you overcome the obstacles holding you back from your fitness goals and help you feel even better in your own skin. I am proud to be a pillar of support for my classmates, my  professors , and my community and I will work hard to help you.




I am Jerry Webb  a certified group ex instructor. Fitness has always been apart of my life, I have played on a championship football team, trained with NFL players, and have had prior amateur boxing training. Fall 2013 semester I taught the Tiger cycling class here at the Recreation Center that focused on endurance and strength.  My passion for bikes and dedication to health provides me with the tools needed to properly instruct this spring semesters cycling camp. I am a goal oriented person with "Hard Work & Dedication" printed on my heart. I am here to help any person seeking mental and physical knowledge or anyone who just want to be healthy fit. 















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