Meet our Instructors
Susan McPherson: Kettlebell Fitness
My original reason for getting into fitness and health promotion was due to adolescent obesity; the total percentage of adolescents who are overweight and obese has increased substantially. With changes occurring in society, children, adolescents, and adults have become extremely sedentary; the introduction and growth of technology has been a gift and a curse. With my observations, I decided to pursue a career in health and fitness. I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. I teach a few fitness classes and hope to expand. When I'm not at the gym, I enjoy spending time doing other recreational physical activities such as biking and bowling; I also love to travel.
Jim Stout: Yoga
Jim joined Detroit Mercy in 1994, and also teaches at two yoga studios: Everyday Yoga in Royal Oak/Clawson, and Yoga Now in West Bloomfield. Jim is an avid runner and cyclist, having participated in marathons, long distance road cycling and mountain biking. Jim has the 200 hour certification as recognized by Yoga Alliance. He is also a certified spinning instructor.
Matt Chesley: Cardio Bootcamp / Butts & Guts
I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, as well as the founder of the Detroit Mercy Biggest Loser. Since January 2013, I have lost 70 lbs and kept it off. I love teaching others about fitness and introducing new exercises to break the monotony of exercising the same way every week. I sing and play guitar in a band and have played Hard Rock Cafe Detroit, St. Andrew's Hall, and the Pike Room. I have shared the stage with Everclear, Fall Out Boy, and Chiodos. I have a daughter born in July 2014 and a son born August 2016.
Mina Cunmulaj: Yoga
I got into yoga/fitness because in October of 2014, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Instead of taking medication, I wanted to take a more holistic pathway by becoming healthy as a whole. I changed my diet and my lifestyle, and that's what made me so passionate about yoga! (: I'm going to school for Pre Med Biology, in hopes of becoming a neurologist some day. In my free time I do yoga...of course, ride my horse, and prepare for the Miss Michigan pageant by working out. In addition to that, I really enjoy cooking!
Taylor Turk: Barre
I am a third year Business Administration student here at Detroit Mercy. I am currently on the Detroit Titans Dance Team. Dancing is my passion. I have been dancing competitively since I was five. Dancing has been a huge part of my life and I am looking forward to sharing that with others.
Alissa Gianferrara: Beach Body
I am a junior in the nursing program with a minor in Leadership. As a future nurse, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is vital to providing great care not only for my patients, but myself as well. I have been active all my life in dance, tennis, cross country, pilates, and strength training. I love learning new fitness tips and tricks from anyone willing to share. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and volunteer work.