2014

Judi Sheppard Missett
Judi Sheppard Missett
Judi turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon when she founded Jazzercise in 1969. Today she is CEO, teaches classes, choreographs routines, travels extensively as a guest presenter, writes as a featured blogger for Huffington Post and oversees corporate staff and 7,800 franchisees worldwide. Together with her Jazzercise instructors, she has helped raise over $28 million for a wide range of charitable organizations. Honors include Lifetime Achievement Awards from the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, induction into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame, the President's Award from the Women Presidents' Organization and the Committee of 200's Entrepreneurial Champion Luminary Award.

Little known facts...

Did you know Judi gets a huge kick out of watching Modern Family? Even the reruns make her laugh out loud. If she were to start another career (in her spare time) she'd be an interior designer. Judi adores cherry pie and loves going to drive-thru restaurants to order a small Dr. Pepper with extra ice.
Shanna Missett Nelson
Shanna Missett Nelson
Shanna is President of Jazzercise. Together with Judi, she manages the direction of the company and leads the Jazzercise management team. Shanna is a 26-year instructor, a featured presenter at fitness conventions, and has performed at numerous fundraisers and charity events. She is featured in Jazzercise DVDs Dance HiiT by Jazzercise, Dancin' Abs by Jazzercise, Jazzercise CORE, and Burlesque by Jazzercise. Shanna is a Taping Team member and co-manages Jazzercise Fitness Centers in Oceanside and La Costa, California.

Little known facts...

Shanna's daughters, Skyla and Sienna, accuse their Mom of being overly chatty and friendly. Shanna's friends and coworkers count on her to provide comic relief in awkward situations.
Skyla Nelson
Skyla Nelson
Skyla has been dancing and doing gymnastics since age 2. Now 12 years old and starting middle school as a 6th grader, Skyla dances 15+ hours a week and loves it! She’s been a competitive dancer for 3 years, competing in jazz, tap and hip hop. She started competing as a soloist this past year. She studies ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap and hip hop. Skyla is equally dedicated to academics. She earned an award for having one of the highest grade point averages in her elementary school.

Little known facts...

Skyla loves all kinds of art including painting. She also loves dance, gymnastics, school and spending time with her friends—especially sleepovers. Her favorite foods are chicken nuggets, pizza, pasta, goldfish crackers and chocolate mint ice cream.
Sienna Nelson
Sienna Nelson
Sienna is 8 years old and has been dancing and doing gymnastics since she was 18 months. This is her second year as a competitive dancer. Sienna dances 9 hours each week, taking tap, jazz, and ballet classes. Tap is her favorite. Sienna is in 3rd grade at an international baccalaureate elementary school where she is a great student. She has received awards for being a great communicator and leader at school. Sienna loves dancing and can be found most days leading a gymnastics class at recess.

Little known facts...

Sienna loves to play, especially with her American Girl dolls. Her passions include painting and making beautiful bead bracelets. Sienna’s favorite foods are cheese, pizza, burritos, bologna and especially SUSHI!
Nancy Brady
Nancy Brady
Nancy, a 28-year Jazzercise instructor and Taping Team Member, owns and manages the Jazzercise location in Dana Point, California. Nancy has appeared in Jazz Cardio Strength Stretch, a public access TV program, and traveled extensively as a Jazzercise presenter.

Little known facts...

Nancy has her Master's degree in Special Education and a certificate in Assistive Technology. She teaches children and adults with nonverbal autism how to type to communicate, mostly using the iPad. Nancy's son is impacted by autism and finding out that he could read and spell at 4 years old changed the way her family viewed her son and autism. She volunteers at Wapadh in Whittier, CA leading free communication workshops for kids and adults who want to learn Supported Typing.
Kenny Harvey
Kenny Harvey
Kenny is a 31-year veteran of Jazzercise and VP of International Sales & Corporate Events at Jazzercise, Inc. He served as Executive Director of Jazzercise Japan in Tokyo for 4 years where he performed in and/or produced events including the Yokohama Exotic Show ’89, MYCAL Japan Bowl, Nippon Ham Pregame Show, Potato Bowl and Hiroshima Flower Festival. Kenny teaches at the corporate Jazzercise Fitness Center in Oceanside, California and travels internationally as a presenter at fitness conventions and instructor meetings. A Jazzercise Hall of Fame member, Kenny is also a member of IDEA, the Association of Fitness Professionals.

Little known facts...

Kenny loves to laugh and make others laugh as well! Life is about choices and Kenny chooses to see the glass as half full vs. half empty. He wakes up every morning saying, “Today is going to be a FUN day!”…and sets out to spread that "can do" attitude and message to all around him. Kenny is addicted to Diet Coke and LOVES Mos Burger with their motto “making people happy through food!”
Young McCarthy
Young McCarthy
Young is a 19-year Jazzercise instructor, Taping Team Member, Manager of Instructor Development and instructor at the Jazzercise Fitness Center in Oceanside, California. Young has appeared in Jazzercise DVDs Dance HiiT by Jazzercise, Dancin' Abs by Jazzercise and Jazz Cardio Strength Stretch.

Little known facts...

Young has a daughter named Neveah (which is "heaven" spelled backward) who is following in her Mom's footsteps as a dancer. And Young is a closet mixed martial arts (MMA) fighting fan. Who knew?
Rich Mundy
Rich Mundy
Rich is a 28-year Jazzercise instructor, Taping Team Member, District Manager for the Pacific Northwest, and owns three Jazzercise Fitness Centers in Portland, Oregon. He has appeared in the DVD Jazz Cardio Strength Stretch and travels regularly as a Jazzercise presenter.

Little known facts...

In his spare time Rich hikes, water skis, runs with his dog, reads and supports the Oregon Humane Society. If he were stranded on a desert island the one thing he couldn't live without is his best friend, Shanna. Rich is addicted to Louis Vuitton-bags, wallets, briefcases, luggage, etc.-and has to teach more and more Jazzercise classes to support his habit.
Tim Roberts
Tim Roberts
Tim is a professional dancer, teacher, choreographer, and aerobic champion and teaches at many Jazzercise events. He helped choreograph and performed in the closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Barcelona and his TV credits extend from Disney to the ESPN National Aerobic Championships.

Little known facts...

Tim would love to be personal trainer to the stars such as Beyonce, Jlo, Oprah, John Hamm, Ellen Degeneres, Will and Kate, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim K. He’s obsessed with all things dance, Good Morning America, Scandal, tennis w/Serena, golf w/ Tiger, mini coopers, HGTV, and ICE CREAM!!!! And finally he cherishes his dance students, friends and most important family which includes Judi, Shanna, Kenny and all of his Jazzercise supporters...and shouted, “I love you all!”
Emily Tyson
Emily Tyson
Emily is a 9-year Jazzercise instructor, the Junior Jazzercise Coordinator and the Training and Development Coordinator. She helped choreograph the Ballet Body by Jazzercise DVD and appeared in both the Ballet Body by Jazzercise and Burlesque by Jazzercise DVDs. Emily was featured as a guest presenter at the Come Together Jazzercise Franchisee Conference in Tokyo in 2012. She teaches at the Oceanside and La Costa Fitness Centers.

Little known facts...

Emily was extremely shy as a little girl. Her Mom signed her up for baton twirling and dance to help her break out of her shell. We’d say it definitely did the trick! She is a foodie who loves to eat and try new things. The holiday season is Emily’s favorite time of year because she loves giving gifts.
Chere vanLigten
Chere vanLigten
Chere, a 32-year Jazzercise instructor and Taping Team Member, teaches at the Jazzercise Fitness Center in Oceanside, California, and is an AFAA certified personal trainer. Chere travels regularly as a Jazzercise presenter and is featured in the DVDs Jazzercise CORE and Jazz Cardio Strength Stretch.

Little known facts...

Chere's pet peeves include litterbugs and bras that are too tight. She loves anything outdoors and her dream job, aside from Jazzercise, would be working outside in the blue sky with her hands in the dirt on a farm, ranch or garden.