Student Services Wellness Center

Meet the Trainers


Rheannon Bowman
  • Hometown: Savage, MN
  • Education: B.S Health Sciences from the University of South Dakota,Pursuing M.A. Kinesiology & Sport Science with Exercise Science specialization
  • Certifications: AFAA Personal Trainer, Krave Instructor, Group Fitness Instructor
  • Why I love to Train: It makes me feel great when people surprise themselves about what they can do & the things they can achieve; I love seeing the excitement in individuals as their fitness level and confidence grows.
  • Favorite Quote: "The secret of success is having the courage to begin in the first place" - George Burns
  • Personal Interests: Sports/Exercise, camping, 4-wheeling, being outdoors, and relaxing!
  • Fun Fit Fact About Me: I am very competitive and I love pushing myself to accomplish new fitness goals.

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Dottie Kerkman
  • Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
  • Education: B.A. Biology from Colorado University
  • Certifications: ACE Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Krave Instructor, Kettlebell Specialty
  • Why I Love to Train: It makes me feel good to see people excited about changes in their body, nutrition, and overall well being!
  • Favorite Quote: "He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything." ~Thomas Carlyle & "You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong." ~Abraham Lincoln
  • Personal Interests: Fishing, volleyball, hiking, doing 14ers, and watching movies with my family
  • Fun Fit Fact About Me: I am always trying to work myself harder because I never think it's good enough. Also, to make up for all the bad foods I eat!

Lynsey Mandela
  • Hometown: Burt, MI
  • Education: BA in Electronic Media/Broadcasting from Cedarville University
  • Certifications: AFPA Personal Training, NETA Group Fitness Instructor
  • Why I Love to Train: I love helping people better their lives and well-being through exercise and eating healthy.  I enjoy motivating people to meet a challenge, grow in confidence and take steps forward to succeed.    
  • Favorite Quote: "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do" - John Wooden
  • Personal Interests: Hiking, camping, water skiing, playing and watching sports and healthy cooking and baking.
  • Fun Fit Fact About Me: I've played basketball my entire life and also coached several years.  I still love competition and enjoy finding new ways to challenge and push myself.
Trevor McKown
  • Hometown: Hot Springs, SD
  • Education: B.A. Exercise Science from Lakeland College Sheboygan Wisconsin; Currently working on M.A. Kinesiology Exercise Science here at the University of South Dakota
  • Certifications: AFAA Personal Trainer
  • Why I love to Train: I enjoy seeing the progress that clients make and being able to be that person to help them along the way to reach their goals. I love being able to share that enjoyment of exercise with my clients and help in making strides for healthier lifestyles.
  • Favorite Quote: Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should accomplish with your ability. - John Wooden
  • Personal Interests: I enjoy hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, all sports, riding horses, and just the great outdoors in general!
  • Fun Fit Fact About Me: My competitive spirit comes from playing basketball at Lakeland college, and I bring that competitive spirit to my workouts.

Heather Petrino
  • Hometown: Helena, MT
  • Education: BS Marketing & Management University of MT; MBA University of Mary
  • Certifications: Personal Training - ACE; Pilates - AAAI; Pre-Postnatal Pilates - DSW; Yoga for Group Fitness - DSW
  • Why I love to Train: I love helping others achieve their goals and helping them reach new limits
  • Favorite Quote: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13
  • Personal Interests: Reading, Running, Playing with Kids, Scrapbooking
  • Fun Fit Fact About Me: I love teaching kids yoga

Tanya Woodard
  • Hometown: Sterling, CO
  • Education: University of Colorado - Boulder - Speach, Language & Hearing Sciences
  • Certifications: AFAA Personal Trainer
  • Why I Love to Train: I love training because I get to interact with clients and watch transformations take place as they realize their potential not only physically, but also mentally.
  • Favorite Quote: "It's not about perfect, it's about effort!" - Jullian Michaels
  • Personal Interests: Journaling, running, reading classics, spending time outdoors
  • Fun Fit Fact About Me: My fitness goal is to run a marathon.
Eric Weidenman
  • Hometown: Huron, SD
  • Education: B.S. Psychology, pursuing M.A. in Kinesiology and Sport Science
  • Certifications: AFFA Personal Fitness Trainer, Krave Instructor
  • Why I love to Train: Watching my clients push themselves beyond what they though their limits were and achieving goals they've been working towards and helping them through the struggle
  • Favorite Quote: "Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible." - Doug Lawson
    "The best climber in the world is the one who's having the most fun." - Alex Lowe
  • Personal Interests: All things sports, with a special focus on rock climbing and resistance training specific to rock climbing.
  • Fun Fit Fact About Me: I love to rock climb and spend as much time outside or at the crag as I can, even if it is just sitting in my hammock.
Barbara Yelverton
  • Hometown: Vermillion, SD
  • Education: University of South Dakota, Iowa State, University of West Florida
  • Certifications: NETA Personal Trainer, Spin, Cycling
  • Why I love to Train: Empowering people to realize what their bodies can do when trained properly, as well as being a part of this process is exciting and gratifying
  • Favorite Quote: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" - Ghandi
    "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life" - Picasso
  • Personal Interests: Cycling, running, kayaking, traveling, hiking and reading
  • Fun Fit Fact About Me: Spent 3 days sea kayaking off the San Juan Islands, WA. Also, hiked 2 weeks Patagonia, Chile.