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Matt Gentry || Terry Gingell || Thom Glielmi || Mike Graczyk || Ken Greer


Casey Hall || Clinton Hayes || Danielle Henderson || Kathryn Imrie || Ted Knapp || Jeff LaMere || Sasha Lepiashinski || Tia Lillie || Stacie K. Lonaker || Sara Lowe


Michele Mandell || Linda Manuel || Monica Mark || Phil Marrone || Ann Merlo || Jim Miller 


Mary O’Connell || Caroline O’Connor || Susan Ortwein || Tamar Petrosian || George Pogosov


Paul Ratcliffe || Conrad Ray || Philip Rowe


Tom Sarsfield || Donald Shaw || Ken Shibuya || Shashin Shodhan || John Smith || Kristen Smyth || Chris Swircek || Mark Talbott || John Tanner || Bernardo Tapia || Matthew Thornton


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Nanci Conniff

Instructor – Yoga, Core, Pilates


Nanci currently teaches Pilates, yoga and core training techniques at Stanford University. Her students include undergraduate and graduate students as well as many top collegiate athletes and post doctoral candidates. As a Sports Performance Coordinator, Nanci teaches Pilates and yoga to a host of Stanford’s Athletic Teams. She was a Pilates and yoga instructor for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Swim Team and continues to provide Pilates and yoga sessions to professional athletes from the NFL and NBA. Prior to coming to Stanford she founded Cardio Classic, which provided continuing education conferences for fitness professionals. She has served as an Educational Director for the International Aerobic Federation, the governing body of the World Sport Aerobic Championships and was a member of the Presidents Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. She holds fitness certificates from the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Council on Exercise and in Classical Pilates Technique from the Physical Mind Institute. Nanci is a ten-time recipient of the John S. Knight Foundation’s Favorite Professor Award.

“If through teaching, I can uplift others to the joy I feel when I am in balance, then I have offered something of value.”

Terry Gingell

Instructor – Golf


Terry is a Class A PGA Member who joined Stanford Golf Course as an assistant golf professional in July 2011. Terry has been teaching and coaching golf for more than twenty years. Terry is well versed in the methodologies of the best teaching professionals and has attended countless seminars and schools.

Ken Greer

Instructor -Social Dance


Ken currently teaches Social Dance. He holds a BS in Chemistry and MS in Math/Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University. He has held positions as a research scientist with Bell Northern Research and Hewlett Packard Labs, and later founded Elan Computer Group, Inc., where he was President and CEO for 14 years. Most recently, Ken was awarded two patents in the area of stealth radiation detection and the company Veritainer was formed based on these patents. He currently holds the position of Consulting Scientist with Veritainer. Ken concurrently runs the social networking company Dancesoft, and developed, and He has had a parallel career in dance for 20 years as a competitive dancer in West Coast Swing, American Smooth, American Rhythm, and International Standard. Ken has been teaching dance for 6 years and currently competes in International Standard Ballroom at the Championship level. He has been teaching at Stanford for the last 5 years.

Casey Hall

Instructor – Golf


Casey Hall, LPGA Member Apprentice, is the newest addition to the professional staff at Stanford Golf Course. She has been teaching in the Bay Area for the last 5 years and, most recently, was the golf operations manager at Coyote Creek Golf Club. Prior to that, Casey was the first assistant at Saratoga Country Club where she provided both private and group instruction.

Over the years, Casey has become very involved in a number of junior programs. While at Saratoga, she created a junior development program geared towards competitive golf. She was also the head coach for the Saratoga High School girls golf team for the past 3 years and continues to be involved with many schools throughout the area.

Tia Lillie

Tia Lillie

Tia joined the department in 2013 as the Assistant Director for Physical Education after working as the Recreation Manager and Physical Education Instructor at Caltech. Prior to Caltech, she was the Coordinator of Health Promotion and Education at Saint Mary’s College of California. Tia holds a Doctorate in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Utah with a focus in Exercise Physiology and an emphasis in Health Promotion and Education. In her free time she enjoys running, indoor cycling, hiking and spending time with her family and friends.

Stacie K. Lonaker

Instructor – Swimming


Stacie introduced the Overcome Fear of Water Class in 2009. She has previously been a beginning, advanced beginning and intermediate swimming instructor. She earned a M.A. and B.S. in Kinesiology from San Jose State. She is also a Miracle Swim Institute Trained Instructor.

Michele Mandell

Instructor – Total Body Workout, Kickboxing


Michele teaches Cardio Kickboxing, Total Body Workout, Gluts and Abs and Cycle at Stanford. She earned a B.A. in Exercise Physiology and is certified by ACSM, ACE and AFAA. Michele has been teaching group classes since 1986 and it is in her 10th year at Stanford. In her free time she enjoys hiking and hanging out with friends.

Linda Manuel

Instructor – Fitness


Education and Certifications:
• California State University East Bay, B.S. in Physical Education
• California State University East Bay, M.S. in Kinesiology
• ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

Training Philosophy:
Exercise enhances every aspect of your physical & mental well-being. Fitness programs need to be fun as well as challenging to stay motivated and focused on your goals. Be strong in mind and body for optimal fitness.

• Functional Fitness
• Strength Training
• Nutrition & Weight management
• Flexibility Programs
• Seniors
• Pre/Post Natal
• Posture and Alignment

Monica Mark

Instructor – Hip Hop, Cardio Dance and Core Training


Dancer/Choreographer, Monica Mark was born to dance! She began at the age of 3 and hasn’t slowed down since. She has studied at the Hunter College of NY, where she trained in Contemporary, Ballet and Jazz Dance . Later on she picked up West African Dance and Hip Hop. Monica has performed with dance companies in NY, and London, including her own, U Dance Electra! A funky, Contemporary dance troupe that rocked the stages and festivals around the Bay Area. She currently teaches at several schools and clubs including JCC and Stanford University. When you step into one of Monica’s classes, get ready for a wild ride and an awesome workout, set to a colorful array of music, ranging from Disco, to Punk and everything in between!

Phil Marrone

Instructor – Golf


In the past 27 years, Phil has taught golf at Stanford in PE and Rec classes, Tech Camp and private lessons. Phil has been the Assistant GM/Head Professional at Stanford for the last 17 years. He has been a PGA member for 24 years and has run numerous PGA clinics and seminars. He attended St. Francis High School and Boise State University. Presently, he coaches the boys and girls golf teams at St. Francis High School. In his free time, he is the bassist/guitarist in the popular San Jose rock band BentPeter. He once played “The Longest 9 Holes” – San Francisco to LA in 17 days on foot in 1974.

Ann Merlo

Instructor – Yoga


Ann has taught yoga since 1993 and has been at Stanford since 2000. She is a graduate of the Advanced Studies Program at The Yoga Room in Berkeley and is a Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher. She is also certified in Pilates fundamentals and mat work. She is a co-owner and a teacher at the California Yoga Center that has studios in Palo Alto and Mountain View. Ann says, “Yoga is my business and my focus. I even met my husband in a yoga class that we were both taking.”

Jim Miller

Instructor – Golf


Jim has been teaching golf at Stanford since September 1993, and usually teaches about 8-9 classes a quarter. For 16 years, he was the coordinator of the P.E. & REC golf program here at Stanford. In 1999, he became the coordinator of the “Golf: For Business & Life Program”. In 2009, this program was renamed Play Golf America Universities. He graduated from UCLA in 1983 with a BA in political science and became a PGA Class “A” Member in 1991. He has been involved in the golf business for over 25 years and has over 21 years experience teaching golf both privately and in small or large group clinics.

Mary O’Connell

Instructor – Fitness


Mary has been a fitness instructor for over 30 years. She began beebopping in the era of legwarmers and unitards, and has evolved her current fitness style with a focus on dance and functional movement. Everything Mary does stems from her love of people, love of movement, and love of learning! As an instructor, she strives to help people discover that fitness can be fun and sweaty and kind to our bodies. In her spare time, Mary works at a medical device startup on a device that helps relieve pain in osteoarthritic knees without replacing the joint.

Tamar Petrosian

Instructor – Fitness


Education and Certifications:
• San Jose State University, B.S. in Kinesiology
• USA Weightlifting

Training Philosophy:
Exercise improves quality of life by expanding clarity, and giving peace of mind, energy and happiness. Through an exercise program you learn consistency, dedication, hard work and determination in order to reach your goals. I love helping people find enjoyment in movement, and realize the excitement and spark it can create. Having a healthy, fit and strong body is such an important part of life and my goal is to help people not only realize this, but also notice how it affects the rest of their lives.

• Strength training
• Weight Reduction
• Sports Specific Training
• Injury Prevention
• Core Strength and Development

Tom Sarsfield

Instructor -Tennis


A respected USPTA teaching professional, Tom is the director of the Whitlinger & Sarsfield recreation tennis programs. He is a graduate of San Jose State University in Physical Education and began his coaching/ teaching career in 1981 with stints at the Almaden Swim & Racquet Club in San Jose, Saratoga High School, and has been involved with the Stanford Tennis Program since 1987. He was nationally recognized in 2002 as a member of the first USTA All-American Team for his contributions in growing the game of tennis.

Donald Shaw

Instructor – Golf, Volleyball


Don has taught sand volleyball and golf at Stanford for 30 years. He is the former Men’s and Women’s Head Volleyball Coach at Stanford and is a former professional indoor beach volleyball player. A fun fact about Don is that he is an avid golfer with a 2 handicap.

Shashin Shodhan

Instructor -Table Tennis


Shashin has been a Table Tennis Instructor at Stanford for 4 years. He is a USA Table Tennis Regional Certified Coach and has over 20 years experience as a player, coach, organizer and promoter. He is the winner of 15 National and International Titles. He has represented the US at the North American Olympic Trials, World University Championships, ITTF Pro Tours and International Junior Opens. He enjoys watching all sports.

Bernardo Tapia

Instructor – Fit 2 Run

Bernardo Tapia

Bernardo is the Assistant Fitness Manager for Recreational and Wellness Programs and LKSC Fitness Center, a father and endurance athlete. He joined the Stanford Rec team in 2008 after having graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Political Science. Before coming to Stanford he worked in law for 7 years. A Bay Area native Bernardo enjoys running and biking all over the Peninsula and Santa Cruz Mountains on the weekends as well as providing coaching programs for local races. Bernardo competes regularly in running events and triathlons. At Stanford Bernardo is a ‘go to guy’. In addition to running the medical school fitness center he assists with the running of the fitness programs as well as being a running coach and certified personal trainer. In 2008 he started Fit2Run, a running group, that focuses on instructing all levels of fitness to run and participate in 5K’s to Marathons. In addition Bernardo has taught many group fitness classes including Boot Camp, Cross Training, TRX, Walking for Fitness and Wellness on Wheels. His fitness philosophy is to stay active everyday. Bernardo’s son, Dominic, works for Stanford at the All Sports Camp and goes to Sonoma State.

Matthew Thornton

Instructor – Tennis


Matthew Thornton began teaching tennis at Stanford in 2011 following coaching stints at Mission College, Decathlon Club, and San Jose State University. Additionally, he has taught basketball, golf, badminton, soccer, softball, swimming, and volleyball classes at the youth, high school, and collegiate level throughout the Bay Area. Thornton is a certified USPTA teaching professional and an active USTA adult tennis player. Prior to his addiction to tennis, Thornton played competitive basketball and intercollegiate golf at Holy Names University. On the weekends Thornton can often be found at Special Olympic events or paling around with his five little nephews.

Todd Vas Dias

Instructor – Sailing

Vas Dias

Todd Vas Dias first started teaching sailing at the University of Hawaii in dinghies and then keel in boats. He has been a US Sailing certified instructor since 1998. Todd has been teaching for Stanford University’s summer sailing programs for the past 3 summers, instructing both beginner and intermediate sailors from 8 to 68 years of age. Todd loves to see the joy and thrill people experience as they learn to use the wind to glide swiftly over the water. Todd has extensive sailing experience cruising between the Hawaiian islands and within the San Francisco Bay. He is also an accomplished surfer, who has surfed Maverick’s and dozens of other surf destinations all around the world.