Our instructors are committed to helping our clients live well‑balanced lives.


Julie Barnett

Main Location and Monte Sano

Julie enjoys sharing her passion of health and fitness with others while trying to encourage them to move more today than yesterday, in order to have good quality of life. She’s a NETA Certified Personal Trainer, FitOps - Certified Veteran Fitness Operative, Revelation Wellness Group Fitness Instructor and Spin Instructor.

Julie is an Air Force Veteran, spouse to an Air Force Veteran retiree, and mother to two adult daughters.


Jill Chadwick

Main Location and Monrovia

While writing an article for Shattered, Inc.’s Community Journal, Jill discovered Steady for Life's programs and was inspired to become a licensed Zumba instructor and Senior Fitness Specialist.

She is teaching Move to the Music classes at Main and Monrovia.


Brenda Cowan

Brenda Cowan, a graduate of the University of Virginia (BSN ’77) has enjoyed an extensive and diverse nursing career. Since her move to Huntsville, AL, she has revitalized the Health Ministry of her church regarding health and wellness. She is also on the ground floor of establishing a network of Faith Community Nurses of Northern Alabama as a resource sharing group.

In her free time, she is a part-time CPR instructor at Huntsville Hospital. We are thrilled that she has earned a Senior Fitness Specialist Certification while teaching at Steady for Life.


Sara Dull

All Saints

Sara has been an educator working with both children and adult students for over forty years, in the United States and Europe. She has been a part of our classes as a student and a teacher for six years and holds the “Ageless Grace” certification—training in senior balance and exercise and is ABLE Bodies certified. A nurturer by nature, Sara has a special relationship with all members of her class members.


Amy Farnsworth

Main Location, All Saints, and Valley

Amy has been an educator for over twenty years. She is certified in both Ageless Grace and Yoga Fit and also teaches at the YMCA. She genuinely enjoys working with seniors as they have fun and stay fit together. Amy teaches at two of our locations and enjoys travelling with our group.​


Beth Flatt

Main Location

Beth grew up in Mississippi where fitness and exercise was an important part of her life. Her game was tennis. She has recently completed the Senior Fitness Specialty training through National Association of Sports Medicine, as well as her CPR training. She is excited to be part of our Steady for Life mission of helping others stay fit and balanced….while having fun. She is married to Dr. James Flatt and they have 2 sons.


Helen Ford

Main Location, All Saints and New Market

Helen worked with the Madison County Sheriff Department for 30 years. After retirement, she was employed with Home Instead Senior Care for three years, as a Caregiver. During that time, her clients attended Steady for Life classes 3 times per week. Besides enjoying the classes herself, she volunteered as a class helper. Helen is passionate about exercise, fitness, balance and nutrition. We are glad she has studied to become a certified senior group fitness instructor and desires to help others reached their goals. She is teaching Balance I, II, and III.


Chris Irrgang


We welcome Chris Irrgang to our SFL staff! She is the new Yoga/Balance instructor at our Monrovia class. Her passion for Yoga began nine years ago. In 2013, she received her Yoga certification and has taught in various gyms and studios in the area. To further her education, she completed a 500-hour Yoga certification program. Our 50+ Steady for Life Yoga/Balance class will enjoy the practice she has created for you!

"Yoga should be accessible to everybody, no matter their background. I hope to be able to help people meet their goals on their mat while bringing a sense of fun to the class." ---Chris


Lebée Meehan

Main Location

Lebée has had a varied career in education, working as a gallery director at a science museum, then a space flight instructor, and, now, a yoga and movement teacher. She is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher and is Alabama’s only Nutritious Movement® Certified Restorative Exercise Specialist. We are excited that she is using her knowledge and experience in leading our Steady for Life Intermediate Yoga class.


Eva Nave

Holmes St.

Eva holds a 200-hour Yoga teaching certification and loves sharing her passion of Yoga with the community. Yoga was instrumental in assisting in her fight against cancer hence, she continues to teach it to cancer fighters/survivors. Eva is training to teach in the Balance portion of our program, as well as Yoga. She enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, camping, kayaking and skiing.


Pam Peppers

After retiring as a 25-year school nurse, Pam knew she wanted to continue the many years that she had enjoyed dancing and be a group fitness instructor. In addition to maintaining her current Alabama Board of Nursing license, she also is certified in Silver Sneakers, Yoga. Basic Life Support and CPR. Pam is active in her church and community, and loves spending time with her family.


Jing Qian

Monte Sano

Jing Qian has been practicing yoga since 2007 and is one of the most trained instructors in the state of Alabama. She is a certified pre-natal yoga instructor and holds a 200-hour certification through YogaWorks. In 2013, Jing completed Urban Zen Integrative Therapist Level 1 and Level 2 trainings and continues studying under world renown teachers including Richard Miller, PhD. After studying yoga philosophy and nidra more than 3 years, Jing became the first certified iRest Yoga Nidra teacher in Alabama. Jing is furthering her studies at the Himilayan Institute pursuing the next level and is passionate about helping others integrate yoga practice into their daily lives.


Debbie Schaffer

Main Location, All Saints and Monte Sano

Debbie loves being active, and yoga allows her to enjoy more fully her favorite pass times – traveling, hiking, and gardening. She completed a 200-hour Yoga instructor certification program and loves to pass on the joy that a yoga practice may bring along with better balance, flexibility, concentration, and increased strength. We welcome Debbie’s sweet personality and her desire to help others, to our balance program!


Debra Wade

Hampton Cove

Debra's goal for her class is to improve breathing, balance, flexibility, strength and movement. She is a certified Pilates instructor, Yamuna Body Rolling practitioner, and a certified RedCord specialist. She also has a senior fitness specialist certification. Debra has been teaching Pilates for the past 20 years and was a Pilates Studio owner in Huntsville for 10 years. She teaches Pilates at southeast YMCA and Core Connection Pilates in Huntsville.


Paula Williams

Assistant Director; Main, Holmes St., Meridianville, and Mount Zion

Paula’s love for fitness began when she was 8 years old working out with her mom in the family living room to Jane Fonda albums. As a child and teenager, she was constantly doing something...ballet, tap, jazz, gymnastics, racquet ball, softball, track, majorette, cheerleading. That love for fitness carried through to her young adult years when she got her first “real” fitness job as a step aerobics instructor. Since that job over 25 years ago, she has taught pump, hip hop, tae-bo, water aerobics, Zumba and PiYO, to name a few. Currently, she is a certified group exercise instructor, Zumba Instructor, Personal Trainer, PiYO Live Instructor, and a BeachBody Coach.


Kim Davis

Executive Director

Kim’s 20-year career has been in Healthcare Marketing with her focus and passion being the senior-aged adults. She enjoys assembling a dynamite team of balance instructors and seeing the class participants progress and become more confident in their everyday living. “As we all work toward preventing falls, life-long friendships have been made as an extra benefit to our program.”​