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


Crystal Bernico

First Baptist

Crystal's love of fitness began when she joined a Run for God 5k program at her home church 10 years ago. When her health began improving, she was thrilled with all of the benefits that came from regular exercise.She is now very passionate about helping others discover those same benefits. She holds certifications as a NASM Personal Trainer and Group Personal Training Specialist, as well as AFAA Group Fitness Instructor.


Kimberly Brown

Main Location and Timbers Edge

Kimberly has a background in molecular biology and cancer research.Fourteen years ago, following the birth of her third child, she started taking Pilates classes and she was amazed with how quickly she regained her strength, flexibility and balance. She was encouraged by her Pilates teacher to train to become a Pilates instructor, and in 2018 she received her certification through Peak Pilates. She enjoys watching her students becoming stronger and more confident and she looks forward to continuing that work with Steady for Life.


Julie Carden

First Baptist Location

Growing up just outside of Asheville, NC, Julie couldn't help but fall in love with being outside, and spent a lot of time hiking and enjoying the surrounding mountains and nature. After moving to Huntsville in 1997, she added camping, running, and golf to her activities and was glad to find friends to share these with. When she was in her mid-thirties she found yoga and other group fitness classes and realized how important movement was to enjoy everyday life. She has recently completed the Senior Fitness Specialty training through National Association of Sports Medicine, as well as her CPR training, and is happy about sharing health and fitness techniques with her Steady classes.


Jill Chadwick

Nativity Location

For 28 years, Jill taught literature & composition full-time at Calhoun Community College, where she would dance on her desk before tests to calm the students' nerves.

Now as a retired English teacher, Jill has a Zumba license and has taught Move to the Music classes for Steady for Life for 5 years.


Amy Farnsworth

Valley and Main Location

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

Locust Grove Baptist

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.


Chris Irrgang


Chris is the awesome Yoga instructor at our Monrovia location. 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


Karleen Killen

Monte Sano

Karleen recently moved from southern California to Huntsville. She has been practicing Yoga for over 15 years and became a certified 200-hour Yoga instructor in 2016. Karleen continues to study Yoga through participation in classes, workshops and retreats. She is excited to share the many benefits with others in a fun way. She also has a Balance Certification from National Association of Sports Medicine.


Britney Shoemaker

Main Location

Britney took her dive into the fitness community in 2011. She is a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, Southeast regional captain for Revelation Wellness, fitness facilitator for her church, and cofounder of Reckless Reclamation. Another of Britney’s passions is providing various classes to communities that wouldn’t otherwise receive it such as foster homes, the Boys and Girls Club, and a local women’s transitional living home. We are so happy to have her join our Steady for Life family as a balance & fitness instructor.


Donna Sisk

Monrovia and Main location

A retired elementary school teacher and curriculum specialist, Donna comes to us with 38 years of experience as an educator and leader in Madison County and Huntsville City Schools. Throughout her career, Donna has enjoyed working with children and teachers alike, but has also come to enjoy working with mature adults since her retirement. Formerly a water aerobics instructor, she received her foundational line dance instruction from Mrs. Judy Graf.
She currently has the privilege of serving as a line dance instructor to the adults at Willowbrook Baptist Church.

Donna has always had a passion for sharing with others the things that add joy to her life, and line dancing is no exception! She hopes those who join her class will reap many benefits for their bodies and minds as the class enjoys dancing together!


Elizabeth Smith

Nativity Location

Liz has been part of the fitness world for 40 years. She has held several certifications including Zumba Gold, Body Pump and Senior Fitness Specialist. She firmly believes that fitness and healthy eating are the keys to optimal physical and mental health. She is excited to be helping our Steadies have fun, be strong & fit, and have a long healthy life.

She and her husband, Kelley have 5 children and 8 grandchildren. She loves to travel and spend time with her family.


Debra Wade

Assistant Director; Owens Cross Roads & Timbers Edge

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. Debra has been our Hampton Cove/Owens Cross Roads Balance instructor for 5 years. Her students have really flourished under her guidance.


Paula Williams

Meridianville, Mount Zion & Main location

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 25-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.”​