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


Marie Burns

Main Location

Marie is a mother of 3 and a third generation native of Huntsville whose roots run deep in our local school system, community and city. She never meets a stranger and thoroughly enjoys working with folks to maintain fitness and balance abilities as they age. She has worked in senior care for the past 6 years and has taught balance classes during that time.

She is CPR certified and is working to complete her certification as a Senior Fitness Specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Her goal is to help participants in her classes improve balance, strength, and flexibility.


Jill Chadwick


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 Advanced Balance and Move to the Music classes at our Monrovia location.


Heather Clemons


Heather is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher from Fayetteville, TN who is excited to join the SFL community! She discovered yoga about 12 years ago and recently became a teacher to empower others to take charge of their whole-body health. She also teaches yoga classes at Empyrean Research Community studio on the Fayetteville square.

Secondary to being mother to a rambunctious 2-year-old boy, Heather is also a photographer. She is passionate about helping others cultivate grace and mindfulness in all their activities. She will be teaching at our new Meridianville site!


Karla Drummond

Mt. Zion

Karla received a degree in Nutrition and worked as a dietitian in hospital and nursing home settings prior to having a family.

She became interested in Steady for Life while looking for a solution to help her mom build strength and balance. They visited the class at our Mt. Zion location and she was hooked. Not only did her mother join the class, but Karla was the perfect fit as our new Mt. Zion instructor.

She studied the balance coursework through the National Association of Sports Medicine and received her Senior Fitness Specialist certification and CPR training. We are delighted to have her character, and kind, caring ways on the Steady for Life staff!


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 two 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

All Saints, Valley, and Meridianville

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.​


Helen Ford

NE Huntsville and All Saints

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 reach their goals. She will be teaching in North Huntsville.


Susan Gilbert

Meridianville, Monte Sano, and Main Location

Susan has been a yoga instructor, senior fitness trainer, and personal trainer for many years. She is also a Fall Proof Certified Balance Instructor. Before retirement, she taught science in middle and high school. She has worked at Bradford Health Services, PRSM gym, and the YMCA. Susan loves the seniors in her Yoga and Balanced Body III Classes at Steady for Life. The teachers appreciate her role as Lead Instructor.


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 the 200-hour certification program with Yoga Dharma of Huntsville and is working on the next level. 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


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.


Shawna Wiggins

Downtown/Holmes St., Monte Sano, and Main Location

Shawna has been involved with fitness and outdoor activities her entire life. She was inspired to become an instructor while participating in Steady for Life's Gentle Yoga classes. She finds working with seniors especially rewarding. Shawna is a yoga teacher and a senior fitness specialist who holds certifications with the Athletics and Fitness Association of America and the National Academy of Sports Medicine.


Paula Williams


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. We welcome her to the new Steady for Life Balance Class in Meridianville!


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.”​