Director of Education, Head Instructor Nutrition and Exercise Sciences
Doug Blake, known by most as the “Scientist,” has been teaching trainers the science of nutrition and the human body for 30 years. Mr. Blake is one of the nation’s top educators in the sciences of exercise and nutrition. Doug is truly a walking encyclopedia, and he possess a very rare ability to help personal trainers comprehend complex sciences in a fun and engaging way.
Director of Admissions, Head Instructor Personal Training Business
Corey Ritter has been featured on CNN, FOX, CBS and many other publications and news networks. He built a personal training franchise employing over 300 personal trainers in 6 states. He has over 15 years of industry experience and is known as one of the most effective personal trainers. Corey has helped hundreds of personal trainers launch their own successful businesses/brands!
Gida Hammami is Body Design University’s Marketing Manager. She also helps with administrative duties such as student intake and marketing of courses and workshops. She is a past graduate of Body Design University, and has a Bachelor’s of Arts from Agnes Scott College. When she’s not at Body Design University, she enjoys cooking plant-based meals and volunteering with refugees that have resettled in the Atlanta area!
Glenda Jones spent over 15 years in the Admission Recruiting Arena before joining the Body Design University team. Her passion is people, education and fitness. She enjoys running 6 miles a day, and loves completing marathons! She most recently completed the Walt Disney World Marathon!
Travis is one of our admissions advisors from Martinsville, Virginia! He graduated in 2013 from Kennesaw State University and spent a number of years after college working in the Atlanta Braves organization. H'is passionate about public health and helping students get trained to be industry leading trainers. Outside of Body Design University, he enjoys the company of friends, playing sports, and Georgia Bulldog football!
Jeremy Anderson is from Los Angeles. He enjoys weight lifting and cooking. He is also a Personal Chef, combining his passion for cooking and helping people looking eat healthy and lose weight. He graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta in 2017 with a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology. Prior to joining the BDU team, he was with Kerlan-Jobe select Physical Therapy Clinic. He has a 2-year-old dog named Katie, a Pit Bull Terrier who is the nicest dog in the world!
Lee Haney teaches the Total-Lee Awesome workshop. Lee has more than 30 years of fitness and nutrition experience with eight consecutive World Bodybuilding Championships to his credit. Over the years, Lee has trained professional athletes and celebrities, serving as a consultant for some of the best nutritional supplement companies in the world and was appointed Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Steve Payne teaches the Men's Physique Competition Preparation Workshop. Steve is an NPC/IFBB Expeditor at both local and national level bodybuilding shows as well as being one of the top posing coaches in the country. His clients range from beginners to IFBB Pros and he prides himself with helping them become both physically and mentally prepared so that each client presents the best possible package on stage while keeping their health in the forefront of the end goal. Steve is also one of the Master Presenters for the International Association of Fitness Sciences Personal Training Certification Program.
Rachel Payne teaches the Men's Physique Competition Preparation Workshop. Rachel, the founder of Train With Payne brings with her over 27 years of fitness training experience that has helped her formulate numerous approaches to fitness that enables her to pass her success on to her clients. Rachel also wrote and published her first book, A Real Story of Real Success: My Journey to a Successful Personal Training Business and Proven Secrets to Building Yours, and serves as the Director of Marketing for the International Association of Fitness Sciences.
Dina Blair teaches the Stand Out From the Crowd workshop. Dina started in the health and fitness industry over 20 years ago as a Personal Trainer, Weight Loss Consultant and Group Exercise Instructor. Her passion lies with teaching fitness professionals how to grow a thriving robust business.
Marzia Prince teaches the Women's Bikini Competition Preparation workshop. Marzia is an award-winning health and fitness expert with over 12 years of experience. Competition coaching is just one of her many specialties. She’s an IFBB pro with an impressive competition history including several wins. She teaches the Women’s Bikini Competition Preparation Workshop available online. She is currently writing a book inspired by the #healthinista lifestyle she is known for!
Stephanie Ann McCarrey
Stephanie Ann McCarrey teaches the Yoga Toolbox workshop. Stephanie currently teaches HIIT classes and a variety of yoga classes. Stephanie has trained in every arena of the fitness domain - from professional MMA fighting at the UFC gym to 20+ years of yoga and 30+ years of dance. Her mission in yoga is to truly empower her students to give them the tools that they need to lead flexible lives both body and mind. Her goal as an instructor is to make fitness enjoyable so that your class is less of a "work" out and more like getting fit with friends!
Tissilli Rogers teaches the Independent Trainer Success workshop. She is a celebrity Trainer, IFBB Pro Figure Model and transformation expert. She is the founder and CEO of TISSFIT, a full service fitness and wellness company shaping bodies and building minds. She offer a variety of programs for individuals and corporations including personal training, specialty bootcamps, nutritional consultations, virtual coaching, and more.
Elissa Albert teaches the Yoga for Athletes workshop. As a 4-year collegiate soccer player, Elissa knows first-hand the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical benefits of incorporating yoga to her 6 days/week workout routine. Now she spends all her time introducing yoga to her clients: current and former athletes, millennials, and middle-aged corporate workers to improve performance in all areas of life.
Umama teaches the Social Media Hacks workshop. Umama, CEO of SASS Brands, specializes in social media and event marketing. Her passion for health & fitness allowed her to connect with industry professionals to empower their brands through social media. She teaches the Social Media Hacks Workshop.
Nayshunda Burke teaches the CPR/AED Certification. Nayshunda Burke, BS, NIC, Ed: K-12 is passionate about being an instructor and is aligned with American Heart Association, which develops standards and has the most current and comprehensive review of resuscitation science, systems, protocols and education. She is an active participant with AHA’s Instructor Network. She brings years of medical and mental health knowledge, professional and linguistic skills and personalized support with her as an instructor. Her ability to accommodate a diverse group of individuals is another one of her strengths. She is also currently the Region II Rep for Healthcare Interpreters for the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. For 15 years, Mrs. Burke has been self-employed as a contractor in metro Atlanta. When Mrs. Burke, is not teaching First Aid CPR or providing mental health or medical interpreting, you can find her working as a parent advisor, where she provides ideas and strategies to help children develop in the areas of language acquisition, communication, and social-emotional skills. Mrs. Burke is always pursuing training to enhance her skills in emergency response and health care. Some of those trainings include, GEMA Disaster Shelter Workshop and Orientation, where the ability to lessen emergencies and become better prepared to respond is acquired. Additionally, she participates with the Community Emergency Response Team (Deaf C.E.R.T), which focuses on Disaster Psychology, Terrorism, Medical Operations and other similar topics. Being capable to help her community is a true aspiration. Healthy living includes both work and play, Mrs. Burke enjoys overseeing the social service department of her church, guiding her youth group, camping and being with her family.
Club Operator, Personal Trainer, Internship Trainer
Warren Lickson is a former pole-vaulter who decided that personal training is the career for him! He is committed to helping clients reach their fitness goals no matter how big or small! Warren completed Body Design University’s 2-Week Intensive Personal Trainer Certification Course whereafter he was quickly recruited to become a full-time Personal Trainer at Body Design Personal Training.
Personal Trainer, Internship Trainer
Tobias Smith is an ACE certified Personal Trainer. He recently graduated from Body Design University's 2-week certification course where he earned the top score on the final exam in a class of 20 students! He's half American, and half-German! He enjoys watching Atlanta United soccer games and hiking for fun!
Personal Trainer, Internship Trainer
Todd Bontrager is Certified Personal Trainer with National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He is currently a personal trainer at Body Design Personal Training in midtown Atlanta where he trains over 70 clients. He recently graduated from Body Design University's 2-week live Personal Trainer Certification Course.