Our course instructors and coaches are dedicated professionals who will provide a positive, supportive experience for your athletic, fitness, and outdoor pursuits.
Larry Beutler played competitive soccer for over 26 years in the Portland metropolitan area, including many years in the 1st Division of the Greater Portland Soccer District. He has coached at the high school and college level for over 17 years. At Reed, he has helped develop a strong and competitive team on the field, increased the visibility of the team on campus and has enabled many students of all skill levels to participate in what is known as “the world’s most popular game.” As a player he continues to get older and slower.
Course: ABC's of Self Defense
Pilates is a system of exercise founded by Joseph Pilates. Pilates is designed to enhance your physical strength, flexibility, posture, and mental awareness. The class will focus on strengthening your core muscles. Core muscles include your back, abdomen and hips. Concentration, Control, Centering, Precision, Breathing and Flow are the six principles of Pilates. Classes are multilevel and modifiable to student needs. Each student is able to progress according to their own ability. Some sessions incorporate techniques from The MELT Method. MELT is the first neurofascial pain relief, self-treatment technique. www.meltmethod.com
WHAT TO WEAR: Wear fitness, workout or yoga clothes. Bring a water bottle. We wear socks or go barefoot in class.
CONTACT: 503-267-2415 or email@example.com
Course: Horseback RidingDebbie Brawley has grown up in the horse industry and has over 50 years of experience riding and training students for the hunter/jumper rings. Debbie's knowledge and passion continue to guide and inspire her students to success in the ring, from lead line to Grand Prix.
Stuart started juggling as a Reed student in 1978, and has been juggling at Reed since then. He is a regular workshop leader at the annual festival of the International Jugglers' Association, and has contributed articles, reviews and photos for Juggler's World and Juggle magazines. He is the founder and executive director of the Portland Juggling Festival. By day, Stuart is a mild-mannered software engineering consultant.
Course: Bike Clinic
Contra Mestre Pedro “Cachorro” Cruz hails from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, where he was born and raised. As a young child he used to hang out at Mercado Modelo and Rampa do Mercado in Salvador, Bahia, where he took weekly trips to the island of Vera Cruz-Mar Grande across the bay. Salvador and Vera Cruz are special places in Brazilian history: the Bay of All Saints was the major slave port for most of the Africans who came to work on the sugar and coffee plantations. The bay held the first port of Brazil which received the majority of trade ships from Europe and Africa. It was also the birthplace of Capoeira. It was in this magic place where CMestre Pedro Cruz was exposed to Capoeira as he waited for the boats to leave for Vera Cruz.
Jennifer Edelson was born and raised near Johannesburg, South Africa. She holds an undergraduate degree in social work from University of the Witwatersrand, and a masters degree in teaching from Lewis and Clark College. Jennifer teaches ESL math and English full-time at Madison High School in Portland, where she is also the strength and conditioning coach for the swim team and the girls' golf team. A mother of five, a workout fanatic and athlete, Jennifer also teaches kickboxing at a Portland studio, and has been a fitness instructor in a variety of settings since 1985. At Reed, Jennifer also teaches "Fit You."
Jennifer brings high energy and focus to her classes. She emphasizes form and expects her students to be prepared to sweat and test their limits.
Course: Touch Rugby Training/PracticeBio coming soon.
Madeleine (Maddi) Hanlon-Austin
Course: Swim Instruction
I've been swimming for 16 years, from Summer Swim League and CYO to Grant high school and Grinnell College in Iowa. I've worked for Portland Parks and Recreation for 8 years as a lifeguard and swim instructor. I've also got my fair share of swim coaching thrown in over those years. It'd be easy to say the water is my second home. I enjoy sharing that aquatic passion with people, both experienced and new to the water!
During my time out of the water, I'm an English Major at PSU, reading too many books at once and writing stories on any available surface
John (JJ) Hewitt
JJ has been training, competing and teaching Martial Arts for over 20 years now. His journey has taken him from Aikido to Wing Chun, and from Jeet Kun Do to the modern, functional arts of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Thai Boxing. After several years of competing, he realized his real joy comes from coaching, teaching and helping others discover their potential. He continues to train at Portland's oldest MMA and BJJ academy, teaches BJJ at his own gym and runs Defensive Tactics Classes and women's self defense clinics at various locations. At Reed, JJ also teaches Functional Self-Defense.
Course: Weight Training
Instructor bio coming soon.
Course: Lifeguard Training
Hobbies include: Anything to do with the water, whether frozen or liquid. Sea Kayaking my wife and I have a tandem kayak that we enjoy, snow shoeing, snow skiing, water skiing, sailing, swimming, SCUBA diving, white water rafting, well you get the picture. Always obey the "1 Rule". Have as much fun you can in whatever you are doing as long as it does not interfere with, or impede on, another's fun.
Other stuff: I am married for 7 years now to my long lost and recently found High School sweetheart Debbie. I have two step-sons Parker 13 and Grant 17. I have a BS in Parks and Recreation Administration form the University of Northern Colorado and have managed Recreation facilities for the past 18 years.
Michael Lombardo assumed the role of Director of Athletics, Fitness, and Outdoor Programs at Reed College in August, 2006. Michael has been affiliated with Reed since completing an internship in Counseling Psychology here in 2001. His formal education includes two masters’ degrees; one is Sports Physiology and the other in Counseling Psychology. Michael has more than 20 years of experience in the sports and health fields. He has worked for private corporations and educational institutions including Yale University as the Associate Director of Intramural Athletics and Sports Camps. Michael understands the importance of a balance between the mind and body. He views the Reed Sports Center to be a place where students come not only to meet their PE requirement and exercise but also a healthy, nonstressful environment for them to form relationships with their peers, faculty and staff.
Taking a step back from soccer and track & field in high school, Chloe began playing Ultimate in 2003. She then played for Dickinson College’s Jive Turkeys, traveling throughout New England and along the East Coast to compete in D3 collegiate Ultimate tournaments. When she studied abroad in Nagoya, Japan from 2007 to 2008, she had the chance to play with Naughty Kids, the feeder team to Uno, Japan’s 2012 WFDF World Champion women’s team. After graduating in 2009, Chloe joined Schwa, Oregon’s elite women’s Ultimate club team. She has competed in the USA Ultimate Triple Crown Tour since its inception in 2012, traveling to tournaments across the country including to Washington DC, Atlanta, Boulder, and Santa Cruz. Schwa has qualified for the USA Ultimate National Championships for the past 3 years, and finished in the top 10 in 2014. Schwa also puts on community clinics and engages Portland’s youth in the sport of Ultimate. Chloe is excited to bring her decade of experience to the Ultimate field and help Reed Ruckus reach new heights!
Melissa Monsef is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor in the Portland area. She is very passionate about health and fitness and loves to help people construct healthier lifestyles. Melissa has competed in two fitness competitions with the WBFF.
Devi Morris completed her teacher training at the Yoga Shala of Portland in 2006, and apprenticed with Matt Huish and Char Rice. She also studies Shadow Yoga with Zhander Remete and Emma Balnaves. In order to create an atmosphere for more fluid, meditative and spontaneous movement, Devi incorporates drone metal, chanting and electronic dance music in her own practice and teaching. Her goal is to impart the knowledge of Hatha Yoga by directing the student to cut through the gross layer of attachment to the mundane world through a more intimate and subtle relationship with the breath and the body. At Reed, Devi also teaches Yoga for Relaxation.
Bio coming soon.
Director of Folk Dancing for the City of Portland
A Personal Note: When I was a student at Reed, I lived a reclusive life, mainly in the chemistry building. Folk dancing changed all that, and it has continued to be integral to my life, allowing me to cultivate friends from all around the world.
Course: Fencing: All LevelsMiwa Nishi (nee McRee) grew up in Hawaii, started fencing in high school, and continued while at Reed College. She received an English degree from Reed in 1992, became a LMT in 1995 and a fencing instructor in 1995. Miwa has been teaching at Reed since 2003. Miwa’s teaching style focuses on fencing being a fun way to reduce stress, increase physical/mental relaxation, and most importantly encourage mental adaptability. While she is currently a recreational fencer, Miwa has competed at both the local and national level in all three weapons. Foil is her favorite weapon, although she is delighted to fence any weapon.
Julie has been teaching classes for the Dept. of Physical Education for almost twenty years. Class emphasis includes lifetime learning skills, overall fitness and agility, and student enjoyment and improvement in a friendly environment.
Julie holds a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Oregon and received her teaching certification training at Portland State University. She has also taught badminton at the Multnomah Athletic Club and tennis in both public and private settings.
Julie is married and has three children. She has been an active volunteer chairman of numerous committees in the public schools. Hobbies include hiking, gardening, racquet sports, golf and biking.
Course: Hip Hop
DJ grew up in the performing arts and is a graduate from the nationally renowned Jefferson High School Performing Arts Program, committed to educating and preparing students for the physical and mental demands of a performing arts career. She has extensive formal cross-training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, and theater, and in the traditional ethnic forms of African and Polynesian. Complementing her formal training—DJ developed her Hip Hop skills being raised in the original roots of underground street mastery, focusing on the real life experience of cultivating the style, steps and culture.
DJ's background includes performing for launch parties, fashion shows, Cable Network Television, Starry Night Club, KBOO radio, Oregon Symphony, Funksion III, the Miss Portland pageant, Five Fingers of Funk Band, Hip Hop artist Timothy C., a modern dance soloist directed by Keith Goodman, and has been featured in the Oregonian, Willamette Week, KOIN 6 News, KATU with Helen Raptis, and Dance Studio Life Magazine.
For the past 17 years, DJ has been teaching Tap, Hip Hop, and Contemporary dance classes from beginning to advanced levels through a variety of institutions and programs such as Reed College, Mt. Hood Community College, Portland State International Special Programs with Japan, Korea and China, Renaissance Art Academy, YMA (Young Musicians and Artists), and other related organizations like private studios, community centers, and Portland Public elementary, middle and high schools.
DJ's diverse background, both as a performer and a teacher, has given her the knowledge to assist many of her students to advance into professional dance careers in L.A., New York, Washington D.C., and internationally. Her work has been recognized both regionally and nationally, granting her with awards for entertainment, age appropriate content, creative staging and musicality. Her personal commitment to dance education and training has given her liberty to study with famed choreographers from So You Think You Can Dance and You Got Served.
In addition to teaching dance, she is a member of NEA, the National Education Association, was certified by Oregon Teachers Standards and Practices Commission in 2009, and is a freelance lecturer for a series of teaching presentations for PSU, City Club of Portland, and Highline Community College.
Course: Zen Mind Meditation
Adam Jogen Salzberg is a Zen Buddhist monastic who has been in full-time residential training at Great Vow Zen Monastery of Clatskanie, OR since 2003. He has practiced meditation for fifteen years in various traditions. In his free time he enjoys poetry, painting, good coffee and jazz.
Course: Raft, Sea Kayak & Canoe
I was born and raised in Oregon. I joined the US Army in 1966 and spent two, one year tours in South Vietnam. After the service I spent 27 years as a firefighter/ EMT with the City of Portland retiring in 2001.
I started rafting whitewater in the mid 1970’s and became a licensed outfitter/ guide in 1979 I’ve competed in international whitewater events, helped write books on whitewater rafting, and have done first descents on rivers in the northwest and abroad. Whitewater rafting is my passion and I enjoy passing on my skills to new boaters.
I’ve been married to my wife Linda for 29 years. I have two daughters and a son, a granddaughter and a grandson.
Originally from Muncie, Indiana, Eric Skinner has been working on the West Coast as both a performer and choreographer for the past twenty years. Eric received his B.A. in Dance from Butler University's Jordan School of Fine Arts in Indianapolis. He has danced professionally with the Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Oregon, Pacific Ballet Theatre, Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, and was a founding member of Oregon Ballet Theatre. Following his departure from OBT, Eric danced with contemporary choreographer Gregg Bielemeier and was a founder of aero/betty aerial dance theatre before joining artistic directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland in their innovative dance company, Bodyvox, in which he performs and serves as Artistic Associate. Eric is CoArtistic Director of the skinner|kirk DANCE ENSEMBLE with his partner Daniel Kirk. Skinner/Kirk was presented as part of the White Bird ’08’ 09 ‘uncaged’ series, for which he choreographed the world premier ‘Here and There, Now and Then’, commissioned by the White Bird/MKG Financial Group New Works Fund. Catherine Thomas of The Oregonian said “Skinner’s craftsmanship…. Is especially gratifying.”
Other companies Eric has choreographed and/or performed with include the Portland Opera, Portland Center Stage, Polaris Dance Theatre, and Inland Pacific Ballet. His most recent work was choreographing for and dancing in the Bodyvox world premier of “The Foot Opera Files”
Ethan has played top-flight soccer for various club, ODP and Super-Y League teams in Arizona and Oregon until joining the Cascade Surge PDL team for several seasons. Ethan’s soccer career was cut short due to a recurring injury several years ago. Now that Ethan is no longer playing competitive soccer, he has begun coaching to help others enjoy the beautiful game, while improving their skills and growing in character. Outside of coaching, Ethan owns a Digital Agency in Portland and works with some of the world's leading athletic, technology and consumer goods brands.
Rodney is an Oregon native. Rodney has been instructing for Reed college since 2003 with his diverse outdoor experience. He has been guiding and instructing in Pacific Northwest for the past ten years. Within that time period he found time to be a seasonal Wilderness and Climbing Ranger for the Mt. Hood National Forest, co-instructs avalanche courses with MountainSavvy, filling in hours at a locally owned outdoor shop, and learning the art making climbing packs with Cilogear. Rodney has a Masters degree from Portland State University in Public Administration in Natural Resources. Rodney also has an AIARE Level II Avalanche certificate. He is also pursuing professional development with the American Mountain Guides Association, having completed the Single Pitch Instructors Course, Rock Instructor Course, and an Alpine Guides Course. Rodney also maintains a Wilderness First Responder. You can learn more about Rodney by reading the Reed Magazine “On the Ledge”
Course: Table TennisJoel Sommer has been playing table tennis since 2011 and actively coaching since 2014. This is his second year instructing at Reed while also acting as an assistant coach at Ambridge Table Tennis Club. He has attended an ITTF Level 1 coaching class, takes private coaching with Jeff Mason and has taken clinics from Stellen Bengtsson (former World Champion) and Sean O'Neill (former National Champion and Olympian). He firmly believes Table Tennis to be the best sport in the world and knows he will for the rest of his life since it is too much fun to stop. Ever.
Course: Yoga: A.M.Since 2004 Jennifer "Jen" Sparano has devoted herself to the formal study of yoga philosophy, pranayama (breath work), asana (postures), and meditation. She completed her teacher training at the Yoga Shala of Portland in 2006, and has since expanded her practice of classical vinyasa with Ramaswami Srivatsa (longest standing student of Shri T. Krishnamacharya), Shadow Yoga with Matt Huish, and Gravity & Grace with Peter Sterios. Jen teaches with a strong emphasis on breath, alignment, and finding the balance between strength and softness, force and ease. It is her intention to create a noncompetitive atmosphere where students can feel safe to expand their yoga while building a solid foundation for a life-long practice.
Course: Meditation for Everyday Life
Lisa Stanley has been studying and practicing Buddhist meditation since the late 1970’s. She enjoys teaching meditation in a variety of settings to people with widely diverse backgrounds and interests. Lisa attended a three month Buddhist Seminary in 1985 at which time she was certified to teach. She recently lived and worked in a residential meditation retreat center for over three years before moving to Portland. Lisa is currently the Director of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland, as well as a teacher of “dharma art” and ikebana (Japanese flower arranging).
Course: Step AerobicsInstructor bio coming soon.
Born in Idaho, Will received his B.S. in Resource Recreation and Tourism Management in 97' from the University of Idaho. Will went back to school to keep up with the demands of the Reed students and attained his M.S. in Management and Organizational Leadership 11'. Will has worked in various recreational areas including work in the indoor climbing industry, state and county parks and recreation. Recreation, no matter active or passive works as a universal language among diverse crosssections of individuals to release pressure, learn new concepts and simply have fun.
You can find Will in the Outdoor Center Level 3 at the Sports Center various hours. Come on in and say hello and check out the climbing wall, backpack co-op and outdoor resource center to plan your new trip or just hang out in a casual environment.
Will oversees activities related to Physical Education and Outdoor Programming at Reed College including 1st year Orientation Odysseys, Reed Ski Cabin, Reed Outing Club, Outdoor Gray Fund, Backpack CoOp and Outdoor physical education classes. Interests include any outdoor activities and spending some quality time with his two son's Liam and Tresler.
Course: RowingBio Coming Soon.
Coach Ried Woodlee has been with the Reed Basketball team since 2010. He was asked to take over as head coach in the Fall of 2012 after assisting Mario De Ieso the previous two seasons.
Basketball has always been a part of Woodlee’s life. He has played on teams from an early age all the way through college. He grew up in Anchorage, Alaska where he played at A.J. Dimond High School. After high school, he played at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon before transferring to Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon. At Warner, he met three important people: his wife, Kimberly Cimmiyotti, the former head coach, Mario De Ieso, and the current assistant coach, Lamar Tillman.
Ried Woodlee has a B.A. in English from Warner Pacific, and a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. He has taught English Language Development and Languages Arts at Centennial High School in Gresham, Oregon since 2004. In April of 2013, he welcomed his first child into the world, Miles Alexander Woodlee.
I am the eldest of three brothers born to Filipino immigrants in Kahului, Maui, Hawai'i. After graduating from high school, I came to Portland, Oregon to go to college. I graduated from the University of Portland in 1997 with my BA in Education and a minor in Music. I later returned to the same school to obtain my M.Ed in Educational Leadership in 2005. I am currently a middle school teacher in Portland Public Schools and my specialty is mathematics. Outside of my teaching job, I sing and dance with PGMC (I have been a member since 1997) and play oboe and sing at the Chapel of Christ the Teacher. I also love to cook, garden, work out, and travel, when I get the chance. I started my journey to become a Zumba® instructor in January 2011. You can read about the rest of my journey here on my Zumba® website: eyago.zumba.com. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the class. I look forward to having you and your great energy in my class and having fun. Baila!