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Stacy first started teaching group fitness classes after a stint as a professional cheerleader for the (former) Washington Redskins and the (former) Washington Bullets. The Jane Fonda-style aerobics of the 1980s was the perfect transition from cheerleading and became a springboard for a career in fitness. Stacy achieved Gold Certification from IDEA (the International Dance Exercise Association) in 1985 in the first round of certification exam ever offered, and was also certified through AFAA (the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) in 1987. By 1990, she owned a small fitness center in Bowie, Maryland, employing 12 instructors. Through the 1990s, Stacy taught corporate fitness classes at various locations throughout the Baltimore Washington, DC area.
Stacy earned her undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Notre Dame and her teaching credentials in Science Education at St Mary's College. Later, a master's degree in education with concentration in Counseling Psychology and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Education for School Administration and supervision followed. Stacy retired from a long career in education in 2006 and moved back to her hometown to care for her parents. Since then, she has worked in various fields of counseling from family-based therapy, a long-term care facility for adults with schizophrenia, and substance abuse treatment, as well as maintaining a small private counseling practice. At present, she manages a small chiropractic office and continues to see a small caseload of counseling clients.
Stacy has two grown children and three grandchildren, and enjoys spending time at the beach and outdoors in the garden. She also engages in numerous art and craft projects, which are rarely finished and has recently taken up photography. Stacy enjoys reading and sending time playing and cuddling with her white Boxer, Karma.
Fitness has always been an important component in Stacy’s life, as is cheerleading. Teaching others how to get strong and stay healthy is a natural extension of both and allows Stacy to use her skills to encourage and motivate others.