Meet our Instructors


Lisa Wallis

Head Trainer, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness & Spin Instructor
Lisa is an ACSM-Certified Health and Fitness Instructor with a BA in Physical Education from Western Washington University. She has been teaching group exercise for 22 years, including 14 years at St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham where she worked as a health educator and coordinated the hospital’s Worksite Wellness program. Recently wed to local Donnie Wallis, Lisa made the move to the Methow along with her two children, 11-year old Zachary and 9-year old Stephanie. Thank you, Donnie! An avid hiker and cyclist, Lisa’s enthusiasm for fitness and her passion for people are evident not only in her teaching style, but in that 1,000 watt smile that is sure to brighten your day. To book a Personal Training session with Lisa, contact the front desk…and be sure to check out one of her weekly spin classes for a great workout!


Becky Studen

Yoga Instructor
Becky has been living and working in the Valley for 18 years-- both inside and outside the home as a business owner and mother of two. She has been teaching Vinyasa yoga classes since 2008 and currently is training in Core Power Vinyasa Yoga with Sadie Nardini. Becky’s compassion for people truly shines through in her teaching. Her strength lies in her ability to meet class participants at their level and inspire confidence in their practice. Newcomers welcome!


Chris Garner

Fitness Instructor
Chris is enthusiastic about fitness at any age and loves leading our OPEC class as well as instructing residents at Jamie's Place nursing home. Chris is a Yoga instructor with 200 hours of training in Iyenger Yoga with Aadil Palkivala of Seattle Yoga Centers and 100 hours of Flow Yoga training with Shiva Rea. You will also find her subbing in for Spin Cycle.   


Mark Wolf-Armstrong

NSCA Certified Personal Trainer
Since 2007, Mark has held the credential of Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He holds a Masters of Arts in Anthropology from Kent State University.

Mark enjoys many sports including bicycling, skiing, backpacking, running and swimming. He and his wife, Maggie Coon, are both exuberant about jumping in any alpine lake they come across, regardless of temperature.

Mark believes strength and functional training are both fun and satisfying, and are very important to health, independence and lifelong enjoyment of any sport or fitness program.  He is fond of saying that the only good exercise is the one you keep on doing.  Mark has been working with individuals for many years to help them reach their strength and conditioning goals through purpose and persistence. He is especially passionate about working with people who want to maintain their fitness as they (we all!) age.

If you'd like to explore alternative ways of achieving your fitness goals (e.g. baling hay, moving irrigation pipes), consider visiting Mark and Maggie on their Twisp River Farm. 


Laura McCabe 

Endurance Sport Coach
This modest, two-time Olympian in Nordic Skiing has won practically every Nordic ski race there is to win in North America, including the prestigious American Birkebeiner. Laura is also an expert climber and runner, and her experience as an elite athlete inspires both junior and masters athletes to reach their full potential.  Laura’s coaching and strength programs are among the most popular classes offered at Winthrop Fitness.  She is also Racing Coach of the Methow Nordic Junior Team.  After the tragic loss of her husband Sean to cancer, Laura is now a single mom to two amazing children, Novie and Dashe.  A revered art teacher and internationally recognized artist, Sean left behind an art legacy that Laura now manages from her home.  To view or purchase art from Sean’s collection, visit


Lotty Ekblad 

Fitness Instructor
Lotty grew up in Southern Vermont spending lots of time both Alpine and Nordic skiing. She has worked as a Sherpa guide for youth outreach programs on both the East and West Coasts, and enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her family. Lottie enjoys hiking, gardening and skiing in the winter. Lotty is also a popular instructor of our noon circuit class.


Stacey Williams

Head Yoga Instructor
Stacey Williams ERYT/200 has been a student of yoga and consciousness for 25+ years. Her primary path of study has been in the Iyengar tradition as taught by Sri BKS Iyengar in Pune India. Recently she has completed an Immersion in Anusara Yoga and also has studied Ashtanga Yoga and Restorative Yoga. Stacey co-owned 8 Petals Yoga Studio in Bellingham Washington before relocating to Winthrop. As a recreational athlete, Stacey understands the athletes approach to life. She has herself gratefully used yoga to heal from numerous injuries and challenges over the years, always inviting compassion for self and others in her practice and teachings. All students are invited to attend classes and contact Stacey through the fitness center for private training sessions. She may be contacted at


Lindsay Picolet 

Pilates Instructor
An internationally certified Pilates instructor, a former dancer and a fitness instructor for over 25 years, Lindsay has trained athletes in all forms of movement from professional ballet dancers to bodybuilders. Initially trained in the Classic method of Pilates, Lindsay has traveled from New York to London to evolve and vary her teaching methods. She has acquired over 1000 studio hours of practice including extensive experience with both mat and Pilates equipment. Her innovative style and challenging mat workouts draw a loyal following at Winthrop Fitness.


Alison Naney

Personal Trainer
Alison is a NSCA-certified personal trainer, licensed massage therapist, RRCA-certified endurance coach, and runner. Her holistic approach to strength training combines her keen eye for alignment, how the body moves, and individualized workouts. She loves helping her clients reach their goals, explore new limits, and find new confidence in their athletic endeavors and beyond. She can be found traipsing through the mountains for hours with her husband, daughter and Husky in the nearby Cascades.