Our Fitness Staff
Angel Jones has worked over 10 years in the fitness industry. She is known as a trainer that likes to get the job done. In the fitness field, she has worked with clients to help them focus on weight loss and functional fitness. She also likes working with seniors. “Fitness is my passion so when I walk into a gym I feel at home.’
She has been certified twice (ISMA personal training, and NASM). She also trained in functional fitness as well as boot camp.
Liz has been in the group fitness space since 2017, beginning first as a Yoga Sculpt instructor. From there, she discovered a love of weight lifting and transitioned to barbell and weight focused exercises, believing everyone should be lifting heavy things.
Her fitness philosophy is that everyone should be moving, and finding joy in that movement, which has led to her certification in a wide variety of group fitness specialties, including dance fitness! If you’re looking for a challenge, and a sampling of exercise styles, her class is for you.
When not trying out new fitness trends, Liz can be found reading, hanging out with her cat, or experiencing another culinary wonder in DC.
Harvey got into fitness mainly because he was a high school athlete. He continued his journey because he realized that he could do everything better just by being functionally fit.
Harvey’s fitness philosophy is simple… “Train and exercise in ways to improve your functional fitness so that you can enjoy life to the fullest.”
Ky’Ree graduated from Frostburg State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise & Sports Science in May 2013. He obtained hands-on field experience during various collegiate sports team internships which allowed the opportunity to personally train and condition college level athletes as a member of the staff.
Post college he has been employed as a master trainer at various health and fitness organizations, including Washington Sports Club and LA fitness, where he continued to gain additional experience and love for the field by working with individuals of many different backgrounds and fitness levels. He is CPR certified. Ky’Ree would be an excellent choice for anybody looking to transition into a healthier lifestyle or take their fitness to the next level!
Adam has been an ISSA certified personal trainer for 5 years. His lifelong commitment to helping others led him to becoming a personal trainer/coach.
His fitness practice is based on one principle, “Stay Lean”. Meaning, we focus on practicing fundamental movements that are YOU specific that will improve your quality of life. Plus having some fun while doing it. 🙂
He’s had the opportunity to work with a wide range of amazing people from pregnant and postpartum women, young professionals, seniors, people with neurological disorders and more.
Adam’s Tool Boxes:
• Strong First Certified Kettlebell Instructor (SFG1)
• Functional Movement Systems (FMS1)
• ISSA Corrective Exercise Specialist
• Original Strength Systems Coach
I am a certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. Along with those certifications, I also received my qualifications as a Fitness Nutrition Specialist and Sunrise Yoga Instructor. I have worked in various health fitness settings, including physical therapy clinics (inpatient and outpatient), fitness centers, and hospitals. My time working in these settings have exposed me to various situations that have prepared and molded me into the trainer I am today. My main goal is for everyone I work with to exceed their fitness and nutritional goals to ensure a pain-free, healthy, and happier life!
Unknowingly, Vache’, (Che’) began her wellness and fitness journey at the age of seven where she studied and then performed various dance styles including Ballet, Jazz, Modern until the age of 20.
During her college years Che’ discovered her new fitness and wellness passion. She then completed a 200HR RYT study with Core Power Yoga and also decided to seek advancement in her fitness skills by mastering 500HR RYT, Group Fitness, Personal Training, and Nutritional studies.
Over the past 12 years, in the role of General Manager and Director of fitness and wellness, Che’ has provided hospitality, fitness, wellness, mindfulness and management services, at some of Washington DC’s finest corporate and residential communities.
She is happy to be able to use her expertise to inspiration and motivate the people at Jade
Sue Jacoby is a certified ACE fitness trainer who believes movement can bring great joy. Her commitment to fitness began over 30 years ago and she continues to work out on a daily basis. Sue learned to row in her 40’s and was a competitive rower for almost 10 years, rowing in a number of regattas including Head of the Charles. After rowing she became an avid powerlifter finding she had an affinity for “picking up and putting down really heavy things” (which led to a national deadlifting record). Today you can find her in the gym, on her Peleton, or happily walking her dog Liam (who will be joining her during classes).
Jen is a Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She believes that getting fit and healthy doesn’t have to be a chore and strives to create an exciting and fun atmosphere for all her clients. Jen has always been involved in sports including tennis, softball & watersports as a child and kickboxing, aerobics, and running through college. It wasn’t until she started cross training and incorporating HIIT into her routine that being fit and healthy became fun and exciting while offering consistent challenges. This not only helped Jen to excel physically and mentally, but also inspired her to share her passion with others.
Jen loves being a part of the Jade Family and is excited about helping you feel great, increase your energy, get in to the best shape of your life, and increase your mental fortitude. “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do – it comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” ~ Rikki Rogers
Howard’s smile will most likely be the first thing you see when you walk into Jade Fitness. While Howard staffs the front desk, he also keeps Jade’s operations humming smoothly behind the scenes. Howard grew up and began studying dance and acting in Washington DC. Leaving Washington for training and career opportunities, Howard started performing and teaching theater and contemporary jazz, master classes, and fitness all over the world, including New York City, Japan, Germany and Spain.
Returning to Washington and reconnecting with family, Howard has since been teaching dance and fitness. His connection with dance and fitness has led to his lifestyle of living in balance with diet and exercise. Howard brings that experience and knowledge to Jade Fitness.
Fun Fact: Howard now lives in his childhood neighborhood where he attended Payne and Buchanan Elementary Schools
Jade of Wisdom: For a healthy life find the balance between fitness, nutrition, work, friends and family.
Our Yoga Team
What Kathy loves about yoga is that there is a practice for everyone. Since 2000, she has been exploring yoga’s rich traditions, from vigorous to restorative, discovering that in yoga we can find what we need and uncover our best selves. Kathy shares her love of yoga with others in encouraging, playful alignment-based vinyasa classes that allow students to gain confidence and feel comfortable exploring poses, mindfulness, and linking breath with movement in a safe, inviting environment. She received her 200 hour certification in 2012, and her 500 hour certification in 2018.
Deb’s stressful days working on the Hill led her to discover yoga. As her practice grew to taking a class a day, she decided to learn more because of all that she was gaining mentally, physically, and spiritually. To expand her understanding she took teacher training, and has found a home in teaching yoga. Deb particularly enjoys introducing adults and kids to yoga in a friendly, fun and safe way, helping students experience how yoga is for every body type and skill level. Deb’s yin yoga classes focus on particular sections of the body each week with modifications based on the needs of each student. Expect to use props throughout class to support your body as you hold a pose for up to five minutes. Deb also teaches meditation, plays crystal & Tibetan singing bowls, and is a Reiki Jin Kei Do Master Practitioner.
A yoga practitioner since 1997, Becky was first drawn to yoga to steady her mind and energy while increasing strength, flexibility, and vitality. She was inspired to share her love of yoga with others through teaching and has since completed her 200-hour certification in 2006 and her 500-hour certification in 2013.
Be prepared to twist, bend, balance, and smile in one of Becky’s classes. Becky combines her own unique blend of classic yoga poses in a dynamic flow-style. While Becky takes the practice of yoga seriously, her teaching is infused with a lighthearted attitude and a celebration of joyful energy and openness. Centered in breath awareness, her sequences of poses are designed to heat, stretch, and strengthen the body, incorporating standing poses, twisting, and balancing, as well as poses that allow for a balance of forward and backward bending. Each class concludes with time for meditative relaxation.
Fun Fact: As much as Becky loves yoga, she also loves the classics–books, movies, music. Don’t get her started on 19th century novels, black and white movies, or romantic composers!
Becky’s Jade of Wisdom: “Let your teacher be love itself.” – Rumi
Truly took her first yoga class in 1995 and became a teacher in 2005. She is continually humbled and amazed by how expansive and accessible yoga can be and loves to work with students of all levels.
Truly is a native Washingtonian and also likes to paint, draw, and travel.