Hilliard, Fitness Director / Co-Founder
Harold is the fitness director
of STEP IT UP FITNESS and was a 3-sport high
school letterman. For the past 15 years, he's worked in various fitness
capacities for The Lovett School and Whitefield Academy, where he currently
serves as the Physical Education Department Chair and strength and
He received an undergraduate degree in exercise physiology
at Jacksonville State and earned his master's degree at Shorter College.
Harold also holds the highest certification in the strength and conditioning
field: a Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction, from
the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Lead Instructor / Co-Founder
Ryan, a former collegiate baseball player at Armstrong
Atlantic State University and Southern Polytechnic State University,
Ryan has more than 15 years of leadership experience in business management.
Ryan earned his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering
from Southern Polytechnic State University. While completing his degree,
Ryan was the Director of Athletics at The Vinings Club located in Atlanta,
An accomplished entrepreneur and marketer, Byers founded
his first logistics company in 1994 and today is President /CEO of
Vertical Synergies Incorporated, a transportation and management firm.
Ryan is a USTAF Certified running coach and has competed in numerous
running competitions that include 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Full
Ryan, Lead Instructor/Athletic Trainer
Danny played both varsity football and basketball during
high school. Danny graduated form the University of South Florida
with a degree in sports medicine/athletic training. While there
Danny worked as a student athletic trainer with both football, baseball,
volleyball and track teams. After graduation he worked as a graduate
assistant at Georgia Tech with the football and men's tennis team and
now is working as the head athletic trainer at Whitefield Academy.
Danny is a Member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA)
and his certifications include ATC, First Aid, CPR, and AED.
Barbara has been a fitness enthusiast for most of her
life. An avid follower of the primal dietary and fitness lifestyle.
Barbara is married and has two bilingual children. Barbara earned her
undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and her Juris Doctorate
degree from Georgia State Law School. She is the founding principal
of Vazquez & Servi, P.C., an immigration boutique law firm established
in 1996. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys participating in charitable
fitness events benefiting abandoned and sometimes mistreated immigrant
children, etc.. She is a former student and amateur performer of Latin-style
ballroom dancing. Barbara is CPR/AED certified.
Crissy Watkins, Instructor
Crissy has been involved in health and fitness dating
back to her days as a college softball player. With an undergraduate
degree in Psychology and Kinesiology, and a Masters degree in Kinesiology,
Crissy joins Step it Up with a passion for healthy lifestyles and helping
others reach their goals. Her training experiences include personal
training, being a sport psychology consultant, teaching undergraduate
courses, and leading group training. Crissy is currently teaching PE
at Whitefield Academy, where she is also the varsity softball coach.
Crissy was recently married and enjoys being active and working out
with her husband. Crissy is CPR/AED certified.
Pam Blackburn, Instructor
Pam has been a involved in fitness activities throughout her life but
has reengaged in the last several years with Step It Up Fitness. Pam
is married with two children who enjoy outdoors as much as she does.
Pam earned her degree from the University of Georgia and is a certified
public accountant and a parnter at a large professional services firm
in Atlanta. Pam serves on the board of several not for profit entities
and is involved in several charitable cycling events each year. Pam was
a loyal SIU campers for 2 years befores joining SIU as an associate instructor
in 2010. Pam enjoys water skiing and cycling in her spare time and is
C. Smith, RD, CSO, LD, Dietitian
Bethany enrolled in SIU camp in August of 2010 and
now has joined our team to assist clients with healthy eating and weight
management. Bethany earned her bachelor's degree in Health & Sports
Studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a major in Dietetics
and Nutrition. She relocated to Georgia to complete a Dietetic Internship
at Georgia State University, and became a Registered & Licensed
Dietitian in 1998. Over the past 13 years, she has spent her career
assisting individuals who have eating challenges during cancer treatments,
counseling adults who want to lose or gain weight and coaching those
who want to eat healthier to reduce their risk of disease. Bethany
frequently gives presentations on healthy eating, weight management
and disease prevention to local support groups, college students and
healthcare professionals throughout the Southeastern US. In 2009, she
was recognized as Outstanding Dietitian of the Year by the Georgia
Dietetic Association for her achievements and contributions to her
profession. Bethany is a former high school competition cheerleader
and dancer who now enjoys staying active while training for races with
friends, traveling, and playing ALTA tennis.
Brown, Associate Instructor | Haley has been involved in competitive
sports all through high school. She graduated from Auburn University
with an undergraduate degree in Physical Education. She currently
works at Whitefield Academy as a Middle School P.E. teacher, as well
softball and soccer. She just finished her first half marathon
and plans on running another one later this fall. She is also currently
pursuing a national certification in personal training.
Associate Instructor | Lisa is a stay-at-home mother of two
with a passion for running. She has completed the Marine Corps
Marathon, Silver Comet Half Marathon and many 10 and 5K’s. She’s
currently training for the Chicago and NYC Marathons.
Associate Instructor | Joe has participated
in multiple competitive sports since the age of 5. Narrowing his focus
to football in high school, Joe went on to play football for two seasons
with the University of Georgia. After graduating Joe joined the Atlanta
Renegades Rugby Club where he played for 8 years. During that time the
Renegades won the South US Division, Joe was chosen for select sides
in the Georgia and East Rugby Unions, and he eventually served as President
of the Club. Joe also served as a Defensive Coach for the Brussels Angels
Football team in Belgium in 1999-2000.
Joe began his rededication to fitness as one of our own
and this year competed in the Annual Muddy Buddy competition where
he and his partner brought home first place for STEP IT
UP FITNESS for their division among 800 teams. Joe currently
participates in 5K and 10K runs and is in active training for his first
When Joe isn't participating in fitness activity and
events, he works for Oracle where he sells Enterprise Software.