About Our Instructors /

Below you can find more information about our instructors


- "Pilates enhances the mind, the body and the spirit"

Lisa M. Yakel (owner) has over thirty years in the dance and fitness industry.  She earned a B.A. in Dance Performance from Russell Sage College, performed with local dance companies, including Maude Baum & Co. and Dance Eclectic, taught at local dance studios, and Russell Sage College and choreographed for numerous school productions.  Lisa also founded In Motion School of Dance, as well as taught fitness classes for many years at The Sweat Shop of Albany.

Discovering the Pilates Method was an "a-ha" moment for Lisa...sensible movement. It gave her an empowering awareness of her body and mind and truly connected the two. While dancing and teaching fitness classes Pilates helped Lisa stay injury free. The Method had such a profound affect on her that she became Mat Certified through The Physical Mind Institute in 2001 beginning her journey of teaching her passion. Yearning for more knowledge she became Comprehensively Certified through Power Pilates of NYC in 2003. She had the blessing of learning the Method from Bob Liekens, a Master Instructor and 2nd generation teacher. Lisa credits Jeanette Somner for nuturing both her knowledge and love for the Method.

Lisa is committed to the teachings of Joe Pilates and is passionate about sharing it with her students!

Contact Lisa for more information at 518-727-0271
Email: lisa@corepilatesalbany.com


Anne graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology and worked in various sourcing & product development roles for major retailers in NYC for 17 years. During this time, she also worked part-time in the fitness industry as a group instructor. In 2006, she began practicing pilates and soon was hooked on the physical and mental benefits. Anne became a certified pilates instructor from Power Pilates in 2012. In 2007 Anne was certified to teach Pilates mat through Power Pilates, and she completed the comprehensive certification in 2009 at Power Pilates in NYC.
Email: anne@corepilatesalbany.com


Joan Coffey is a Comprehensively Certified Pilates Instructor having received her certification through Power Pilates in New York City in 2003.  Joan has had teaching experience in the Pilates Method since that time, has taken numerous continuing education classes through Power Pilates, and is continuing her love of teaching Pilates at Core Pilates of Albany.  While Joan's formal college education is not in physical fitness, her lifelong interest and activities have always centered around various forms of physical fitness.  These activities include alpine skiing (including teaching), cross country skiing, sailing, aerobic & weight training exercising, bicycling, hiking, swimming and tennis.  Once Joan discovered the Pilates Method in 1999, it has remained her number one favorite form of physical fitness.  She incorporates this method in every other physical activity, and encourages her students to do the same - the "Pilates Mind" is always present!
Email: joan@corepilatesalbany.com

Pauline Morris

Pauline discovered mat Pilates classes in 2003 and was hooked right from the start.  In 2012 Pauline became mat certified by a national association and began teaching classes at a local gym.  She quickly realized she needed more in depth training and turned to Power Pilates.  In 2013 she became beginner & intermediate mat certified.  Pauline holds several other group fitness certifications however Pilates has always been her favorite class to teach and preferred form of fitness.  Wanting to continue learning about the Pilates Method she entered a training program through Beacon Pilates and became comprehensively certified in 2015.  Pauline has a communications degree from the University at Albany.
Email: pauline@corepilatesalbany.com

Genii Rutherford

Genii Rutherford, RYT, has been a teacher since she played school with her dolls. Teaching is her Dharma. Genii has been teaching yoga nonstop for four years since she was asked to teach a Beginner's Class. Genii completed a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Lauren Jay Toolin and an additional 200+ hours in Yoga Ed., Kids Yoga, Street Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, and MELT Hand and Foot Treatment and MELT Level 1 Instructor. Always a student, Genii loves to learn new approaches to teach yoga and wisdom from all schools of yoga. Her greatest teachers have been the students she has had the joy of teaching. Off the yoga mat Genii also teaches stand up paddling or SUP and SUP Yoga.  A graceful klutz, the first time Genii got on a paddleboard it was an "Ahaa Moment". Genii has introduced SUP and SUP Yoga to over 65 people from The Kayak Shak on Fish Creek and LLBean's Outdoor Discovery School. She is a retired school librarian having taught 38 years at a suburban high school and elementary school.

Cheryl Williams

Cheryl received her Pilates Mat Certification at Core Pilates NYC in 2015 and her Power Vinyasa yoga certification in 2016. Cheryl recently relocated to the Albany area after having been a Fashion Industry professional living and working in New York City for 12 years and most recently working in the wellness community in her hometown of Elmira, NY. She has always been active in competitive athletic activities from gymnastics, softball and swimming as a child and throughout high-school to traditional training at gyms throughout her college years and twenties. She was introduced to Pilates & Yoga in 2011 and was immediately captivated by the way they strengthened the muscles in her entire body, which other forms of exercises hadn't. She continues to be inspired by the way both modalities realign, motivate, and improve all body types and that they work for beginners to experts! Cheryl loves teaching Yoga & Pilates, the mind-body connections they create and building relationships with her students. She is also an Usui Reiki Master, using the healing technique on clients to bring them physical and mental relief. She offers one on one sessions and provides attunements for individuals and groups.
Email: cheryl@corepilatesalbany.com