Personal Trainers and Instructors


Melissa Aldeborgh has over 20 years of fitness industry experience, and holds a personal training certification with American Sports & Fitness Association. In addition, she is certified in multiple group fitness forums, ICSA Kickboxing, Kettlebells and Les Mills programs. Melissa enjoys helping her clients to keep a balanced and active lifestyle by keeping them challenged and motivating them to surpass their mental and physical boundaries.

Felicia Chianese has been working in athletic training for 12 years.  She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Sacred Heart University’s School of Health Sciences and went on to complete her master’s degree in athletic training from Ohio University where she received a Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Work. Her masters manuscript evaluated body mass index and its relationship to lower extremity overuse injuries. She has been BOC certified since 2008 and is a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association. Felicia continues her education through developing her knowledge of strength training including kettlebells and functional fitness routines. She is certified as a kettlebell instructor.  Her passion for fitness has expanded over the past few years, and she has been fortunate enough to work with and train elite NCAA Division II athletes since 2011, where she was head athletic trainer until May 2016. Felicia has worked in a multitude of settings including semi-professional arena football, high schools, colleges and sports physical therapy clinics.  Her family has summered on the island since before she was born and she is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to live here once again!

Melissa Clay has summered on Martha’s Vineyard her entire life and has lived here year-round for the past 20 years. Her enthusiasm for fitness, nutrition, the mechanics of the human body and helping others started in high school and has been growing ever since. Her certifications include the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Certified Behavior Change Specialist, and she is currently working on a nutrition certification with a focus on lifetime weight loss. Melissa is creative in her workout programs making sure to stay focused on her client’s goals by utilizing not only weights and machines, but also body weight. She loves to incorporate the outdoors and TRX and SAQ drills, capitalizing on what nature has to offer. Melissa also has experience in corrective/physical therapy training for stroke victims, spinal stenosis, poor posture and muscle imbalances. She has worked extensively with seniors on balance and strength, which is a rapidly growing adjunct to the training field. With 23 years of combined experience, she is excited to bring her passion to The Boathouse this summer!

Marisa Deangelis has over 25 years of experience in the fitness industry.  She is a winter resident of Naples, where she works as the Fitness Manager at the Grandeeza Country Club.  As the Fitness Program Director Missy creates and trains classes in movement conditioning, cardiovascular and strength training, dance, core and flexibility conditioning.  She holds a BS in physical education with a minor in dance from West Virginia University.  She is also certified as an Ageless Grace Educator in working with seniors to help them achieve their fitness goals.  Missy enjoys competitive ballroom arena as well as lifestyle modeling and acting. 

Joe “K” Koroma, an elite trainer and fitness instructor, has excelled in the fitness industry for over 15 years. He is certified by the National Strength Professionals Association (NSPA), American Council of Exercise (ACE) & is a certified conditioning specialist. He started the company MaxFit, LLC, in 2004 and specializes in developing innovative fitness programs that help any person or group reach and maintain their maximum levels of fitness and overall health. He was the Master Trainer for Nike’s ½ Marathon Event and The Ebony Fitness Experience at the 2014 BET Awards. His cutting edge fitness sessions and classes incorporate strength training, cardiovascular conditioning, High Voltage Sports Training ™, yoga & Pilates.

Emily Phillips holds a Masters in Fitness Management, another in Clinical Psychology, and a BA in English from Tufts University.  In her role as Fitness Specialist at Reebok Headquarters, she designed and implemented individual fitness programs and taught group exercise.  In LA, she was the personal trainer to exercise video star, Kathy Smith, and in Boston she worked as a yoga teacher for Equinox Health Clubs, Exhale Spa, and New Balance.  For her work as a group exercise teacher, Emily received a  ”superior” rating from City Sports Magazine  and is known for her challenging, yet safe, program design.  Emily holds a certification from The American College of Sports Medicine, and passed the National Academy of Sports Medicine exam. Her work is most influenced by that of sports physical therapist Gray Cook and strength and conditioning coach Michael Boyle; as such she brings knowledge of cutting-edge research and protocols along with a deep respect for alignment and safety to her work as a fitness trainer and group exercise teacher.

Michele Tagliareni has been in the fitness industry for 8 years. She holds her Personal Training Certification through National Council on Strength and Fitness. Michele is also an experienced group fitness instructor, teaching classes such as Zumba, Zumba Toning, Tabata Bootcamp and she also specializes in TRX training. Michele’s life and passion revolves around fitness, health and wellness, and she feels that fitness with others is more fun than doing it alone. She feels a team environment is supportive and encouraging in classes, and enjoys keeping a positive training experience with her private clients.

Pete Upton became a personal trainer and coach because he enjoys helping people and couldn’t imagine any other way than through health and fitness. Understanding many people live with pain every day, he became a certified Z-Health movement specialist to help clients manage ailments. As well as being a Z-Health Practitioner he is PICO certified as a Poliquin Performance Specialist which allows for the most effective results for strength, conditioning and injury prevention.  Pete also specializes in, and has helped hundreds of clients through, improving posture, structural balance and designing personalized exercise programs which are the keys to success, and he loves doing it!

Brenda Wallace grew up on Long Island and has been living year round on the vineyard since 1992. She started teaching fitness classes 10 years ago as a sub for Indoor Cycling and gradually, as her confidence grew, her interest in teaching as a profession grew as well. She now teaches a variety of classes ranging from Indoor Cycling, BodyART, Strength/Core, Barre and Fusion. Her style of teaching is challenging, with a strong emphasis on alignment. Brenda incorporates all aspects of fitness into her classes including strength, cardio, flexibility and balance.

Sian Williams is originally from Manchester, England and moved to Martha’s Vineyard in 1988. Sian began her yoga teacher training certification with renowned teacher, Shiva Rea, and completed in the fall of 2008, certified by Yoga Alliance as a 200 hour RYT. Sian has been teaching yoga to kids ranging in age from 5 to 14 years old. She created Pandavine, Yoga for kids program, which has become a popular fixture on the Island.