Staff & Instructors


Anna Smedley
Anna C. Smedley, Ph.D.
Executive Director
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Jeananne Hearon
Programming Coordinator
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Zachary Whitbey
Events and Facilities Coordinator
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Jessica Lee Ames-Russell
Member and Guest Services Coordinator


Mallory Butler

Mallory Butler

Mallory is a popular instructor who has been teaching Zumba® at the Eureka Springs Community Center since it opened in 2018. A typical class with Mallory features high intensity moves and fast paced beats. If you are looking to get a fun, full body workout that gets you to sweat with cardio and strength moves, look no further. Mallory teaches Zumba® at the Center.

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Stefani Christianson

Stefani began her yoga journey in 2013 and has been growing with her practice ever since. Finding this love for yoga brought Stefani to the decision to attain her 200 hour yoga teacher training certificate in the spring of 2016. Stefani has taught a variety of classes including Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga and Restorative Yoga. During the week you can find Stefani at the Visionary Art Studio creating new creations with her sister Shelli. Other hobbies of Stefani include pottery and sculpting, hiking, and hanging out with her pets and family at home. Stefani teaches Dynamic Flow Yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Chair Yoga on Tuesdays.

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Susan Gaines

Susan retired after 21 years of teaching elementary school. During that time, she began her journey with yoga. She had been taking yoga as a student for 12 years. Last year Susan completed 500 hours of yoga training. Her other interests include hiking, kayaking, camping and traveling. She believes in the transformative power of yoga and hopes to share the joy of the practice with others. Susan teaches Hatha Yoga every Saturday.

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Jeananne Hearon

Jeananne is joining us with an abundance of experience. She has 15 years of dance teaching experience in addition to being a Kids Zumba instructor for 7 years (and counting!). She is a State Licensed Health and Physical Education Teacher M.S. in Health and Kinesiology Zumba Certifications and Zumba Kids Specialty. Jeananne teaches Zumba KIDS on Thursdays.  Jeananne also works as a personal trainer at the Center.

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Maria Moore

Maria has 13+ years of experience teaching fitness dance, barre, yoga and Pilates. She has years of experience teaching at several studios in Orange County, California along with private client instruction of all ages. Mat Pilates, Basi Pilates, 200 hour Yoga Alliance instructor, 200 hours of yoga vinyasa instructor, Booty Barre certification, Zumba certifications. Maria teaches Gentle Yoga Flow and Sound Bath on Tuesday morning and Pilates Strength and Stretch on Wednesday evening. She also guides a monthly Full Moon Sound and Healing Meditation.

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Jason Salgado

Jason is a eleven year student of 15th generation Wudang San Feng Kung Fu Master Zhong Xuechao a.k.a. Master Bing. He began training Wudang Qigong and Taiji (tai chi) with Master Bing in Southern California in 2012 and later in Wudangshan, Hubei Province, China in Summer 2016. Originally from Southern California, Jason moved to Eureka Springs with his wife in Winter 2016 on a small homestead with their three dogs, chickens, organic garden and a small AirBnB/Lodging just outside of town.

Tai Chi is a Chinese health practice used for keeping the mind and body balanced and fit. The practice helps strengthen the body’s immune system and improve physical balance using breath work combined with movement. Stillness in motion. It’s a low-impact physical exercise. Often called a ‘moving meditation’, Tai Chi helps reduce stress, calm the mind, improve focus, lower blood pressure, better sleep, improved flexibility, improved digestion...and it just gets you moving! Jason is teaching the Wudang Tai Chi 13 form along with the 5 Animal Qigong forms. No experience necessary. Ages 12 and up. Jason teaches Tai Chi on Tuesdays.

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Zachary Trent

Zach is a licensed school teacher in Arkansas and holds a Masters degree in Conflict Transformation. He has been a student of martial arts for the past 15 years. He holds a second degree black belt in Aikido while appreciating all martial arts. He has also studied boxing, Brazilian Ju Jitsu, Karate and Tae Kwon Do. He sees martial arts as a path to self mastery as well as a way to prevent violence. He focuses on bringing out the best in his students and creating a supportive community of martial arts students.

Zach teaches Beginners Youth and Adult Aikido on Mondays and Wednesdays. This summer he will be teaching Youth Boxing and Self Defense and a class in Youth Sword.

Joshua Trupia

Joshua Trupia is the owner of Tru Wellness Fitness and Life Coaching, LLC. He is NASM certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer, as well as a certified Health and Life Coach. 

Joshua teaches Beginner Body Weight Class on Friday.

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Joshua Trupia

Joshua Trupia is the owner of Tru Wellness Fitness and Life Coaching, LLC. He is NASM certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer, as well as a certified Health and Life Coach. 

Joshua teaches Beginner Body Weight Class on Friday.

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