Undergraduate Assistants

Erin Connelly

I am a junior at UIUC. I was born and raised right in Champaign, so I know the area and campus pretty well. I am majoring in Kinesiology, hopeful to go on and be an Occupational Therapist. With working out being one of my passions, I am SO excited to work with you guys this semester and develop friendships with each and every one of you. When I’m not attending classes, you can find me working out, baking, reading, binge watching Grey’s Anatomy, goofing off with my friends, or playing/snuggling with my dogs.

Kennedy Potempa 

I am a senior in Kinesiology here at UIUC. When I’m not teaching class or working towards my Biology minor, I cook dinner and clean for another student as a personal assistant, work at the residence hall libraries, or answer phones at Rosati’s. I love reading, writing, and most of all cats. I’m not sure what I want to do once I graduate, but most likely I’ll be working as a caregiver. It’s very nice to meet you all; I hope we have a lot of fun this semester!


Sarah Phillips 

I am a junior studying Kinesiology at UIUC. I am currently pursuing Physical Therapy and hope to work with collegiate or professional athletes one day. My passions are sports, painting, and making people laugh.


Selena Gonzalez

Hello, my name is Selena. I am a Kinesiology major. My future goals are to become a chiropractor and open up my own practice. I have a lot of hobbies but my newest one is learning to cross-stitch


Marissa Tassone 

I am a junior at UIUC. I am majoring in interdisciplinary health on a Pre-med track and also working towards a certificate in global health. I love fitness and living a healthy style and am so excited to back at LFP!


Sarah Richter 

I am from Schaumburg, Illinois. I just graduated from U of I and I majored in kinesiology. I’m pursuing a career in occupational therapy and love getting to know people and empowering them in their goals! For fun I enjoy running, playing ultimate frisbee, and basically anything that has to do with being outdoors.”

Nikki Zimmer 

I am a junior in the UIC College of Nursing and plan on becoming a Nurse Practitioner. I love working out, animals, and making people laugh. This will be my 2nd year with LFP and I can’t wait to see you all again every week and work towards new goals!

Sidney Mitchell

Sydney is a junior studying social work and art education. This is her second semester teaching at Lifetime Fitness Program, and she has really enjoyed the experiences and relationships the program has offered. In her free time she enjoys exercising, spending time with family and friends, and volunteering.