Elizabeth Lowe Ahearn

Founding Director and Certified Instructor
Extension: (410) 337-6399
E-mail: elizabeth.ahearn@goucher.edu

Elizabeth Lowe Ahearn dancer, choreographer, dance educator, Romana's Pilates Level 5 and Pilates Guild® Certified Instructor is Chair of the Dance Department at Goucher College, Director of The Pilates Center at Goucher College and on faculty at Carver Center for Arts and Technology. She also serves as a permanent guest faculty member at Virginia School of the Arts and recently served as a guest artist at the University of Central Oklahoma. Elizabeth received her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, under the direction of Larry Rhodes. Originally from Oklahoma, she received her early training from Yvonne Chouteau, Joy Feldman, Conrad Ludlow, Edward Villella, and Bojan Spassoff. She continued her studies in New York with Bettijane Sills, Sarah Stackhouse, Rachel List, Larry Clark, Valmai Stretton, Linda Tarnay, Gus Solomons Jr., Milton Myers, and Rosanna Seravalli. Elizabeth has performed with the METROPOLITAN BALLET COMPANY, BALLET OKLAHOMA, THE SECOND AVENUE DANCE COMPANY in New York City, KINETICS DANCE THEATRE, SURGE DANCE COMPANY OF BALTIMORE and THE ORDINARY/EXTRAORDINARY DANCE THEATRE. Her repertory has included experimental, contemporary, and classical works by choreographers such as Mark Morris, Agnes de Mille, Conrad Ludlow, Robert Gladstein, Daniel Levans, Mel Wong, Arnie Zane, and Bill T. Jones and has allowed her to perform both in the United States and abroad. Her choreography has been presented on both the East and West Coasts, including Washington, District of Columbia, New York, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, and New Jersey, as well as Canada. Most recently, she performed in the Eleanor King Centennial Concert, a culmination of two years of research and rehearsal of the late Eleanor King's work. Prior to her move to Baltimore, Elizabeth was an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1995 she completed her teacher certification in Authentic Pilates® under the tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska, Sari Mejia Santo and The Pilates Studio® in New York City. She was the first certified instructor to teach in the state of Maryland and soon therafter, in 1996, she founded the Pilates Center at Goucher College. In 2004 she received her Level 5 IITP Pilates Teacher Certification from Romana's Pilates. Elizabeth also serves as an ACE certified professional by the American Council on Exercise and is a member of the Pilates Method Alliance and the Pilates Coalition. She currently teaches composition, ballet, Authentic Pilates® Method of Body Conditioning and modern dance at Goucher College.

Susan Hankinson
Certified Instructor
Extension: (410) 337-6531 extension 7
E-mail: susan.hankinson@goucher.edu

Susan pursued a very serious, very intense ballet school training under the tutelage of Yvonne Chouteau and Miguel Terekhov in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, from the age of 8 thru 18.  After the end of her final high school semester, her father took her up to NYC to pursue her ballet studies with Maggie Black.
She returned to Oklahoma City in 1975 to join Ballet Oklahoma and work as a company member and faculty teacher for the School of Ballet Oklahoma until December of 1980. 

While living in Dallas, Texas Susan began taking weekly Pilates lessons with Colleen Glenn. She was inspired by The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning, she decided to pursue Pilates training as a career path.
Susan always wanted to learn from the person who learned from Joseph Pilates himself.  Her dream was fulfilled when she was accepted as an independent study at Drago's Gym in NYC in 2001.  On September 1, 2001, she started her third career path with Romana Kryzanowska.  On 9/11, she was in the studio with Romana. Susan and Romana had a common bond of friendship...Yvonne Chouteau was Romana's best friend as a very young ballerina.  Yvonne was also a pupil of Joseph Pilates himself.
Susan was certified by The Pilates Studio of NY/Authentic Pilates in March, 2002.  She has been teaching in different studios in Dallas, Texas, up until her recent relocation to Towson, Maryland.

Stephanie Lawson
Certified Instructor
Extension: (410) 337-6531 extension 6
E-mail: stephanie.lawson@goucher.edu

Originally from Vermont, Stephanie Lawson has always enjoyed dancing, biking, hiking, and any outdoor activity. She came to Goucher College to learn more about dance and discovered her joy in learning about the body and its capabilities. Stephanie graduated in May 2006 with a B.A. in Biology and a concentraton in Dance Science. Stephanie completed the Romana's Pilates teacher certifiation program studying under Sari Mejia Santo and Daria Pace. She continues to dance and is extemely grateful for the knowledge she acquires everyday working with the wonderful clients and staff at Goucher College.

Michelle Mulreaney
Current Director and Certified Instructor
Extension: (410) 337-6531 extension 3
E-mail: ashley.mulreaney@goucher.edu

Michelle Mulreaney has 3 major loves- Pilates, Dance and the French language. Throughout her college career, she was lucky enough to study all three. She began her college career at Hofstra University on Long Island, NY. After two years, she returned home to Towson, MD to attend Goucher College. She has enjoyed dancing in the works of Gloria McLean, Lance Westergard, Larry Keigwin, Juliet Forrest, and Tiffany Mills. It was her love of dance that lead her to the Pilates Method, and it was at Goucher where she was first introduced to the Romana's Pilates technique. After graduating from Goucher in 2007, she decided to move to Aix-en-Provence, France and begin her Pilates training while fine-tuning her French skills. While in France she worked directly with Sonia Hererria, but also with Philippe Taupin in Paris. Then, in October of 2008 she finished up her training at the Romana's headquarters in NYC. After 700 hours of training, Michelle received her Level 5 IITP Pilates Teacher Certification from Romana's Pilates in January 2009. She belives that her training is unique and rich because of the wide spectrum of instructors and trainers she has worked with; each teacher provides a special insight into the technique and that is what she focuses on as a teacher. Michelle is currently teaching back at home, Goucher College, with a great team of instructors.

Michelle was named Director of The Pilates Center October 1st, 2012.

Barbara Palmer
Certified Instructor
Extension: (410) 337-6531 extension 5
E-mail: barbara.palmer@goucher.edu

Barbara Palmer started studying the Pilates Method under the guidance of Elizabeth Ahearn in 1996. With Elizabeth’s encouragement she decided on a career change and entered the Authentic Pilates teacher certification program in 2002, where she apprenticed under Romana Kryzanowska and Sari Mejia Santo. She earned her certification in 2003 from the Pilates Studio of New York. In 2004 she received her Level 5 ITTP teaching status from Romana’s Pilates. She has been teaching Pilates at Goucher College since 2003.

Amanda Pugh
Certified Instructor
Extension: (410) 337-6531 extension 2
E-mail: amanda.pugh@goucher.edu

Amanda Pugh, born in Baltimore, Maryland, began her Pilates training in 1999 with Laura Ward-Moran, to supplement her dance technique classes at Harford Dance Theatre.  Ms. Pugh continued her Pilates and dance training at Goucher College, where she earned a BA in Dance in 2008.  She became interested in Pilates teacher certification in her junior year, to help dancers improve their performance through Pilates.  Ms. Pugh completed her teacher certification with Romana's Pilates in New York, a highly-respected teacher training school that dedicates itself to preserving the traditional teachings of Mr. Joseph Pilates.  In New York, Ms. Pugh studied as an apprentice for over 600 hours, under the tutelage of master instructors  Romana Kryzanowska, Sari Mejia-Santos, Daria Pace, Jerome Weinberg, Pam Pardi, Cynthia Shipley, and other Romana’s IITP instructor trainers.  Ms. Pugh began teaching at the Pilates Center at Goucher College in 2007, and continues to teach private lessons and group classes full-time.  She also helps with administrative work, and teaches master classes, lectures, and Pilates demonstrations at high schools and dance studios.  Besides teaching, Ms. Pugh studies Arts Administration in the graduate program at Goucher College, and will complete a masters degree in 2014.  Her awards and academic merits include the Rosenberg Scholarship in Dance, Friends of Goucher Dance Award, Global Citizen Scholarship, Dean’s List, Magna Cum Laude, and Phi Beta Kappa.

 Lizzy Purcell 
Certified Instructor
Extension: (410) 337-6531 extension 4
E-mail: lizzy.purcell@goucher.edu

Lizzy Purcell began studying Pilates as a high school senior in her hometown of Apex, North Carolina.  She continued training in Pilates at Goucher College to supplement her rigorous schedule of dance classes and rehearsals.   As a dance major, Lizzy had the pleasure of working with many talented guest artists, Goucher faculty, fellow students, and European artists while studying abroad at Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy.  After she graduated in 2012 with her B.A. in Dance, she moved to Philadelphia to pursue dance teaching and performing opportunities.  Missing her weekly Pilates classes, she decided to delve deeper into her practice and work towards her Pilates certification through the Romana's Pilates Independent Instructor Training Program.  During her time in the program, she studied under Brie Adina Neff of Equilibrium Pilates in Philadelphia and Sari Mejia Santo, Jerome Weinberg, and Cynthia Shipley of True Pilates NY in New York City.  She completed her certification in March 2014 with over 700 hours of training and is excited to join the team at the Goucher Pilates Center.  Lizzy loves sharing her passion for Pilates and helping her clients improve their bodies, minds, and quality of life through this unique exercise system.  


Where Are They Now? (A guide to former Goucher instructors and their current studios)

  •  Emily Adams
    Originally from Iowa, Emily came to Maryland to attend Goucher College where she studied dance and politics and graduated in 2010 with a B.A. in International Relations. Also in 2010, she received a scholarship from the Pilates Center to become certified in the Pilates Method at Romana's studio in NYC. Emily worked full-time at The Pilates Center until July 2013 and is now teaching in the D.C. school system. 
  • Kursten Anderson

Kursten studied Arts Administration at Goucher College and graduated in 2008.  She began her Pilates training at Goucher and was awarded a scholarship to enter the Romana's Pilates IITP teacher certification program.  Kursten taught at Goucher from 2008-2009.  She is now living near San Antonio, Texas and working at Airrosti Rehab Centers. 

  • Lynn Balliette

Lynn taught at The Pilates Center at Goucher College from 1998-2003.  Lynn moved back to Brooklyn, NY after Goucher and began her studies in Kinesiology.  She taught Pilates at STEPS on Broadway and for Mejo Wiggins in CT and also at Brooke Siler's Re:AB studio.

  • Amy Berger

Amy began to fall in love with Pilates while at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. At Goucher, she was awarded a Pilates Certification scholarship to enroll in the Romana's Pilates Certification program in New York City in the Summer of 2003. In this program, she endured 650+ hours of training and five exams to receive her certification. Amy returned to Goucher to teach Pilates and eventually graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance in 2004. Amy moved to Philadelphia in the Fall of 2005 and after having taught at more than seven studios in four states she opened Star Pilates in March of 2008.

Star Pilates
2043 Locust Street, Suite 2-A
Philadelphia, PA, 19103
(610) 618-0177


  • Julia Clime

Julia Clime
Julia began her Pilates training with Elizabeth Ahearn and Lynne Balliette at Goucher College in 1997. She continued her training in New York City with Master Instructors Romana Kryzanowska, Sari Mejia Santo, and Bob Liekens, completing her Pilates apprenticeship in December 1999. She has taught as a certified Instructor of Authentic Pilates TM from 2000 to 2011 throughout the Baltimore, Maryland area and in Leeds, England. In 2004 Julia received her Level 5 IITP Pilates Teacher Certification from Romana's Pilates. In addition, Julia has been accredited through ACE to provide continuing education to ACE certified fitness professionals.  She now owns her own Pilates studio, Hanover Pilates, located in Mechanicsville, Virginia. 

Hanover Pilates
8250 Patrick Henry Blvd.
Mechanicsville, VA, 23116
(804) 719-1773

  • Jennifer Ellsworth

Jennifer was certified in 2000 from Romana's Pilates in NYC and taught at the Pilates Center from 2000-2004.  She graduated from Goucher in 2001 with a degree in Dance and Women's Studies.
Most recently, she has completed her law degree at Pace University and is currently working as an attorney in NYC.

  • Alden LaPaglia


Alden LaPaglia received her early dance training at the School of the Richmond Ballet in Richmond, VA. There she performed in the professional company's production of The Nutcracker for nine years, dancing her way from children's roles into the corps de ballet. At Goucher College, she earned a dual BA in Dance and Psychology. She has danced in New York with Becky Radway Dance Projects, Incidents Physical Theater, and Sarah Seely and at the Kennedy Center with Goucher College's Choreographie Antique. She made her musical theater debut in the 2009 national tour of Bye Bye Birdie as Sad Girl/Sweet Apple teen. Alden completed her Pilates certification under the direct tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska and Sari Santo and now specializes in working with young athletes and dancers.  Alden taught at the Pilates Center from 2002 to 2005.

  • Laura Ward-Moran

Laura Ward-Moran

Mrs. Ward-Moran began her Pilates studies in 1996 at Goucher College. In February 2002, under the tutelage of master instructors Romana Kryzanowska, Sari Mejia Santo and June Hines, Mrs. Ward-Moran completed over 600hrs of training and certified as an instructor of Authentic PilatesT through Pilates, Inc.® of New York. Mrs. Ward-Moran taught Pilates at Goucher College from 2001-2006, where during her full time status she was assistant to the director, and has also taught academic classes in Pilates for the college dance department as well as modern technique, choreography and Pilates for their Summer Arts Institute.  She now owns her own studio in Bel Air, Maryland, the Maryland School of Ballet and Modern Dance, where she houses a youth performing company, The Maryland Dance Project, and Pilates studio, Pilates on Main.

Maryland School of Ballet and Modern Dance
Pilates on Main
115 North Main Street Suite C
Bel Air, MD, 21014

(410) 638-5188


  • Lindsey Pabst

Lindsey earned her BA in Dance and Psychology from Goucher College.  While at Goucher she performed extensively with Goucher's dance company as well as in local productions of The Nutcracker Ballet. Lindsey taught and choreographed for several studios in Maryland and California, as well as with Dance Workshop of Hanover in Massachusetts.  Lindsey completed the Romana's Pilates certification program in 2004 and taught at The Pilates Center at Goucher College until 2007.  Lindsey has recently returned to MA where she continues to teach Pilates and dance in addition to developing a career in healthcare administration.

  •  Amelia Riley
    Former Director, The Pilates Center at Goucher College


Originally from the Pittsburgh area, Amy studied dance at SSD with Sharon Antalis, at the Point Park College Conservatory and the Civic Light Opera Academy of Musical Theater. She spent her summers taking dance classes from the Chautauqua Ballet Company at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, and was selected for a full ballet scholarship to the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts at Mercyhurst College. Amy began studying Pilates at Goucher College while completing her dance major and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2001 with concentrations in dance history & criticism and arts administration. She went on to receive her Master's degree in Public Administration from American University in Washington, DC, where she served as a graduate research assistant. Continuing with her Pilates Method training, she then moved to New York City to complete a 700-hour teacher certification program with Joseph Pilates's heir, Romana Kryzanowska, before returning to Goucher College to teach at the Pilates Center.

Amy had her first child, Sylvia Jean Riley on September 4th, 2012.  She is at home now with her husband, Shane and their new baby. 

  • Linda Rinier


Linda Rinier began her Pilates studies in 1997 at Goucher College. In 1999, under the tutelage of master instructors Romana Kryzanowska, Sari Mejia Pace at Dragos Gym in NYC and Bob Liekens at the Pilates Center in NYC. Linda was certified as an instructor of Authentic PilatesTM through Pilates, Inc® of New York in January 2000. Since certification, Linda has taught at Goucher College (including an academic Pilates class for Goucher students).  In 2004 Linda received her level 5 IITP+ Pilates Teacher Certification from Romana's Pilates®.  In 2005 Linda opened the first Authentic Pilates Center in the Columbia area dedicated to teaching Romana's Pilates originally taught by Joseph Pilates.

Linda's Pilates Center
5146 Dorsey Hall Drive
Ellicott City, Maryland 21042
(410) 992-5155


  • Jessica Stephenson

Jessica Stephenson

Jessica was certified in 2004 after a rigorous apprenticeship of 600+ hours under master Pilates instructors Romana Kryzanowska and Sari Mejia-Santo where she learned to work with all different body types and abilities. Jessica holds a B.A. in psychology and has danced professionally with the New York Dance Theater, Ram Island Dance, VanDance Inc, ClancyWorks Dance Company as well as in many other freelance projects. Jessica taught at the Pilates Center at Goucher College from 2004 to 2008.  She now teaches at the Pilates Center of San Francisco.

The Pilates Center of San Francisco
@ ODC Dance Commons
351 Shotwell St.
(In between 17th St. & 18th St.)
San Francsico, CA
(415) 294-3505