Pilates Instructors

We will  help you learn to move your body correctly and efficiently for greater fitness success and to avoid injuries.

Stephanie Lawson

Stephanie Lawson
Director and Certified Instructor
Phone: 410-337-6531
Email: 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 concentration in Dance Science. Stephanie completed the Romana's Pilates teacher certification program studying under Sari Mejia Santo and Daria Pace. She continues to dance and is extremely grateful for the knowledge she acquires everyday working with the wonderful clients and staff at Goucher College.


Elizabeth Lowe Ahearn
Elizabeth Lowe Ahearn
Elizabeth Lowe Ahearn

Elizabeth Lowe Ahearn
Founding Director and Certified Instructor
Phone: 410-337-6399
Email: elizabeth.ahearn@goucher.edu

Elizabeth Lowe Ahearn, dancer, choreographer, and educator is a Professor at Goucher College where she serves as Dance Coordinator for the Center of Dance, Music, and Theatre. Originally from Oklahoma, her early training was with Yvonne Chouteau, Joy Feldman, Conrad Ludlow, Bojan Spassoff, and Stephanie Wolf. Continuing her studies in New York with Bettijane Sills, Rachel List, June Finch, Valmai Stretton, Gus Solomons Jr., Linda Tarnay, and Rosanna Seravalli, she earned her BFA and MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. She has performed with the Metropolitan Ballet Company under the direction of Conrad Ludlow and Joy Feldman, Ballet Oklahoma under the direction of Edward Villella and Bojan Spassoff, The Second Avenue Dance Company in New York City, Kinetics Dance Theatre, Surge Dance Company of Baltimore, and Ordinary/Extraordinary Dance Theatre. Her repertory has included experimental, contemporary, historical, and classical works by Agnes de Mille, June Finch, Robert Gladstein, Eleanor King, Daniel Levans, Conrad Ludlow, Doris Humphrey, Mark Morris, Bill T. Jones, Jan Van Dyke, Mel Wong, and Arnie Zane and her own work has been presented internationally. Elizabeth received her Pilates Teacher Certification in 1989 from the Pilates Studio under the tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska and Sari Mejia Santo and is currently a Romana’s Pilates Level 5+ Senior Instructor. The results of her work can be found in the World Book Encyclopedia and in her article “The Pilates Method and Ballet Technique-Applications in the Dance Studio” which was published in the Journal of Dance Education and presented at conferences internationally and nationally.  Her current research, The Effects of Pilates Training on The Alignment of the Pelvis in Dancers Ages 17-22 was recently presented at the Pilates Method Conference in Arizona and the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science in Houston and is an extension of her work as Founding Director of the Pilates Center at Goucher College. Elizabeth will be presenting research at the 6th Annual Somatics Conference in Geneva, NY in July 2017, and is currently completing an article for publication in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science. Elizabeth has served as as Vice President for Regional Planning for the American College Dance Association and currently serves as Vice President for Policies and Procedures.


Susan Hankinson

Susan Hankinson
Certified Instructor
Phone: 410-337-6249
Email: 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 and 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®/Authentic Pilates® in New York City in March, 2002. She has been teaching in different studios in Dallas, Texas, up until her recent relocation to Towson, Maryland in 2013.


Barbara Palmer

Barbara Palmer
Certified Instructor
Phone: 410-337-6245
Email: 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.