Pilates Instructors

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


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

Elizabeth Lowe Ahearn began her Pilates training as a dance major at SUNY Purchase. After exploring several body therapies, she found that Pilates most deeply aligned with the principles of dance that she was accustom to, including deep core support (centering), alignment, control, precision, and flow of movement. Elizabeth graduated from New York University - Tisch School of the Arts with her BFA and MFA. Soon thereafter she attended the NY Pilates Studio’s certification program where she studied closely with Romana Kryzanowka, Carol Dodge, and Sari Mejia Santo receiving her teacher certification from The Pilates Studio®/Authentic Pilates® in New York City in 1994.

The results of Elizabeth's research can be found in the World Book Encyclopedia, Discovering Pure Classical Pilates, and in the Journal of Dance Education in an article titled “The Pilates Method and Ballet Technique-Applications in the Dance Studio.” Her most recent work, “The Effects of Pilates Training on The Alignment of the Pelvis in Dancers Ages 17-22” was presented at the Pilates Method Conference in Arizona, the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science in Houston, and was published in the December 2018 Journal of Dance Medicine and Science. 

Elizabeth feels fortunate to have the opportunity to discover and learn something about the human anatomy everyday, while making an impact on her student’s bodies and lives.



Susan Hankinson
Certified Instructor
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.


Megan Hopkins
Certified Instructor




Stephanie Lawson
Director and Level IV Romana's Pilates Teacher Trainer and Instructor
Email: stephanie.lawson@goucher.edu

Stephanie Lawson 06’ is from Middlesex, VT and began practicing Pilates while recovering from ACL/meniscal surgery. She was a dancer who was eager to recover as quickly as possible, so she began using Pilates as a form of rehabilitation. Stephanie feels the longer she practices Pilates, the more fulfilling it becomes. She believes Pilates can be very powerful and loves to watch how it benefits any and everybody that puts the mind and the body together with control. As the director of the Pilates Center at Goucher, Stephanie is proud of her extensively trained instructors who truly care about the Pilates method and about sharing Joseph Pilates’ work.


Barbara Palmer
Certified Instructor
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.

Tamar Reisner-Stehman

Tamar Reisner-Stehman
Certified Instructor

Tamar Reisner-Stehman ’18 is a new instructor for The Pilates Center at Goucher College. Originally from Wallingford, PA, Tamar first began practicing Pilates as a Goucher student. At first it was a way to help with her dancing, but she fell in love with the physicality and concentration required for the exacting and powerful technique. Tamar is always looking for new challenges in her exercise regiment, which makes sense that her favorite mantra is: “If it’s easy, you’re probably doing it wrong.” Tamar will soon be Romana’s Pilates certified, and she’s excited to bring her expertise to Goucher. “I love helping other people find a connection between their bodies and their minds,” Tamar said. It’s a joy to help people feel good about themselves through movement.”