Parker Place’s programs and events are led by a talented, professional team of instructors, each of whom is passionate about providing an outstanding experience to the kids and families in our community! Check out their profiles below!
All we need is a beat! Zumba Kids rocks! Amanda Mulder has been an active Zumba Kids instructor for two years at Saint Andrew’s United Methodist Day School, where she is also a second grade teacher. She’s been addicted to Zumba classes since 2007! Amanda has taught informal exercise, dance sessions, and designed a movement arts curriculum for students with disabilities. Amanda is officially licensed to teach Zumba Basic, Zumba Kids and Zumba Jr. She is also an active member in The Society for Creative Anachronism, where she researches and performs historical dances from the renaissance.
Anna brings to Parker Place a uniquely diversified background in both culinary management and creative dance, making her ideal for her position overseeing our wellness center programs. Anna also leads a variety of programs at Parker Place, which include many of our hands-on cooking classes as well as multiple forms of dance and creative movement. Anna’s extensive culinary experience, which includes owning her own Annapolis-based catering service and a career in restaurant and hotel management, enables her to serve Parker Place’s families in many ways. In addition to teaching many of our classes, Anna also helps to develop a multitude of resources for meal planning and prep, cooking, and getting even young children excited about experimenting with new, healthy foods. Read more about Anna’s background on our Meet Our Team page.
Becky Jacobs, RD
As a licensed registered dietitian, Becky believes that understanding nutrition is key to achieving optimal health, which she helps families to do by supporting and empowering them through nutrition education. Following a career in an unrelated field, Becky went back to school in 2008 to pursue her passion, and graduated from University of Maryland in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics. She followed up her degree with supervised practice through the University of Delaware and her work and volunteer experiences have only confirmed her commitment to helping people build a foundation of good nutrition. She particularly loves Hippocrates’ quote, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Read more about Becky’s background on our Meet Our Team page.
Carol is a retired Baltimore County school teacher with a master’s degree in reading. Also an art enthusiast, Carol enjoys drawing and painting and has combined this with her first love of teaching by volunteering in her grandchildren’s schools. She has taught an art curriculum, “Picture Parent” in her granddaughter’s school over the years. Carol’s creativity does not end in the classroom or on a canvas. Gardening, especially vegetable gardening, has been a hobby that has given Carol much pleasure – something she now shares in her classes at Parker Place, helping children to discover the joy and satisfaction in planting seeds that grow into delicious and healthy food.
Devin is a personal trainer certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is a positive and patient exercise instructor at Parker Place, where he created our popular Warrior Kids program. Outside of his role at Parker Place, Devin currently serves as the Director of Fitness at Rockwell Gym in Severna Park. At Rockwell Devin acts as a personal trainer for individuals and small groups, working with all ages. He also teaches classes for children, where they learn to become fit through fun obstacle courses. Devin specializes in sports performance, obstacle course racing, Ninja Warrior training, strength training and weight loss. He is a graduate of Towson University where he earned a BA in Kinesiology.
Elizabeth Parker, MD
Dr. Parker is a pediatric endocrinologist who treats many children with medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and other disorders that benefit from healthy lifestyle interventions. In 2018, she established Parker Place, A Children’s Health and Wellness Center, to help all families succeed in implementing healthy habits and building a foundation of lifelong wellness. In addition to providing medical supervision for Parker Place’s wellness programs and collaborating on class content and resources, Dr. Parker also leads a variety of nutrition-based classes. She also makes herself available to families for healthy lifestyle questions, and is always working with Annapolis-area schools and organizations to develop new programs to meet their wellness needs. Read more about Dr. Parker’s background on our Meet Our Team page.
Jillian is an Annapolis-area author, yoga instructor, and mother of two. She enjoys bringing the joys of yoga to people of all ages, but is especially dedicated to the work she does with children. Jillian’s yoga classes at Parker Place are thoughtfully adapted to the age range of her students, and she has created programs especially for younger children, older children, and a special “Mommy and Me” class. Believing that the best way to invite people to experience the benefits of yoga is to “meet them where they are,” Jillian has taught in studios, libraries, schools, nursing homes, and a variety of other locations. Her published children’s book, “Yogaventure” (available on Amazon.com and available to borrow in our lending library!) and her active YouTube channel have enabled her to spread her passion for yoga worldwide! You can learn more about Jillian on her website.
Margareta’s roots are in the Culture Shock® organization, which brings the power and beauty of hip hop to diverse audiences via professional entertainment, dance education, and community enrichment programs. In 2001 Margareta moved from San Diego, California, where she was a core dancer with the original Culture Shock® dance organization, to the East Coast. In 2002 Margareta and co-founder Brian Resurrection established Culture Shock® Washington, DC (CSDC), running as a non-profit under the umbrella of Culture Shock® San Diego. Margareta served as its first Artistic Director. In 2009, in her current role as Executive Director, Margareta worked with her staff and the Board of Directors to establish Culture Shock® DC as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Maria Winters, LCPC
Maria is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with experience working with kids, adolescents and adults. She has been in the mental health field for over 15 years providing individual, family and group counseling to people with different concerns. Maria currently works part-time conducting psychological assessments in an emergency/hospital setting. She also teaches Psychology at a community college and runs monthly support groups for women in the Annapolis area. Maria spends her free time with her husband and 2 daughters. She dances flamenco and enjoys every time she performs on stage. Maria is fully bilingual in English and Spanish.
Though she has a background in education and law, Melissa became interested in nutrition after becoming a parent, and now brings this passion – along with her cooking expertise – to her classes at Parker Place. As a mom of three, Melissa can relate to having a busy family life and picky eaters! Melissa’s approach to cooking is practical and hands-on with minimal fuss – and, of course, healthy! By combining her cooking skills with principles of good nutrition, she transformed her own health and that of her family members, and continues to share her knowledge with our families and the community. Melissa holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. She has taught cooking classes for children and adults in local schools as well as Anne Arundel Community College.