About Us: People
Henry “Hank” Richardson – Senior Instructor: DEFINE body, mind, & revolution
Henry “Hank” Richardson is the Senior Instructor for DEFINE body & mind. Hank is a former All-American and National Team Member for the sport of Springboard and Platform Diving. After a successful career as a scholarship diver, Hank graduated from the University of Florida and moved to New York City where he joined the program Teach For America to teach 6th grade children in the South Bronx, NY. As a school teacher, Hank was surprised that his old injuries from diving were still causing him discomfort. With the encouragement of a friend, Hank found himself taking his first Pilates/Yoga/Ballet hybrid class, at the spa Exhale, in New York City. Sixty minutes and lots of shaking later, he found a method of exercise he knew would change his life. Six months later, he found himself teaching his very first exercise class in New York City, and within one year, he was helping open and teach at locations all over the country. Hank has helped run studios in Boston, Bridgehampton, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. In 2007 he moved back to Houston to begin his MBA at Rice University. In graduate school Hank developed DEFINE body & mind, and right after graduation in 2009, Hank opened the first DEFINE: body&mind studio in his hometown of Houston, TX. Hank is a certified yoga instructor through Lex Gillan, The Yoga Institute, in Houston, TX. He is a certified Yamuna Body Rolling instructor as well as a certified Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Hank is very passionate about educating clients on the body&mind. This passion comes from his own interest in learning about the body&mind as Hank broke his lower back while diving, and he believes DEFINE body&mind, the studio, the products, and the services are the most powerful combination to achieve optimal health and optimal performance of the body and mind. He hopes all clients will be able to define their body, define their mind, and define their balance in order to feel, look, and be at their best.
Erin O’Leary Stewart - Co-owner DEFINE west university, Lead Instructor DEFINE body, revolution, In-House Natural Food Chef, DEFINE foods
A recent Houston transplant from New York City, Erin grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She took an interest in the performing arts at an early age, studying dance at the Miami City Ballet, the Rock School at Pennsylvania Ballet and Jacob’s Pillow. Erin earned a BFA in Dance Performance at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX where she also studied kinesiology and spent the subsequent eight years dancing professionally throughout the greater New York area. A desire to stay in shape throughout audition seasons led Erin to a fitness class inspired by former accomplished ballet dancer Lotte Berk, called Physique 57. Erin immediately took to the blend between fitness and dance and spent several years there as an instructor. Beyond the ballet barre fitness classes, Erin has also studied Pilates under Polestar Education and indoor cycling through Spinning. Along with a clear passion for movement and health, Erin strongly believes that what you eat is of paramount importance to achieving a well-rounded healthy lifestyle. To further her education, she earned a culinary degree from New York City’s Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, and has created and operated her own natural cookie and granola company called O’Cookies Wholesome Bites, which will eventually make its way into the Houston market. She continues to study the effects that food and movement has on both the mind and the body, doing research in her spare time and authoring the blog Juiceboks about all things food, fitness and health and hopes to inspire others to live life feeling good. Erin is extremely excited to join the team at
DEFINE.Kasey Buchtien – DEFINE body, mind
Kasey grew up in Bellville, but was born in Houston and has always had a close connection with the city. Kasey participated in several sports throughout her childhood before going on to play collegiate volleyball at Samford University. Health and wellness has always played an integral role in her life and she is beyond excited about being part of the DEFINE community. The technique and quick results were components of DEFINE that initially drew Kasey in, but it was the DEFINE philosophy of helping clients to achieve an overall balance in their lives that struck a chord and she knew this is where she belonged. Kasey looks forward to sharing her passion for wellness and healthy living with the DEFINE community. Also, Kasey happens to be a green smoothie enthusiast! Over the past year and half green smoothies have become part of her daily routine, she even joined forces with Urban Harvest Farmers Markets as a vendor selling green smoothies!!!! Check out her green smoothie Facebook page Humphrey’s Mama’s Green Smoothies where she posts recipes and fun tidbits.
April Coutino – DEFINE body, mind, & revolution
April Coutino was born in El Paso, Texas, but having a family in the military, she has lived in various places around the world. With years of training in Ballet and competitive sports, such as basketball and volleyball, she has always had an interest in movement and health. Once she graduated from High School, April moved to Houston to attend the University of Houston. It was here that she started training in Mixed Martial Arts. She now competes as a professional fighter and incorporates boxing, kickboxing and wrestling. In looking for a position that would supplement April as a student and a fighter, April is very excited about her opportunity to teach at DEFINE. Since beginning her training and teaching at DEFINE, she has not only increased her strength significantly, she has made a dramatic improvement in her flexibility. Working out has always been a very important part of April’s life but it is DEFINE that has finally given her the ability to achieve the balance in her body that she has been looking for.
Leslie Denby – Retail Director
Leslie recently moved back to her hometown of Houston, TX after living in Dallas for the last 7 years. Leslie earned a degree in Fashion Merchandising from Texas Christian University in 2003 and worked in Fashion and Consulting in Dallas. Since childhood, Leslie has been an athelete, involved in soccer, volleyball and basketball. she loves being active, working out and being involved in the community. In 2004, she was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, which affected her energy level, weight and overall health. While being treated with medicine, she also began to do the DEFINE method and noticed her body changing, her energy level increasing, her metabolism kicking in gear again, and a better feeling of balance in her life. After moving home to Houston in the Summer of 2011, Leslie became an instructor at DEFINE, gaining strength, improving her flexibility, boosting her metabolism, and creating balance! Leslie is also using her fashion and retail experience to purchase the retail products and works on the visual merchandising in the studios. She is very excited to be a part of the DEFINE team, and looks forward to the growth ahead!
Ashley Eldringhoff – DEFINE body, mind, & revolution
Ashley moved to Houston in January of 2009 to pursue a career in bellydancing and group fitness instruction. In early 2010 she was lucky enough to stumble upon DEFINE, and was immediately hooked on its efficient, fun, and holistic method. An ACE certified group fitness instructor, she also has training in western dance, middle-eastern dance, and yoga. She received a B.A. in Philosophy from Louisiana State University in 2008 where she completed an undergraduate thesis on the mind’s awareness of the body. Ashley very much believes in DEFINE’s approach to achieving body and mind balance and views promoting both physical and mental health as one of the most important aspects of her practice.
Megan Hayes – DEFINE body
Megan lived in multiple places throughout Texas and Louisiana as a child. During high school, she moved to The Woodlands, Texas where she calls home. Moving from city to city and meeting new people over the years contributed to Megan’s outgoing personality. After graduating from Texas A&M in 2005 with an undergraduate degree in finance, Megan moved to Houston for work. Megan currently works in sales in the oil and gas industry. Over the years, she has been involved in various forms of exercise, including gymnastics, running, group fitness and spinning. After trying the DEFINE method for a short time, her body changed drastically. She FINALLY had long, lean muscle strength – something no other exercise method was able to accomplish. Megan is excited to be a part of the DEFINE team and thrilled to share her passion with you.
Lori Hudson – DEFINE body, mind
Lori Hudson D.C. is a doctor of chiropractic. She is a University of Kentucky alumni, and a native Houstonian. Growing up as a competitive gymnast, aches and pains were a daily occurrence. Through chiropractic care she was able to recover faster and perform at an even higher level. Not only is optimal range of motion in the joints important, but also proper strength and flexibility of the surrounding muscles. She experienced first hand how the combination of joint mobility, strength and flexibility of the spine and surrounding muscles improves the health of the body. Her goal now is to share her own experiences with those around her, helping others achieve optimal health through her teaching of DEFINE body.
Cornilia Issa – DEFINE body, mind, & revolution
Born in Kansas and raised in Houston, Cornilia is a true southern girl. A recent graduate of Baylor College of Medicine, Cornilia is in the process of pursuing a career as a Physicians Assistant. Having suffered from lower back/knee pain since her teenage years, Cornilia came to Define at the suggestion of a friend. After her first class, it was love at first pulse (now hold!). Upon seeing the improvement in her body’s strength and definition, along with the almost entire eradication of any pain, she is now more than excited to spread the word and teach the method in hopes of helping others exercise effectively while managing any injuries.
Hannah Ehl Loegering – DEFINE body, mind, & revolution
Hannah Ehl Loegering grew up in Dallas, and then attended the University of Texas in Austin for undergrad. From there she attended graduate school in New Orleans to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. Along side of her studies, she began to teach fitness classes including Spinning, circuit training, and yoga. In 2009, she moved to Houston to start her career, but a part of her always missed teaching classes. She continued to be active, trying everything Houston had to offer including running, bootcamps, crossfit, yoga, and several different gyms. She changed her workout routines regularly to escape her chronic back and neck pains. It was 2011 when she thought she had tried it all, and found DEFINE, just in time for her wedding. Watching her body transform, in a pain free, balanced way brought her both relief and inspiration. She loved the method, the approach, and the community at DEFINE and knew she had found what she was looking for. She is so excited to be part of the DEFINE team and share DEFINE with her clients.
Jane McCullough – DEFINE body, mind
Jane McCullough is a mother of one and a housewife. She has always been involved one way or another with fitness. She has done everything from yoga and Pilates to spinning and teaching aerobics. The DEFINE method really gives her a feeling of strength, flexibility, and balance. She immediately wanted to learn to teach others to feel good about themselves and improve their bodies, with this complete body workout.
Gelena Scally – DEFINE body, mind & revolution
Gelena (G) moved here from NY after spending 6 years in Investment Banking, to attend school and to be closer to family. G grew up in Aurora, CO, rescuing homeless animals, playing sports and taking pictures of anything that would pose for her…she hasn’t changed much. Over the years, she fell in love with dance, specifically ballroom, ballet and hip-hop, eventually becoming a professional ballroom dancer. Unfortunately, due to multiple knee and foot injuries and the surgeries that followed, she had to stop dancing. To fill the void, she tried yoga, pilates, fitness classes, a personal trainer…but nothing made her feel whole again until she came across DEFINE. DEFINE was the first method that actually helped her regain strength, flexibility and the confidence that she had lost over the years. So now, as a DEFINE instructor, she hopes to help her clients build confidence and achieve their fitness goals.
Casey Bielenberg – DEFINE body, mind
Casey moved to Houston in 2005 after receiving her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Illinois. Since childhood she has been an athlete, competing in several sports over the years including swimming, softball, soccer, and tennis. As an adult, Casey has found a way to continue her commitment to fitness through participation in half marathons, regular yoga practice, and most recently—a triathlon! To maintain her health and strength for these competitions, Casey has found that DEFINE is the most balanced and rewarding way to sustain her peak performance. She is proud to be a part of the DEFINE team and eager to share her passion for health and fitness with the Houston community.
Casi Carey - DEFINE body
Casi was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She attended college at Miami University. After college, Casi moved to D.C, which is where she met my husband. It was her husband’s job that brought Casi to Houston in 2010. In Houston, Casi started working at lululemon which fueled her desire to be in the fitness world and lululemon is was brought Casi to DEFINE. She was thrilled to find a workout that was so efficient and worked her body in a way no other workout did. After having a baby in April 2011, Casi knew DEFINE was where she needed to be to get back in shape, and occasionally have the opportunity to workout with Kennedy. Now, Casi am excited to join the DEFINE team and teach other moms the benefits of DEFINE, along with all other fitness lovers. DEFINE is a constant way for Casi to challenge her body and mind pushing her to further limits and reach bigger goals. It has given Casi the drive to pursue fitness and nutrition as a career.
Sharon Rice - DEFINE body
Sharon Rice is a native Texan who grew up playing basketball with friends in her neighborhood. She came to Houston for an internship in graduate school, and has made Houston home ever since! She has competed in various races in the Houston area, and began teaching yoga in 2010. She took one class at Define and was hooked! She loves the holistic method and that it incorporates dance moves while sculpting long, lean muscles. The friendly faces and spa-like atmosphere enhance the rejuvenating experience. Sharon knew she wanted to be a part of the Define community from day one!
Kirby Jamail – DEFINE body, revolution
Born and bred in Houston, TX, Kirby had absolutely zero interest in sports and fitness as a child but then volleyball became an 8-year long obsession. That was it… just volleyball. Fast forward four years and she started to get into boxing. That led to running, weight lifting as a sport, other alternative style type of workouts to keep things fun and fresh. Studying all types of nutrition and different styles of eating has been a side hobby and still is. The Magic Moment: Kirby was introduced to Henry at DEFINE with her best friend on a sunny afternoon when the first studio had just opened and because he had such pretty blue eyes they both wanted to take his class! True story. It took a while before she started believing that this truly was the best thing for her health and body long-term. All of the brainwashing from bodybuilding websites and trainers saying to lift heavy weights and have the MOST BORING DIET in the world came to a halt and she focused just on DEFINE and added a splash of cardio and finally started to feel and see the balance in her life on a mental and physical level. After being with Define for almost two years, she finally made it to the podium and now has the privilege of teaching and giving back what she has received! Working with such a supportive and encouraging team here at DEFINE has been one of the biggest blessings in her life. Music is one of the greatest passions so you can be assured class will always be loud and motivating. ”Let’s GEAUXXX” is her motto. She is currently scheduled to take her CPT Exam to become a Certified Personal Trainer through the Cooper Institute based in Dallas, TX.
Anne Tropoli – DEFINE body, mind
After returning to her native hometown, Houston, after three post-collegiate years in Jackson Hole, WY, Anne found DEFINE to be the missing piece to her more traditional forms of exercise. After being a devotee for six months, she soon wanted to share the method with others. Anne firmly believes in DEFINE’s ability to transform and lengthen muscles through the use of low impact exercise.