Meet Our Instructors

Generations' Fitness and Wellness Staff





Emily Nelson is an advocate of health and wellness. "I strongly believe in bettering quality of life through exercise, movement, mindfulness, and living a healthy lifestyle. I am a 200-hour certified yoga instructor.  I received my certificate in 2014 from the Yoga Garden in San Francisco, California. Chronic back pain and an emergency back surgery in 2010 played a huge part in bringing me to yoga. Yoga has helped me manage my back pain, it has increased my flexibility and range of motion, and given me a healthy perspective on life. I have a background in wellness through completing my degree in dietetics (study of food and nutrition) from UW Stevens Point in 2011."

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with my family. She loves playing golf, tennis, and taking walks with my husband, Nick, along with being a fun boy mom to Knox (2) and Jax (3 months).

"I am so grateful to be in this position of Fitness Instructor and Coordinator at Generations. I am excited to be part of this incredible community and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me here!"



My name is Zach Risse and I am one of the new Fitness and Recreational Coordinators here at Generations. I have always had a passion for exercise and fitness and was an active athlete in high school. This passion is what led me to pursue my education in Health & Wellness. I graduated from Moraine Park Technical College in 2019 with a Degree in Health & Wellness. Since graduating, I have coached high school cross country for the past three years.

Outside of work, I enjoy outdoor activities including watersports, running, snowmobiling, and hiking. Many of these activities I get to do with my friends and family, which is what makes it all that more enjoyable.

I am thrilled to work alongside Emily as another Fitness and Recreation Coordinator. I will be teaching the Arthritis classes along with one of the Silver Sneakers Circuit classes. I am very excited to be here and cannot wait to get to know all of you!



Mike Heimbach is Generations' Tai Chi instructor. For the past 18 years, Heimbach has led Tai Chi classes for a wide variety of age groups from children in middle school through senior citizen.  Previously, Heimbach served in several as an educator and most recently as Director of Formation at Gesu Parish in Milwaukee until his retirement in June of this year. Tai Chi meets from 1:00 -2:00 p.m. at Generations on Tuesdays and Thursdays.