About the Instructors



Dr. Nijjar is passionate about working with individuals, groups and/or organizations to help them improve their health status through good nutrition. Towards this he has developed a deeply researched workshops that are fun, exciting, interactive, hands-on, and participants see results immediately. During this workshop he coaches participants to arrive at their own customized daily caloric requirements, desirable body weight, exercise plan, meal planning and tips on anti-aging. The participants leave with an ability to use the tools presented for the purpose of sharing with others. To carry out this passion of his, he brings a doctorate with a focus on leadership in healthcare from UBC. He has over a decades worth of experience as a registered dietitian.



Jeanine van der Loo is a local artist. She works in sculptural ceramics and multi media painting, but loves to work in any art media.  She has a BA in art from Nicholls State.

She is the owner of Atelier Nenuphar, an art studio. She is a nationally shown artist.

She teaches art, in her studio, to adults, and children as young as 4 years old. She is passionate about art history and is an avid reader of many genres.



Coach James Schilling- Teaching golf for the past 14 years-Passed the P.G.A. Playing Ability Test (P.A.T.)- member of the G.C.A.A.- certified V1 Golf faculty instructor-Staff Swing Instructor at U.S. Golf Camps- Played four years of division one golf- Coached/Instructed 15 all conference selections and numerous professional golfers on the Adams,then Nike and current Nationwide professional golf tours.



Theron Williams Sr is the owner of “T Will Capture Moments”. He started out taking photographs of family and friends and grew into a business. Theron’s philosophy is to “capture moments” in time that will tell a story. T Will Capture Moments has photographed weddings, church event, parties, senior photos, family photos, maternity session, and bridal session. His clients have appreciated the natural moments that he captures during events.



Alison Arthurs is a highly experience instructor of American Sign Language.  She first learned sign language in community courses like this one, then volunteered and subsequently worked at the Deaf Action Center of Greater New Orleans where she refined her skills.  When she moved to Houma, LA in 1990, she began teaching American Sign Language classes to the community.  She has since offered courses from beginner to advanced level for over 20 years, but particularly enjoys teaching the beginner course those new to the language.  Alison has a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Loyola University New Orleans, and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.



Lona Bernard

by profession has been a dental hygienist for 19 years. All through college until now has taught aerobics. Started Yoga a few years ago and immediately fell in love with the art. She received her certifications from the Deep South Alliance for Fitness Professionals in Pilates and Yoga. She is married and has 2 children.

Brett Bourg
graduated from Louisiana State University in 1984. The following year he bought his first IBM PC, and he has been working with and teaching about computers ever since. He has developed and taught a wide variety of computer classes professionally for several companies. Brett uses what he teaches and he teaches what he uses. He strives to make students comfortable with computers and software. His patience is stellar and his humor is legendary.

Angela Hammerli
has been teaching dance at NSU for 26 years. She has coached numerous groups and has choreographed numerous musicals for professional, NSU, and community theatre. Angela has made presentations in dance at local, state, regional, and national conventions and has been awarded several grants to bring performing arts to the community. Having taught couples dancing for 28 years, she loves sharing with people, young and old, the dancing that has brought her such great happiness.

Coach Dylan Harrison

Harrison becomes the fourth head coach in Nicholls program’s history. During his first season with Nicholls, Harrison lead the colonels to matching the record of school wins in a season. Before coming to Thibodaux, Harrison coached at the University of the South, where the tigers compiled a 10 win season in his final year with Sewanee. As a player, Harrison was named All-SCAC, and All-Region defender at Trinity University. The Tigers finished 72-10-2 during Harrison’s four-year playing career with him serving as the team’s captain and starting center back his junior and senior seasons. Dylan also dons a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.



Dr. Marie Zannis
is retired from the Department of Health and Physical Education at Nicholls State University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation, a Master’s Degree in Recreation, and a Doctorate in Health Education. Currently teaching fitness classes for adults, Dr. Zannis has coached swimming and cinducted water sports programs in several states and Canada.