Meet Our Staff



 Director

Larry Tucker



Dr. Tucker is the Director of Y Be Fit. After receiving his PhD from Southern Illinois University, he took his first university position at New Mexico State University in 1981. Later, he accepted a position at Auburn University where he taught for five years before coming to BYU in 1988.  Dr. Tucker has many years of experience in the health field with his specialty being lifestyle-medicine and health promotion.

Co-Director

Kai Fisher
 

Kai is from a small town in Nevada where he enjoyed the quiet, rural life. Growing up, Kai was always an active, energetic boy. He fell in love with sports and has participated on many sports teams. To this day, Kai loves to stay active and healthy by exercising, hiking, camping with his wife, and cooking healthy food.  He is fascinated with the human body, which prompted him to pursue a career as a physician assistant. He also loves working with people. Being a health coach combines many of Kai’s passions, and he is excited to help people achieve their wellness goals.

Co-Director

Heather Scruggs 
 

Heather was born and raised in northern California. She is the second child  of seven in her family, with five of her siblings adopted. She is studying Exercise and Wellness with Nutrition. She served a mission in Birmingham, Alabama and soon after married her husband. In March, she gave birth to their baby boy, who is a complete delight to their family. On the side, she is a Zumba Instructor and enjoys working as a Disney princess for kid birthday parties, doing crafts, cooking, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. Heather has made many healthy lifestyle changes herself and is passionate about helping others do the same!

Health Coach

Blayre Thiel



Blayre was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She grew up in a very active and outdoorsy family; sports, camping, bow hunting, and fishing with her parents and siblings make up some of her fondest memories. Blayre has always loved learning about the body and all the many capabilities that it can perform. She uses this passion to help those around her enjoy a happy, healthy life. Currently she is studying Exercise and Wellness and will graduate in April 2018. After graduation, she plans to continue assisting others obtain overall mind/body wellness.



Health Coach

James Fowler

James is a dad to three cute little girls. He and his wife have been happily married for 9 years. They enjoy family hikes and exploring any places in Utah that happen to be in the middle of nowhere. He grew up in Athens, Georgia and served his mission in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is completing a BS in Exercise & Wellness this summer and staying at BYU to begin a master's program in Exercise Sciences with a Health Promotion emphasis. He enjoys weight training and biking around town. 

Health Coach

Joe Babbel


Joe grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the youngest of 5 kids and is a big-time family man. Slalom water-skiing is his all-time favorite sport. He served a mission in Spokane Washington, which is where his eyes were opened to a new life of healthy eating. He came home and declared his major as Exercise and Wellness, with plans to become a Physician Assistant. From homemade Larabars to black bean brownies, he is a huge advocate of alternative cooking. He believes that to obtain optimal health, one should change their lifestyle because "diets die out but lifestyles last". 

Health Coach

Judy Crookston

Judy is a Utah native. She is finishing up her degree in Exercise and Wellness and plans to graduate in December of 2017. Judy has been married for 23 years and has three children. Judy loves attending BYU and applying all that she learns to her own life and to the life of her family.  Her goal this year is to try one new activity a month! She is passionate about staying fit and helping others meet their health goals. Her favorite activities include trying new recipes, hiking with her family and watching her son play hockey.

 Health Coach

Kaylee Cook
Kaylee is from Payson, Utah and is majoring in dietetics because of her passion for nutrition. She believes nutrition can aid in maximizing ones happiness and potential in life. She developed this belief after spending two years playing soccer for Iowa Lakes College and understanding how nutrition plays a vital role in sports performance. Kaylee also has experience volunteering abroad in Haiti by shadowing a dietician and providing treatment and care to the Haitian people.  Aside from nutrition, Kaylee loves to play soccer, basketball, and most any sport that will keep her running and challenged. 
Health Coach
Kirsten Marquis

Kirsten grew up in Lindon, Utah and is the third of five daughters in her family. She is studying Dietetics and she served a mission in Russia. She is excited about newly-wed life and loves spending time with her husband. She is a master of Monopoly, Harry Potter trivia, loves biking, skiing, piano, and guitar. Kirsten is passionate about being her healthiest self and helping others achieve their own health goals. Kirsten is very grateful and excited to be a health coach.

Health Coach

Nikki Hendrix

Nikki was born and raised in the small town of Elko, Nevada. She is passionate about  traveling, being active, and playing sports, especially soccer. Growing up, Nikki was part of a year round club soccer team and continues to play whenever she can. Nikki is currently studying in the Exercise and Wellness program and has found she is happiest when educating and helping others make and keep their health goals. She believes that healthy lifestyle choices will improve an individual’s quality of life and enable them to live more fully.

 Health Coach
Olivia Winward
 

Olivia was born and raised in the small town of Winnemucca, Nevada. She will be graduating with a major in Exercise and Wellness and a minor in Spanish this December. Olivia enjoys hiking, being outdoors, baking, spending time with family, and traveling with her husband. Her favorite types of exercise include running, swimming, HIIT, and Zumba. Olivia enjoys the many benefits that come from living a healthy life and loves helping others experience these benefits as well. 

Health Coach

Sarah Morin


Sarah grew up in southern California and is forever a beach lover. She loves to spend time with her husband long boarding, hiking, playing tennis, and doing other outdoor activities. She is an Exercise and Wellness student with an emphasis in Health and Nutrition. She loves to research healthy and delicious recipes to make and share with family and friends. Sarah has a big passion for preventative nutrition, and wants to help people to live the longest and fullest lives possible. She has made many lifestyle changes and is excited to help others feel the same joy from living healthfully!

Health Coach

Trent Sever