Form and List
Larry Tucker - Director
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.
Klarissa - Co-Director
Klarissa grew up in Ephraim, Utah and attended Manti High School where she participated in softball, basketball, soccer, and cross country. She studied Psychology at Snow College before serving a mission in Jamaica and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Klarissa is now married to her high school best friend and is working on her Master's in Exercise Science. In her spare time she loves to travel (mainly back to her mission), create new recipes, debunk the latest health fads, and add to her list of best restaurants in Utah County. After graduating, Klarissa wants to continue working as a health coach and help others have a healthy relationship with exercise and nutrition.
Jessica - Co-Director
Jessica is from Raleigh, North Carolina and absolutely loves the South. She grew up in a basketball-loving family where all six of her family members played competitively. She loves sports and being active. She is a senior in the dietetics program and loves yummy food, especially ice cream! She loves spending time with friends, singing, cooking, dancing, and watching movies. Jessica is excited to help others find joy in living a healthy lifestyle!
Callia - Health Coach
Callia loves her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, where her 3 younger sisters and parents reside. She loves listening to music, and she played the flute and piccolo in her high school marching band. She enjoys spending her free time at the gym or watching Grey's Anatomy as she pursues a career as a personal trainer. Her favorite foods include ice cream and lasagna. More than anything, she loves helping others achieve their health and fitness goals!
Emma - Health Coach
Emma was born and raised in Ontario, California. She is the youngest of five children and loves to spend
time with her family. She is studying Exercise Science with plans to work in preventative medicine and
health. Her hope is to help people be more active, eat better and learn how to manage their mental
health to become healthier and to prevent sickness. Currently she is part of one of the international folk-
dance teams. Emma loves the beach, dancing, tennis, reading, being outside and spending time with
Jacob - Health Coach
Jacob is from Layton, Utah and is a senior studying Exercise Science. He enjoys obstacle course racing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, running, and everything outdoors! In particular, he enjoys Spartan races, and has competed in Montana, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, and California. He served a mission in Santiago, Chile and enjoys speaking Spanish with his twin brother, who served in Argentina. Jacob loves helping others learn about the benefits of health and physical fitness!
Jessalynn - Health Coach
Jessalyn is studying nutrition as a junior in the BYU Dietetics Program. She enjoys running, hiking, and being active. Growing up in the Midwest and later moving to Idaho, home is wherever her family is. Some of her additional hobbies include teaching Spanish, singing, and trying new things. Jessalynn believes a healthy diet includes favorite foods, and a good balance is key.
Kaeli - Health Coach
Kaeli is from Idaho Falls, Idaho and is a senior studying Exercise and Wellness, with a minor in Gerontology. She’s the second of four girls in her family. She served a mission in Singapore and Malaysia and loves to dance, hike, lift weights, and play with dogs. She also plans on becoming a certified yoga instructor. She also loves to travel, and plans on visiting every national park in the USA. She loves helping others find joy in being active and healthy in ways that work for them.
Kayla - Health Coach
Kayla was raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico. She loves anything outdoors, especially in the mountains, including hiking, rock climbing, and camping. Playing sports with her family and friends is one of her favorite free-time activities. Additional hobbies include playing the piano, baking, and reading. She is a junior studying Exercise and Wellness and looks forward to helping others reach their health goals and find joy in being active!
Mikayla - Health Coach
Growing up in Nebraska, Mikayla developed a love for cows, corn, and stars—namely, hamburgers, corn chips, and the Big Dipper (that's all she could see in Omaha). Moving to Utah, she discovered that the mountains provide more options for outdoor fun, such as extreme sledding and rock climbing. She lives for anything outdoors. Except pollen. After serving a mission in Slovenia, she returned to BYU to study Public Health, with an emphasis in Health Science to prepare for medical school. She enjoys playing football with her brother, creating piano/cello/violin pieces with her sisters, and eating raspberries. In her free time Mikayla runs, hammocks, and snacks on frozen peas.
Morgan - Health Coach
Morgan is from Fresno, California and is studying Public Health with an emphasis in Health Science. She served a mission in the Philippines and has since come home, married a total babe, and ran a marathon. She loves staying active by skiing, swimming, running, and camping. Morgan believes that it’s important to respect our bodies by taking good care of them. She knows it’s important to have fun while taking care of ourselves and can’t wait to help others enjoy reaching their health goals!
Natalie - Health Coach
Natalie is from Alpine, UT and is majoring in Public Health. She grew up playing soccer and played for BYU-Hawaii Women’s team before transferring to BYU her sophomore year. She and her husband love playing sports, hiking, camping, and fishing. She also enjoys finding new recipes and baking. She has a passion for nutrition, exercise, and the overall health of people and is looking forward to helping others achieve their goals and become the best versions of themselves!
Samantha - Health Coach
Samantha grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and she absolutely loves the sun! She married her best friend last summer and he is her biggest support. Samantha has always enjoyed being active, but she really discovered her passion for health while serving as a missionary in French Polynesia. Now she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Wellness, and she is excited to help people find the joy that can come into their lives from living well!
Abby - Secretary
Abby was born and raised in Centerville, Utah. She served in the Russia, Rostov-na-Donu mission and is currently studying communications at BYU. Abby is a sucker for warm weather, peonies, and NYC. She enjoys spending time in the gym and is currently on a hunt to find the best salad in Utah County. When she isn’t working or studying, she’s probably spending time with family, watching The Office, or dreaming about her next travel destination.