Laura Brown, MS, RD – “Jill”
Laura Brown, MS, RD stars as “Jill” in the Midwest Cast of the Jump with Jill show. A three-year veteran, Laura has performed the show 500 times for 170,000 kids. A proud Michigan State graduate, Laura is the first Jill with the same credentials as creator Jill Jayne. Another singing dietitian? It’s too good to be true. Laura is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio with a BS in Kinesiology and Health. After graduating college, she became a Registered Dietitian and obtained her MS in Exercise Physiology from Michigan State University. Laura came to Jump with Jill after several years teaching at a school-based health clinic as a clinical dietitian, providing nutrition counseling to middle and high school students. Laura’s theatrical experience began when she attended a performing arts high school, where she majored in vocal music and dramatic arts. Since then, she has enjoyed performing in many productions throughout her community, including Legally Blonde, Anything Goes, and Seussical. Laura is in disbelief that she has been lucky enough to find a role where she can combine her career in nutrition and physical activity with her passion for performing.
Nick Greene – “DJ”
Nick Greene co-stars as “DJ Slick Nick” in the Midwest Cast of the Jump with Jill show. To date, Nick has performed the show over 300 times for 112,000 kids. In addition to being a pro behind the turn tables, Nick is a certified teacher and a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a BS in Biology and Chemistry for Secondary Education. An avid hockey player and disc golfer, Nick also has spent many years on the stage with shows like Chicago, collections of dinner theatre shows, and many works by Shakespeare. Putting his two passions together is a dream come true! Nick hails from Whitmore Lake, Michigan.
East Coast Cast
Renee Zelinski, EdM – “Jill”
Renee Zelinski stars as “Jill” in the East Coast Cast of the Jump with Jill show. To date, Renee has performed the show over 100 times for 30,000 kids. Renee is a certified teacher in English and Theater. She holds her BA in Communications with a music/theater minor from West Liberty University in Wheeling, WV and her Master’s in Education from New York University’s Steinhardt Culture, Education, and Human Development School. Before her journey with Jump with Jill, Renee was a middle school English Language Arts teacher, a group aerobics instructor, an Ironman triathlete, and a professional performer of musical and dinner theater. She is thrilled to officially combine her lifelong passions of performing, instructing, and fitness with the Jump with Jill show. Renee’s teaching philosophy is to infuse healthy lifestyles into achievement goals to give students the ultimate tools for success in life. Renee hails from Wheeling, WV and lives in Pittsburgh, PA.
Robert Pokrzywa – “DJ”
Robert Pokrzywa co-stars as “DJ Broccoli Rob” in the East Coast Cast of the Jump with Jill show. To date, Robert has performed the show over 100 times for 30,000 kids. Robert is a certified Social Studies teacher and holds his BA in History and Secondary Education from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. A near life-long musician, Robert enjoys writing, recording, and performing music, and for years has been a guitar instructor. He is beyond excited for his citizenship in the Jump with Jill Nation where he can apply his love for music and education to the mission of helping kids everywhere live healthy! Robert hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Hailey Zoccoli – “Jill”
Hailey Zoccoli stars as “Jill” in the Mid-Atlantic Cast of the Jump with Jill show. To date, Hailey has performed the show over 325 times for 141,000 kids. Hailey is a certified teacher and a graduate of Western Michigan University with a BS in Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Education and a Minor in Mathematics. Her passion is only matched by her love of performing. Hailey has worked as a character actor at the Walt Disney World Resort, a princess performer for Once Upon a Princess, and in various roles in community and regional theaters including Legally Blonde. Hailey is ecstatic to be part of the Jump with Jill family where she can professionally combine her love of teaching with her passion for performing. Hailey hails from Garden City, Michigan and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Mark Jayne – “DJ”
Mark Jayne co-stars as “DJ Mark E. Mark” in the Mid-Atlantic Cast of the Jump with Jill show. He is the first and original Jump with Jill DJ. With his years spent playing in rock bands that have toured the country, including appearances on The Vans Warped Tour and The Next Great American Band on FOX, Mark plays guitar and records the bass vocals featured on all the Jump with Jill records. Mark is a certified teacher and holds his BS in Corporate Communications from Penn State University and his EdM in Elementary Education from Duquesne University making him a rockstar educator. Mark hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.