August Employee of the Month

Celine MaugerWe are proud and honored to announce our Employee of the month for August – Celine Mauger!!! Celine began her Zumba teaching career at BAC in 2014 – and never looked back. Fortunately for the staff, and the members here, we have all benefitted from the love and energy she pours into every, single class she teaches.

Celine has used her gifts to spread joy and laughter in a fun environment where everyone feels welcome, and no one feels intimidated. When you come into one of her classes you will feel like you are walking into a party. Along with the great music and the epic energy, she takes the time to turn the studio into a dance club—complete with the colorful and flashing lights—every single time. When you leave one of Celine’s Zumba classes, you will be sweaty, laughing and definitely wanting to come back for more.

Celine moved here with her husband Michael from France in 2006, and to Bellingham in 2011. Together, they have 3 children aged 10 and 8 years old and 18 months. They stay very active as a family, which is her full-time “hobby”.

We at BAC feel very fortunate to have such a gifted and generous Instructor. If you haven’t tried her Zumba or Zumba Gold class before, you won’t regret it.

Thank you, Celine, for sharing your joy with all of us!

July Employee of the Month

It is with so much gratitude, that we announce our BAC Employee of the month for July—the one and only, Mike Locke.

It’s hard to put into words, let alone, a few short paragraphs, how much Mike means to BAC, it’s employees and members. We have all benefited from his intellect, passion, and diverse training background in his 34½ years as the Fitness Director here at BAC.

Mike has had quite the year! From his son’s engagement to quite a drastic health scare, and most recently a very beautiful wedding, uniting his son Sean and BAC Personal trainer Alexa. Those of us that have worked so closely with Mike over the years were able to share, pray for, and encourage him as he dealt with the incredible journey that he was forced to take after suffering a heart attack—a risk condition that ran in his family. We quickly found out how much he means to ALL of us, what a loyal father and husband he is—and thankfully, what a true fighter he continues to be. Making several lifestyle changes, and working on his own health has been a priority.

He is now back to full-time work and we couldn’t be more grateful. Mike has poured his energy into keeping all of us current on the latest trends, exercises, equipment, and classes that continuously change, and he is passionate about not only leading us but teaching us as well.

Mike and his wife Melissa met at BAC and will celebrate their 27th wedding anniversary in August. Together they have 2 children, Sean and Brianne. On Father’s Day, his family gifted him with a Golden Retriever puppy—to add to their 4-legged family, which includes 2 horses as well.

Meet Brian Porter

Brian PorterBrian Porter, a lifetime resident of Bellingham, has been with BAC since February of 1993. He is currently in charge of Operations. He has really done it all…from coaching basketball at the Boys and Girls Club to triathlons, Ski to Sea, and marathons. He also owns a screen printing business and is responsible for printing most of BAC’s uniforms and pro shop items as well as the towels. He is married to Regis. He has two kids, Amy and Andrew, and two stepkids. He also likes hiking, biking, S.C.U.B.A. diving, fishing, and most other outdoor activities.

June Employee of the Month

Congratulations, Izy, on being nominated for June’s employee of the month! Izy was hired just last year. She started out in the maintenance department and quickly moved to Kids Club. She is also very involved in our youth programs, such as Friday Night Out and birthday parties. Izy recently started working at the front desk where she has quickly grown to be a very important and reliable part of our staff!

Izy is a northwest local! She has lived here her whole life and graduated from Meridian High school in 2018. Her favorite sport is volleyball–she has played for 8 years including one at WCC. Izy is currently attending Whatcom Community College, where she hopes to finish up her prerequisites and then transfer to Bellingham Technical College for the Dental Hygiene Program.

When Izy isn’t at school or working she likes to visit Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Georgia with her family. You can also find Izy enjoying anything outdoors. She enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting.

The thing that Izy enjoys most about working at BAC is all the kids she works with and watching them grow up! Izy has proven to be reliable, mature and just a great employee to have on our staff! Thank you, Izy, for all the hard work you do and for caring about our young members!

Meet Tiffany Morton

Tiffany Morton has been working as a personal trainer at the Bellingham Athletic Club since 1998. During that time she has started several programs that you will still see at the club today such as Weights for Women, Biggest Winner, and Dino Muscles. She managed Kids Club for several years and is still passionate about working with children and helping them lead an active and nutritious life. She has also worked with and directed several clients and small groups through the journey of weight loss.

Tiffany graduated from Western Washington University in 1998 and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. Shortly after, she got her CSCS certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Since then she has attended local and international fitness conventions. She is also a certified trainer in Gravity (GTS), American Kettlebell Club (AKC), and circular strength training (CTS). She has an in-depth understanding of the Omega Wave System. Tiffany knows that people change as well as our knowledge of the body and credits the BAC in helping her constantly stay updated with the most current knowledge of training the body. She has also learned a lot just from working with so many different clients.

“I enjoy working with clients of all ages and fitness levels, my job is to challenge each person to find their own greatest potential.” Tiffany loves her job and loves being active herself. Some of her favorite activities include snowboarding, running, yoga, “playing” with kettlebells and clubbells, and, of course, spending time with her family.

“Being active will always be an important part of my life, it has helped me to endure sickness as well as childbirth- I understand it’s importance and am lucky enough to enjoy it.”

Meet Cathy

Cathy began working in the health and fitness industry as a lifeguard in college. After graduation from the University of Washington, Cathy was instrumental in developing a complete Aquatic program for the new Bellevue Athletic Club facility. The next ten years at the “other” BAC provided her with great experience in facility management and taught her the importance of superior customer service. Moving to Bellingham in 1990 with husband, Stu, and children, Shannon, Todd, and John, found Cathy without a pool! While teaching CPR and First Aid throughout Whatcom County, she was introduced to Bellingham Athletic Club and was hired in 1991 as Aquatics Director. Cathy’s strong communication skills and attention to detail led to her being hired as BAC’s Operations Manager in 1993. She purchased BAC from the Trillium Corporation in 1997. Cathy has served as president and board member of FitLife, an organization of Northwest Quality Clubs.  She is an upcoming President of the Rotary Club of Bellingham and has served on numerous philanthropic boards throughout the Northwest. “The Athletic Club business has changed greatly over the past 45 years, it used to be a ‘look in the mirror’ business, more about vanity than health. But today it is clearly a Health business. I am passionate about spreading the word about how instrumental staying fit is in the process of Aging actively, happily and successfully. I truly believe the major health problems associated with aging are more related to atrophy than the actual physical process of getting older. Staying active and fit can make the difference between being stuck in a recliner or continuing to do the things you love into retirement and beyond.”

May Employee of the Month

Congratulations, Megan, on being May’s employee of the month. Megan started working the front desk in August 2018. Since then, Megan has worked all hours of the day. You will most likely see her working early mornings and well into the evenings.

Megan grew up in Vancouver, Washington and then made her way to Castle Rock. She participated in competitive gymnastics for 10 years and also played volleyball while in high school. She has been in Bellingham since August, attending Western Washington University full-time. Megan is majoring in Marketing but also hopes to experience becoming a real estate agent as well.

When Megan isn’t at school or working at the club she likes to visit her family and her precious dog Teddy on the weekends and whenever she can. One of her favorite places to travel to is California to see her best friend!

Megan has proven time and time again how reliable she is. She is the definition of what a team player is— always willing to help out and lend a hand when needed. Thank yo, Megan for everything you do!

Janet Rhoades…this is not goodbye!

Twenty-two months ago I announced to Cathy and my co-workers I would be retiring, of course at the time it was a long ways off. Now…I will be officially retired. Yikes!

My 19-year journey with BAC has been more than just a job! I have had the privilege of working with an outstanding management staff who I count as my extended family and good friends through thick and thin. The adventures and experiences we have shared could easily fill a book, most of them involving lots of laughing, some crazy road trips and the commitment to continually bring improvement to our job and members.

I feel incredibly fortunate that although I am retiring I will still maintain contact with our fabulous members in a new role as a “member.” My relationship with our members has always been a bright spot in my life and I appreciate the chats and confidences I have shared with many of you.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for an amazing ride!

Pura Vida-



From BAC Staff…

BAC says a fond farewell to a long time employee Janet Rhoades. She is retiring in April to spend more time with husband Rod, kids and grandkids. Janet started here in 2000, as Front Desk Supervisor, then moved into a combo role as Front Desk Supervisor, member services and in charge of Accounts Receivable. She has been the go-to person for all things BAC. For many years the saying for the staff was: “If Janet doesn’t know about it, it isn’t happening.“

Janet has always been the one behind the scene— making sure the Front Desk had all the correct information, registration sheets were current and available, and the proper publicity was deployed. Janet will be sorely missed. Carly Miller who many of you will recognize is returning to BAC to take over Janet’s Member Services Director position. Please be sure to welcome Carly as she learns her new position.

Meet Jessie

Jessie ScottJessie has been employed at BAC since 2006. She is not a full-time employee any longer as she accepted a job at Mount Baker Imaging in August of 2016, but she is still running racquetball and basketball programs. She grew up in Indiana and graduated from Ball State University in 2006. Jessie enjoys water skiing, playing racquetball and anything else close to the water, and of course, spending time with Jasper.

Meet Carly

Carly Miller - Bellingham Athletic ClubCarly originates from Vancouver, WA and at the early age of 18 she moved to Bellingham to attend Whatcom Community College. In August of 2013, she was hired as a part of the Kids Club staff. Over the course of 3 years, she worked in different departments and became an integral part of the BAC. After a 3 year hiatus from the Club, she is now back serving as our Member Services Director.

Outside of the club Carly has found her passion competing in Spartan races and will be training continuously throughout the next year. She likes to explore new trails and restaurants and is always up for a new adventure. A good book and spending time with friends rounds out her personal time. Carly has two kitties that very special to her and have been her companions for 5 years.