Bellingham Athletic Club

Employee Spotlight: Lesley Jones

Lesley JonesLesley is both an experienced Personal trainer and Fitness/Pilates Instructor. Her philosophy is helping clients to achieve healthy living through balancing work and family. Lesley firmly believes that making time for Fitness is essential for healthy living. She has also run weight loss clinics teaching clients the importance of sound nutrition and exercise. Lesley works with a wide variety of people of all ages and fitness levels. In her spare time, Lesley spends time with her sons, Luke and Matthew. Lesley also loves to run, bike, read, garden, and work on additional Fitness related certifications.

Employee Spotlight: Cindy Whitney

Cindy WhitneyI love BAC and have been a member for 16-ish years. I found this gym when my kids were little and knew I needed to take care of myself, get out of the house, and shower uninterrupted, lol!

I love group classes: the comradery, the accountability, the challenge, the competitiveness, the support, and taking the guesswork out of trying to figure out your own workout.

I fell into teaching by instructors telling me I should be teaching (and they needed subs). I subbed here and there for Zumba & Dance Jam as well, then got a little push with extra cash for subbing from a dear Zumba instructor to take my Zumba training. I also did a beach body training, got my Group Exercise/Bootcamp Certification from ASFA, and did a bunch of extra Zumba trainings that help with CECs and keeping things fresh.

Employee Spotlight: Heather Calloway

Hi! I am Heather Calloway and I have been a group fitness instructor here at BAC for the past 20+ years. Over the years I have taught many different types of classes for the club from insanity, to ripped, boot camp, cycle and pretty much everything in between. Currently, I am teaching power pump (strength-based class) and TBC (typically it is stations with a combination of strength and cardio). I enjoy teaching to all fitness levels!

When I am not at the club (I am one of the early birds at 5:30 in the morning) I work as a full-time legal assistant. On the weekends, you will find me watching my 14-year-old son, Hunter, play sports or on the golf course with my husband, Lance. I also enjoy taking my 2 dogs Ruby and Gracie for long walks.

I hope to see you around the club!

June Employee of the Month

Jeri WinterburnWe are so pleased to announce that Jeri Winterburn and her cadre on Online Group Exercise instructors are being honored as our Employees of the Month. They have done an excellent job marshaling their forces to reach out to and inspire our members to stay active.
Tina Schumacher
Jeremy Lemke
Melissa Lemke
Cindy Whitney
Lesley Jones-Steinmetz
Heather Calloway
Patti Douglas

All of these dedicated employees have challenged their comfort zones to “virtually” develop and run their various classes throughout this COVID-19 crisis. Their classes are available live on Facebook as well as cached on our website so members can pull them up and exercise at a time that is convenient. If you haven’t had a chance to experience one of these online classes, check it out by going to this page and/or Facebook page for the information and schedules.

All of these wonderful instructors have full lives and challenges of their own they are dealing with during the pandemic: from being housebound to having kids at home to trying to work their other jobs and homeschooling their children. Yet, they still found time to create new formats to help our BAC family stay fit. Thanks to all who have shown such dedication to our BAC members.

March Employee of the Month

Congratulation Shea Davis for being our Employee of the month! Shea started working as a lifeguard and swim instructor in June of 2018. Since then, she works in Kids Club, at the front desk and does maintenance at both locations. She enjoys connecting with the kids she teaches and seeing them advance in their swimming abilities.

Shea is from Oak Harbor, WA, and is the middle of 6 siblings. She is a junior at Western, studying political science and philosophy. Her goal is to eventually become a prosecuting attorney. In her spare time, she likes to read and listen to country music.

Thank you, Shea, for all of your hard work and eagerness to help out where needed.  You are doing important work and building confident swimmers!

February Employee of the Month

Kellie started working at BAC in November of 2018. She works night maintenance mostly at the Downtown club. She enjoys keeping the club clean and getting to know the regular members.

Kellie currently resides in Ferndale which is also where she grew up. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and also works full time at Kids Corner Learning Center. She has 3 daughters: Alyssa, Alex, and Mckenzie, and has 4 grandkids between ages 5 months to 10 years old. Her two youngest girls play soccer and they have spent many weekends traveling for games.

Outside of the club, Kellie enjoys photography, knitting, crafting/stamping, and spending time with her family.

Congratulations, Kellie! Thank you for always doing an excellent job and caring about our members.

Meet Riley Binsacca!

Riley is from Sammamish, WA and is a sophomore at WWU with plans to study Kinesiology. He has been teaching swim lessons for two and a half years and really enjoys working with kids. His hobbies include baseball, playing guitar, and exploring the outdoors.

It is great to have Riley on our Aquatics team!

Meet Isaac McCoy!

Isaac is from Puyallup, WA and is studying Math in Elementary Education at WWU. He swam on the swim team and played water polo for 3 years while in high school. His favorite stroke is the butterfly. He loves a good burger from Boomers and reads or watches Netflix when he has time.

We are happy to have Isaac on our Aquatics team!

January Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Tina Schumacher for being our January Employee of the Month! Tina was hired in June of 2008. After taking group exercise classes for several years, it was recommended that she try teaching them. She has poured her heart and soul into every class and into each interaction she has with members around the club.

Tina teaches almost everything! From HIIT to Zumba, her classes are always fun, motivating, and effective. She is a strong leader and cares deeply about helping others become their best selves. Tina has continued her education by becoming a certified nutrition coach and is AFAA group exercise certified as well as Can-Fit-Pro.

Tina was raised and went to school in Vancouver, BC where she met her husband and moved to Whatcom County in 2000. They have two children who keep them very busy with basketball and soccer. They also have a Boston Terrier named Millie. They are big travelers but have switched their traveling to support their kids wherever they are playing.

Thank you, Tina, for working so hard to help our members achieve their goals and for being such a loyal and dedicated BAC employee.