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.

April Employee of the Month

Brian PorterWe are both pleased and proud to announce Brian Porter as April’s Employee of the Month. Brian has been at BAC since February of 1993. That’s 26 years! In that time he has done just about everything there is to do here. Brian is truly the heart and soul of BAC. There is not an aspect of the club that doesn’t benefit from his care and expertise as BAC’s Operations Manager.

Brian always has what is best for BAC at the forefront of what he does here. He takes care of all the repairs and maintenance for both buildings and runs all the work for our annual shutdowns. Brian oversees the court sports schedule and events as well as well as all the Racquetball Tournaments. He is a Jack of all trades: From running towels, to adjusting pool and spa chemicals, repairs and maintenance, to standing in at the Front Desk, he truly does it all.

Brian brings to BAC great integrity and energy. Away from the club, he is very proud of his family, including his wife Regis, children and grandchildren. Brian spends spare time away from the club either golfing or in Eastern Washington exploring the terrain on his quads. Thanks Brian for all you do for BAC!

Meet Wanda

Wanda CollinsWanda began playing racquetball competitively in 1980 and has been a top-ranked open player since 1985. She is a long-time Washington’s Women’s Open champion and is on the Washington Racquetball Association board. She is the Club Pro and is available for racquetball lessons and advanced clinics. Wanda spends her “spare” time with her husband, Mike, and their two children, Sarah and Wade. Her offseason is filled with golfing, hiking, camping, and traveling as much as possible.

Meet Mike

Mike LockeAs a trainer, Mike’s greatest satisfaction is derived from helping you meet “Life’s” many challenges and succeeding. Beginning in the Fitness Industry in 1981 and a BAC employee since 1985 Mike has garnered over three decades worth of experience in Fitness, Rehabilitation, and Sports Performance. His clientele range from individuals new to exercise to older adults, from post-therapy patients to athletes from elementary age through high school and collegiate to professional.

“An athlete resides within each one of us,” states Mike. “No matter our age or gender, we compete each and every day in the biggest race of all…the Human Race”.

He is the recipient of the Northwest Athletic Club Association (NACA) Fitness Director of the Year Award in 1992 and the National Volunteer Service Citation from the Arthritis Foundation 2000.

When not coaching and training athletes and clients, Mike enjoys weight training, racquetball, golf, watching football and baseball, reading fiction and non-fiction books, music, movies, working around his property, and most importantly spending time with his wife and their two kids.

“With deeper understanding comes greater benefit.”
Coach Locke 2009

March Employee of the Month

Isabella Foos has been working front desk at BAC since September 2018. She is a sophomore at Western Washington University. Bella is majoring in kinesiology and hopes to become an athletic Trainer when she finishes her degree. When she isn’t busy in class or at work, Bella runs for the Western Track & Field team. She specializes in sprints! Bella hails from Olympia, Washington, where she is the oldest of 4 girls in her family. She also misses her dog, Buddy, who waits for her to visit on weekends and school breaks.

When Bella’s schedule isn’t filled with sports, school, and work, you can find her enjoying hiking the trails around town and hanging out with friends. Bella has become an instrumental part of the front desk staff. She works opening and closing shifts, so next time you see her in the early mornings or late nights give her a huge thanks for being here!

Thank you, Bella, for being reliable, dependable and just overall a great presence at the club! We appreciate all the great work you do!

Meet Emily

Emily ChesterfieldI’m an aquatics instructor at BAC and I love the water. My favorite stroke is a tie between the backstroke and the butterfly. I did swim team growing up and am also a scuba diver! I enjoy heading to the beach when I’m not working. There’s nothing more beautiful than a Northwest sunset! I recently graduated with a degree in Anthropology from Western Washington University.

Meet Brittany

I’ve been a swimmer my whole life – My Mom likes to joke that her prenatal water aerobics made me the swimmer I am today! I swam competitively for 10 years, and have been teaching for 11 years. I started working at BAC teaching and lifeguarding in 2014, and in 2016 I took on the role of Aquatics Director. I love all of the ways this position allows me to interact with students, parents, members and other instructors! There’s truly something magical about helping someone learn this important life skill. When I am not in the pool, you can find me in other departments at BAC, helping out in membership and front desk, as well as putting together our monthly newsletter. In my spare time, I can be found writing about and analyzing film, catching up over coffee with friends, or exploring all of the splendor that the northwest has to offer.