October Employee of the Month

We are very happy to announce Sophia DiPinto as our October Employee of the Month! Sophia has worked at BAC for over a year. She does a little bit of everything: she works in Kids Club, you will see her at the Front Desk at both locations, and you may see her in the pool helping out with instructors and lifeguarding.

Sophia comes from a military family and has lived all over the West Coast and Hawaii. She often makes trips down to Oak Harbor since that is where her family currently resides. Sophia studies psychology at Western and hopes to go to medical school one day. Her main goal is to work in the field of trauma or neuro or maybe become a traveling surgeon.

Away from the club, Sophia loves to hike, read and she can sail almost proficiently after taking a course at WWU that she enjoyed. She always spends her time with her one-year-old cat, Milo.

Thank you, Sophia, for your dedication, patience, reliability, and thoughtfulness! We appreciate everything you do here at BAC!

September Employee of the Month

Personal Trainer Alexa (Thompson) Locke, has had a very busy 2019!  This past May Alexa married Sean Locke, was accepted to Graduate School in the Kinesiology department at WWU and passed the firefighter exam for the Ferndale Fire Department. Whew!

On top of that, you will typically see Alexa at both BAC locations training clients in the late afternoons and early evenings as well as conducting her group personal training classes. When not at BAC you can find Alexa teaching activity classes in the Kinesiology department at WWU or making coffee as a barista at Woods Coffee in Ferndale. Needless to say, she keeps herself very busy!!

In her downtime, Alexa and her husband Sean love to take advantage of all the beauty that Whatcom County has to offer. On their days off they like to hike and camp in the mountains with their German Shepherd, Koda, or bike and run the country back roads. They also enjoy hunting through thrift and antique stores for treasures, visiting the array of craft breweries we have locally, and just relaxing at Sean’s parent’s farm.

Congratulations and Happy Birthday to September BAC employee of the Month Alexa Locke. Thank you for your dedication, energy, enthusiasm, and care you give to not only your clients but to all the BAC membership!

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.

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!

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!

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!

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!