Staff Bios

Cathy Buckley
Cathy Buckley
Owner/General Manager

Cathy began working in the health and fitness industry as a lifeguard in college. After graduation from the University of Washington, she accepted the Assistant Aquatic Director position at the newly-formed Bellevue Athletic Club. Cathy was instrumental in developing a complete Aquatic program for the new facility. Working for Bellevue Athletic Club the next ten years provided Cathy the basics in facility management, and taught her the importance of 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 for Bellingham Technical College, she was introduced to Bellingham Athletic Club. She was hired in 1991 as Aquatics Director and she used her expertise to implement new programs and firmly establish BAC as the premier Aquatic program in Whatcom County. Cathy’s strong communication skills and attention to detail led to her being hired as BAC’s Operations Manager in 1993. She bought BAC in 1997.
B.A., Certified Pool Operator, Certified Pool Manager, Community CPR and First Aid Instructor – American Red Cross
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Brian Porter
Brian Porter
Operations and Downtown Manager

Brian, a lifetime resident of Bellingham, has been with BAC since February of 1993. 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 proshop 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.
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Mike Locke
Mike Locke
Fitness Director, Director of Sports Performance

Mike came to BAC in February, 1985 after completing his undergraduate degree at WWU. During Mike’s tenure at BAC he has completed his Masters in Exercise Physiology and now is a certified personal trainer, racquetball instructor, and strength coach. He also works as a physical education instructor and strength coach at WCC. In his off hours he spends time with his wife, Melissa, and their two kids, Sean and Brianne. There is always something to do around their 10 acres with cats, dogs, and horses to care for. He is an avid basketball player but also enjoys racquetball, tennis, biking, weight training, golf, and horseback riding.
M.Ed. Exercise Physiology, C.S.C.S, A.C.E. Personal Trainer, AmPRO
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Tiffany Morton
Tiffany Morton
Personal Trainer

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).
B.A.
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Jeri Winterburn
Jeri Winterburn
Group Ex Director, A.C.E., A.F.A.A., Personal Trainer & Aerobics Instructor, Nautilus Strength Trainer

Jeri has been teaching exercise classes for over 15 years. Jeri is a syndicated fitness columnist and writes a weekly column for the Bellingham Herald. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris and her two children, Mitchell and Abby. She also enjoys climbing, hiking, camping, and gardening. Whether you are new to exercise or a seasoned athlete, Jeri is always eager to help you attain your fitness goals.
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Wanda Collins
Wanda Collins
Racquetball PRO

Wanda began playing racquetball competatively in 1980 and has been a top ranked open player since 1985. She is currently 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 off season is filled with golfing, hiking, camping, and traveling as much as possible.
AM Pro Certified Wilson, Racquetball Advisory Staff
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Janet Rhoades
Janet Rhoades
Front Desk Supervisor

Janet began working at BAC in May of 2000. She attended UW for 3 years and graduated from WWU with a degree in PE and Health. She taught and subbed until 1982 and spent the next 17 years working for Ennen’s Foods as the Front End manager and Human Resources-Corporate Trainer. Janet supervises and trains our front desk staff and manages our accounts receivable department.  She has been married to husband, Rod, for over 38 years, and has three kids, Kelly, Gretchen, and Brad, and two grandkids, Hannah and Angela. In her free time she enjoys boating, long walks, reading and traveling.
B.A.
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Jessie Scott
Jessie Scott
Evening/Weekend Supervisor, B.S.

Jessie began working at BAC in November 2006 as a Front Desk employee, then soon after went into the Kids Club and Business Office.  She grew up in Plymouth, Indiana; graduated from Ball State University.  Jessie enjoys playing racquetball, staying active and doing anything outside.  In summer months, she especially loves water skiing.  She really enjoys her job at BAC because the kids put a smile on her face and make her happy.
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