Staff Bios

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, doubling membership over the next five years. Cathy has served as president an board member of FitLife, an organization of Northwest Quality Clubs.  She is an avid Rotarian and has served on numerous philanthropic boards throughout the Northwest.

B.A., Certified Pool Operator, Certified Pool Manager, Community CPR and First Aid Instructor – American Red Cross
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.

Mike Locke
Fitness Director, Director of Sports Performance

As 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

Western Washington University (B.A. Exercise Science and M.Ed. Exercise Physiology) and is certified by: the National Strength and Conditioning Association (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist), Circular Strength Training (Head Coach), SPARQ (Coach), and the American Kettlebell Club (AKC Coach), A.C.E. Personal Trainer, AmPRO
Janet Rhoades
Member Services Director

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 maintains the membership base through sales and marketing and strives to retain current membership by providing professional customer service.  She has been married to husband, Rod, for over 43 years, and has three kids, Kelly, Gretchen, and Brad, four granddaughters and one grandson. In her free time she enjoys boating, long walks, reading and traveling.

B.A.
Stephanie Ayon
Front Desk Supervisor/Accounts Receivable

Stephanie started working at Bellingham Athletic Club Spring of 2014, she started out in the aquatics department teaching swim lessons. Before working at BAC Stephanie worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor at multiple facilities in Whatcom County. After a few months of teaching, she started working at the front desk and filling in on kids club when needed. Becoming an instrumental part of the front desk staff, she was promoted to front desk supervisor June 2017. Taking on scheduling, training and supervising the front desk staff, she also is working in accounts receivable office. After completing two years at Whatcom Community College, In the near future Stephanie plans on attending Bellingham Technical College to further continue her education in accounting. Stephanie is also Bilingual, fluent in both Spanish and English. She hopes to someday learn Italian and Portuguese.

In her spare time she likes to spend time with family and friends, enjoy the outdoors when its nice enough to be outside, hiking, swimming and anything close to the water, likes to curl up to a good book and hopes to have the opportunity to travel. You would also see her at BAC doing group exercise classes, such as Boot camp, power pump, Zumba and Yoga whenever she gets a chance.

Jeri Winterburn
Group Exercise Director

Jeri has been teaching fitness classes for over 35 years. She is also a syndicated fitness columnist, and wrote weekly columns for the Bellingham Herald for several years. Jeri has been featured in a R.I.P.P.E.D video available online.

In her spare time, she enjoys camping and hiking with her family – as well as breeding Bernese Mountain dogs, and creating unique jewelry and wreaths, and dried floral arrangements which she sells online.
Whether you are new to exercise or a seasoned athlete, Jeri is always eager to help you attain your fitness goals.

A.C.E., AFAA Group fitness, AFAA Personal Trainer, Nautilus Strength & Personal Trainer, R.I.P.P.E.D. Instructor and trainer.
Jessie Scott
Court Sports Director

Jessie has been employed at BAC for 11 years. 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.

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Wanda Collins
AM Pro Certified Wilson, Racquetball Advisory Staff

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.