Archive for Staff

Meet Victoria

Victoria WelchPrior to joining the team at BAC, I lifeguarded and taught swim lessons at home in Palouse, Washington for five years. Before that, I swam competitively! My favorite stock is freestyle. I moved up to Bellingham for school, but now I’m taking a year off. I love exploring Bellingham and finding the best restaurants to eat at.

Meet Shea

Shea DavisI am studying pre-med at Western Washington University, with the goal of becoming a fetal surgeon. Before coming to BAC, I taught swim lessons for several years in my hometown, and found that I enjoy it a lot! My favorite stroke is the butterfly. Here’s a fun fact for you: I am the middle child of seven.

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 Dakota

Dakota BernstenI have been swimming for twelve years, competitively for six. My favorite stoke is the backstroke. I’m an aquatic instructor at BAC and I’m seeking a degree at Western Washington University, where I am studying communications and journalism. I love to write, read, and play music, I’ve played the French horn for eight years!

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.

Meet Sean White

Sean WhiteSean White, moved to Bellingham from Elburn, Illinois to attend WWU. For those of you not familiar with Elburn it is a suburb west of Chicago. Sean attended DePaul University for two years prior to transferring to WWU where in 2017 he obtained his BS in Kinesiology. He will be attending graduate school this fall and will be a graduate assistant in the Kinesiology Dept. at WWU. Sean is a certified personal trainer, CSCS, through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. 

An avid hockey player and snowboarder from a young age, Sean also enjoys playing golf and is a car enthusiast who loves working on his car. Being from the Chicago area he is a diehard Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, and Cubs fan. Sean tries to take in Cubs games at Wrigley field when he is home during the season.

Howard, Sean’s 3 ½-year-old retriever/hound mix, keeps him company and on the go with his boundless energy.

After his post-graduate studies are over Sean hopes to see how he can meld the physical therapy and strength coach fields into a career path.  Sean working with members of all ages and abilities.

Meet Cindy Olavarri

Cindy graduated from the University of California with a B.A. in Physical Education, a Secondary Teaching Credential, and a M.A in Exercise Physiology. She is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health/Fitness Instructor and Advanced Personal Trainer. Cindy had a very active childhood, fishing, backpacking, and playing baseball and basketball with her brothers. She ran track and cross country in high school and at the University of California. She was also a member of the first women’s crew team at U.C. Berkeley.

After college, Cindy competed in bicycle racing and was a member of the U.S. National Cycling Team. She competed in four World Cycling Championships and won the silver medal in the pursuit in the 1983 World Championships in Zurich, Switzerland. She also won three U.S. National Championship titles.

Cindy has worked in the fitness industry for over 30 years in a variety of capacities. She has been a personal trainer, fitness director, physical therapy aid, and college cross country coach. Cindy loves working one on one with clients of all ages helping them navigate the challenges of life with a healthy, active lifestyle.

In her spare time, she enjoys running, weightlifting, walking her dogs Lucy and Che, and working in her yard.

Meet Jeri Winterburn

Jeri WinterburnJeri Winterburn 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.

Meet Jennifer Dyrland

For the last 12 years I have enjoyed teaching Pilates at the Bellingham Athletic Club. Maintaining my Pilates certification through Power Pilates over the years has helped me fine-tune workouts and keep members challenged. Following several foot and ankle injuries, I needed a non-impact method to build and increase my core strength. I quickly became enamored with Pilates. Working with members to strengthen their abs, back, and increase flexibility has been great fun! Come check out a class! This year I will celebrate my 25th wedding anniversary- I meet my husband Erik while attending graduate school at WWU. We have two amazing kids and have recently become empty-nesters. Outside of the BAC I enjoy baking, hiking, snowshoeing, traveling, gardening, spending time with friends and volunteering.

Meet Heather Calloway

Heather has been a certified group fitness instructor at BAC since 1998. She teaches a variety of classes including Insanity, Total Body Conditioning, Power Pump and RIPPED. When not teaching, Heather is full-time paralegal and her and her husband Lance try their best to keep up with their very busy 9-year-old son, Hunter. She also enjoys running, hiking, working in her yard and spending time with friends and family. Come and check out one of Heather’s early morning classes at the Cordata club!