Employee Bios - BCH

Employee Bios




Club Manager Nick Denker

Nick Denker  -  Club Manager

As a New Jersey native and Division 1 Collegiate athlete at Monmouth University, health & fitness resonated throughout Nick’s life, on and off the football field. Receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management, Nick has a winning attitude and a passion for success. He began his professional career in health & fitness during his under-graduate studies in college and has been driven to make a difference and change the lives of others ever since. This passion started at a very young age. His journey led him into the health club industry where he developed and continues a career in helping people change their lives. Previously General Manager of a New Jersey Health Club, Nick has relocated here in FL with family and is excited to be with Bailey’s and assist in bringing the club to the next level.

Email Nick at:  NickDenker@baileysgym.com



Director of group fitness Donna Vona

Donna Vona - Director of Group Fitness

Donna has been teaching Group Fitness classes since 1991. She is Certified by AFAA in Group Fitness and Personal Training. Donna is also certified by TRX, Schwinn Indoor Cycling, Zumba, and YogaFit. Donna teaches various formats of Group Fitness classes as well as coaching small group trainings. She is currently working on obtaining the Performance Enhancement Specialist certification through NASM.

Email Donna at: donnavona@baileysgym.com



Fitness Consultant Derek Shropshire

Derek Shropshire - Fitness Consultant

Derek Shropshire joined us as a fitness consultant in 2012. He starts every day with the mission of making a positive influence on everyone he interacts with, and is committed to helping every member reach their fitness goals. Derek was a member of Bailey's for two years before being offered his job, and has experienced the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and the value of a great gym facility.

Derek is a trained professional wrestler; he first met his friend and mentor Neil Krause at Dory Funk Jr.'s Wrestling Academy. It was Neil who first invited Derek to Bailey's. Derek regularly makes official appearances as MARVEL comic book characters such as Iron Man and Captain America at hospitals and charities, bringing much needed joy to the children there.

Derek is a big fan of our CHAOS and TRX classes. He attends both regularly and recommends them to anyone! Derek loves being a part of the Bailey's Jax Beach team. Getting to know every member's personal story and goals, and earning their trust really make him feel at home.


Email Derek at: derekshropshire@baileysgym.com



Fitness Consultant Amanda Robertson

Amanda Robertson  -  Fitness Consultant

Amanda Robertson joined the Bailey’s Health & Fitness team as a part-time Fitness Consultant in February 2017. With the encouragement of our Jacksonville Beach manager, Neil Krause, she took the next step and became a full-time Fitness Consultant by June 2017.  She has been an active member with Bailey’s Gym since the age of 16, and started her fitness career in her early 20’s as a Trainer.   She developed a passion for helping others make positive lifestyle changes through fitness and nutrition.

With the exception of time away to advance her education, Jacksonville has been home to Amanda her entire life.  Amanda loves the balance of a fast paced city, as well as the relaxing beach life that Jacksonville has to offer.

If you are ever in the Jacksonville Beach area, please stop by to meet Amanda and the rest of the staff at our Jacksonville Beach location.


Email Amanda at: amandarobertson@baileysgym.com



Fitness Consultant Cynthia Whitmer

Cynthia Whitmer - Fitness Consultant

Cynthia Whitmer joined the Bailey's Team as a Fitness Consultant in June 2020. Having been a previous member at Bailey's and playing volleyball throughout high school and college, Cynthia admires the sense of community a gym environment fosters and wants to help members feel welcomed and at home while reaching their goals. Being a Jacksonville local, Cynthia enjoys anything that is related to the beach and outdoor oriented workouts in addition to lifting weights. Cynthia is pursuing a career in Nutrition at UNF and plans on becoming a Dietitian in the clinical field, helping future patients build a healthy relationship with food as fuel, and how it can help them achieve their goals and improve wellness. Cynthia has a passion for community nutrition and volunteers through her school under Meals on Wheels, delivering meals to home bound seniors that are waitlisted for the government Meals on Wheels program.


Email Cynthia at: cynthiawhitmer@baileysgym.com



Cashier Chris Castellano

Chris Castellano - Cashier

Joining the Bailey's team in November of 2020, I am a St. Petersburg, FL native. I graduated from St. Petersburg Catholic High School, and subsequently moved to Jacksonville, FL to further my education at the University of North Florida. I obtained a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Sports Management from UNF, and I am excited to bring a new, positive energy to the staff at Bailey's in Jacksonville Beach. I have been an avid gym and fitness enthusiast since 2006, with roots primarily in sports such as soccer and tennis. With a passion for helping others, I intend to participate in making Baileys Health & Fitness reach its full potential.


Email Chris at: chriscastellano@baileysgym.com



Play Area Attendant Whitney Clifford

Whitney Clifford  -  Play Area Attendant


My name is Whitney and I joined the Bailey’s team in March 2019. My husband and I recently moved here from Atlanta with our one-year-old daughter, Madelyn. The passion I have caring for children is what led me to be a part of this incredible team. Not only is Bailey’s a great place to reach your fitness goals, but it's also a place that welcomes you like family.





Play Area Attendant Rosemary Vachon

Rosemary Vachon - Play Area Attendant




Hi my name is Rosemary Vachon and I have been working for Bailey's since 6/24/2019. I really enjoy working here and everybody is so kind. I have two children of my own, one boy and one girl, and an amazing grandson. I come to Bailey's with over 26 years of experience as a preschool teacher.






Play Area Attendant Tonya Holcomb

Tonya Holcomb - Play Area Attendant




My name is Tonya Holcomb and I am 36 years old. I like to work with children and one day I hope to become a teacher for early education.







Cleaner Bryce Vasilievich

Bryce Vasilievich - Cleaner


As a person who always thinks of nutritional intake and personal growth, working at a gym is a great match for me. I have always preferred to stay active and improve myself, rather than staying at home all the time. I played sports all through high school and fitness has always been a priority. Working at not only a gym, but a great gym, has enhanced my ability to achieve higher and go further than before.





Cleaner Tabitha Hogg

Tabitha Hogg - Cleaner


I am a Jacksonville native, born and raised. I have traveled all over the country, including California, New York and the Florida Keys. I spend my spare time with my beloved boys Aiden, Damien, Hunter and Landon, as well as my husband Thomas. We frequently adventure to our favorite city of St. Augustine for the history and the architecture of the city. I love watching football with my family and cheering on my favorite team, the Saints. As a kid, I loved playing soccer for my school and the county. Working for Bailey’s has been amazing because my team treats me like family and we always know how to make each other laugh and be positive. While working here, I have made new acquaintances with members, and hearing their stories is always enlightening. I love the compliments and appreciation for what my team and I do for our gym!





Sweat PT Manager Gina George

Gina George  -  Sweat PT Manager

My love for fitness began in High School and college as a multi-event Track & Field athlete in Gainesville, Fl. I began working out at Bailey's Health and Fitness after relocating to Jacksonville, and it inspired me to change my whole life. I had been a Preschool Director for 12 years and knew I needed a change and I wanted to help people with their health and fitness. I loved training at Bailey's so much that I set out to become a Personal Trainer for Sweat PT, and did just that, at our Baymeadows location. In 2015 I was allowed the opportunity to grow with Sweat PT and take on the role of Fitness Director at our Merrill Road location. In January 2019, I was promoted and given the opportunity to expand our program at our Jacksonville Beach location

My career with Sweat PT has given me the opportunity to share my passion for health and fitness with others as well as help them learn how to achieve their personal goals.

When not working with our clients and members I am a Nationally Qualified NPC Figure Competitor and Mother of 2.

Email Gina at: ggeorge@sweatpt.com