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



Cashier Brian Phu

Brian Phu - Cashier

My name is Brian Phu and I joined the Bailey's team in March 2021. I was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. I graduated from Terry Parker High School and I'm currently going to school at FSCJ. I'm very passionate about basketball and currently play at the semi-pro level. I'm very excited to work at Bailey's and to be a part of the Jacksonville Beach crew.


Email Brian at: brianphu@baileysgym.com



Cashier Jake Toomsoo

Jake Toomsoo - Cashier

Jake Toomsoo joined the Bailey’s Health and Fitness team in August 2021 as a Cashier. He recently moved to Jacksonville, FL to attend college at the University of North Florida, where he is studying Business Marketing. Having grown up around the Health and Fitness industry, Jake is passionate about helping people live a healthy and fit lifestyle. He is excited to be a part of the Bailey’s team.


Email Jake at: jaketoomsoo@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 Morgan Schmidt

Morgan Schmidt - Play Area Attendant




Hi, my name is Morgan Schmidt and I am new to the Bailey’s Team since February of 2021! I am from South Florida and recently moved to Jacksonville to pursue my Pediatric Nursing dream at the University of North Florida. I have always loved working with children! Bailey’s has already improved my desire to work with children in the future and I am excited to be a part of the Team!








Cleaner Lakota McClatchy

Lakota McClatchy - Cleaner




My name is Lakota and I joined the Bailey’s Team in March 2021. I’m a jack of all trades and master of none. My skills include playing guitar, biking long distance, picking things up, cleaning things, making biscuits and much more. I hope working at Bailey's will help me to reach my goal weight of 190 lbs. The positive environment and motivation I get from the members and staff gives me that something "extra" I need. I'm very happy to be here and be a part of a WINNING Team!








Cleaner Jabron Clay

Jabron Clay - Cleaner


I joined the Bailey's Team December 14, 2020. I started at the Monument location and after a few months I transferred to the Jacksonville Beach location. Both of my experiences have been great. The members and staff have all been very supportive and helpful in making me feel welcomed. For this reason, I truly enjoy doing my part in making Bailey's a better place. I am a Jacksonville, FL native. I love to stay active. I’m a helpful and supportive person. I love to play basketball and write music in my free time but I also push myself to try different things in life. I initially became a part of the Team to help me focus on my own personal fitness goals. I ended up finding so much more than that. I consider myself to be a nature enthusiast and love that Beach location is so close to the ocean. I enjoy the beauty it has to offer and try to spend as much time as I can at the beach, clearing my head and being grateful for where my life has brought me. I believe you can go as far as you want to in life and the support I have found here at Bailey's is unlike anything I've experienced in previous jobs. The loving and caring atmosphere and people are what I have found I enjoy the most and I hope it keeps me here for the foreseeable future.







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