Employee Bios

Employee Bios





Gym Manager Neil Krause

Neil Krause  -  Club Manager

I've thoroughly enjoyed coming to, and working for Bailey's since 2003. I admire the amount of effort they put into hiring quality staff members. It was the staff here that helped me get started, and it was the staff that inspired me to pursue a career in fitness. I feel that if you can make a positive impact on a person so they keep coming back to the gym and keep achieving their fitness goals, you're truly doing your part in helping people live better lives. The people I work with and the members I encounter every day create a great positive atmosphere that makes it fun and rewarding to come to work!


I also have a career in professional wrestling that I've had the privilege to lead over the last 16 years. Anyone who knows me well knows there has never been a moment of my life that pro wrestling wasn't what I wanted to do. I've wrestled all over the U.S and also in Mexico and Puerto Rico. I've held over 30 titles and my finishing move is called the "Job Opening" because when I use it, they're gonna have to replace you! My goals in life are to have successful careers in fitness and in professional wrestling, so in many ways I can say "I'm living the dream"!


Email Neil at: neilkrause@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 Josh Patao

Josh Patao  -  Fitness Consultant


"Hi, I’m Josh and I’ve been with Bailey’s since 2011. Over the years I have had the pleasure to work at the Jacksonville Beach location, and I’ve got to say that there is no other location where I'd rather be! The atmosphere here is extremely friendly, welcoming seasoned workout vets and newcomers alike. Not to mention the incredible and loving staff I work with is probably the best bunch of people I could possibly ask for! I moved to Florida back in 2001, after being born and raised in Bend, Oregon. In my off time I enjoy playing video games, tinkering with electronics, and taking long naps with my cat Colt. I love all the positive feedback from members, especially after our Jacksonville Beach location expansion, and I’m excited to grow with the business!


Email Josh at: joshuapatao@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, the manager of Jax Beach, 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



Cashier Jacob williman

Jacob Williman  -  Cashier


Jacob is 19 years old and an avid gym goer. In his free time he enjoys writing yelp reviews, wrestling and power lifting. Jacob is thrilled to be a part of the Bailey's family, and cannot wait to grow with the Company. Jacob's future goals include competing in a power lifting meet, with his team of Bailey's coworkers cheering him on.


Email Jacob at: jacobwilliman@baileysgym.com



Cashier Allie Brown

Allie Brown  -  Cashier


Hi! My name is Allie Brown and I have been with Bailey's on and off for 3 years. I also work at Mayo Clinic as a Radiology Imaging Procedure Assistant. I currently have my Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Physiology, but I am looking to further my education in the field of Radiology to become a CT Technologist. I am originally from Rhode Island, so I can proudly say that I am a huge Patriots fan. GO PATS! I am passionate about working out and living a healthy lifestyle! When I am not working, I can be found out on the gym floor working out or running around the dog park with my puppy named Paisley!


Email Allie at: alliebrown@baileysgym.com



Cashier Daniel Ferrante

Daniel Ferrante  -  Cashier


Hi, my name is Daniel and I’ve been a part of the Bailey’s staff since October of 2018; and a Bailey’s member since 2009. I’m very passionate about strength training and I love seeing and helping people meet their fitness goals! In my free time I enjoying reading, training at the gym, traveling and working hard to obtain my pilots license! I look forward to seeing you at the gym, please don’t hesitate to ask me if you have any questions!


Email Daniel at: danielferrante@baileysgym.com



Play Area Attendant Stacy Haliko

Stacy Haliko  -  Play Area Attendant


I have been working for Baileys over 2 years now and enjoy tending to the play area. It's incredible the friendships that are formed within this company and with our members. This company has shown me from day one that it cares about the staff and the members equally. It truly is a joy being a part of the Bailey's family.





Play Area Attendant Peggy Manton

Peggy Manton  -  Play Area Attendant


My name is Peggy. I'm a mother of 4, grandmother of 8, and great-grandmother of 2. I am fairly new to Bailey's, having joined the team in early 2017. I have the best of the best at my location. The staff here is awesome, my manager Neil is wonderful. I love working at Bailey's, children are what I do best. Gotta love them all!





Play Area Attendant Chemaia Fisher

Chemaia Fisher  -  Play Area Attendant


Hello, my name is Chemaia. I started working at Bailey?s in July of 2018. My experience here so far has been wonderful. I look forward to coming in and getting to know each and every child that walks through the door. The staff is amazing and has made me feel welcome since the day I started working here. Bailey's Health and Fitness is the perfect place to bring your children while working out!





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.





Cleaner Karina Ciprian

Karina Ciprian  -  Cleaner


My name is Karina Ciprian and I've worked for Bailey's since 2013. I enjoy working for Bailey's because I'm part of a big team. The members are wonderful people who are very kind and appreciative of my work.




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.

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, Wife and Mother of 2.

Email Gina at: ggeorge@sweatpt.com