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Karen Coley-Cannon Meet Karen

Hometown: Gainesville, FL (I'm a Gator Girl).

What do you do? Help others find what inspires them to reach their full potential.

What gets you out of bed each morning? My family and my GHF Community (our wonderful members and staff) and knowing that every day I will learn something new that will help a member/guest or myself become the best we can be.

What is your favorite part about your role? I have been with GHF for 40 years and love
that I still get to be with members I have known for as long as I have worked at the Club.  It feels like we are all part of one family and here for each other.

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is: A smile and a good attitude (faith, hope and love) will get you through most everything.

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Debra Johnson-Meisel Meet Debra

Hometown: West Pointe, Virginia

What do you do? I help people reach their full potential by becoming everyday exercisers.

What gets you out of bed each morning? Knowing I get to go to a job that changes not only my life, but the lives of other people that I get to be a part of.

What is your favorite part about your role? Not only am I a fitness counselor, I become part of their family and they become part of mine. "These are my kids" 

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is: My mom when I was growing up always told us: She doesn't know a stranger. And I live by that. I don't know a stranger, everyone is a friend from the start. 

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Joan McCarthyMeet Joan

Hometown: Born in Syracuse, NY and raised on Longboat Key.

What do you do? I change lives, and in the process I become a better person.

What gets you out of bed each morning? My dog Athena, and my workouts with Marylin motivate me to get up each day.

What is your favorite part about your role? Positively influencing the lives of different people each day and meeting new people.

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is: My parents had many quotes they shared for the same advice:
If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. If you fall off a horse, get back on. Winners never quit, and quitters never win.


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Rhonda PollockMeet Rhonda

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

What do you do? Help our guests and members identify what they really want, the
problem(s) that exist and the safe solutions we provide.  My role is to come alongside and
help make it happen!


What gets you out of bed each morning? Relationships!!!  Family, friends, teammates and GHF members.

What is your favorite part about your role? Sharing in the tremendous success so many of our members experience as part of the GHF community.  Seeing their transformation is a wonderful affirmation of what I do every day!

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is: Identify your personal priorities and commit your calendar to them.

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Jeremiah GadwayMeet Jeremiah

Hometown: Born in Carbondale, Illinois but mostly lived in Florida. I moved to Gainesville for the University and stayed because of GHF.

What do you do? I spend the majority of my time at the fitness center encouraging as many non-exercisers to start a healthier lifestyle. Outside of the gym I am a professional viola player and perform with the Gainesville Orchestra, and I am a part of the Gainesville String Quartet
(a group I started with 3 friends I met in the orchestra).
 


What gets you out of bed each morning? 
My alarm clock and coffee.

 

What is your favorite part about your role? To get the most out of my role requires me to listen to as many people as I can. In doing so the past 3 years, I have had the opportunity to gain insightful information about the lives of thousands of people and hear their stories. So my favorite part is that I’m able to meet so many different people and help them get started here at GHF.
 

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is: If you don’t control yourself, the world will control you.

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Jan Campbell Meet Jan

Hometown: Easton, PA (Phillipsburg,NJ).

What do you do? I introduce people to an opportunity that unlocks their most valuable resource, their human potential. 


What gets you out of bed each morning? 
Being of service to others.

 

What is your favorite part about your role? Making a difference in people’s lives.
 

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is: If it is important to you, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.

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Leyla Javadova Leyla

Hometown: I was born in Azerbaijan, moved to Canada when I was 9 and later moved to Puerto Rico when I was 16. I'm a world citizen.

What do you do? I'm a Fitness Counselor at Gainesville Health & Fitness. I try to make sure both non-members and members of our club see fitness as not a chore but a hobby. I make sure to introduce everyone to the idea of a healthy lifestyle and how Gainesville Health & Fitness is the perfect place to take your first step towards being healthy. 

What gets you out of bed each morning? Besides my husky's howling at 7AM sharp, knowing
the fact that I can make a difference, big or small, in someone's life is a great feeling to wake up to.
I know what my goals are and in order to be successful and be able to achieve them, I need to wake up and work hard. 

What is your favorite part about your role? Being a Fitness Counselor is much more than being in sales. It's about connecting with people at a deeper level, partnering up with different departments such as marketing and retail to create the perfect health club to come to every day. My favorite part is being able to work with different departments, organizing events for members and non-members and being able to create something amazing. Working as a team is always more beneficial for everyone, especially when you have incredibly talented coworkers. (I'm not even sucking up!) 

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is: Success isn't free, earn it. Have fun doing it, too!

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Marylin Prado Meet Marylin

Hometown: Clewiston, FL…America’s Sweetest Town!

What do you do? I am a cheerleader at Gainesville Health & Fitness! Well, they call me a fitness counselor; but, I really just cheer people on to go from thinking about exercising to actually exercising. I do this through membership advising, personal training consulting, and corporate wellness planning. I am also part of our Enculturation Team, in which we spark positivity through our culture of people to make both members and staff feel good here at GHF.

What gets you out of bed each morning? My daughter, literally, gets me out of bed each morning. Of course, coffee gets me out of bed too. Then, I’m ready to banish complacency and help people, including myself, achieve dreams they never thought possible.

What is your favorite part about your role? The connections I make with our members and our community just because people end up feeling better.

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is: By Solomon in Ecclesiastes 1:9: "That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun."

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Amanda Gilson Meet Amanda

Hometown: Born in Brigham City, Utah and have lived in Colorado, Texas and now Florida!

What do you do? Help people live healthier and stronger lives as their Fitness Counselor.

What gets you out of bed each morning? Knowing that every day is a new opportunity and a fresh start, and my desire to better myself.

What is your favorite part about your role? Having the opportunity to build relationships and being able to make a positive difference.

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is: Don’t give up what you want most for what you want now.

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