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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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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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Vanessa Victoriano Meet Vanessa

Hometown: Miami, FL

What do you do? I am a fitness counselor at Gainesville Health & Fitness! I bring motivation to those wanting to excel in their current fitness journey or just start from scratch! I help set up memberships, guide those who seek personal training assistance and schedule small team training classes! My duty is to ensure you never leave our meeting with question or doubt in your decision. I strive to impact guest and members in the best way possible.


What gets you out of bed each morning? 
My parents. My parents have worked all of their life to give my brother, sister and I the opportunity to focus on what we want to achieve and I have been given the privilege to have their support throughout my entire life. I wake up wanting to reciprocate their efforts towards me in all ways possible. They inspire me to be the best version of me and always remind me to help those around me.

What is your favorite part about your role? I appreciate the opportunity I have to make connections with so many people and learn about why they have come to Gainesville Health & Fitness. Seeing someone’s eyes light up when they sign up is the best part.
 

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is: The best advice I have ever been given is to always stay true to myself and my faith. I carry that with me every day and in all the decisions I make!

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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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