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Why Harvard Recreation’s 87-year-old Ed Kelley is the inspiration we need
At age 87, Ed Kelley, HealthFitness professional at Harvard Recreation, says he has the best job in the world. “My job is to get people smiling first thing in the morning,” he says. “I greet them by their first name and remind them to have a good day.” Ed is one of 122 HealthFitness staff managing the Malkin Athletic Center and Hemenway Gymnasium on the Harvard University campus.
Meet Kim Lacasse, General Manager, Harvard Recreation
Supporting the health and wellbeing of students at Harvard University is a top priority for Kim Lacasse, general manager, Harvard Recreation. She acknowledges that students have prepared their entire lives to attend Harvard and proud that she can play a crucial role.
Meet Sarah Stoddard, HealthFitness Personal Trainer at Emory University
We are HealthFitness, and we’re “better” people. We believe that achieving better health is a unique lifelong journey that is best achieved when people have help along the way. Help from people like Sarah Stoddard, a HealthFitness Personal Trainer at the Blomeyer Fitness Center, located in the middle of the campus at Emory University in Atlanta.
Meet Stephanie Smith, Director of Recreation, MIT Recreation
Not surprisingly, given her location at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Stephanie Smith faces staggering numbers on a daily basis. As Director of Recreation for the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center (the “Z Center,” as all refer to it), managed by HealthFitness, Smith oversees a staff of 232 employees, including 20-full time staff, operating in four interconnected facilities that comprise approximately 400,000 square feet.
Meet Shadi Rabi, Program Manager, Yukon-Kuskokwim Fitness Center
It’s up to Shadi Rabi to ensure what’s occurring indoors is just as enjoyable and fulfilling as what’s happening outside. And, in Bethel, Alaska, that’s not always an easy task. Rabi, along with his colleague, Stacey Reardon, serve, respectively, as Program Manager and Facility Director of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Fitness Center, a municipal center owned by the city of Bethel and, for the past two-and-a half years, managed by HealthFitness.
Meet Dana Taylor, HealthFitness Program Manager, Eastman
We’re HealthFitness, and we’re better people. We believe the best claim is the claim that doesn’t happen, and through our injury prevention and treatment services, we help people move better, feel better and improve their health and wellbeing.
Meet Nicole Graham, HealthFitness Program Manager
With an education in athletic training, sports medicine, coaching and psychology, Nicole Graham’s favorite part of her job makes perfect sense. “I really enjoy the coaching part of my position,” says Graham. “Mentoring my team and supporting their work to keep our client’s employees safe and productive makes me really happy, and I find it really motivating as well,” Graham says.
Meet Erica Broadway, HealthFitness Professional for a leading auto manufacturer
One of the largest automobile manufacturing facilities in the world—all 8.1 million square feet of it—is in … Georgetown, Ky. Erica Broadway, for one, didn’t know much about Georgetown, let alone envision she would make her career there when she was first hired by HealthFitness back in 2012. Broadway is one of 17 HealthFitness professionals that lead corporate fitness facility for the auto manufacturer’s employees.
Meet Vicky Herana-Rector, Program Manager, Lockheed Martin
Program Manager Vicky Herana-Rector applies a can-do approach and attitude to her work helping run the Lockheed Martin fitness facility in Sunnyvale, Calif. This applies both to the way she managers her team and to the way she interacts with members.
Meet Kristin Irby, Health Promotion Manager, Electrolux North America
Electrolux North America has more than 7,500 eligible employees in its wellness program. And most work in manufacturing facilities spread throughout the country. As a result of this dispersed population, Kristin Irby realized that she faced a significant challenge when she was hired in 2017 by HealthFitness as a Health Promotion Manager to oversee and implement the company’s Lux for Life
wellness and disease management program.
Meet Joey Bareng, HealthFitness Fitness Program Manager, Genentech
A natural athlete growing up in Hawaii, Joey Bareng fell in love with human movement and sports. He earned a wrestling scholarship to San Francisco State University, where he received a degree in Kinesiology, with an emphasis on exercise science. He stayed on as an assistant wrestling coach at his Alma Mater and became a personal trainer at local gyms, eventually taking on management positions.
Meet Mike Kerrigan, General Manager, Cornerstone Aquatics Center
Since becoming General Manager of the Cornerstone Aquatics Center in West Hartford, Conn. a year ago, Mike Kerrigan has been involved in everything, including the locker room sink. A lifelong resident of West Hartford, Kerrigan started with HealthFitness after spending 20-plus years with the greater Hartford YMCA as the Executive Director and Regional Aquatics Director, along with roles in youth and family programing, day camp and providing services to the community.
6 ways we impact wellbeing programs with our people-ready services
What does it mean to be people-ready? Having HealthFitness staff on-site at your location gives wellness a face and a place. Being people-ready means our employees are in your space, embedded within the culture, being part of what moves your company and employees. Our passionate experts work behind the scenes or front-and-center to keep health and fitness top of mind.
Meet Janelle Petak, HealthFitness Contract Manager for a leading energy company
Fueling the success of a wellbeing program that serves more than 14,000 employees at a leading energy company is a top priority for Janelle Petak, HealthFitness contract manager. Petak and her team of six on-site program managers care for the safety and health for all employees—from utility lineman to corporate office staff to engineers at nuclear plants—in more than 100 locations across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Meet Sandy Schumacher, HealthFitness Benefits Advocate
Making it easier for employees to navigate the complexities of their health benefits is Sandy Schumacher’s job—and it’s what motivates her. Schumacher is an on-site benefits advocate at one of the world’s largest automotive parts manufacturers.
Meet Kenya Orr, HealthFitness Program Manager for global plastics manufacturing company
Meet Kenya Orr, a HealthFitness program manager who serves 1,200 employees at a global plastics manufacturing company with headquarters in Mount Vernon, Indiana. For 21 years, Orr—along with her team—has inspired employees to choose better, feel better and improve their wellbeing at the company’s 8,000 square foot fitness center.
Meet Megan Sherman, HealthFitness Program Manager
We are HealthFitness, and we’re “better” people. We believe that achieving better health is a unique lifelong journey that is best achieved when people have help along the way. Help from people like Megan Sherman, a HealthFitness program manager who leads the wellness program for a leading financial services company. The company places a top priority on the health and wellbeing of its employees, partnering with HealthFitness to build and integrate its wellness program into the company culture to support and boost employee wellness for 40,000 employees and their spouses.
Meet Cody Sage, HealthFitness Certified Athletic Trainer
We are HealthFitness and we’re “better” people. We believe the best claim is the claim that doesn’t happen. That’s why we’re focused on prevention, to address health issues before they become more serious medical concerns. Attending to pain and discomfort before the need for medical diagnosis is the number one goal for Cody Sage, Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and his team as they focus on the health and safety of more than 3,000 manufacturing production workers at a leading appliance manufacturing company in Louisville, Kentucky.
Meet Patricia Annoni, RN, HealthFitness Injury Prevention and Treatment Professional
We are HealthFitness, and we’re “better” people. We believe that achieving better health is a unique lifelong journey that is best achieved when people have help along the way. Help from people like Patricia Annoni, RN, BSN, who serves 1,000 manufacturing workers at a leading medical device company in Plymouth, Minn. With 24 years of nursing experience—including stints in acute care, long-term care and disease management—Annoni jumped at the opportunity to serve in a full-time injury prevention and treatment role.
We’re better people: Meet Amy Ortiz-Arzuaga
Leading a team of health coaches who provide services for a large pharmaceutical company at four different sites across Puerto Rico is no small task. Add in a hurricane and subsequent recovery efforts, and it’s understandable how basic responsibilities seem insurmountable. But Amy Ortiz-Arzuaga’s love for her team, dedication to her client’s population and her self-described “Pollyanna-attitude that every day is a good day,” has helped her and her team persevere.