Our Difference Maker program is designed to recognize HealthQuest employees who have risen above and beyond. If you have had an outstanding HealthQuest experience, please use the form below to let us know so we can recognize our staff for their commitment to making your club experience one that you won’t forget.
Each month, HealthQuest celebrates a Difference Maker. Take a look below at our Difference Makers so far in 2017.
Patty Berkman began working at HealthQuest in September of 2003. Since that time she has been a loyal and conscientious employee. Patty has always been reliable and goes above and beyond to help anyone or any department that may need help. Always being a team player Patty has helped with many HQ events many times behind the scenes. During our transition from CSI to Club Automation Patty changed her planned vacation to come in, learn the new check-in system, and helped to train others in the KidQuest Department. Patty brings her sense of humor and her ability to relate to children to work every day. Patty is kind, fun loving and a great asset to HealthQuest.
Our camp counselors have been selected as August’s Difference Makers. The counselors show up day in and day out to provide a positive experience to the many campers that take part in HealthQuest Summer Camp. We thank them for their dedication this summer in making a difference in the lives of our young campers and for making the HealthQuest camp experience second-to-none. Well done counselors!
Congratulations to the 2017 Jr Dynamo’s camp counselors. This summer was full of fun and excitement for our Jr. Dynamo campers . The enthusiasm, love, and humor of our counselors created a fun, caring and learning environment for all our campers. From planting a garden to spending time with our local hero’s we have created memories, made new friends and learned about ourselves.
Nomination by: Candace Bunnell & Linda Kanewski, Camp Directors
“Chris Austra demonstrates a passion and exuberance for not only gymnastics but for everything he does in life. His dedication and talent as a gymnastics coach is evident with the success of the developmental and USAG competitive gymnastics programs. As a coach he is firm, compassionate, respectful. Chris is a former USAG men’s national competitor as well as a certified womens’s national coach. In addition to coaching Chris holds a master’s degree in criminology from Monmouth University.”
Nomination by: Maryann Barraco, Dance/Gymnastics Director
Renee, Michael, & Bree
These HealthQuest Difference Makers have worked tirelessly in getting the outdoor pool ready for the season opening, going above and beyond what was required of them. There were many times that Renee, Michael and Bree did things that weren’t even asked of them; they took it upon themselves to do it because they knew it would benefit the pool. They have been invaluable assets to the team and will continue to provide a wonderful experience to Swim Club members as the summer season continues.
Since joining the HealthQuest team in May 2016, Celeste has shown nothing but team spirit. She is always willing to help out fellow employees to cover any shift even if it means closing one night and being here at 7 am the next day. Celeste is always asking if anyone needs help in other departments. She has stuffed pinatas, curled ribbon for events, counted and even took it upon herself to tidy the apparel display by refolding and straightening every article in the display cabinet, and has helped tremendously to help get things ready for camp as well as filling new member folders. Basically, she never backs away from anything given to her and has accepted every challenge gracefully. Celeste always shows up early for work with a smile on her face and ready to help. It is a pleasure to have Celeste as part of the front desk team.
Ben is always ready to go! Filled with a plethora of knowledge, some would say Snapple bottle tops would be jealous. Over the past year, this northern southern guy has stepped up to any challenge with great attitude and respect. He takes his job seriously and looks to improve daily. Thank you Ben – go Pirates!!!
And here it is… the poem:
Ben hails to us as a southern boy in a northern world
Filled with knowledge Snapple tops find covetous
So many ways to lift, push – pull – gripped and curled
Nothing seems too frivolous…
Long hair – don’t care
Full beard – not feared
Monster Lift – moves swift
Wrestlers Bridge – dangerous a smidge
Nomination by: Chelsea Salisbury
Celebrating our March Difference Maker! David Gilheany is an instrumental part of the Pilates Studio. He is dedicated to giving the best possible workout to his clients and tailoring group classes to meet everyone’s needs! David’s skills range from making Pilates concepts approachable to beginners, to choreographing challenging exercises for the advanced client. David has both humor and energy to create workouts that are fun, while pushing clients to new limits. He builds relationships with his clients that keep them coming back! This picture captures David’s spirit and dedication to the studio.
Nomination by: Sarah Stangota
The BodyPump Team presented the 100th release of BodyPump at HealthQuest on Saturday, January 14th in three packed classes. The team works hard all year to bring this program to our members. Group Fitness does a fantastic job explaining our core values, especially in the area of Teamwork – Open Communication – Motivation and Accountability. The team meets several times prior to a launch to practice execution and choreography so that we are all on the same page. In most classes you will find more than one instructor teaching even though they are not all being paid. The comradery you find with all of our teams is amazing and what makes us the best group fitness in the area, and I will argue in the state! In addition to working well together, the team has a special relationship with our members. We have so many members who come in just for Pump and are very attached to their instructors. We have worked with thousands of people helping to motivate them to keep in shape – both mind and body.
Alexa Amorim, Deb Arbach, Laura Beck, MaryJo Burnside, Tara Dolan, Briana Durborow, Demarie Eckhardt, Lexi Farisou, Joe Kareivis, Heidi Maroney, Beth Maxwell, Marianne McLaughlin, Shannon Murphy, Queila Paes-Weingart, Melinda Parsons, Marissa Rebimbas, Linda Romaine, Diana Russillo, Gabriella Russillo, Lula Slaughter, Megan Stalter, Christine Vastano, Sue Webster, Michele White
I would like to speak upon Stella’s strengths at the HealthQuest Café while working as an employee of mine. She has demonstrated excellent customer service while I have been present. Stella is always polite and positive while at work; always smiling and pleasant to be around. If she is asked to perform a task, she does without second thought and is always happy to lend a hand. Stella has made a point to establish a profound relationship with the customers that stop by on a daily basis. She has always been punctual and is truly a team player.
While working at the Café, she has displayed that she has the company’s best interest at mind. The mission at HealthQuest is based on providing high quality to its clientele while handling various tasks at once; Stella has more than proved she has achieved this mission.
Nomination By: Corey Wapelhorst, HQ Cafe