Abigail Garcia – A Quick Introduction

20141210 Yates 0045Abigail Garcia joined Yates in December as Business Operations Manager.  Here’s a brief Q&A to get to know Abigail as she starts her career at Yates!

Where are you coming from?
Following my graduation from Elon University in 2011 with a degree in Mathematics, I worked as the Financial Analyst and Carrier Data Contact for National Agents Alliance in Burlington, NC.

What are your duties at Yates?
My titles are Business Operations Manager & Assistant Membership Director, which means I work with the financial and business affairs of Yates, and I also assist Kim Harrell-Mills, Membership Director, with membership responsibilities.

What’s your personal background with recreation / fitness / sports?
I played lots of backyard/recess sports growing up, but basketball is my main sport. I played 4 years of varsity at Franklin County High School and my AAU team, the Roanoke Stars, made two appearances at the AAU National Tournament throughout my 6 years playing AAU. I also played two years of varsity Tennis in high school. I played just about every intramural sport at Elon University while I was there, and I actually met my husband playing pickup basketball at Elon.

What are you excited about working at Yates/Gtown?
I am excited about the opportunity we have at Yates to meet so many different people from the Georgetown community since our facility services students, fac/staff, and the neighboring community.

Anything other details about you you’d like to share with members/campus community?
My husband, Angel, is the Assistant Director for Residential Education at Georgetown, so we have been living on campus since June 2014.


Maegen Hellberg – a Quick Introduction

20141210 Yates 0034This past November, Maegen Hellberg joined the Yates professional staff as Assistant Fitness Director.  Here’s a brief Q&A to get to know our new addition as she embarks on her career at Georgetown!

Q: Where are you coming from?

Prior to arriving at Georgetown, I worked as the Graduate Assitant for Health & FItness at Campbell University, located about 40 miles south of Raleigh, NC. I maintained this role while completing a master’s degree of Public Heath.

Q: What are your responsibilities at Yates?

Currently, I oversee the Group Exercise program. I also assist the Director of Fitness (Meg Dimsa) with the personal training program and fitness floor as needed.

Q: What is your personal background with recreation, fitness and sports?

Sports have been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember.  I was fortunate enough to play varsity soccer for Coastal Carolina University from 2006 to 2010.  I was also involved with gymnastics growing up.  I became very interested in fitness, wellness and nutrition early on in my collegiate career and it was an easy, seamless transition for me from athletics.  I began my fitness career right out of college and worked as a personal trainer, fitness instructor and wellness coach.

Q: What excites you about working at Georgetown and Yates Field House?

I am most excited about getting to interact with the students, faculty, staff and outside members that utilize our facilities. I thoroughly enjoy getting to meet new people and learning more about them.  I hope that through these interaction and information gathering, we can develop ways to better serve our community.

Q: What else would you like to share with the Yates community?

I enjoy hiking with my dog, running, cooking and reading.  I am originally from Long Island, NY and come from a big family.  I love to travel and hope to make it to Fiji one day!

Celebrating Our Staff: Erik Williams

As a feature in our new blog, we are excited to celebrate the support staff and instructors that contribute to the Yates family and our members.  Our first feature is a ‘no brainer.’  Erik Williams has actual family connections to Yates and has practically grown up as part of the Yates family.

Erik Williams
Erik Williams

Name: Erik Williams

Position at Yates: Maintenance staff currently, and formerly a counselor for the Day Camp.

How long have worked at Yates?  9 years.

How did you start working at Yates?  My mother used to work here when I was a baby. I would always come to the gym to workout and when I was finally of age to work in DC, this was one of the places that I inquired about. I’ve been here off and on ever since!

What’s your favorite part about Yates?  My favorite part about working here is the diverse community that comes through. People from different walks of life all coming together for one purpose — to increase/maintain their health.

What’s something you’ve learned from Yates and taken elsewhere in your life?  I’ve learned so much from Yates that I’ve taken with me outside of Yates. One example is that Chaz Kennedy has taught me to think more carefully, critically before I ask someone a question or for help. Often times, I’ve discovered that I could answer my own question.

Finally, what’s your favorite way to work out at Yates?  If anyone knows me the least bit, then they know that my favorite way to exercise is through playing basketball. Words cannot express how much I loooooove basketball. I just did a rough calculation of how much of my time I have spent on Yates basketball courts and I calculated that since the age of 10 until now (I’m 23) I’ve spent 506 full, 24 hour days on those courts. Crazy passion right?