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Management Team

Steve Brandt

General Manager

Education: George Williams College of Aurora University: MS in Recreation Administration; McKendree University: BS in Physical Education, Minor in Coaching


Chief Operating Officer/Managing Partner at USA Athletic Club, two health clubs with over 10,000 members, one operating as a premier, full service 61,000 square foot health club
General Manger/Sales Director for Provena Health & Wellness Club
Owner/Managing Partner at Chicago Fitness Express, managed business development and start up for 12,000 square foot fitness
General Manager for Lakeshore Medical Fitness, managed facility operations for Rush Copley Healthplex, a 166,000 square foot athletic and tennis club and St. James Health and Wellness Institute, a 64,000 square foot health and wellness institute
General Manager for Schaumburg Park District, oversaw Schaumburg Tennis Plus a 110,000 square foot Athletic Club which includes 8 indoor tennis courts, 5 racquetball courts, 3 squash courts, a large fitness area and gymnasium
Lakeshore Management Group Training Instructor
30+ years of coaching baseball at high school level and youth level
Enjoy spending time with his wife Kim, two sons Kraemer & Keegan and two dogs Addison and Clark

Kelly Chase

Assistant General Manager
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Education: Ithaca College: MS in Exercise Science/Exercise Physiology; BS in Exercise Science/Fitness and Cardiac Rehabilitation

Certifications: ACSM: Health Fitness Instructor; AHA: First Aid/CPR/AED; Johnny G Spinning-Mad Dogg Athletics; Trixter X-Cat; TRX Group Suspension Instructor


Weight Loss/Body Fat Reduction via circuit training
Sport Specific Testing and Training (e.g. basketball, track and field, soccer)
Job Specific Testing and Training (e.g. firefighters, salt miners, salt workers, police)
Cardiovascular Risk Reduction (i.e. cardiac rehab)
Disease Management (Cancer, Diabetes, Parkinson’s, Post Polio Syndrome)


Former Collegiate Division III Soccer, Basketball and Track and Field athlete
Strength & Conditioning Team Program Development for Ithaca College
Teaches group exercise classes including Cycling, X-Biking and Core classes
Thesis: Oxygen Consumption of Firefighters During Occupationally Specific Tasks
Participates in running road races, including Disney Marathon, Boilermaker 15K,

Terry Ciaschi

Facilities Director
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Education: Tompkins Cortland Community College: AS in Business


Real-Estate Agent, Patterson Real Estate, Ithaca, New York
Station Restaurant, Ithaca, New York
Working member at the family owned restaurant for 40 years
Nationally known
Owner for last 20 years
Added “Baggage Room Lounge”
Added unique “Sleeping Cars”
Developer/Visionary, Island Health & Fitness
Together, with brothers Tim and Joe, developed the Island Health Center building and Island Health & Fitness.

Rachel Bogardus

Sales & Marketing Manager
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Education: Nazareth College: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Tompkins Cortland Community College: Associates of Arts & Sciences in General Studies

Certifications: American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED


Guest Services, Rasa Spa, Ithaca, NY
Graduated with Honors from Nazareth College and part of the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society
Hobbies include: Eating delicious food, cooking, baking, writing, yoga, meditation, hiking, picking wildflowers, going to the beach, binge watching Netflix, getting pampered at the spa, planning parties

Meggan Conklin

Kids Cove Coordinator


Meggan was born and raised in Ithaca, New York. She comes to us with over 15 years of childcare experience in several different capacities, from After School Program Director in Trumansburg to nursery school through middle school childcare.

Tim Maragni

Aquatics Manager
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Education: Tompkins Cortland Community College: AS in Liberal Arts Math/Science

Certifications: American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor; National Swimming Pool


Head Lifeguard at Cass Park Aquatics Center since 2002
6 years Swim Instructor
Manager at Cass Park Ice Rink since 2001
Lifeguard at Island Health & Fitness since 2006

Maria Mendez

Accounting Manager
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Education: Lake Erie College for Women (Humanities) California State University (Business Admin)

Certifications: Tompkins County Notary Public


ASI Energy - Ithaca NY Contracts & Sr. Account Manager
Saab Sensis Corporation - East Syracuse, NY Sr. Contracts Manager
Tetra Tech Architects & Engineers, Ithaca, NY Sr. Contracts Manager
• Passions include: Hiking, Biking, Camping, Farming, Motorcycling, International Cooking

Hayley Presthus

Member Services Manager

Education: Bachelor of Science in Biology from Pepperdine University, Major Focus: Costal conservation and Stream Ecology of the Santa Monica Mountain Range.


Former Front Desk Representative at Island Health and Fitness.
NYS DEC-I aided in public education efforts for Leave no Trace, aided in conservation techniques and reducing threats to the Adirondack Park
Heal the Bay- trained volunteers for data collection and encouraged citizen science for local conservation efforts in Malibu
Loves triathlon, strength training, and hiking with my dog.

Monica Van Fleet

Group Fitness Coordinator

Education: B.A. Cornell University, M. Ed. Vanderbilt University

Certifications: NASM Certified Personal Trainer, BODYATTACK (Advanced), BODYPUMP (Advanced), BODYSTEP (Advanced), CXWORX, American Red Cross: First Aid/CPR/AED


Les Mills Programs


Teaches strength, cardio, and core training classes.
Former cross country and track athlete; completed Bucks County Marathon, Around the Bay 30k, and other races.
Started at Island Health & Fitness as an out-of-shape participant.
Enjoys gardening and spending time with family.

Scott Yaple

Community Corners Operations Manager
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Education: SUNY Cortland: BS in Sport Management, Minor in Athletic Training; Niagara County Community College: AS in Physical Education

Certifications: NASM: Certified Personal Trainer; NASM MMACS (MMA Conditions Specialist); ARC: First Aid/CPR/AED; AHA: CPR/AED


Body fat reduction/Weight loss/Muscular Development
Injury prevention/ Rehabilitation
Core Strength and Development
Sport Conditioning and Sport Specific Training (e.g. Wrestling, MMA, Volleyball, Football)


Former health club manager and director of personal training
Teaches group exercise classes (e.g. Boot Camp and core classes)
Former Jr. College and Div III wrestler
Coaching experience – high school volleyball
Participates in MMA
2008 NYS grappling/ submission wrestling champion

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