Mary Nicola Mizerany May 2017

This month’s member spotlight is best known at the Club for her bubbly personality and beautiful smile which lights up the room when she enters. Mary Nicola Mizerany has always had that charm, along with true talent to boot.   At 17 years old, she was well-known as Mary Norleen, singer and performer, who entertained with the likes of stars such as Dick Clark, Danny Thomas & Hugh Hefner.

She got her start at only 15 when she asked her father to take her to an audition being held by KTVI, and it took off from there. Singing on Joe Reynolds “Showcase” led her to Joe Schirmer’s Orchestra on TV’s “Dixieland in St. Louis” and then performing with the Johnny Polzin’s Orchestra aboard the Admiral.   Her singing career took her to places she never imagined – from TV with KTVI, KSD, KMOX radio and nightclubs from Chicago to Las Vegas.  Record labels followed and among her hits, “All You Ever Do is Hurt Me” and “Is It Any Wonder”.

Mary later fell in love and settled down, having 2 beautiful daughters, who are also members of the CAC, Maria Sells & Nicole Genevese, and one awesome son, CJ. One thing that has never changed is her love of fitness, and Mary enjoys staying active with all the great fitness classes at the CAC

Carla Grumke April 2017

CAC Member, Carla Grumke, thrives on staying busy and loves meeting new people while she balances a hectic schedule being a performer, artist, avid tennis player and mom.  Over the last decade at the CAC, we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Carla both on the courts and on the stage.

Carla’s true passion is singing and she is the female vocalist of the Everyday People Band whom she’s been performing with for over five years playing at various CAC pool parties as well as summer concerts and private events.  Everyday People is a 7-8 piece variety band with a brass section who can perform a wide selection of current pop hits as well as classic old time rock n’ roll favorites.   For more details and to book an event with The Everyday People Band, visit their website at:   https://everydaypeoplestl.com/.  When she’s not performing or playing tennis, Carla works full time as a hair stylist at Tony Russo’s Hair Designs in Ellisville.  She is always happy to meet new clients, and can be reached for appointments by text or calling 314-435-1873.

Dr. Greg & Susan Finn March 2017

Working their way through college at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor in the 80s turned out to be much more rewarding than either of them imagined – it was a match made in heaven for Greg & Sue Finn. The two lovebirds moved to St. Louis in 1988 for Greg to attend Wash U Med School, and Sue was a clinical research nurse at WUMS.

Greg was born to be a pediatrician, and kids always gravitated towards him. His vision was to build a practice that could accommodate a variety of patients & families with an emphasis on the best medical practices in a compassionate, kid-friendly environment to help patients be their healthiest. In 1997, after child #3 came along, Sue became a stay-at-home mom while Greg built his practice, Bluefish Pediatrics. Today, Bluefish Pediatrics consists of 4 doctors, two female MDs and two male MDs, all who have been chosen as “St Louis Best Doctors” and listed in St. Magazine for the past 10 years!

In his free time, Greg enjoys woodworking, hiking, running, gardening, cycling and learning to play tennis at the Club. Sue enjoys the CAC fitness classes, reading, cycling, gardening, hiking, traveling and any kind of creative endeavor! And, they both love spending family time with their 3 children (+1 fiance’)!

For more information on Blue Fish Pediatrics, visit them at: bluefishpeds.com or call (314) 966-8500 or email: bluefishpediatrics@gmail.com

 

Jim Baldanza February 2017

February’s Spotlight member is none other than Jim Baldanza, aka ‘CAC Racquetball Guru’. Jim has been playing racquetball since 1978 when he played his first game in a New Jersey Club where they were preparing for the worst snow storm in over a decade. With already 4 inches on the ground & more coming down, their plan was to play until they were tired, then ride out the storm in the bar next door. They were about an hour away from part B of the plan when they heard a knock on the door – “You guys ever played this game before?” asked a guy wearing a NY Yankee hat. With their mouths still wide open they managed a “no sir Mr. Berra”! Jim would like to credit Yogi for teaching him how to play the game, but that would be stretching it a bit since he never did play Yogi on the courts.

Jim’s love of racquetball grew, and he’s been playing at the CAC since 1986. He enjoys teaching beginners about the sport and even offers a racquetball summer camp for kids. Jim’s also the ‘go to guy’ when it comes to coordinating round robins, mixed league play and welcoming new members. So if you’re looking to learn a new court sport, he’ll get you going in the right direction! Call Jim at 314.422.8804 or email jimdanza@gmail.com.

 

Dr. Cynthia Fleck January 2017

January’s Member & Business Spotlight, Dr. Cynthia Fleck, has a long list of accolades, including being the reining Mrs. Missouri 2016 and 5th Runner-Up at Mrs. USA as well as Mrs. Chesterfield 2016. A Southeast Missouri State BS, Fontbonne University MBA, University of Texas, Houston Medical School and University of Monterrey PhD alumna, Cynthia is an advanced practice nurse & business owner of a medical/surgical/biotech/education/expert witness consulting firm and serves on the Board of Directors of the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists, is Assistant Chief Editor of their peer-reviewed journal, and is Scientific Co-Chair of the Desert Foot Medical/Surgical Conference. She recently kicked off a national campaign to increase the awareness of the importance of diabetic foot exams called, “Show Me Your Sole.” An activist for the American Diabetes Association, and the Save a Leg, Save a Life Foundation, Cynthia’s passion is to provide advanced skin care and prevention of wounds for those living with diabetes, and with her extensive knowledge of diabetic foot care, she is often sought out to lecture and publish globally. She has published close to 400 peer-reviewed articles, research, scholarly chapters and edited one book. “Diabetic foot care issues plague more than 11 percent of Missourians, along with many of my patients,” Cynthia added, “I am delighted to represent the great State of Missouri & City of Chesterfield while raising awareness for diabetic foot care & amputation prevention.” Mayor of Chesterfield, Bob Nation proclaimed 16 May “Cynthia Fleck Day” in the City of Chesterfield to honor the resident.

Cynthia enjoys working out almost every day at the CAC with her husband, Randall Barker, another local business owner and CEO of In10T, providing independent guidance to tackle the digitalization of agriculture with data science driven solutions to meet business and customer needs. They are both dedicated to fitness and wellness for life. For more information, contact Dr. Cynthia Fleck at Cynthia Fleck & Associates, LLC (314) 518-3846 or at cynthiafleck@sbcglobal.net

Ellie Burger December 2016

ellie-burgerCAC tennis member, Ellie Burger, a senior at St. Joseph’s Academy, is known as the “rock star” of St. Joe’s tennis team, “That is because she is indeed our star & she is the rock of the St. Joe’s team,” coach Doug Smith said. Ranked No. 10 player in Missouri Valley & 219th nationally according to the Tennis Recruiting.net’s class of 2017 rankings, she compiled a 58-9 singles record in high school, playing in the No. 1 spot her final two seasons.   Ellie earned a runner-up finish in the state tournament & first-team all-state honors each of the last two seasons, and owns three combined career district & sectional titles in singles & doubles.

None of this came easy for Ellie though who missed her entire sophomore season after undergoing hip surgery to repair a torn labrum. After much determination and nearly a year of grueling rehab, Elle was back in full force with “a terrific competitive spirit complemented by a warm heart,” Coach Smith said. “When the championship match at state was over, instead of the mere obligatory handshake Ellie ran to the net and gave her old friend Caroline Pozo a sincere hug. It speaks volumes about Ellie’s character.”

Athleticism runs in the Burger family – Ellie’s mother, Shannon, won a state doubles championship for Lindbergh High back in 1984 and went on to play at the University of Evansville — Ellie’s dad, Mike, played baseball at Evansville. Ellie’s brother, Jake, is a standout on the baseball team at Missouri State, and Ellie just signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Missouri State next year.

Missouri State tennis coach Mallory Weber spoke highly of her new addition to the 2017-18 season, “We are happy to welcome Ellie to the Bear family. She has proven results throughout her high school career and also in USTA tournaments. Ellie comes from a very athletic family and her game & style of play is no exception. The sky is the limit for how she can keep improving in college and help our program.”

Morgan & Janice Shank November 2016

Our November member & business spotlight features ATA Martial Arts, owned by members, Morgan & Janice Shank.  A 6th degree Black Belt, Master Certified Instructor & Krav Maga Instructor, morgan-and-janiceMorgan (Master Shank) has an impressive background with several Missouri State Titles and as World Top Ten Competitor.  His wife & business partner, Janice, is a fierce competitor as well holding a 4th degree black belt and winning World Champ in 2009 and 2010.  Together they have trained top world competitors and helped kids have more confidence through martial arts training.   They share a real passion for using martial arts to change people’s lives for the better by developing their minds & bodies.  At their Chesterfield Martial Arts facility, they foster an environment for children to become more confident, disciplined & focused – thus reaching their full potential while having fun in the process!   Their Adult Martial Arts program helps develop an unshakable confidence as self-defense skills rise.  Classes are open to men and women, boys and girls of all ages, fitness levels & experience levels.

Looking to step it up a notch?  Try Krav Maga, this martial arts is adults only and an eclectic hand-to-hand combat system, originally developed in Israel to teach special forces, considered the most practical self-defense system in the world.

Master Shank attributes much of his accomplishments to the great discipline & respect that martial arts has allowed him to develop.  The Shanks truly believe that anyone can achieve their goals if they are determined to put the work forth to achieving those goals.  They invite you to visit ATA Martial Arts online at www.STLATA.com, call 636.532.4282 or 17361 Edison Avenue, Chesterfield, MO 63005.

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Lori Potthast October 2016

lori-potthast-member-spotlight-october-2016Since it is breast cancer awareness month, we’re featuring one of our members who is a survivor, Lori Potthast. Lori & her family have been CAC members since 2005 & what she loves most about the Club are the people, Lori adds, “they make working out much more fun & are great motivators.  I also love the classes and the trainers.”

Lori was diagnosed with a rare Triple Negative Breast Cancer in June 2015. Only 15% of all breast cancers are Triple Negative, & there are no known therapies to stop it from returning.  Lori went through 8 chemo treatments every 2 weeks, followed by a double mastectomy & reconstruction surgery.  She feels lucky though that she did not need radiation. The hardest part she said was losing her hair, although it was entertaining to watch her kids wear her wig!

Lori had her mammogram 6 months earlier & it did not find the tumors. She was actually working out at the Club & went to wipe sweat off her chest when she felt the lump. After a biopsy, the doctor confirmed it was cancer.  Since they have no family history, she was completely shocked.  Lori worked out up until her 5th Chemo treatment.  At that point, she received a new drug with side effects that kept her from going to the gym.  About 6 weeks after her surgery she was able to go back, and after a couple of months, she was back to her old self!   Her advice to women going through this is to try to keep your life as normal as possible during treatment, exercise & eat healthy.  Lori continued to work full time & go to the Club during her treatment.  She really looked forward to seeing friends at the Club; it made working out a great stress reliever, plus the trainers & club members were great moral support for her. Trainer/Instructor Benita Perkins was always cheering her on!

You may not recognize them all grown up, but both Potthast kids, Emily & Andrew, worked at the CAC doing lifeguarding, kids camp & fitness. Now they both live in Manhattan – Emily as a Production Assistant at CBS’s Inside Edition working for Deborah Norville, & Andrew recently promoted and selling medical equipment used to diagnose & treat lung cancer.  They love living in the big city!

Through all of this Lori recalls having the best memory with her family last June when they all participated in the St. Louis Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure.  Both Andrew & Emily flew in along with all of their friends who span out from California to Texas to right here in Missouri.  Her extended family also came out to show their support! After the race, she had a pink themed party where “200” of their closest friends & family came out to celebrate. Lori adds, “It was a day/night that I will never forget and am truly blessed to be surrounded by such loving people.”

Lori & Joe Heidbrink September 2016

This month’s member spotlight may bring back some memories – years ago Lori Heidbrink was a CAC Front Desk attendant and even met her husband, Joe, at the club when he was driving the shuttle for the Doubletree.  Fast forward 15+ years, Lori and Joe came back to the CAC – this time as members, and they were ready to get healthy & back in shape again.  Lori had been with a trainer from another club who was trying to push her into more sessions than she could do, and he told her she would fail only coming to him once a week.  After 3 sessions, she was finished with him.  lori & joeToday, Lori proudly states that since starting 3 months ago she is just shy of being down 20 pounds and a waist size or two – while seeing muscles popping out that she didn’t even know she had!  And Joe, who’s been at it for 4 months is down over 30 lbs!  Lori’s favorite things at the club are the Ultimate Dumbbell Conditioning and Interval Power Hour fitness classes instructed by CAC personal trainer, Monroe Harrison.   When she first started, he teased her that she was only coming to get ready for vacation and that she had better be back – and she has been!  He sees that she is determined, and he motivates her to push herself harder to achieve results.  In Lori’s words, “I don’t know how to explain it, but it just makes me feel good that someone like Monroe can see something in me and has the confidence in me that I can really do it, when I don’t necessarily think I can. And the best part is that the classes are included with membership!”

Now nearing 40, Lori and Joe have 2 boys who love coming to the club and doing summer camps, swim team and even Tot Drop!  Lori’s advice, “I am the Queen of excuses. But not anymore!  Get to the gym and exercise!  And when you’re there, tell Monroe that “L” sent ya!”

Nick Peters- August Spotlight

Nick PetersIf you’re a morning person, you’ve likely seen Nick Peters and the rest of the Romeos in the Club lobby sipping coffee and solving the world problems.  And Nick’s got some stories to share.  He served in Vietnam in the Air Force 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron running communications and when he returned after the war, he worked for AT&T as the National Service Manager until he retired at the ripe old age of 58!  He’s played tennis for over 30 years with interclub and USTA, and he feels that Paul Tobin has been a great mentor for him.  He learned not only how to play well, he also learned the importance of staying fit – after he recovered now from having a shoulder rebuilt, both knees scoped and 3 blood clots removed – he works out regularly & trained with Julia to put together a plan.  Through all of this though, the loss of his wife was the hardest; and he learned to make the most of every minute for you know not when it will be your last.  He has since taken up something he has always enjoyed and is now a talented cabinet maker, and takes the opportunity whenever he can to help others improve their game on the tennis courts, and on the golf course.  Next time you see him in the lobby with the Romeos, give Nick a shout out!