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Pete Bakis

General Manager & CEO

Pete Bakis was 9 years old when he came to the United States from Rhodes, Greece to live with his aunt and uncle to pursue his education. He received his AS in Science from Yuba College and his BS from U.C. Davis in Biochemistry. He has 18 years experience in all aspects of the health and fitness industry and has been with the Yuba City Racquet club since 1984. Pete enjoys golf, tennis, computers and gardening in his spare time.

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Becky Ray

Membership Director

Becky Ray is our Director of Sales and Marketing.  She procures new memberships and helps current members with any changes to their existing memberships.  Born and raised in Yuba City, Becky worked six years for us until 1997, when she relocated to Chico to pursue her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a Paralegal Certificate as well.  She returned to us in August of 2002 and began her current position in September of 2003.  Her hobbies include spending time with her friends and family, tennis, shopping, movies, and reading.  "I love Yuba City," she says, "because of my great family, friends and the Racquet Club!"

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Victoria Kuiken

Membership Services

Having been in the fitness industry for the last 14 years, Victoria Kuiken, more commonly known as Vickie, is our Member Service Director. Vickie is responsible for the delicious workings found in the deli as well as handles the front desk's scheduling, traffic volume, and day-to-day processes and operations as well as sales, members' services, and coordinates special events. She began working with us in February of 1989 just shortly after moving out to our area from her native Minnesota. Born in Olivia, Minnesota, Vickie is joined here in town by her husband Don and children Stephanie, Ashley and Christopher. For Vickie the best ways to relax include playing tennis, snow skiing, camping and swimming.

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John Morton

Tennis Director

John was 10 years old when he began playing tennis at the Yuba City Racquet and Health Club. He grew up in the YCRC junior programs and thanks to their excellent coaching, he played tennis for Sutter Union High School. John went on to play singles and doubles for the Sonoma State Men's Tennis Team while he attended college as a Sociology major. After coaching tennis in various Sonoma County tennis clubs, while also co-teaching an introduction to tennis class for Sonoma State University, John has returned to Sutter County to join the great coaching staff at the YCRC.

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Cyndi Shatswell

Group Exercise/Pilates Director

Cyndi Shatswell brings a wealth of education to the Yuba City Racquet Club. She has been in the field since 1988. She has an AS degree in Physical Education and holds certifications from The American Council on Exercise as a Group exercise instructor, Personal Trainer, and Weight Management Councilor. She is a certified Medical Exercise Specialist through AAHFP and a traditionally trained Pilates instructor with over 650 hours of training. Cyndi also does over 45 hours of continuing education each year. As the Group Exercise Director she is responsible for over 70 classes a week. In addition, she is available for personal training and private pilates sessions. Cyndi has two daughters: one is a hairdresser and no longer lives at home, and one is a student at the Marysville Charter Academy for the Arts. She enjoys water and snow skiing, camping, biking, and traveling.

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Katey Ulrich

Kids Programming Director

Katey is well-known in the Yuba-Sutter community for her preschool and school-age program management, and we are very excited to have her! 

Katey holds a BA in Psychology, a Child Development Associate certification, and a Director Certification for Early Childhood Education Preschool programs.

Married with four children, Katey wants you to know "after all these years working with children, I still feel deeply satisfied in my career choice. Working with children and teachers on a daily basis is rewarding, valuable, and enjoyable."
 

Terry Townsend

Maintenance Director

Terry Townsend is our Maintenance Director here at the Yuba City Racquet Club, having been with us since October 1st of 2001. Terry has very quickly become an invaluable asset to the staff as we see him spear heading many projects that have been troublesome in the past and working with them till they are truly taken care of. He attends classes as he can to supplement his knowledge of things like chemicals and electrical. Terry has lived in our area for the last ten years, but hails to us from the Redwood City, California area where he was born. After graduating high school, Terry attended DeAnza College in Cupertino (AS), and then San Jose State University majoring in Business, Sales and Marketing. Terry has a fabulous wife Tarey and two daughters Ashley and Marissa, who enjoy accompanying Terry camping, hiking, fishing, riding horses, raising birds, playing tennis and landscaping.

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