Staff Bios 2017-11-29T00:07:40+00:00

Staff Bios

Rick Opton - Owner/GM

Rick has lived in Jupiter since 1992. Prior to owning Loggerhead Fitness Rick was a Senior Sales executive working in the technology sector. Rick got his start with health clubs when he sold, installed and trained nearly 200 club owners around the country on ClubRunner software–industry specific software designed just for health clubs.

Carol Thornley - Client Success Manager

Carol grew up studying movement and dance. A student of ballet, tap, and ballroom dance,she performed in musical theater before she made the natural progression to Dance and Exercise Instructor. She opened her own studio in Manasquan N.J. which she directed and taught for almost 18 yrs.Carol loved working with Seniors and taught Zumba, Yoga and Ballroom at Senior communities throughout the North East.

Carol also has a degree in Business Administration, as well as a BA in Psychology. Over the past 5 years she decided to make a career change and achieved the Sales Manager position for a large corporate Fitness and Wellness center in Princeton, New Jersey. Still very passionate about fitness, Carol has moved her life to Florida to be closer to her family. She also spends a lot of time at the beach and near the ocean, loves weight lifting, baseball, and golf!

Emmy Jorgensen - Front Desk

Emmy’s passions are paddle boarding, kayaking, bike riding and exercise. After a 28 year career in an office environment, this is a welcome change and is happy to be a part of Loggerhead Fitness.

Natasha Holbert - Bookkeeper

Natasha was born and raised in South Florida. She has been married to Mark for over 10 years and has two children, Shyanne 20 and Preston 10. Tasha enjoys spending time with her family and friends and also enjoys playing softball.

Jeff Holland - Front Desk

Jeff is a State Investigator for the Department of Business & Professional Resolution. Jeff has been a member and Part time associate of Loggerhead Fitness for over 10 years.

Rob Mangiamele - Front Desk

Rob is an enthusiastic person always looking to assist others, especially in the gym. Growing up, he frequently participated in sports and found the competition to be fun and rewarding. Through years in the gym and actively looking for ways to get better, he found it useful to expand his horizons and constantly try new exercises. The gym atmosphere was a great way to meet people, make friends and learn to develop new healthy habits.

Nancy Cion - Front Desk

Nancy moved to Juno Beach from Long Island, NY in April 2018 to be close to her son and daughter-in-law. Her other son, who is also an MMA fighter, still resides in NY. While raising two extremely athletic sons, she spent countless hours in gyms and at sporting events supporting them in all their endeavors. She spent 25 years managing sales offices for International Biotech companies, which offered her the opportunity to travel all over the world. Traveling is her main passion. Nancy’s life motto is “The more you live, the less you die”

Maria Hitchcock - Front Desk

Maria recently moved to Jupiter, FL from Columbus, OH where she attended The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!). With her mom being a personal fitness and nutrition coach in New York, Maria was interested to work in a gym where she could be surrounded by people who are healthy, energetic and doing something proactive to improve their lives. Maria is looking forward to spending more time with her family in Florida and exploring what the area has to offer!

Felicia Madeline - Front Desk

Originally from NE Ohio, Felicia moved to Jupiter in 2011. She has two beautiful adult children that sill reside in Ohio. She has a great zest for life, and enjoys helping others and always with a smile. Felicia works full time with a local internist and enjoys being a weekend warrior on the Loggerhead Fitness Team.

Michael Dukes - Group X - Cycle

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”

Michael is a personal chef, fitness enthusiast, music aficionado, professional deejay, sales professional, and certified indoor cycling instructor. Certified thru Madd Dogg Athletics, Michael brings over 20 years of music programming experience from the dancefloor into the spin cycle class to elevate your workouts to the next level. He also has over 16 collective years in the fitness industry, and is currently working toward attaining his Certified Personal Training designation thru NASM, as well as the NASM specialization in Corrective Exercise and Golf Fitness training.