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Our Staff

Our trained staff members are all degreed or certified as fitness instructors, personal trainers or nutrition professionals. For your health and safety, each one is certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). All of our staff is committed to serving your fitness and wellness needs to empower you to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Manager

Ashley Scott

Ashley Scott

Manager
Ashley started working at HealthQuest in 2003 as the Aquatic Coordinator and 2008 became the Director. She is originally from Winston-Salem but moved to Kenly, NC in 2001. Ashley graduated from East Carolina University in 2001 and her hobbies include exercise, arts, crafts and spending time with her husband and two children.

Aerobics

Charlene Myers

Charlene Meyers

Aerobics Instructor
Charlene started working at HealthQuest in 2006. She is originally from Randleman, NC and currently lives Clayton. Charlene is a graduate of North Carolina State University and is a certified Land Group Fitness Instructor. Her hobbies include teaching aerobics, outdoors adventures and hiking.

Debbie Sanders

Debbie Sanders

Aerobics Instructor
Debbie started working at HealthQuest in 2004. She is a native of Smithfield and retired Johnston County school teacher. Her hobbies include spending time with family, loves to dance/shag and reading.

Leslie Ingram

Leslie Ingram

Aerobics Instructor
Leslie started working at HealthQuest in 2007. She graduated from UNC-Wilmington in 2002 with a BS in Business Management and a minor in Music. She was certified as a dance educator in 2002 by Dance Masters of America. Leslie’s hobbies include dancing and working at her dance studio in Princeton.

Kellie Dieffenback

Kellie Dieffenback

Aerobics Instructor
When Kellie started taking cycling classes she enjoyed it so much she decided she wanted to become an instructor!  She completed her certification through IFTA in early 2019 and began teaching cycling classes at HealthQuest in April 2019.  Kellie works at Chic-fil-a and Johnston County Schools.  She is very energetic, outgoing and passionate about her spin classes.  Kellie also likes for everyone to know that she is a very loving person that has autism and is awesome in many ways.

Brittani Watson

Brittani Watson

Walk15 Fitness Instructor
Brittani started working at HealthQuest in September of 2019. She is from Selma, NC and refers to herself as small town country girl who loves singing, teaching voice and guitar lessons and simple things, like walking! She’s been a Walk 15 instructor since 2018 and has testimonies of how Walk15 produces amazing results! Come, take a quick walk with Brittani and become a statistic of your own amazing results!


Johnnie Lee

Aerobics Instructor
Johnnie has been working at HealthQuest as a water aerobics instructor since 2013. Johnnie retired after 40 years as a registered nurse. Prior to retirement, she became certified in water aerobics as she had personally found many health benefits from water exercise. In addition to activities at HealthQuest, Johnnie is married, has two grown children, and three most wonderful grandchildren. She enjoys swimming, quilting, painting and traveling (especially to Hawaii). Johnnie’s goal at HealthQuest is to encourage others on their journey to improved physical health.

Bonnie Gray, HealthQuest Aerobics Instructor

Bonnie Gray

Aerobics Instructor
From Lexington, NC, Bonnie relocated to Smithfield in November of 2019 and joined HealthQuest staff in January, 2020. She holds Certifications in Silver Sneakers, Lifeguarding and Aquatic Instruction. For the past 12 years she worked in the Aquatics and Health/Wellness Departments at J. Smith Young. Bonnie enjoys the outdoors and spending time with family.

Paula Waters, HealthQuest Aerobics Instructor

Paula Waters

Aerobics Instructor
Paula Waters joined HealthQuest as a certified fitness group instructor in February of 2020. She is a firm believer in making great food choices and the “Exercise is Medicine" movement. With combined passion for health, exercise, love and zeal for life and people, she stirs up the desire in others to become and live healthier and happier lifestyles! Paula is all smiles, has a positive attitude, energetic and enthusiastic! She believes exercise should be fun; therefore, her classes are structured this way! You are ensured to have a great experience, exercising at your level, while breaking a good sweat in the process with lasting boosted morale! 

Aquatics

Kendra Bescher

Kendra Bescher

Aquatics Coordinator
Kendra began working at HealthQuest in May of 2016 as a Swim Instructor. She graduated from Meredith College with a degree in Business Management in 2004. Kendra is a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard, American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor, USA Swim Coach and a Certified Pool Operator. Her hobbies include SCUBA Diving, crafts, playing flyball with her 3 dogs and spending time with her husband and daughter.


Barbara Narron-Cates

Aquatic Trainer
Barbara started working at HealthQuest in 2005. She was born in Braswell, New Mexico but has lived in Micro most of her life. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, Land Group fitness instructor, kickboxing and SilverSneakers. Her hobbies include spending time with family and running.

Janie Robinson

Janie Robinson

Aquatic Trainer
Janie started working at HealthQuest in 2018. She grew up in Fuquay-Varina, NC and graduated from Campbell University with a B.S. in Sport Management. She also played softball in college until her sophomore year. She has been a lifeguard since 2012, a swim instructor since 2015, and holds a Certified Pool Operator Certification. Her hobbies include going to baseball games, working out, and spending time with her family.

Denise Ellis

Denise Ellis

Aquatics Instructor

Lifeguards

Chris Hopson

Christopher Hopson

Lifeguard
Chris began working at HealthQuest in August of 2016 as a Lifeguard and has been working as a Lifeguard since 2015. Chris is currently dual enrolled in high school and attending Johnston Community College studying welding. Chris’ hobbies include hiking, backpacking, camping, adventuring, rock climbing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, white water rafting and welding.

Hayley Whittemore

Hayley Whittemore

Lifeguard
Hayley joined HealthQuest Aquatics staff in 2019. She is a resident of Princeton, NC. She attends Princeton High School where she is a cheerleader and a 2019 graduating senior. She enjoys everything outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Aislin-Anne Brown

Aislinn-Anne Brown

Lifeguard
Aislin-Anne started working with HealthQuest in June of 2019. She is a student of Corinth Holders High School, Johnston Community College, and North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. In her spare time she loves reading, science and is passionate about keeping animals from going extinct.

Trace Shirley

Trace Shirley

Lifeguard
Trace began working at HealthQuest in November of 2019. He is currently enrolled at Johnston Community College in Smithfield, NC with plans to continue his education at North Carolina State University located in Raleigh, NC. His goal is to become an agriculture teacher. He enjoys hanging out with friends and going to the beach.

Clinical Dietitian

Heather Davies

Heather Davies

Clinical Dietitian
Heather has been working for Johnston Health as a Clinical Dietitian since 2017 and officially joined HealthQuest in 2019. She was raised in New Jersey, graduated with a bachelors in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Akron, then completed her internship through Syracuse University.  Heather is an avid bowler, she loves trying new foods, traveling, and playing board games with friends and family.

Massage Therapy

Marci Thames, Massage Therapist at HealthQuest Fitness & Wellness Center.

Marci Thames

Massage Therapist
Marci started working at HealthQuest in July 2012 and is a Certified Neuromuscular Therapist. She is originally from Texas but moved to North Carolina in 2006.

Julie Kornegay

Julie Kornegay

Massage Therapist
Julie began working at HealthQuest in January of 2017 as a licensed massage therapist. She received her Massage License in 2016 and earned her degree in Therapeutic Massage (AAS) in May of 2017. Julie lives in Clayton with her husband and has been blessed with three daughters and two granddaughters. Julie enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Angela Harrington

Angela Harrington

Massage Therapist
Angela started working at HealthQuest in May 2019 as a certified massage therapist. She received her license in June 2010, and her mother is also a massage therapist. She enjoys spending time with her sons watching movies, four wheeling, or going to the beach.

Personal Training

Eric Rothman

Eric Rothman

Health & Wellness Specialist
Eric started working at HealthQuest in 2003 and currently lives in Raleigh. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelors Degree in Sports Management in 2000. Has over 17 years of Personal Training experience and is an American College of Sports Science certified Personal Trainer. His hobbies include playing tennis, basketball and spending time with his family.

Frankie Benavidez

Frankie Benavidez

Health & Wellness Specialist
Frankie began his career at HealthQuest in January of 2012 as an intern. He graduated from East Carolina University with a BS degree in Health Fitness Specialist. He is also a certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. His hobbies include running, lifting weights, training for Spartan Races and walking his dog Duckie.

Sam Barbour

Samantha "Sam" Barbour

Health & Wellness Specialist
Sam started calling HealthQuest her “work home” in 2013. Sam graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology.  She has over 10 years of experience in the health and human performance industry.  She is certified as a Personal Trainer, Youth Fitness Trainer, Rescue and Master Scuba Diver. Her hobbies include scuba diving, any outdoor adventure, and pursuing her passion for community outreach

Ashley C. Maher

Ashley Maher

Health & Wellness Specialist
Ashley started working at HealthQuest in September of 2018. She previously lived in New Jersey where she worked as a Health Fitness Specialist and moved back to her hometown of Garner, NC during the summer of 2018. Ashley received her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from East Carolina University. She is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Her hobbies include watching Netflix, crafts, and playing with her dog.

Service Representatives

Amanda Johnson

Amanda Johnson

Service Representative
Amanda started working at HealthQuest in 2007. She graduated from South Johnston High School in 2004 and currently lives in Four Oaks. Amanda’s hobbies include shopping and playing with her four children.

Terri T. Williamson

Terri T. Williamson

Service Representative
Terri T. Williamson began working at HealthQuest in May 2019. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. Terri graduated from high school in 1996 and studied Psychology at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She has lived in Smithfield since 2015. Her hobbies include taking walks, traveling and spending time with her 2 teenage daughters.

Amanda Beckert

Amanda Beckert

Service Representative/ Sitter

Amanda started working at HealthQuest in 2018. She is from Princeton, NC and has worked in child care since 2013. She has her associate’s degree in Graphic Design from Pitt Community College. Her passion is working with children and helping others, and her hobbies include spending time with her family and son. She also loves to play and watch sports, enjoys photography and meeting new people.

Betty Moreno

Beatriz Moreno

Service Representative
Beatriz is better known as Betty! She was born and raised in Smithfield, NC and has been teaching dance fitness for over 2 years. She currently attends Wake Tech to get her associate's degree in Human Services.

Ancillary

Reba Mason

Reba Mason

Sales & Marketing Representative
Reba started working at HealthQuest in 2019. She was born and raised in North Carolina and has her Associate’s Degree in Commercial Art and Advertising Design. She has also been an ordained minister-pastor for 20 years. She enjoys spending time with her family.

Kim Langdon

Kim Langdon

Membership Account Specialist
Kim started working at HealthQuest in 2016 as the Membership Account Specialist, with 10+ years of local banking experience.  She is originally from Smithfield and currently lives in Four Oaks. She enjoys spending time with her son and volunteering with Johnston County Schools and Hopewell FWB Church.

Sitters

Kamryn Foy

Kamryn Foy

Sitter
Kamryn started working at HealthQuest in 2016. She graduated from Johnston County Early College Academy and Johnston Community College with Associates of Arts in 2019. Kamyrn is currently enrolled at UNCW majoring in Nursing and doubling minor in Biology and Health. Her hobbies include dancing, watching sports, playing basketball, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Jada Santiago

Jada Santiago

Sitter
Jada started working at HealthQuest in 2018. She is from Pine Level and currently attends UNCW majoring in Biology in order to become a P.A. She plays on the softball team, and her hobbies include playing sports, spending time with her family, and going to the beach.

Amberlyn Pearce

Amberlyn Pearce

Sitter

Hanna Parker

Hanna Parker

Sitter
Hanna is a high school senior at South Johnston High School. Her plans are to major in Nursing at Campbell University. She has worked at HealthQuest since the fall of 2017. Hanna has been a certified lifeguard for over three years now. In her spare time, she enjoys painting and working out.

Logan Byrd

Logan Byrd

Sitter

Kelley Barbour

Kelley Barbour

Sitter

Kelley has been an employee with Johnston Health Hospital since 2013. Along with working in the lab at Johnston Health, she recently joined HealthQuest to assist with Sitter Service. Kelly is energetic, positive and strives to put her best foot forward in caring for all patients and children. She enjoys spending time with her family.

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Upcoming Events

  • Jul
    14
    Tuesday
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Our breastfeeding classes offer pregnant women and their partners the chance to prepare and ask questions before the baby’s arrival.
  • Jul
    21
    Tuesday
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    **For the health and safety of everyone, the Diabetes Support Group is suspended until further notice. Thank you for understanding.** Living with diabetes is a struggle, but it can be made easier by taking advantage of resources and support right here in Johnston County, NC.
  • Aug
    11
    Tuesday
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Our breastfeeding classes offer pregnant women and their partners the chance to prepare and ask questions before the baby’s arrival.
  • Aug
    18
    Tuesday
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    **For the health and safety of everyone, the Diabetes Support Group is suspended until further notice. Thank you for understanding.** Living with diabetes is a struggle, but it can be made easier by taking advantage of resources and support right here in Johnston County, NC.