We are only as great as our members!
Every month we recognize one or two of the many unique, friendly, and hard-working individuals who are choosing to make their wellness a priority at the Duke Center for Living at Fearrington.
December 2017-Mary Lucas
A native to North Carolina, Mary graduated from Duke in 1964. Post-graduation, she spent some time working in London before returning to
the U.S. to work for the government in D.C. In the next few years she tried other opportunities in Atlanta, NYC, and Italy before completing the circle and returning to NC in 1981.
Mary went back to school for Physical Therapy, earning her B.S. from UNC in 1989. Finding her niche, she worked in hospital, outpatient, and home health settings before retiring in 2004. Mary has practiced yoga for years and has a certification from Integral Yoga. Although she doesn’t practice asanas as often as she used to, she remains committed to many yoga principles: Listen to your body; If it hurts, don’t do it; Use it or lose it; and Practice daily on and off the mat.
Mary’s husband Ken joined DCFL in 2006, but she stayed with her old gym because she “didn’t want to be with all those old folks.” Well, she finally realized that she was one of those old folks, and joined DCFL in 2007. Mary immediately noticed how much more welcoming DCFL members are than members of other gyms and saw the quality of the staff and facility. She dove right into various activities with joy and has been having fun ever since.
Mary’s workout routine consists of a firm commitment to early mornings on M/W/F, starting with a 2 mile walk/jog on the track followed by Strong & Limber. Since moving to Galloway Ridge, she attends other classes as time permits. Her favorites are Power Flow, TRX classes, and Full Body Stretch. She enjoys the hot tub as well. Mary has raved about DCFL to friends for years, in fact DCFL was a deciding factor in Ken’s and her decision to move to Galloway Ridge. In her opinion, DCFL is far superior to the exercise facilities at other local retirement communities. Recently, Mary earned a massage for referring a friend. Now massage is another favorite.
November 2017-Annie Weinreich
My name is Annie Weinreich. I was born and raised in Washington, DC and have been married to my hubby, Bill, for 52 years. We have two daughters and sons-in-law, as well as four grand kiddos. I am a retired Counseling Psychologist, and worked with newly blinded adults.
Bill and I have lived all over the country. We moved from Texas to Governors Club in 2001, and then to Galloway Ridge in March of 2016. DCFL was definitely a huge bonus! I immediately started working with Exercise Physiologist Jamie Lewis three times a week for 30 minutes per session. We work a lot on balance, which is one of my major problems, as well as core strength. I enjoy it because I can tell how far I have progressed. However, I still have a long way to go.
What motivates me to continue? Jamie himself! I love or hate him, depending on how heavy the kettlebells are that day! We laugh a lot which makes the work fly by, and I almost always look forward to the next session! I highly recommend DCFL to others, whether they are young people, or not so young people, to maintain or regain health and well being. As we age, it gets harder and takes more work, but with the excellent facilities, staff, and classes, DCFL can help us reach our goals.
October 2017 – Shirley Moore Perry
Twenty years ago, as a widow, I moved to Fearrington Village from Ohio. Two years later I met and married a widower, James Perry, from Illinois who graduated from Duke School of Law and returned here after retirement. In Ohio, I was a “stay at home mom”and an active community volunteer. In my generation (I am 90 years old) being a stay at home mom was the norm although I had a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. My DCFL membership began when the doors opened in 2005. Throughout my life I always enjoyed physical activity especially tennis and daily long walks. To have this excellent facility in the village was perfect to replace the one to which I belonged in Chapel Hill.
My workout routine is 5 or 6 days a week for 30 to 45 minutes on the Nu-Step and 30 to 45 minutes water walking and other water exercises. My motivation to continue my exercise regimen is to retain mobility. It is the best solution for dealing with my arthritic issues instead of using a wheelchair. My physicians congratulate me on maintaining my exercise routine and feel it has added to my good health and longevity.
No matter what your age, DCFL wellness center provides a comfortable atmosphere to maintain your health. I highly recommend a membership. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and provide helpful instruction tailored to your specific physical needs. In addition, as an older adult, an unexpected additional benefit turned out to be the sociability of belonging to DCFL.
September 2017 – Bonnie Helms
Bonnie spent 30 years of her life in Manhattan, holding positions in film production, the Office of the Mayor, Big Apple Circus, and Carnegie Hall. In 1997, she and her husband Skip Pohl moved to Pacific Palisades, California, where Bonnie served as a consultant to numerous cultural organizations across the United States.
Bonnie and Skip travel extensively, and in her spare time, Bonnie enjoys playing the piano and reading. With retirement upon them, Bonnie and Skip decided to move to NC in 2014. She originally fell in love with the area while at Duke for Graduate School almost 50 years prior.
They found Galloway Ridge, and now call it home. Living here, Bonnie is involved with special event programming, the library, the film seminar, and outside activities such as volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity and the Chatham Literacy Council.
Bonnie joined DCFL after moving into Galloway, and spends a lot of time here, totaling up to a couple hours, 5 days per week! Most of this time is spent doing Pilates with Kathleen, swimming, and other strength and stretching exercises on land. She has a hard time missing a day, as exercise helps so much with her flexibility, strength, and balance.
Bonnie often recommends friends in Galloway become active at DCFL. It has excellent facilities and an outstanding staff ready to help at anytime! Also, working out at DCFL helped make her strong enough to pick-up the Taj Mahal!
August 2017 – Jim Anderson
Jim is originally from Ohio. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point from 1952- 1956. Upon graduation, he was commissioned into Infantry and served in the Army for 42 years. During this time, he was awarded the Ranger Tab and commanded an Army Ranger Company. He served in Vietnam twice and was given several awards, including the Combat Infantry Badge, a Purple Heart, and more. In 1970 he led an Air Mobile Battalion into Cambodia to capture their supply caches. Upon returning home, he served in the Pentagon to help develop the All Volunteer Army. Jim then went back to school to earn his PhD from Indiana University and returned to West Point as a Professor and Department Head for 24 years before retiring in 1997.
After his retirement from West Point, Jim and his wife Joyce moved to Governors Club and formed a company, “JLA Leadership Consulting”, to help organizations develop “Leaders of Character”. He has spent the last 8 years teaching at the Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg, where he uses the Gettysburg battlefield as the classroom. In May of this year, he and his wife moved to Carolina Meadows. Jim and Joyce have been married 61 years.
Alongside his son who is also a West Point graduate, Jim published a book, “Becoming a Leader of Character: Six Habits that Make or Break a Leader at Work and at Home,” which Amazon reports is a best seller.
Jim joined DCFL while serving on the Board of Directors at Galloway Ridge. He walks on the track about three days per week and does light strength training. He is motivated to maintain good health at 84 and says his doctor is quite pleased. He would recommend DCFL to friends because the facilities and programs are outstanding. The Exercise Physiologists are always ready to help clients and all have a friendly attitude!
July 2017 – John Stell
John was born and raised in Newark, NY, a small town upstate near Lake Ontario. He attended the College of Forestry at Syracuse University, where he joined the Air Force ROTC program. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an officer in the Air Force. In the Air Force, he went through the flight training program and worked in jet fighters. Over his first 12 years, John flew a variety of fighter aircraft. He flew 164 combat missions in the F-105, many over North Vietnam. He and his wife love to travel, and were fortunate that over half of his 30-year career was spent in other countries including England, Germany, Iran, Turkey, Korea, Thailand, and Bolivia.
John was not involved in sports, aside from track, in school. His career in the Air Force however encouraged him to stay fit, which he had done his entire adult life. For John and his wife, one of the deciding factors when they moved into Galloway Ridge was DCFL. He joined immediately after moving in 2015.
John walks briskly for about 4 miles, 3 days per week. He alternates his walking days with a circuit on the weight machines. He used to run more, but has since eased up to avoid his knee giving him trouble. Walking, with the occasional jog, gets the job done!
John is motivated to continue exercising for a variety of reasons. First, it keeps his weight stable, since he likes to eat! (Who doesn’t?!) Exercise also makes him feel better, and it helps stave off, or slow mental decline. Having DCFL close by with its professional staff and fellow members leads to a sense of camaraderie which also keeps him motivated. He hates to miss a good workout!
John would certainly recommend DCFL to others in the area. DCFL is well outfitted with equipment and professional personnel, and is in a great location. There are numerous classes too that are suitable for individuals of all fitness levels.
June 2017 – Sue Blaustein
Sue moved to the Galloway Ridge-Fearrington community in June 2016 after calling Chapel Hill home for 30 years. Sports and fitness have always been a big part of Sue’s life. As a youngster in New York, she was pulled into sports by her older brother. In high school, Sue lettered in basketball, volleyball and softball. While attending the University of Pittsburgh, Sue stayed active in club sports and established a life-long love of taking long walks and hikes with friends.
As a working mom, she always made time for walking and jogging; she also fell in love with racket/paddle sports, especially tennis. Family camping, biking and hiking became additional active hobbies. Sue is now a member of DCFL and loves the fact that access to the center’s programs are literally at her back door. The nice part of going to DCFL classes is that the trainers are especially good at pointing out how to modify exercises to accommodate each person’s limitations. Sue admits that although she is as active as she has always been, she has had to make some concessions to the age of her knees and other joints.
Sue currently walks five-six miles most days and takes a variety of DCFL classes each week. These include Full Body Stretch, Zumba, Chair Pilates and more. Sue also enjoys the special dance (e.g. belly dancing) classes, and she attends various fitness clinics offered throughout the year. Through the Galloway Ridge Wellness Team, Sue has taken hikes on various sections of the American Tobacco Trail and classes like Orienteering and Scottish dancing. Sue’s guiding light, when it comes to fitness, is the advice her niece (a fitness manager) shared with her years ago: If you are trying to figure out what fitness routine is best for you, the answer is that the best routine is the one that you actually want to do (as long as you do it)!
May 2017 – Kelsey Buckner
Kelsey is a Pittsboro native, born and raised! She went to PACE Academy High School, then The Body Therapy Institute for Massage. She is currently a local massage therapist and yoga teacher.
Kelsey joined DCFL after a friend brought her one day as a guest. She has been hooked since, and has been a member for about two years. Her grandmother is also a member.
Her workout routine consists of “a little bit of everything,” but strength training is her favorite. She loves feeling the power in her muscles, especially since they support her in massage.
Her motivation comes from having fun! She enjoys her time in the gym, and loves knowing that she is strong and healthy. Through exercise she has lost fat, gained muscle, and improved her cardiovascular system! By taking the time to be her own wellness advocate, she will be rewarded not only now, but in the future.
Exercising not only keeps her physically balanced, but helps the mind as well. DCFL gives Kelsey a place where she can leave everything at the door. She says, “A good workout can train a bad day away”.
Kelsey stays busy with school, work, and exercise, but also enjoys making soap, and spending time with her boyfriend and cats. She would recommend DCFL to others because she knows that there are highly trained and skilled professionals at her fingertips. She recommends us to her friends all the time!
April 2017 – Nancy Jenkins
Nancy was born and raised just down the road in Raleigh. She went to school at UNC for Physical Therapy and calls herself a “rabid” Carolina basketball fan! Her father played JV basketball at Carolina, so she became a Tarheel fan at a very young age. She regularly attends games with her son, Jason who lives in Raleigh.
Her first job as a PT was at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. She then worked in St. Louis for 8 years before going back to school in 2001 to become a pastor. She was ordained in 2007 and first worked as a hospital chaplain at a continuing care facility in Savannah, where she loved it and all the people she met! Her last call was in Hagerstown, MD as a congregational minister, where she spent 5 years before moving to Fearrington Village in January of 2013.
Nancy has three children and four grandchildren. She also has some furry children at home: her rescued dog, Sprout, and her cat, Cobi. In her spare time she loves to garden, read, and travel. She has been on two South African safaris and considered living abroad in retirement. Her favorite book is currently A Dog’s Purpose.
Nancy is fairly new to DCFL. She originally joined because the doctor told her she would either have to lose weight or start taking insulin. Since joining in January, she has already lost 20 pounds! While it was originally about the weight loss, Nancy says she is motivated to continue exercising by the way she feels overall, and that now she needs smaller clothes! She loves to walk both at the DCFL and with her dog. She says DCFL has a wonderful atmosphere, and great people!
March 2017 – Meyer Liberman
Meyer Liberman was born and raised in Manhattan, NY where he lived for 62 years. While he had early aspirations to become a teacher, he ended up majoring in Economics at Oberlin College in 1951. He then obtained a Master of Arts in American History from Columbia University in 1952.
Meyer found a career in business, which included retail management and a travel and tour company which he founded. His travel company, headquartered in Manhattan, specialized in African Safaris. His company sent about 20,000 travelers to Africa over 20 years. At the age of 62, he moved to Chapel Hill and did real estate work in the Triangle. He stayed in Chapel Hill for 20 years before moving to Fearrington 5 years ago. Meyer has been involved in sports and physical activities such as skiing, tennis, golf, and squash his whole life, as well as running marathons until the age of 60! Upon moving to Fearrington, he immediately joined the DCFL.
Meyer works out three times per week on the aerobic machines, does lots of stretching, and makes sure to spend some time in the “wonderful” spa. He also indulges in the occasional massage from Jane. He says that while his marathon days are over, he is motivated to remain in the best shape he can and keep the good days rolling! He has one daughter, Elyse, who is also a member for the DCFL, as is his wife, Roni. Of all the health clubs he has belonged to, Meyer says the DCFL ranks high. The facility, as well as the friendliness of the staff and members at the DCFL make it a highlight of Meyer’s activities each week.
February 2017 – Terry Ransbury
Originally from Western NY State, I moved to the Triangle area in 1996 to be near my kids and eventually grandkids. My late wife and I moved to Galloway Ridge in 2007 from Holly Springs, NC and I have called this place home ever since. My first career was as a Health and Physical Education teacher and coach for high school and college students primarily in NY State. I coached basketball, football and track & field athletes and was fortunate to have had several undefeated seasons over the years. I was honored to be inducted into the Sports Halls of Fame at State University of New York at Brockport, as well as Silver Creek and Clarence High Schools. My second career was as scout for the Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears professional football teams. Before teaching, I also served in the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division back in the 1950’s. As a student athlete, avid golfer and teacher/coach, physical fitness has always been a priority of mine, so coming to DCFL was a natural fit. I’ve been coming to work out off and on for the past 9 years as a resident of Galloway Ridge and member of DCFL. I try to get some exercise in every day whether walking, strength-training, stretching or calisthenics. In this past year, I’ve been working in one-on-one personal training sessions with Jamie and they have served as a bridge from physical therapy sessions I was doing after recovering from a fall last year. This one-on-one time has helped keep me motivated and focused to gain back strength, balance and mobility that I lost because of the fall. My dream is to get back on the golf course one day!
Seeing continued improvement keeps me motivated to coming back. I also rely on the expert advice of my trainer to keep me on the right track. Coming to DCFL has helped with balance, strength, heart health and general well-being, and working out is an important part of my week. The facilities here are very nice and in addition, the staff and trainers are also top-notch! It is a great place to work out. I have and would recommend DCFL to others and have enjoyed my time here.
January 2017 – John and Emily Cocowitch
John & Emily Cocowitch moved to Fearrington Village in October of 2015 from Prince William County, Virginia after living 25 years in the DC metro area. This move followed John’s 2nd retirement from the Department of the Navy (DON) as a Federal Civilian Employee at the Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, VA for 13 years where he was a senior Program Manager and member of the Defense Acquisition Community. The son of a career Naval Aviator, John was born in Washington, DC but lived in VA, CA, FL, ME, RI, NC and Canada during his Dad’s 31 year career. He is a graduate of Georgia Tech but holds multiple additional Master’s degrees.
Emily is a native Tar Heel, growing up in Raleigh, NC. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and began her teaching career in Virginia Beach, VA where she met John, who was serving as a mine and bomb disposal officer. She continued to teach elementary school and worked in both public and law libraries in Northern Virginia. John & Emily began their Navy life together in 1974 in a 30 year active duty career that took them to Hawaii, California, Maryland, Virginia, and England.
They have two grown, married sons and seven grandchildren under the age of 6 years. They joined DCFL soon after moving to Fearrington. They wanted to continue their fitness activities, plus many of their new acquaintances recommended that they join. Emily enjoys the group classes and is a regular participant in cardio, CORE, Strong & Limber, and Total Body Stretch. John uses the track, the Keiser machines and the pool. The group camaraderie, superb equipment, fabulous instructors and the act of staying fit, keep us motivated. Staying active and engaged with fitness and other people, gives a sense of well-being and health. They definitely recommend the DCFL for the Fun, Fitness and Friendship!