Our Staff & Directors

Board of Directors

Virginia Svoboda
Co-Founder, Program Director

Virginia is the owner of Venus Fitness, the co-founder of Gift of Fitness and the program director of both. She had been in the fitness industry since 2002 and had previous experience in a family business. Virginia also has twelve years of prior experience as a mortgage processor and five years of experience working as a dietician’s assistant at Condell Medical Center.

Gail Billiot

Gail has had a twenty-year career in the automotive industry as a title clerk. Since 1995, Gail has been a volunteer with the American Legion Auxiliary, Post 703, in Fox Lake. At her post, Gail has been in charge of the emergency fund and volunteers as an assistant in social activities.

Donna Gordon-Fagan

For seven years, Donna has worked for the O’Hare Airport Transportation System, and is currently a systems operator dealing with customer service and public safety. Her background includes real estate sales, and she is a licensed broker. Donna also has expertise in food sanitation and food safety law as a former caterer and worker in food and beverage service.

Gina Merritt
Co-Founder

Gina is the co-founder of Gift of Fitness.  She holds a master’s degree in nonprofit administration and has worked in the nonprofit sector for twelve years. Gina’s experience in the sector includes grant writing, donor and public relations and event planning.


Professional and Advisory Board

John Gordon

For 28 years, John has owned Gordon’s Services, a provider of independent vending services. For 18 years, he has served as chairman of the board for the Illinois Committee of Blind Vendors, a nonprofit organization advocating for business opportunities for blind men and women.

Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull

Dr. Turnbull holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Illinois/Urbana as well as a bachelor’s in biology and a doctorate of chiropractic from the National College of Chiropractic. He is certified by the Acupuncture Association of America and is a member of both the American and Illinois Chiropractic Associations. Dr. Turnbull operates Alternative Solutions Center for Chiropractic Medicine in Antioch, IL, and lectures nationally on chiropractic and oriental healing.

Laurie Ann Pitner

Laurie has been a mortgage banker for BMO Harris in Woodstock, IL, for twenty-two years. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Consumer Credit Counseling Service.


Staff

Virginia Svoboda
Program Director

Jennifer Accomaido
Instructor

Jennifer is a certified yoga instructor who has been practicing Hatha yoga since 2006. She holds a 200 hour yoga certification from the Himalayan Institute and a 200 hour yoga wellness certification from the American Viniyoga Institute. She continues to attend intensive trainings and is pursuing an interest in yoga therapy.

Dia Reeves-Saucedo
Instructor

Dia earned a group exercise certification and Boot Camp certification through AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America).  She has been instructing weekly group classes and Boot Camp at Venus Fitness in Fox Lake since September 2013.  She is currently studying to become certified as a Personal Trainer.  She has been a long time resident of Fox Lake and well known in the community.

Sherry Sink
Volunteer

Sherry holds a degree in Development and Interactive Design and in music.