Meet the staff

Our team is here to help you reach your health and wellness goals! Stop by one of the fitness desks to say hello

Tavon Copes

General Manager

My love for fitness started with wrestling and track & field. Since then, I have participated in organized sports for over 24 years, which ultimately led me to personal training (started in 2012). My passion lies in functional training, corrective exercise and helping my clients create a healthy balance of fitness & nutrition. I believe good habits are cultivated through moderate consumption and setting realistic goals.

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Samantha Patterson

Fitness manager

I’ve recently moved down to Baltimore from South Jersey, just outside of Philadelphia. I am a former Division 2 soccer player at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I received my Bachelor’s in Exercise Science from Montclair State University. For the past six years, I’ve been coaching athletes of all ages and sports in speed, agility, and strength. I enjoy delivering a positive training experience that improves the client’s fitness and their overall wellbeing. When I’m not at the gym, I love to raise my Belgian Malinois/Dutch Shepherd puppy named Kona, travel the world, enjoy Irish music concerts, try new cooking/baking recipes, and going down to the Jersey shore.

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Reggie Cole

Assistant Manager

Reggie is the latest addition to the Cooley Center staff returning as an assistant manager. Reggie started his fitness career as a fitness specialist at the NOAA Fitness Center in Silver Spring, MD. He was soon after promoted to group exercise coordinator and relocated to the Denton A. Cooley Center. After a decade of service, Reggie was promoted to assistant manager of the Bayview Fitness Center in 2017. Reggie brings over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry as a group exercise leader, personal trainer, presenter, and instructor and in the professional dance field as a seasoned dance educator, choreographer, performer and guest artist. He is diversely skilled in group exercise teaching, step aerobics, hi/lo aerobics, circuit training, stretch/flexibility training, Pilates mat classes as well as dance for fitness. He is the author of the self-published e-book, “Crosstraining with a Dancer.” Reggie enjoys combining the best of his professional experience and physical conditioning knowledge to develop workouts and classes encouraging everyday people to find expression, inspiration, and fitness through movement.

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Marissa Wilson

Fitness Specialist

My name is Marissa! I am a professional powerlifter! I am a two time World Record Holder!! One record is in Squats with 551lbs and the other is bench with 314lbs. I also love reading and listening to music in my past time. I’m goofy and love making people laugh. I love to inspire others to be the best version they can be!

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Leo Norton

Activities Coordinator

Homegrown in Baltimore, MD. As a former professional model, I got into fitness to help maintain my size and adapt my look for different roles. As I started to learn more about the health and fitness field, I found I had a real affinity for a job in the industry. Playing sports at Cooley, basketball, racquetball & squash, helped me to find my footing and my passion for competition & coaching. When I’m not at work, you’ll find me listening to music, watching movies & shopping (finding great deals).

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Grant Badders

membership coordinator

Since I was young, I have always had a passion for sports and athletics. Being a three-sport athlete in high school consisting of Swimming, playing Soccer and Lacrosse. I continued my love for sports and athletics into college but also became much more passionate about nutrition, lifting and the overall human body and how it functions. This is why I majored in Exercise Science at Towson University. My future goals include obtaining my Personal Training certification and a Master’s Degree within my related Exercise field. In my free time I continue swimming, playing soccer, watching as many sports as I can, cooking in the kitchen or at the gym looking to become healthier and always better myself! I am an eager learner ready to help or teach anyone in the most positive way possible or through my two group fitness classes (Tackling Tabata or Upper Body Blast)!

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Ed Robinson

Fitness Specialiist

AFAA- Certified Fitness Trainer

Former Professional Boxing & Kickboxing Coach

Specialized in High intensity interval Training &

Boxing and kickboxing tutorial and fitness related training

“Your health is your wealth”

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Amour Hicks

Wellness coordinator

Amour is a Master Practitioner of Integrative Wellness & Life Coaching. From competing in various team sports such as volleyball, basketball, track & field, and flag football, to coaching athletics and teaching physical education, to even participating in various extracurricular activities involving community service as well as performing in symphony orchestras, she is truly well-rounded by nature. As the Cooley Center’s first ever Wellness Specialist, she is here to share her passion not only for health & fitness, but also for promoting optimal wellbeing through a whole-person approach in order to guide you to a paradigm shift that lasts a lifetime!

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Alejandro Butler

Fitness Specialist

Alejandro Butler is a certified personal trainer and aquatic fitness professional that has been a health and fitness coach in Maryland for nearly ten years. Alejandro began teaching water aerobics classes in 2013, and he started personal training in 2015. Alejandro’s passion for health and fitness began at a young age, and he wishes to share his enthusiasm with you. It is his mission to improve the lives and health of those in his community.

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