Leadership Team

Mark Harrington Sr., Founder

Gibbs J. Saunders, M.A., Managing Director

Gibbs Jennifer Saunders has been a leader in the fitness industry for over 20 years. Gibbs earned her master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Columbia University. Most recently, she specialized in youth fitness strategies and was the sole consultant for the State of New Mexico Healthy Kids program, a state-wide physical activity initiative aimed at fighting childhood obesity. Gibbs also served as the Fitness & Wellness Department Chair at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, where she developed, taught and implemented academic fitness education strategies for the college.

As the Managing Director at Healthworks Community Fitness, Gibbs has launched aggressive programming with an evidence-based approach, including Fitspiration! (a youth wellness program) and Woman, Be Fit (a physical activity and nutrition intervention program for women), both of which have brought validity and acclaim to an organization that has been recognized by Boston’s mayor for innovation in health care and reached over 350 individuals in the last year. Additionally, her approach of teaching holistic fitness integrates the relationship between a fit body and self-sufficient empowered lifestyle. Finally, Gibbs’ ability to develop and cultivate partnerships has brought new funding and dynamic partners to HCF, including Reebok, The Bruins Foundation, The Daily Table, Boston Scientific and the Harvard JFK School of Government. Contact for donations, grants, staffing, and fitness programs: gsaunders@healthworkscommunityfitness.org

HealthWorks Community Fitness Staff

Carla Webster-Reid, B.A., Fitness Director

Carla Webster-Reed is the Group Exercise and Fitness Director, as well as a key Group Fitness Instructor at HCF. Carla started off working out and took fitness class at HCF as a member while she had a full time job. Things changed when Percess approached Carla, pushing her to become a fitness instructor, because during that time there were not many women of color who were fitness instructors. Carla took the chance and applied to a program through Tufts University that focused on empowering women of color to become instructors. She was chosen for an interview and continued taking one-on-one classes along with ten other women of color to learn more about becoming a fitness instructor. With the help of the program, she went on to get an AFAA Group Exercise license. As part of the program, she was required to teach 5 classes a week in which she volunteered at HCF and various organizations throughout Dorchester and surrounding communities. Carla now has 7 years of experience in the fitness industry. Carla loves the women in her community, and is dedicated to making a change in women’s lives. She is beyond passionate about improving every women’s lifestyle, especially those diagnosed with diabetes, and chronic diseases. She strives to help them live a healthier life through the power of fitness. Carla currently has a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health from Curry College. cwebster@healthworkscommunityfitness.org

Percess Williamson, B.A., CPT

Percess is the Elderly Fitness Specialist and Head Personal Trainer at HCF. She also works in the surrounding neighborhoods, where she teaches fitness to the elderly population. Percess started her journey with HCF as a volunteer and then became a key employee. Eventually, HCF recruited her and wanted her to do more. This is exactly what Percess wanted to do; to help women take care of themselves, and put themselves first so that everything else in their life falls into place. HCF is where she finally found her roots to make an impact through fitness. Percess has over 7 years of experience in the fitness industry. She is a NASM certified personal trainer and nutrition specialist and holds a B.A. from Framingham State College. She is also a graduate of the American Academy of Personal Training. Percess’ passion is empowering women through fitness, which she demonstrates by leading HCF’s Woman, Be Fit program. Percess’ philosophy is that fitness starts by changing the way you think and, in the process, making a serious commitment to yourself. pwilliamson@healthworkscommunityfitness.org

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Lorene Thomas

Sinceree Diego, CPT