Sequoia Management Team
General Manager, Sequoia Wellness at NEOMED
Executive Director, The NEW Center at NEOMED
Andy S. Malitz serves in the dual role of General Manager of Sequoia Wellness at NEOMED and Executive Director of The NEW Center at NEOMED. In this capacity Andy is responsible for the daily operations of Sequoia Wellness the medically-based community oriented wellness and fitness center located in The New Center.
Andy brings successful career experience in fitness management, marketing, sales, sales management and event production to Sequoia Wellness and NEOMED’s NEW Center. This includes over 9 years as a manager for three different fitness and wellness organizations with a focus on membership acquisition, services and retention. Additionally, Andy was with the Cleveland Cavaliers in progressively more responsible ticket sales management positions from 1984-1996. Maintaining his position as Executive Director of Taste of Hudson, the renowned Labor weekend festival, Andy also brings a spirit of community collaboration to the positions at Sequoia Wellness and The New Center.
Andy graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He currently resides in Hudson, Ohio with his wife Tammy. They have three children, Lauren (Malitz) Pace, Cory Culligan and Ally Malitz. Andy’s passions include fitness, yoga, gardening, live music and hiking in many of northeast Ohio’s parks.
Dawn McClure, Operations Manager
Dawn McClure is the Operations Manager of Sequoia Wellness. Dawn has been working in the health and wellness industry for more than seven years. She has experience as a Group Exercise Instructor teaching a variety of classes from aquatic exercise, kettlebell, Silver Sneakers and many more.
Dawn is currently attending the University of Akron's Wayne College pursuing a degree in Exercise Science and Business Management. She holds certifications for Group Exercise through AEA, NETA and AFAA.
In her free time, Dawn enjoys running, hiking, camping and spending time with her dogs, friends and family.
Jackie Smallridge, Member Services, Business Development & Community Outreach Manager
Jackie joined Sequoia in July 2014 and now serves as the Member Services, Business Development & Community Outreach Manager at Sequoia. Jackie manages the Member Services area of Sequoia developing membership promotions and campaigns. She assists members and guests with membership information, new contract set up and provides information about Sequoia's services. She works with area businesses to set up corporate memberships to provide discounted membership options and show them how Sequoia’s Corporate Advantage and Worksite Wellness Programs can be a benefit to their companies and employees. Her role in Community Outreach includes representing Sequoia Wellness at various community events to share information about membership and services. Lastly, Jackie is our Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner for the facility. This service is available through our Integrative Medicine suite.
Jackie began her career in adult education as a corporate trainer and has developed and/or facilitated a variety of programs including product and systems upgrades, regulatory compliance, leadership and management skills training. As a health educator, Jackie has developed programs and presentations on a variety of health topics such as fall prevention for the older adult, heart health, basic nutrition for adults, increasing movement & activity, and mindfulness-based stress management.
Jackie studied at Kent State University earning a Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1985 and a Masters of Education in Health Education and Health Promotion in 2017. Jackie is also a Certified Health Education Specialist having earned the CHES certification in October 2017. Jackie completed the certification process to become a Jin Shin Practitioner in June of 2012 and qualified to lead Self-Help classes and provide hand-on Jin Sin Jyutsu sessions to clients.
Jackie enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, hiking, swimming, playing the guitar and going for long drives to visit local wineries, restaurants and parks.
Jacy Watson, Fitness & Wellness Manager
Jacy studied Business Management and Kinesiology & Health at Miami University. She joined the Sequoia team in April of 2017. As the Fitness & Wellness Manager, she is responsible for the Fitness Services team, Personal Training, and Worksite Wellness programming for clients such as the NEOMED Faculty & Staff. She has a background in designing and implementing corporate health and wellness programs, as well as coaching performance fitness and functional training.
She grew up in Mantua where she played many years of soccer and ran track. Having always been passionate about the outdoors and being active, strength and conditioning have continued to play a key role in her life, both personally and professionally.
Outside of the gym Jacy spends her time with her friends, family and her two dogs, Remington and Bacardi.
Karey Higgs, Group Exercise & Programming Manager
Karey started her fitness journey 7 years ago when her first child was 8 months old. She did not always lead a healthy lifestyle and as a result became very overweight with her first pregnancy. After realizing that she had to make a change with herself and her new family, she began to take her first steps into adopting a new way of life. With changes in diet and the initiation of exercise, she lost 50 pounds!
Shortly after, she became a certified Group Exercise instructor and certified spinning instructor. She went to school at the University of Akron and earned an Associate’s Degree in Exercise Science. Karey has now been working in the Fitness industry for about 5 years. She also recently obtained a Personal Training certification. “I know what it’s like to come from being overweight and inactive, to completely turning that around and starting a new, healthy lifestyle. I used to feel awful and in pain. Exercise and diet are the best medicine and I want to help others reach their goals to feel great too!”
Karey enjoys being active with her family and going on walks, hikes and bike rides. Her 3 young children keep her on her toes at home, but she does enjoy cooking and discovering healthy new recipes to add to the family meals and snacks.