Meet a Mom: Katie Werthman and Katie Dreher - Libertyville Area Moms
Hello! Please introduce yourself. 
Katie Werthman and Katie Dreher
Where are you from and how long have you lived in town? What brought you
to the area?
Katie W.- I am the GM with Katie D for Club Pilates in Buffalo Grove, Libertyville and Gurnee.
Katie D.- I live in Elgin, but work in Libertyville.
Do you have child(ren)? Age(s)?
Katie W.- I have two daughters who are 18 and 21 years old who attend DePaul University and with with us at our Club Pilates Studio.
What are your favorite things to do in the area with and without your kids?
Family friendly restaurant? Date night? 
Katie W.-  I love to work with Katie D and the rest of our amazing staff. It is such a pleasure to be able to work with my girls too. We live in the area and have horses in the area. We spend a lot of our free time at the Barn with our two horses and pony.
Katie D- I love the Libertyville Farmers Market. Club Pilates participated several times over the summer this year and enjoyed seeing all the residents and local businesses!
In addition to the restaurants you mentioned, can you share your TOP 5 favorite local businesses? It could be stores that you frequent for clothes, kids, home decor, healthcare, fitness, wellness, beauty salons or spas, or family resources (photographer, financial advisor, lawyer). We lovesupporting local.

Katie W. – Club Pilates is where I spend most of my time working and enjoying classes myself. Not only do I enjoy being GM I enjoy partnering with many businesses in our community. We help with food drives for our local Food Pantries, partner with Animal rescues to collect donations and with Youth Service Organizations to help collect gifts, diapers and backpacks for DCFS children. We also have pop ups for local businesses trying to help them and have fun events in the studios.

Katie D.- Lolo’s Bowls and of course Club Pilates!

What are your favorite places to travel near and far and why?
Katie W.- Grand Cayman
Tell us about your business/organization. 

Katie W.- Club Pilates is for EVERYBODY. We offer many different levels of classes and even privates for those who need more 1 on 1 than a group class. We have members from teens all the way up to in their 80’s. We offer classes using Reformers and spring resistance for full body exercises. Come see why so many members have said how Club Pilates has changed their lives.

Katie D. -We are a locally owned Club Pilates studios in Libertyville, Gurnee, North Buffalo Grove and East Lake Forest We are a Pilates studio that specializes in Group and Individual Pilates sessions with 6 different class types at 3 different levels. There is something for everyone!

What do you do in your position? 
Katie W.- GM for Buffalo Grove, Libertyville and Gurnee locations.
Katie D.- I am the General Manager of 3 Club Pilates locations in Libertyville, Gurnee and North Buffalo Grove.
Why do you love your job? 

Katie W. – I love working with our amazing staff to help members feel better, healthier and happier.

Katie D.- My coworkers and members! They are the best!

We partner with many companies and organizations to be part of our community. How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
Katie W.- We have become a 2nd home to many of our members. They love our classes and love all the wonderful things we do to support our community.
What is your favorite thing about the Libertyville Area Moms Network?

Katie W.- I love to help people. The more we all work together, the stronger our community becomes

Katie D.- The support!
Please share two fun facts about yourself. 

Katie W.- I love animals and we have a bunch of them- 2 dogs, 1 bunny, 3 Guinea Pigs, 2 horses, 1 pony and 1 fish.

Katie D.- I love to roller skate and read!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten from another Mom?

Katie W.- It’s ok to say you need time for you. As a mom, it’s beyond health to say to your kiddos that you need to go do a class or go to the gym. You are a role model and they look up to you. I’m a better mom when i take this time for me.

 

Are you involved in any volunteering or philanthropy? Do you have a favorite local non-profit or charity?
Katie W.- We partner with Our local Food Pantries, Reach Rescue and Omni Youth Services.
In an effort to keep it real, and not just show the sunny side, can you share with us a past or present struggle in your personal or professional life? Please also share how you overcame it or cope with it (or plan to)? We love gaining new tools for our mental wellness toolbox.

Katie W.- I have two daughters and they could not be more different. One is a straight A student who has a photographic memory. Always works hard at school. My other daughter has struggled with her health and has a specific Learning Disability, ADHD and Dyslexia. She works very hard but it’s never easy. She has had an open IEP since she was 3 years old. We have supported them both and been their biggest cheerleaders. Now both out of High School and at DePaul University and with academic scholarships. Every kiddo is different, just figure out what motivates them and always be there for them and their highs and lows

Anything else you would like to share?
Katie W.- If we all helped each other the world would be a better place.

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