Our team is made up of dedicated individuals from the community who deliver personal and friendly service to both our members and our guests. Petaluma Valley Athletic Club has been serving the community of Petaluma in continued operation for over thirty years, providing a place where people can find the support and friendships that will last a lifetime.
Martha & Rob Domont
Martha and Rob Domont are long time residents of Northern California and have been successful in providing family fitness clubs since 1998, beginning with Petaluma Valley Athletic Club in Sonoma County, continuing in 2007 with Redwood Health Club of Ukiah in Mendocino County, and more recently at Rolling Hills Club in Marin County. Rob & Martha appreciate the benefits that recreational sports and fitness have granted them in their own health and believe in the importance of family fitness. Rob is a tennis and racquetball player and Martha can often be found lap swimming in the pool but also enjoys exercise in all its forms. As an advocate for cancer research and prevention, Martha is also actively involved in the community raising funds and awareness. As owners of Petaluma Valley Athletic Club, Martha and Rob Domont work to ensure that each visit to one of their clubs is a positive experience beginning with a professional level of customer service, a clean and fully operating facility and superior programming. Rob and Martha hope to create a stress-free, relaxed and caring environment that is conducive to health, fitness and the all-encompassing well being of each member.
Robin Freitas moved to Petaluma after the birth of her first two children when she heard what a wonderful community it was in which to raise a family. Upon moving to Petaluma, and having 3 young children, she realized she had to work harder to make the time for exercise. Robin’s family joined Petaluma Valley Athletic Club (PVAC) in 1999 so that they could all have a place to have fun and be active together. PVAC provided Robin a place where she could workout and socialize with her friends while her children were kept active in Kids Club. Robin appreciated the family fitness atmosphere that Rob and Martha Domont had created at PVAC and was very excited when the opportunity arose to be a part of their Club family in a professional capacity. Having worked for the world’s foremost Sports Marketing firm, IMG, for 10 years, Robin comes to PVAC with remarkable professional experience coordinating and promoting sports events around the country. As General Manager at Petaluma Valley Athletic Club, Robin enjoys our membership the most and working to help you – our members – to get the most out of your club.
“I enjoy the relationships I have formed with many of the members and am glad that members feel welcome to come to me with their feedback. I listen and take great satisfaction in finding the solutions to any problems or concerns that they may have. PVAC provides such a positive and healthy environment for Petaluma families and I am proud to be a part of it.”
Robin looks forward to getting to know as many of our PVAC community members as possible as well as continuing to provide safe, fun, exciting and healthy programs for everyone in the whole family.
Director of Tennis, Head Tennis Pro
USPTA Certified (2003)
Tony moved to Sonoma County in 1990 and has been well received and respected, first as a top Junior Player and next as a Teaching Pro. In 1993, Tony attended the John Newcomb Tennis Academy in Texas, spending the first half of his Sophomore year of High School playing with some of the best Junior prospects in the world. Shortly after coming back to Northern California, he won the Pacific Coast Junior National Doubles tournament in the 16’s division. After taking seven years away from the sport, Tony rekindled his passion for tennis, playing at the Santa Rosa JC and achieving a California Community College ranking of 37th.
As a tennis pro, Tony has been coaching in Marin and Sonoma counties since 2003, at Rolling Hills Club, Belvedere Tennis Club, and Rafael Racquet Club along with public facilities. He has worked with many Adult and Junior players, coaching several Juniors to a top 5 ranking in Norcal and into the top 75 Nationally.
“This is a great club and community. I feel lucky to be able to continue developing a fun, social tennis environment and enhance player development in my local community”
Director of Racquetball
Vinnie has lived in Novato for years and started playing racquetball there in l979. When his local club closed in l987, he joined Rancho Arroyo Racquet Club in Petaluma. In 1991, he started working at the front desk and in 1992, he became the Racquetball Director and Pro Shop Manager. The Club was bought by Rob and Martha Domont in 1998 and was renamed Petaluma Valley Athletic Club (PVAC). Vinnie has continued to work at PVAC and is happy to have been able to contribute to helping many players improve their game.
Vinnie once played for minor league baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers farm team and is a Korean War Navy veteran. Vinnie was honored as California State Racquetball Champion in 1992 and California State Racquetball Player of the Year in 1993. He is a member of National Masters Racquetball Association and a long time member of California State Racquetball Association.
Director of Junior Racquetball
Brian grew up in Novato and started playing Racquetball at Rolling Hills Club when he was 9 years old. By the time he was 15, he was the club’s teaching “pro”. He became a resident of Petaluma in 1993 and became involved with teaching Junior Racquetballers at Petaluma Valley Athletic Club (PVAC) in 1998. Along with Orlando Mayo, the program has grown over the years with a class size usually between 25-35. Many players have gone on to play junior tournaments and to continue playing after “graduating” from the junior program. Brian is on the California State Racquetball Association’s Board of Directors as the Junior Director, having been involved in many Junior state championships as well as helping to promote junior programs and activity throughout the state. When not playing or teaching Racquetball, Brian has been a Mortgage Broker since 1988. He now concentrates on working with Seniors and the Reverse Mortgage. He has been on the Board of Directors of COTS since 2004 having served as President 2005-2008.
Sonya van Ommeren-Akelman
Director of Fitness
Sonya joined the instructor team at Petaluma Valley Athletic Club five years ago. She has over 20 years of experience as a corporate business woman, aerobics and fitness instructor, and fitness company owner. She developed and implemented fitness program profiles for communities and Air Force Bases in Massachusetts, Texas, and California. Sonya has competed in numerous triathlons and adventure races in Northern California, placing first and second in her age group and gender. Sonya has worked as Fitness Director for PVAC since February 2005.
Originally from Texas, Carol studied Royal Ballet technique in El Paso and Los Angeles from an early age. After earning a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA, Carol pursued a dance career in New York City, studying under some of the dance world’s greatest luminary figures. An old knee injury prompted her to seek out The Pilates Studio. In 1982, Carol began apprenticing under Romana Kryzanowska, a master teacher personally trained by Joseph Pilates. She continued as a teacher there for over five years. From 1990-2005, Carol pioneered the high-volume, full-service Pilates model within a health club setting. A well-known and highly regarded Pilates practitioner in Northern California, Carol’s teacher training program has been a source for instructors throughout the states and overseas. She has worked with doctors, physical therapists and chiropractors, developing therapeutic exercise programs.
Known for a warm and engaging manner, she also guest teaches, consults, and lectures on the business of Pilates. Carol served on the Board of Directors of the Pilates Method Alliance, an international not-for-profit Pilates professional association, dedicated to protecting consumers through the establishment of professional testing and continuing education standards for the Pilates professional. Carol has trained many celebrities over the years. Her high caliber training has been highlighted in numerous international, national and regional publications.