In the Continuing Investigation of the Ravena Health and Fitness Center and the Village of Ravena’s Attempts to Get “Cathy Deluca” a Civil Service Classification
Who is Cathy Deluca? Her Civil Service Application Is a Mess!!!
If Deluca can’t even [honestly] fill out an application form completely [and honestly], how can she be expected to manage a municipal health and fitness center? Ravena mayor John Bruno’s and Nancy Warner’s personal appointee to be director of the Ravena Health and Fitness Center appears to have a very colorful past but none that makes her in any way suitable, much less qualified to be a director of a municipal taxpayer – funded fitness facility. (Next they’ll be using body-bulk as a qualification!)
In fact, the documents we have received even indicate that there’s some confusion even to her real name. Normally you would use your full name on an employment application, wouldn’t you? Only a very ignorant person would not use his or her real name on an employment application or on a civil service application. Right? And what about tax withholding, social security contributions, insurance, etc. You’d think they’d all require a real name, or at least a complete name, wouldn’t you?
The Application for Examination and Employment we received for “Cathy Deluca” also shows some interesting details regarding her so – called qualifications, too.
Seems Ms Deluca made it only so far as to have graduated from high school but she doesn’t give any dates on the form; she leaves the fields blank. Vanity? Hiding something? What’s the deal, Cathy?
Not only does “Cathy Deluca” raise red flags but she also has other aliases, according to the Application form. She’s gone by Cathy Deluca, Cathy Long, Cathy Purcell, too, and we even see her as Cathleen Deluca on her Internet personal trainer “certification.” Of course, on the Internet you can pay and get just about anything but it seems her certification as a personal trainer comes from —get this –Expert Rating Global Certifications and her “personal trainer skills” fulfill all of EXPERTRATING’s skills assessment criteria…but we don’t know what they are, do we? And there’s no sign that any of this is recognized by any real accrediting organization, just an Internet buy – a – certification.
Cathleen Deluca, that’s the name she uses on the certificate we’ve obtained claims that she is certified by the “American Council on Exercise/Expert Rating” in 2013. Well, the ACE claims to pass 87% of candidates on their first try at the exam. It appears that if you’re brain dead you can pass the exam and get an expert rating. Makes you wonder who’s watching or supervising these garbage certifications.
One of our contributors is a professional and knows about “certification programs;” he has no use for them because in his opinion, they’re all bullsh*t and are out to make money for themselves while certifying idiots with no real skills and who need a piece of paper to get a job. The only certification programs that do any good are those hands-on programs under the supervision of peers and a mentor/supervisor, and those programs take many months, even years to complete, and require not only practical modules but academic study and a project paper or thesis. In some cases there’s even an oral examination before a panel of experts. Online certifications for a fee are simply crapola! So put your life in the hands of an online certified chimp, why dontcha?
The Albany County Civil Service title Description for Fitness Center Director fixes the Minimum Qualifications as “either”: “A. Graduation from a New YorkState or regionally accredited college with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology, Recreation or closely related field; OR B. Four (4) years of experience in fitness programming, two (2) years of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity.” Cathy Deluca has none of these…and her application doesn’t help her case, either. We could nickname her “Close it Cathy,” which might be a good idea in many respects like her mouth and, well, other things.
Maybe Ravena mayor John Bruno is attracted to Cathy Deluca because they have one thing in common: The have a deadly effect on local businesses. According to Deluca’s Civil Service application, however, the only qualification we see is her ability to “close businesses.” Here’s why:
Deluca lists “Deluca Public Affairs,” a “assoc. management / lobbying” (her spelling not ours!) business, from August 2005 to December 2012. her duties there were those of a secretary / administrative assistant but she lists herself as “owner.” Her reason for leaving: “Business closed.”
Deluca then lists “Neighborhood Health and Fitness” in Ravena, New York (172 Main Street), owned by Bob Fisk and Deb Farhbach. She lists her duties as “group fitness instructor, personal trainer, assist with front desk, scheduling, new program development” That was from September 2006 to October 2011. Reason for leaving: “Business closed.”
Next, Deluca lists “Body Master Fitness Center” in Ravena, New York (172 Main Street), a fitness center, and Deluca lists herself as owner. That bit ran from August 1994 to July 2000. She describes her duties as “all aspects of running fitness ctr, budgeting, scheduling, training, program development, customer relations, training and hiring of new staff, bookkeeping, advertising, PR, ensuring regular maintenance and safety of all equipment, purchasing new equipment.” Reason for leaving: “Business closed.”
Either she’s inflating her job description or “Cathy Deluca” is one hell of an Olympian with skills in association management, lobbying, fitness instruction, personal trainer, bookkeeper, etc. An all of this with only a high school education, no further education, no certification or training until April 2013, when she gets her Internet certification as a personal trainer! Impressed? Shouldn’t be! We are impressed only by the apparent misinformation and lies. Yes, that’s impressive.
So now mummy mayor John Bruno and hatchetwoman Nancy Warner together with the other three dolts on the Ravena village board, William “Bill” Bailey, Martin “Marty” Case, and Rocco Persico were so impressed with Cathy Deluca’s superior qualifications and credentials that they went ahead and appointed her to be the Ravena Health and Fitness Center director without any other applicants, and then gave her a salary of $30,000 a year + benes, while trying to connive a civil service title for her and then get it to be exempt so she wouldn’t have to take a civil service exam. Of course, a civil service exam is a bit more serious than an Internet buy – a – certification, an we can imagine how Cathy Deluca would have done. But then if the exam was on How to Close a Business, she’d max it out, you’d think.
Everywhere Cathy Deluca has been, her reason for leaving was, “Business closed.” Any guesses what the reason will be when she leaves the Ravena Health and FitnessCenter? Maybe she’ll never leave because there are deep pockets, YOURS, that will keep the village money pit going and keep Cathy Deluca, Long, Purcell, Cathleen Deluca…whatever her name is in pocket money.
But we have to give credit where credit’s due: Cathy Deluca does state that she has no objection to the Civil Service Department contacting her former and present employers regarding her character and qualifications. Problem is: Her former employers were Cathy Deluca and her present employer is the Village of Ravena (mayor John Bruno and Nancy Warner are her direct supervisors). Do you think they’ll give her a good recommendation as to her character and qualifications? Do you get the impression something’s fixed here?
Any guesses what the name is on her Social Security Account card, her IRS tax returns, her NYS driver’s licence? We’re just curious.
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