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Meet Our Team

Happy Valley FitLink is happy to welcome you into our fitness and wellness community! Our community would not be possible without you and the help of our amazing team. Feel free to get to know our team below!

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Jacob Corey, Co-Founder 

Hi my name is Jacob Corey. I graduated from Penn State University in 2020 with a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology. Happy Valley FitLink was something that I helped create with Lexi and Jonna during my senior year at Penn State. I am somebody that loves all kinds of fitness, and loves that Happy Valley FitLink provides a community for me to share my love of fitness with others! Happy Valley FitLink has made so much progress this past year and I have been privileged to be a part of it. I am excited to see our growth in the future.

 

I am now pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and PhD at the University of Delaware. So that I can examine ways to increase physical activity opportunities for individuals with disabilities. In my free time, I love to get outside to be physically active with friends by going hiking, walking my dogs (Bonnie and Clyde), playing basketball or camping. Come join me at our Sunday zoom class weekly!

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Left to Right: Patrick (8 years), Joe, John (1 year), Jonna

Dr. Jonna Belanger, Co-Founder

Hi y'all! My name is Dr. Jonna Belanger, and I am an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Penn State. My B.S in Kinesiology, M.S. in Adapted Physical education, and PhD in Adapted Physical Activity are all from Texas Woman's University. I have had the amazing opportunity to work in a variety of settings within the field of kinesiology, which includes physical therapy tech, exercise physiologist in cardiac rehabilitation, and K - 12 adapted physical educator. As an Assistant Teaching Professor I teach a variety of classes like Wellness Theory, Women in Sports, Growth and Motor Development, Disability Sports, and Adapted Physical Education. In total I have been teaching in higher education for over 10 years, and I have 13+ years of teaching from preschool to older adults. My passion is in adapted sports, recreation, and fitness.

In the spring and summer I am active as a U.S. Paralympic Track and Field Classifier. Outside of volunteering my time with the USOPC and FitLink, I have two little boys and a wonderful husband. We enjoy lots of outdoor activities, but in more recent years that translates as we watch a lot of youth sports. Outside of kids sports my husband is a local mechanic and has a huge interest in antique and classic vehicles which means I can kind of talk "car stuff".

Left to Right: Amy (mom), Brent (dad), Lexi, Logan (boyfriend) 

Lexi Baublitz, Co-Founder

Hello! My name is Lexi Baublitz, and I am a senior at Penn State University. I am majoring in Kinesiology with an emphasis in applied exercise health. I am currently working towards a health and physical education certification for grades K - 12, and am completing my student teaching practicum at York Suburban High School. I was also a student athlete on Penn State's Division I track and field team.

 

I truly have a passion for working with others, as I absolutely love to both teach and coach. I have always been active and involved in sports and fitness ever since I can remember. At my time at Penn State, I really wanted to make a difference in the community and to bring the joy of movement to others. Because Dr. Jonna, Jacob, and I had the same vision, we worked so hard to develop Happy Valley FitLink into what it is today. Happy Valley FitLink is such a blast, and I am so excited to see what lies ahead for this amazing program. I really encourage anyone and everyone to join us for our weekly classes!

Meet the Interns

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Maggie Shannon

Hi everyone! My name is Maggie Shannon! I am a senior here at Penn State and I am majoring in Kinesiology. I am from Downingtown, Pennsylvania, which is about 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia, meaning that I am a huge Philadelphia sports fan (Go Birds)! After I graduate in May, I hope to find a job somewhere back home in the health and wellness field. My long-term goal is to eventually attend physical therapy school somewhere in or near Philadelphia. Aside from being a student, I am also very involved with Penn State THON by being a Dancer Relations Captain this year! Reach out to me if you ever want to learn the line dance! My favorite way to exercise is swimming because I was a swimmer when I was growing up. I love the water! I was a FitLink intern last year, so I am very excited to be back with you all and have another amazing year!

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Siobhan Collins

Hi everyone! My name is Siobhan and I am so excited to be the full-time intern for FitLink this semester! I am a senior majoring in Rehabilitation and Human Services with a minor in Kinesiology. I am from Franklin, Massachusetts, which is just outside of Boston, so I love all things Boston sports and the city. After graduating, I will be attending Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee to start my Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree. Aside from my school, I am heavily involved with Penn State THON as an Entertainment Captain, as well as Lion Ambassadors and Camp Kesem. I love all things music and movement and cooking, and my favorite fitness is cycle classes! I am looking forward to meeting you all and this spring with FitLink!

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Anna Abrahams

Hey everyone! My name is Anna Abrahams and I am a senior Kinesiology major at Penn State. I am from Berkshire County, Massachusetts. After graduation I plan to move to Boston where I will work for a year while applying to grad school. I love going to the gym and being active and can’t wait to share this passion with all of you! I had a blast volunteering with FitLink last semester and I am so excited to be back as an intern!

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Ali Rivoira

Hi everyone! My name is Aliana Rivoira and I am a senior studying Kinesiology at Penn State! I am from Bristol, Connecticut, there’s not many exciting things to do there, but it is where the headquarters of ESPN are! After graduation, I will be moving home to work for a year before going to OT school. Ideally, I would like to work in pediatrics because I love working with kids and have worked with them for mostly every job I’ve had in the past! During the semester I am also on the Dancer Relations THON committee and work at the IM building. A fun fact about me is I studied abroad last year and travelled to 10 different countries! This is my first semester working with FitLink and I am so excited!

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Caroline Hickey

Hi everyone! My name is Caroline Hickey and I am a junior at Penn State studying Kinesiology. I am from Marlton, New Jersey. My future plans once I graduate is to find a job in the health and wellness field and then eventually attend Physician Assistant school. I hope to focus in on movement disorders and the use of physical activity to improve daily life and health. At Penn State I am involved in Penn State THON, Kinesiology Club, LifeLink, FitLink and Phi Epsilon Kappa, a healthcare fraternity. Outside of school I enjoy skiing, playing soccer, and playing with my two big chocolate labs Kona and Maui. This will be my second year with FitLink, and I can’t wait to see everyone!

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Bridget Monaco

Hi! My name is Bridget! I am a junior at Penn State majoring in Kinesiology. I am from Downingtown, PA. I am so excited to start my FitLink journey as a 395B intern. I cannot wait to share my love of sport with you all! My favorite way to exercise is cardio kickboxing. Outside of school, I am involved in THON on an OPPerations committee. I love watching Premier League soccer and all things football. Can’t wait to meet everyone!

Intern with Happy Valley FitLink Today 

We are always looking for hard working and motivated undergraduate and graduate students with a passion for physical activity to intern with Happy Valley FitLink. In this dynamic role you will have the unique opportunity to program exercise routines for individuals with disabilities and lead classes/wellness seminars. In this role we will also make sure to work with you to further enhance skills that will benefit you in your future academic pursuits or career paths! Click the link below to apply!

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