Meet Our Team

Happy Valley FitLink is so excited 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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Daniella Suarez

Hello Happy Valley FitLink. My name is Daniella Suarez and I am one of FitLink's interns for the fall semester. I am a 5th year majoring in kinesiology & minoring in women's studies. After I graduate Penn State this fall, I will be working towards getting into a physician assistant program. When I have some time off from school, I like to spend it by traveling. I am excited to be a part of the FitLink team & look forward to meeting and working with all of you this semester.

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Michelle Sztejna

Hello! My name is Michelle Sztejna and I am excited to be a part of Happy Valley FitLink! I am a senior at Penn State University and I am majoring in kinesiology. After graduation, I hope to begin my journey into becoming a physician assistant. Aside from being a student, I enjoy dancing, where I am involved in PLL Dance Co on campus. I enjoy being active, working out, and leading a healthy lifestyle, so I am eager to meet all of our friends at Happy Valley FitLink!

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Austin Stoner

Greetings all, my name is Austin! I am a senior Rehabilitation and Human Services student and looking forward to spending my final semester with the Happy Valley Fitlink community! After graduation I plan on continuing my passion for helping others and serving the community. Outside of academia I enjoy staying active and spending time with friends and family. As an intern I not only look forward to spending quality time with our friends, but also expanding the organizations scope to ensure all community members have ample access to our services. 

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!