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! ​

IMG_8976.jpg

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! 

2021-01-09 20.09.38-1.jpg

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

Kaitlyn LaGrow

Hello everyone! My name is Kaitlyn LaGrow and I am so excited to be joining Happy Valley FitLink's team this semester! I am a senior at Penn State University majoring in Rehabilitation and Human Services on the Occupational Therapy track with a minor in Kinesiology. After I graduate from Penn State this May, I will be attending Columbia University to receive my masters degree in Occupational Therapy. 

As a person who has always had a passion for health and wellness, I knew being apart of Happy Valley FitLink would be an amazing opportunity to share that passion with others. I am so happy to be apart of this amazing community and I can't wait to see what this semester has in store!

Left to Right: Lauren (sister), Kaitlyn (me!)

Tess Wright

Hi FitLink! My name is Tess and I am a senior from the North Hills of Pittsburgh. I am a kinesiology major and I’m excited to be attending occupational therapy school after graduation. This semester with FitLink I’m looking forward to more fun cardio drumming and learning about our health together! Other things I enjoy are running on the PSU club cross country team, doing anything Penn State spirited with my roommates, growing with others in my small group, and playing the trumpet in the campus band.

Katie Jones

Hello everybody! My name is Katie Jones and I am a 5th year senior from Williamsport, PA. I am a Kinesiology major with minors in Psychology and Sports Studies. I am very excited to meet everybody and have a fun semester! In my spare time I compete for the PSU track and field team as a pole vaulter. I also enjoy binge watching Netflix shows and doing yoga. 

Pam Law

Hi FitLink! My name is Pam and I am from Clark, New Jersey. I am a senior studying kinesiology. I’ll be attending the doctor of physical therapy program at northeastern university starting July. I love working out, doing makeup, going to the beach, and trying new restaurants. i’m looking forward to a fun & healthy semester! 

Maggie Shannon

Hello FitLink friends!! My name is Maggie Shannon and I am a new intern with FitLink this semester!! I am a junior majoring in Kinesiology, and I hope to attend physical therapy school after I graduate. My favorite way to exercise is in the water!! I was a swimmer in high school and also coached my old swim team. I cannot wait to meet you all and have a fun semester together.

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!