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!
Dr. Jacob Corey, Co-Founder
Hi, my name is Jacob Corey. I graduated from Penn State University in 2020 with a B.S. in Kinesiology and from the University of Delaware with a M.S in Clinical Anatomy and Health Sciences and a DPT. I am a physical therapist with experience working with children and adults with varying ability levels and conditions such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, limb loss, and traumatic brain injury. I have experience working with children ages 3-21 years old in the school setting and adults/seniors from 18-98 years old, and my clinical focus has been focused on working with my patients and their caregivers to help enhance their quality of life by finding ways to enhance/increase an individual's access to mobility. Currently, I am a PhD candidate at the University of Delaware, where I am examining strategies to make physical activity more accessible and engaging 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!
Left to Right: Patrick (8 years), Joe, John (1 years), and 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".
Lexi Baublitz, Co-Founder
Hello, my name is Lexi Baublitz! During my time at Penn State, I majored in Kinesiology with an emphasis in applied exercise health. 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!
Left to Right: Amy (mom), Brent (dad), Lexi, and Logan (boyfriend)
Meet the Interns
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!