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Meet the Trainers



Carolyn Viggh

Carolyn is a junior from Boxborough, MA. She is a Nutrition major on the Dietetics track and was certified as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine in January 2014. Carolyn's passion for health and fitness began early when she became involved in martial arts at age 11. She trained and taught martial arts classes through high school and is currently a first degree black belt and level three instructor in American Kenpo Karate. Carolyn plans to become a Registered Dietitian and combine her knowledge of nutrition and fitness to help people live healthier lives.

Carolyn Viggh

Jamele Watkins

Jamele is a PhD candidate in German and Scandinavian Studies. After tearing her ACL playing rugby, she came to the UMass gym to rehab the muscles in her knee. With group fitness classes and weight training, her muscles are finally identical again. Lately, Jamele goes to the gym to keep her sanity while working on her dissertation. Her Pilates class focuses on control and “makes it burn so good.” Pilates has given her more awareness of her body and movement. As Joseph Pilates said, “In ten [Pilates] sessions, you will feel the difference. In twenty, you will see the difference. And in thirty, you’ll be on your way to having a whole new body.” Join her in your healthy body and mind journey Mondays and Wednesdays at 11am. Her certifications include AFAA Personal Training, Pilates, yoga and Pilates on the ball.

Jamele Watkins

Rena Oliver

Rena, a double major in Chinese and Arabic, is from New Bedford, MA. Growing up with a mother who was a manager of workout facilities and owned a dance studio, and a father who is a personal trainer and fitness model, Rena has always been around health and fitness. Rena started dancing and taking gymnastics at age two. In high school she joined a dance company that held rigorous practices six days a week. After graduating from the company, Rena wanted to continue to be active and healthy, and decided to learn more about the fitness world. After working very hard in the gym and studying for endless hours, she became a certified personal trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association. Rena looks forward to working with clients and helping them to develop a passion for the health and fitness world.

 

Rena Oliver

Katie Porrello

Katie is from Carle Place, New York and just recently got her personal training certification from the International Sports Science Association. She is a Nutrition major planning to graduate in 2016. In high school, Katie fell in love with the health field by joining the cheerleading team and track and field team. While on the track team she fell in love with running and workouts. She challenged herself by making more rigorous workouts for the team and asked coaches what would help her be better. In college she decided to persue her love for helping others and working out by working hard to obtain her certification. Katie loves to help and always has a positive outlook. 

Katie Porrell

Thomas Sandberg

Thomas is from South Deerfield, MA and is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE).  He is a sophomore Geography major and a cadet in the school's Army ROTC program.   He likes running and lifting weights in his free time. He will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army upon graduation from UMass.