Logo
Welcome to Campus Recreation!

Campus Recreation > Fitness/Wellness > Personal Fitness > Meet the Trainers

Meet the Trainers

Carolyn Viggh

Carolyn is a senior majoring in Nutrition and was certified as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine in January 2014. Growing up with a triathlete father and yogi mother, Carolyn’s interest in health and wellness began early. Her passion for enriching other’s lives with fitness blossomed when she began teaching martial arts and group fitness classes in High School. Carolyn values overall wellness and believes that everyone is capable of leading healthy, active lives. She focuses on creating a safe, comfortable, and educational training environment for clients to help them learn how to incorporate exercise into their everyday lives and reach their health and fitness goals.

Carolyn Viggh

Dylan Discenza

Dylan is a junior from Rockland County, New York and is majoring in Kinesiology. After college, he plans on pursuing a pHd in physical therapy. He is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is currently studying for a corrective exercise specialization. His mission as a personal trainer is to prescribe an effective exercise program that will not only increase general fitness and wellness, but also prevent injury through all activities in daily life. He has a bright smile and welcoming personality with a passion for fitness. He is constantly learning and developing himself as a personal trainer, and strives to listen and guide his clients towards optimal health.

Dylan Discenza

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

Jonathan Goldman

Jonathan is a senior from Staten Island, New York and has been a certified personal trainer since August of 2013 through the International Sports Science Association (ISSA). In high school, Jonathan was an all-city football player and two-time captain of his team with aspirations to play in college before injuries cut his career short. Health and physical fitness has always been a major part of Jonathan’s life and he loves to project his excitement and knowledge onto others. He has worked with a countless number of clients of all different ages, both male and female, and equipped with all different ability levels throughout the years. Jonathan’s passion for physical fitness and his ability to connect with his clients brings an exciting and fun atmosphere for reaching the clients goals. Jonathan will be graduating in the spring of 2016 with a degree in communications and looks forward to continuing his journey in the fitness world.

Jonathan Goldman

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

Kyle Wells

Kyle is a junior majoring in Economics. He was raised in downtown Boston and grew up playing soccer and baseball along the Charles River. Certified through the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America, his specialty is collaborating with clients to create an effective workout program that meets their specific goals and needs. Participating in fitness and sports are a couple of Kyle’s favorite ways to stay in shape. 

Kyle Wells

Mike Piro

Mike is a senior from Narragansett, RI. He is a sports management major and is certified as a personal trainer through The American College Of Sports Medicine.  Mike developed a passion for health and fitness from a young age through competitive swimming, n which he earned All-American honors.  He began strength training at the age of 16 and fell in love with the discipline required and the endless exerisizes to learn and master.  He has a tremendous passion for helping others and takes great pride in helping guide clients to reach their ultimate goals.

Mike Piro

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

Sarah Sawayagani

Sarah is an Animal Science/Pre-Vet major graduating in 2016. From Cape Cod, Sarah started running regularly in high school and started entering local races and events. Since then, she discovered the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle by exercising, eating well and staying motivated. After participating in many group fitness classes during freshman year, she knew what she wanted to do. Today, she teaches INSANITY and Turbo Kick classes and hopes to energize people with the high intensity workouts.

 

Sarah Sawayagani

Tom Sandberg

Tom 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. 

 

Tom Sandberg