Alison Thayer – Interim Co-Director: Fitness, Outdoor Recreation, and Campus Wellness
Associate Director: Fitness & Outdoor Recreation
Alison’s fitness career began after being profoundly impacted by the PHE program while she was a student at UMF. She was inspired to make significant lifestyle and behavior changes that resulted in a much happier and healthier person. Since then, over twenty five years ago, Alison has trained in many areas and specialties of physical health, and uses her knowledge and passion to help others succeed in their own health and fitness goals. In addition to overseeing PHE, Alison is responsible for all aspects of fitness at the FRC as well the Mainely Outdoors program
Her current certifications include: ACE Health Coach, ACE Personal Trainer, and ACE Sports and Conditioning Specialist.
Jennifer Pageot – Interim Co-Director: Facility Operations and Aquatics
Assistant Director/ Director of Aquatics & Health and Safety Programs
Jennifer is a proud UMF alum. Taking advantage of a lifeguard course offering as a student, Jennifer spent time building a safer community through her work as a lifeguard and swim instructor, on campus and in the community. During this time she also joined the Sugarloaf Ski Patrol, leading her down a path that resulted in her becoming an Outdoor Emergency Care Instructor for National Ski Patrol.
Prior to joining the FRC professional team in July of 2006, Jennifer served as the Director of Health and Safety of the American Red Cross Mid Coast Chapter. Though over half her life has been spent thriving in Maine, Jennifer’s heart stays connected to her NH roots with a tribute photo to the Old Man in the Mountain hanging in her office.
Mike Colella – Assistant Director: Fitness & Wellness
Mike was not always interested in fitness and nutrition, and it wasn’t until he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes a decade ago did he truly begin finding his passion for health and wellness. Mike holds a B.S. in Community Health and a Masters in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. He is working towards his BSN in Nursing as well as becoming a board certified health and wellness coach. He is an ACE Certified Health Coach and Personal Trainer and works with specialty populations utilizing his expertise. Mike is the wellness coordinator for the University as well as group fitness and personal training, teaches health courses at the University and enjoys lots of walks in the woods with his family and pets.
Linda Blodgett – Administrative Specialist II
Linda is the longest-tenured member of the FRC staff, and a staple of the UMF community. She began working in the UMF Business Office in 1989 and transitioned to the FRC in 2001, where she quickly became an invaluable member of the fitness & recreation staff. She cherishes the opportunity to work with both students and members of the community that her job affords her.
When not at work, Linda loves being outdoors and staying active. Having grown up on a farm, she stays true to her roots by maintaining an impressive vegetable garden.
She is a grandmother to 5 grandchildren, and lives in Wilton with her husband of 39 years, who – she admits – is a pretty good guy.
UMF Fitness & Recreation Center
University of Maine at Farmington
152 Quebec Street
Farmington, ME 04938