Ben joined the FRC team in April of 2019. He spent the first 13 years of his career working in campus recreation at schools in both the northeast and northwest, as well as in municipal and community recreation. In his various capacities, he oversaw facilities and operations as well as competitive sports, fitness/wellness, and aquatics programs. After a 5-year stint designing and selling software to the college recreation market, Ben returned to his passion of campus recreation.
Ben holds a BA from Stonehill College and an MS from Oregon State University. An Auburn native, he now lives in southern Maine with his wife and two daughters. Ben is an avid sports fan and aspiring musician.
Leah arrived at UMF in the summer of 2006 and is responsible for memberships & front desk operations, Summer Daze Camp, and the Intramural Sports program. She is a graduate of Bangor High School and was a scholarship basketball athlete at Keene State College. After transfering to the University of Vermont, she earned her BS in Recreation Management.
A post-college cross-country road trip led to a position with the City of Manhattan Beach, CA Parks and Recreation Department, and the start of her career in recreation. She lives in Farmington with her husband, Chad, and their three children. They enjoy much of the adventure that the Western Mountains of Maine has to offer.
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.
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.
Her current certifications include: ACE Health Coach, ACE Personal Trainer, and ACE Sports and Conditioning Specialist.
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, both from UMF. He is currently attending UMaine as part of their Human Nutrition and Dietetics Program on track to become a Registered Dietitian. He is an ACE Certified Health Coach and Personal Trainer and works with speciality 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 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