Meet Our Staff
Gursu Samancioglu holds a B.A. degree in Physical Education from Abant Izzet Basal University in Bolu, Turkey, and an M.S. degree in Physical Education from Central Connecticut State University. He is also a Certified Health Fitness Specialist and Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine.
Marlene DaCosta is the assistant manager at the Tanger Be Well Center and has more than 17 years experience as an Exercise Physiologist. She holds a B.S. in health education and exercise science from Penn State University and a M.A. degree in Education with a concentration in Fitness Management from the University of Connecticut. She is a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified Health Fitness Specialist from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). She enjoys working with individuals that have a variety of conditions including osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, arthritis, HIV and other special needs.
Brian Leighton holds a B.S. degree in Exercise Physiology and a Minor in Biology from the University of Southern Maine. Brian is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has worked as a personal trainer and strength coach for 5 years with a variety of demographics from Special Populations to NCAA Division 1 athletes. Brian has competed in athletics most of his life and enjoys many hobbies such as snowboarding and kickball. Brian is a strong believer in scientific application to exercise and spent his entire senior year researching in the field of Exercise Science. Brian used his base of scientific knowledge in all of his recommendations and specializes in all aspects of physical fitness.
Althea Lawrence is the administrative assistant and oversees all aspects of the office and the fitness facility. She has been with the Tanger Be Well Center for five years. She holds a B.A. degree in Management-Economics and Sociology from Emmanuel College and a M.M. degree in Management from Cambridge College. She enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with loved ones and watching a good movie.
Jane Manwaring, Office Assistant, joined Be Well as a volunteer in 1998, having taken 'early retirement' from Boston College, where she was Assistant to the Chairperson in the Department of Psychology. She came on staff at Be Well a year later and now works part-time, providing a range of office assistance and Front Desk coverage. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin.