Meet Our Staff
Marlene DaCosta is the 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 with a minor in 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 Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Certified Exercise Physiologist through 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.
Michael Hoey holds a B.S. degree in Applied Exercise Science from Springfield College and an M.S. degree in Exercise Science focused on sports psychology and performance counseling from Springfield College. He is a Level 1 Certified Strength Coach through Poliquin International and a Level 1 Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting. Michael is currently competing in strength sports, and also enjoys hiking, climbing and traveling.
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.
Ricardo Elien holds a B.S. degree in Kinesiology from the University of Rhode Island. He is a Certified Personal Trainer from National Personal Training Institute (NPTI). Ric enjoys helping individuals live a healthier life; he believes an active life leads to a less stressful and longer life. He enjoys spending time with his family and mentoring young people.
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.