Marlene DaCosta


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) and a Wellcoaches® Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She enjoys working with individuals that have a variety of conditions including osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, arthritis, HIV and other special needs. 

Leddy Gallagher

Exercise Physiologist

Leddy Gallagher holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Keene State College and a Master of Science degree in Exercise and Health Science from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA. She has an interest in working with individuals with disabilities and spent the last semester of her Master’s program participating in many adapted physical activity programs. She loves to play field hockey and travel, but also enjoys staying home to binge-watch her favorite TV shows.

Michael Hoey

Exercise Physiologist

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, a Level 2 Advanced Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting and a Certified Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach. Michael is currently competing in strength sports, and also enjoys hiking, climbing and traveling.

Althea Lawrence

Administrative Assistant

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 over 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management-Economics and Sociology from Emmanuel College and a Master of Management degree from Cambridge College. She enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with loved ones and watching a good movie.

Jane Manwaring

Office Assistant

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.