Britney has been working and volunteering in the fitness field for over 10 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She has experience instructing group exercise classes, creating and managing aquatic and fitness programs and staff, as well as organizing fundraising events. She has several certifications in fitness and aquatics including Group Exercise Instructor, Step Aerobics and is a licensed Zumba Instructor. Britney lives in Dover Foxcroft with her two sons Dean & Jack. She has lived in Piscataquis County for over 20 years. Britney has a lifelong commitment to fitness and healthy living and brings a positive energy to Community Fitness.
MEET OUR STAFF
We are very proud of our outstanding staff at Friends of Community Fitness. They are highly trained and experienced. Continuing education in fitness has always been a focus to bring our members the most up to date programs. Our instructors are certified in CPR, AED and Basic First aid to keep our members safe while exercising. Our office staff are here to help every one feel welcome and make sure members have everything they need. If you are interested in joining our team you can email us at email@example.com for more information.
INSTRUCTOR & FOUNDER
Gayle was the founder and Executive Director of Community Fitness. She retired in 2020 and now focuses on her Yoga classes and business. Gayle began teaching Yoga in 2000. She is certified & registered Yoga Instructor through ShivaShakti Yoga and Healing Arts School and the Yoga Alliance 500 hr. level. Gayle is also a certified Thai Yoga Bodyworks and Yoga Nidra Provider and a Reiki/Shinkiko Master Level from Dr. Elliot Diamond of Midas Health. She uses her diverse knowledge and experience of these physical, mental, and healing disciplines to create a unique Yoga experience.
TERRI KELLEY PALIN
SENIOR PROGRAM DIRECTOR & LEAD SILVERSNEAKERS INSTRUCTOR
Terri began working at Community Fitness in 2009. She holds several SilverSneakers certifications and is a Master, Matter of Balance Trainer, Life Stress Reduction Facilitator, Elder Abuse, Awareness and Response Advocate. Terri has training and a degree in the fields of Aging, Dementia and Developmental Disabilities. When not working with others in the community, Terri enjoys designing and creating in her art studio and spending time with family.
PERSONAL TRAINER & INSTRUCTOR
Wendy has been a fitness enthusiast for thirty plus years. She is a founding member of Friends of Community Fitness, and is on the board of directors. She holds several AFAA certifications including Personal Fitness Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor and Kickboxing Instructor. Wendy has been employed at Hardwood Products Company & Puritan Medical Products for 35 years. She lives in Parkman with her husband Kyle. Wendy is committed to the living a healthy lifestyle. She is also committed to making Community Fitness a warm and welcoming place for all members to attend.
OFFICE & FACILITY STAFF, INSTRUCTOR
Mike is a founding member of Friends of Community Fitness. He provides office support in many ways such as opening the facility for supervised hours, giving facility tours, cleaning, tinkering with broken equipment, and general facility operations. Mike enjoys instructing fitness programs with a focus on form for strength training and is always willing to assist members with learning how to use equipment properly. Mike lives with his wife Melissa and their boxer, named Cash, in Guilford.
Beth has been working and volunteering in the performing arts for over 25 years as both a dance instructor and choreographer. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in education. In March of 2016, she became a licensed Zumba instructor and has taught in both Maine and Vermont. Beth has several certifications in teaching Basic Life Support (CPR) and First Aid through the American Heart Association, Management of Aggressive Behavior (MOAB), the Safe Sitter Program offered to 6th-8th graders, and Crucial Conversations that improves communication both personally and professionally. Beth has been known to perform singing telegrams for all occasions and has volunteered for Mainer’s Together, Jobs for Maine Graduates and NL Mayo Hospital. Beth lives & works in Dover-Foxcroft but frequents Millinocket where her camp is located and her parents reside. Beth is able to empathize with those who struggle to maintain a healthy weight and that have other co-morbidities. She is able to inspire folks to see their self-worth, increase their self-confidence and help them stay motivated to continue beneficial habits and routines.
Kelli started at Community Fitness in September 2020 teaching 3 SilverSneakers classes a week. Kelli’s passion for fitness came about 11 years ago when she chose fitness and diet over medication to control her Crohn’s disease. She enjoys doing Beachbody daily and has been a Beachbody coach for 4 years. Kelli owns her own business traveling to homes performing hair and nail services. She is a licensed cosmetologist, a certified phlebotomist, a Beachbody coach and now a silver sneakers instructor. Kelli was born and raised in Piscataquis County and moved away when she was 17. She moved back with her husband and daughter 5 years ago. She has a step son in wells and spends most of her weekends at football games or wrestling tournaments (pre-Covid).
PERSONAL TRAINER & INSTRUCTOR
Bret is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. He also is certified in nutrition. His specialty is in weightlifting and bodybuilding. He was born and raised in Dover-Foxcroft. He is an avid hunter and also enjoys spending time with his family. Bret's passion for the fitness industry started with his own weight loss journey. After falling in love with the gym, he wanted to share his passion with other people and help them reach their goals. Bret is currently accepting new clients for personal training and nutrition coaching. Contact Bret by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone, (207)343-5923 to purchase training packages.
PERSONAL TRAINER, INSTRUCTOR & OFFICE STAFF
Michelle has been a Physical Therapy Assistant for 15 years, giving her a deep knowledge of human anatomy. She is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Senior Fitness Specialist. She has participated in the Maine Concussion Initiative Training, and is learning to provide Equine Assisted Therapeutic Riding. Michelle has also been a long distance runner or slogger in half and whole marathons, and has assisted in coaching girls youth lacrosse, and led basic yoga poses for teen girls at her church in Pittsfield. She resides in Corinna with her husband Kevin, and daughter Madison, 2.5 horses, and puppy Moxie. Together they love homesteading, hunting, and horses. Training packages with Michelle can be purchased at the ComFit office.
Adrienne comes to us from Dover Foxcroft where she lives with her wonderful retired Army husband Brian, and their amazing kids, Hunter, Bodie and Noa, on their small farm. Adrienne's passion for fitness and wellness has been a lifelong pursuit. From her ten-year Amy career to becoming a stay-at-home mom, Adrienne has sought to live a positive, healthy lifestyle. As a result of this mind frame, she attained a degree in clinical mental health counseling, as well as an ACE personal training certification. Adrienne's philosophy of incorporating all aspects of wellness into one's life flows from her belief that we are mind, body, and spirit. Her faith in God underscores everything she does! Reach out to ComFit for an assessment with Adrienne!
Debbie has happily relocated to Abbot from CT, where she enjoyed several careers while raising her four children. She co-operated a Dance Studio where she taught Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Tumbling & Belly Dance to all ages. She was a member of The Ballet Society of CT, & Dance Masters of America.
Debbie attended hairdressing school, obtained her CNA certification, owned and operated a children’s consignment store, became a licensed Realtor and went to nursing school. As a nurse she has worked in many specialties including ER, ICU/CCU, Rehab, Dialysis, Dementia, Geriatric and Pediatric units. Before moving to Maine she ran a Cardiac stress testing lab in a busy Cardiology practice. Now semi-retired she continues as a staff nurse at C.A. Dean Hospital in Greenville.
After having both knees replaced and living a sedentary lifestyle for too long, she has recently recommitted to improving her health and fitness habits and is excited to join the SilverSneakers team and is really looking forward to working with the kids programs!