Even before her time at Messalonskee, Holly MacKenzie was always on the go. She started out with Oakland Rec youth programs and did gymnastics at the YMCA. During her time at MHS, she captained the girls’ soccer and lacrosse teams and managed the ice hockey team.
She hasn’t slowed down a bit since her graduation from MHS in 2002. Holly went on to get a degree in Civil Engineering from UMaine, worked as a consulting engineer, and designed commercial fishing piers Downeast before coming home to central Maine to work for Colby College Facilities Services. She now coordinates and manages construction projects on campus as their Project Manager. “It is very exciting,” she said. “I love that every day is different.”
Fitness and movement have also remained a major aspect of Holly’s life. After college, she taught group fitness classes at Champions and became one of the first coaches at KV CrossFit. “I discovered a love and forte for heavy lifting,” said Mackenzie, “which lead me to the sport of Strongman.” In 2012, Holly earned the title of Maine’s Strongest Woman after competing all over New England. The following year, she won a national Under Armour contest that sent her on an all-expense-paid yoga and surf retreat in Costa Rica.
Around this same time, Holly began growing a health and wellness business as a Beachbody Coach. She loves the platform that Beachbody gives her to share her journey and help nearby co-workers or long-distance friends. She mostly connects with her team of customers and coaches on social media, but local members of the community meet up for a free group workout at the Snow Pond Center for the Arts once a week.
“When I am not on a construction site or working out,” Holly said, “you can usually find me on the water or in the woods exploring all Maine has to offer with my boyfriend Nick Bragg (’96), his daughter Ashlyn and our 14-year-old yellow lab Gauge.” Holly has also stayed very active in the Oakland community and was responsible for organizing the Triathlon and Fun Run at the 2019 Oakfest.