Jackie S. – CFT, M.S. Exercise Science, Autism Fitness Certification Level I,
Lead Personal Trainer & Director Adaptive PE Program
A graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she has earned a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Speech and Language Pathology. She earned her Master’s degree in Exercise Science at Central Connecticut State University. She is currently getting her teaching certificate in Physical Education and Health in a Post-Baccalaureate program at CCSU. While at UMass she was a collegiate athlete, playing four years of Women’s Rugby. Jackie has been working with children on the autism spectrum for 8 years, and has worked in Applied Behavioral Analysis at the ACES Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders. She has also been a CrossFit athlete for 2 years, played for the Hartford Wild Roses Women’s Rugby team, and a local Women’s Fast-pitch softball league. Jackie has been instrumental in helping develop and implement the Adaptive P.E. program at ASD Fitness. Jackie is excited to combine her two passions, and help impact the lives of others through fitness and healthy lifestyles.
Christine Z. – CFT -- Personal Trainer
Christine graduated from Sacred Heart University last May with a B.S. in psychology. She is 23 years old and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in social work at Southern Connecticut State University. She loves being active whether it is playing sports, going hiking, horseback riding, or working out at the gym. Christine’s twin sister has autism which helped teach her the importance of patience, understanding, acceptance, and compassion. She loves helping others and aspires to continue doing so after completing her graduate school program.
Jacob B. – CFT -- Personal Trainer
Jacob has worked with individuals with special needs for over 6 years. He currently works at the ASD Fitness enter as a trainer, and Chapel Haven in the Recreational Department. His passion for helping people on the spectrum and special needs kids in general started in his junior year of high school. He was offered to be an assistant coach for the North Haven Unified Sports Team. This drove his passion to continue working with special needs kids and adults. As high school went by, he began helping out in vocational activity outside of schools and becoming a job coach for students. Also, he volunteers with a transition program in North Haven every Tuesday morning cooking and teaching adults kitchen skills.
Certifications : CPR; ISSA Youth Personal Training Certificate
Jehna K. – CFT -- Personal Trainer
Jehna graduated from Southern Connecticut in the fall of 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She is currently in the Master’s program at Southern where she is getting a cross endorsement in elementary education and special education with a concentration in autism spectrum disorders. Jehna has played sports all her life and has a true passion for strength/weight training. Working out and being active daily has become a true healthy habit of hers. She has worked as a paraprofessional and truly loves to see people succeed. Combining fitness, helping others in need, and bringing positive energy into her clients, has always been a passion.
Karyn G.- CFT - Personal Trainer
Karyn earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA, K-12 Special Education Certification and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Southern CT State University, and a 6th year degree in Educational Leadership from Sacred Heart University. Since a young age, Karyn has had a passion for sports and fitness and is eager to help others improve their fitness. In college, she joined the crew team and continues to row with the New Haven Rowing Club. Karyn is a Special Education Teacher in North Haven Public Schools and has taught at both the elementary and middle school levels. Prior to obtaining her certification, Karyn worked at ACES and Benhaven School as a paraprofessional. Karyn is a certified ISSA Trainer.
Nadia will graduate from Southern Connecticut State University in May 2020, with a Bachelor’s in Communication Disorders and plans to attend graduate school for speech-language pathology. She is also an Instructional Aid for kids with special needs at an elementary school. Throughout high school, she was a competitive athlete in the sport of track and field. Whether it is working out, running, or hiking she loves staying active. Finding a place that combines two of her passions of helping others and fitness inspires her in and out of the gym.
Ryan S. – CFT – Personal Trainer
Ryan graduated from Springfield College in 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree in Rehabilitation & Disabilities. While attending Springfield College, Ryan was on the Baseball team his freshman year, and began having a passion for health and fitness. After graduating from Springfield, Ryan was employed at The Kennedy Center, working with an autism based population. Ryan also does therapeutic recreation with the agency, and works 1:1 with individuals. Ryan recently has been hired to be an ABA therapist at the IPPI school in Stratford. Ryan aspires to become a Special Education Teacher one day.
Certifications: CPR certified, CPI certified, ISSA Personal Trainer Certified
Teresa S. – CFT – Personal Trainer
Teresa is currently finishing her B.S. at Sacred Heart University and will be attending graduate school in the fall for Occupational Therapy. She is currently dance captain of the Dance Ensemble at Sacred Heart and is very involved with volunteering. She volunteers at Ludlowe Center for Health and Rehabilitation and also works as a job coach at a bakery for adults with special needs. Her passion involves helping others. She loves seeing improvement in her clients and seeing the smiles on their faces when something clicks.
Umberto P. – CFT – Personal Trainer
Umberto received his B.S. in Sports Management in 2015, played basketball in high school and college and worked as an RA on campus. He is a former preschool teacher and behavioral therapist, and has a passion for working with children. He loves pushing all of his clients to achieve goals, learning about each of then and discovering their own unique interests.