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.
Brett D. – CFT, Personal Trainer
Brett got his B.S. in Exercise Science at Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has recently completed his teaching degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon University. He currently teaching in a school in Wallingford. Previously he worked at East Haven High School as a Special Ed. paraprofessional for over four years. He has coached football at Hamden High School, and lacrosse at Amity. He has also worked with adults at Chapel Haven. Previously, he worked part time with a corporate fitness center called Health Fitness Corporation. He is ISSA fitness trainer certified.
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.
David B.- Personal Trainer
David has experience working with special needs students in the New Haven Public schools as a paraprofessional. He assisted in a special ed. classroom and worked 1:1 with students, helping them integrate into regular ed. classes. He has also previously worked as a camp counselor. David has a lifelong love for athletics. He played soccer for over 15 years, currently trains Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and helps with the kid’s class at his gym. He is passionate about the benefits of exercise for individual’s overall physical, emotional, and mental health. He is currently pursuing a degree in Public Health at Southern Connecticut State University.
Edward V.- Personal Trainer
Eddie is a former competitive bodybuilder who competed in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. He has been training others for many years and is an ISSA Certified Elite Trainer, with certifications as a Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Bodybuilding Specialist, Group Fitness Specialist and TRX Instructor. He is currently working toward Master Trainer certification. He owns a successful on-line training company too. On top of all this, he wanted to become part of the ASD Fitness family! Health and fitness have become his passion and it allows him to help others achieve their goals. Some of Ed’s proudest success stories are his military and law enforcement clients who have gone to him to prepare for basic training or police academy for nutrition or physical conditioning and of course, every one of his ASD clients!!! Ed is also certified in CPR and AED, a certified EMT, and has training and certification in CPI.
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
Jesse C. – Paraprofessional Fitness Educator
Since freshman year of high school Jesse has been involved with helping people with disabilities. Unified sports, Fabulous Friends, and Best Buddies are a few clubs he has been involved in over the years. Helping people with disabilities truly his passion and he says it makes him smile more than anything. This summer he assisted with the summer camp at ASD Fitness center and was an asset to the team. Jesse is currently a student at Eastern Connecticut State University, getting his undergraduate in Physical Education, and then has plans on getting his Master’s Degree in Special Education. ASD proves what people can do to help others in need, he says, and he enjoys every minute of it.
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.
Matthew A.- CFT – Personal Trainer
Matt is currently finishing up his B.S. in Exercise Science at Sacred Heart University. He is an ISSA certified personal trainer and also was a Division 1 football player at Sacred Heart. He loves sports, cooking, reading, the outdoors, and especially his dog Bo. Matt has had a passion for working with special needs populations his whole life. He was raised around many people with special needs and he has worked/volunteered at his father’s day program for adults with special needs, G.R.O.W.E.R.S. Inc, over the past 8 years. Matt really loves connecting with each client and helping them get the absolute most out of their experience.
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.