Cynthia Templeton - Founder & Community Partnerships Coordinator
Cynthia Templeton, an experienced entrepreneur and administrator, founded Push to Walk in January 2007 with her son Darren, who sustained a C5 Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) in July 2004. Since the opening until now, Cynthia has been responsible for the daily operation of Push to Walk, including finances, development, and marketing. She continues to stay involved and maintain regular contact with clients and family members, assist with building collaborative partnerships and work on special projects to build the Push to Walk brand in the community. email@example.com
Vivian Kiggins - Executive Director
Vivian joined Push to Walk in April 2018 and brings experience both as an Executive Director as well as a grant writer/development associate for a number of organizations. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University and numerous years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. Vivian works closely with the other members of the management team in the daily operations of Push to Walk. Her responsibilities encompass a range of administrative and development duties, as well as strengthening and cultivating relationships with past, present, and future clients and their families. She will continue to promote the mission and vision of Push to Walk in Bergen County, as well as throughout the state. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tiffany Warren - Program Director
Tiffany started working at Push to Walk in September 2010 as an aide and became a full time trainer in October 2012. In June 2015 she was promoted to the position of Program Director and is responsible for overseeing the training staff. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from William Paterson University in December 2009. She maintains her CPR/AED and First Aid certifications and is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. She also completed a 3 month internship at Hackensack Hospital’s Cardiac Rehab Center during her final semester. Tiffany attended the three day NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) Locomotor Training Workshop in February 2013 and the FES Advanced Course at Restorative Therapies in October 2013. In August 2016 she completed the Pediatric NRN Locomotor Training Workshop to assist Push to Walk with its expanding clientele. email@example.com
Nick Blood - Neuro Exercise Trainer
Nick began working at Push to Walk in May of 2018. He has completed his bachelor’s degree Cum Laude in Applied Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology from Springfield College in Massachusetts. Nick has completed over 500 hours of internships doing personal training, strength and conditioning, and observing Physical & Occupational Therapists with general, clinical, and athletic populations. Nick plans on attending graduate school to receive a degree in Occupational Therapy. He has aspired to work with the SCI population since aiding his sister through her journey with a spinal cord injury. Nick maintains his First Aid and CPR/AED certifications.
Alberto Castillo - Aide
Alberto began working at Push to Walk in May 2018. He is currently attending Bergen Community College will graduate with his associate’s degree in Exercise Science Fall 2018. He will then begin his working towards his bachelor’s degree in Biology at Ramapo College. Alberto maintains his CPR/AED and First Aid certification and hopes to eventually become a physical therapist.
Kyle Cooper - Neuro Exercise Trainer
Kyle began working at Push to Walk in March 2018. He received his associate’s degree in Exercise Science from Mercer County Community College in 2014 and his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology from William Paterson University in August 2016. He maintains his CPR/AED and First Aid certifications and is a NSCA certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Kyle previously worked as a physical therapy aide. He continues to work as a personal and group exercise trainer outside of Push to Walk. firstname.lastname@example.org
David Dias - Neuro Exercise Trainer
Dave started working at Push to Walk in May 2017. He received a dual bachelor’s degree in Biology/Psychology from Kean University in 2013. David maintains his BLS/CPR certifications through the American Heart Association and is a certified Strength and Conditioning specialist through the NSCA. He is also A Functional Movement Screen specialist, as well as an American Council on Exercise (ACE) orthopedic specialist and personal trainer. Prior to joining the Push to Walk team, he worked as a physical therapy aide/rehab specialist for twelve years. David is currently working towards receiving his master’s degree in Acupuncture from the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine. email@example.com
Jen Homcy - Neuro Exercise Trainer
Jen started at Push to Walk in September 2015 as an intern from William Paterson University and transitioned into a position as an aide after receiving her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology. She became a trainer in June 2016. Jen also holds positions at Prudential Financial as a Health Specialist, and St. Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center as an Exercise Physiologist where she provides concussion screenings and education. Previously, she worked at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange as a rehab therapy aide, and gave private softball lessons. Jen maintains her CPR/AED and First Aid certifications, and has Functional Movement Systems (FMS) training. firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Lasky - Neuro Exercise Trainer & Education Manager
Matt started interning at Push to Walk in January 2012 and transitioned into a part-time training position in July 2012. He successfully completed the Certified Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Apprentice program at Project Walk in California in June 2012. Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Rutgers University and currently holds a certification in Strength and Conditioning through the NSCA, as well as in CPR training. email@example.com
Corey LeQueux - Aide
Corey started at Push to Walk in June 2016 as a volunteer, and after a few months was hired as a part-time aide in September 2016. Corey graduated from Montclair State University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. He maintains his CPR/AED and First Aid certifications and is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer.
Angel Lopez III - Neuro Exercise Trainer
Angel began working at Push to Walk in January 2017. He received his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology from William Paterson University in May 2016. He completed the three day NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) Locomotor Training Workshop in March 2017 and maintains his CPR/AED and First Aid certifications. Angel was employed as a Spinal Cord Research Assistant at the Bronx VA Hospital where he became a Level 1 Ekso Bionics Trainer for an exoskeleton prior to joining Push to Walk. firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Meola - Neuro Exercise Trainer & Facility Coordinator
Chris began working at Push to Walk in August 2013 as an aide after witnessing a friend sustain a spinal cord injury. He received his bachelor’s degree in Recreation & Leisure with a concentration in Sports Management from St. Thomas Aquinas College in May 2009. He maintains his CPR/AED and First Aid certifications and is an NASM certified personal trainer. As of July 2015, Chris became a trainer at Push to Walk and continues to work towards his master’s degree in Exercise and Sport Studies with a concentration in Exercise Physiology at William Paterson University. email@example.com
Rachel Ploger - Aide
Rachel started at Push to Walk in January 2016 as a William Paterson University intern. After completing her internship, she began volunteering for Push to Walk until she was hired as a part-time aide in May 2016. Rachel graduated from William Paterson University with honors and earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology. Rachel maintains her CPR/AED and First Aid certifications.
Amanda Quintero - Aide
Amanda began volunteering at Push to Walk in March 2018 after completing a few observation hours for a school course. She was hired as an aide in May 2018. Amanda is currently studying Exercise Science at William Paterson University and is expected to graduate in May 2019. She maintains her CPR/AED and First Aid certifications.
Joe Robbins - Neuro Exercise Trainer
Joe began working at Push to Walk as an aide in August 2017. He received his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology from William Paterson University in May 2018. Immediately following graduation, he became a part-time trainer. Joe maintains his CPR/AED and NASM CPT certifications. He intends on going back to school for occupational therapy in the future. firstname.lastname@example.org
Karla Ruaya - Neuro Exercise Trainer
Karla began working at Push to Walk in May 2010 and left to work full time in NYC in December 2013. She remained involved with the organization during her hiatus by volunteering for fundraising events and conducting adaptive tennis workshops for Push to Walk clients each year. Karla returned to Push to Walk in February 2018. She graduated with a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Northern Michigan University and is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist. Karla completed the three day NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) Locomotor Training Workshop in March 2018 and maintains her CPR/AED certification. She is also certified in Pilates, yoga, and spin, and is a USPTA certified Tennis Professional. email@example.com
Josh Song - Locomotor Aide & FES Specialist
Josh began volunteering at Push to Walk during Summer 2013 and transitioned into a part-time aide position. In July 2015 he became a full-time Locomotor Aide and in January 2016, after successfully completing the FES Advanced Course at Restorative Therapies, he became the FES Specialist. Josh earned his bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Business Economics from Rutgers University and is currently pursuing a certification in Strength and Conditioning through the NSCA. Josh is also an EMT-B and maintains his BLS Healthcare Provider certification. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tina Vietiez - Aide
Tina started at Push to Walk in January 2017 as an intern from Montclair State University. She transitioned into a part-time position as an aide in May 2017 after receiving her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Tina is currently working towards her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at New York Medical College, and maintains her CPR/AED and First Aid certifications.
Anthony Zecchino - Aide
Anthony began working at Push to Walk in October 2017 after completing assigned observation hours for a school course. He received his bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from William Paterson University in May 2018. Anthony maintains his CPR/AED certification.
Hope Edelman - Bookkeeper
Hope started working at Push to Walk in the Spring 2014 as the organization’s bookkeeper. She has worked for various companies including ITT World Communications as a Senior Accounting Analyst, The Law Firm of Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty as the Legal Administrator and the Law Offices of Peter Van Aulen as the Accounting Manager. Her focus is on automating and updating accounting and office systems to improve daily operations and efficiency. She is responsible for administrating Push to Walk’s daily accounting. email@example.com
Stephanie Lajam - Director of Operations
Stephanie began working at Push to Walk as an intern in the summer of 2009. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies in May 2010 from The College of New Jersey and returned to Push to Walk as a part-time employee in October 2010. In January 2012 she was hired full time as the Communications and Special Events Coordinator and in September 2014 became the Executive Communications Director. In May 2014, she enrolled in a graduate program at Rutgers University Newark and received her Masters of Public Administration in May 2016. Stephanie was promoted to Operations Director in July 2016 and is responsible for administrative operations, human resources, managing the fundraising database, and coordinating the various annual fundraising events. firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Wolfe - Executive Assistant
Kate started at Push to Walk in June 2016 as the part-time Administrative Assistant. She has been an active volunteer in the school community for the past 10 years. Prior to that she worked as an event planner for various organizations such as Meeting Partners, planning corporate 4special events. Her duties include assisting both the program staff and the administrative staff in any way that she can. email@example.com