Our Staff

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. In January 2017, she plans 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. ctempleton@pushtowalknj.org

David Font - Executive Director

David Font joins Push to Walk with over fifteen years of experience in non-profit management specializing in operations, grant writing, facilities management, risk management, community relations, and leadership development. He holds a Master of Human Resource Development Degree from Clemson University and a Master of Public Administration Degree from Rutgers University. David is eager to bring his knowledge and background to the Push to Walk team to aid in its next phase of growth and success. dfont@pushtowalknj.org

Program Team

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. twarren@pushtowalknj.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. ddias@pushtowalknj.org

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. jhomcy@pushtowalknj.org

Andrew Kerwin - Aide

Andrew started at Push to Walk in September 2015 as an intern from Montclair State University. After completing his internship, he transitioned into a part-time position as an aide in December 2015. Andrew received his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in May 2016 and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree of the same discipline from Montclair State University. Andrew maintains his CPR/AED and First Aid certificates among various other certifications.

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. mlasky@pushtowalknj.org

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.  alopez@pushtowalknj.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. cmeola@pushtowalknj.org

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 CRP/AED and First Aid certifications.

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. jsong@pushtowalknj.org

Shauna VanDeRee - Neuro Exercise Trainer

Shauna began working at Push to Walk in July 2017 after previously working at Hackensack University Medical Center Fitness and Wellness Center as a personal trainer where she was taught and practiced Functional Movement Systems (FMS).  Shauna received her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology from William Paterson University in May 2015.  She maintains her CPR/First Aid certifications from American Red Cross. Previously, Shauna worked at Excel Orthopedic Rehab as a physical therapy aide.  She also has experience coaching volleyball from beginner athletes, high school boys’ team, as well as assistant coaching for William Paterson University. svanderee@pushtowalknj.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.

Administrative Team

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.  hedelman@pushtowalknj.org

Candice Bates Hoff - Development Director

Candice began working part-time at Push to Walk in April 2015. For over 12 years, she has served as a nonprofit fundraising professional for several voluntary health organizations in New York and New Jersey. Candice graduated in 1995 from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in English. Her duties here include board giving, donor stewardship, corporate and foundation relations and grant writing, planned giving, strategic planning, and annual appeal and other project support. Please feel free to contact Candice with any questions or ideas on ways to support our mission. choff@pushtowalknj.org

Stephanie Lajam - Operations Director

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 and fundraising events. slajam@pushtowalknj.org

Kate Wolfe - Administrative 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. kwolfe@pushtowalknj.org