Shelby graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a minor in coaching. While in school, Shelby was Vice President of the EagleFit Club, where she created high-intensity workouts for the on-campus fitness club members. She has obtained certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the American Red Cross, and is a nationally Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer. Shelby aspires to positively influence people to lead an active and healthy lifestyle to help improve quality of life.
Kristen Knight, NSCA-CSCS, ACSM/NCHPAD CIFT
Kristen graduated from Salem State University in Massachusetts with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport and Movement Science, with a focus on fitness and wellness and a minor in Psychology. She has over 7 years of personal training experience, is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and is a Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer. Kristen’s experience as a personal trainer has helped her develop a passion for helping others with their health and fitness goals so that they can live their happiest and healthiest lives possible.
Kevin Carpenter, ACSM/EP, ACSM/NCHPAD CIFT
Kevin graduated from the University of Mary with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, focusing on Clinical Exercise Physiology. Kevin is a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine and is also a Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer. While in school, Kevin was a two-time academic All-American for the Marauder’s cross-country team. When he wasn’t tearing up the roads during the school year, he spent his time in the University of Mary’s free health clinic that the students operated for the surrounding community. Kevin spends his spare time searching for new places he hasn’t been before, reading, and playing the drums.
Sumi Uchiage, BHK, BCAK, ACSM/NCHPAD CIFT
Sumi graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics, majoring in Kinesiology. She worked as a Kinesiologist, personal trainer and Rehab Assistant for 6 years in Vancouver before moving to Seattle. Her clientele ranged from the clinical population to elite athletes. Sumi is a 9x Karate National Champion and has competed internationally as a member of the Canadian national team for 15 years. Her love of sports and fitness has led to her passion of using exercise as a means to achieve benefits in health and wellness. Sumi strongly believes in the power of exercise and is excited to join the PB team!
Teri Mayo, LMT
Teri Mayo, LMT has owned rehabilitative practices for twenty five years as a massage therapist including a medical massage clinic that employed over 18 therapists and staff at its peak. After a recent several year foray into health care administration with Swedish Medical Group and Seattle Children’s Hospital, Teri is happy to be back in the world of rehabilitative services.
Teri brings a background in business management, team management, and professional mentoring and she is excited to bring her strategic vision, business expertise, and non-profit board/fundraising experience to Pushing Boundaries. She is eager to get going and looks forward to working with an amazing board, staff, team of volunteers, and clients to help Pushing Boundaries evolve into 2020 and beyond.
Teri has an open door policy. So please, if she is in, stop by and introduce yourself.
Michael’s philosophy of service-based professionalism is well aligned with the Pushing Boundaries Mission. Combining 25 years of project management, 13 years of board development, 10 years of healthcare advocacy, and 8 years of teaching, he looks forward to contributing to the organization’s ongoing growth and success As a healthcare provider himself, he understands both the challenges and successes experienced by the Pushing Boundaries clients and their families.
In his spare time, Michael is passionate about travel, gardening, British television, and any and all cookies.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Barry is a man of many hats. One half of his professional life is a real estate broker with Marketplace Sotheby’s International Realty specializing in accessible real estate. His other realm is being an international speaker & trainer with his company Talk & Roll Enterprises.
In 1991, Barry sustained a spinal cord injury from a motorcycle accident and has been an advocate for people with disabilities since that time! He served on the Governor’s Committee on Disabilities & Employment, has been a peer mentor for others with disabilities and worked as a consultant for many organizations over the years. He loves being part of Pushing Boundaries and has known and supported Sharon & Al since they first started the organization!
Board Treasurer; Founder
With 40+ years of Office Management/Bookkeeping experience, Sharon has been a vital an integral part of Pushing Boundaries since its inception. Sharon holds a B.A. from Nebraska Wesleyan.
Sharon and her late husband Allan founded Pushing Boundaries after Allan sustained a spinal cord injury. Sharon was instrumental since our inception in applying the knowledge, passion and real-life experience to make Pushing Boundaries what it is today. She is also a member of Bellevue LifeSpring, a non-profit organization.
You will often see Sharon helping out around the office, supporting clients and their caregivers, and surprising staff with lunch.
Wendell is the President of Premium Healthcare Products. He has over 30 years of experience serving people with disabilities, including owing his own medical equipment company, serving in senior management positions of regional/national companies, and in the development of several innovative products. Wendell is a member of the Washington Medical Case Management Association, serves on the board of United Spinal and The Here and Now Project. He has served on numerous boards, most recently on the Northwest Chapter of The American Parkinson’s Disease Association.
Annie LaCroix, MS, LMT
Annie LaCroix is a long-time business strategist, educator, and public speaker. She is the owner and founder of Columbia River Institute of Massage Therapy and has a podcast and consulting business called Brainy Boss that focuses on organizational efficiency for small businesses. Annie has served on the board of the American Massage Therapy Association Washington Chapter in many capacities, most recently as its President until 2017. She also currently serves on the advisory board of Healwell, a non-profit organization dedicated to integrating massage therapy into hospital settings. Annie has a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from Western States University.
Born over 50 years ago with Spina Bifida, Meg has been an Advocate for her community all her adult life. She works to improve access through ADA compliancy efforts both locally and nationally. Service to her community is a priority and a driving need of Meg’s and she is thrilled to bring her experience and background to any program so that it may meet its potential in serving the community as well.
Meg was Ms. Wheelchair WA 2008 and served as State Coordinator from 2010-2015.
Meg currently works with Validus Consulting & Services as their Resource, Outreach and Support Specialist and supports their mission of empowering individuals with disabilities to live to full potential.
Tom has been a Realtor® with a passion for barrier-free housing for over 15 years. In 2004 in response to the needs of a good friend with MS, he established ABLE environments, a full-service company founded to address the serious need for real estate expertise on issues of accessible living, housing decisions for our aging population, and the promotion of Universal Design in the mainstream housing industry. Most recently, Tom has partnered with Barry Long to create and implement searchable, accessible criteria in the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. Tom is serving his second term on the Seattle-King County Aging and Disabilities Advisory Council and is a Charter Member of the Northwest Universal Design Council.