Kristen Knight, MS, NSCA-CSCS, ACSM/NCHPAD CIFT
Lead Exercise Therapist
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, BS, 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!
Sam Padilla, BS, ACE-CPT ACSM/NCHPAD CIFT
Sam has her AS degree in Exercise Science from the College of Central New Mexico, and her BS in Health Sciences from Arizona State University. She is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise and has worked in the fitness industry for over 5 years. Prior to joining Pushing Boundaries, in addition to personal training work, Sam worked with neuromuscular movement disorders such as MS and Lupus. She also has significant experience working with prosthetics. A native of New Mexico, Sam is passionate about fitness and helping people live fuller, more active lives. She lives by the saying “Movement is Medicine.”
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. His awareness of the specific challenges of the PB community are informed by his own family: Michael witnessed and participated in the care of his father, who navigated both a Spinal Cord Injury and two separate Traumatic Brain Injuries while Michael was growing up.
Combining that history with 25 years of project management, 13 years of board development, 10 years of healthcare advocacy, and 8 years of teaching, his role at PB allows him to be the 'Jack of all Trades" that he adores. Whether he's changing a light bulb or building a development plan, his excitement in serving the PB community never diminishes.
In his spare time, Michael is passionate about travel, gardening, British television, and any and all cookies.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Le Ann Yoder
Le Ann Yoder has a combined twenty years of operations and client services experience within organizations ranging from technology startups to large international financial institutions. Currently, with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance she is the Administrative Manager for Imaging, Mobile Mammography, Procedure Suite, and Pulmonary Function. In this role, she provides leadership and support to empower staff: providing timely and accurate patient care. as well as organizational support.
Le Ann has served on several committees and boards throughout her career, with a focus on development, expansion, and growth. Le Ann's current volunteerism with Pushing Boundaries is driven by her desire to see the organization continue to grow- expanding PB's reach and profile, while also expanding access to services.
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 consulting business 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.
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.
Steven Anglés is an attorney whose law practice focuses on representing individuals with complex and catastrophic injuries. He is a partner at the law firm of Adler Giersch, nationally renowned for their advocacy of clients with brain and spinal cord injuries. Most notably, the firm was responsible for the “Return to Play” Law for students after their client, Zackery Lystedt, sustained life-altering concussions during a middle school football game.
Steven’s practice takes him across the PNW, from Seattle to the East Side and far beyond. He also manages an office in Kent dedicated to the South Sound, with additional resources and language skills to support the Latinx community. After 20 years in practice, he has a unique understanding of the care and effort it takes to help restore hope and rebuild lives after life-changing injuries. Working with Pushing Boundaries is a natural extension of honoring his clients and the tireless pursuit of exceptional results.
Director; Immediate Past President
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!
Tom Minty 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.
Crystal Ju is a program manager in the IT industry with 10 yrs of experience managing teams and shipping software products. On a daily basis she works with stakeholders to drive product usage and revenue via innovative technology, team excellence, and strategic partnership.
In 2019, Crystal's mother received three months of exercise therapy from Pushing Boundaries after a severe stroke. Her mother’s situation, paired with Crystal’s regular presence in the therapy sessions (acting as translator), ignited her passion of supporting the community of neurological disorders and spinal cord injuries. Crystal loves being part of Pushing Boundaries, helping the organization to continue to grow its reach and impact, and contributing to the success of its board, employees and clients.
Marci Muhlestein joins us with an extensive background in rehab medicine, disability services, and non-profit leadership. With more than 25 years of experience working in the disability community, Marci is currently the Disability Advisory Services Partnership Manager at Coldstream Wealth Management. Her role there allows her to build professional and community partnerships focused on simplifying the navigation of disability related services- which can be overwhelmingly complex. Prior to her current role, Marci has been an Occupational Therapist, Special Educator, a Managing Director of housing and education, and an Associate Dean at Bellevue College.
Marci first learned of Pushing Boundaries while researching options for her clients- and became very engaged herself. Serving the Pushing Boundaries community allows her to integrate many aspects of her professional experience, from rehab therapy to non-profit leadership.
Teri Mayo, LMT
As the Executive Director of Pushing Boundaries, Teri fills a vital role on the Board- providing a conduit between the Board and the daily operations of the facility. In her non-voting role, she is the expert in client services, staffing, budgeting and operations- ensuring the Board is fully informed as decisions are made.