​Lisa hollender, Aquatic SPECIALIST

  • Began with Rec2connect in 2017
  • Graduate of University of Central Florida with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology and Cleveland State with a Bachelor's in Health Sciences in Physical Therapy
  • Previous experience includes: Behavioral Research Technician at Sea World, Biologist at Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Chemist at NPA Coatings, INC, Research Assistant at Cleveland State University GobabyGo lab, Teaching Assistant in Human Physiology Lab at Cleveland State, Physical Therapy Internship at Genesis Rehab Services

 


Rachel Rowe, CTRS, AQUatic therapy supervisor

  • Began with Rec2connect in 2014

  • Graduate of University of Toledo with a Master's in Recreation Administration and Bachelor's in Recreation Therapy

  • ​Previous experience includes: Manager at Westbay Center, Camp Counselor and High Ropes Trainer at Camp Cheerful, Adapted Aquatics Instructor at Achievement Centers, Graduate Assistant in Recreation Therapy, Intern at Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center

  • Certifications include: Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Lifeguard, Water Safety Instructor, CPR and First Aid, Adapted Aquatics

​Lisa Freed, BCBA, ATRIC, Aquatic SPECIALIST

  • Began with Rec2connect in 2016
  • Graduate of John Carroll University with a Bachelor of Science  in Psychology and from Ball State University with a Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Previous experience includes: BCBA for Daily Behavioral Health, Behavioral Specialist, Behvaioral Consultant, and Autism Youth Counselor at Bellfaire Children's Bureau; Applied Behavior Analysis Aide at Milestones Autism Organization; Lifeguard/ Summer Camp Leader at Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland; ABA Therapist at Knapp Center for Childhood Development
  • Certifications: Certified Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and Trainer, Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Certified


​Daisy Norman, Aquatic SPECIALIST

  • Began with Rec2connect in 2015
  • Graduate of Cleveland State University with a Bachelor's in Education with a focus in English Language Arts and Secondary Education
  • Previous experience includes:Student Teacher at Lincoln West High School in 9th Grade English, Methods Student at Collinwood High School, Direct Childcare provider at Signature Health, Office Support Staff at Cleveland Marshall College of Law Legal Clinic
  • Volunteer Youth Group Coordinator at Fairport Congregational Church
  • Currently works as an Associate Teacher at Re-educational Services Inc


Erin Witschey, CTRS, Program Director, Recreation Therapy Manager

  • Began with Rec2connect in 2012
  • Graduate of Ashland University with a Bachelors in Recreation with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation 
  • Previous experience includes: Program Specialist in Aquatics at Easter Seals Camp ASCCA, Associate Program Director at Camp Speers-Eljabar YMCA, Recreation Therapy Intern at Friendship Ventures assisting with respite weekends, designing team building activities, and developed beneficial resources, Outdoor Adventure Instructor at Camp ASCCA. 
  • Currently works full time at Monarch Center for Autism as their Gross Motor Coach.
  • Certified  Lifeguard ,CPR and First Aid, Certified pool technician through the Aquatic Training Institute, Level 1 ski, adaptive ski Instructor through USA Water Ski,  Basic archery through the National Alliance for the Development of Archery.

DAN LISY, SWIM TEAM COACH, ADAPTED AQUATICS INSTRUCTOR

  • Started with Rec2connect in 2017
  • Swim coach at Olmsted Falls High School
  • Previous experience includes: Pool Manager/Lead Instructor at Fastlane Sports, Home Programmer for Support for Teachers and Families, Swim Strong Age Group Coach, Classroom Associate at PEP educational services 

​Stephanie carroll, Aquatic Specialist

  • Began with Rec2connect in 2016
  • Graduate of Ohio state University with a Bachelor's in Education and Masters in Education with a focus in moderate-intensive special education
  • Previous experience includes: Intervention Specialist at Bedford Highschool, Intervention Specialist at Glendale Primary School in Grade 3, Private in-home tutor,  Tutor at Bedford and Solon City Schools for extended school year program,  Intervention specialist at Oakland Elementary.
  • Volunteer experience at Youth Ability and Island Dolphin Care

 


LAURA HERRON,  AQUATIC SPECIALIST

  • Began with Rec2connect in 2017
  • Graduate of Clarion University with a Bachelor of Science in Education, with a focus on Early Childhood and Special Education
  • Previous experience includes: Intervention Specialist at Bedford High School, Intervention Specialist at Constellations Schools, High School Assistant Coach at Magnificat High School, Site Administrator at YMCA, Special Education PSR teacher, Special Olympics Swim Coach
  • Current Certifications: Intervention Specialist K-12 Mild-Moderate, Intervention Specialist K-12 Moderate-Intensive, Early Childhood K-3

KIA PICKER, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, RECREATION THERAPY GROUP ASSISTANT

  • Began with Rec2connect in 2016
  • Graduate of Ohio State University with Bachelors in Psychology with Minor in Business
  • Previous experience includes: Certified provider with the Department of Developmental Disabilities, Driver for Fare-Cle for individuals with special needs, Office Assistant and Classroom Aide for Solon Jewish Preschool, Volunteer for Jewish Family Services -Youthability

Jen Knott, Ctrs, ATRIC, owner, Executive Director

  • Began Rec2connect in 2009 with 2 clients
  • Graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelors in Leisure Studies with Concentration in Recreation Therapy and a minor in Psychology
  • Previous experience includes: Classroom Behavior Therapist at Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism, Job Couch at Goodwill Industries, Volunteer in Aquatic Therapy at Hattie Larlham in Physical Therapy Department, Internship and Recreation Therapist in Recreation Therapy at The Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation, Volunteer as Recreation Therapy Assistant at Respite and Recreation Program
  • Member and Presenter at the  Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute 
  • Certified Lifeguard, Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Certified, and Certified Therapuetic Recreation Specialist


​Amy Vedova, ADC, CDP,  Aquatic SPECIALIST

  • Began with Rec2connect in 2015
  • Graduate of Marietta University with a Bachelor's of Arts in Corporate Communication 
  • Previous experience includes: Producer for Cincinnati area TV stations, Activities Director at Mt Washington Active Day Center, Carmel Manor, Menorah Park Adult Day Center, and Menorah Park Center.   She currently works at United Cerebral Palsy as an Activities Director.
  • Speaker, presenter, and writer in area of a variety of topics related to Recreation and Activities for older adults
  • Certifications: Certified in CPR and First Aid, Certified Activities Director


  • Kimberly Fletcher is the Marketing Coordinator at Rec2Connect and has been on the board for Rec2Connect Foundation since June 2016. She has taken on an active role within the organization to market current and new programming that Rec2Connect offers.
  • Kimberly is an active volunteer within her community involved in Youth Sports and Elementary Education. A 2004 Hope College (Holland, MI) Graduate, she has worked with various organizations: Dance Marathon, the Cleveland Indians Booster Club, Little League Baseball, and the YMCA.
  • Kimberly looks forward to working with the families and friends of Rec2Connect in various roles

MORGAN FORSYTHE, AQUATIC SPECIALIST

  • Began with Rec2connect in 2017 
  • Graduate of Ohio State University with Bachelors in Special Education with a Minor in Psychology and a Certificate in Diversity Studies
  • Previous experience includes: Current Volunteer Coordinator and Lead Behavior Intervention Specialist at the Friendship Circle, Toddler Fitness Coach at Stretch-n-Grow, Occupational Therapy Volunteer for 60 hours at hospitals near Ohio State, Intern at the Holland Center in Tel-Aviv, Head Swim Coach at Hunt Club, Head Lifeguard at Hunt Club Pool

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