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About Fit Kids

Focused on delivering physical fitness programs to children in underserved communities, Fit Kids provides schools, after-school programs, and community organizations nationwide with a comprehensive curriculum that includes a variety of sports and fitness activities designed to be fun, engaging, and accessible to children of all ages and abilities. 

KEY ACTIVITIES AND GOALS:

PHYSICAL FITNESS PROGRAMS

Fit Kids offers physical activities that help children improve their overall fitness, including strength, endurance, agility, and coordination.

EDUCATION AND EMPOWERMENT

Fit Kids educates children about the importance of physical fitness and how it contributes to overall health and well-being, empowering them to make healthy lifestyle choices.

PROMOTING HEALTHY LIFESTYLES

Fit Kids aims to instill the importance of a healthy lifestyle in every participant, including the benefits of regular physical activity.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Fit Kids shares the importance of health and fitness with a broad audience of schools, community centers, and other organizations nationwide.

ACCESSIBILITY

Fit Kids works to provide children in underserved communities with access to regular physical education.

Staff

Ashley Hunter

ASHLEY HUNTER

Founder and Executive Director

Why are you passionate about Fit Kids mission/helping kids be active/kids health and wellness?
I strongly believe that physical activity is a critical part of every child’s healthy development, and Fit Kids is helping to make physical activity accessible to all children! I have always been passionate about kids, health, and fitness, and I believe that Fit Kids has the potential to change children’s lives by helping to develop healthy patterns and behaviors at a young age.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active?
I love being active in any way but my favorite activiteis are long walks with my dogs, hikes with friends and family, skiing, and golf.

Amy Gordon

AMY GORDON

Director of Digital Content

Why are you passionate about Fit Kids mission/helping kids be active/kids health and wellness?
I am passionate about kids reaching their full potential. I believe that Fit Kids shows kids how to be better a little everyday by teaching the value of physical fitness and mental wellness. Personally, I love working with the kids at our partner sites. I am very encouraged seeing kids fully engage in the activities!

What are your favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active?
I like to stay active by chasing my own kids around and hiking!

DAVID JACOBSON

Director of Program Growth and Communications

Why are you passionate about Fit Kids mission/helping kids be active/kids health and wellness?
From free play in parks that mark my earliest memories…to my career as a communicator for youth sports and fitness organizations…to my continued personal fitness journey, I know that nothing is more important to youth development than physical activity.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active?
Running, cycling, and hoops. (Ball is life!)

Miles Nowack

MILES NOWACK

Development and Communications Associate

Why are you passionate about Fit Kids mission/helping kids be active/kids health and wellness?
I am passionate about Fit Kids mission because I have experienced the value of participating in fitness activities, and I want to help ensure kids all around the world have access to the same opportunities I did.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active?
My favorite ways to stay healthy and active consist of exploring San Francisco, hiking around the Bay Area, and playing basketball!

Jenna Rosati

JENNA ROSATI

Director of Development

Why are you passionate about Fit Kids mission/helping kids be active/kids health and wellness?
I truly believe that if kids have a foundation of enjoying how physical activity makes them feel, they will carry that pursuit of being active with them throughout their life.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active?
I stay active by enjoying family walks, training for 10k runs, and getting a little competitive in F45 interval training classes.

Hope Scheid

HOPE SCHEID

Curriculum Consultant
Hope Scheid was born and raised in Menlo Park, California. She grew up playing soccer, softball, volleyball, basketball and pole vaulted. Hope graduated from San Francisco State University majoring in Child Development and completed her teaching credential and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at Notre Dame de Namur. She currently teaches Physical Education at Oak Knoll School in Menlo Park, the same school she attended as a child. On weekends and during the summer you can find Hope enjoying the great outdoors – whether it be mountain biking, running, hiking, snowboarding, or snowshoeing — and playing soccer or softball in recreation leagues around the Bay Area.
Nadia Vogel, Grant Writer

NADIA VOGEL

Grant Writer

Why are you passionate about Fit Kids mission/helping kids be active/kids health and wellness?
Fit Kids stands out as a unique organization in their field because we focus on prevention and habit building, reaching our target children before they suffer the long term health consequences of an inactive life.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active?
I enjoy skiing, hiking, and playing with my dog!

Navita Wilson

NAVITA WILSON

Director of Operations

Why are you passionate about Fit Kids mission/helping kids be active/kids health and wellness?
I strongly support Fit Kids’ mission and am dedicated to helping children be active because I believe in the transformative power of health and wellness in young lives. By promoting an active lifestyle and instilling healthy habits early on, we not only address the increasing rates of childhood obesity and related health issues but also empower kids to lead happier, more fulfilling lives.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active?
My favorite way to stay active is running. In addition to the physical fitness, running clears my mind, relieves stress, and leaves me feeling refreshed and energized. Plus, the sense of accomplishment after a good run is hard to beat!

“I truly believe in the power of physical activity to transform lives. Being active is such a critical part of everyone’s physical and mental development and I am so proud of the positive impact Fit Kids makes on the lives of thousands of children around the country through our structured physical activity program. Fit Kids has the potential to bring physical and mental health and wellness to young children anywhere, anytime thanks to the incredible efforts by the Fit Kids team and our Board of Directors.”

— ASHLEY HUNTER, FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FIT KIDS

Trainers

Tevyn Bonner, Fitness Instructor at Fit Kids

TEVYN BONNER

Fitness Instructor
Tevyn attended high school at Skyline in Oakland,CA. After coaching for a few years and ultimately being certified as a fitness trainer, Tevyn and his partner opened their own gym called Lifelight Fitness in 2015. Tevyn and his partner now own a Mobile Personal Training and Bootcamp business called Ryze Fitness in Castro Valley. Tevyn is passionate about fitness and believes that fitness has always been a safe haven for him and has allowed him to learn about himself. He feels blessed to be able to serve and make an impact for thousands of people and their fitness journeys! He takes great pride in completing the Beast Spartan Race, a 13+ mile obstacle course in the mountains of Lake Tahoe. Tevyn currently lives in Oakland and in addition to staying fit, he also loves chess, camping and video games!
Rondy Isaac

RONDY DOVAL ISAAC

Yoga and Mindfulness Instructor

Hometown: Palo Alto/East Palo Alto.

Where did you attend high school, college or gain other relevant professional credentials: Palo Alto High School, Teachers: Jillian Glikbarg E-RYT 500, Parayoga Certified/Director of Bindu Teacher Training. Jonathan Rickert E-RYT 500 Yoga & Meditation teacher.

Day job: Consultant and yoga teacher for Art of Yoga Project, Instructor for Black to Yoga, Founder of Barbershop yoga.

Favorite sports to play as a child and/or now: Football-played Pop Warner, High School, and College.

Favorite workout: Now, hiking! I love being in nature. The ultimate is to find the ideal spot while on a hike and flow though some Yoga.

Proudest achievement in sports or fitness: Ran 51.9 seconds in the 400 meters race in high school. Finished 2/200hr teacher trainings in 6 months.

Why fitness matters to me: My clothes fit better, and exercise makes me feel good about myself.

Why fitness is important to kids: Fitness for kids should be fun, a way to explore their abilities. Movement for young folks is important with many benefits. Mentally-eye hand coordination builds stronger connections in the brain. Growing strong bodies-running, jumping, and weight-bearing exercises strengthen bones and muscles. Weight management is helped with daily movements, keeping body proportional to age and height.

Fun fact or anything else you’d like our community to know about you: Favorite movie is Black Panther. Favorite candy is Mike & Ikes. Favorite athlete is Serena Williams. I slipped out the house and tried to catch the bus at 1 year olds by myself. Lol. Makes you wonder what was going on in that house to make a 1 year-old leave.

Sergio Maldonado

SERGIO MALDONADO

Fitness Consultant and Instructor

Why are you passionate about Fit Kids mission/helping kids be active/kids health and wellness?
I have also had passion for fitness and sports. Now with being a trainer and coach for 17 years I get an especially potent sense of purpose from working with youth and seeing their growth with physical activity. Now with being a Dad of an almost two year old the impact of activity and health is even more important to me and necessary in this world.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active?
Honestly, I love the gym and I love learning new forms of fitness. Some that I am experimenting with is sprint training, underwater pool training and rucking!

Eve Shen, Fitness Instructor at Fit Kids

EVE SHEN

Fitness Instructor

Why are you passionate about Fit Kids mission/helping kids be active/kids health and wellness?
Kids are our future. When we teach our kids to take care of their bodies and their mental well-being, they feel good about themselves inside and out. They carry that confidence to the people around them and their communities.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active?
“Eating yummy and nutritious food. Eating yummy and nutritious food.
Doing Yoga, swimming, hiking, roller skating, and playing team sports.”

PETER TAPAO

PETER TAPAO

Fitness Instructor

Hometown: Union City, CA.

Where did you attend high school, college or gain other relevant professional credentials: My first Health and Wellness experience started off as a Front Desk employee in Island Gym in 1998 working part time. I was responsible for opening the gym at 4:30 am. At that time, I had greater ambitions beyond working at the gym. I wanted to make a living in electronic engineering, which I was studying at DeVry University in 2002.

Favorite activities: Working out, hiking, and most importantly being with his family.

Fun fact or anything else you’d like our community to know about you: After graduation I took a trip to the Philippines, where my whole perspective about life changed. The Philippines is a third world country and people are just trying to survive. It’s a struggle every day. I watched my people, my own family, who had nothing, happily share what little they did have with me. This was a truly humbling realization and a lesson that changed my life. I came back from that trip motivated and dedicated to be a personal trainer and group exercise instructor, with a purpose and passion to serve. Fast Forward to now and I’ve done just that. I’ve been a personal trainer and group exercise instructor for 15 plus years, and have many clients who stay with me for 4-6 years. I’m very humbled to have satisfied customers and full classes of happy students. I’m continually advancing my career in an effort to build a healthy community, to establish great relationships, and open myself to new possibilities for growth.

Chermayne Nohealani Yago

CHERMAYNE NOHEALANI YAGO

Fitness Consultant and Instructor

Hometown: Kapolei, HI.

Where did you attend high school, college or gain other relevant professional credentials: I attended Fort Hays State University where I played collegiate softball and obtained my Bachelors in Sports and Exercise Therapy.

Day job: I am a private personal trainer located in San Mateo, California.

Favorite sports to play as a child and/or now: Favorite sport was softball but I’ve recently started getting into golf.

Favorite workout: My favorite type of workout is any jumping exercise because it’s the only time I feel really tall (haha).

Proudest achievement in sports or fitness: Going to Red Rocks Park in Colorado and running through every row (69 total rows) all the way to the top in elevation over 6000 feet. Even though my heart was punching through my chest and my lungs looking for air, it was so worth it at the end, because it was a moment in fitness where even I had to prove myself wrong.

Why fitness matters to me: Fitness is important because it lives in everything we do. I believe fitness is a big key to living a long and happy life.

Why fitness is important to kids: Fitness should be important to kids, because as we’re growing, we want our bodies to grow strong physically and mentally!

Fun fact or anything else you’d like our community to know about you: I also used to be a lifeguard for five years in Hawaii, best tan I ever had was during that summer

Board of Directors

Wiley Anderson

WILEY ANDERSON

Why are you passionate about Fit Kids mission/helping kids be active/kids health and wellness?
I wanted to be a part of an organization that focuses on the development and overall well-being of youth. The work of Fit Kids is incredibly powerful for the health of our youth. Fit Kids inspires all of us to participate and enjoy physical activity every day.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active?
Playing tennis.

Jennifer Birk

JENNIFER BIRK

Jennifer Birk is Executive Vice President of Operations at Oracle. Jennifer joined Oracle in 2002, serving as Assistant Controller before moving to London to head up the finance organization for Europe, Middle East and Africa. She returned to the Bay Area in 2009 to focus on the operational integration of Sun Microsystems before taking on her broader operations responsibilities in 2010. Prior to Oracle, Jennifer worked for Andersen both in Texas and the Bay Area. She holds a degree in Business Honors and Accounting from the University of Texas, has been passionate about competitive sports from a young age, and still enjoys any time she can find to play sports or enjoy the outdoors. Jennifer lives in Menlo Park with her son and spends most weekends enjoying watching him play sports.
Amy Burnett

AMY BURNETT

Why are you passionate about Fit Kids mission/helping kids be active/kids health and wellness?
I am passionate about Fit Kids because movement is so important to overall physical and mental health. Fit Kids has a broad impact on the youth we serve by providing simple and impactful programming to ensure all children have access to fitness and mindfulness activities.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active?
I have always enjoyed being physically active and love to go on hikes, play pickleball, and stay fit with pilates and strength training.

Courtney Charney

COURTNEY CHARNEY

Why are you passionate about Fit Kids mission/helping kids be active/kids health and wellness?
I love that Fit Kids helps kids understand the building blocks to a healthy life begins with being active. The skills learned in Fit Kids programs are fundamentals that will serve these students throughout their lives.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active?
I love to go on long walks with my husband and our two dogs – it’s a great way to connect and get exercise.

Marshawn Denny

MARSHAWN DENNY

Why are you passionate about Fit Kids mission/helping kids be active/kids health and wellness?
I was drawn to the Fit Kids mission because I was looking for a way to continue impacting the lives of youth. As an athlete, I understand the importance of physical activities for physical and mental wellness. I resonate with the mission of Fit Kids and look forward to the program growing and touching even more lives.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active?
My favorite way to be active is by playing basketball and softball in my free time. This has been a fun way for me to continue staying active and find community with others

Michael T. Freehill. M.D.

MICHAEL T. FREEHILL, M.D.

Why are you passionate about Fit Kids mission/helping kids be active/kids health and wellness?
Staying active as a kid is critical health and happiness. FitKids offers this opportunity for so many kids who would otherwise not have the access.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active?
I believe for a kid, making fitness fun via games or friendly competition is the most important ingredient to keeping them engaged.

Daniel-Galles

Daniel Galles

Why are you passionate about Fit Kids mission/helping kids be active/kids health and wellness?
Coming soon.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active?
Coming soon.

Andrea Henry

ANDREA HENRY

Why are you passionate about Fit Kids mission/helping kids be active/kids health and wellness?
I’m passionate about FitKid’s mission because I think that instilling in children the value of moving their bodies and engaging in fun physical activities at any early age is a gift that will improve the quality of their mental and physical lives, for the rest of their lives.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active?
My favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active are hiking, running, paddleboarding, skiing and walking my dog!

Russell Hirsch

RUSSELL HIRSCH, M.D., PH.D.

Why are you passionate about Fit Kids mission/helping kids be active/kids health and wellness?
Human beings are meant to move. All too often in our modern society we adopt a sedentary lifestyle. Fitkids provides a data-driven program available to all children that affords them the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from structured programs that foster movement and mindfulness.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active?
I stay fit and active through cycling, indoor and outdoor rock climbing, swimming and gym based strength and flexibility workouts.

Ashley Hunter

ASHLEY HUNTER

Why are you passionate about Fit Kids mission/helping kids be active/kids health and wellness?
I strongly believe that physical activity is a critical part of every child’s healthy development, and Fit Kids is helping to make physical activity accessible to all children! I have always been passionate about kids, health, and fitness, and I believe that Fit Kids has the potential to change children’s lives by helping to develop healthy patterns and behaviors at a young age.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active?
I love being active in any way but my favorite activiteis are long walks with my dogs, hikes with friends and family, skiing, and golf.

Andrew Logan

ANDREW LOGAN

Why are you passionate about Fit Kids mission/helping kids be active/kids health and wellness?
I am passionate about supporting Fit Kids because it’s an organization that has a major impact on the wellness of our youth by delivering physical activity to all. We know 150 minutes a week of exercise serves as the equivalent to antidepressants or anti-anxiety medicines without the terrible side effects and helping develop healthy habits for a lifetime in the face of rising obesity. All children deserve the opportunity to exercise and Fit Kids makes that possible.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active?
Personally, I work out most days in the gym or on hiking trails, though surfing is my main passion!

Jeff Marquez

JEFF MARQUEZ

Why are you passionate about Fit Kids mission/helping kids be active/kids health and wellness?
Every child deserves the chance to thrive physically and mentally. I resonate with Fit Kids’ mission to ensure that all kids, regardless of economic and social backgrounds, have access to essential physical activity and mindfulness, fostering healthier, happier lives.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active?
I try to stay healthy by participating in endurance events like running, century rides, and triathlons, which challenge me physically and mentally.  Additionally, I coach my two kids in various sports because I believe sports emulate life in so many ways, offering opportunities to overcome challenges, foster teamwork, and build resilience.

Wendy McAdam

WENDY MCADAM

Why are you passionate about Fit Kids mission/helping kids be active/kids health and wellness?
My belief in the importance of physical activity and that all kids deserve the opportunity to be active.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active?
I love to workout on my Peloton, Hike, play tennis and ski.

Sanjay Morey

SANJAY MOREY

Why are you passionate about Fit Kids mission/helping kids be active/kids health and wellness?
The long-term positive impact of physical activity on children is clear – mentally, physically, and emotionally. Fit Kids is certainly having an impact by offering physical activity fitness programs to more than 130 sites in need and almost 25,000 underserved kids and is on target to continue to grow which I think is amazing.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active?
I enjoy playing golf, skiing, hiking and mountain biking.

Maisie O'Flanagan

MAISIE O’FLANAGAN

Maisie O’Flanagan leads a philanthropic advisor and social impact accelerator for philanthropists, foundations and social impact investors on strategy, organization and elevating impact. Maisie is a former Senior Advisor and Partner and a co-founder of McKinsey’s Social Sector Practice. She led the Firm’s Philanthropy and K-12 Education Practices in addition to serving many leading technology and finance institutions. She has served a broad range of philanthropic, social impact and non-profit organizations, including seven of the ten largest philanthropic foundations and was the primary advisor for the launch of two of the largest foundations in the U.S. and merger of a third. She has authored publications on the social capital markets, scaling non profit initiatives and the philanthropic sector. Prior to McKinsey, Maisie was a senior leader for Jobs for the Future where she drove educational reform and workforce development in school districts and states across the U.S. In addition, she was a nonprofit founder and teacher. Maisie holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, a M.ED from Harvard University, and a B.A. from the College of William and Mary. She is a former lacrosse and soccer player and currently sits on UNC Chapel Hill’s Board of Advisors, The William and Mary Athletic Foundation Board and the Fit Kids Board. An avid skier and tennis player, Maisie resides in Atherton, CA with her husband and two children.
Sara Ratner

SARA RATNER

Why are you passionate about Fit Kids mission/helping kids be active/kids health and wellness?
I invest a lot of my time in programs that help adolescent mental health. There is a correlation between a child’s mental health and access to physical fitness.  Some of those individuals who need the greatest support have the least amount of access.  Fit Kids helps address a critical access gap that improves physical fitness and mental health by bringing to communities technology-enabled fitness programs that are easy to use, low cost, and accessible by entire communities. This program is not only community specific but tailored to be culturally relevant for a diverse set of users. Through this, there is a bridge to accessing fitness programs by all.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active?
Running and training for triathlons.

Bill Thompson headshot

BILL THOMPSON

Why are you passionate about Fit Kids mission/helping kids be active/kids health and wellness?
With three active kids, my wife and I saw first hand how important sports and activities were to their physical, mental and social health!  We want to give every child access to all of the benefits of physical activity.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active?
I start every day with an early morning workout and end everyday with 30 min of yoga.

Adam Yonkers

ADAM HARVEY YONKERS

Why are you passionate about Fit Kids mission/helping kids be active/kids health and wellness?
As a teacher, I work with teens all day long and want them to become healthier and happy. Physical exercise is a proven pathway to improve engagement and to create experiences that positively influence youth to pursue full lives. Unfortunately, today, there is the constant pull of technology on our lives, but Fit Kids instead encourages a more active answer to digital distractions.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit, healthy and active?
I swim, play pickleball, ski, hike, and love being active outdoors.

Honorary Board

These esteemed members of the community use their prominent platforms to advance children’s health and fitness and are committed to the future of The Fit Kids Foundation.

MARK ADAMS

Board Member, Co-Founder Whistler Sports Inc.

Mindi Bach

MINDI BACH

Fitness Consultant and Instructor

Steve Baker

STEVE BAKER

President – Baker Sports Management

Erik Byrnes

ERIC BYRNES

Former MLB Outfielder & Analyst for MLB Network

Anne Warner Cribbs

ANNE WARNER CRIBBS

President and CEO, San Francisco Bay Sports Organizing Committee

Alyson Dudek

ALYSON DUDEK

Two-time Olympian and Bronze Medalist, Short Track Speedskating (2010 and 2014)

Michael Granville

MICHAEL GRANVILLE

Owner of G:FIT Boot Camp Gunn HS Head Coach Cross Country/Track&Field

Todd Husak

TODD HUSAK

Managing Director CBRE Palo Alto & Color Analyst for Stanford Football

David Kaval

DAVE KAVAL

President – Oakland Athletics
Ronnie Lott

RONNIE LOTT

Pro Football Hall of Famer and four-time Super Bowl Champion with the San Francisco 49ers
Raj Mathai

RAJ MATHAI

News Anchor – NBC Bay Area
Conrad Ray

CONRAD RAY

The Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf & General Manager – Stanford Golf Course
Ted Robinson

TED ROBINSON

Sports Broadcaster, 49ers/NBC/Tennis Channel
Freddie Rodriguez

FREDDIE RODRIGUEZ

Professional Road Racing Cyclist
Joe Staley

JOE STALEY

Former San Francisco 49ers Offensive Tackle
Jen Welter

JEN WELTER

First female to coach in the NFL