Executive Director and Founder
Kelly earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Western University of Health Sciences in 2013. As a physical therapist, she works with people with a variety of neurologic conditions to move and live their best lives. Her primary focus is in empowering people with Parkinson’s both individually and as a community. She is a LSVT BIG ® and PWR!Moves ® certified clinician, a certified Rock Steady Boxing Coach, and has completed the Brian Grant foundation’s Exercise Training for Professionals. Kelly started Rock Steady Boxing Lebanon in 2017 and founded the 501(c)(3) non-profit Synapse Fitness Foundation in 2018 in order to bring high quality exercise services and comprehensive care to people with Parkinson’s in her community. As Executive Director, Kelly oversees the operations of SFF and programs provided, including Rock Steady Boxing Lebanon. She trains all coaches, coordinates the recruitment and training of volunteers, provides screening for new participants, supervises classes for quality and safety and is a resource to class members.
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Alexa Blake is a Speech-Language Pathologist who earned her Masters of Science from the University of Oregon in 2016. She has been working as a SLP for the last four years, mostly in a small hospital setting serving adults and babies with various communication, cognitive, and swallowing difficulties. She initially became introduced to the wonderful population with Parkinson’s Disease through Kelly Becker, and has been certified in both LSVT Loud and SPEAK OUT!, two programs targeting cognition and communication for people with Parkinson’s. She enjoys working with this population because of the functional gains and improvements her therapy can offer them, as well as the lovely people group she has come to know. As president of the Board of Directors for Synapse Fitness Foundation, Alexa hopes to continue to grow and support the foundation to serve more people in more ways and to empower and encourage quality life involvement for all with Parkinson’s Disease.
Ann Custer has been a member of Synapse Fitness Foundation’s Board of Directors since its inception in 2018. She brings to this position her professional experiences in occupational therapy, public health and health education. More importantly, she brings her personal perspective as the wife of an amazing man who has Parkinson’s Disease. Ann enjoys spending time with family and friends, eating good food, hearing live music, and appreciating the great outdoors.