Meet the Team

Meet the InMotion Board of Directors, staff and coaches.

Board of Directors

Gabe Adler, Treasurer

Gabe Adler has 38 years of experience in the public accounting field. In 1996, he merged his practice with Zinner & Company. Gabe’s client base includes owners of closely held businesses and professional service companies, whom he counsels in areas of accounting, tax, auditing, mergers and acquisitions, and how to transfer a business to the next generation.

Gabe advises many real estate owners, managers and developers on real estate tax strategies and has spoken to groups on tax laws and planning, and estate planning techniques. He is also a trustee and past officer for his synagogue. Gabe graduated from Cleveland State University with a degree in business.

Kelly Albin

Kelly Albin serves as Corporate Counsel at The Sherwin-Williams Company, supporting the areas of corporate governance, securities, finance, and general corporate commercial transactions. Kelly earned her undergraduate degree in finance from John Carroll University and a law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Kelly was a member of the Board of Directors of Shaking with Laughter, a local nonprofit organization with a mission to fund research to help find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. She also served on the Board of Directors of Front Steps Housing and Services and co-chaired the organization's largest annual fundraising event. She is a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Northeast Ohio Chapter, and is a mentor for College Now.

Jody Bell

Jody Bell is deeply passionate about InMotion, the welfare of its clients, and takes enormous pride in the organization’s ever-growing footprint on the global Parkinson’s disease (PD) community. Her work with InMotion fills her with a sense of purpose and gratification. She wants InMotion to continue to grow and to continue to set the standard for exceptional well-rounded care for people with PD and their families.

Her father, Allan Goldberg, was diagnosed with the disease in 2001, when it was far less understood and managed. In fact, upon receiving the diagnosis, her parents were advised by a physician friend to “keep it to themselves”. Subsequently, her parents navigated the degenerative effects of PD and the difficulties of daily living on their own, in relative secrecy.

In the last few years of his life, her father became incredibly passionate about the idea of a Parkinson’s “center” of some kind where those afflicted with the disease could obtain information, congregate with others who could relate to the experience, and find hope that their quality of life could improve. In 2014, in collaboration with four like-minded and dedicated individuals, InMotion was founded. Allan wanted no one else to have to “go it alone”, as he and Jody’s mother Terry had. One non-negotiable element was that the organization’s services needed to be provided at no cost to its clients; no one with a PD diagnosis living in the Greater Cleveland area would be turned away.

Jody’s initial involvement with InMotion was as a volunteer in BED fitness classes, and she knew she’d found her next move. In 2018, she became certified by the American Council on Exercise as a group fitness instructor and began assisting and eventually teaching a variety of BED classes, and Mindful Movement adaptive yoga. She then went on to become a certified Parkinson’s Wellness & Recovery (PWR!) instructor, gaining an even better understanding of the disease and its degenerative effects - and how to actually slow the progression. Shortly thereafter, she completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training to better understand physiology, anatomy, and movement, and how to best incorporate it into her teaching.

Jody graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor of science degree in psychology. After graduation she worked as an advertising assistant at Axelband & Brown in Beachwood, then as an account executive at Glazen Advertising in Cleveland. As she and her husband, Eric, started their family, Jody worked part time at her family business, Goldberg Companies, Inc. overseeing advertising and marketing in-house. She eventually left the business world to focus on raising their three children, Griffin, Anderson, and Cameron.

Jim Bickel

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Jim Bickel has more than 35 years of experience in information technology management and consulting. Most recently, Jim spent 15 years as the IT Director for the Cleveland Foundation. Here, he planned and completed many key projects, including: the selection and implementation of a completely integrated financial, grant management and fundraising system; a VOIP phone system; and the transformation of the entire technology architecture to a virtual server environment. Previously, Jim held management positions at North American Refractories, Brush Wellman, Forest City Enterprises, and Consolidated Natural Gas. He also was part of the Cleveland Office of Ernst & Young’s small business and information technology practices for 9 years.

Jim served on the Board of Directors of the Council of Foundations Technology Affinity Group for 10 years and was also the Board Chair during his tenure. He earned a bachelor of science degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in business administration from Penn State University.

Daniel Burkons

dan burkons photoDaniel Burkons is a senior director of Institutional Property Advisors (IPA), a division of Marcus & Millichap. Daniel and his business partners oversee IPA’s Midwest multifamily operations. He is one of the original founders of Marcus & Millichap’s Cleveland office, where he and his team have surpassed 45,000 units sold across 14 states totaling over $2 billion.

Having close family ties to Parkinson’s, Daniel was a founder of the Parkinson’s Pals organization that raised money for research. He is very involved giving his time and energy to the Parkinson’s community and has a passion to beat the disease and improve life for people affected. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Michigan and is a member of the Commercial Real Estate’s CCIM Institute.

Michael Chesney

As a partner at Frantz Ward, Michael Chesney represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law, including representing employers in court, arbitrations, administrative proceedings and other disputes. He advises companies, both large and small, on human resources issues and litigation prevention. He has successfully represented employers in single plaintiff and class/collective actions in state and federal courts, arbitration matters, and before administrative agencies throughout the country.

Michael is involved in the Greater Cleveland community and has volunteered through the United Methodist Church, North Coast District as a member of the District Superintendency Committee, and has served as a member of the Risk Management Committee of the United Way of Greater Cleveland. He is a graduate of Cleveland Leadership Center’s Civic Leadership Institute Class of 2014. Michael received his law degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame and his A.B. from Duke University.

Michael Craig

Michael Craig is an intellectual property attorney with Tucker Ellis LLP, helping clients protect and generate revenue from their intellectual property. He is experienced in opinion and pre-litigation work for patent and trademark cases, including intensive claims analysis and case law research. Before becoming an attorney, Michael worked as an environmental health and safety consultant in a variety of industries, and was a regulatory compliance manager for a large chemical company.

Michael earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Hiram College, and graduated cum laude from the University of Akron School of Law. He lives in Medina with his wife and three children, two dogs and a cat. He is extremely active in the local community with youth and environmental conservation organizations.

Beth Curtiss, Immediate Past President

A native of Norfolk, VA, Beth Curtiss has devoted her time and energy to helping local organizations achieve their missions. As a member of multiple foundation boards, endowment committees, and educational programs, Beth’s varied skill set has helped nurture both the financial and community support of many area organizations.

She has served as the Board President of many organizations, including: Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Foundation Board, The Northeast Ohio Association for Care of Children in Hospitals, and the Mt. Sinai Medical Center Auxiliary, where she oversaw the transition from a Hospital Auxiliary Board to an independent 501c3 organization.

Beth has professional teaching, event planning, and volunteer coordinating experience. She and her husband Rand, President of Loveman-Curtiss, are proud Shaker Heights residents where they have raised their two grown daughters. In her spare time, Beth enjoys golfing, cheering on Cleveland sports teams, reading and traveling out of state to visit her children and grandchildren.

Fred Eisner

Fred Eisner is a graduate of Miami University and received a master’s degree in finance from The American College. He entered the insurance business in 1964 and dedicated himself to the profession for more than 40 years, retiring in 2012.

Fred has been an active member in his community serving on several boards during his career, including for the Cleveland Association of Life Underwriters, where he became president in 1979, and the Ohio State Lupac. Additionally, Fred was very active at the Jewish Community Federation for 55 years. He is married and has two beautiful adult children and four grandchildren.

Ann G. Freimuth, Vice President

Ann Freimuth has built a career around her strong communications, organizational and analytical skills. For 15 years, she served as a program officer for The Mount Sinai Health Care Foundation, responsible for evaluating grant requests for the organization. Previously, Ann served as Chief of Staff to the past President of Tulane University.

Ann’s prior positions included serving as the Director of Community Affairs for Premier Industrial Corporation; the Director of Funds Development at Jewish Family Service Association; and Director of Career Planning at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Law and the Weatherhead School of Management.

She serves on the IMPACT Advisory Committee for the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, the Women’s Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and is a past board member of United Way of Greater Cleveland.

Terry Goldberg, JD

Terry Goldberg PicTerry Goldberg is an avid volunteer and former attorney and dental hygienist. She brings expertise in healthcare, having volunteered for five years at the VA hospital, where she had direct contact with patients. She earned a degree in law from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and has practiced family law for five years.

She has also served as a board member of Hawken School, where her children were enrolled for several years. Terry's husband Allan, one of the founders of InMotion, lived with Parkinson's for 15 years before he passed away in 2014. Terry is dedicated to helping InMotion continue building upon what Allan and the other founders envisioned. Terry is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for those with Parkinson's and their families.

Bruce Goodman, President

Bruce Goodman is President and CEO of White Dove Mattress Ltd. He is a board member of several community organizations, including: the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, The Temple Tifereth Israel, Jewish Family Service Association, and the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland.

Bruce is a graduate of Dartmouth College and received a master’s degree in business administration from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. His father suffers from Parkinson’s disease, and along with his business insight and extensive non-profit experience, Bruce brings a passion to his work at InMotion to help those living with Parkinson’s.

Ellen Halfon, JD

As Case Western Reserve University's Senior Philanthropic Advisor, Ellen Halfon provides strategic support to University Relations and Development staff, as well as donors, with respect to all aspects of charitable gift planning and implementation.

Prior to joining Case, Ellen practiced law for more than 30 years, primarily focusing on sophisticated estate and succession planning for high net-worth individuals and families. She helped clients achieve philanthropic goals using charitable trusts and other vehicles, and by developing strategies that encourage multigenerational involvement in family philanthropy.

Ellen also served as legal counsel to numerous public and private charities, and as a trustee and officer of nonprofit organizations. She has lectured regularly and published articles in the areas of estate, gift and charitable tax planning, as well as practice issues for tax-exempt organizations. While in private practice, she was selected by Best Lawyers from 2013-2019 in Nonprofit/Charities Law and Trusts and Estates and as Lawyer of the Year Nonprofit/Charities Law in 2014.

Amy Handel

Amy Handel has spent most of her life in Cleveland helping make the lives of those around her better. With the help and support of her late husband of over 40 years, an InMotion founder Lee Handel, Amy raised her son and daughter in Beachwood, Ohio.

She earned a bachelor of arts degree in social work from Cleveland State University, and her professional experience includes roles as the Coordinator of the Mandel Jewish Community Center’s Dating Services and Supervisor of the Senior Adult Nutrition Program.

Amy is a life member of the National Council of Jewish Woman and the Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary Board, and serves on the Leadership Council of Seidman Cancer Center. Most days, she can be found spending as much time as possible with her three school-age grandchildren, helping at InMotion, and as an active and cherished friend to those in her community.

Karen Harnocz

Karen Harnocz has more than 25 years of experience as a legal and executive assistant. In her current role, Karen is involved with the administration of company-wide events and senior level meetings for Public and Community Affairs at Eaton Corporation, a global power management company. Previously, Karen worked at Jones Day as a recruiting assistant. Karen enjoys traveling with her family, gardening, embroidery, reading and letter writing.

Karen Hess, Secretary

Karen Hess is a marketing communications professional who chairs the Marketing Committee and serves on the Development Committee for the Board of Directors at InMotion.

Patricia Inglis

Since 2010, Patricia Inglis has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Planning Officer for the San Francisco 49ers organization. She helped bring to life the team’s current home at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Before joining the 49ers, Patty was Vice President and General Counsel of the team's parent company, DeBartolo Corporation.

Patty has served on several for-profit and non-profit boards. Currently, she is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a member of the Board of College Now Greater Cleveland. Patty resides in Shaker Heights and has two adult daughters.

Donald Insul

After a career practicing law, Donald Insul owned numerous businesses, the last of which was Fidelity National Field Services from which he retired in 2006. Donald has served as an Independent Board Member to Private Equity companies, including The Riverside Company and Prairie Capital. He has been involved in the Cleveland community for many years, serving as advisor to the Leonard Krieger Fund at The Cleveland Foundation and on many community boards, including: the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and First Tee of Cleveland.

A native of Chicago, Donald graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1965 and later, Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1968. He has been married to Lynda for 53 years and has two adult children and four grandchildren.

Karen Jaffe, MD, Vice President

Dr. Karen Jaffe is an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB/GYN) diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2007. Since her retirement from medicine in 2013, she focuses her time working on local and national Parkinson's advocacy issues. For this work, she has received the Red Cross Heroes Award, The Irene Zehman Award for Volunteerism, the World Parkinson's Program Community Service Award and University Hospitals Neurological Institute Champions for Parkinson's Award.

She is a member of the Michael J Fox Foundation Patient Council serving as a liaison between the Parkinson's community and the research community for the purpose of advancing a cure.

Dr. Jaffe and her husband created the foundation Shaking With Laughter that has raised almost $1 million for Parkinson's research. In addition to her role as an InMotion founder, along with four other like-minded individuals, Dr. Jaffe very much sees herself as part of the InMotion community, one that is fighting a disease with grit and determination. Dr. Jaffe attended Kenyon College and Wright State University School of Medicine before completing her residency in obstetrics-gynecology at University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Sheila Levine

Sheila Levine photoSheila Levine has been married to her high school sweetheart for 56 years. Although she worked throughout most of her marriage, her first priority has always been her family.

When a member of her family was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson's, Sheila knew she had to do something. She began volunteering at InMotion upon her retirement three years ago, working with the InMotion yoga group and greeting clients as they arrive for class. She is thankful for the opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of those with Parkinson’s disease.

In 2011, two of Sheila’s daughters, along with a close friend, started Parkinson's Pals, a Cleveland-based charitable foundation primarily focused on increasing awareness about Parkinson's disease and raising funds for research. In five years, the foundation raised $550,000, with the majority of the funds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

After more than three years of collaboration, Parkinson’s Pals merged with InMotion to help serve the growing needs of those living with Parkinson’s disease, making Sheila’s appointment to the Board all the more meaningful.

Kenneth Liffman

ken liffman photoKenneth Liffman is Chairman of the Board and President of McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA. He joined the firm in 1979 and was Managing Principal from 1993 - 2017. The majority of his practice focuses on transactions, banking matters and real estate law. He has extensive experience in the acquisition and sale of commercial and industrial real estate, as well as construction and commercial lease matters. Since 2004, Kenneth has been recognized by his peers as one of Northeast Ohio's Top Real Estate Attorneys, as an Ohio Super Lawyer® and as a Best Lawyer in America.

Kenneth has been President of his firm’s Charitable Foundation since it was formed in 1993 and maintains a strong presence in the community, serving on numerous boards, including: 12 years for Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple; 17 years (three years as Vice-Chair) for United Jewish Cemeteries; nine years as a Cleveland Trustee for the Jewish National Fund; 10 years for the Cleveland Chapter of American ORT; 10 years (three years as Chairman) for the United States Committee Sports for Israel; and for the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, where he chairs the Holocaust Memory Survivor Project. He is also on the Executive Committee of the Board of Visitors for the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

He is the recipient of the 2012 ORT Jurisprudence award, a past recipient of the Sadie and Maurice Friedman Cleveland ORT Leadership Award, and the 2000 Chapter Supporter of the Year for American ORT. In 1996, he created the American ORT Jurisprudence Dinner (for the Cleveland Chapter) and served as its Chairman for 10 years. In 2017, Kenneth was named one of the 18 Difference Makers in our community by the Cleveland Jewish News.

Kenneth received a bachelor of science degree in finance from Miami University and graduated summa cum laude from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He and his wife, Gail, have been married since 1978, and have two daughters, Danielle (married to David Garson) and Allison (engaged to Brian Innenberg) and two grandchildren, Olivia and Benjamin Garson.

Jane K. Meyer

Jane Meyer serves as a community volunteer for numerous organizations in Greater Cleveland. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Smith College, and received a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School. She is a retired certified public accountant, and previously worked at Ernst & Young, Cleveland and Dayton offices, and for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Jane's volunteer involvement includes serving in various board roles and on oversight committees for: the McGregor Foundation; the Village of Hunting Valley; Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital; the Garden Club of Cleveland; the Health Museum/Healthspace; Judson Retirement Community; and University School.

Jane's hobbies include golf, bridge, reading and traveling, and she is a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights. She is widow of Henry L. Meyer III, has three sons and one grandchild.

Edward Newman

Edward Newman is President and Chief Executive Officer of Summit Management Services, Inc., for which he is a stockholder and has been affiliated with the company for more than 25 years. Edward has an extensive background in all aspects of the multifamily housing industry, including project-based, federally-assisted Section 8 and Tax-Credit programs, as well as conventional market properties.

He is a graduate of Ohio State University, is a licensed realtor with a Certified Property Manager designation, and is a member of the Akron-Cleveland Area Board of Realtors and the National Board of Realtors. He has been active for many years in the non-profit community, including currently serving on the Board of Trustees of the Stephen A. Comunale Jr. Family Cancer Foundation and as a member of the Development Committee at Old Trail School.

Joel Salon

Joel Salon recently retired after practicing dentistry in Greater Cleveland for 37 years. He is past president of the Ohio Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Heights Dental Study Club and the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity, Cleveland Chapter. Previously Joel taught for the Mount Sinai oral surgery program and Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine.

Joel is a graduate of Indiana University School of Dentistry and Indiana University School of Medicine. He has served on committees for Mount Sinai Hospital, Hillcrest Hospital, the American Heart Association, PIE Insurance and B'nai Jeshurun Congregation.

Scott Simon

Scott Simon is President and Lead Tenant Representative of North Pointe Realty, a Cleveland-based commercial real estate firm, started in 1973 by his father Bart. Scott is also a “happiness entrepreneur,” serving as founder of Scare Your Soul, a global courage movement which seeks to inspire small acts of courage, pushing comfort zones every day. Scott is a high-performance life coach, runs a support group for divorcing men, and leads free weekly mindfulness meditations online. Whether it’s about brick and mortar or connection and creation, Scott is passionate about building and transforming community.

Scott earned a bachelor of arts degree from Skidmore College and a master’s degree in non-profit management from Case Western Reserve University. He holds a Certificate in Real Estate Development from Cleveland State University and earned a Certificate in Positive Psychology with Harvard Professor Tal Ben-Shahar. Scott is a graduate of the Wexner Foundation’s Wexner Heritage Program.

Scott is Trustee of the Mt. Sinai Healthcare Foundation; Cleveland Chair of the 248 social entrepreneurship program and a former trustee of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland; former board chair of Shoes and Clothes for Kids; former vice president of Mandel Jewish Day School (JDS); and a trustee of Cleveland Bridge Builders. He was the recipient of the Yanowitz Young Leadership Award, the Morrie Sayre Volunteer of the Year Award, the Mandel JDS Volunteer Award, and noted as one of Crain’s Cleveland Business “40 under 40.”

Scott's greatest achievement, by far, is as proud parent of son Noah and daughter Teilah.

Adam Wolinetz

adam wolinetz photoAdam Wolinetz is a Senior Transaction Manager on the Advisory & Transaction Services Team at CBRE, where he manages national and global accounts for several Northeast Ohio Fortune 500 companies. Adam works with clients on real estate portfolio management, tenant representation, and real estate consulting involving complex negotiations. He has completed transactions in nearly every major North American market, as well as numerous assignments throughout Europe, South America, India and Asia.

Prior to joining CBRE, Adam was a Vice President at JLL in Cleveland. In his previous roles, Adam facilitated real estate transactions on both a national and international scale. He served large multinational corporate clients, as well as local and regional private corporations and non-profit entities. He assisted clients on a wide variety of real estate projects including: lease negotiations and relocation analyses, land acquisition and ground up build-to-suits, asset acquisitions and dispositions, and operations consolidations.

He earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Kansas School of Journalism.

Xin Xin Yu, MD

Xin Xin Yu serves as Associate Staff in the Movement Disorders Section in the Center for Neurological Restoration at the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute. She is the Neurological Institute’s Patient Experience Officer and is Director of the Functional Movement Disorder Clinic.

She completed her fellowship in Movement Disorders and her residency in Adult Neurology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Xin Xin is studying in the Master’s Program, Clinical Research Scholars Program at Case Western Reserve University. She received her medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and a bachelor of science degree in biology from Emory University. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is fluent in Chinese Mandarin and English.

Xin Xin serves as a principal investigator in a number of movement disorders research projects, some of which include clinical trials in Parkinson’s disease.

Emeritus

Earl Franklin
Allan Goldberg*
Jeff Gottlieb
Patrick Graham
Lee Handel*
Debi Kortanek
Harvey Kotler
Laura Milgram
Steve Owendoff
Zack Paris
Judy Peters
Susie Ratner
David Riley, MD
Lisa Salamon-Handel
Glenn Southworth
Mario Tonti

*In Loving Memory

Staff

Cathe Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer

Cathe Schwartz is a visionary leader who brings to InMotion deep experience in nonprofit management and fundraising. In her role as InMotion’s chief executive officer, she has overall strategic and operational responsibility for staff, programs, expansion and mission execution. She joined InMotion in 2018.

Cathe's career has spanned both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. She has served as a development professional in higher education, advocacy, and arts organizations and for 10 years ran a family-owned healthcare publishing business. A resident of Beachwood, she holds a bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Colorado.

John A. Ambrose, Community Outreach Manager

John Ambrose joined the InMotion team in February 2020 and serves as InMotion’s Community Outreach Manager. Shortly before arriving at InMotion, John graduated with a master of arts degree in Nonprofit Administration from John Carroll University. John also graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science from John Carroll University in 2015.

A Cleveland native, John especially enjoys exploring the wonders of Cleveland with his family and friends. John also enjoys traveling, particularly visiting close friends and family in Columbus, Ohio, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Ontario, Canada. During his free time, John loves to exercise, read, watch movies and documentaries, and listen to music. John has loved his time at InMotion and very much looks forward to interacting more with all members of the InMotion family. He is honored and proud to do his part in helping people with Parkinson’s disease feel better every day.

Pam Deutsch, Evening Coordinator

Pam Deutsch photoPam Deutsch began her professional career teaching children with varying levels of ability at a residential pediatric hospital, under the auspices of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. She later went on to teach in a federally-funded program in the Cleveland schools. After taking time off to raise her two sons, she re-entered the workforce in 1982, and moved on to Assistant Director and then to Center Director. After retiring, Pam served as consultant to the school for one year.

Along with her five grandchildren, InMotion is now her passion! As "Evening Coordinator," she feels it is her privilege to be a part of an amazing community of people, all dedicated to helping those affected by Parkinson's disease and helping them strengthen their "mind, body and spirit."

Deborah Holland, Database Manager

Deborah Holland comes to InMotion with a specialized background in Donor-Based Management with Raiser’s Edge. She most recently served as Database Administrator for over 9 years at Hattie Larlham Foundation. During her time there, she was responsible for establishing standards and procedures for entering data, training and providing support to users, entering contributions and assuring integrity of the database through regular maintenance of records. It is her privilege to continue building her skill set at InMotion.

Kari Kreft, Events and Accounts Payable Manager

Kari Kreft

Kari Kreft joined the InMotion team in February 2017 as Executive Assistant, in February 2021, Kari expanded her role and now serves as the Events and Accounts Payable Manager. Kari feels connected to the InMotion mission as she has family members and close family friends with Parkinson’s disease.

Kari has been a strong community volunteer all her life and is excited to work in non-profit after many years working in the business sector. She brings a background in wholesale and retail fashion where she spent years in purchasing, store management and human resources, most recently as the Vice President of Product Development for Status Men’s Accessories.

Kari holds a bachelor of arts degree in Communications and Marketing from Michigan State University. She and her husband of 30 years, John have lived in Cleveland all their married life but have roots in Michigan. Kari enjoys traveling, especially visiting her 3 children, Michael, Natalie and Olivia and during her free time, Kari enjoys cooking, reading and outdoor activities.

Ben Rossi, Co-Founder and Chief Program Officer

Ben Rossi is one of the founders of InMotion and serves as its Chief Program Officer. He brings over 20 years of fitness teaching and coaching experience, is an ACE Fitness Trainer and a qualified community exercise instructor for Parkinson’s patients.

Ben has created multiple exercise and measurement programs for Parkinson’s disease clients, with data from these programs shared in global research. He is actively involved with the World Parkinson Congress, the Parkinson’s Foundation and the Ohio Parkinson Foundation Northeast Region.

Deborah Rossman, Chief Operating Officer

Deborah Rossman is a goal-oriented professional with broad experience in project management, facilities management, operations, budget development and customer relations. She is proficient in business planning, problem identification and solving, and has strong communication skills, all of which make her a strong member of the InMotion support staff.

Deborah is a respected and dedicated representative of the InMotion mission to help serve clients with Parkinson’s disease as well as those who care about them. For over 10 years, she held the Facilities Director and Network Administrator position at Fairmount Temple. Deborah is a founding trustee of The Gathering Place in Beachwood, Ohio, and has served as President of Mt. Sinai Community Partners as well as on the board of directors for the Mt. Sinai Healthcare Foundation.

She enjoys her day-to-day interactions with the InMotion client network and cherishes her role as a caring mother and grandmother.

Wendy Voelker, Development Director

Wendy Voelker joined InMotion in 2021 as Development Director. Prior to joining the InMotion team, Wendy worked for Hattie Larlham, a nonprofit serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, first as Events Manager and then as Development Officer.

Wendy has an extensive background in producing successful fundraising events and campaigns, and enjoys creating beneficial partnerships with donors, corporations, and volunteers. Wendy was born and raised in New York State, and she and her husband Bob moved to Ohio in 2013.

During her downtime, Wendy enjoys cooking, hosting her own wellness podcast, and running. She currently runs 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathons, with plans to complete her first full marathon in 2022. Fun fact: Wendy was a contestant on Jeopardy! in March 2021, fulfilling a lifelong goal.

Coaches

Nancy Aeder

In August of 2009, Nancy took her first formal yoga class. The class opened up Nancy's life. She discovered peace on her mat, learned how to live in the present moment and found that she “ is always where she is supposed to be.” In May of 2011, Nancy graduated from Cleveland Yoga’s 200- hour Teacher Training Program. She is also a Reiki Level 1 Practitioner. Nancy has been teaching adaptive yoga with YogaReach®LLC for the past 17 years. She thanks Char Grossman for her love, support, kindness and introduction to YogaReach. Nancy is thrilled to be a part of this amazing team that is housed at InMotion.

Jane Barber

Jane Barber is a nurse and adaptive sports professional with a passion for bringing healing through sports to people living with disabilities, injury or the effects of trauma and Parkinson's Disease. She has taught adaptive skiing with Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) in Breckenridge, Colorado for the past 15 years. Several years ago she had the inspiration to pursue yoga teacher training so that she could bring yoga to her adaptive skiing clients.

She received her E-RYT 200 certification in May, 2016. She added to her career, one-on-one yoga therapy that she received from YogaReach. Jane also teaches yoga with Spaulding Adaptive Sports on Cape Cod in the summer. Jane is delighted to become a member of the YogaReach team.  Jane is grateful to Char Grossman for the incredible opportunity to be a part of InMotion's journey.

Jody Bell

Jody Bell has been a coach with InMotion since 2018 and holds an ACE Personal Training certification. She says,

“The joy I experience from working directly with InMotion clients is unlike any other. It is incredibly rewarding to be part of our clients’ growth and rediscovery, whether it be from acquiring new and better skills for daily living, increasing physical and mental fitness, improving self-confidence, or slowing the progression of PD symptoms. Working with clients who begin our fitness programs with any significant limitations, witnessing their successes, gives me a great sense of purpose.”

Sandy Ellis

Sandy Ellis has taught InMotion’s spinning and boxing classes since 2015. Her passion is fitness and says that to be a part of the InMotion Team is a dream come true. She works hard to keep her classes fresh, fun, and full of positive energy. Sandy holds certifications from: Rock Steady Boxing, Drums Alive, Ohio Health Delay the Disease, the Functional Aging Institute (FAI) Brain Health/Functional Aging; Parkinson’s Spinning, ACE Personal Training, and the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA).

Faith Gilbert

Faith has been with InMotion since 2015. She is a licensed physical therapist, specialist in senior fitness, and a functional aging specialist. Faith was looking for a career change at about the time InMotion opened and after meeting with Chief Program Officer Ben Rossi, knew that InMotion was the place she needed to be. Faith coaches with compassion, enthusiasm and fun, striving to always help and empower clients to feel better every day. Faith holds certifications in PWR!Moves, Ohio Health Delay the Disease, YogaReach, Total Body Resistance (TRX), Zibro Balance, and Balance Matters.

Char Grossman, M.A., PSY.S, C-IAYT

Inspired and supported by the founders of InMotion, YogaReach Mindful Movement Adaptive Therapeutic Yoga began offering classes for people with PD and care partners at InMotion when it opened its doors in 2015.

As the Founder and Director of YOGAREACH® LLC, a premiere adaptive therapeutic yoga program Char leads a set of adaptive yoga classes at InMotion and provides group/individual therapeutic adaptive yoga programs, speaking engagements, presentations at national conferences, and teacher training workshops. Char is a compassionate, advanced masters degree psychology specialist (PSY.S) and certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT). Char has trained with Delay the Disease and the Advanced Dance for PD® programs. She has worked for more than three decades assessing, educating, and counseling people with neuromuscular, neurological and an array of medical challenges.

Char is honored to promote mind, body and spirit through a non-medical therapeutic approach to our loving clients at InMotion.

Janet Kennedy

Janet has been with InMotion since 2015 and started working with PD clients in 2013. She has been involved in the fitness industry for over 30 years. Her certifications over those years include AFAA (for group exercise), yoga (specializing in adaptive yoga through YogaReach), Ohio Health Delay the Disease, ACE personal trainer, Zibrio Balance Specialist, Arthritis Foundation, and Silver Sneakers Senior Fitness. Janet is very passionate and expresses that feeling in her classes with her coaching skills. It is the highlight of her day when she walks into InMotion. Her goal is to motivate and bring a smile to our clients' faces.

Dan Medves

Dan is the program coordinator at InMotion. In addition to teaching Better Every Day™, he also helps run InMotion’s client assessments. Dan says,

“I am absolutely in love with the people that make up InMotion, from the wonderful caring staff and coaches that I get to work with to the amazing clients that inspire me daily. There is not better reward than that feeling at the end of a long day knowing that the InMotion team can help someone feel and get a little Better Every Day.”

Dan holds certifications from Ohio Health Delay the Disease, PWR!Moves, the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) Parkinson’s Disease Training for Fitness Professionals, and he is an ACE-certified Personal Trainer.

Joan Meggitt

Since 2015, Joan Meggitt has taught movement and dance at InMotion. Through her art, Joan explores and shares the many ways dance combines individual expression and collective experience, with a focus on finding authentic, engaging and meaningful connections with one another and the world around us. She believes that dance teaching and making should honor everyone involved, she fosters meeting people where they are and discovering the possibilities together. Joan has been teaching, making, performing, and researching dance for over three decades, including with individuals and groups ranging from preschool children to community elders, and in settings such as formal theatres, community centers, schools/universities, churches, parks, wilderness sites, and more. Joan says,

“I am grateful to be among the founders, staff, clients, coaches, and patrons, who together create a space that is welcoming, motivating, joyful and relevant to people with Parkinson’s and their wider community."

Joan has a master of fine arts in dance from Case Western Reserve University and is a teaching member of Dance for PD®.

Rev. Edward Niam

Sifu Edward Niam is the founder of Tai Chi Institute USA and creator of "The Movement of Life" and has been helping  people of all ages improve their mental, physical and spiritual health through alternative wellness therapies for nearly 50 years. Sifu is a Grand Master of Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Qigong, Meditation and Traditional Chinese Medicine and has developed specialized programs for those suffering from Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy and other movement disorders.

Michele Ridella
Michele joined the YogaReach team in 2021. She is a 200-hour RYT and certified in Pilates, Bar Ballet, and Adaptive Yoga for people with Parkinson’s. Michele has been teaching yoga and Pilates since 2009 and as soon as she met with Char Grossman in 2019, she knew working with the YogaReach team is where she wanted to continue her journey. She completed her training in YogaReach in 2020, and happily joined the team in 2021. Michele wants our PWP classes to have fun, while taking their abilities to the best level they want to perform. Michele approaches each class at InMotion with the desire to give back to her students as much energy and positivity as they give to her.
David Stein

David Stein has been with InMotion since 2018. When not teaching Mindful Movement, he is a commercial real estate professional. In May 2018, he completed his 200-Hour Teaching Training at Yoga Roots in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, under the direction of Kim and Scott Curtis. David is so grateful for the opportunity to inspire others to learn that participation in yoga can be a source of healing and can provide motivation and a positive perspective leading to an enhanced quality of life. Char Grossman and her team at YogaReach are providing the platform for David’s quest, for which he is most appreciative.