New Jersey All People Equal was founded to advocate for the fitness, physical education, recreation, and wellness needs of all people.
Our mission is to provide the highest quality of inclusive sports and fitness programs for people of all athletic abilities, and to support individuals and groups who wish to learn more about inclusive movement services.
Our belief is that successful inclusive movement programs do not occur due to the site, but rather because they adhere to a process of building upon an individual’s strengths, and then connecting those abilities to others who share in a common interest.
2017 marks my 24th year in this field; my experiences include serving as a consultant for Special Olympics New Jersey, Physical Education Teacher (Livingston Public Schools), adjunct faculty for Montclair State University, Director of the JCC MetroWest Special Needs Department, and member of The Phoenix Center Board of Directors. My professional training includes a Bachelor of Science – Health & Physical Education from Old Dominion University, and a Masters in Kinesiology—Adapted Physical Education from The University of Virginia, where I was directly advised by the foremost experts in Adapted and Inclusive Physical Education. My background also includes the NJAHPERD Teacher of the Year for Adapted Physical Education award, my experience as a NCAA Division 1 athlete (wrestling), and having served as a high school coach for multiple sports.
Assistant Director Family Services – Loren Svetvilas
2017 marks my 25th year of teaching & consultation experience throughout the tri-state area. My certifications include special education birth through high school, elementary education K-5, and he is a licensed Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant. I attended The University of Texas, at Austin, Montclair State University, & Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. In addition to my work with NJAPE, I also am the owner of LookLookLearn, LLC, and co-owner of TimeToSocialEyes, LLC. (Educational gaming app & animation development.)
Assistant Director Inclusive Movement Center – Robert Rinaldi
I am a graduate of Montclair State University where I received my BA in Health and Physical Education, and an MA in Sports Administration and Coaching. This year I will be starting my 5th year as a Health and Physical Education teacher. My career began in 2013 at The Phoenix Center, one of the premier special needs schools in the state which excels in creating highly individualized programs to meet the unique needs of their students. Working in this setting introduced me to children of all ages, talents and abilities in a dynamic movement environment. In 2016 I became a part of Ridgewood Public Schools Physical Education Department.
Support Program Director – Stephanie Dodd Black
For over ten years I have worked as an inclusive movement specialist serving individuals of all athletic abilities. Presently I work in the Ridgewood Public School District as both an Adapted and General Physical Education Specialist. My Bachelor of Science is in Health and Exercise Science from Rowan University. Additionally, I am also currently completing my Masters in Special Education with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Program Design & IMC Instructor – Janelle Sous
I serve as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Franklin Lakes School District during the day and ZUMBA instructor by night! My experiences include having worked with kids of all ages and backgrounds, facilitating creative speech therapy sessions which frequently contain movement. This is because my other passion is for movement, particularly dancing. I have been a certified ZUMBA and GroupGroove for 7 years, having taught in fitness clubs in Wayne, Riverdale & Pequannock. My classes are characterized by easy-to-follow verbal and gestural coaching (the speech therapist comes out), fun music, and an easy-going and accepting environment.
IMC Instructor – Kaitlyn Salviano
I am currently a senior at Montclair State University. I am obtaining a Dual Degree, specifically a B.A. in Family and Child Studies with a concentration in teaching, while minoring in Leadership and Civic Engagement; I will also be receiving a M.A. in teaching students with disabilities. Additionally, I serve as a Board Member of a non-profit advocate organization in Wayne, NJ, which supports a safe environment for adults with disabilities to work in an inclusive society.
Adult Day Program Services – Susan Orkand
My love and appreciation for the human body, movement and dance began as a modern dancer. From there, I went on a thirty-year journey working in psychiatric, medical, and other community settings for vulnerable children and adolescents with special needs. I supervised a creative arts therapy program in pediatric hematology/oncology and had the opportunity to develop a care coordination model in a pediatric critical care environment. All of my work has emphasized the importance of capturing the unique qualities of children and their families in order to enhance their quality of life from family centered and strength based perspectives.
IMC instructor – Melissa Schaffer
With a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University I have taught exercise, music, and theatre to students of all abilities ages 2 to 101 for much of my life. Classes utilize movement, imagery and breath so that individuals may form a deeper awareness of their physical potential, surroundings, and interpersonal relationships. I am an ACE certified Personal Trainer and certified in YogaRhythmics: joyful movement that emphasizes the body-mind connection through flexibility, endurance and cardiovascular fitness. I am the Music Specialist at Shoresh Pre-School, lead WeBop! teacher at Jazz House Kids, Chair Exercise instructor at Crane’s Mill and have served for several years as a leader and liaison of Montclair SEPAC advocating for the rights of children with disabilities and their families.
IMC Intern – Luke Singer
I am a recent graduate of Montclair High School, and person who aspires to someday work in the Health and Wellness Industry. My personal strengths include being hard worker and having a great sense of humor.