Board Of Directors
Alex manages the facility at Fitwize Academy in Coral Springs Florida. A United States Marine veteran with a Masters degree in business and has published 2 books on bullying and obesity. Being exposed to wide array of illnesses, he saw our youth experience diabetes, seizures, and other illnesses. In response, he studied health issues on obesity and inactivity. Fitness is essential to physical and mental fitness. This experience inspired him to be a hero in my community in helping children live long, healthy lives. His true calling is working with low-income and children with special needs. Also Alex is frequent youth motivational speaker for youth groups including the PGA Golf for Kids Program, Broward Hospitals, Broward Middle Schools, and others.
Mitch Hinds has always found a way to making a living being a creative whirlwind for most of his life. From stints as a copy/jingle writer for an ad agency in college, touring musician/songwriter for an original rock band, to owning his own Entertainment and Event company, Mitch has always looked for opportunities to create and invent fun for others. After 9/11 caused a huge downturn in the event industry, Mitch transformed his company into a summer camp program for kids, teaching kids that were not into traditional sports and camp activities. It was here that Mitch found a way to reach kids through playing to their imagination. Mitch brings his experience of imagination training and game creation to the Fitwize formula – making learning and exercise fun so that all kids can and want to participate.
Lori Sugar has been in the field of Special education for over 30 years. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Special Education, specializing in the area of early childhood. Her love for working with behaviorally complex children led her to pursue certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Lori’s career began at a small private school for behaviorally challenged children in NYC. She worked for the New York City Board of Education prior to relocating to Florida. Lori’s background includes working as a classroom teacher, behavior specialist, consultant, and program specialist, providing on-going support to teachers, students and families of children with special needs. She worked independently as a behavior analyst, working with children on the autism spectrum and children with behavioral challenges. Lori has been involved in the autism community since 2001. Most recently, Lori was hired by Broward Children’s Center to create an ABA therapy department. Lori continues to work as Clinical Director at Broward Children’s Center. Lori has worked in the capacity of a consultant through Nova Southeastern University’s Autism Consortium, providing training and mentoring to public school districts. She has been involved in the autism community since 2001, when she started working as a special education teacher in the Broward County Public Schools. Lori has created and provided extensive trainings to parents, teachers, and other professionals in her field. “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” -Helen Keller