Founders

M.Finnegan

Megan Finnegan

Megan Finnegan has been working with people with disabilities for over 15 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sport, Health, Leisure and Physical Studies from the University of Iowa (August 1998) and a Master of Arts in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Iowa (May 2000). She has been a certified personal trainer since 2002. While at University of Iowa, Megan competed as a scholarship athlete in Track and Field. Megan specializes in training people with disabilities. She also works as a fitness consultant, helping agencies set up fitness programs for people with disabilities.

Megan has worked at University of Illinois Chicago (2003-2006) as an Agency Liaison Project Coordinator. While at UIC, she designed and implemented health and fitness programs for the Train the Trainer program. She also ran nationwide staff training programs to ensure successful implementation of the Health Matters program, a program that focused on improving the health and fitness of people with intellectual disabilities. In addition to her work at UIC, she has also worked as the Aquatic and Fitness Director at Misericordia Home North in Chicago, a residential facility serving over 500 adults and children with developmental disabilities (2000-2005). At Misericordia, she implemented creative fitness programs for the residents and staff. Currently, Meg owns a private personal training studio in Evanston Illinois, named TruFit Personal Training Studio.

She has presented at the Abilities Expo in 2010 (Chicago). Her presentation focused on designing and implementing fitness programs for people with disabilities. Other presentations include McHenry Community College Personal Training Forum (2012), and the Midwest Strength and Conditioning Clinic (2012).

Megan Finnegan is a nationally ranked powerlifter (3rd, USAPL 2009). She also has played women’s professional football for the Chicago Force (2009-2011).

sylvie

Sylvie Légère

Sylvie Légère has been actively involved in project development and implementation in both the business and not-for-profit worlds. For 15 years, she spearheaded process and e-learning projects at Accenture, and large strategic technology and process improvement initiatives for TD Ameritrade and JP Morgan Chase. For the past several years, she has used her project management skills to help a number of foundations and social organizations turn ideas into action. Sylvie jumpstarted the creation of the dZi foundation’s "Revitalize a Village" field manual for their operations in Nepal. Sylvie served on the Board of Directors, and she led the strategic planning committee for Housing Opportunities for Women (HOW).

Sylvie and her husband Todd are co-owners of Higher Gear Bike Shops located in Chicago’s North shore where she spearheaded the Women’s Cycling Program and managed Communications and Events for Higher Gear. She was also the event coordinator for the Wrigley Field Road Tour, a century ride benefiting World Bicycle Relief and Cubs Charities. It’s a perfect fit for what drives her: she loves to see people get out of their comfort zones, be active, and have fun.

Following that passion, Sylvie is now focused on building Foov Fitness. Someone once told her that we judge a community by its ability to care for its most vulnerable members. Sylvie believes that caring is giving people opportunities to improve their quality of life. Physical activity is a central part of her life (to the detriment of keeping a house organized). Foov Fitness will provide trainers, family members and caregivers a way to connect with people with developmental disabilities, a way to engage to increase physical activity, and ultimately a way to improve their quality of life.

Sylvie holds a Bachelor's in Commerce with a specialization in Management Information System from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and a Master's in Computer Science with a specialization in the Learning Sciences from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois. Fluent in French, English and speaking some Spanish, Sylvie is an avid runner and cyclist; she enjoys traveling and camping with her family.
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