Valley Youth House’s Pride program gives youth the opportunity to embrace their identity and overcome the obstacles presented by housing insecurities and homelessness.
Pride provides housing and supportive services for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Youth are provided a safe place to be themselves and gain support to make the typical transitions that occur during late adolescence and early adulthood.
Katie is the owner of Power Plant Gym in Aston, PA. In creating Power Plant Gym, she and her husband created an environment that is challenging and competitive while still being welcoming and inclusive. Katie is also on the Board of Directors of Body Positive Fitness Alliance, a nonprofit specializing in educating and connecting body positive fitness professionals and working to make the fitness world a more equal and inclusive space. As an athlete, Katie competes in strongman and powerlifting. She’s psyched to bring Pull for Pride to the Philly area in 2020!
- American Council on Exercise, Certified Personal Trainer
- American Council on Exercise, Orthopedic Exercise Specialist
- Body Positive Fitness Alliance, Affiliated Professional
- USA Weightlifting – Level 1
- Titleist Performance Institute – Level 1
- CrossFit Level 1
- CrossFit Kids
- Power Plant Gym, Owner
- Body Positive Fitness Alliance, Board of Directors
- Strongman Corporation, Delaware/Pennsylvania State Chair
- Widener University, Adjunct Professor of Physical Education
- Strength coach at Widener University, Jefferson University, and Neumann University
Event Organizer History
- Beer Muscles (strongman) – organizer and host
- All Out Strongfest (strongman) – organizer and host
- RPS Philly Push-Pull – host
- Local CrossFit competitions – organizer and host
- Current: Strongman, Powerlifting
- Former: Softball, Volleyball, Rock Climbing, Weightlifting, CrossFit
Leah is a former CrossFit athlete and current competitive powerlifter. Athletics, especially at a competitive level, were something Leah had very limited access to during childhood, though she always had competitive aspirations. Much of her development as an athlete has been during her adult years.
Having access to organized athletics as an adult has been transformative to Leah’s mental and physical health. Through athletics, she has built confidence, found community and learned perseverance that carries over into all aspects of her life. This experience has taught her how vital equitable access is for all people, at all levels of sports. To deny someone access is to deny them community, skill building opportunities, and a wide range of positive mental and physical health outcomes.
Leah has been involved with Women’s Strength Coalition from near the beginning, first as a competitor and fundraiser for their Lift for Planned Parenthood event, next as a volunteer coordinator, and currently as a volunteer.
- Former Women’s Strength Coalition Volunteer Coordinator
- Current volunteer with Women’s Strength Coalition/Pull for Pride
- Current: Powerlifting
- Former: CrossFit, Flag/Two-Hand Touch Football, Recreational Gymnastics, Little League Baseball
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