I am a dad to two boys and dedicate a lot of my time to educating children about meteorology and STEM. Working with kids AND for kids is my passion that the grew out of my own experience.
I almost lost my left leg when I was 14 years old. After an original diagnoses of bone cancer and risk of amputation, it was one doctor that properly diagnosed me with a staff infection in my left tibia. I recovered and continued to play sports, but I know what painful surgery, long hospital stays, and a scary outlook is like.
This is why I began the Maryland Trek in 2014.
That is also why I dedicated my time and social media resources to help raise over $250,000 for Cool Kids Campaign.
After 8 years, I wanted to know where all the money was going and work with my loved ones to build that.
Shannon and I combined our efforts on this specific goal of integrating eastern methods with western medicine to empower kids. We want them learn they can play a positive role in their own healing.
Shannon and I have the same goals and love to share beyond our own three children. We met on my Maryland Trek 4 and got married the day after the completion of Maryland Trek 5. This nonprofit is out baby!
I am grateful for 14 of my 20 years in TV broadcasting being in Baltimore. That allowed me to build up connections and a large social media platform.
I believe the a part of everything I do needs to be for a cause outside of myself. In the past 8 years, I have done:
One of proudest developments! I made this mobile app with my oldest son. It was his idea when he was years 6 old, and the first project I worked on when I left my last TV station. It has been downloaded in over 60 countries and won a Parents Choice Award among many others.
At 15, I sustained a head injury and upper neck fracture. At the time, I did not understand how it affected my ability to think and process information. The outcome of the accident was that I had muddled thinking, trouble retrieving words and a lot of confusion and behavorial changes. Due to my age and the lack of awareness, I somehow related the internal results of the accident as meaning something about my worth. Many years later, after I struggled through getting an advanced degree in physical therapy, I discovered techniques to treat these outcomes. It was then that I knew I would spend my life attempting to do what I could to not only relieve the symptoms of physical dysfunctions, so that no one would confuse their worth with any physical based limitations, but to empower everyone on their healing journey.
My passion is for healing, service and children. I have always wanted integrate those passions with my desire to empower everyone on their path to wholeness. This has lead to the creation of Just In Power Kids. I am overjoyed to have found a partner in life that shares in my passions and wants to make a difference in the world together.
I am a manual physical therapist that has been practicing in Maryland for almost 20 years. I utilize an integrated approach to treating the whole person using a variety of hands-on techniques. I specialize in treating chronic pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, TMJ, spine, anxiety/ADD/ADHD and post-concussion syndrome.
I am a local expert in treating using craniosacral techniques, specifically in newborns and children. I have earned a reputation in being able to assist in failed cases that don't respond to other modalities.
I am the owner of Integrated Wellness Physical Therapy with practices on main street in Sykesville and in Finksburg MD.
Shannon graduated from The University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a BS in Biology/Chemistry and MSPT in Physical Therapy. She was a platform presenter with her research at the National Physical Therapy Convention. She has trained extensively with Michigan State Osteopathic College, The Jones Institute, The Upledger Institute, and the Institute of Bioenergetic Studies.
She is currently an adjunct professor at Michigan State in their College of Osteopathic Medical Program where she teaches in their Craniosacral program. She has also assisted in facilitating a national certification program for Physical Therapists, Certification in Functional Manual Medicine (CFMM) at Michigan State University.
Sharon Perfetti brings 15 years of non profit experience in her role for Just In Power Kids. She has successfully started several nonprofits over the years and understands what it takes to get started and to keep going in an ethical manner. Sharon has an extraordinary ability to navigate the complexities of bringing together a team of people, motivating them to bring their best qualities forward, and ensuring the successful completion of that team's mission. Sharon assists in taking the passion for making a difference in the world and guiding it into a reality.
She served as General Coordinator of Annie's Playground in Harford County before co-founding Cool Kids Campaign. She has since launched Paul Partnership to help nonprofits grow and flourish.
Sharon Paul Perfetti
Owner of Blackbird Crosfit
Member of Maryland Trek 4
Matt is a strong man physically and spiritually. He is an asset to our team
When Justin first asked if I wanted to be involved with Just In Power Kids.....I responded immediately with a resounding "Yes!".
However, as I began to really think about "why" I wanted to be involved with this group.....I kept going back to my own personal journey from diagnosis to treatment to recovery and ultimately....what additional support resources I could have used throughout.
When I was 21 years old, I was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer. The subsequent surgery and treatments were difficult. Both physically and emotionally. Having children at this time was the furthest thing from my mind.
Fast forward 15 years: My wife Melita and I were struggling to have children. We went to see a fertility specialist....where we were told we would never have children. We were devastated.
Imagine our wonder and amazement when Melita came to me a few months later and said that we were pregnant! We went on to have two wonderful girls. Both of whom we look at today and say to ourselves......what miracles!!!
All children are miracles. Just In Power Kids will provide the vehicle to assist (in any way possible)...in providing these miracles and their families the alternate therapies,workshops and supportive care they may need. Full Circle for me.
-- Graduated from Towson University with a degree in Business Administration.
-- Amerix Mortgage Group
-- President - Signs by Tomorrow - Timonium MD
-- CoFounder - SnowStix (partnering with Justin Berk) with 10% of all proceeds going to Just In Power Kids
I live in Davidsonville, MD with my five children (ages ranging from 4 to 11) and husband (and a bunch of chickens, a few dogs and cats on our farmette). I’ve always been passionate about health and wellness, so when my 9 year old daughter was shockingly diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of pediatric Bone Cancer in April 2017, I immediately turned to integrated wellness therapies to help alleviate many of the harsh side effects of the chemotherapy and radiation in my daughter’s intense treatment. Ella underwent 14 rounds of chemo and 8 weeks of radiation in over 8 months at Johns Hopkins. It was intense and difficult journey for her, but I am convinced that our dedicated team of various holistic therapists helped her thrive even during the toughest treatments. I call them our “team of angels”. Ella did physical therapy, gentle massage, acupuncture,chiropractic, craniosacral therapy, energy work, and saw a nutritional counselor on a regular basis to keep her body strong and balanced. She was declared NED in January 2018. I’d like to give back by helping other children and their families find wellness treatments that might ease some of the pain the of harsh cancer treatments in their journey to healing.
Before Ella was diagnosed, I worked in Human Resources at our amazing church in Annapolis and loved every minute. Prior to that, I was an office manager at the Healing and Wellness Center, an integrated wellness and nutrition center in Stevensville, MD. This job was integral to meeting the team of therapists who would later help my daughter. Prior to having children, my background was in business/financial analysis for the government contracting industry. My hobbies include swimming, biking, running, and being out in nature. Marathons and triathlons are a love of mine.
-MBA, University of Maryland, Robert H. School of Business
-University of Richmond, BA in Psychology, Minor Criminal Justice
-Severna Park High School
Member of Maryland Trek Team 3 and 4
I am excited to have Dave on our Board of Directors - Justin