Alex Reznik, the founder of Complete Playground, conceptualized the idea of an inclusive family center and indoor playground after struggling with finding places in New York City that would easily accommodate all three of his children’s needs. Alex discovered that one of his sons was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. For years after, Reznik’s family detested going to his son’s therapy appointments due to their remote location and oﬅen clinical atmosphere. Equally concerning, therapy instructors oﬅen seemed unable to properly attend to his son’s needs, leaving the boy and Reznik’s entire family frustrated and reluctant to return. After visiting several innovatively-designed indoor playgrounds throughout Europe, Alex began researching the availability of similar centers in NYC. He quickly realized that nothing came close to what he experienced abroad, nor offered adequate support for his son with ASD. Hence, Complete Playground was born.
Alex had previously established CompleteBody in 1995, which is the only privately owned gym chain in Manhattan.
Certified Public Accountant (practicing since 1997).
Bachelors in Accounting, Pace University.
Masters in Finance, Pace University.
Adjunct Professor with Baruch, Metropolitan and Kingsborough Community Colleges.
Prior experience: Grant Thornton LLP as a public auditor.
Proficient in: Auditing, Taxation, Management Consulting.
Industries of expertise: Real Estate, Computer Consulting, International, Wholesale/Retail Trades
Proud father of four children.
Natalia Lehman was born in Ukraine and raised in Belarus and Germany. She has a teenage daughter, who was a delegate from New York in 2022 and represented the USA at global children’s camp in Amsterdam. Back in 1991 in Germany, Natalia helped at a summer camp for kids from Chornobyl as a Youth Teaching Assistant.
Natalia holds a Masters degree in Psychology and Methodology of Educational Work in Educational Authorities from Belarusian State Pedagogical University, Minsk, Belarus. 2000-2002 she worked at the International Center “Family”, Belarus as a psychologist. Since her teenage years, Natalia had an interest in beauty and cosmetology.
From 2005 to the present time she works at CompleteBody and for 5 stars hotels as an aesthetician. She likes to help teenagers fight skin problems and be confident, making them feel beautiful inside and out. Natalia has a passion for her job, loves to work with people, help them, and is quick to sympathize. She is very active and loves sports. Her other interests include literature, art, and traveling.
Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Kirk Myers is a fitness industry legend. For the past 17 years, his commitment to health and fitness has allowed him to not only transform his own life, but also those of his clients. Having struggled with obesity and heart failure at an early age, Myers felt it was his destiny to overcome both these obstacles and use that to inspire others. After graduating from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, he leveraged his knowledge gained from his own weight loss journey to start Kirk Myers Fitness, with the goal of helping others transform their own bodies and lives. In 2011, he made the move to NYC and by 2015, Dogpound was created. By creating an authentic, positive and vibrant atmosphere at his famed gyms in NYC and LA, Myers’ built more than a space for working out, he has built a community and a vibe that can be felt by everyone who touches the brand. Myers inspires not only his celebrity clients to lead healthy lives, but encourages his team of trainers to be inclusive and uniquely competitive, creating a truly magical experience. The organic and genuine relationships fostered by Myers is the driving force behind all things Dogpound.
With over twenty years of combined experience in the social service, education, and arts sectors, Munira Khapra-Reininger supports organizations by telling their story and rallying engagement in innovative ways. Most recently, she was Director of Development and External Communications at Broadway Housing Communities––which is globally recognized for founding the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling as part of their affordable housing and community development efforts in West Harlem. She brings rich experience from serving as senior leadership for values-driven cultural institutions, including Eyebeam, Creative Time, and Queens Museum. As a consultant, she supports the fundraising, communications, strategic planning, and implementation of DEIA frameworks for her clients, who have included National Sawdust, The Trust for Governors Island, Young People’s Choir, Leslie-Lohman Museum, and Data & Society.
Munira is committed to dismantling racism, a core value recognized by artist-activists who tap her expertise in the production of new works. Currently, she holds advisory roles at The Center for Artistic Inquiry and Reporting as well as an inclusive family center, Complete Playground, soon to open in Lower Manhattan, where she and her family call home.
Kat is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in New York. She has been working in public accounting since 2009, starting her career in partnership tax at PwC, and then pivoting to consulting at Ernst & Young.
Kat is also a parent of 3 elementary school-aged children, one girl and two boys. Kat has been a vocal advocate for her children since their very young age. They have dealt with various diagnoses – Autism, ADHD, Auditory Processing Delay, Eye Tracking Disorder, Hypotonia and Anxiety.
Kat witnessed firsthand how early intervention, focused quality therapies and peer modeling /inclusive learning settings made a huge difference in the development of her children. She is a big supporter of special needs families, and often informally consults families on various EI and CPSE therapies, neuropsych evaluations, school choices and parent advocacy.
She lives in the Financial District with her husband and children, and speaks fluent Russian and proficient Turkish.
Amy Beth is an operational consultant who specializes in educational programming, systems, and management. With over two decades of experience in the education industry and 15 years in leadership roles, she brings detailed knowledge of required policies and procedures, and supports teams to implement effective decision-making, strong communication, professionalism, and positive public relations.
Amy Beth is passionate about creating inclusive environments for staff, families, and children. She advises on best practices that will foster positive relationships and establish, and maintain welcoming company cultures. During the pandemic, Amy Beth felt it was socially responsible to attend Mindful
Schools to learn meditation and mindfulness practices to be able to support the changing dynamics within organizations.
Alongside consulting, Amy Beth co-founded a company, Water Automation, where she applies her operational knowledge and experience in the launch of their first product aquaHALT.
Amy Beth received a Master of Science in Early Education with a focus on Literacy from Wheelock College (now Boston University), Bachelor of Arts in English, with a minor in Modern Dance from Keene State College, a Director II Leadership Certification from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, and a NY State (birth through second grade) Teaching Certification.
Founder & President of Important Steps, Inc. established in 2003. Ms. Reznik is a former Teacher of Mathematics who graduated from Hunter College with MS, in the Early Childhood/Bilingual Special Education Program in 1995. She has more than 25 years of experience in providing highest quality services to infants and toddlers in need and their families, as well as overseeing and guiding one of the primogenital Early Childhood Program in NYC. Prior to Important Steps, Inc. Ms. Reznik was a President of another Early Childhood Program from 2001 to 2003.
Important Steps, Inc. is an Early Intervention Program that is funded and regulated by NYSDOH & NYCDOH as well as Westchester, NY and provides home-community and facility based therapeutic and evaluation services for children ages birth to 3 years old. Important Steps offers therapy (OT, PT, ST, Special Ed, ABA, SW etc. ) and education to children with developmental disabilities in 5 boroughs of NYC as well as in Westchester, including children at risk for developmental, emotional and behavioral disorders. Important Steps guides the families of these children, providing them with support and knowledge that enables them to meet their children’s needs. Ms. Reznik has trained a large group of professionals to reach an excellent theoretical and practical command of their fields and integrate the perspectives of their colleagues into their own thinking. Ms. Reznik recognizes the individuality of each person she supports and seeks to achieve Important Steps’ objectives by using a multidisciplinary team approach, with an essential component being each child’s family. Important Steps responds to the needs of families and their children with disabilities and is unwavering in that commitment.
Janet joined The IDEAL School of Manhattan as its Head of School in February 2016. Janet led the process of expanding the K-8 school to earn its High School Certificate of Registration from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and its accreditation, Grades K-12, from the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS). Under Janet’s leadership, student enrollment increased from under 150 to more than 200. Janet has led the development and expansion of a wide range of inclusive programs, all differentiated and individualized to meet each student’s needs. During the period when schools were closing throughout the nation, Janet led her team in the creation of an online school with full days, synchronous lessons, and after-school activities.
Prior to IDEAL, Janet spent 13 years at St. Paul’s School for Girls, a fifth through twelfth grade all-girls day school in Maryland. She began there in 2002 as an English teacher, soon became the English Department Chair and then Academic Dean, and was the Associate Head for Academics from 2011-2016. From 2010-2017, she was also a Trustee of the Online School for Girls, where she served as Chair of the Education Committee and a member of the Finance Committee and worked to promote the mission, development, and brand recognition of this new school. Janet spent sevens years, from 1993 until 2000, as an English teacher at Akiba Hebrew Academy (now Jack Barrack Academy), a coed, pluralistic Jewish day school that prepares future leaders to work for a better world through acts of justice and compassion. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Janet also earned a Master’s in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She was a member of the 2009-2010 Cohort of the NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring Heads, attended the 2016 NAIS Institute for New Heads, and has demonstrated her commitment to professional development through active participation in and presentations at national and regional independent school conferences.
Entrepreneur, Consultant, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategist (DEI), and Educator. Chair, NYAEYC DEI committee, engaging members and non-members in Courageous Conversations along with the other committee members. She was involved in helping to create The Harlem Playspace and Learning Center, the first Playspace in Harlem for families with newborns to three-year-olds. She has a Baccalaureate of Arts degree in Spanish and Hispanic Studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and a Masters of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education.
She is a Professor and an early childhood consultant focused on supporting families with infants and toddlers. As Vice President of Operations of Sabree Education Services, a subsidiary of her event planning company, Sabree Special Events, LLC, training childcare providers who service families with infants and toddlers with a focus on historically underrepresented families. We co-facilitate classes for parents with their infants/toddlers and plan family oriented events.
She is the co-founder and CEO of Urban Kids Journeys, a nonprofit organization providing experiences for families with a focus of brain development and the power of play to historically underrepresented families. She is a partner for sister company Sabree Education Services Gambia, a NGO in Gambia focused on early childhood education in Gambia and working collaboratively with other countries in Africa on early childhood projects.
She is thrilled to be able to do now what she has always loved: Working with youth, from very young children to college age young adults.
Almost two decades ago, in a country day camp in Rockland County NY, Zac fell wholly in love with the world of childcare, and igniting the fun in self-discovery. Starting as a jr counselor at 15 years-old, after college he went on to be the Director of After School programming and Early Childhood sports, but most importantly, “Wacky Zacky” became known as the Director of Fun. Zac also has had some amazing and eye opening experiences in the Autism community. After 4 years of working 1:1 with students with Autism, he was inspired to get his degree in Special Education. Since leaving camp to pursue new opportunities, he’s spent a wild year on the Mississippi as a Cruise Director for American Cruise Lines, and another year as the Director of Auxiliary Programs for a private school in Hoboken. He’s bursting with pride and excitement to bring this eclectic experience to this amazing company! Ask him about one of his many useless talents, or his famous “Waka Waka” dance!
Nikki Samson Caguioa is an educational specialist with over 24 years of experience teaching students from the toddler level all the way up to university. Nikki has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from Touro University, Graduate School of Education – New York City, and a Master’s degree in Educational Management from De La Salle University – Manila, Philippines. She holds a New York State Professional Certificate in both Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She is also a Certified Montessori Infant and Toddler specialist. Nikki is from a family of educators in the Philippines, in fact her grandfather established a University and a Montessori school. Nikki is not only a full-fledged academic but she is also a Tae Kwon Do 4th degree Black belt representing her schools in competitions. In 2004, Nikki moved to New York City for further studies and landed teaching opportunities working in Montessori Schools in Manhattan as Toddler Head Teacher for 16 years. In the summer of 2018, Nikki created a Montessori inspired summer camp program for children in New Jersey. When Covid-19 happened, Nikki spearheaded the zoom sessions for her toddler students and made the quick transition to online teaching both for her students in NY/ NJ. Her background in Educational Technology enabled her to be a content creator and delivered well planned lessons to the children and parents who actively participated. Currently, Nikki continues to teach children in the Financial District. As a mother to two children, aged 10 and 7, Nikki has carefully incorporated her Montessori method of teaching in her home. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing Tae Kwon Do and enjoys bringing her two children to different attractions at the seaport where she calls downtown her home
Katheryn Linares Began her Martial Arts journey at the age of 10. She began her training under Kioshi Jonas Nuñes Jr. of Americas Finest Organization in the style of Shindo Ryu Karate, MMA, Kobudo, and Kickboxing. With over 10 years of experience, Sensei Katheryn holds both a black belt in Shindo Ryu Karate and MMA Kickboxing. Katheryn continues her training under Kioshi Jonas Nuñes Jr. in the style of Shindo Ryu Karate as well as Dr. Alberto Gotay in the style of American Goju. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from John Jay College. Her hobbies include reading, rhetorical writing, and exercising.
Kristian Perez Holds both a Black Belt in both American Goju Karate and Tae Kwon Do. Starting his Martial Arts journey at the age of 6, Sensei Perez has been involved in Martial Arts for over 20 years. He has also trained extensively in Boxing, Kickboxing, Judo, and MMA. Kristian continues to train Karate under his Sensei, Dr. Alberto Gotay as well as Kioshi Jonas Nuñes Jr. to further his knowledge in the Martial Arts. Kristian holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from John Jay College. His hobbies include playing guitar, competitive gaming, and weight lifting.
Davina was born and raised in the Bronx of NYC. She attended school and earned her B.A degree with a focus on television and radio. While working on various sets, she discovered her enjoyment in hosting end-of-production events, which eventually led to organizing birthday parties for the children on set. After utilizing her degree, she made the decision to return to her initial love of hosting events and birthday parties for all age groups. Her ultimate goal was to assist people in celebrating their special days, with a particular emphasis on children’s events. With over 20 years of experience in hosting and decorating events in the tri-state area, Davina possesses the expertise to bring her clients’ visions to life. Moreover, she is well-known and connected within the local community for hosting kid-friendly pop-up shops, where she teaches children how to create bath bombs and soaps. This endeavor gradually transformed into hosting children’s soap-making parties. Clients praise Davina for her charming personality, compassionate nature, genuine passion for creating, and her ability to host unforgettable birthday celebrations. Her motto is to consistently craft remarkable events that will be the talk of the town in the coming days.
Evelyna Gerasimenko was born in a country that no longer exists (USSR). She grew up in Moscow, where she attended art school in addition to regular school from the age of 7. She graduated from the Academy of Art in Minsk, Belarus. In 1992, Evelyna immigrated to the United States of America with her family. Before moving to New York City, she lived in Cincinnati, Ohio where she taught private art lessons to children 7 and up as well as adults. She opened a studio / art gallery, called April ’85, where she continued to teach, held art exhibitions, and featured music shows involving students and their parents. In New York, Evelyna was a teacher and Art Director at a Montessori School where she created a brand-new Art Curriculum for children ages 2 – 6 that blended Montessori teaching with that of Reggio Emilia. Evelyna is a proud mom, mom-in-law, and grandma.
Hi! My name is Akibul. I am the rock climbing instructor at CompleteBody FiDi and Complete Playground. I have been climbing for 6 years with strong disciplines in top rope climbing, lead climbing and bouldering. I am belay certified and lead certified. I specialize in helping kids, teens and adults trying rock climbing for the first time and help them improve over time through focused techniques and personalized guidance as well as for seasoned climbers. I also offer private lessons for further in depth personalized guidance for kids teens and adults as well as belay certification for teens and adults. So if you’re interested in introducing rock climbing to your child for the first time or improve their skills if they’ve climbed before or want to throw a birthday party, please don’t hesitate to book a class or private lesson with me!
Noah is originally from the Gulf Coast of Alabama and became obsessed with all things gymnastics after his parents took him to see Cirque du Soleil. The acrobatics inspired him to start taking tumbling classes and he soon moved on to become a competitive cheerleader at 12 years old. He competed throughout the United States on a level 5 all-star cheerleading team during his high school years, while also being a member of his high school cheerleading team. All-Star Cheer is a discipline of cheerleading that involves a team of athletes performing a 2 & 1/2 minute routine composed of tumbling, stunting, pyramids, dance, and various other athletic segments. In addition to gymnastics, Noah is also an actor and trained at Pace University’s School of Performing Arts, earning his BFA in Acting for Film & TV
Cheerleader, Dancer, and Gymnast. Coach Jabari (They, Them) has spent over the past 12 years honing their skills as a Coach for youth to adults. As a Brooklyn College graduate, they use their background in Kinesiology to focus on the growth and development of the whole child. Inspired by Dewey’s philosophy of education, Coach Jabari understands the importance of imagination to drive thinking and learning forward. Students are encouraged to suspend judgement, engage in the playful consideration of possibilities, and explore. Believing in the importance of inclusion and diversity, Coach Jabari seeks to create an environment in which all Students, neurotypical and neurodivergent, can thrive together.
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