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Karen Friedman

Manager, Access and Ability within the Diversity and Inclusion Team at YMCA of the USA

Karen Friedman is the Manager, Access and Ability within the Diversity & Inclusion team at YMCA of the USA (Y-USA). Karen provides strategic and technical leadership to Y-USA’s Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance and Inclusion portfolio. Prior to Y-USA, Karen was the Senior Director for the Integration Initiative at the Hockomock Area YMCA in Massachusetts where she provided support and inclusive opportunities for members and their families with diverse abilities. She also co-chaired Y-USA's National Diverse Abilities Working Group, which connects and shares best practices on how to include individuals with diverse abilities.

Prior to coming to the Y, Karen was Assistant Director for the Center for Social Development and Education at UMASS Boston, a research center focused on promoting the inclusion of children with disabilities within the community. Karen has also previously worked at the Maryland Department of Disabilities and the National Federation of Blind.


Joshua Lifrak

Director of Mental Skills Program, Chicago Cubs

Joshua Lifrak is the Director of the Mental Skills Program for the Chicago Cubs. He has been in this role since 2014 and currently oversees a staff of 5 members. Ultimately the role of the Mental Skills program is to help the members of the Chicago Cubs reach their full potential – as players, coaches and as a people.

Prior to joining the Cubs Josh was at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, where he spent 10 years building mental skills training programs. In addition, Josh has worked with MLB players, NBA and NFL draft picks, the US Soccer U-17 Men’s National Team and many college programs, including the Florida St. football and basketball teams, the University of Alabama football team and the USC football and tennis teams. Josh earned a BA in Sociology from University of Rhode Island and a Masters in Exercise Science with a concentration in Sport Psychology from Ithaca College.

Zeke Horowitz

2-Time World Champion | 2-Time All-American

Zeke Horowitz Photo
Zeke Horowitz Photo

Two-time World Champion Zeke Horowitz has been a key member of the North Sails One Design Team in Annapolis, MD since 2015. Zeke began racing the Optimist at age nine in Sarasota, FL, eventually traveling all over the world to enjoy the sport’s camaraderie. At the College of Charleston, Zeke earned an All-American Honorable Mention twice and Academic All-Conference All-American once. Zeke was team captain his senior year, and led the Cougars to their first ever ICSA Team Racing National Championship. Before joining North sails, Zeke worked as an assistant coach with the Yale University Sailing Team.

In addition to world championship titles in the J/22 and Viper Classes, Zeke also holds eight North American / National titles in various classes. He is active in Vipers, J/22s, Flying Scots, J/70s, Etchells, and Lightnings, and also sails on the National Team Racing Circuit.


Will Welles

2-Time J/24 World Champion

Will Welles Photo
Will Welles Photo

Two-time J/24 World Champion, Will Welles has been a member of the North Sails Rhode Island team since 2007, although in total he sports more than eighteen years of experience in the sailmaking industry, including a six-year apprenticeship at the North Sails loft in Salem, MA.

Born in Boston, MA, he is also involved with Shields, J/70, J/22, J/80, J/88 and Etchells classes to name a few. With a foundation of multiple North American, National, East Coast and regional titles to build on, Will clearly remains intent on adding to a growing list of achievements. In 2014 he won the J/24 Worlds in Newport, RI as well as the US Nationals just a few weeks before and made the short list for Rolex sailor of the year. In 2015 he kept the ball rolling with a win the J/24 Midwinters, US Nationals, European Championship and North American Championship. In 2018, Will won the J/24 World Championship for the second time. He is a fixture at the top of the leaderboard at just about every major J/24 regatta and his experience is unmatched.



Reach Educator Middle School 1 Course at Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
1/30/2019 - 1/30/2019

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Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
225 East Coastline Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Contact: Jen Guimaraes
Instructors: Katie Tinder



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