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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.


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

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(early registration discount until 1/2/2019)
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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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