Daniel has been involved in the fitness industry for over ten years and has owned his own private training business since 2013. His passion for health and fitness led him to get certified through NASM, NFPT, and ACSM. He also holds a specialty certification as a Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer (CIFT) and as a Certified Autism Trainer, which allows him to train individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities. In 2013, Daniel married his beautiful wife, Trinity. A few years later, they prayerfully started Special Strong to pursue their calling of working with the special needs population. They both attend Gateway Church in Frisco and serve in ministry together. In his spare time, he enjoys working out, reading, and fishing.
Trinity has been in the administrative field for over ten years. She has experience managing over 20 employees and has received multiple job promotions in previous positions. In 2012, she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology to pursue her calling to become a biblical counselor. In 2013, she married her husband, Daniel Stein. Together, they started Special Strong to serve the special needs population. Trinity currently handles all of the operations, billing, and bookkeeping of Special Strong.
Trinity loves ministering to other women who are broken, hurting or have experienced abuse. She attends church at Gateway Church in Frisco, TX with her husband. Trinity enjoys volunteer work, working out, reading, and attending theatrical productions.
24 years ago, Donna was introduced to the world of special needs when her son, Chris, was diagnosed with Autism. She quickly became acquainted with organizations such as Special Olympics and got involved with the special needs community. As a profession, Donna has over 20 years of experience with administration and customer service. She has been responsible for handling complex databases of clientele and ensuring the highest level of satisfaction. As the office manager for Special Strong, Donna keeps our day to day processes running smoothly and efficiently. She works directly with our clients and their families to connect them with the right service to help them live a more independent and abundant life.
Donna is driven by what is most important to her, God, faith, and her family. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and volunteering as the Head of Delegation for Chris’ Special Olympics team. She also is a part of a women’s leadership group that challenges her to become better in all areas of her life.
Victoria has been in the accounting field, both public and in-house, for over forty years. She lives in McKinney with her husband of 41 years, Bruce, her daughter, Liz and her Mother-in-law. She enjoys being the mother to Liz and her brother, and grandmother to her two granddaughters. Victoria is an active member of Grace Outreach Center in Plano, where she serves as one of the teaching leaders and worship leader in the women’s ministry. She also enjoys Bible study, music, gardening, reading and cooking. Victoria also serves with Trinity Stein as co-leader of the Special Needs Women’s Prayer Group. She has a heart for those with special needs as well as their families and caregivers.
Jess is a BCBA specialist who has devoted her practice over the last 13 years to the treatment of autism and related IDD symptoms in teens and adults. Jess studied psychology at Winchester University in England and Existential Phenomenology at Seattle University before receiving her second Master’s in Special Education through Texas Tech. She recently began a focused, boutique ABA company catering to the specific needs of teens and adults around DFW. She is thrilled to share her experience with Special Strong and to have collaborated on our behavior training and de-escalation module.
Lee has been in the health and fitness industry for over 20 years. His journey with health and fitness started at the age of 21 when he decided to pursue bodybuilding and enter competitions. After he won a first and second place, he decided it was time to pursue a career in the health & fitness world. He graduated with honors from UTA, majoring in kinesiology. While he attended school, he interned at a neuromuscular facility that specialized in helping paraplegic, stroke & special needs members. He quickly found that he had a love and passion for the special needs population as many of the members became great friends with him. Lee and his wife were blessed to give birth to a son who had down syndrome. Shortly after this birth, they learned their son had a weak heart and passed away after only 13 days. The loss was devastating but it gave him even more of a burden to pursue helping others in the special needs community.
Lee has happily married for over 20 years and is extremely fortunate to have a beautiful 6-year-old daughter. He enjoys family time and collecting legos with his daughter. He makes health and fitness a lifestyle by working out several times a week and loves teaching others to do the same.
Adam became a personal trainer in 2011 after spending several years in the music industry. While pursuing this career, he had the opportunity to work with several clients on the autism spectrum. These sessions were particularly enjoyable because it allowed Adam to witness genuine transformations in people who had no frame of reference for their own hidden athletic talents.
In 2017, Adam’s 4-year-old son, Parker, was diagnosed with autism. After years of trial and error, Adam learned that therapy and regular exercise allowed Parker to thrive. Adam realized that what he learned with his own could be used in a training environment to help others. When he heard about Special Strong, he knew it was the perfect place to put what he learned with his son into practice with others.
When Adam is not working, he and his wife Anne are usually chasing their sons Parker and Max around the playground.
Aaron has been involved in fitness since the age of 5, where he played soccer and basketball. He stopped playing soccer during his senior of high school so he could focus on his final year but in the process, he got out of shape and overweight. Once he got into college he studied on health and fitness and learned how important it was to work out and live a healthy lifestyle. This led him to major in kinesiology and he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas in 2011. In his final semester at North Texas, he enrolled in a class called, “movement of special populations” where he learned a practical approach to conducting physical activity programs for individuals with disabilities. While earning his degree, he also volunteered at a special needs daycare where he helped lead an exercise class. Since he has graduated, he has been a personal trainer for over seven years and has worked with a variety of clientele. His passion in life is helping people live a long and healthy life. When Aaron met his wife, she was working at an autism center and taught him about the autism spectrum. This greatly benefited when interacting with his nephew who was diagnosed with autism.
During his free time, he likes to spend time with my wife and two dogs. He enjoys traveling and taking vacations with his wife and living a healthy lifestyle.
Sonia’s passion for helping others started at a young age. She grew up with five other siblings, one of which was diagnosed with LD (learning disability) and a BD (behavioral disability). As a child, it was never easy seeing her older brother struggle with social interaction and severe mood swings, but it is something that she witnessed frequently and learned how to cope and assist with his feelings/emotions.
Growing up Sonia was an active child who loved to play sports and was involved with her schools FCA/SADD program and choir. Through this group, she volunteered at the local Salvation Army and participated in fundraisers for charitable organizations.
In 2014, she started her health and fitness journey while living in Florida. At the time, she was experiencing some hardships and decided to focus her time and energy on something that was positive, so she started running. She found it to be relaxing and therapeutic and soon began to build up her endurance and completed multiple 5, 10, and 15 k races. Soon after, she was introduced to yoga and resistance training and fell in love with other forms of exercise. After several years of adhering to a healthier lifestyle, she recognized the true health benefits that occurred both mentally and physically throughout her fitness journey. She truly believes that positive choices lead to positive outcomes and that God always has a purpose for everyone.
After spending over ten years in the client service/administrative field, she decided to pursue her purpose in training. She holds an NCCA certification through the American Council on Exercise and has multiple certificates in the health and wellness field including: Group Fitness Instructor, Mindful Eating, Metabolic Conditioning, Postural Assessments, Pre and Post Natal Fitness, and Stability and Mobility Training. She has worked at a powerlifting studio, as well as in a box gym setting. She has experience working with individuals aging from 16-75 and with a variety of ailments.
She loves to spend time with her family and her dog Cloud. She also enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, outdoor running, and strength training.
As a graduate of Texas Woman’s University in the field of Therapeutic Recreation, Cindy has 30 years of experience working with special needs clients. She was the Director of Aquatic Therapy at Texhoma Medical Center and has worked at Baylor Hospital and Medical City Dallas with a wide variety of special needs clients. She has a passion for medical missions and has served with Eastwest Ministry in India, China, and Nepal. Cindy is also an active member of the Children’s Ministry team of Park Cities Presbyterian Church. Most importantly Cindy is the proud mother of two amazing sons.
Akilah has received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Texas at Dallas. She has been a licensed Speech Therapist Assistant for 14 years and is honored to serve children with very special and unique needs. She has always been ready to teach, encourage and help children reach their fullest potential and there have been many times when they have been the teacher and taught her to think outside the box. This special population is dear to her heart and she enjoys making a difference in the lives of these families.
Akilah came to know fitness with having her own struggles with weight and became interested in becoming a certified Personal Trainer to educate herself and has received her certification through NASM. She has always been active growing up playing sports such as basketball, volleyball, and softball. With her passion for fitness and the special needs population, Akilah is excited to combine both speech therapy and personal training to help serve, encourage, teach, and inspire greatness from within for those with special and unique needs!
Akilah is a proud mom of 3 beautiful children who each have their own way of relating and calling on her. Akilah enjoys attending and serving at One Community Church, reading, playing board games, exploring and spending time with her kiddos and loved ones. Akilah seeks to make a difference in her home and her community all for the Glory of God!
Alex is originally from Colombia but moved to Lumberton Texas, a small town just East of Houston, at the age of 6. Her passion for health and fitness began at an early age and was sparked when she played soccer and tennis. She played Hardin County soccer for 4 years and high school soccer and tennis for 2 years.
Her passion grew stronger during her time in college. Alex attended Stephen F. Austin University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a minor in Health Science. She is a certified personal trainer in the SuperSlow method and she strives to help people reach their health and fitness goals by encouraging healthy lifestyle changes so her clients can achieve an optimal life. The most rewarding aspect of this passion for Alex is watching people go through their transformations into becoming the best version of themselves!
Her passion for making a difference and changing people’s lives prevails even more in the special needs community because of her little brother, Harold. Alex’s brother was born with Down Syndrome and is her true inspiration in her life. Growing up with a sibling with special needs had its opportunities for growth and also it’s moments of wisdom; it taught her patience, understanding, love, and most importantly true joy. Alex wants to pursue a career working with the special needs community because she wants to make a positive impact in their lives as her brother has for her. She is ecstatic to join Special Strong and pursue her true calling!
During her leisure time, Alex enjoys spending time with her friends and visiting her family in Lumberton. She likes to go explore different areas of Houston and find new activities such as visiting museums, parks, and restaurants. Though not originally a professional sports fan, Alex has grown to love the Houston Astros (especially Altuve!), Rockets, and Texans and she enjoys attending games with her boyfriend, Thomas.