Aaron Holm, founder and president of WYT's has spent the past 15 years in both business development and management in the Information Technology and Engineering staffing, consulting and outsourcing industry. As the result of an accident in January of 2007 Aaron lost both of his legs above the knee. Aaron's quick and successful recovery efforts are the premise of the WYT's organization. In May 2008, Aaron founded “Wiggle Your Toes” with a mission to help other amputees regain indipendence and mobility. Aaron has given back to the amputee community through WYT's and also by lobbying on capital hill for the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) parity act.
Aaron resides in the Twin Cities with his wife Amanda and their three children.
Born and raised outside of the Twin Cities, Robert Bernier is currently President & Chief Executive Officer of Signature Media Group, a privately held company that provides electronic store fronts through which the customer orders printed materials and promotional items. As CEO, Mr. Bernier is responsible for the implementation of corporate growth strategies, expansion of service and product lines, development
of new business relationships, and the productivity of the nine staff members.
Robert is also the President and CEO of Tradition Valet which was incorporated in 2001. Tradition Valet provides valet services to over 20 locations across the Twin Cities. Through his leadership and mentoring, Tradition Valet has been able to provide this service industry with over 250 responsible, professionally attired, and well trained valets, most recruited from local college campuses. Through his exceptional networking skills and positive attitude, the valet service has seen steady growth.
Mr. Bernier received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Winona State University, where he also played baseball (Senior Captain). Now living in Shakopee with his wife and two sons, Robert continues to have an active role in sports by volunteering to coach in the local youth hockey and baseball programs. Mr. Bernier and his wife have also been mentoring a 12 year old boy through Big Brothers and Big Sisters
program for the past four years.
Riana Hansen is currently a Senior Sales Executive for LogiSolve, LLC. LogiSolve is a privately held Technology and Management Consulting firm in Minneapolis, MN specializing in Project Management, Business Analysis, Technical Architecture and ePrescription Solutions. LogiSolve was ranked as Minnesota’s #1 Fastest-growing Private Companies in 2007.
Prior to joining LogiSolve, Ms. Hansen spent eight years with CDI Business Solutions Group, an IT staffing firm with offices nationwide. Throughout her tenure with CDI, she was a Sales Executive for five years and spent three years prior in an Account Support role. Her primary responsibilities included business development, account management and consultant management.
In addition to her professional positions, Ms. Hansen has also been an active volunteer both nationwide and locally for various non-profit organizations. She is currently the acting Chairperson of Minnesota’s CHASA (Children with Hemiplegia and Stroke Association) chapter, and a nationwide member in the organization. In addition, she has been an advocate for the Minnesota Stroke Organization, Children’s Cancer Research Fund, ARC of Hennepin County and the PACER Center of Minnesota.
Ms. Hansen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of North Dakota. She resides in Shakopee, MN with her husband and two children.
Todd is currently a Principal Solution Consultant with Ariba, an enterprise commerce software company. Todd engages with companies during pre-sales activities to effectively articulate, present and demonstrate Ariba solutions based on customers’ unique needs and business situations. Prior to Ariba, Todd held a similar position at Oracle Corporation. Over his twelve year career in the application software industry, Todd has been able to consult and offer business direction to over 500 companies of all sizes and industries.
Prior to the software industry, Todd was employed with General Mills in the areas of finance and supply chain operations. Todd held positions in the Big ‘G’ marketing division, Assistant Controller of the Lodi manufacturing facility, and Division Analyst of the Gold Medal business unit. Todd earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance & Business Administration from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. Todd was a letterman and four-year scholarship recipient with the U of M’s golf team. Todd’s other volunteer activities include board of director positions with Olympic Hills Golf Club, the Shakopee Youth Hockey Association, and the General Mills Employee Club. He is also a volunteer classroom instructor for Junior Achievement on Minnesota. Todd lives in Shakopee, Minnesota with his wife Shawn and two sons.
Betsy Miller is currently a Fulfillment Manager at CDI IT Solutions, a leading provider of engineering and information technology outsourcing solutions and professional staffing. She has been with CDI since April 2000. As Fulfillment Manager Betsy is responsible for the recruiting side of the business for the Minnesota IT market.
Prior to CDI, Betsy worked part time through college with the Italian American Club of Minneapolis. The Italian American club is a non profit foundation that grants scholarships on an annual basis to deserving students in the surrounding Minneapolis area.
Betsy has earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with an emphasis in Human Relations and Information Technology from St. Cloud State University. She resides in the South metro with her husband and 2 children.
Rob was involved in an incident in June 2005 when he lost his right leg above the knee. He was the first amputee to visit Aaron and his family in the hospital after Aaron’s accident; they have a good friend in common. Rob had many questions about amputation while he was in the hospital and these were never addressed and He wanted to make sure Aaron 's concerns were answered! Wiggle Your Toes has given Rob the opportunity to carry on this help with other amputees…
Rob has been involved in the financial industry for 8 years. He and his father started an insurance agency, Health and Wealth Advisors and in 2008 they joined MidCountry Bank, where he handles all of the health insurance for all of there 15 locations, along with individual, commercial, and other insurance services in their twin cities' locations. Rob also teaches insurance principals and other continuing education insurance classes for Kaplan Professional Schools, formerly Prosource Dearborn, for the past 7 years. Since he began teaching, he has taught over 14,000 students.
Rob grew up in Delano MN and graduated from Gustavus Adolpus College in 2000, with a Bachelors of Organizational Management. He played football for the Gusties all 4 years and stays involved with the program and Gustavus. Rob currently lives in Minneapolis where he still enjoys playing softball with former college football buddies and other outdoor activities. He spends lots of time with his family, friends, and just loving life…
Leslie Pitt Schneider
Leslie Pitt Schneider, JD, RN, CCRC(ACRP), HT(ASCP) has 20 years of professional experience including direct patient care, clinical laboratory tasks, clinical research administration and oversight, regulatory and legal management. She holds a Juris Doctor degree, a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, an Associate’s Degree in Nursing, and certification as a Clinical Research Coordinator and a Histotechnologist. She is the Manager for Clinical and Regulatory Affairs for Otto Bock Healthcare and works within the General Counsel’s office. She is involved with grass-roots effort in passing legislation in Minnesota for O&P parity and will play a similar role with the Federal Parity issue as part of the ACA. Her community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA), the University of Minnesota Institutional Review Board, and as Secretary for Athletes Committed to Education Students (ACES) Young Professionals Associate Board. Leslie co-founded Amputees Getting Into Life Energetically (AGILE), a non-profit amputee activity group in St. Louis. In her spare time, Leslie enjoys traveling, reading, Pilates, and Russian Kettlebell.
Greta Nelson, a registered nurse, is the Director of Health Services for Pathways to Community, an organization that provides supported living services and respite care for adults and children with developmental disabilities.
Greta has been involved in several volunteer and advocacy roles in the health care community. Among those, she served a three year term on the Family Advisory Council for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and has been a long-time advocate for Gillette Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network, speaking on their behalf both locally and on Capitol Hill. Greta was a co-founder, with Aaron Holm, of MN Parity, a grass-roots organization focused on passing legislation for O&P parity in Minnesota. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Society of Prosthetists, Orthotists, and Pedorthists and continues to be involved in lobbying efforts for parity issues on both a state and federal level.
Greta resides in the Twin Cities with her two children.
James Scesa, founder of WYT's East Coast Chapter, has spent the past 10 years in the staffing industry. He is currently a Sales Executive with LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking site, supporting their Staffing division. Prior, James worked for the largest privately held staffing company in the capacity of recruiting, business development and management aiding in the growth of the architecture/contract engineering division in New York.
As a result of an accident in June of 2011, James lost his right leg above the knee. Shortly after amputation recovery James and his wife Danielle became extremely passionate about providing assistance to others who suffer limb loss. Immediately engaging with Wiggle Your Toes, they shared our common interests and starting up an East Coast Chapter based out of the NYC Tri-State area.
James, Danielle and their son Cameron reside in Ridgefield, CT.