Master Massage Therapist/Clinical Trainer
Shaleek has been practicing massage since 2012, in both clinical and spa environments and is a creative and intuitive therapist who believes massage can do something for everyone. His unique style integrates training in several Western and Eastern modalities including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Myofascial and Reflexology. He understands that every person has unique challenges and preferences, and prides himself in being able to hone into the needs of each individual.
Since meeting the Founder of Ability Beyond Sight, he became overwhelmed by her passion for working with the blind and the success of Ability Beyond Sight’s two-year Pilot Program “I-AM Possible” and as a result is now focusing his time on reinventing a 600-hour massage therapy program, in collaboration with the American Institute of Massage Therapy, tailored to the learning needs of individuals who are blind, to succeed as licensed massage therapists based on highly successful models in the Far East. Shaleek is committed to Ability Beyond Sight’s Mission to encourage and empower massage therapists who just happen to be blind and, hopes through the organization’s Train-To-Hire Program to become one of New Jersey’s and beyond leading trainers for the blind. Distinguished as a national leader in disability inclusion.
Shaleek was born and raised in the Bronx, NY and moved to New Jersey in 1989 a graduate of the American Institute of Massage Therapy he is a world traveler and extreme outdoor enthusiast, who also enjoys cooking and all sorts of music.
Volunteer grant writer for Ability Beyond Sight
After a successful career in finance, she developed a career in the nonprofit sector, most recently serving as Director of Strategy & Development for Girls on the Run NJ East. After learning about ABS, Anne became interested in helping the organization move forward with its mission to improve employment prospects for people who are blind and visually impaired. Anne’s teenage son has an extremely rare eye condition which impacts his vision and she is keenly aware of the difficulties created by visual disability.
Amit Kukreja attends Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and is majoring in Business Analytics and Information Technology. He is the co-managing director of debatedrills.com and is passionate about marketing and marketing strategy.
Martin is an IT Specialists and has offered his expertise to Ability Beyond Sight. His fascination with computers has amplified due to the advanced assistive technology designed for the blind and visually impaired. Available today are IOS programs with braille display and commands, voice over and assistive touch, all used to enhance the academic potential of the visually impaired. For this very reason, and the purpose of improving the lives of individuals with disabilities, Martin is anxious to become an intricate part of ABS.
Inspired by Nancy De Siervo, founder of Ability Beyond Sight, Martin has gained so much awareness and compassion for the blind and visually impaired. Deeply affected by the passionate words and wisdom of Nancy, he has made a most charitable commitment to volunteer for ABS.
Martin Rembelski is a graduate of Paterson University with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science. With years of experience, his knowledge base will be a most needed asset to ABS, and we welcome him to assist in the great works that lie ahead.
Board of Directors
Gordon De Witty
Sightless since childhood, music became a miraculous connection with the world around Gordon De Witty; by the age of 12 he was the “World’s Youngest Disc Jockey,” dishing out R&B, jazz, and pop music over the local waves of KZAM FM in Seattle. At 20, he pursued his natural abilities as a songwriter, producer, backup musician and recording artist, and worked with many top talents. He subsequently co-founded Disabilities 2000 in 1998 and is a frequent keynote speaker for legislative changes promoting equality for people with disabilities. Today, he continues to push beyond barriers to eliminate the social obstacles confronting people with disabilities.
Daniel Romero, is an entrepreneur and an accomplished visionary man without sight. His passion for life is admirable, coupled with the drive and enthusiasm required to propel himself into stardom.
Daniel was born in Paterson, New Jersey in the year 1993. He ventured out, in much of his youth, into the world...traveling from state to state. He was a brave and fearless passenger unafraid of the unknown; he flew solo on his first flight at the age of fourteen. Daniel explored states like Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, California, Florida, Pennsylvania and many more. He evolved into the self-assured adult that lived on his own in Denver, Colorado for over a year; proving to family and friends that the world, rather sight unseen or not, is an oyster. It was a local celebrity and a toy FM microphone that ignited the spark, which propelled the dream that solidified the success of Daniel becoming an on-air personality. This dream fulfilled catapulted him into the radio world. His experiences go as far as being a guest on one of the biggest morning shows in the country and also worked for the legendary Marc Anthony in the heart of New York City
Because he became fully aware of his destiny at such an early age, it is no surprise that, Daniel Romero began his own successful internet radio show. He has also hosted several successful internet radio shows including some of the internet’s top 40 radio stations. Daniel elevated his career to engage the political arena in outlets such as nonpartisan news networks. He is an on air content creator, podcast host, music producer, song writer, voice over and manager of Breakbound Media, which is a non-profit multimedia company that supports people with disabilities through media activism. To complete Daniel’s resume of successful and outstanding achievements, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Ability Beyond Sight. Daniel, being cognizant of the barriers placed on the blind and visually impaired, is determined to make a declaration to the world that individuals who are visually impaired can maneuver in this world just as those with sight. The stigma will be altered and Daniel is the activist to revise and diversify the landscape for all people with disabilities. Daniel's Social Media is available here Twitter: RadioDJDan Facebook: Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/radiodjdan Snapchat: DJDan567
Dr. Naeem Sharieff
Board Certified Alternative Medical Practitioner, Educator, Author & Massage Therapist
Dr. Naeem Sharieff has had a varied career and a cluster of intellectual interests in law, teaching and research. He is the founder of Musculotendon Therapy Center and specializes in musculoskeletal injuries and pain management. Dr. Sharieff has numerous articles published in the United States and Abroad; and has written two books, Massage Therapy Medical Reports and Chiropractic Medical Reports and presently working on his third book Musculotendon Therapy as well as producing a tutorial video series of therapeutic modalities. In 2011, Dr. Sharieff achieved the gold award for outstanding achievement in traditional martial arts and medicine by World Culture Economic Trade Federation, American Asian Federation and American Chinese Federation in the 13th World Cup Martial Arts Championship held in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Sharieff, who is visually impaired, brings a wealth of educational and hands-on-training to Ability Beyond Sight’s blind massage apprentices.