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Our Mission

The Kinetik Foundation's mission is to create opportunities for underserved student-athletes who have a path to college through sports. We keep athletes in play by preventing and treating traumatic injury.

Our Story

Our own experiences fuel the work we do at the Kinetik Foundation.

More than one of us has had our athletic career cut short due to injury. While we can't get back the opportunities we missed, we can chart a different path for others. We have lived the emotion of being injured on the sidelines and understand how untreated injury affects the body and mind into adulthood. We also realize that not every athlete currently has access to professional care

Through our injury prevention and rehabilitation programs, we are committed to keeping talented young athletes in play so they have more opportunities to attend college and excel in life.

Leadership

Jonathan Pierce

Jonathan Pierce

Jonathan is the founder of Kinetik Performance and a certified Active Release Technique Provider. An experienced manual therapist and biomechanics expert, Jonathan has treated hundreds of professional athletes and more than a dozen Olympians. Previously a professional athlete himself, Jonathan has been mentored by elite coaches and providers including Dan Pfaff, Terrence Mahon and Chris Vincent. He has a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford, where he was All-American in the 3000m Steeplechase. Prior to that, he was the 2002 New York state champion in both the 1600m and 3200m runs. He suffered a season-ending injury in the 2008 US Olympic Trials, where he discovered his passion for helping others prevent and overcome sports injuries.

Ann Stefan

Ann Stefan

Ann is a USATF-certified track and field coach at Del Norte High School and is passionate about using her strength and conditioning knowledge to impact local youth. Her own athletic career ended in high school due to complications of an untreated ankle sprain. This injury has continued to affect her as an adult, so she is motivated to teach fellow coaches how to reduce the risk of chronic injury in their athletes. The first in her family to attend college, Ann understands the transformative power of higher education and has a special interest in helping other first generation students. Ann has a B.S. in Chemical-Biological Engineering from MIT and over a decade of marketing and product operations experience in the software industry.

Zachary Roser

Zachary Roser

Zachary brings several years of experience as a CrossFit Coach at Invictus and personal trainer at Kinetik Performance. He has invested 350+ hours studying under Jonathan Pierce. He holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from San Diego State, is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and has completed ELDOA levels 1 and 2. Zak specializes in lower extremity corrective exercise and performance-based training for athletes. He has suffered three traumatic sports injuries in his life, which have fueled his desire to educate and empower athletes during their own recoveries.

Carl Brandt

Carl Brandt

Carl is the co-founder and former owner of Movin Shoes, a chain of specialty running stores that was a staple of the San Diego running community from 1977 until its closure in 2018. Carl dedicated his career to serving the needs of high school athletes through his stores. He has been active in running events as a participant, race director and sponsor for the past four decades. He was inducted into the Independent Running Retailer Association Hall of Fame in 2012 and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the San Diego USATF in 2016 for his personal and professional contributions to the running community. Carl has a degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin.