Our Volunteers

Steve McLaughlin
Volunteer Handcycling Lead
Bio

I'm Steve McLaughlin and I knew Andrew before his accident. When he started Triumph Foundation, I learned about his plan of an Adaptive Recreational Program to help others dealing with spinal cord injury and paralysis. We started the program with only two handcycles, assembling them in our backyard in Santa Clarita. Since our first clinic my wife Traci, joined us and it was a life changing experience for both of us. When I saw the look of pure joy on a participants face for the first time as he was able to ride a bike again, it was an exceptional moment and I knew this is where my heart was. Now, we have developed a program that is all inclusive and we hold monthly clinics in various loca...

I'm Steve McLaughlin and I knew Andrew before his accident. When he started Triumph Foundation, I learned about his plan of an Adaptive Recreational Program to help others dealing with spinal cord injury and paralysis. We started the program with only two handcycles, assembling them in our backyard in Santa Clarita. Since our first clinic my wife Traci, joined us and it was a life changing experience for both of us. When I saw the look of pure joy on a participants face for the first time as he was able to ride a bike again, it was an exceptional moment and I knew this is where my heart was. Now, we have developed a program that is all inclusive and we hold monthly clinics in various locations throughout Southern California. The dream that started with only two handcycles is now a fleet of different types of adaptive bikes. There is always one newly injured person who attends each clinic and is riding a bike for the first time since their injury bringing me back to the reason why I am so grateful to participate with Triumph Foundation.

Traci McLaughlin
Volunteer Handcycling Lead

At just about every Triumph event you will find Traci McLaughlin and her husband Steve helping to make it all possible. Traci has been a part of Triumph from an early start, knowing Andrew from a young age. She is an integral part of Triumph’s cycling program; taking names and making sure everyone gets s chance to participate. She loves being a grandma, and the Triumph family would not be complete without her.

At just about every Triumph event you will find Traci McLaughlin and her husband Steve helping to make it all possible. Traci has been a part of Triumph from an early start, knowing Andrew from a young age. She is an integral part of Triumph’s cycling program; taking names and making sure everyone gets s chance to participate. She loves being a grandma, and the Triumph family would not be complete without her.

David Behar
Handcycling Volunteer
Bio

I met Triumph in March 2018 after my good friend, Edie Perkins had a bicycle accident. The Triumph ambassadors, including Andrew and Walter, came to a bicycle shop in Santa Monica to help fundraise and support Edie in her recovery. I was moved by the stories and the commitment to helping people recover from their injuries. I have enjoyed volunteering because of the people. The warmth and spirit of the Triumph family is clear from the top, through every volunteer, extending down to the participants at an event. With my background with bicycles, I have been fortunate to work with the handcycling team to introduce handcycling to new participants. The time it takes to transfer and set up ...

I met Triumph in March 2018 after my good friend, Edie Perkins had a bicycle accident. The Triumph ambassadors, including Andrew and Walter, came to a bicycle shop in Santa Monica to help fundraise and support Edie in her recovery. I was moved by the stories and the commitment to helping people recover from their injuries. I have enjoyed volunteering because of the people. The warmth and spirit of the Triumph family is clear from the top, through every volunteer, extending down to the participants at an event. With my background with bicycles, I have been fortunate to work with the handcycling team to introduce handcycling to new participants. The time it takes to transfer and set up a handcycle for each rider quickly disappears when you see them smiling from ear to ear from that first turn of the cranks. Sometimes we have to chase them down to get them to give someone else a turn on the handcycle. That joy is why I personally ride bikes and being able to help others experience that feeling is golden.

Victoria Reynosa

I got involved with Triumph during my spring semester at Cal State University Northridge in 2018 as one of their student interns. It’s meaningful and feels so good when you help someone out of a rut. Many of the participants would tell me they finally feel like they’re living life now after coming to these events. It’s important to help others at their lowest so that they can thrive and fulfill new dreams. I love the energy and seeing the look on the participants faces when they’re having fun at our events. I love working with my Triumph Family because it’s never a dull moment.

I got involved with Triumph during my spring semester at Cal State University Northridge in 2018 as one of their student interns. It’s meaningful and feels so good when you help someone out of a rut. Many of the participants would tell me they finally feel like they’re living life now after coming to these events. It’s important to help others at their lowest so that they can thrive and fulfill new dreams. I love the energy and seeing the look on the participants faces when they’re having fun at our events. I love working with my Triumph Family because it’s never a dull moment.

Sherry Christiansen

I become involved with Triumph Foundation when my friend Traci, who is a volunteer for Triumph, asked me to bake some things for a bake sale. Things just escalated from there. I love helping others, and as I have a quadriplegic brother it was a natural fit. I love my Triumph family.

I become involved with Triumph Foundation when my friend Traci, who is a volunteer for Triumph, asked me to bake some things for a bake sale. Things just escalated from there. I love helping others, and as I have a quadriplegic brother it was a natural fit. I love my Triumph family.

Janet Stefko
Bio

When you love a family that has been dear friends for years, you’re involved in whatever they go through, not because you’re friends but, because you love.  While in the beginning of Triumph Foundation’s existence, my husband and I participated in Triumph's fundraising events.  The events were always a wonderful time and the people we that met were equally wonderful!  I easily got drawn into the giving of my time and efforts and that began with the Christmas Care Basket Outreach in 2014.  From there, as they say, the rest is history!  Volunteering for Triumph Foundation has birthed this quote in my heart and soul...“Your riches are not based on what you carry in your pocket b...

When you love a family that has been dear friends for years, you’re involved in whatever they go through, not because you’re friends but, because you love.  While in the beginning of Triumph Foundation’s existence, my husband and I participated in Triumph's fundraising events.  The events were always a wonderful time and the people we that met were equally wonderful!  I easily got drawn into the giving of my time and efforts and that began with the Christmas Care Basket Outreach in 2014.  From there, as they say, the rest is history!  Volunteering for Triumph Foundation has birthed this quote in my heart and soul...“Your riches are not based on what you carry in your pocket but solely by what it is that you choose to embrace in your heart”.  I have been richly blessed, more than (I believe) that I have blessed by giving.  I’m so thankful to always be given the opportunity to be a part of the Triumph Foundation Family.

Matt Brodie
I started volunteering in December 2015 at the annual carebasket making night which was a few days after reconnecting with a couple friends at that year’s Eat for a Cause Fundraising event. I have met a lot of wonderful people and enjoy being part of an amazing organization, so I volunteer every chance I get. 
I started volunteering in December 2015 at the annual carebasket making night which was a few days after reconnecting with a couple friends at that year’s Eat for a Cause Fundraising event. I have met a lot of wonderful people and enjoy being part of an amazing organization, so I volunteer every chance I get. 
Blake Dingler
I got involved with Triumph when I was a student at Cal State University Northridge. My mindset going into volunteering was I just needed 20 hours for school and that is it. However, after that first day of the Wheelchair Sports Festival I found that it meant so much more to me. It does not feel like volunteering. I was welcomed into a community of great people doing great work and having a great time. I hope to take part in Triumph events as much and as long as I can. 
I got involved with Triumph when I was a student at Cal State University Northridge. My mindset going into volunteering was I just needed 20 hours for school and that is it. However, after that first day of the Wheelchair Sports Festival I found that it meant so much more to me. It does not feel like volunteering. I was welcomed into a community of great people doing great work and having a great time. I hope to take part in Triumph events as much and as long as I can. 
Luz Yadira Perez

My name is Luz Yadira Perez, I first started helping my friend Michele, a Triumph Ambassador, with the centerpieces for Triumph’s 2017 Casino Night and got to tag along. Once I attended that event, I fell in love with the organization and they can’t get rid of me now!! I just love volunteering and helping Triumph Foundation, it feels good to my heart!

My name is Luz Yadira Perez, I first started helping my friend Michele, a Triumph Ambassador, with the centerpieces for Triumph’s 2017 Casino Night and got to tag along. Once I attended that event, I fell in love with the organization and they can’t get rid of me now!! I just love volunteering and helping Triumph Foundation, it feels good to my heart!

Stephan Acuna
Bio

I am a master’s student in Adapted Physical Activity at Cal State University Northridge (CSUN), and I got involved with Triumph when they joined up with CSUN for the Valley Go Hand Cycling program. I love helping where I can and seeing people enjoy themselves. It brings a smile to my face when I see people after a ride and they just had a great time. I really enjoy people working hard and trying their hardest to improve their quality of life through these hand cycling events, kayaking, sports festivals, rugby, basketball, you name it! The small amount that I can contribute to help at these events; whether it's transfers, setting up, tearing down, it’s for a great cause and I am happy ...

I am a master’s student in Adapted Physical Activity at Cal State University Northridge (CSUN), and I got involved with Triumph when they joined up with CSUN for the Valley Go Hand Cycling program. I love helping where I can and seeing people enjoy themselves. It brings a smile to my face when I see people after a ride and they just had a great time. I really enjoy people working hard and trying their hardest to improve their quality of life through these hand cycling events, kayaking, sports festivals, rugby, basketball, you name it! The small amount that I can contribute to help at these events; whether it's transfers, setting up, tearing down, it’s for a great cause and I am happy to help.