Board of Directors

Alicia Elfelt

Alicia joined the Friends of Leaps & Bounds Board in 2015. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Studies from Chapman University and studied special education at Cal Poly Pomona. Alicia taught special education for a short period of time, currently manages the competition dance team at Corona Dance Academy, and lives in Corona with her husband and three daughters.

She has always been a strong advocate for people with disabilities and found Friends of Leaps & Bounds during her quest for therapy services for her youngest daughter who has down syndrome.

Dr. Jaimie Gilliam PT, DPT

Jaime is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who specializes in orthopedic and women’s health physical therapy here in town. Dedicated to continuous learning, she has taken numerous courses in orthopedics, women’s health, pediatrics, and visceral mobilization. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, is Stott Pilates trained, and has published an article on the effects of warm water hydrotherapy.

Jaime teamed up with her lifelong friend (and founder of Leaps and Bounds), Cassandra to help bring transparency and equitable access to the families of Friends of Leaps and Bounds. Since joining the Board of Directors, Jaime now has her own child with exceptional needs and is dedicated to being a voice for these children. Jaime is also a board member for the CNUSD Special Education Community Advisory Committee.

Jaime lives in Norco with her husband Steve, and her two children, Logan and Hailey.

Ashley Beadel

Ashley joined the Leaps & Bounds team in August 2014 as the office manager after volunteering with Leaps in the summer of 2013. Ashley graduated from the University of Arizona in May of 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Development. She then continued her education at the University of California, Irvine where she received a Human Resource Management certificate in 2018. Ashley now serves as our Administrative Director and says her favorite part of coming to Leaps is getting to know all of the families. She also serves on our all-volunteer non-profit board of directors for Friends of Leaps & Bounds. When Ashley is not at Leaps, she is spending time with her husband and family!

Michelle Steel

Michelle started volunteering with Leaps in 2012 as a horse handler and side walker and then joined the board in 2014.  She is a registered veterinary technician and resides in Norco with her husband, son, 2 horses, 1 dog, and 2 cats.  She mostly works behind the scenes to provide oversight of the horse expenses and budget.

Dr. Cassandra Sanders-Holly PT, DPT

Cassandra Sanders-Holly is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with a Board Certified specialty in pediatric physical therapy and is the owner and director of Leaps & Bounds Pediatric Therapy. She has practiced physical therapy with pediatric clients for the past 10 years and specializes in early intervention and working with children with neurodevelopmental disabilities in their home, school, and clinic setting.

She is a proud member of the American Physical Therapy Association and is dedicated to lifelong learning through extensive continuing education. In addition to practicing physical therapy, Cassandra is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California. She teaches pediatrics throughout the curriculum including patient management techniques and motor performance across the lifespan. She has also published an editorial-type feature in Pediatric Physical Therapy, the official journal of the American Physical Therapy Association Pediatric Section and is trained in Hippotherapy treatment techniques. She is currently conducting research on Hippotherapy treatment techniques in conjunction with faculty at the University of Southern California.

Cassandra opened Leaps & Bounds in June 2010 in a small office here in Norco, with a goal of seeing just a few patients while focusing on teaching at USC. It quickly became apparent that there was a need in this community with rapid growth. Since then, she has also had two children, Ella and Hudson, and has greatly enjoyed watching the Leaps & Bounds family grow.

Colleen Bragalone

Executive Director, Friends of Leaps and Bounds Pediatric Therapy

Colleen joined Friends of Leaps & Bounds Pediatric Therapy, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting economically disadvantaged children with disabilities through providing physical therapy, occupational therapy, and Hippotherapy treatments and services at no cost or low cost, in February 2021.

Colleen is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, having earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations. She has worked in philanthropy for more than 20 years helping connect donors with the causes they love.

Outside of work, Colleen enjoys spending time with her family and friends, boating, and generally exercising her creativity.