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Recreation therapy is at the heart of April Stover’s life. She has a degree in therapeutic recreation as well as, state and national certifications as a recreation therapist. After completing an internship in recreation therapy at Fairview Developmental Center, April made the move from her home state of Tennessee in 2001, to join AbilityFirst. “I go after what I am passionate about and make changes where I can. I am not going to ask you to do something that I would not do myself,” shares April, who is the Sr. Director of Programs and oversees AbilityFirst’s Recreation Therapy Internship program. She’s quick to note that her great loves are family and Tennessee Volunteers football program, teaching and advocating for AbilityFirst participants and their families, and for her fellow staff. She pours her fiery energy into leading by example, having completed an Emerging Leaders program with the City of Long Beach and receiving honors from California Parks and Recreation’s Recreation Therapy Division as the recreation therapy “Provider of the Year.” Her biggest driver is being able to make a difference in the lives of all those she works with.


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