Leading with heart.

Mosaic view of bloom customers

A team in Bloom.

As we grow our program, we grow our team. Regardless of how big we get, the goal is always the same: lead with heart so that fitness can follow.

Our Founders

Bloom’s inspiration starts with Emma: John and Jill Watson’s beautiful and talented daughter, who also happens to have an intellectual and developmental disability. As Emma grew up, the Watsons found numerous options to support Emma’s physical and emotional health through movement and fitness. But as she entered adulthood, options that met her unique needs seemed to be few and far between. As John entered retirement after a 32-year mortgage industry career, he knew he wanted to fill this gap using his passions for fitness, people with IDD, and philanthropy.

This landed John at Texana Center – a large IDD service provider in Missouri City, Texas. Here he found a room full of unused stationary bikes. According to staff, fitness programming had not worked as clients became uninterested over time. John left, knowing what he needed to do: build a fitness program that would lead adults with IDD to choose a lifetime of fitness. Thus began Bloom: a program that is much more than fitness equipment. It is a place where athletes like Emma feel they belong, are confident in creating new lifelong fitness practices, and wake up every morning excited for the next Bloom class.

Today, Bloom has grown beyond its meager beginnings to two states and numerous locations. But John will tell you that Emma and Jill remain the inspiration behind his work each and every day.

Photo of John, Jill and Emma Watson

Our People — Core Team

Board Chair/Founder

Program Manager

Business Manager

Culture Ambassador

Bloom Live! Program Coordinator

Our People — Board Members

Amy Crane

Bloom Athlete

Charity English

Autism Service Program Provider, University of Houston- Clear Lake

David Baldwin

Co-President at SCF Partners

Elaine Turner

Founder and President, Elaine Turner

Ellen Fremion, MD, FAAP, FACP

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Jourdan McNair

Longtime Bloom Supporter

Kate Ball - Secretary

Attorney at Hayden Benefits 

Keith Perry

CIO, St Jude Children’s Hospital

Kevin Kern

COO, The Center for Pursuit

Kevin Murphy - Treasurer

Area President, Gallagher

Dr. Kirk English

Professor, Milligan University

Lennell Perry

Business Manager, Gallagher

Manuel Lopez Jr.

Senior Manager, Texana

Patrina Anthony

Program Manager, The Harris Center

Pete Guarraia

Senior partner, Bain and Company

Karen Rezai
Karen Rezai

Longtime Champion for People with IDD

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