Originally from Southeastern Ohio, Mateo came to San Diego by way of the Marine Corps in 2004. After the completion of his service as an Amphibious Assault Vehicle Crewman, he obtained his bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University, and master’s degree from Point Loma Nazarene University with a concentration in Exercise Science. He began his career as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist working in preventive medicine helping others achieve their health and wellness goals. He has ample experience as the founder of his own non-profit “Have A Ball Project”. Mateo is passionate at providing healthy, sustainable, and educational resources to youth and organizations. Mateo plans to use all his expertise as a Wellness Specialist at Healing Wave Aquatics. He will help our organization with client management and outreach by building new partnerships. When Mateo is not working, you will find him camping, hiking, surfing, or grappling in Jiu jitsu.