About Our Staff

The CPP staff has a combined experience of over 65 years to promote the highest quality programming. They have years of experience in community based instruction with children.  They easily work together pulling from their areas of specialty to empower families.

Jen Hackett
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Jen Hackett

Jen Hackett

Title / Position: Executive Director
Email Address: Jen@camppuzzlepeace.com

When not functioning as the President and Executive Director of Camp Puzzle Peace, Jen Hackett, works for the Webster Central School District where she has worked as a special education teacher for more than two decades. Since cofounding Camp Puzzle Peace, Jen has devoted countless hours developing an organization dedicated to helping children and families facing autism. Jen specializes in children with behavioral needs and limited communication and has worked with a wide range of children on the autism spectrum and their families. Jen currently is a consulting for New York State and The Open Space Institute in the creation of a new nature trail, specialized for children with ASD, in Letchworth State Park. Her passion for empowering others is evident in her dedication to families in the community.  Jen lives in Rochester, NY with her husband and two children.

Alex Balta

Alex Balta
Lead Swim Instructor and Waterfront Director

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Alex Balta

Alex Balta

Title / Position: Lead Swim Instructor and Waterfront Director

Alex Balta has been a lifeguard and swim instructor for over twenty years. She holds certification as a Red Cross Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid, Oxygen, and Water Safety Instructor for the YMCA in Rochester.  She has been lead swim instructor for the past three years at the Y, specializing in working with a wide range of children and their needs.  Alex is also a classroom teacher, teaching in the elementary setting for over 14 years. She currently teaches 2nd grade in an inclusive classroom, and has previously taught grades 1-4 in a variety of nontraditional settings.  Alex is certified in elementary, literacy, and special education from NYS. Teaching and swimming are her passions, and her way of changing the world! Alex lives in Rochester where she was born and raised.