When Terri learned about Back on My Feet, she knew it was the perfect marriage of her passion and experience. Terri has completed 14 sprint triathlons, the Chicago marathon and countless 5k races. Terri can often be found running and exploring in Bemis Woods with her triathlete friends and her family.
"I know what the power of running has done for my life, and the friendships it has brought, and I want to share that with others. It is my passion to connect people who care, with a cause that matters and Back on My Feet is the perfect vehicle. Partnering with Back on My Feet-whether as a sponsor, volunteer or FundRacer-can change someone's life and literally get them back on their feet. And it just might change your life in the process too!"
Prior to joining Back on My Feet Chicago, Terri was a Director of Development for a free health clinic where she excelled in relationship management, sponsorships and special events including producing two races and working closely with the running community. She received her Masters of Non Profit Administration from North Park University in May 2010.
Director of Communications and Corporate Relations
Homelessness is a cause that Meredith has been connected to since she was a child, donating the money from her yard sales to a local shelter in New York. A relatively new runner in the last three years, running has become an important part of her life.
“I have experienced the power and motivation gained through running and I am thrilled to work for an organization that shares this gift with individuals experiencing homelessness.”
Before joining Back on My Feet Chicago, Meredith was the development manager at Starlight Children's Foundation Midwest for six years. In December of 2010 Meredith received her Master's in Sports Administration with a specialization in Marketing and PR from Northwestern University.
Running has had a positive impact on Lauren's life and has changed her as a person. Back on My Feet allows Lauren the opportunity to help others use running as a tool to better their lives. Prior to joining Back on My Feet as a full time staff member, Lauren served as a Team Leader at the Lake View YMCA.
"Seeing first hand how running can help Residential Members meet their goals and build their self esteem is one of the most powerful experiences I have ever had. I'm so proud to be part of the Back on My Feet team!"
Lauren received her Bachelor's in Health Promotion at Miami University and more recently, her Master's in Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has experience with program development in the non-profit health sector as well as with substance abuse and mental health.
Sarah happened upon Back on My Feet when she first moved to Baltimore in 2011, and after just a few runs, felt like she’d found family. As someone passionate about both sports and social justice, the mission of Back on My Feet is one she wholeheartedly supports.
“My days start better because I circle up with Back on My Feet. It brings miles of road, endless laughter, and treasured friendships, and nestled amid all these things, it holds the power to change lives."
Sarah previously worked as a student director of recruitment weekends at the University of Notre Dame, and in her years at Notre Dame also spent extensive time working with underserved youth in the South Bend community. After graduation, Sarah spent a year at Bon Secours Family Support Center, volunteering in Southwest Baltimore as part of an AmeriCorps service program.