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, 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.
Nina first joined Back on My Feet as a volunteer in 2013 while working on her undergraduate degree and taking a course that required her to undertake a service learning project. After her first run with team Uptown she knew that she would belong to the Back on My Feet family for much longer than her class required. After six months of running with BoMF, Nina became the Uptown team leader and has continued to be a core volunteer since then. Back on My Feet is so close to Nina’s heart as it is the perfect coupling of her greatest passions - running and serving Chicago’s most marginalized. She admires the innovative and interesting way BoMF makes social change through running.
“Running has brought me more than just greater physical health; it has brought me confidence, a healthier mind, and a healthier outlook on life. Running reminds me that I am limitless and I believe that sharing my love for running can help to spread that feeling and empower others in a way that will help them make lasting change in their lives”
Prior to working for Back on My Feet, Nina worked as a full-time nanny and care-provider for children with special needs. In her spare time Nina loves to run throughout the city, ride her bike, play with her dog Churro, and spend time with her very big family. Nina holds a BA in sociology from Northeastern Illinois University.
Member Services Manager
Carly has been involved in and passionate about both sports and service her whole life, and is very excited to join an organization that combines the two. She grew up playing sports and running, so she has experienced the formative power of sports and positive community in her own life and is excited to share this opportunity with others. Carly believes wholehertedly in the ability of sports and running to act as a vehicle for personal transformation, while also being a fun and fulfilling way to build community with other motivating people. She is enjoying every day as part of a team that supports and encourages each other to become the best versions of themselves.
"I've always appreciated having a team to lean on for support and encouragement, and I can't wait to start forming relationships and building community with the BoMF family!"
Before moving to Chicago and joining Back on My Feet, Carly was a full-time student at the College of the Holy Cross where she studied History and Peace and Conflict studies. She is currently pursuing her MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Loyola University Chicago, and is passionate about working for criminal justice reform for the wonderful people of Chicago.