Faith joined the Students Run Philly Style staff in August 2021 as an AmeriCorps VISTA, serving as a Program Assistant/Coach in partnership with Up2Us Sports, a national sports-based youth development nonprofit organization. In her role, Faith supports teams through conducting site visits, helping to plan events, and working on youth development initiatives. Faith currently studies Psychology, Urban Education, and Spanish at the University of Pennsylvania. Before working with SRPS, she was a student runner for five years with Team Masterman.
Danny joined the staff in 2018 to continue his decade-long career in the non-profit sector, including roles at The Humane Society of the United States and Experimental Station in Chicago. At Students Run Philly Style, Danny directs fundraising efforts by cultivating individual donors, engaging the board of directors on development initiatives, stewarding corporate sponsors, and creating fundraising events. When he’s not at work you can find him tending to his plants, watching Chicago sports, or whipping up a batch of Sigel Sauce- a community centered sauce operation using hot peppers grown on his roof.
Mariana joined the staff in 2019 after being involved with SRPS through her work integrating trauma-informed practices into sports coach trainings at Up2Us Sports. In her current role, she leads the MileUp program, which brings the SRPS model to youth facing delinquency charges and gives them a chance to remain outside of the traditional court system. Mariana manages MileUp-specific grants and partnerships and supports the team of youth advocates, mentors, and junior mentors who run alongside MileUp students. She is a licensed social worker, rowing coach, and native Spanish-speaker from Argentina who has a decade of experience in non-profits, social service agencies, and sports-based youth development organizations. Mariana holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University. Outside of work, you can find her training for her next marathon, rowing on the Schuylkill river, or trying to find the best tacos in Philly.
Lawrence Joined the SRPS team in January 2021. Lawrence has an MBA with a concentration in Project Management and currently works in the behavioral health field as a Forensic Case Manager where he provides comprehensive case management services to individuals with severe mental illnesses and intellectual disabilities. Lawrence is very passionate about running, he currently serves as the Captain of Black Men Run Philadelphia Chapter. Lawrence started running in 2015 as a hobby and has run every distance from a 5k up to the marathon distance. Since becoming Captain of the local Black Men Run chapter, he has been responsible for organizing and participating in numerous running events while collaborating with other run clubs and community leaders in the Philadelphia region.
Andy leads the organization having served in leadership capacities at a number of non-profit youth development organizations including the National Office of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the non-profit arm of the largest affordable housing owner in the country. In his role as Executive Director of SRPS, he oversees all aspects of the program and ensures financial stability for its operations. Andy is influential in developing relationships with key stakeholders such as community organizations, government agencies, schools, running clubs, corporate sponsors, and grantors as well as ensuring the organization deepens its impact across Philadelphia. Andy has a BA from Stanford University and JD from Villanova School of Law.
Cecilia (she/her) joined the team in June 2021 as a Summer VISTA Communication Coordinator. She graduated from Widener University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications, specifically Public Relations and Advertising a month before joining Students Run Philly Style through AmeriCorps VISTA & Up2Us Sports. She previously worked with SRPS throughout her senior year at WU, proposing creative content for communication and social media use. She was born in Philadelphia, attending schools from different areas in the city, she is excited to help SRPS spread its message and impact communities. Cecilia is most excited to share the amazing stories of the Philadelphia youth with the communities and encourage more students to join the program.
Ieshia joined the staff in 2016 after taking a year off between jobs to drive across the country and do some international traveling. As a volunteer she ran her first of many 5K’s, Broad Street Runs, half and full marathons training alongside the students and co-leaders/mentors she now calls life-long friends. With over a decade of work experience in college access and after-school programming her role primarily focuses on volunteerism, mentor support and training. She also leads some program-wide youth leadership engagement opportunity efforts. She’s Washington, DC born and raised but ‘Temple Made’ with a BA in Urban Studies and an M.Ed. in Organizational Development. She is an adjunct professor, teaching courses on Youth Culture and Adolescent Development. She has experienced and seen first-hand how liberating and empowering running can be and is committed to helping build a world where all faces, paces, and bodies can move through it freely.
Brianna has joined the SRPS staff after volunteering as a mentor/Running Leader for the past four years. For more than a decade, Brianna has been coaching young athletes and honing her passion for youth development. Brianna holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Maryland: one in English Language and Literature and a second in Secondary English Education. She began her teaching career in South Carolina through Teach for America and later returned to Philadelphia to teach. Brianna’s experience with adolescents in the classroom and on the field drove her towards a career in juvenile justice. Recently, Brianna earned her Juris Doctor from the Temple University Beasley School of Law. Upon graduation, she was recognized for her public service with the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Pro Bono award and admittance to the Rubin Public Interest Law Honor Society.
Justin joined the Students Run Philly Style staff in August 2019 as a Program Assistant / Coach in conjunction with Up2Us Sports, a national sports-based youth development nonprofit organization. In his role as Peer Mentor coordinator, Justin works directly with the MileUp Peer Mentors to guide them in their work responsibilities and help them navigate their role as peer leaders on their team. Justin currently studies Liberal Arts at the Community College of Philadelphia. He is a former student runner and junior leader of Team Bodine.
Ken (he/him) was born and raised in Chicago. He is now settled in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia, where he has worked at raising his three children while volunteering in his community. Ken has served as Home & School Association president at his local public school and as coach for numerous children’s sports teams. Ken has been a running leader with SRPS for eight years. He has run many races of all distances, and enjoys ultra distance running best.
Katie joined Students Run Philly Style in October 2020 serving as a Marketing Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA in conjunction with Up2Us Sports. In this role, she supports SRPS’ marketing efforts through maintaining social media platforms and developing and implementing a strategic marketing plan. Katie graduated from Allegheny College in May 2020 where she studied Philosophy and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and was a member and captain of the Track & Field Team. She is excited to be able to bring her combined passions of running and impacting her community to this role.
Lauren joined the staff in 2014 after volunteering as a Running Leader for four years with Team Granamawr. Lauren has more than a decade of nonprofit experience as a communications specialist, event planner, race director and youth development professional in Philadelphia. At Students Run Philly Style, Lauren leads the program team, planning and implementing meaningful experiences for youth and volunteers, developing mission-driven strategies and partnerships, and managing the organization's budget. An RRCA certified coach, Lauren has completed 14 marathons and is passionate about introducing new runners to the possibilities of what you can accomplish one step at a time. When she's not building spreadsheets, you can find her exploring Philly's food scene, gardening, occasionally testing the waters of triathlon, or, most likely, somewhere on the run.
Amy (she/her) joined the Students Run Philly Style staff in October 2016. As Institutional Giving Manager, Amy manages private and corporate foundation funding opportunities to sustain and increase organizational capacity. Amy is the program's lead grant writer and helps to cultivate new relationships with partners to sustain and grow the program. Amy holds a Masters degree in Public Health from Temple University and brings 10+ years of experience in public health and non profit program management to her role including her work with the Health Promotion Council and the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Epidemiology and Biostatistics. When not working, Amy is often volunteering for various causes in her local NJ community, trying out new sewing projects and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Amanda joined Students Run Philly Style as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the I Run This City program in Camden, NJ in August of 2018 and then transitioned to the position of Program Manager for the School Year Model. As of October 2020, Amanda is taking on her newest role as the Associate Director of Compliance and Project Management. Amanda is responsible for the implementation of Students Run Philly Style’s PA Department of Health Youth Mentoring Grant. She serves as the point person for the organization’s evaluation efforts and database development. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Neurobiology from Colby College. Prior to joining the SRPS staff, Amanda worked as an English teaching assistant in Murcia, Spain. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health at the University of Pennsylvania.
C.C. joined Students Run Philly Style as a part-time Youth Advocate for the MileUp program in January of 2020 and then shortly after transitioned to the position of Associate Director of Compliance and Project Management. As of October, 2020, C.C. is taking on her newest role as the Associate Director of LGBTQ+ Programing. C.C. will oversee the implementation of SRPS’s LGBTQ Youth Behavioral Health Services state grant, and support the program’s growth. C.C. holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University. She brings 15+ years of experience in college access and mentoring. A native of La Paz, Bolivia, C.C. is fluent in Spanish. When she’s not competing, C.C. can be found coaching and helping others achieve their running goals. An openly lesbian member of the LGBTQ+ community, C.C. makes time to volunteer, fundraise and advocate for various causes.
Christopher returned to staff as the Program Manager after completing his internship through Temple University’s Tourism and Hospitality Management program as the Program Assistant for Students Run Philly Style. He is thrilled to be back to take on the responsibilities of supporting teams taking part in the Marathon Model by managing participation in events and races throughout the year. He will serve as a point person for organizing programmatic special events and volunteer opportunities, as well as recruitment, mentoring support, and training. Prior to Students Run, Christopher has worked in youth programming for the YMCA and Lifetime Fitness. He has also worked in housekeeping management and front desk customer service in hotels and cruise ships alike. While not at work, Christopher enjoys finding hidden treasures at thrift stores, walking his puppy Blue and taking in the Philadelphia city life.