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Leadership

National Leadership

Our leadership team brings together a unique mix of corporate and non-profit experience, making this a group of fast-paced, mission-driven, and impact-oriented individuals. We’re passionate about running and the benefits that it brings, while being laser focused on reaching as many individuals in as many communities as possible through our program. We might not be your traditional non-profit leadership, but you won't find a harder working, more dedicated team. We truly win together.

Katy Sherratt

Chief Executive Officer

Katy Sherratt

Chief Executive Officer

Katy Sherratt leads Back on My Feet as Chief Executive Officer. An award-winning social innovation leader, Katy has taken Back on My Feet from early stage startup to sustainable organization with the integration of new holistic success measures for the program, consistent double digit financial and programmatic growth YOY, and geographic expansion of operations across the US. Katy has been recognized by The Economist’s Philanthrocapitalism program as a leader in social innovation and cutting-edge non-profit management and named among Authority Magazine’s 2019 ‘Female Disruptors’ and Women’s Running Magazine’s ‘Top 20 Game-Changers.’ Most recently, she was named a winner at the Social Innovation Awards. Katy and her work have been featured across multiple media and news outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, New York Times, ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox News, Inc.com, Entrepreneur Magazine, Thrive Global, Popsugar, Runners World and numerous women’s health magazines. Prior to joining Back on My Feet, Katy led global projects for Accenture in their UK and US-based Strategy Practices working with corporate clients, NGOs and nonprofits with clients ranging from leading Financial Institutions to the United Nations.

“I’m honored to lead such a unique, dynamic and growing organization,” said Katy. “You don’t have to be a marathoner, or even a 5K runner, to feel the power of what we do on the morning runs — the community we build for individuals experiencing homelessness is the critical missing link and the reason why we’ve had such huge success in enabling our members to transition out of homelessness and maintain that transition.”

Paul Hilger

Chief Financial Officer

Paul Hilger

Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Paul is responsible for financial leadership of the organization. He has spent most of his career in corporate finance, having held senior finance positions with Thomson Reuters and S&P Global. Paul was inspired to transition into non-profit work after volunteering with his wife serving meals to fellow Philadelphians in need and jumped at the opportunity to join Back on My Feet in 2015.

“I continue to be amazed by the bond that forms between Back on My Feet’s members and volunteers by simply running together. While we know that running and community help members get their lives back on track, there is still something almost magical about what we do.”

Paul graduated from Seton Hall University with a degree in Business Administration and has a Master of Liberal Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Ashley Kilpatrick

Vice President of Development

Ashley Kilpatrick

Vice President of Development

Ashley joined Back on My Feet in 2011 as the first Executive Director of Back on My Feet Atlanta. She then served as the Regional Executive Director over Back on My Feet’s Baltimore and DC chapters. Now, as the Vice President of Development, Ashley leads the fundraising strategy and execution for Back on My Feet nationally. Ashley has also worked in foundation and corporate relations at a major university and led the major gifts program for a national mental health nonprofit. Her current work focuses on building national corporate partnerships, strengthening Back on My Feet’s development infrastructure and diversifying their funding.

“When I first saw the Back on My Feet mission, it made perfect sense to me. Of course, start with empowerment. Restore self-worth. Provide a community of true support. And then, people will be able to tackle the challenging road ahead. Then, provide job training, education, employment and housing opportunities. And, you know what, it works.”

Ashley graduated from Vanderbilt University and the University of Georgia School of Law. After two years as a corporate defense litigator, she moved into nonprofit development and management.

Elizabeth Manning

Vice President, Program and Evaluation

Elizabeth Manning

Vice President, Program and Evaluation

Liz joined Back on My Feet in 2011 as a Senior Program Analyst. Liz’s major role is measuring the success of Back on My Feet’s members. Prior to joining Back on My Feet, Liz worked in the Research and Evaluation department at a Philadelphia nonprofit consultancy, Public/Private Ventures.

“I love running because you are totally in control. You decide how far you run, how fast you run and where you run. You own everything about the process—especially the success and feeling of accomplishment when you’ve run farther than you ever thought you could!”

Liz graduated from Bucknell University with a BA in Psychology and Spanish. She completed her master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State University, where she continues to work on her PhD.

Terence Gerchberg

VP of Runner Engagement

Terence Gerchberg

VP of Runner Engagement

 

 

 

Kari Lindemann

National Marketing Director

Kari Lindemann

National Marketing Director

Kari became involved in Back on My Feet first as a Baltimore volunteer in 2009, and then as the National Marketing Director in 2017. Prior to joining Back on My Feet, she worked in a variety of industries—international manufacturing, advertising, higher education, and the arts—developing, delivering, and managing messages to local, national and international audiences.

“I joined Back on My Feet as a volunteer because I wanted to get more involved in my city, The love, friendship, inspiration, and community that I found within Back on My Feet overwhelmed me. I’ve seen the program work – I’ve seen it build confidence, get jobs and grow relationships. I’ve seen it change lives, mile after mile.”

Kari did her undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and she has a Master’s Degree from the University of Baltimore. She also has certificates from both the University of Delaware and Cornell University. When she’s not diving into all things marketing and communications, Kari spends her free time trail running, road cycling, and making a delicious mess in her kitchen.


National Board Of Directors

The expertise of our esteemed National Board of Directors is integral to the success of our organization. National Board Members run with us, share their networks, engage their companies and believe in the power of personal transformation through running.

David Guilmette

President, Global Employer & Private Exchanges, Cigna Corporation • Board Chairman

David Guilmette

President, Global Employer & Private Exchanges, Cigna Corporation • Board Chairman

David Guilmette is President, Global Employer and Private Exchanges for Cigna Corporation. He is responsible for leading the growth strategy and overall marketplace execution of Cigna’s Global Employer segment which includes the Global Health Benefit and National Accounts businesses. His responsibilities also include overall leadership of the Cigna Private Exchange business. Prior to this role, he had been President, National, Pharmacy and Product. He joined Cigna in February 2010 as President of Cigna’s National Segment.

Previously, Guilmette was the Managing Director of the Towers Perrin (Towers Watson) global Health & Welfare line of business, responsible for leading the growth and profitability of the Health & Welfare business, and identifying trends in the marketplace relating to health care. Guilmette has more than 30 years of experience with health care and employee benefit programs, focusing on all aspects of program design, financing, implementation, administration, consumerism (including Consumer Directed Health plan designs) and managed health care delivery. Guilmette is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where he received his undergraduate degree in Political Science in 1982.

Anne Berkowitch

Co-Founder, Bionic • Board Vice Chairman

Anne Berkowitch

Co-Founder, Bionic • Board Vice Chairman

Anne Berkowitch is a co-founder of Bionic, an enterprise growth solution focused on accelerating critical innovation. Prior to Bionic, Anne served as founder and CEO of SelectMinds (acquired by Oracle), an enterprise talent acquisition software solution that leverages social networks to identify and hire key talent. Previously, Anne was a consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton (now Booz & Co.) in New York and London. She holds a BS in Applied Math and Biology from Brown University and an MBA in Finance from MIT’s Sloan School.

Anne is also active board member of two non-profits: Back on My Feet and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, a higher education honor society that rewards high achievement in the classroom and the community.

Peter B. Cole

CEO, Design Hotels • Board Vice Chairman

Peter B. Cole

CEO, Design Hotels • Board Vice Chairman

Peter Cole joined Design Hotels™ as CEO in December 2018 with a commitment to future growth and the creation of long-term value for hoteliers and stakeholders, drawing upon his illustrious career with Marriott International and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC.

In his previous role as Managing Director of Business Integration at Marriott International, Peter lead the company’s integration of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, overseeing a wide array of activities including hotel operations, organizational design, talent management, loyalty programs, system integration, financial management, and unit growth. Peter was also Chief Financial Officer for the Americas for Marriott, as well as global CFO of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC; both positions that attest to his erudition when it comes to steering the financial rudder of a large multinational.

The ardent runner and swimmer holds a BBA in Real Estate Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the University of Maryland. In addition to his principle task, Peter carries out duties that matter to his heart and mind. He sits on the Advisory Board of the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Mr. Cole has three children, and he and his wife, Éva Kaszala, reside in Washington, D.C.

Charlie Constable

Partner, Brown Advisory • Board Treasurer

Charlie Constable

Partner, Brown Advisory • Board Treasurer

Charlie Constable is a partner and executive team member at Brown Advisory and is responsible for leading their U.S. sales effort. Charlie and his team manage all aspects of business relationship development, working closely with Brown Advisory’s new and existing private, non-profit and institutional clients as well as with their advisors, consultants, and intermediaries. Prior to Brown Advisory, Charlie served in business development roles with Aether Systems, Elder Health, and Integrated Health Services.

Charlie has served on Back on My Feet Baltimore’s advisory board for eight years and as chairman for five. In addition to running, Charlie enjoys skiing, golf, traveling and spending time with his family. Charlie is also a Board Member of the Dean’s Alumni Advisory Board at Johns Hopkins’ Carey Business School and an Executive Team Member for The United Way of Central Maryland’s Tocqueville Society. Charlie earned his MBA from Johns Hopkins University in 2005, and his BA from Lake Forest College in 1992.

“After spending that past eight years helping Back on My Feet Baltimore launch, survive and thrive, I am thrilled for the opportunity to apply my passion for helping others in need on the National board level. My brightest days with Back on My Feet are when I am running and meeting with our members and alumni. They are some of the most inspiring individuals I have ever known.”

Andrew R. Mariniello

Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP • Board Secretary

Andrew R. Mariniello

Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP • Board Secretary

Andrew Mariniello is a Partner in the Corporate & Business Transactions practice of Morgan Lewis, a global, full-service law firm with 30 offices and more than 2,200 legal professionals.  Andrew counsels clients on a wide variety of business law matters, with an emphasis on advising public and private companies and private equity firms in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, as well as general corporate and securities law matters. Andrew has helped clients navigate complex deals ranging in value from millions to billions across a wide variety of industries—including energy, life sciences, technology, manufacturing, and financial services.

Prior to joining the Back on My Feet Board, Andrew led a team of Morgan Lewis lawyers in representing Back on My Feet on a wide variety of issues as part of Morgan Lewis’ innovative, award-winning pro bono practice.  “Morgan Lewis’ pro bono program is primarily focused on helping economically disadvantaged individuals and families in the communities where we live and work,” said Andrew “and Back on My Feet was a perfect match for that purpose.  Having the privilege to work with such a great organization and team of professionals and volunteers at Back of My Feet from its inception has been some of the most rewarding work of my career.”

Before joining Morgan Lewis, Andrew was a senior corporate associate in the New York office of Willkie Farr & Gallagher.  He received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, before which he worked as a financial analyst in the real estate investments department of an international insurance company in New York.  Andrew is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he was captain of Georgetown Baseball team, with a BA degree.

Jeff Adams

President, Marathon Tours & Travel

Jeff Adams

President, Marathon Tours & Travel

Jeff is the President of Boston-based Marathon Tours & Travel, a full-service travel agency that provides runners and their travel companions extraordinary destination experiences while exploring the seven continents one stride at a time. Marathon Tours & Travel also created the Antarctica Marathon and Half-Marathon, which generated a new genre of adventure runs. The Antarctica events enabled runners to set and reach the once unthinkable goal of finishing a marathon or half-marathon on all seven continents. Pursuantly, the official Seven Continents Club was formed to recognize these runners and to offer special VIP services to international globetrotting distance runners.

Jeff first found Marathon Tours as a client while pursuing his interest for international adventure travel. Respected for being an innovative corporate and philanthropic leader with a passion for helping clients with their goals, Jeff enjoyed a 28 year career at Morgan Stanley as a Managing Director in various leadership roles.

Jeff was a Founding Board Member and Past President of the Make a Wish Foundation of North Texas and currently serves on the National Board of Back on My Feet. Having run over 40 marathons in the last seven years, Jeff is a middle of the pack marathoner who enjoys a good challenge – like recently running races in Patagonia, Germany, Scotland and the USA in a five week span. He is also an avid climber, skier and paddler.

Jeni Bell

Senior Vice President of Corporate Synergy, Warner Bros.

Jeni Bell

Senior Vice President of Corporate Synergy, Warner Bros.

Jeni Bell has two decades of creative, analytical, and operating experience. Currently, Bell is Senior Vice President of Corporate Synergy at Warner Bros. Bell previously led the Corporate Strategy division for AT&T as vice president, as well as did Entertainment Group sales and distribution organization as vice president and general manager in Northern California and Northern Nevada, and prior to that in the Rocky Mountain Region.

In these roles, she led large teams in the successful operation and overall performance of multi-state territories, including sales and distribution, business development, multi-channel revenue growth, cost reduction, product launches, and customer acquisition/retention. Prior to her role as vice president and general manager, Bell supported Ralph de la Vega as Mobility Chief of Staff. There she developed a six-year digital operating plan and innovated “Mobile First” solutions. Bell has extensive experience in Marketing, having served as Associate Vice President of Product Marketing where she successfully scaled teams and led change by launching new LTE markets, the firm’s first Share data plans, and its first installment pricing program – AT&T Next. She also designed the experience for the company’s first Flagship Retail Store in Chicago in her prior post as Executive Director of Marketing, North Central Region following Field Marketing Director positions in several markets.

Bell holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and a master’s degree in Business Administration. She currently serves on the national board of Back on My Feet. Bell seeks adventure; she enjoys backcountry snowboarding and mountain biking with her husband, Mike. Jeni, Mike and their two young children Ivy and Orion reside in Dallas, Texas.

Greg Douglass

Senior Managing Director, Accenture Strategy, Global Lead for CMT, Accenture

Greg Douglass

Senior Managing Director, Accenture Strategy, Global Lead for CMT, Accenture

Greg Douglass is a Senior Managing Director and the Communications, Media & High Tech (CMT) Global Strategy Consulting Leader within Accenture Strategy. His role focuses on helping clients worldwide achieve high performance through profitable growth, accelerated innovation, organizational agility, and operational excellence. Greg is also the Office Managing Director for the Dallas office.

Prior to his current leadership role, Greg was responsible for the day-to-day operations of Accenture’s Communications, Media & High Tech (CMT) industry group’s Central North American Region Client Service Group. He was also the global Client Account Lead for one of Accenture’s Diamond Global Clients.

Prior to his Central NA CSG and CAL roles, Greg was the global managing director for Growth and Strategy within Accenture’s CMT Operating Group. He was responsible for setting and implementing the long-term CMT business plan and associated growth initiatives. During this time, Greg also managed three CMT new businesses, launched a joint venture CCSoft in China, and led the CMT account work at a multinational consumer electronics company.

On the personal front, Greg is an avid triathlete, soccer player, and snow skier. He has two children and lives in Dallas. When asked about Back on My Feet, Greg says “I have been a life-long advocate for fitness and the theory that fitness enables a sense of confidence and purpose. Being a part of the Back on My Feet organization allows me to help others realize this as part of their journey to self-sufficiency and self-confidence.”

Eric J. Foss

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Aramark

Eric J. Foss

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Aramark

Eric Foss is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), a Fortune 200 global leader in food, facilities and uniform services. The company employs 270,000 people and provides award-winning services wherever people work, learn, play and recover in 19 countries worldwide. Aramark clients include leading organizations spanning universities, colleges and school districts, healthcare institutions, municipalities, stadiums and arenas, and businesses.

Since Foss was named President and CEO in 2012, Aramark has recorded consistent growth in sales, new business and adjusted net income and operating margins. He also led the company’s successful return to the New York Stock Exchange in December 2013.

Prior to joining Aramark, Foss served as Chairman and CEO of Pepsi Bottling Group (PBG), the world’s largest bottler of Pepsi-Cola beverages which manufactured, sold and distributed products in the U.S. and six other countries.

Foss earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Ball State University, and as an active alumnae was honored with the Miller College of Business Award of Distinction. Foss serves on the Board of Directors of Aramark, Cigna and Catalyst; and is a member of the Business Roundtable, the Wall Street Journal CEO Council and the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable. His passion for sports led to an ownership position he holds as a principal investor in the Omaha Storm Chasers, the AAA affiliate of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Kansas City Royals. He is the father of three daughters and resides with his family in Philadelphia, PA and Dallas, TX.

Beth Ann Kaminkow

Global Chief Executive Officer, Geometry

Beth Ann Kaminkow

Global Chief Executive Officer, Geometry

Beth Ann is the Global Chief Executive Officer of Geometry – the largest international growth experience and activation agency, a WPP company. During her two+ decades in the industry, Beth Ann has touched every aspect of marketing communications across consumer-packaged goods, retail, finance, restaurant and technology companies and brings both client and agency side perspectives to her work. She is a strong advocate of insights-inspired marketing programs, and was a pioneer in strategic-planning research methodologies. She continues to drive innovation in this space.

A worldwide traveler hailing from Boston, Beth Ann graduated with a BA from the Newhouse School of Public Communications and an MBA from Boston University in Organizational Leadership. She began her career in product development and innovation at Hasbro. Beth Ann was then a founding member of a successful startup purchased by Omnicom, and led global agency TracyLocke as the first female CEO in its one-hundred-year history, as well as served as a Global Chief Marketing Officer of Westfield Corp. She most recently served as the CEO for Kantar Consulting Americas.

While she sees work as personally fun and a bit of an endurance sport, she also is an avid runner, loves cities and making them better, and spending time with her husband, family, and close friends.

 

Vince Melchiorre

Senior Vice President, Bimbo Bakeries USA

Vince Melchiorre

Senior Vice President, Bimbo Bakeries USA

Vince Melchiorre attended LaSalle University, graduating in 1982 with a BS in Accounting. He received his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School in 1991. From 1982 to 2003, Mr. Melchiorre served in various Finance, Information Technology and Marketing positions at The Campbell Soup Company in Camden, New Jersey. Mr. Melchiorre began his career with Campbell in finance, working in several positions over 5 years. Mr. Melchiorre was appointed Director of Information Technology at Mrs. Paul’s Seafood, a Campbell Soup Company subsidiary, in 1987. In 1990, upon completion of has graduate degree, Mr. Melchiorre transitioned into Marketing Management at Campbell. Over the next nine years, Mr. Melchiorre held a series of expanding marketing positions in the Frozen and Soup Divisions of Campbell’s U.S. business. His last position at Campbell’s U.S. Headquarters in Camden, NJ was Vice President of the U.S. Soup Team from 1996 through 1999, where his responsibilities included marketing leadership of the $2BB Condensed U.S. soup business. In his last position at Campbell, Mr. Melchiorre was appointed Vice President of the Biscuit Division at Pepperidge Farm, a $1BB Campbell subsidiary, located in Norwalk, Connecticut. At Pepperidge Farm, Vince was responsible for the Goldfish and Premium Cookie businesses, including the Milano brand.

Mr. Melchiorre left Campbell in 2003 to join the Tasty Baking Company in Philadelphia, where he served for three years as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing and a corporate officer. In 2006, he was appointed Vice President of Marketing for Weston Foods where he served for one year. In 2007, Mr. Melchiorre was appointed Executive Vice President of J&J Snack Foods, a $900MM leader in frozen snack foods based in Pennsauken, New Jersey. Mr. Melchiorre served at J&J Snack Foods for three years as a member of the management team and a corporate officer. In September of 2010, Mr. Melchiorre left J&J Snack Foods, joining Bimbo Bakeries USA, where he now serves as Senior Vice President of Marketing.

Mr. Melchiorre also currently serves as a Board Member for J&J Snack Foods.

Jay Shipowitz

Chief Executive Officer, Populus Financial Group

Jay Shipowitz

Chief Executive Officer, Populus Financial Group

Jay B. Shipowitz became Chief Executive Officer of Populus Financial Group, formerly ACE Cash Express, Inc., in October 2006, having served in various roles in the company since 2000. Prior to joining Populus Financial Group, from July 1996 to May 1997, Mr. Shipowitz was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of USDATA Corporation, a software company located in Richardson, Texas. From June 1993 to July 1996, Mr. Shipowitz was the Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer of Westinghouse Security Systems, Inc., a residential security company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Shipowitz worked at Price Waterhouse in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Shipowitz worked at KPMG Peat Marwick in Greensboro, North Carolina from 1985 to 1987. Mr. Shipowitz currently serves as a director of the Financial Service Centers of America, Inc., the primary trade association pertaining to Populus Financial Group’s business. Mr. Shipowitz holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Guilford College.

Brent Wyper

Assurance Partner, Ernst & Young

Brent Wyper

Assurance Partner, Ernst & Young

Brent, a graduate of the University of Alabama, is an Assurance Partner with Ernst & Young Atlanta’s office, having worked at EY since 1991 in New York, London, Birmingham (UK) and primarily Atlanta. He primarily serves clients in the real estate industry in Atlanta and the Southeast. Brent has actively served on the Atlanta Advisory Board for 3 years, serving as Treasurer for this Board, and joins one of the BoMF morning local teams in Atlanta from time to time. One of Brent’s great passions is running, and he has completed 9 marathons, basically one a year since taking up the distance in 2007 – Fargo, NYC, Memphis, Stockholm, Cork, Rotterdam, Atlanta, Vancouver – and in April 2015, Boston on the BOMF team, where Brent, another Atlanta Advisory Board member and an alumni resident of the Atlanta program together raised over $30,000 for the Atlanta chapter. Brent is a United Way Tocqueville Society Member, and he and his wife Erin are active with their church, Trinity Anglican Mission, and Ansley Park community in midtown Atlanta.

“In the same way that running has helped me grow in my self-confidence, health and achievements, I know Back on My Feet can help others see those same benefits. Most importantly, I love how Back on My Feet volunteers run alongside participants with the same goals and many of the same abilities. There is no doubt that teams gathering in pre-dawn hours to run together forge bonds that can lead to meaningful relationships that dignify those experiencing homelessness.”

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