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.
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.”
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.
Vice President of 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.
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.
President of Global Health, AON • Board Chairman
David Guilmette is the President of Global Health for AON. Previously, Dave was President, Global Employer and Private Exchanges for Cigna Corporation. There he was 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.
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.
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.”
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.
Senior Vice President of Wireless Product Marketing, AT&T
Jeni Bell drives growth of wireless customer relationships through acquisition and retention. She is responsible for overall go-to-market planning to include distribution strategy, product marketing, industry insights, customer engagement, and multi-product household penetration.
Jeni brings more than two decades of operational, strategic, and creative experience across nine territories within AT&T. Prior to her current role, she oversaw the growth, retention, and go-to-market tactics for Broadband customers, including leading the Connected Communities sales team as the SVP of Broadband Sales & Marketing.
Jeni previously headed up Corporate Synergy for WarnerMedia where she led cross-enterprise teams in pursuit of revenue and subscriber growth. Prior to WarnerMedia, she focused on long-term strategies for AT&T Communications’ portfolio of businesses in Corporate Strategy.
Jeni was a Vice President and General Manager leading operations in both Northern California/Nevada as well as the Rocky Mountain Region. In her capacity as General Manager, she led large teams to overall performance along with business development, multi-channel revenue growth, cost transformation, capital prioritization, audience analytics and marketing, and ultimately market share growth.
In addition to these roles, Jeni held several roles launching new products, such as network technologies, rate plans, and the company’s first flagship retail experience store in Chicago on Michigan Avenue.
Jeni holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication and an MBA. She currently serves as a director on the national board of Back on My Feet. Jeni seeks adventure and enjoys extreme sports with her husband Mike, as well as less extreme sports with their two children Ivy and Orion. The Bell family resides in Dallas, Texas
Senior Managing Director, Tech Strategy & Advisory – Global Leader, 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.”
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Cigna
Brian Evanko serves as Cigna’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). As CFO, Evanko has executive leadership responsibility for all of Cigna’s financial operations and functions, as well as for the company’s Investment Management and Underwriting units.
Previously, Evanko led Cigna’s Government Business segment, which included Medicare Advantage, Government Pharmacy, Medicaid, Individual and Family Plans (IFP) and Cigna Supplemental Benefits (CSB). As part of this role, Evanko also led CareAllies, a provider services and population health solutions company focused on value-based care – as well as Cigna Medical Group, Cigna’s multispecialty medical group that provides direct care to customers throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area.
Under Evanko’s leadership, Cigna’s Medicare Advantage business experienced historic market expansion and growth – as well as drove quality care and outstanding customer service through industry-leading Net Promoter Scores and Medicare Stars ratings, positioning Cigna for long-term success in a highly dynamic regulatory environment.
Evanko previously served as the President of Cigna’s U.S. Individual and Voluntary businesses, where he led the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for Cigna’s IFP business, and subsequently re-positioned the business for long-term profitable growth.
Evanko joined Cigna’s Finance organization in 1998, and has served in a number of roles of increasing responsibility, including Business Financial Officer for Cigna’s Global Individual Health, Life and Accident operations based in Hong Kong and Singapore from 2009 to 2013. He also held various roles across Cigna’s U.S. and International businesses in Hartford, Conn., and Philadelphia, Penn.
Evanko earned a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science from Pennsylvania State University and holds the FSA (Fellow of the Society of Actuaries), MAAA (Member of the American Academy of Actuaries) and CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designations. He serves on the National Board of Directors for Back on My Feet, a national organization operating in 13 major cities across the U.S. that combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources. Evanko also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut Science Center, the state’s foremost institution focused on lifelong learning through science. A marathon runner, Evanko has been instrumental in Cigna’s partnership with Achilles International, serving as a race guide for runners with disabilities, including Cigna’s sponsorship of the Walt Disney World and Marine Corps Marathons.
Former Chairman/President/CEO, Aramark
Eric Foss was previously the 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.
While Foss was President and CEO, 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.
Global Chief Executive Officer, VMLY&R Commerce
Beth Ann is the Global Chief Executive Officer of VMLY&R Commerce– WPP’s end-to-end Creative Commerce agency, created from the combined the talent, expertise and scale of powerhouse global agencies Geometry and VMLY&R. Beth Ann is recognized as a leader with a proven record of reimagining retail, as well as creating and designing commercial programs that drive growth at the intersection of physical, digital and social. She continues to drive innovation in this space with a belief that Commerce holds the most untapped creative potential to grow brands and people.
In her two plus 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 the power of creativity to drive positive societal impact.
A worldwide traveler born in Baltimore (though she considers herself more of a Bostonian at heart—especially when it comes to sports loyalties!) Beth Ann graduated with a BA from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School and an MBA from Boston University in Organizational Behavior. Beth Ann was a founding member of a successful startup purchased by Omnicom, led TracyLocke as the first female CEO in its one-hundred-year history, as well served as the first Global Chief Marketing Officer of Westfield Corp and CEO for Kantar Consulting Americas. She most recently served as Global CEO of Geometry.
Beth Ann is a voice on IE&D issues and has been recognized as an AdAge Woman to Watch, is a member of WPP’s X-Factor, and serves on the national boards of the Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications as well as the non-profit charity Back on My Feet.
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.
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.
Vice President of Global Diversity Equity & Inclusion, PepsiCo
Dr. Merary Simeon is a Human Resources Executive. Dr. Simeon is a 17-year PepsiCo veteran. Her diverse experiences have equipped her with a deep understanding of the needs and opportunities critical to leaders and associates alike at all levels.
Her leadership experience spans the areas of Diversity, Equity Inclusion, Talent Management, Culture Change, and Executive Coaching. In her current role, she is responsible for developing programs and partnerships that drive continued progression toward PepsiCo’s gender parity goal, elevate the impact of diverse talent across the organization. She also helps ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion are embedded within our business. As part of this focus, Dr. Simeon also supports advancing PepsiCo’s racial equality commitments.
She is the co-founder of the What Rules Podcast. A podcast that highlights successful women who have overcome cultural adversity and mastered the art of resilience, all by breaking the rules. Dr. Simeon also sits on the National Board of the Women’s Foodservice Forum.
Dr. Simeon earned a doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Regent University and a master’s degree in Human Resources from Fordham University. She is a native of Puerto Rico and currently resides in Texas with her family. She credits her success to Jesus Christ. “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength,” Philippians 4:13.
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.”