Enterprise Community Specialist for the American Red Cross
Kristiana Almeida is an online communicator for the National American Red Cross and works from sunny Santa Barbara, CA. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is currently earning her MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
The opportunity to run with the Eastern Mass. Chapter for the Boston Marathon was a natural fit for her respect for the Red Cross mission (having deployed for five separate disasters across the country), and her love of running. Her running “career” started in 2007 when a friend said, “we can totally run a marathon” while they were enjoying a beer…her friend then sent her a training schedule for their first full marathon, and Almeida hasn’t looked back since.
She has completed five full marathons, almost a dozen half marathons, and a handful of mud runs for fun. When she’s not running, she’s an avid crossfitter, cyclist, and foodie.
CEO of the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts
As a former Board member and current Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, Jarrett Barrios is looking forward to his first stint on the American Red Cross Boston Marathon Team – and his first Boston Marathon.
Father to Javier and Nathanial, Jarrett is graduate of Harvard University and of Georgetown Law School.
Accountant at Ernst & Young
Robert Beummer, an Australian native living in New York, has joined Team Red Cross for his first Boston Marathon.
He competed in the 2010 London Triathlon to raise money for the Red Cross in the United Kingdom, where he and his wife Trista lived for several years.
“I am a firm supporter of the work the Red Cross does around the globe helping people in need,” Robert said.
This will be his fifth marathon.
Consulting Software Engineer, Mercury Systems
Ken Cain is a graduate of Northeastern University and the University of New Hampshire
He and his wife Danielle are busy parents to three wonderful children - two daughters and a son. They are particularly proud to see one of their daughters also taking up running, and another daughter choosing to complete a major school project on Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross!
During his high school years in Dover, NH, in addition to running on the cross country team, Ken volunteered at Red Cross blood drives and served meals to families in need at a local food pantry. In 2012 he was very honored to be part of the very first Team Red Cross in the Boston Marathon - also a personal first marathon. Today Ken is proud to continue on the team and is also now a regular blood donor.
For Ken, the marathon is about people helping people. “I love running, but never really considered a marathon until joining training partners who inspired me to pursue this dream and showed me the way. The American Red Cross is of course about helping people, but its services have such a great impact by being delivered at every level (local, national and international), and on a daily basis (blood services, food assistance, fire/disaster response, ongoing recovery from major disasters). Who wouldn't want to put their utmost efforts like training for a marathon toward these amazing ends?” he said.
Ken ran his very first marathon in 2012 in Boston with Team Red Cross, finishing in just under 4 hours despite the incredible heat experienced that day. Just a few short weeks later, he ran the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon, registering a time of just over 3:15.
Mother of three
Lori Caras is coming home.
The Florida resident will be returning to her home state for her second Boston Marathon next year, one she hopes to run in perfect conditions.
“I ran the Boston Marathon last year and it was awesome, and hot. Really, really hot,” she said. “I’m thankful that the Red Cross is providing me with another opportunity to run Boston – hopefully in perfect weather conditions.”
Lori graduated from Boston College and started running four years ago, and is preparing for her third Naples Half Marathon in January.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Trinity Partners
Gary Chesson is a graduate of the Kenan Flagler Business School at UNC Chapel Hill.
A husband and father of three daughters, Gary is a longtime American Red Cross blood donor.
This is his first Boston Marathon, but he has previously run two other marathons, 14 half marathons and 121 other short distance races on the road, trail and via triathlon.
Staff Accountant, Beacon Equity Partners
This will be Lindsay’s fifth marathon and third time running Boston. Joining our team with a qualified number, she was motivated by her experience volunteering at the food pantry.
The happy and eager camaraderie inside the food bank was incredibly touching and humbling for her, and she is excited to do what she can to support The Red Cross.
She graduated from Northeastern University in 2008 and lives in Medford with her husband of two year. She currently works as a staff accountant at Beacon Equity Partners in the Back Bay. Her other hobbies include cooking, wine, entertaining and reading.
Robert Crumpton has a goal in mind.
Not only is he dedicated to raising money for disaster relief, but he is also putting himself up to a personal challenge: 50 marathons in 50 states before he turns 50.
Crumpton is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Panera Bread Company and has completed 5 marathons thus far, and is eager to run with Team Red Cross.
Vice President of Sales and Customer Relations, Go Ahead Tours
Heidi Durflinger is a first time marathoner, and can’t wait to hit the pavement with Team Red Cross.
The Kansas native loves to run and is eager to support the organization.
“It’s an amazing mission and I’m so grateful that I can help take part, even in a small way,” she said. “I believe every small act counts.”
Senior Account Executive at 360 Public Relations
Disaster relief is close to Lindsay Durr’s heart.
With a brother, sister-in-law and niece living in Japan, the 2011 earthquake was a scary time for Lindsay’s family. Hurricane Sandy’s impact on her home state of New Jersey wasn’t much better.
“The response and support of the Red Cross to the region was admirable. This year, my family watched as friends and neighbors lost everything in our home state of New Jersey. Again, the larger Red Cross organization sprang into action providing relief and support for the areas most in need.”
Lindsay is a graduate of Boston University. This is her second Boston Marathon.
Assistant Professor of Accounting at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania
Kennie is a first time Boston Marathon participant who has run five marathons, five half marathons and two dozen other running events. He has volunteered for Red Cross events and helped with disaster relief efforts with the organization for two years.
He is running because he feels inspired by the good work that the American Red Cross Workers do and how they support the mission of the organization. He wants to encourage others to do so as well.
EMEA Account Manager – Grandstream Networks in Brookline, MA
Natalia Escallon has a history with the American Red Cross.
In the mid-90s, she served as a member of the First Aid/ First Responder Explorer Post where she became a certified first aid volunteer.
From there, she lent her skills to events like the Boston Marathon and The Jimmy Walk. She fell in love with the marathon while working weekend prep, where she helped to fill every single ice bag at all the stations.
Now, she is preparing to run her fourth Boston Marathon – her seventh overall – and is looking forward to doing it for the American Red Cross.
“This organization is usually the first one there in time of crisis and I applaud them for that. I am proud to have been part of this organization and representing this organization as I embark on another 26.2 mile journey,” she said.
Vice President, Insurance Investment Consultant at BNY Mellon
Megan Flood has been a loyal blood donor for the past ten years – donations she’s made in honor of her mother, who had cancer and can no longer donate because of it.
Now Megan, a Babson College graduate, is joining Team Red Cross for her first full marathon.
She’s running to “Support all of the [Red Cross’] outstanding efforts to help those in need.”
Interior Design, South End
A native Californian living in Boston, Abbey has her sights set on her second Boston Marathon. Fairly new to long distance running, she realized it must be in her blood, because Abbey's great grandfather Edward Ryder placed 7th in the 1909 Boston Marathon.
Abbey's cheering section includes her husband, Carlos, and their two children Memo, 7, and Araceli, 3. She works for an interior design firm in the South End of Boston, and when she isn't working or running, she enjoys yoga, traveling, volunteering at her kids’ schools and brainstorming new business ideas.
Founder and Executive Vice President of Business Development at GioMare Group, LLC
Anthony Giovannucci grew up in the South Shore area of Massachusetts, and now lives in Scituate with wife Linda and their three daughters, Caroline, Emma and Lillie.
Over the years, Anthony has witnessed the work that the Red Cross does and has supported the Red Cross through blood and platelet donations. He’s excited to have been selected to run the 2013 Boston Marathon on Team Red Cross because it provides him with the opportunity to enhance the level of support he can provide the organization.
“I believe in the work that the Red Cross does, I appreciate that over 90 percent of the funds that I raise will be used for Programs and Services. I think that the Red Cross needs all the support that they can get in these troubled economic times so they can continue to make their services available to those in need,” he said.
The 2013 Boston Marathon will be Anthony’s first marathon, as his previous running experience consists mostly of 5Ks and one half-marathon: the Rock and Roll USA Half Marathon in Washington DC in early 2012.
“All my life I have dreamed of running the Boston Marathon and am so excited that I will be running it in 2013 with Team Red Cross,” he said.
Executive Director of the American Red Cross Cape Cod & Islands Chapter
Hilary Greene is no stranger to the Boston Marathon.
Hilary not only has experience as a marathon runner, but she has a long history with the American Red Cross – dating far back before she became Executive Director of the Cape Cod & Islands Chapter in March 2012.
A graduate of Goucher College and who is married to Angela Cenzalli, Hilary served on the chapter board for three years. She’s also been donating blood and platelets for 20 years.
Now, she’s training to run with Team Red Cross to show her appreciation of othe volunteers.
“I am running to support all of our amazing volunteers who are trained and ready to serve our community 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” she said.
Sales and Marketing Executive, Champion International and International Paper
Rich Haskell has been married to the incomparable Amy Magida Haskell for nearly 35 years and resides in Boxborough. They are proud parents of three children – Margaret; 30, graduated Bates College, married to George Roca, mother of Gizmo, associate director strategic planning and insights for healthcare advertising/consulting business in NYC, Gillian; 27, graduated UVM, doctor of physical therapy, masters in public health (June, 2013), works in NYC at Mount Sinai Hospital and Jack, 23, graduate from Indian Mountain School, Suffield Academy and St. Michael’s College, barista and percussionist with Free Louis and JUNGLES bands in Brooklyn.
Haskell graduated from Kenyon College and worked in the forest products industry as a sales and marketing executive for Champion International and International Paper. He believes the natural disasters that have plagued the United States and world are going to continue due to the affects of global warming.
“The Red Cross acts to support victims of such disasters and provides other valuable services. Through fundraising and hands on work I’d like to help. What better way to support this cause than by participating in the Boston Marathon to generate financial support?” he said.
Haskell has been running for health, fitness, and pleasure since his mid- thirties. His first marathon was in Washington, D.C. in 2009, and he has been running half marathons bi-annually since.
“The Boston Marathon is the world’s premier marathon and it would be a tremendous achievement to participate in it and support such an outstanding cause as the Red Cross,” he said.
Regional Sales Director at Columbia Management
Jonathan Hill is a graduate of East Carolina University, and is married to his college sweetheart. He moved to Boston in 2009, and has been blessed with great family, wonderful friends, and is excited to announce that he and his wife are expecting their first child in May.
Jonathan has been a blood donor since high school, and understands the important role blood donations have in modern medicine.
“Without a safe and reliable blood supply many medical procedures and treatments would not be possible,” he said.
The Boston Marathon will be his second marathon. He is excited to be a part of Team Red Cross and can’t wait to get started on this journey.
Key Accounts Manager for ’47 Brand
Keli Hoyt-Rupert studied marketing and communication at Bryant University. She lives in Milton with wife Margaret Hoyt-Rupert with her dog Tenley.
Hoyt-Rupert ran her first Boston in 2010, but was sidelined last year with an injury.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to be running again with Team Red Cross and am looking forward to a healthy marathon in 2013,” she said.
Registered Nurse, Quincy Medical Center
Jessica Jones is proud to say she will be taking on the physical challenge of training for and running the 2013 B.A.A. Boston Marathon...all while supporting an outstanding cause.
Jessica enjoys running and has participated in smaller races for fun, including the Providence Rock n' Roll Half Marathon. This will be her first full marathon.
Jones lives in Hingham with her husband Greg, not far from where she grew up in Hull. She received her formal education at Quincy College and UMass Boston, but started her nursing training at the American Red Cross where she trained to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. She is now a registered nurse at Quincy Medical Center.
As an experienced blood donor, Jessica sees firsthand how critical the American Red Cross is to blood donations.
“It is amazing the amount of work that the American Red Cross does for those in times of need, and I am honored to be part of a team that will raise much needed funds for such a great organization,” she said.
VP of Electric Systems Engineering at National Grid
Marie Jordan has the responsibility for transmission, substation and distribution engineering for the US. This is a new role for Marie at National Grid, but she has held similar roles at Pacific Gas and Electric Company in California. Her utility career spans 27 years and has been focused in leading construction and engineering teams.
Marie has recently accepted a role on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute industry advisory board for engineering. While on the west coast, Marie actively participated with the design and support of the Minorities in Engineering Program (MEP) and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. To support the women in trades, Marie coordinated multiple events to encourage women to seek employment opportunities in the utility construction field.
President, Exan Software in Back Bay
Terence Lee is the President of Exarr Software in Boston. His company volunteers at the Red Cross Food Bank every few months, and he wanted to do more.
“We have been very impressed with what the Red Cross does in genera, as well as with the team specifically involved in the food bank. We wanted to do more to support them,” he said.
Exari has three people running to support the Red Cross. This is Terence’s third Boston Marathon, and his eighth marathon overall. He has run in support of Dana Farber, and for the Alzheimer’s Association. His other running experiences include the Grandmas marathon in Minnesota, and the Disney Marathon. Terence has a wife and two teenage boys.
Assistant Coach (Supervisor) for Disability Compensation and Pension, Department of Veteran's Affairs, Veterans' Benefits Administration.
As a Veteran of the Army and a current public servant, Gillon has a strong belief in supporting our neighbors and the greater community, especially in times of crisis and great need.
The Red Cross represents those values for him.
“I wanted to be a part of supporting the Red Cross mission while challenging myself to achieve something remarkable,” he said.
This will be Gillon’s first marathon. He has run moderate distances of 5 to 10 miles for personal fitness for many years, but with the exception of a few 5Ks, he has never run anything like this. He looks forward to the challenge.
Gillon has a Bachelors degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst; and a J.D from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Global Relationship Manager, State Street Corporation
Michele Martin is running to support the Red Cross because she feels passionate about the mission. She recently attended the annual Red Cross breakfast and was touched by the personal stories of people the Red Cross has helped. Michele has worked with Executive Sponsor Gunjan Kedia in the past. This is her fifth time running the Boston Marathon. She is a graduate of Northwestern and Boston universities, and has a husband and two children, Ella and Andrew.
Jack McGowan been in the fitness industry for the past ten years, privately training clients and teaching aerobics at Equinox in New York City. This will make Jack’s fourth marathon, and first Boston Marathon.
It has always been a goal of Jack’s to run the Boston Marathon. After the NYC Marathon was cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy, Jack figured this would be the perfect time to turn his passion for running into a positive experience for the community and help out by raising money for the Red Cross, especially after seeing all their work in the NYC area after the storm. Jack is looking forward to the challenge of training for the Boston Marathon and anticipates it to be his best time yet.
Professor, Interim Chairman of Department of Cancer Biology at UMass Medical School
Art Mercurio is a Professor and Interim Chairman of the Department of Cancer Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His laboratory studies the molecular basis of breast and prostate cancers.
He received his B.S. in biochemistry from Rutgers, a Ph.D. in cell biology from Columbia and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Cancer Research at M.I.T. He was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center prior to UMASS Medical School.
He has been involved with the American Red Cross research program and is running now to support their disaster relief efforts. He has been running for a long time and has completed six marathons, including four Boston Marathons. He lives in Boston’s South End with his wife Pam.
Global Managing Director of Crescendo Consulting
Tom is Global Managing Director of Crescendo Consulting and lives in Chicago with his wife, daughter and new Lab puppy. He leads projects related to business strategy, engagement, change management, leadership development, executive coaching, social learning and talent management. Tom has extensive experience in NonProfit Management, leading business model transformation, outsourcing, and merger & acquisition integration. Tom has an undergraduate degree in Finance and completed his Masters of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor, Executive coach, mentor and guest speaker at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago.
Tom has been involved with the Red Cross since his early days in Red Cross Lifeguard training and has completed three Chicago marathons while raising funds each time as a charity runner. Running the Boston Marathon has been one of his life-long goals (in addition to his recent completion of climbing Mt Kilimanjaro) and he looks forward to another great team experience as a charity runner with Team Red Cross.
Business Development at Novomer, a startup that is trying to commercialize plastics and chemicals using waste CO2 and CO as raw materials.
This is Mike Slowik’s second Boston Marathon with Team Red Cross – and his fifth overall.
A former student at Carnegie Mellon, Princeton and Cornell, Mike is running to raise money for Superstorm Sandy victims, the Red Cross Food Pantry and to serve our troops overseas.
Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation
Craig is a native of Halifax, MA, on the South Shore and has long dreamed of running the Boston Marathon. He moved to Greensboro, NC in 1992 after attending Emerson College and currently lives there with his wife of eight years, Gina, and two children, Jessica, 17, and Anna, 6.
When asked about his reasons for running the marathon, Craig said, “I hold a close affinity to the American Red Cross for their efforts in helping me overcome a difficult time while I was still living in Boston. In 1986, I was displaced from my apartment because of a fire. The Red Cross assisted me with clothing, money and support until I was able to find a new apartment. I am forever grateful for their support during that difficult time.”
Craig is a regular blood donor and is excited to have an opportunity to raise money in the Boston Marathon. This race will be his third marathon. His first was earlier this year in Nashville and the second was this past December at Kiawah Island. He has only been running consistently since Spring 2011, when he developed a desire to improve his overall health. Now, he will be able to fulfill his childhood dream of running in the 2013 Boston Marathon by being a member of Team Red Cros. He also has an MBA from Wake Forest University.
Deborah Spirio, Boston Massachusetts
Manager of Precious and Designer Jewels at Neiman Marcus Boston
Deborah is Manager of Precious and Designer Jewels at Neiman Marcus Boston. She is a lifelong Massachusetts resident, alum of Boston College, and currently resides on the Boston waterfront. Her husband Andrew, son Justin and family and friends will be cheering her on.
She is a committed volunteer of the Red Cross Food Pantry in Boston's South Bay, and has been a constant presence there for the past four years. Deborah is passionate about the Red Cross mission and understands the need of so many in our own neighborhood.
Deborah said, "being at the food pantry with the wonderful staff and volunteers is the highlight of each week, it warms my heart to be able to give back. I am running this marathon, my first, because I believe in the Red Cross mission of HOPE and the knowledge that humanity and compassion unite us together."
Deborah is also an active member of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, having served on the Leadership Council and the Public Art and Development Committees.
Partner, Pricewaterhouse Coopers
At the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay, Walpole resident, John Stadtler, United States Financial Services Partner for Investment Management at PricewaterhouseCoopers, was named to the board of directors of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay.
John joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1988 and has worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years. Currently, Stadtler works with investment advisors and service providers within the Global Investment Management and Real Estate Group based in the United States. He has significant experience delivering client service internationally, including Sarbanes Compliance, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting, IFRS and cross border acquisition. John has a broad presentation experience on the national and the international level. He presented the recent Global Investment Management Survey results in London, Berlin and to the Indian Mutual Fund Industry Conference in Mumbai to the National Investment Company Service Association Global Investment Management Conference and in local conferences.
John holds a B.S. from Villanova University in Accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts Association of CPA’s. John is a frequent speaker at industry events and a contributor to his community through several non-profit organizations.
Firefighter for the Quincy Fire Department
Mark Wiplfer is about to embark on his second Boston Marathon, and his first time running with Team Red Cross.
A member of the United States Marine Corp and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Wiplfer is a father of three and a fulltime firefighter EMT. Through his service, he has witnessed firsthand the American Red Cross helping those in need.
“I am running to support the Red Cross because I believe they are amazing,” he said.
Founder & Product Manager, Exari
This may be Jamie Wodetzki’s first Boston Marathon, but it’s not his first time helping out the American Red Cross.
His company volunteers at the Red Cross Food Pantry, and Wodetzki himself is known to give blood. He understands bad things happen, and appreciates the aid the Red Cross offers to help alleviate suffering.
Wodetzki is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, is married to Kelly and the father of two twins.
Dan Fitzgerald's passion is speed. He has been coaching athletes to personal bests in distances of 800m through the marathon for over 10 years. He is co-owner and co-founder of South End Athletic Company & Heartbreak Hill Running Company. He is current head coach of the Red Cross Boston Marathon team. Dan served as middle distance coach at Boston College after graduation. As an athlete, he raced the 800m at the division I level for Boston College where he was chosen captain his senior year.
Nicole is a member of the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts staff and oversees fundraising, partnerships, communication, events, and contracts for Team Red Cross.