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“The Magic of Running” Virtual Conference Speaker Bios

Brian Kelley: @pavementrunner

Runner of miles, father, pop-culture enthusiast, @WeRunSocial founder, enjoyer of coffee and sometimes gummy bears (but never together).

Brian’s community “We Run Social” was established in 2015, & is a run group that celebrates the running community and strives towards creating spaces where we can all come together, online or in person. Through the use of the #WeRunSocial hashtag, we are able to cheer one another on and lift each other up when needed.

 

Carissa Galloway: @carissaanneg

Carissa Galloway is a Registered Dietitian and certified personal trainer with a diverse background in nutrition, fitness, and television hosting.  In addition to hosting Bloom on WFLA NBC Tampa, Carissa is an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness expert and has appeared nationally on E! TV, The Daily Buzz, CBS College Sports and the Home Shopping Network both in the US and Australia. Carissa regularly appears in nutrition segments across the country. She is also a 6x marathoner and proud run-walk-run advocate who ran the 2019 Boston Marathon.

You may know Carissa as veteran race announcer too! Carissa has worked as a sports announcer for ESPN’s Wide World of Sports and CBS College Sports, and as the on-court emcee for the NBA’s Orlando Magic. Since 2005 Carissa has worked as a race announcer for RunDisney announcing events across the country. She’s an avid runner and enjoys both announcing and running.  In 2018 she completed the original Athens Marathon in Greece and ran down Boylston as a 2019 Boston Marathon finisher.

IG: @carissaanneg

web: carissaannegalloway.com

 

Christina Dunn: @littlebeastling

Christina Dunn aka the “bravangelist”. She is aa sub-5’4” force who knows the ins and outs of women’s outdoor, with 15 years of experience including customer service, social media, product knowledge/education, fit and sizing, and more. In addition she is a professional boob whisperer with 18 years of industry experience and a knack for brablem solving.has 18+ years of experience fitting bras.

IG: @littlebeastling

 

Emelia Cellura: @halfcrazymama

Emelia set out to run just one half marathon and it quickly turned into a love of running. She has now ran hundreds of races around the world and shares her adventures on her website HalfCrazyMama.com  You can also find her on Instagram at @HalfCrazyMama  Emelia is passionate about helping to inspire and motivate others to tackle their goals. She has worked with companies and publications including The Wall Street Journal, Disney, Brooks Running, Hilton, Rock n Roll Marathon Series, and many more. Half Crazy Mama is described as, “ An active mother’s guide to life” and you can find everything from recipes to fitness articles, packing tips for marathons to mom advice on the site. After joining numerous running groups on Facebook, Emelia felt the need to start her own, geared towards female runners. She created Women’s Running Community  or a safe space for women runners to ask questions they might not ask in a group dominated by men. The group now has over 19,000 members. Emelia lives in the Lake Tahoe area with her husband, daughter and Boston Terrier Gus Gus.

IG: @halfcrazymama

blog: HalfCrazyMama.com

FB community: Women’s Running Community

 

Heather Jenson: @triandrungirl

I am a mom of three, wife to my high school sweetheart, fitness instructor, and a lover of triathlons and marathons.  When I am not busy with my number one job as a mom I also find time to teach music lessons, and love to golf and hike.   My hobby of triathlons and running has lead to the creation of TRI AND RUN FITNESS.​I hope to help you achieve a balanced lifestyle through healthy living and fitness in your quest be the best YOU that you can be!

IG: @triandrungirl

blog: triandrunfitness.com

 

Jenna Leinwohl:@ildnation

Jenna Leinwohl is a lifelong Disney fan who was born and raised in New York and currently resides in Chicago, IL. Jenna began her career as an intern for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and has continued on as a volunteer wish granter for the past 11 years. While her career has kept her in the nonprofit sector for over a decade, her first job out of college was as a cast member at Walt Disney World Resort where she was a Character Attendant and later worked for Services for Guests with Disabilities. Jenna has worked for the American Cancer Society for the past 4 years and is currently a Senior Community Development Manager who oversees the American Cancer Society’s endurance platform, Team DetermiNation. The mission of ACS is very close to Jenna’s heart and she is passionate about spreading awareness, educating others about screening and early detection, and helping runners all over the country make their miles more meaningful. In Jenna’s spare time she enjoys running (of course), painting, sewing, reading, and traveling.

IG: @ildnation

web: Team DetermiNation

 

Jenn Masamitsu: @jenn_runs262

Jenn discovered running in 4th grade when she ran a mile for the first time. She ran cross country and track in high school and for a year in college before switching to triathlon for a few years. During graduate school, she rediscovered her love of running when she completed her first half marathon and then ran her first marathon distance a few years later.

Jenn grew up in the Bay Area in California and frequently visited Disneyland with her family. She signed up for her first runDisney race after seeing the amazing medals and realized she could go run through the Happiest Place on Earth in a sparkly skirt and wings! Over the years, some of her most cherished running memories are those of racing through Disneyland. She has won 4 runDisney half marathon races, all while wearing wings and Sparkle Athletic skirts. She has also completed 14 marathons including the 2020 Olympic Trials where she placed 75th. Jenn currently trains with a local team, Denver Metro Racing and coaches runners of all levels with Bolton Endurance Sports Training. 

Outside of running, Jenn spent 10 years working as a physical therapist helping runners return from and prevent injuries and now works as a software developer for a healthcare technology company. Jenn loves taking her dog Sydney out for a run. Sydney is almost 14 years old but can still trot along for an easy mile or so every day.

 

IG: @jenn_runs262

 

Jenny Tesler: @magnoliashope

Jenny Tesler is a writer, blogger, producer and active advocate for her daughter Magnolia, living with Rett Syndrome.  Having a child with a disability, but also wanting to live life to the fullest, Jenny and her husband adapt as many adventures as they can for their daughter.  Jenny has been running in 5K, 10K and 1/2 marathons for Girl Power 2 Cure, to hep raise money for Rett Syndrome, since 2014.  As an advocate for families living with disabilities her articles have appeared in Parents Magazine, on Today.com, Kveller.com and more.  You can find her writing about her family’s life living with Rett Syndrome at magnoliashope.com. Follow her on instagram @magnoliashope and watch their adventures on YouTube.com/Magnoliashope

IG: @magnoliashope

blog: magnoliashope.com

You Tube: YouTube.com/Magnoliashope

Give: rettgive.org/campaigns/magnolias-hope/

 

Joe Raymond: @run8va

Twin Dad, Runner
77 x 2⃣6⃣.2⃣
Snowdrop 55 – 💯 Mile Finisher
@procompression Alumni
Funko Collector

IG: @run8va

Donate: St. Jude

 

Julia Stewart: @Queenie11078

“Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own.”

As a mother, wife, boss, friend, sister, and daughter, it’s a mantra that rings true in every aspect of Julia’s life. She lives in an Atlanta suburb with her husband of almost 17 years, Steven, children (Tori, 25 and Nate, 14) and COVID puppy, Oswald. For her, growing old is mandatory, but growing up is not! Since her first race in 2012 ( a 5K she got dared to do) Julia has been an avid runner, proudly sporting her Sparkle Athletic Gear through uncountable 5Ks and 10Ks, dozens of half marathons (including being a Perfect Princess for the first 5 years of the Disney Princess Race series), and one full marathon.  Most recently she has begun training for the Virtual Boston Marathon that she will take on in October.

She also keeps herself busy raising funds for Team in Training, visiting Disney Parks, advocating for social justice and change, singing Broadway show tunes, collecting all the Baby Yoda items, and obsessing over Tom Hiddleston.

Once the important things are out of the way, she spends the rest of her time as the Vice President of Sales of an IT reseller all while wearing the perfect shade of red lipstick.

IG: @Queenie11078

 

Julia Warren: @looksee_studio

Julia Warren is the founder of Looksee Studio, a business that offers interactive, felt-based products. She has worked as a graphic and product designer for 15 years and her work has been featured in design publications and blogs. For Julia, life is all about creativity and connection. Her aim with Looksee Studio is to enhance the joy that comes from both. Julia lives with her husband Chris and their four children in San Diego.

IG: @looksee_studio

shop: lookseestudio.com

 

Kristen Bussey: @kristen_bussey

💖 Believer
Ambassador:
🧦 @PROcompression
🐇 @runinrabbit
🐝 @honeystinger
#thesparklesquad
🌍 IIN Heath Coach
🏃‍♀️ Runner
🏰 Disney

IG: @kristen_bussey & @therunprincessfamily

FB community: The Run Princess Family

 

Kristen Griffin: @kgriff_run

My initial thought is that anyone can run, and that everyone can be a runner. Find Your Stride Coaching was created to help individuals not only reach their goals, but reach their potential. I strongly believe that proper guidance and encouragement can benefit every athlete, whether your goal is to begin running consistently, finish your local 5k or qualify for the Boston Marathon.

I was originally a sprinter and hurdler who was told to “just be happy with how good I was,” and that I’d never be able to reach the next level. I turned those doubts inward to create a fire and help motivate me to quiet the doubters. That motivation drove me to not only become a collegiate athlete, but to qualify for nationals multiple years in a row.

Once I graduated I turned that fire into new goals: a half marathon in every state, qualifying for Boston, and completing all six World Marathon Majors. Another big goal was to get into coaching. I now have two certifications (RRCA and VDot) to help you reach your goals!

IG: @kgriff_run

web: findyourstridecoaching.com

 

Lonna Eshelman: @lolli_lonna

Wife, Mom, Addie’s Lolli 🍭, Disney Lover, runDisney Charity Team leader, Living the “non-rev” life.✈️

IG: @lolli_lonna

 

Monica Olivas: @runeatrepeat

Monica Olivas started blogging 10 years ago to document her weight loss journey and training for her first marathon. Since then she’s run over 30 full marathons and 50 half marathons. Today she shares running, travel and lifestyle tips, reviews, recipes and random musings about life on RunEatRepeat.com

Monica is a certified Health Coach and Running Coach based out of Southern California.  “RER” has been read by millions of people from all around the world. Follow along for tips on healthy living at www.RunEatRepeat.com and follow her on Instagram @RunEatRepeat.

IG: @RunEatRepeat

blog: RunEatRepeat.com

Sarah Bergman: @sarah.runs.away

Certified Travel Associate, runDisney Expert, Plant Based, Badass  Mother Runner – I go places to run races.

IG: @sarah.runs.away

web: parkandpreston.com 

 

Shelly Barney: @shelly.runs

Bringing people together and creating a community that fully supports them is something I have always been passionate about. As a mom of two toddlers with a full-time career as a Clinical Pharmacist, I realize the demands of life can deter us from creating time to partake in activities we enjoy. Running has been such a large part of my life for many years, and I knew I wanted to pay it forward; I wanted to create a place where everyone feels the same joy from the sport that I do.

Our run community, InstaRunClub, was born out of a vision to create a place where every runner feels supported. What started as an idea has grown into something incredible. I am profoundly grateful for the community of runners that has become our virtual run family.

Today we are supporting each other and are creating fun, innovative ways to keep our community motivated. Whether running around your neighborhood, training for a 5K, or gearing up to run a marathon – every journey is unique, important, and should be celebrated.

Join us on Instagram at @InstaRunClub or visit our website at www.InstaRunClub.com.

IG: @shelly.runs & @InstaRunClub

web: www.InstaRunClub.com

Sheronda Wilford: @officialblackgirlsrun

Sheronda serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Black Girls Run Foundation. Her passion for running, philanthropy, and community service provides her the opportunity to support and impact women through education, empowerment, and engagement. Sheronda is also a member of the Junior League of Richmond, a civic training organization for women, where she currently serves as the 2020-2021 President and Board Chair.  Sheronda earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from Virginia Commonwealth University.

IG: @officialblackgirlsrun

web: www.blackgirlsrun.com

Val Ceja: @runpalval

My name is Val Ceja. I have lived in California all my 32 years of life. I have been running for about 11 years. The running community in my city is very small and Latinas on the Run has helped runners come together. I am a marathoner with a goal to run a marathon in every state. I am a mommy of two humans and one fur baby and I am engaged to my best friend.
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