Baltimore StaffWe’re only as good as our staff, and our staff is pretty darn good. We’re passionate about running and the benefits that it brings to our lives. We’re proud to serve our Members and communities through the Back on My Feet program and can’t wait to see you at our next morning run, race or event!http://www.backonmyfeet.org/sites/default/files/styles/member_image/public/Staff.Jackie.jpg?itok=JHRvWwGd?ts=20150915103813
We’re only as good as our staff, and our staff is pretty darn good. We’re passionate about running and the benefits that it brings to our lives. We’re proud to serve our Members and communities through the Back on My Feet program and can’t wait to see you at our next morning run, race or event!
Jackie is thrilled to take over as BoMF Baltimore's very first Executive Director. Though she may get nostalgic every now and then for her days as former Program Director, and former Director of Communications, Jackie thoroughly enjoys the honor of being a part of such a positive, passionate selfless community of people, and loves every minute of getting to work to fulfill it's mission. Previously, Jackie spent two years as a high school teacher and coach as a Jesuit Volunteer on the island of Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia. Upon returning to the States, she followed her crazed obsession with running back to her alma mater, where she coached Cross Country and Track and Field.
"It is truly amazing to see the heights to which people can reach when inspired by confidence, a renewed belief in themselves, and a supportive community of devoted individuals. Working with Back on My Feet has restored my faith in the good of the human soul."
Jackie graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a master's degree in Public Health.
Nikia joined the Back on My Feet Baltimore community in 2009, after changing her career as a teacher. She has a high level of motivation to work for Back on My Feet since connecting with the organization, having served as a Core Team Volunteer, Member Services Manager and now as the Program Director. Understanding her purpose in life, Nikia feels incredibly blessed to work for an organization that is dedicated to the BoMF Baltimore community Members that recommit, daily, to becoming a more beautiful version of their selves. “It has always been there. It is in all of us”, she always reminds her teammates when sending encouragement on the race course “dig deep, find it and glow on”! When Nikia is not running or cheering others along the way, whether on or off the pavement, you can find her volunteering for various community projects, leading a young girls’ mentoring group, chasing PR’s at Cross Fit and dancing her heart back to life with African dance.
“The Back on My Feet community, especially the Residential Members of this organization, has taught me a lot, on my personal journey during my tenure with Back on My Feet. They have taught me courage, the value of self-worth, perseverance and confidence. I don’t think the organization was designed to do that, but has somehow been a blessing in my life and continues to motivate me to work harder. Nikia notes, "Our past doesn’t have to define us. We ask to be granted with serenity to accept the things we cannot change. We ask for courage to change the things we can. And our final request is for wisdom to know the difference.”
Nikia graduated from Coppin State University with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology, but who cares? She is passionate about the work she does and with whom she does it.
Adam is new to the Back on My Feet Baltimore team. He is the Program Coordinator, and is working with BoMF as a Jesuit Volunteer for the 2015-2016 year. He is originally from San Diego, California, and will be attempting to adjust to the strange phenomenon known as "four seasons." While he is just beginning his time on staff, he is very excited to jump in and work with the amazing group of people that make up BoMF. Adam is a swimmer by practice, rather than a runner, but is nevertheless excited to join the team and start a new challenging adventure in Baltimore.
"The things in life that are the hardest to complete are often the most rewarding and worthwhile. Realizing that you can reach that goal that you have worked so hard for gives you a profound pride in yourself and your accomplishments, that will push you to even greater heights, so long as you keep working hard."
Adam graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor's of Science in Public Health Science and Biology, with an emphasis in Biomedical Sciences.
Jodi joins the Back on My Feet Baltimore team as a Baltimore Corps Fellow for the 2015-2016 year. Originally from New Zealand, Jodi’s American journey began almost ten years ago, when she arrived in Florida for a short vacation and was presented with an opportunity to sit for the GED to finally graduate high school. Jodi went on to receive her Associates Degree from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, FL, graduated from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, GA, with Bachelors Degree, and most recently graduated with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore, where she focused on program management and community organization. Jodi is not an experienced runner, but is excited about challenging herself and committing to engaging in the sport with the BoMF team.
“Attending Community College began an unbelievable educational journey that undeniably turned my life around and I have an insatiable drive to help others to connect with transformational opportunities of their own. I am super passionate about creating and engaging in community and I feel extremely blessed to have an opportunity to be a part of the incredible BoMF team.”