Director of Communications, Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
Wayne, originally from Jamaica, is the Director of Communications for the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. An accomplished public speaker, Wayne receives numerous requests from organizations to address their constituents about the importance of community-related endeavors. His accredited stance on many critical issues surrounding youth and families has led to his previous appointments to the Board of Directors for some of Boston’s leading non-profits organizations.
Wayne has been a competitive long distance runner since 1979 and has logged more than 100,000 miles. Although he doesn’t consider himself a marathoner, Wayne has competed in the Boston, Chicago, New York, Vermont City, Philadelphia, and Cape Cop Marathons and boasts a half marathon PB of 1:09 and a 2:34 for the marathon. As a member of the Boston Athletic Association’s (BAA) Board of Governors, he is a local fixture on the New England running scene, is passionate about running, and is an active advocate for the sport. During his spare time, Wayne manages RunBoston, a company that provides historical running tours in Boston, Cambridge, and Salem. Wayne, a graduate from the University of MA, Amherst, and his wife Danny lives with their three sons in Newton.
Associate, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Nick Losurdo is an attorney at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where he represents broker-dealers, equity and option exchanges and other financial services clients. Nick’s involvement with BoMF began in 2013 while he was living in Washington, DC, including as a member of the DC chapter Advisory Board and an active BoMF morning runner. Nick originally hails from the Boston burbs and joined the Boston Advisory Board after returning home to Massachusetts in 2015. Nick is an avid runner and especially enjoys trail runs with his wife and 2 dogs. Nick runs with Team Common Ground in Boston.
Northeast Director of Sales Planning | Bimbo Bakeries USA
Brian is the Northeast Director of Sales Planning for Bimbo Bakeries USA, the largest baking company in the world with iconic brands such as Thomas, Arnold, Entenmann’s, and Sara Lee. BBU’s values are centered on the Person, so they are committed to preserving and giving back to the communities in which they live and serve. They strive to be a good neighbor through volunteer efforts and donations and contribute to the development of their communities. These values led to the relationship with Back on My Feet from a national and regional level.
Brian has worked in the retail food industry for 15 years with various roles on both the Retailer and Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) sides of the business. Brian is an avid supporter and participant in various other charity endeavors such as Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger and the National MS Society’s Muckfest.
Brian received his BA from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. He resides in Braintree, Ma with his wife and 2 young children, Bryce and Brynn. He loves all of the major Boston sports teams and enjoys cross training, playing golf, and lacrosse.
Director of Sales, New England, AT&T
Peter Nixon is a Director of Sales for AT&T, responsible for managing wireless sales and retail operations for the New England region covering Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Mr. Nixon has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, having served a variety of sales leadership roles for wireless companies such as AT&T, Pacific Bell Mobile, Cingular Wireless, Cellular One, and SBC. His work in the field has produced significant results, including launching the Pacific Bell Mobile PCS market and strengthening of the New England region's wireless sales distribution system.
A graduate of Westfield State College and The University of Phoenix, Mr. Nixon currently resides on the South Shore in Massachusetts.
Billie Starks is a graduate of Smith College School for Social work, and has been delighted to work with Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program for the last four years. She began as the lead therapist for the Office Based Opioid Treatment Clinic at BHCHP, and over time has become more involved with a number of different initiatives. She has taken over direction of a primary care team which targets patients who are at highest risk for overdose death, and participates in street outreach efforts offer patients connection in their community. Billie has also assisted in implementing a new initiative in primary care and behavioral health integration at BHCHP’s BMC Clinic, in which patients can utilize “open access” behavioral health services. Thus far there has been a dramatic increase in the number of patients who are seen by behavioral health clinicians. Billie was the recipient of the Dick Regan Award at BHCHP in 2014, which recognize staff members who personify a commitment to staff development, teamwork and relationship building. She is thrilled to have recently accepted the position of Director of Behavioral Health Services.
Billie moved to the Boston area after completing her MSW program. She is an avid runner, and has participated in the Boston Marathon twice to benefit BHCHP. Billie has also formed a partnership between BHCHP and Back on My Feet, building Team McInnis, acting as a team leader, and recruiting other volunteers and team leaders to enhance the team member experience. A quality improvement project is currently underway to better understand how participating in Back on My Feet impacts consumers of services at BHCHP. In addition to exercise, Billie is able to sustain her work by practicing meditation. She loves living in Cambridge, and frequents Fresh Pond, The Minuteman Trail, and the Charles River.
Deputy Chief Compliance Officer | Highfields Capital Management LP
Betsy Thedford is the Deputy Chief Compliance Officer at Highfields Capital Management LP. Betsy is originally from Texas and has worked with the asset management industry since graduating from the University of Colorado with a Masters in Accounting. Prior to joining Highfields Capital Management, Betsy worked at PwC for 10 years in Boston and London and earned her law degree from Suffolk University Law School. She is an avid traveler and enjoys scuba diving and hiking. Betsy has previously run with Back on My Feet and is excited to be more involved with such an empowering organization.
Owner, Charles River Running
Charlotte has been running since her teens as a participant, volunteer, competitor, coach, and -- most recently -- as a retailer of running shoes. Raised in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, she earned a BA in History from the University of Virginia while on a full academic scholarship from the United States Navy. Charlotte served five years active duty in the Marine Corps as an aircraft maintenance officer, during which time she was promoted twice, awarded both the Navy Achievement and Naval Commendation Medals, and was honorably discharged as a Captain in 1994. While serving in active duty, Charlotte also earned a BS in Aviation Management from the University of Southern Illinois and an MSBA from Boston University. Charlotte opened Charles River Running, a specialty run and walk store in Norwood MA in June of 2012. She has competed in the USA Triathlon World Long Course Championships in Amsterdam, Holland, and has completed both the Philadelphia and Chicago Marathons, earning qualifying spots for the Boston Marathon each time. Charlotte’s work with Back on My Feet Boston began soon after the opening of Charles River Running, with the successful Back on My Feet New Year’s Day 5K in Norwood in January of 2013.
Associate, TA Associates
Rory Wilsey is an investor at TA Associates, focused on evaluating investments in companies in the consumer and retail space with a focus on health and wellness. Rory is originally from San Francisco; he has worked in financial services since graduating from Princeton University, first with Deutsche Bank in New York and then with TA in Boston. He began his involvement with Back on My Feet running with Team Vets prior to joining the Advisory Board. Rory is an avid runner, having participated in a number of distance events over the last several years with solid enthusiasm and very mediocre results! He's thrilled to be involved with Back on My Feet and is always happy to speak with potential volunteers.
General Manager, Marriott Copley Place, Marriott International
Terry is the General Manager of the Marriott Copley Place. He is married to an elementary school teacher. He is the father of two daughters, and grandfather of two grandsons (hard to believe since he looks so young!). He is a devoted treadmill runner who counts on Sportscenter playing on the console for distraction. Terry celebrates a good workout with ice cream from Kimball's Farm in Westford. He is delighted to be associated with Back on My Feet Boston and support Marriott's nationwide involvement with the organization.