Theresa joined Back on My Feet in August 2016 as the Executive Director in Boston. She is excited to unite her belief in the power of running with her commitment of service to support BoMF's mission in Boston.
Previously, Theresa served as the executive director of ReadBoston, a nonprofit children's literacy program focused on third grade reading success where she developed many innovative partnerships and programs to engage young readers. Theresa also worked at the YMCA of Greater Boston as the Campaign Director, fundraising for large (and small) capital projects in Boston neighborhoods.
A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Theresa has an MBA from Boston University and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and serves on the boards of the local library and the HKS New England Alumni chapter. She has run three marathons (including Boston) and many half-marathons.
Kathleen (Riley) Lau
Kathleen started her journey with Back on My Feet as a volunteer running with Father Bill's Place.
Prior to becoming the Program Director for Boston, Kathleen worked as the BoMF Program Coordinator; she was also an Employment Specialist for Father Bill's and Mainspring, working with homeless families to achieve self-sufficiency.
She also worked for Project Bread - The Walk for Hunger in both development and as part of the Child Nutrition Outreach Program.
Becoming a runner has influenced Kathleen's life in many ways; joining Back on My Feet is the perfect combination of what inspires her professionally and as a hobby.
Member Services Manager
Christine joined Back on My Feet in July 2016. Christine moved to Boston back in 2011 to pursue her Master's in Social Work at Boston College, where she focused on self-sufficiency for marginalized populations. Her final semester at BC took her to Johannesburg, South Africa; where she interned at Jesuit Refugee Service in their Livelihoods Program.
When she returned to Boston and graduated, Christine started working at St. Francis House's Moving Ahead Program (MAP), teaching a 14-week life skills and job readiness class to adults. Here she learned about BoMF when they came to do an outreach session at MAP. As an avid runner, Christine was instantly taken with the program and enjoyed hearing about the positive impact it had on her students who started running with BoMF after the session.
Two marathons later, Christine still thinks running is the perfect metaphor for overcoming adversity. Her favorite running quote, "Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason to continue. Your only recourse is to call on your spirit, which fortunately functions independently of logic," emphasizes the idea that anyone with enough heart can dig deep enough to keep going; and from there, anything is possible.