MEET THE AMR TEAM

Sarah and Dimity are the OGs of Another Mother Runner, but this community would not have grown to be what it is today without the help from a few friends. Curious who is part of this great organization and why they started running, what their favorite pick-me-up song is, and who their dream partner would be? Keep reading!

AMR Staff

Coaches

Podcast Hosts

Contributing Writers

DIMITY MCDOWELL
CO-FOUNDER + CHIEF ENTHUSIASM OFFICER

Denver, CO

# of kids and/or pets: 2 kids + 1 Weimaraner/lab mix + 1 (very loud) hound

Running with AMR since: I’m OG.

Coaching certifications: RRCA Level I + II, Lydiard, ACE Group Fitness Instructor

If you could run a race with an elite athlete, celebrity, or another famous person, who would it be? One of the funny Amys: Amy Poehler or Amy Schumer

What do you think makes AMR such a special community? Easy: the people. Always inclusive, encouraging, inspiring, and entertaining.

SARAH BOWEN SHEA
CO-FOUNDER + CHIEF OPTIMISM OFFICER

Portland, OR

# of kids and/or pets: 3 kids + 1 French Bulldog + 2 cats

Running with AMR since: Before time began

Why did you start running? As a cross-training tool when I joined the Colgate University rowing team freshman year (the same crew that, six years later, Dimity joined!).

If you could run a race with an elite athlete, celebrity, or another famous person, who would it be? Taylor Swift: I wouldn’t have to look her in the face while talking to her (I’d be far too starstruck!) — and when my energy lags, she can sing!

AMR STAFF

KATIE SZNEWAJS
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

Denver, CO

# of kids and/or pets: 3 kids + 1 Chocolate Lab

Running with AMR since: 2016

Why did you start running? I played a lot of sports when I was younger but I HATED running when we had to do conditioning in soccer and basketball. It wasn’t until I graduated from college and moved to Chicago that I learned to love running – it’s hard to beat running along the lakefront!

What do you think makes AMR such a special community? Women supporting women, it doesn’t get much better than that!

MELISSA THEBERGE
TRAIN LIKE A MOTHER CLUB COMMUNITY + BAMRBASSADOR MANAGER

Plaistow, NH

# of kids and/or pets: 3 kids

Running with AMR since: 2018

What’s your dream running aspiration? As a native New Englander and a repeat Boston Marathon spectator, it would be amazing to run those hills and finish on Boylston Street. I would accept any entry method possible to do so.

If you could run a race with an elite athlete, celebrity, or another famous person, who would it be? Des Linden inspires me in so many ways — her gutsy Boston win is just one example. She is grounded, real, and committed, even when the odds are stacked against her. I would want to soak in that vibe.

SARAH WASSNER FLYNN
TRAINING PROGRAM CREATIVE

Rockville, MD

# of kids and/or pets: 4 kids + 1 bunny named Burrito

Running with AMR since: 2021

Why did you start running? When I didn’t make the cheerleading team in 9th grade, my mom encouraged me to join cross country (because, you know, they don’t make cuts). I reluctantly went to the first practice and grumbled my way through my freshman season, but eventually learned to love it and continued to compete through college and later as a #motherrunner.

If you could run a race with an elite athlete, celebrity, or another famous person, who would it be? Athing Mu. But it would have to be a longer race than 800 meters so we could actually chat.

CATHY ENGSTROM
TRAIN LIKE A MOTHER CLUB WEBSITE MANAGER + NEWSLETTER EDITOR

Colorado Springs, CO

# of kids and/or pets: 3 kids, 1 pup, + 1 cat

Running with AMR since: 2020

What is your dream running aspiration? An overnight race. I’ve done several long races but always stop when the sun goes down. I want to experience watching the sun come up after an entire night of running.

What do you think makes AMR such a special community? As a sport-focused group, AMR stands out for being non-competitive. This is a circle of people who support, motivate, and celebrate the accomplishments of one another.

ERIN PAVON
CHIEF FINANCE OFFICER

San Diego, CA

# of kids and/or pets: 3 kids, currently in between pets

Running with AMR since: 2019

What’s your dream running aspiration? Vacation Races “Grand Circle Trailfest” in Utah — a half marathonish per day for 3 days in a row.

What is the song that motivates you to pick up your pace, dig deeper, or keep going when you want to sit down on the curb? “Dura” by Daddy Yankee

RACHEL WALKER
GEAR REVIEW EDITOR

Boulder, CO

# of kids and/or pets:  2 kids + 1 dog

Running with AMR since: 2022

Why did you start running? I began running in 1989 when the cross-country coach at my high school recruited me to the team because I had a decent mile time from gym class.

What’s your dream running aspiration? I am an avid trail runner and want to log more beautiful, long-mileage loops in the high country of Colorado and Wyoming.

HILLARY FUJII
INSTAGRAM DIRECTOR

Palm Springs, CA

# of kids and/or pets: 2 Golden Doodles

Running with AMR since: 2020

Why did you start running? My mom was a daily runner, so I suppose I started running at a young age to emulate her. Now running lifts me out of my own head and into my body. It is my daily moving meditation, and I am so grateful to have the health and privilege to run every day.

What is the song that motivates you to pick up your pace, dig deeper, or keep going when you want to sit down on the curb? I usually don’t run with music unless I’m on my treadmill, but it would have to be “The Show Goes On” by Lupe Fiasco. Hip hop all the way.

MELISSA GILLEY
RETREAT COORDINATOR

Portland, OR

# of kids and/or pets: 2 kids + 1 Australian Shepherd + 1 English Retriever

Running with AMR since: 2017

Why did you start running? Because I was inspired by strong, amazing mom-friends who could crush 13.1 miles!

What do you think makes AMR such a special community? Acceptance, inclusion, support, laughter: No BAMR is left behind!

SUPPORT STAFF

ADRIENNE MARTINI
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Oneonta, NY

# of kids and/or pets: 2 kids + 1 Corgi + 1 “mostly Husky”

Running with AMR since: 2014

Why did you start running?  Ten years ago, I saw myself in a picture and wondered who the fat lady was. I realized I hadn’t felt comfortable in my own skin in years. It wasn’t just about weight (it never is) but running helped me feel at home in my body again, even though I “hated” running for months and months before I found my groove.

What’s your running aspiration? I plan to run a half marathon in all 50 states.

MICHELLE SAN ANTONIO
COMMUNITY SUPPORTER

Wakefield, RI

# of kids and/or pets: 3 kids + 1 cat

Running with AMR since: 2013

What’s your dream running aspiration? To still be running regularly for the rest of my life. I want to be one of those badass 90-year-old runners who inspires others to get out there!

If you could run a race with an elite athlete, celebrity, or another famous person, who would it be? Des Linden: I so admire her grit, honesty, and humility.

REBECCA JUSTINIANO
DESIGNER

Green Bay, WI

# of kids and/or pets: 2 2ids, 2 cats, + 1 grand cat

Running with AMR since: 2021

Why did you start running? My son wanted to train for a local 5K with his school, and he asked me if I could run it with him. We haven’t stopped running since.

What is the song that motivates you to pick up your pace, dig deeper, or keep going when you want to sit down on the curb? Most of my music is NSFW!

MEGAN YORK
DESIGNER

Kennewick, WA

# of kids and/or pets: 3 kids

Running with AMR since: 2014

What’s your dream running aspiration? Half-marathon. Not sure I have a full marathon in me yet.

What do you think makes AMR such a special community? It’s a no-judgement zone open to everyone! You don’t have to be a perfectly fit athlete to feel welcomed. It’s a place to be motivated, encouraged, and still have a good time.

PODCAST HOSTS

MOLLY WILLIAMS
PODCAST CO-HOST

Portland, OR

# of kids and/or pets: 3 kids + 1 Yellow Lab + 1 cat

Running with AMR since: 2016

What’s your dream running aspiration? To get back to running OR to learn to love what is best for my body.

What do you think makes AMR such a special community? Unconditional support, no matter where you are on the journey.

BRITANY WILLIAMS
PODCAST CO-HOST

Portland, OR

# of kids and/or pets: 0 (for now…)

Running with AMR since: 2022

What is the song that motivates you to pick up your pace, dig deeper, or keep going when you want to sit down on the curb? “Runaway” by Galantis

If you could run a race with an elite athlete, celebrity, or another famous person, who would it be? I’d love to pick Beyoncé’s brain on a long run!

ELLISON WEIST
PODCAST CO-HOST + RESIDENT BOOK BULLY

Aiken, SC

# of kids and/or pets: 1 kid + 3 grandkids + 1 Pitador

Running with AMR since: 2011

What is the song that motivates you to pick up your pace, dig deeper, or keep going when you want to sit down on the curb? “Rock Steady” by the great Aretha Franklin

What do you think makes AMR such a special community? Where else can you get answers not only to your running questions but all of life’s questions, as well? And laugh while learning!

TISH HAMILTON
PODCAST CO-HOST + CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Bernardsville, NJ

# of kids and/or pets: 1 kid + 1 Cockapoo + 1 Border-Terrier mix

Running with AMR since: 2017

What is the song that motivates you to pick up your pace, dig deeper, or keep going when you want to sit down on the curb? “All I Really Want” by Alanis Morissette, which embarrasses me!

What do you think makes AMR such a special community? The strength of support and wellspring of positivity. So much love everywhere!

COACHES

JENNIFER HARRISON
HEART + SOLE, BECOME A CYCLIST + TRIATHLON COACH

Carpentersville, IL

# of kids and/or pets: 2 kids

Coaching since: 1999

Coaching for AMR since: 2017

Coaching certifications: USA Triathlon Level 1 + 2; RRCA

Why did you start running? It was “me” time. A break from my day and from work and school. It was a mental breath in the busyness of life.

What is your running aspiration? I have been running for 40 years+, and my aspiration is to continue to run my whole life injury free.

ELIZABETH WATERSTRAAT
HEART + SOLE, BECOME A CYCLIST + TRIATHLON COACH
PODCAST CO-HOST

Naperville, IL

# of kids and/or pets: 3 kids

Coaching since: 2007

Coaching for AMR since: 2017

Coaching certifications: USA Triathlon Level 2 + Endurance; US Master’s Swimming Level III; RRCA + Lydiard

Why did you start running?  It was the only sport in high school that didn’t require special equipment or skill!

If you could run a race with an elite athlete, celebrity, or another famous person, who would it be? None! I am a solo runner — I enjoy the quiet and taking it all in at my own pace.

JESSICA HOFHEIMER
TRADITIONAL PROGRAMS COACH

Cary, NC

# of kids and/or pets: 3 kids + 1 dog

Coaching since: 2010

Coaching for AMR since: 2022

Coaching Certifications: RRCA and VDOT

What do you think makes AMR such a special community? The way people see and are seen by one another, for who they are and no matter where they are in their running journey. It is such a welcoming, compassionate, supportive and badass group!

What’s your dream running aspiration? Running through all the seasons of my life, for the rest of my life and continuing to discover new things in the world and within myself along the way. I want to win my age group some day because I am the only one in it!

AMY SKORICH
TRADITIONAL PROGRAMS COACH

Apex, NC

# of kids and/or pets: 1 kid; 1 dog

Coaching since: 2021

Coaching for AMR: Since 2021

Coaching certification: RRCA and VDOT02

If you could run a race with an elite athlete, celebrity, or another famous person, who would it be?  I would love to run a race with Abby Wambach. She detailed her NYC Marathon race on her podcast with Glennon Doyle and her recap hit ALL of the emotions surrounding her experience.

What do you think makes AMR such a special community? AMR fosters such a rich environment of supportive women with aspirations to MOVE and find the beauty in running, amplifying mothers with busy lives not necessarily trying to balance it all but striving to carve out a place for themselves in such a bustling world.

CHRISTY SCOTT
ULTRA + BECOME A TRAIL RUNNER COACH

Huntsville, AL

# of kids and/or pets: 2 kids + 1 (adorable) dog

Coaching since: 1999

Coaching for AMR since: 2019

Coaching Certifications: RRCA, ACE Personal Trainer, B.A, Exercise Science, Spartan SGX, TRX, Yoga

Why did you start running? I started running for fun in middle school. (I know: weird thing for a kid to choose to do for fun.) I ran sporadically through high school, then got serious after my second child was born. As with lots of moms, I figured it was a good way to lose the baby weight and get myself back in shape.

What is the song that motivates you to pick up your pace, dig deeper, or keep going when you want to sit down on the curb? “Right Now” by Van Halen

JEN STEELE
BECOME A RUNNER + 5K COACH

Carlsbad, CA 

# of kids and/or pets: 2 kids

Coaching since: 2019

Coaching for AMR since: 2021

Coaching certifications: RRCA, Revo2lution Running

What’s your dream running aspiration?  I would love to run Boston or a trail marathon. 

What is the song that motivates you to pick up your pace, dig deeper, or keep going when you want to sit down on the curb? “My Body” by Young the Giant

MANDY CHERRY
BECOME A RUNNER + 5K COACH

Dayton, OH

# of kids and/or pets: 2 kids

Coaching since: 2019

Coaching for AMR: Since 2021

Coaching certification: RRCA

If you could run a race with an elite athlete, celebrity, or another famous person, who would it be?  I don’t think Drew Barrymore runs, but, man, do I love her! I think she’d be a blast to run with.

What’s the song that motivates you to pick up your pace, dig deeper, or keep going when you want to sit down on the curb? “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch

ELLIE KEMPTON
FUNCTIONAL DIETITIAN

Denver, CO

# of kids and/or pets: 2 Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Coaching since: 2011

Coaching for AMR since: 2016

Coaching certifications: MSN, RD

Why did you start running?  To create a sense of freedom within the structure of my life. It’s my excuse to BE instead of to DO and to FEEL instead of to PERFORM.

What’s your dream running aspiration? To run a trail half marathon in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

BRANDI DOCKETT
MANY HAPPY MILES STRENGTH COACH

Mount Royal, NJ

# of kids and/or pets: 2 Kids + 1 “super mutt,” according to a DNA test!

Coaching since: 1993

Coaching for AMR: Since 2019

Coaching certification: Credited as a Personal Trainer, Spin Instructor, Barre and Functional, Prenatal/Postnatal + Group Fitness Instructor

Coaching for AMR since: 2021

Why did you start running?  24 years ago I started to try something new and challenge myself. Running is now an activity I do with my husbands and daughters, helping to clear my head and keep my sanity, as well as spending time with the dearest of friends old and new.

If you could run a race with an elite athlete, celebrity, or another famous person, who would it be? Serena Williams

CHRISTY DILLER
MANY HAPPY MILES PHYSICAL THERAPIST

Fort Recovery, OH

# of kids and/or pets: 4 kids

Coaching for AMR since: 2021

What is the song that motivates you to pick up your pace, dig deeper, or keep going when you want to sit down on the curb?  I Machinehead by Bush was always my go to in HS and college, it still has that effect even 20 some years later!

What do you think makes AMR such a special community? I love the lack of judgement. It doesn’t matter if you are fast or slow, walking or running, or where you come from or how long you have been running. If you run, you are a runner and everyone is so supportive and positive!