Achilles CT Leadership Team

Erin Spaulding, President & Athlete   president@achillesct.org

Erin Spaulding is the President of the Achilles CT Chapter, a position she has held since 2013.

She joined Achilles in 2012 as an athlete, following a traumatic brain, neck and shoulder injury she sustained in 2010. A life-long athlete, Erin was an avid runner and triathlete at the time of her accident. She used her determination as an athlete in her recovery at Gaylord Hospital, re-learning how to coordinate her walking-and later running. Joining Gaylord’s Adaptive Sports Association and Achilles gave her back that piece of her life which she thought was gone forever. She became the President of the CT Chapter to pay it forward to other individuals facing similar adversity.

Her story and accomplishments with Achilles International have been featured in local media here in CT, in the Cigna GO YOU! campaign (The Road Home), and Runner’s World Magazine (June 2013). In 2015 she was named to the Aiello Inspiration Team for the Eversource Hartford Marathon.  Erin was also a finalist in Nike’s ‘Nominate Your Nike’, and a recipient of the Frederick DeLuca Community Service award.

A graduate of Boston College, Erin has worked professionally as a child life specialist in hospitals in Boston and CT for the past 20+ years, helping children and their families cope with illness and disability. She is active in her community, and volunteers her time and professional expertise on the boards of Kids HUGS and the Food Allergy Education Network.

Erin and her husband Michael live on the Shoreline with their three children, Katie, Caroline and Conor, and are all die-hard Red Sox and Patriots fans!

Elizabeth Gordon, Vice President Operations & Volunteer    membership@achillesct.org

Elizabeth “Bee” Gordon is the Vice President of Operations for the Achilles CT Chapter. She first encountered Achilles International while running the Marine Corp Marathon and was so inspired, she hasn’t looked back since! Bee has been a guide for Achilles CT since 2015, but she is excited to help a bit more “off-road” this year, as well. Bee graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Psychology. Motivated by her love of athletics she then acquired certifications in pilates and yoga, a RRCA Running Coach Certification, as well as an NASM Personal Trainer Certification. Currently, she works as a swim coach for the Madison Racquet & Swim Club MADMarlins Swim Team. In her free time, you can find her volunteering at her kids’ school, running, cooking and spending time with her husband, Sean, and her three kids, Olivia, Darcy and Patrick.

Darin Meder, Treasurer   treasurer@achillesct.org

Darin Meder joined Achilles CT in 2018, after being impressed by their
outreach and leadership. His first encounter with the organization was
through his volunteer work with the Madison Jaycees at their annual
Madison Triathlon.

An avid volunteer for many organizations and events over the years, starting in high school and continuing during his days at UCONN and well after, Darin looks forward to contributing to the Achilles team and organization. As a lifelong lover of soccer, he continues to be involved in his kid’s teams both as coach and manager, as well as one daughter’s dance and acting pursuits. He also foolishly puts his old body through the motions on the soccer field as well, competing in a men’s league for the past 20 years.

Darin looks forward to hanging with friends, laughing as much as possible, and tries to live by the motto, “When the Sun is Shining, I Feel Obligated to Play Outside.”  He lives in Guilford, CT, and cherishes living vicariously through his amazing three children, Tatum, Natalie, and Blake.

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Jo Bennett, Secretary & Volunteer secretary@achillesct.org

After years of supporting the Achilles organization as both a volunteer and financial supporter, Jo Bennett was ecstatic beyond ecstatic to join the Connecticut Chapter board as Secretary in 2016.

Jo is an award-winning writer and digital marketing strategist who has played pivotal roles in numerous successful product launches in the corporate world. Her role with the Connecticut Chapter includes oversight and development of marketing, communications and branding. A runner since her teens, her first touch with the intersection of running and disability was in college, when she helped rally support for a campus race in honor of a fellow field hockey teammate who had been diagnosed with lupus.
Her favorite quote: “I don’t know if running adds years to your life, but I know it adds life to your years.”

Jo lives in Norwalk, CT, with her husband, Jeff, and a couple of kitties who rule the house.

 

Advisory Board Members

Laura Boogaert- Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Ex-Officio Achilles CT Board

Rosemary Hokanson- Ex-officio Board, Glastonbury River Runners

Katie Joly- Program Manager, Gaylord Hospital Sports Association

Chaz Koch– Manager, soundRUNNER Glastonbury

Chris Love- Ex-officio Achilles CT Board

Ryan McKeen-General Counsel Pro Bono, Connecticut Trial Firm, LLC

Beth Shluger- CEO/Executive Director, Hartford Marathon Foundation

Chapter Events Team

Margaret Rorrio– Event Coordinator (events@achillesct.org)

Mary Drake–  Regional Coordinator-North/Eastern & Central CT (hartford-east@achillesct.org)

Carrie LaSpada– Regional Coordinator-Greater Hartford/Western CT (hartford-west@achillesct.org)

Jen Gonzalez– Regional Coordinator-Southern CT (shoreline@achillesct.org)

Rebecca Cooperman– Regional Coordinator- Southern CT/Fairfield County (shoreline@achillesct.org)

 

Membership Team

Nicole Schreier– Training & Official Charity Volunteer Coordinator (membership@achillesct.org)