Achilles CT Leadership Team

Erin Spaulding, President & Athlete

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.

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

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.

Rachel Tressy, Treasurer & Volunteer

Rachel Tressy is the Treasurer of the Achilles CT Chapter, a position she has held since January 2016. She joined Achilles in 2014 as guide, after participating in a Hope and Possibility run in New York. She loves to run, and enjoys sharing the experience with others because of the joy it brings to those who participate. She believes the running community is one of the most generous and caring communities, noting that the sport is open for all ages and abilities to enjoy.

Rachel graduated from Holy Cross College and earned her MBA from the University of Connecticut. She is a CPA. Rachel has worked in the finance
profession for the past 20+ years.
Rachel and her husband Rich live in Simsbury with their teenagers, Samantha and Luke, and their dogs.

Jo Bennett, Secretary & Volunteer

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

Stephanie Blozy, Owner of Fleet Feet Sports, West Hartford
Laura Boogaert, Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Ex-Officio Board
Rosemary Hokanson, President, Glastonbury River Runners
Katie Joly, Program Manager, Gaylord Hospital Sports Association
Chris Love, Ex-officio Board
Ryan McKeen, General Counsel Pro Bono, Connecticut Trial Firm, LLC
Beth Shluger, CEO/Executive Director, Hartford Marathon Foundation

Membership Coordinator

​Margaret Rorrio (