Erin Spaulding, President & Athlete firstname.lastname@example.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!
Jo Bennett, Director, Development & Marketing email@example.com
Jo is an award-winning writer and digital marketing strategist who has played pivotal roles in numerous successful product launches in the corporate world. She joined the Connecticut Chapter as a guide, and in 2016 became board Secretary. In 2018, she was ecstatic beyond ecstatic to become our Chapter’s Director of Development and Communications.
In addition to securing event sponsors and donors, her role with the Connecticut Chapter includes oversight 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.
Nicole Schreier, VP, Operations & Membership firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole Schreier is the Vice President of Operations for the Achilles CT Chapter. Nicole started with Achilles CT as a guide, and has progressively become more active in volunteering “off-road”, first by volunteering for the H&P Race Committee in 2017, and then taking on the role of Training & Official Charity Volunteer Coordinator in 2018, and this year as a member of the leadership team. Nicole works as a Compliance Analyst in the insurance industry and brings her strong organizational and procedural skills to the team. In her free time, you can find her doing Crossfit, running, cooking and spending time with her husband, Brian, and her daughter, Charlotte.
Nicole’s motto: Teamwork makes the dream work!
Darin Meder, Co-Treasurer email@example.com
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
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.
Jo-Anne Rankin, Co-Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org
Jo-Anne started running when her daughter – as a freshman on her high
school cross-country team – challenged her to run the Manchester
Road Race one Thanksgiving. Since that first race, Jo-Anne has gone on
to complete over 10 marathons and is still going strong. When she retired
in 2015, Jo-Anne made it a goal to become a more active volunteer … Achilles was a natural way of combining her love of running with her desire to give back. Jo-Anne joined Achilles in 2016as a guide, and in 2018 increased her involvement by becoming co-treasurer.
Jo-Anne and her husband John live on Bolton Lake in Vernon, CT. If you
can’t find Jo-Anne on the roads running or biking, check the lake for her on her paddleboard.
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
Membership & Events Team
Margaret Rorrio– Event Coordinator (email@example.com)
Lyly Hin- Membership Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Nina Bryant- Registration Coordinator (email@example.com )
Mary Drake– Regional Coordinator-North/Eastern & Central CT (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Carrie LaSpada– Regional Coordinator-Greater Hartford/Western CT (email@example.com)
Rebecca Cooperman– Regional Coordinator- Southern CT/Fairfield County (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pamela Frost– Social Media Coordinator
Mike Feinberg– Webmaster
Taylor Benedum– Marketing Coordinator/Designer