Involvement in FAFC: Fundraising Committee, Sponsorship and Relationship Building, Planning & Governance
Why I Volunteer: The Fit and Food Connection is helping people re-imagine their full potential and take concrete steps to make a positive impact in their life. I'm inspired every day to be a part of this incredible group of volunteers that enable our neighbors in the community become happier and healthier versions of themselves.
Favorite Quote: “If you are more fortunate than others, it’s better to build a longer table than a taller fence."
Occupation: Certified Personal Trainer, with an emphasis in Behavioral Change
Involvement in FAFC: Assistant Fitness and Nutrition Coordinator
About Heather: Heather became a certified personal trainer in 2014. She has been motivating others throughout the years by helping individuals learn how to structure their lifestyles to reduce stress and live with a positive mindset. Heather continued to follow her passion and purpose by connecting with the FAFC in August 2016, she is the Assistant Fitness and Nutrition Coordinator and she dedicates her time as a volunteer to help people regain their confidence throughout their Health and Fitness journeys.
Favorite Quote: "Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow."
Involvement in FAFC: Fundraising Committee, Food Assistance, Public Relations
Occupation: Business Owner of Food Pedaler Downtown, a St. Louis-based, bicycle-powered mobile food delivery service
Education: Truman State University Class of 2017. Bachelor's of Arts in Business Administration, Concentration in Marketing
Why I Volunteer: The looks of joy I get to see on our clients' faces — be it while delivering food as a part of the Food Assistance program or at our fundraising events — reminds me every time how much of an impact this organization has on the lives of the less fortunate than myself.
Favorite Quote: "Love people and use things. The opposite never works."
Fun Fact: I spend much of my free time recording new music with friends.
Involvement in FAFC: Finance Committee Head, Treasurer
Why I Volunteer: I was looking for an opportunity to use my finance and organizational skills to help support a local non-profit. I found the Fit and Food Connection to be a perfect fit! By handling all financial matters, the leaders of the organization can focus their efforts where they matter most - helping our clients!
Favorite Quote: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi
Occupation: Retired Marketing and Sales Manager. Marketing professor. Certified Personal Trainer, Senior Fitness Specialist.
Involvement in FAFC: One-on-One Personal Training, GroupFit Instructor, Fitness Programming
Fun fact: As little as 10 minutes of purposeful exercise can yield benefits.
Why I Volunteer: I have seen the amazing difference a healthy, active lifestyle can make in maintaining an active, independent life.
Favorite Quote: "Judge Less, Love More."
Occupation: Salesforce Product Owner/Business Analyst
Involvement in FAFC: Salesforce Administration, Volunteer Coordination
Why I Volunteer: The Fit and Food Connection is a wonderful group of loving, amazing, and talented people with a strong commitment to serving those in need in our community. I have long wanted to find a meaningful way to give back so I'm thankful to have connected with Joy and Gabi. I'm honored to volunteer with this team as we carry out our mission to provide healthy living resources to our neighbors in need.
Occupation: Public Health and Dietetics Student
Involvement in FAFC: Food Assistance
Fun fact: I love anything outdoors, especially running, kayaking, and backpacking.
Why I Volunteer: I believe that everyone deserves the right to eat healthy foods, learn the importance of staying active and having affordable assistance. After my schooling, I hope to work further on ending food insecurity and localizing food and wellness systems. FAFC is one large piece of the puzzle to community building and I'm happy to be a working with a team of people that believe we can change lives.
Occupation: Vice President, Account Management for FreseniusRx, a division of Fresenius Medical Care
Involvement in FAFC: Marketing, public relations and strategy
Favorite Quote: “Have the courage to show up and live your life, even when the outcome is uncertain” Brene Brown
Fit and Food Connection is just that – a connection to our neighbors to enable health and wellness. I’m honored to serve and support our neighbors and believe the best work we can do is to give everyone a chance to reach their potential.
Involvement in FAFC: Chairman of the Board, Fundraising, Food Assistance, Legal
About Sherin: Sherin is married to her husband, Ryan, and they have two children and a dog. She loves to be outdoors, travel, spend time with family and friends, and eat good food!
Favorite Quote: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” Mark Twain.
Why I Volunteer: I simply believe everyone should have access to healthy food.