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: 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: Development Committee; Fundraising and Sponsorship
Occupation: Senior Vice President of Compliance, Risk and Internal Audit at Aegion Corporation
Education: JD from St. Louis University School of Law. BS in Economics and Political Science from University of Rochester
Why I Volunteer: Access to healthy food, nutrition education and exercise are fundamental to developing life-long healthy habits. I’m honored to be part of a team that is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of families in need in St. Louis.
Favorite Quote: "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." - Walt Disney
Involvement in FAFC: Finance Committee, Events Planning Committee, Volunteer Coordinator
Why I Volunteer: I have always wanted to give back to the community, and the Fit and Food Connection is a great fit to do so. I have recognized the importance of health and wellness in my life, so it's amazing to know that our clients are benefitting from the programs are offered to them. Not only does The Fit and Food Connection encourage our clients, but I am encouraged as well!
Favorite Quote: "The best things in life are on the other side of fear." - Will Smith
Involvement in FAFC: 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.
Involvement in FAFC: Development Committee, Food Assistance
Education: Saint Louis University, class of 2014, Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics. Washington University in St. Louis, class of 2019, Master of Business Administration
Why I Volunteer: Since High School, I’ve been attending Jesuit schools and I have learned to always try to live as a man for others. After I finished my MBA, I found Fit and Food Connection, which perfectly incorporates a few passions of my life. I love giving back to the community, love cooking, and love staying active.
Favorite Quote: “If you can’t feed one hundred people, then feed just one.” Mother Theresa
Fun Fact: I modeled for a Super Soaker Box when I was a kid.
Involvement with FAFC: Finance Committee
About Madt: Washington University, 1979 BA, Urban Studies & Teacher Education, currently retired but retaining several clients for bookkeeping and payroll processing, have owned a few small businesses in the area including Café Balaban (with partners) from 1986 through 1996.
Why I Volunteer: Joy and Gabi have started something wonderful here, and I am delighted to contribute a small part toward nurturing their dream. My wife worked for the St. Louis Area Food Bank early in our marriage, I became aware of the challenges to providing nutritious food to the community. I love the idea of combining fitness with nutrition.
Favorite Quote: “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” - Goethe
Involvement in FAFC: Development Committee
Why I volunteer: I found the work that FAFC does in our community remarkable. I looked to be part of an organization that helps our community to better understand the impact of movement and exercise as well as promoting healthy food habits.
I was very excited when I found The Fit and Food Connection. It makes me feel reinvigorated, not only for the positive impact of these activities in our community but because it brings back memories of my mother preparing food that was full of life, colorful, healthy, and tasty for our family and the whole neighborhood 🙂 and also the time of intense sports training in my hometown.
About Edda: Graduate studies in Journalism, University of Missouri–Columbia. B.A., Social Sciences, Concentration: Sociology, University of Brasilia, Brazil. B.B.A., University of San Martin de Porres, Lima, Peru.
Favorite quote: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food” -Hippocrates