Jill Kumlien – Inspiration behind MS Run the US
Jill Kumlien lived with MS for 36 years before she passed away unexpectedly on January 10th, 2017 from complications of the disease. Her joy for life was energizing, her love for others was contagious and her depth of kindness was bottomless. She has inspired countless others to do more in their lives and has sparked a movement that will leave a legacy for years to come. Her desire was for others to know her Savior, to be restored in full health, and to run with MS Run the US as we carried out the mission to end MS forever. In life and in death she has been with us every step of the way.
Ashley Schneider – Executive Director – Founder
Ashley is the Executive Director & Founder of MS Run the US and the solo endurance athlete that ran the inaugural 3,200 mile U.S. crossing from California to New York in 2010 for the charity. In doing so she became the 16th female to ever run across America.
As Executive Director to MS Run the US, Ashley works on developing relationships and programs to further the organization’s mission. She spends much of her time working diligently to create an exceptional experience for all fundraisers. She also passionately leads the organization to grow and change for the better according to the non-profit’s mission. Ashley received her degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in Exercise and Sport Science and enjoys encouraging and inspiring others to get active and stay healthy. Prior to starting MS Run the US, Ashley owned a fitness and nutrition business. She lives near Milwaukee, WI with her husband and two daughters.
Amy Wirtz – Community Engagement Manager
The first time Amy heard about the MS Run the US Relay from her kettlebell trainer she knew it was something she needed to be apart of. In Amy’s words, “This opportunity is incredibly important to me, having become close with several people living with disabilities due to multiple sclerosis; the idea of helping them and others was something I couldn’t pass up!” Amy started running in 2010 and has enjoyed challenging herself along the way running 5K’s and three full marathons before joining the Inaugural Relay team in 2013. Since then Amy has run with the Relay team every year accumulating over 685-miles of running with the team, and over $50,000 in fundraising for the non-profit.
Amy joined the organization as Community Engagement Manager in September of 2014 to help catalyst runners and communities into life-changing experiences through our unique endurance and giving opportunities.
Jamie Sawyer – Executive Assistant
Jamie Sawyer first joined MS Run the US as a Relay runner for the 2014 and 2016 teams. She was so inspired by her experience that she applied for the Exec Assist position the minute it opened up. Jamie works directly with Executive Director, Ashley Schneider, in a one-on-one working relationship. She manages in multiple facets of the organization with Ashley to insure that all workings of the organization operate efficiently and in a timely manner. Specifically, Jamie helps track and organize donations, works with VIP fundraisers, contributes actively to new and exciting awareness campaigns, passionately promotes our mission, and helps develop ongoing fundraising tools. Most importantly, maybe, Jamie manages the inspired chaos that flows from the Executive Director at any given time and organizes it into usable material.
MS RUN THE US BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MS RUN THE US BOARD OF ADVISORS