Steve HockerExecutive Director
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Steve Hocker is the Executive Director 0f Teens Run DC. He is a native Washingtonian who comes to TRDC after 25 successful years as the President and CEO of Special Olympics District of Columbia. During his long tenure with Special Olympics, Steve possessed a commitment to improving the lives of youths and adults with intellectual disabilities worldwide. He assisted in developing the first Special Olympics programs in the former Soviet Union and in 7 Middle Eastern countries. Steve also spent 18 years as a youth, high school, college, and professional basketball coach. His focus was never on the significance of winning games, but more importantly, on the shared values the team learned about life through their long journey of a season together. Steve has always been passionate about the overall development of the lives of our young people. He has lived his life with the belief that with proper support, physical activity, and a strong connection to others in your life, ONE CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING! When Steve takes time away from TRDC, you can find him taking long walks with his wife, Linda, and their dog, Riley. Other times are dedicated to their daughter, Lindsay, son-in-law, Jamie, grandchildren, JM and Jack, and son, Michael.
Ben Forman, PhDFounder
Ben Forman is the Founder of Teens Run DC. He is a clinical psychologist with a strong commitment to community mental health and work with children and families. For the past 25 years, he has worked with adults and children, individuals and families. In addition to his therapy work, he has consulted with professional and paraprofessional staff at community agencies in both Montgomery County and DC's Ward 8. For the past 12 years he has chaired the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program, and for the past eight years the Community Outreach Program, both at the Washington School of Psychiatry. In 2004, he developed Through My Eyes: the DC Photo Narrative Project. In 2009, he started Teens Run DC. Both these projects/mentoring programs reflect his conviction that positive change and growth occur within the context of caring relationships and a welcoming community that emphasize our clients’ strengths and problem-solving abilities to improve their lives. He is both a documentary photographer and a runner.
Jen EdmondDirector of Programs
(202) 818-8600 ext. 1
Jen Edmond joined Teens Run DC as Mentoring Program Manager in the summer of 2015, after completing her Master’s in Counseling at Boston University. Her graduate studies included a specialization in sport psychology, with an emphasis on sports-based youth development. Jen has worked directly with youth in a variety of settings: implementing a character development and physical fitness program at an inner-city Boston high school; as an outdoor educator, facilitating team-building, camping, and hiking trips; as a clinical intern at an adolescent intensive outpatient substance abuse recovery program; and as a bicycle tour leader, guiding teens from New York City to Montreal. As a long-time distance runner, she strongly believes in running as one of the most powerful tools for building confidence, setting and achieving goals, and fostering a sense of community among individuals. In her free time, Jen can usually be found participating in a variety of outdoorsy and creative pursuits.
Lizzie MajewskiDirector of Operations
(202) 818-8600 ext. 4
Lizzie comes to Teens Run DC to further her work in youth development and nonprofit management. Before joining Teens Run DC, Lizzie was a Senior Grant Writer at Elevate, a consulting firm that works with nonprofits both in DC and nationally. At Elevate, she wrote grants and fundraised for several education and youth- based nonprofits. Before her work in DC, Lizzie coached at a small youth running nonprofit in North Carolina and was a writing center tutor for undergraduates at Wake Forest University. She also assisted with grant writing and program development for a youth camp that provides a free week of camp for cancer survivors and their siblings. She currently is a member of the Camp’s Board of Directors.
Lizzie holds a BA in English Literature and History from Saint Mary’s College and a MA in English Literature from Wake Forest. At Saint Mary’s College, she was a member of the Dean’s List for 7 semesters and was a member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Academic Honor Roll for her participation in cross country. A runner at heart, Lizzie ran cross country in high school and college and continues to run by training for marathons. She is excited to bring her passion for youth development and running to the Teens Run DC community.
ALEE WADEAssociate Program Manager
202-818-8600 Ext. 2
Alee Wade joined the Teens Run DC team after completing her Master’s in Sport & Exercise Psychology at Ball State University. At Ball State, Alee was involved with research pertaining to positive youth development (PYD) through sport and physical activity, the role of coaches in PYD, sport for peace and social justice, and mindfulness. Alee was a sport psychology consultant for local middle and high school teams, leading psychoeducational sessions on topics including relaxation techinques, goal-setting, concentration, and teambuilding. She also taught undergraduate fitness classes and was able to utilize exercise psychology techinques while emphasizing the benefits of physical activity. Prior to Teens Run DC, Alee worked with youth as a summer camp counselor, an ABA trainer for elementary students, and a high school indoor and outdoor track coach. Alee has run and coached track and field for twenty seasons and earned NCAA Division III All-American honors in 2012 as a member of Bowdoin College’s 4x400m relay team. In her free time, Alee enjoys running and trying new exercise classes!
Dr. Olga Acosta Price oversees Teens Run DC's evaluation efforts, directs the research lab, and has served as collaborator and sounding board for program staff since inception. She is an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at George Washington University. She also serves as director of the School of Public Health’s Center for Health and Health Care in Schools. Prior to joining the faculy in 2006, Professor Price was director of the School Mental Health Program at the Department of Mental Health in Washington, DC. She was also an assistant professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine and served as associate director of the Center for School Mental Health Assistance, a national technical assistance center. In that latter capacity, she helped to promote the development of school-based mental health services across the country. Dr. Price’s primary research activities have been in the area of school mental health, prevention, resilience, community violence, and program development and evaluation. She is currently principal investigator of a SAMHSA-funded outreach program designed to address teen suicide. Dr. Price is a member of the U.S. Senate’s Federal School Mental Health workgroup, co-president of the D.C. Assembly on School-Based Health Care and a consultant to several DC government agencies involved in developing school mental health programs. She is also a member of the Community Advisory Board.