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Steve Hocker, Executive Director

Contact Info: steve@teensrundc.org; 202-818-8600 ext. 3

Steve Hocker is the Executive Director of 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.

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Lizzie Majewski, Director of Operations

Contact Info: lizzie@teensrundc.org; 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. In her free time, Lizzie enjoys exploring the District, baking, seeking out good sunsets, and hiking at nearby mountain parks.

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Alee Wade, Program Manager

Contact Info: alee@teensrundc.org; 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 psycho-educational sessions on topics including relaxation techniques, goal-setting, concentration, and team building. She also taught undergraduate fitness classes and was able to utilize exercise psychology techniques while emphasizing the benefits of physical activity.

Prior to Teens Run DC, Alee graduated from Bowdoin College with degrees in Government and Psychology and worked 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 going to parks with her dog, Penny!

 
 
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Michelle Morris, Associate Program Manager

Contact Info: michelle@teensrundc.org: 202-818-8600 ext. 1

Michelle is joining the senior staff after completing two years as a TRDC coach (Cardozo EC 15/16 and Columbia Heights EC 17/18).  In the years not spent at Teens Run, she spent her time traveling while working.  Prior to her first year as a coach Michelle volunteered her time at the organizations Maximo Nivel in Costa Rica- where she worked as an English teacher and turtle conservationist- and American Conservation Experience (ACE) in California- where she helped do BLM land maintenance, trail repairs and campground hosting.  After coaching at Cardozo, Michelle went off to Spain where she taught English at a local Basque primary school for a year.

 Michelle graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a BA in Elementary Education and minoring in Special Education.  She is a certified teacher for the DMV area in Elementary Education and ESOL and is certified in TEFL for teaching English abroad.  An avid soccer player, Michelle quickly embraced an active lifestyle at a young age and recognizes the importance of balancing physical activity with education.  In her free time, Michelle loves to travel anywhere and everywhere.