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Meet the Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each state is locally owned and operated – but we’re one big beer run family! We believe more minds is always better than one, so we support each other, share ideas, and work together to come up with fun ways to be active, have fun and give back to our local communities. 

THE CO-FOUNDERS

MORGAN JAPPE

CO-FOUNDER, CMO AND MANAGING PARTNER

BREWERY RUNNING SERIES ™ – NATIONAL BRAND

MINNESOTA

MORGAN JAPPE

A COLORADO NATIVE, MORGAN IS HAPPY TO HAVE FOUND HOME IN THE LAND OF 10,000 LAKES. SHE HAS A DIVERSE BACKGROUND IN MARKETING PRODUCTION AND EVENTS FOR GLOBAL BRANDS LIKE COMPETITOR GROUP, HONEYWELL, REEBOK AND ADIDAS.

AS CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER OF THE BREWERY RUNNING SERIES, MORGAN DOES A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING, BUT HER FAVORITE PART IS TO CHEER EVERYONE ON!

MORE ABOUT MORGAN

FUN FACT: Morgan holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Classical Vocal Performance

FAV WAY TO BE ACTIVE: Exploring new trials with her pup, Rudi

FAV BEER STYLE: Depends on the day, but she’ll never say no to a good IPA

FAV LOCAL BREWERY: Inbound BrewCo

FAV DESTINATION BREWERY: Metropolitan Brewing Co (IL) 

WHEN MORGAN’S NOT ORGANZING BREWERY RUNNING SERIES EVENTS SHE’S PROBABLY… Planning her next adventure! Morgan loves to travel.

NATE HERRINGTON

CO-FOUNDER, CFO, STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT

BREWERY RUNNING SERIES ™ – NATIONAL BRAND

MINNESOTA

NATE HERRINGTON

NATE IS AN AVID RUNNER AND LOVES THE HYPE OF THE STARTLINE AT EVENTS, BUT LOVES THE BEER AT THE END EVEN MORE! HE HAS A DIVERSE BACKGROUND IN RETAIL MERCHANDISING, STRATEGY CONSULTING AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

NATE’S PASSION FOR BUILDING OTHERS UP ENSURES EVERYONE ALWAYS HAS FUN!

MORE ABOUT NATE

FUN FACT: He rocked as ‘Goldy the Gopher’!

FAV WAY TO BE ACTIVE: playing baseball with his kiddos

FAV BEER STYLE: all the beers!

FAV LOCAL BREWERY: Fulton Brewery

FAV DESTINATION BREWERY: Anywere, USA

WHEN NATE’S NOT ORGANZING BREWERY RUNNING SERIES EVENTS SHE’S PROBABLY… enjoying time with his family

MINNESOTA BREWERY RUNNING SERIES TEAM

HANNAH HIGHDALE

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

MORE ABOUT HANNAH

Hannah loves all things fitness, sunshine and beer.  If she’s not whipping the clapper around the race course or running the race, she’s 100% still drinking beer!  Cheers!

JACK LUNT

OPERATIONS MANAGER & NONPROFIT DIRECTOR

MORE ABOUT JACK

Came for the beer, stayed for the running! Jack embodies our motto “be active, have fun, give back” As our nonprofit director, he accelerates our engagement with local nonprofits. You’ll find him with a beer in hand or a skateboard under his feet. 

MARK PORTZ

CHEIF WILD CARD

MORE ABOUT MARK

More likely to be seen driving the 5k than running in it, every week Mark looks forward to keeping up his near-perfect record for course management. He joined the party in 2015 and has been active, having fun and giving back ever since. Even when we’re not running for beer, Mark and his enthusiasm for local breweries work year-round to give back and Craft your Community one pint at a time. Outside of (or sometimes with) beer, he enjoys camping, ’80s movies, and long walks on the beach.

OLIVIA GREV

SPECIAL PROGRAMS MANAGER

MORE ABOUT OLIVIA

When she’s not summiting mountains, backpacking the national parks, or traveling for work/pleasure, you’ll find Olivia running at Lake of the Isles or baking cookies. She considers running her real “happy hour”, but will never turn down a good craft beer and conversation.

ARIZONA BREWERY RUNNING SERIES TEAM

BREANNA BISSELL

CO-FOUNDER, EVENT DIRECTOR

ARIZONA & SOUTH DAKOTA

BREANNA BISSELL

BREANNA JOINED BREWERY RUNNING SERIES IN 2019 WITH HER HUSBAND, WHIT. THEY SPEND WINTER IN AZ AND SUMMER IN SD, PRODUCING BREWERY RUNNING SERIES EVENTS ALL YEAR LONG. WHEN THEY ARE NOT AT A BREWERY RUNNING SERIES EVENT, YOU CAN FIND THEM TRAVELING THE COUNTRY AT OTHER EVENTS AS TIMERS OR EVENT STAFF.

MORE ABOUT BRE

FUN FACT: Bre used to be a long track speedskater

FAV WAY TO BE ACTIVE: Inline Skating

FAV BEER STYLE: (she doesn’t actually drink beer, but that doesn’t stop her from hanging at taprooms and supporting breweries across the great states of AZ and SD)

FAV LOCAL BREWERY: SanTan Brewery

FAV DESTINATION BREWERY: Miner Brewing Co.

WHEN BRE’S NOT ORGANZING BREWERY RUNNING SERIES EVENTS SHE’S PROBABLY… planning more events! Bre helps produce endurance events all over the country.

WHIT BISSELL

CO-FOUNDER, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

ARIZONA & SOUTH DAKOTA

WHIT BISSELL

CHASING GOOD WEATHER AND GOOD BEER, THIS HUSBAND AND WIFE DUO (BRE AND WHIT BISSELL) ORGANIZE BREWERY RUNNING SERIES EVENTS IN BOTH ARIZONA AND SOUTH DAKOTA! 

MORE ABOUT WHIT

FUN FACT: Bre also managages a chip timing company – Mangled Momentum

FAV WAY TO BE ACTIVE: mountain biking

FAV BEER STYLE: something new!

FAV LOCAL BREWERY: SanTan Brewery

FAV DESTINATION BREWERY: Uncle Bears Brewery

WHEN WHIT’S NOT ORGANZING BREWERY RUNNING SERIES EVENTS HE’S PROBABLY… planning more events! Whit helps produce endurance events all over the country.

COLORADO BREWERY RUNNING SERIES TEAM

BRADY ARCHER

OWNER, EVENT DIRECTOR

COLORADO

BRADY ARCHER

Brady joined the team in the spring of 2017, after spending all of 2016 traveling the world.  He has visited 80 countries, all 50 states, and all seven continents, and can definitively say that Colorado has the best craft beer scene in the world!  If he is not traveling, you can find Brady out enjoying all of the outdoor activities that the Rockies have to offer… usually with a cold beer in his hand!

MORE ABOUT BRADY

FUN FACT: Brady has visited over 80 countries, all 50 states and all 7 continents

FAV WAY TO BE ACTIVE: anything outdoors!

FAV BEER STYLE: hops on hops on hops

FAV LOCAL BREWERY: (can you really pick just one?)

FAV DESTINATION BREWERY: New Belgium, Ranger Station

WHEN BRE’S NOT ORGANZING BREWERY RUNNING SERIES EVENTS SHE’S PROBABLY… enjoying all of the outdoor activities the Rockies have to offer, usually with a cold beer in his hand.

JEFF CARTER

EVENTS MANAGER

MORE ABOUT JEFF

Jack of all trades, Jeff helps out wherever and however he can!

JOY HUGHES

EVENTS & VOLUNTEER MANAGER

MORE ABOUT JOY

A lover of all things outdoors and all things beer – Joy loves to see people getting involved and staying active.

I really love being a part of this organization and seeing our runners event after event. Especially those that are crushing their goals and are our brew crew family. Everyone is always so positive and supportive of each other and I look forward to seeing everyone each time.

LINDSAY ARCHER

EVENTS & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

MORE ABOUT LINDSAY

Brady’s other half, Lindsay officially joined the crew in 2020! She keeps things going!

FLORIDA BREWERY RUNNING SERIES TEAM

CHRISTINA RODRIGUEZ

OWNER, EVENT DIRECTOR

NORTH FLORIDA

CHRISTINA RODRIGUEZ

Lover of the outdoors, running, hiking and anything on the water. Will jump on a plane at a moments notice but will never jump out of one. Loud, full of energy and always excited to make new friends.

MORE ABOUT CHRISTINA

FUN FACT: Happiest on top of a mountain with an ice cold beer.

FAV WAY TO BE ACTIVE: Hiking, running, picking things up and putting them down.

FAV BEER STYLE: Hazy IPA

FAV LOCAL BREWERY: Oviedo Brewing Co

FAV DESTINATION BREWERY: Elmhurst Brewery

WHEN WHIT’S NOT ORGANZING BREWERY RUNNING SERIES EVENTS SHE’S PROBABLY…Flying the friendly skies

CHRISTINA SAYS: I was never a runner until I first heard about Brewery Running Series. I figured, if I am going to run there better be a beer waiting for me at the end. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that run would lead me to my first 10k, my first half marathon and now joining the BRS family.

KACY IRBY

FOUNDER, EVENT DIRECTOR

SOUTH FLORIDA

KACY IRBY

KACY LOVES TO HAVE FUN AND MEET NEW FRIENDS! BEING A PART OF THE BREWERY RUNNING SERIES TEAM ALLOWS HIM TO DO BOTH, AND HE GETS TO DRINK BEER!

MORE ABOUT KACY

FUN FACT: Kacy was in a band that toured the Eastern US

FAV WAY TO BE ACTIVE: Anything at the beach

FAV BEER STYLE: IPA

FAV LOCAL BREWERY: Tarpon River Brewing

FAV DESTINATION BREWERY: Mission Brewery San Diego

WHEN KACY’S NOT ORGANZING BREWERY RUNNING SERIES EVENTS HE’S PROBABLY… At the beach!

KACY’S FAV STORY: Carlos (BRS Participant) moved from a small town in Venezuela to Miami and started his own business. While attending our first ever event he met another Venezuelan, Mercy, who happened to be from the same small town!! They have since become great friends attending dinners and BBQs with each other’s families and still come to all our events!

HEATHER MORRIS

PARTNERSHIP MANAGER

MORE ABOUT HEATHER

When Heather’s not slinging drinks or attending class to become a Clinical Mental Health Professional; you can find her on a yoga mat, on the other side of the bar, or running for beer!

HAWAII BREWERY RUNNING SERIES TEAM

ELIZABETH ROBINSON

CO-FOUNDER, EVENT DIRECTOR

HAWAII

ELIZABETH ROBINSON

When not on the water sailing and kayaking, Elizabeth spends her time hiking, playing soccer, and working on her nature photography and blogs. She is a full time whale nerd, and also enjoys running and exploring craft breweries …150 breweries in the last three years! Elizabeth is excited and proud to be co-founding the Hawaii BRS with her twin sister, Lexi.

MORE ABOUT ELIZABETH

FUN FACT: Elizabeth has participated in events in the most of all our operating locations!

FAV WAY TO BE ACTIVE: Running half marathons

FAV BEER STYLE: IPA all day!

FAV LOCAL BREWERY: Aloha Brew Co

FAV DESTINATION BREWERY: The Dead Crafty Beer Co (Bristol UK)

WHEN ELIZABETH’S NOT ORGANZING BREWERY RUNNING SERIES EVENTS SHE’S PROBABLY… Saving whales. Or studying! Or running. Or drinking beer! Or traveling. Or… 

LEXI ROBINSON

CO-FOUNDER, EVENT DIRECTOR

HAWAII

LEXI ROBINSON

Travel enthused, beer drinker who came to Hawaii on a whim. Loves meeting new people, talking story, and being active in nature.

MORE ABOUT LEXI

FUN FACT: Lexi has been to all 50 states, and set foot on 7 of the 8 main Hawaiian islands!

FAV WAY TO BE ACTIVE: Hiking, Biking, Yoga, and Zumba!

FAV BEER STYLE: Mosaic hopped IPAs

FAV LOCAL BREWERY: Waiting for a brewery to open on Molokai

FAV DESTINATION BREWERY: Cerveceria Austral – Patagonia, Chile

WHEN WHIT’S NOT ORGANZING BREWERY RUNNING SERIES EVENTS SHE’S PROBABLY… becoming a Junior Ranger at a National Park

LINDA ROBINSON

TEAM MOM

MORE ABOUT LINDA

LINDA IS THE MOM TO ELIZABETH AND LEXI AND HAS NOT ONLY ENCOURAGED THEIR EFFORTS IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP, SHE HAS HELPED MAKE IT HAPPEN! 

IOWA BREWERY RUNNING SERIES TEAM

AUDRIE LEIB

CO-FOUNDER, EVENT DIRECTOR

IOWA

AUDRIE LEIB

AUDRIE IS STOKED TO BRING BREWERY RUNNING SERIES EVENTS TO HER GREAT STATE!

MORE ABOUT AUDRIE

FUN FACT:

FAV WAY TO BE ACTIVE:

FAV BEER STYLE:

FAV LOCAL BREWERY:

FAV DESTINATION BREWERY: 

WHEN ELIZABETH’S NOT ORGANZING BREWERY RUNNING SERIES EVENTS SHE’S PROBABLY…

KADYN HUTCHINSON

CO-FOUNDER, EVENT DIRECTOR

IOWA

KADYN HUTCHINSON

Kadyn’s a Virgo, an extroverted introvert, who loves almost all things 60’s and 70’s. She’s a proud dog mom to her sweet girl, Rooney! Licensed Massage Therapist who believes in all things health and wellness – body, mind and spirit – but also loves indulging in dark chocolate and Culver’s way too often.

MORE ABOUT KADYN

FUN FACT: Kadyn was one of three students chosen to spend three weeks in China on a grant program as a student at Iowa State. She taught Chinese college students about American culture and sports, and also got to do a lot of traveling – which included climbing The Great Wall!

FAV WAY TO BE ACTIVE: Taking her dog Rooney for walks or runs – preferably at a lake!

FAV BEER STYLE: Brown Ales

FAV LOCAL BREWERY: Pulpit Rock Brewing in Decorah, Iowa

FAV DESTINATION BREWERY: Inbound BrewCo (MN)

WHEN WHIT’S NOT ORGANZING BREWERY RUNNING SERIES EVENTS SHE’S PROBABLY… Hanging out with Rooney, giving massages, attending local music shows, self-care time, watching Netflix

IN KADYN’S WORDS: We all have stories of how we end up doing what we do, and I’m continually thankful for all of the steps I took that led me here. So proud to be on this team!

DREW KLINSING

CO FOUNDER of OR BRS  A novice at so many things, soccer, basketball, baseball, stand up paddle boarding, camping…you get the picture.  One thing I am not a novice at is the Pacific Northwest, we love living in the Portland area and exploring all there is to offer especially the breweries that saturate our great area.

NATHAN FREEBURG

CO FOUNDER of OR BRS Nathan started running when he was 14. 20+ years later, he’s still going. When he’s not running, he enjoys exploring the city with his son, finding new restaurants with his wife, traveling, or backpacking. He loves dark beer, dark chocolate and dark coffee.

SARAH LOCKWOOD

OWNER of WI BRS 

ROB HENDLER

EVENTS & MARKETING – IL Rob loves beer and loves running, though he runs more to breweries than for exercise.  He joined in april of 2016, mostly for the free swag but has since been taken in by the fun and energy of the events.  He is excited about all the cool events coming to Chicago.

SERENA POMERANTZ

EVENTS & MARKETING – IL Serena is an avid runner and beer enthusiast in Chicago. She started with a 5K and has run a couple of half marathons in Chicago. She also has attempted home brewing, but generally feels she’ll leave the beer-making to the experts.

REESE QUESNEL

EVENTS STAFF – IL Always looking for ways to combine being active with drinking good beer, Reece has been involved with Brewery Running Series since the summer of 2016. He also likes cooking, hiking, and coffee.

TONIO TELLO

FOUNDER of WA BRS  If I describe myself it would be a social connector. I love connecting and empowering people to strengthen our communities. I am active by running, swimming, hiking and playing with my daughter. When I travel I love getting lost with the locals. I have been in over 20 countries. I speak 4 languages and if I have a wish, it would be to speak all the languages of the world. Born and raised in Peru, went to college in Miami and I call Seattle home. Enjoying beer is a given!

ALISON THILO

OPERATIONS MANAGER – WA  A Seattle native, Alison brings a love of beer, community events, mountains, and exercise to the summer series.  She started with the Brewery Running Series in 2017 and some of her favorite activities include weight lifting, horse back riding, skiing and rowing

GABBI LINDGREN

FOUNDER of TX BRS  As a full time beer lover and part time runner, Gabbi is passionate about having fun! She joined the team in 2016 with a mission to bring the excitement of beer runs to the great people of Austin, Texas.

JEFF ZOLLNER

TX BRS COURSE MASTER Jeff may get lost inside his own house, but he knows how to plan out a monster 5k run. He would rather be outside than inside and be running more than walking to the closest of many wonderful breweries.

MAE SIGGINS

TX BRS STAFF Mae started as a volunteer, and loved it so much she came on board. When she’s not in the outdoors you can find her stopping the hackers as an IT Security Engineer. Mae loves Crossfit, hiking, camping, and rock climbing. You can spot her at the runs with a cider or gluten free beer in her hand!

CATHERINE JASIONOWICZ

CO-FOUNDER of MI BRS 

Catherine is a craft beer lover with a running problem.  In a state with a vibrant craft and running scene, she wants to share her solution with everyone, 5k at a time!

GARY JASIONOWICZ

CO-FOUNDER of MI BRS Catherine’s partner in crime.  Loves to travel around the world with Catherine doing all kinds of races, mountain biking, and checking out
the local breweries.