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Meet the Team

MORGAN JAPPE

CO FOUNDER Whether she’s coordinating the start line or lining up at the bar, Morgan loves bringing the worlds of beer and running together! As Chief Marketing Officer and Happiness Ambassador, her #1 role is to make sure everyone has FUN.

NATE HERRINGTON

CO FOUNDER Part runner and part beer lover, Nate loves the hype at the startline of events and loves the beer at the end even more!

KADYN HUTCHINSON

EVENTS & MARKETING – MN Kadyn officially joined the BRS team in 2016, after experiencing the fun while interning for one of our 2015 non-profit partners. She spends most of her time attending massage school and working at a local brewery. Kadyn tends to spend way too much free-time with her puppy, Rooney, who will be attending more runs in 2018! Some hobbies of hers include, running, attending local concerts, collecting vinyl records, and exploring the Minnesota craft beer scene!

JACK LUNT

Operations Manager & Non-Profit Director – MN Came for the beer, and stayed for the running! Jack embodies have fun, be active, give back.  As our Non-Profit Director, he accelerates our engagement with local community charities.  You’ll find him with a beer in his hand and/or a skateboard under his feet.

MARK PORTZ

CHIEF WILD CARD – MN 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

Volunteer & Brand Ambassador Director – MN   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.

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.

JENNA DUESTERHOEFT

EVENTS & MARKETING – CO Jenna loves to travel to places she’s never been, laugh at terrible jokes, eat delicious food, and hike up mountains, but one of her all-time favorite things is to drink a good beer after a good run with good people. So let’s do that!!

ANNI HURT

EVENTS & MARKETING – CO Anni can be found riding her bike around town, reading at the parks or getting lost in the mountains and enjoys having a beer on the patio after a good run.

BRADY ARCHER

EVENTS & MARKETING – CO  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!

SARAH SHIMIZU

EVENTS & MARKETING – CO Sarah has a passion for dancing, climbing, traveling, and most importantly, beer. She may be a novice at running, but her love for community and Denver local brews keeps her going.

CHRISTINA SPRADER

FOUNDER of WI BRS Running, socializing, beer, and Wisconsin, just a few things Christina enjoys. With great enthusiasm and excitement to bring all of these things together for the people of Wisconsin, Christina joined the team in the fall of 2016. Christina is usually found running, cooking, attending sporting events or hanging out with friends and family.

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.

MAVERICK HARRIS

FOUNDER of IN BRS  Maverick’s passion of staying active shines in all aspects of his personal life. Whether that’s playing sports, coaching basketball, or traveling the world; he’s always ready for a new adventure. He often finds himself attending local sporting events, exploring new cities, or trying nearby eateries.

CARLY KRISTOFIK

BRAND AMBASSADOR Running and beer enthusiast, Carly came aboard in January of 2016 as Brand Ambassador. She loves getting outdoors, exploring new breweries, and getting involved in the community.

SETH JOHNSON

BRAND AMBASSADOR More energy than he knows what to do with, Seth sprinted onto the team Fall of 2014 and is website and technology lead, as well as director for multiple events this season!

RACHEL AMUNDSON

BRAND AMBASSADOR I love my husband, my dog, MN lakes, dark chocolate, and any outdoor adventure- I am in! I am an outdoor enthusiast who thinks the indoors are lame. I am also passionate about running races/events, they’re just so fun!

NICCI AHRENS

BRAND AMBASSADOR Mom, wife, teacher, camper, hiker, back-of-the-pack runner, beer drinker, taco enthusiast!

AMY MCKINNON

BRAND AMBASSADOR Amy joined the team as a Brand Ambassador for the 2018 season. She enjoys checking out local breweries, going to concerts, and road trips. As a mom of two she doesn’t need to do anymore running but won’t turn down a good beer and a good cause.

STACY RAZINK

BRAND AMBASSADOR I love running, traveling, football and meeting new people! Excited to be a part of the MN Brewery Running Series this year! Can’t wait to see what local breweries have to offer!

JENNY JAAKOLA

BRAND AMBASSADOR Running enthusiast for 40 years, lover of the great outdoors, and and recent discoverer of Minnesota craft beer.

BROOKE VIERLING

BRAND AMBASSADOR Combining her love of both running and drinking craft beers make being a Brand Ambassador was a perfect fit for Brooke. Always looking for the next adventure, when she’s not hiking or biking her favorite trails she can be found at any local coffee shop, yoga studio or searching out live music.

EMILY SEVERSON

BRAND AMBASSADOR Hello! A couple things about me you should probably know… 1. I love golden retrievers, especially when they are a little bit old, 2. Peanut butter is the best food, 3. I’m a firm believer in that anyone and everyone can be a runner/ in the running community, 4. My go-to running song is “I Can Only Imagine” (and if you’ve heard the song, you know exactly where in the song that you could totally just feel like you’re flying!), and 5. Stouts or IPA’s are the best after a good run. Or any time really.

MEGAN BOYLE

BRAND AMBASSADOR Megan loves beer and likes running – remember not to get those confused. She can be found playing volleyball around the Minneapolis/St. Paul region, drinking at the newest brewery, and checkout out local bands.