Meet the Philadelphia 3-Day Coaches!

Every Susan G. Komen 3-Day® event has a core team of three coaches, each of whom plays a different role in helping our walkers and crew members prepare for the Komen 3-Day. For months, these dedicated staffers have been having personal conversations with walkers to help them with their training and fundraising, have hosted dozens of local events to bring participants together and build a community of encouragement, and have organized and inspired the amazing team of crew captains and crew members.

Let’s meet the coaches for the Philadelphia 3-Day®!

Joanne Harrington – Philadelphia Local Events Coachsusan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk blog philadelphia coach joanne

Describe your job in 10 words or fewer. – “Coordinate everything to welcome our walkers to the 3-Day.”

We’re a couple weeks from the Philadelphia event. What’s a typical day like for you these days? – “I’m insanely busy here! I’m firming up private cheering stations and mobile cheering squads, gathering bakeries for baked good donations, answering questions about ceremony flag bearers and generally just putting on the finishing touches.”

What are 3 things that we didn’t know about you? – “1) I have two lovely granddaughters: Abby, age 9 and Caroline, age 5. Unfortunately, they live in Maryland so I don’t get to see them as much as I would like; 2) I am a Philadelphia Eagles season ticketholder. E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES! LOVE my birds! 3) I have been on 16 cruises.”

 

Jen Haber – Philadelphia Participant Coachsusan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk blog philadelphia coach jen

Describe your job in 10 words or fewer. – “Answering all things 3-Day-related on a daily basis.”

We’re a couple weeks from the Philadelphia event. What’s a typical day like for you these days? – “Busy! My days are filled with interactions with participants. I’ve gotten to know many Philadelphia walkers through the emails and calls I am receiving. It’s that time of the event season when I am helping with matching gift questions, assisting with online check-in and providing last-minute event details. Everyone has a story that connects us to this cause and I love hearing them. The conversations I have each day are very important to me because they remind me why we are all working so hard to make an impact in the fight against breast cancer.”

What are 3 things that we didn’t know about you? – “1) I live in Southern California and have two dogs who love coming to visit the San Diego 3-Day every year; 2) I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Poland, where I organized my first breast cancer awareness walk and where my passion for this cause began; 3) I was a vegetarian for almost 20 years until very recently. My carnivore husband couldn’t be happier!”

 

Melanie Toner – Philadelphia Crew & Volunteer Coordinatorsusan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk blog philadelphia coach melanie

Describe your job in 10 words or fewer. – “Supporting our amazing captains and crew members to rock on event.”

We’re a couple weeks from the Philadelphia event. What’s a typical day like for you these days? – “I spend most of my day working on communicating final details to crew captains and supporting the crew. My goal is to ensure the crew feels confident and prepared on event. The days are long but it’s all worth it. I’m looking forward to seeing the hard work pay off!”

What are 3 things that we didn’t know about you? – “1) I’m a lefty; 2) An ‘intimate’ family event in my family involves 35-40 people; 3) You will likely find me singing to myself on event – something I do when I have a lot to accomplish and need to focus.”

 

Going to be at the Philadelphia 3-Day? Come meet coach Joanne at a special meet-and-greet on Friday and Saturday in camp, 6-7 p.m., in the 3-Day Lounge.

Meet the Twin Cities 3-Day Coaches

Every Susan G. Komen 3-Day® event has a core team of three coaches, each of whom plays a different role in helping our walkers and crew members prepare for the Komen 3-Day. For months, these dedicated staffers have been having personal conversations with walkers to help them with their training and fundraising, have hosted dozens of local events to bring participants together and build a community of encouragement, and have organized and inspired the amazing team of crew captains and crew members.

Let’s meet the coaches for the Twin Cities 3-Day® event!

Stephanie Winkel – Twin Cities Local Events Coach

susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk blog meet the coaches twin cities stephanie

Describe your job in 10 words or fewer. – “Recruiting walkers and securing community involvement for a fantastic event!”

We’re a few weeks from the Twin Cities event. What’s a typical day like for you these days? – “Crazy! The last minute details are my favorite part- involving participants in our ceremonies; driving the route and getting community participation from local businesses and private cheering stations; soliciting donations to make the participant experience a memorable one; securing entertainment! I love watching it all come together.”

What are 3 things that we didn’t know about you? – “1) I’m a nationally certified personal trainer and recently had an opportunity to box with Jillian Michaels (world famous fitness guru and trainer on the hit show, The Biggest Loser). This was my 3 minute claim to fame and gave me rockstar mom status to my 3 kids; 2) I’m obsessed with Pinterest and actually do use a lot of the things I pin; 3) I love my morning coffee so much I stand at the coffee pot everyone morning watching it drip until it’s ready. I’m useless until I have it.”

 

Eileen Barnick – Twin Cities Participant Coach

susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk blog meet the coaches twin cities eileen

Eileen (second from right) and family

Describe your job in 10 words or fewer. – “I support amazing people who are changing the world. #bestjobintheworld”

We’re a few weeks from the Twin Cities event. What’s a typical day like for you these days? – “Busy! My days are filled with wonderful interactions with wonderful participants. I am really getting to know the Twin Cities participants through the many emails and calls I am receiving. It’s that time of the event season wheb I am helping with missing donations, assisting with Online Check-In and providing event details. Everyone has a story that connects them to this cause. The conversations I have each day are very important to me because they help me understand how and why we have all been brought to this cause. I am looking forward to finally meeting all of the new 3-Day friends I have met as being the Twin Cities coach this year!”

What are 3 things that we didn’t know about you? – “1) In my previous life (before children) I was a certified scuba diver and licensed stock broker; 2) In my future life (after children move out) there will be an RV and an ocean (watch out California friends!); 3) My one hidden talent (to the embarrassment of my children) is that I am a rockstar hoola hooper!”

 

Kiki Setterlund – Twin Cities Crew & Volunteer Coordinator

susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk blog meet the coaches twin cities kiki

Silliness from Kiki and family

Describe your job in 10 words or fewer. – “Fun, challenging, rewarding…all wrapped up in lots of laughter.”

We’re a few weeks from the Twin Cities event. What’s a typical day like for you these days? – “We’re kicking it into high gear here in the Twin Cities. We’re looking at maps and schedules and playing the ‘what if’ game ahead of time. This is all to make sure that the walkers, crew, community and others are safe, well supported and of course, having a good time on-event. I am in weekly contact with my Captains and Senior Captains: Kathy H., Stephanie F., Tami G. and Kate S. to ensure the Crew has the information they need and when they need it. We’re busy recruiting day volunteers and watching the amazing fundraising progress of our Crew. The days (and nights) are long, but they are so worth it. It’s exciting to see all of this hard work and preparation come to fruition. I’ve got an amazing team of Crew Captains I work with and could not be more thankful for them.”

What are 3 things that we didn’t know about you? – “1) I once saved [opera legend] Placido Domingo at a special event from a man wearing a poncho and sombrero; 2) I have solid hips. I once broke a window by giving it a ‘hip check’; 3) My favorite past time is weekend ‘family cuddles’ with my husband Seth, and kids, Finn (8) and Evy (5).”

 

If you’ll be at the Twin Cities 3-Day, be sure to say hello to the coaches! They’ll be happy to see you!

 

Meet the Michigan 3-Day Coaches

Each Susan G. Komen 3-Day® event has a core team of three coaches, each of whom plays a different role in helping our walkers and crew members prepare for the Komen 3-Day. For months, these dedicated staffers have been having personal conversations with walkers to help them with their training and fundraising, have hosted dozens of local events to bring participants together and build a community of encouragement, and have organized and inspired the amazing team of crew captains and crew members.

Let’s meet the coaches for the Michigan 3-Day® event!

Jennifer Hanskat – Michigan Participant Coach

susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk blog meet the coaches michigan jennifer

Jennifer (left) with a fuzzy friend

Describe what you do in ten words or fewer. – “Answering all things 3-Day-related on a daily basis.”

The Michigan 3-Day is coming up soon. What’s a typical day like for you these days? – “We are less than one month out from the start of the Michigan 3-Day and my days are most definitely interesting. I answer a lot of phone calls and emails about preparing for the event and donations, especially matching gifts. I am also the designated 3-Day coach for our Series walkers [participants walking in all seven 3-Day events] so it is not unusual to hear from these folks as well, mostly with logistics questions.”

What are three things we didn’t know about you? “1) I was incredibly shy in high school, a total wallflower; 2) I have been up in a hot air balloon twice; 3) My grandfather had a special nickname for me: Sally Weird. And that just about sums it up!”

 

Ann Love – Michigan Local Events Coach

susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk blog meet the coaches michigan ann

Ann sharing a silly moment with her family

Describe your job in 10 words or fewer. – “I recruit walkers, supporters and businesses to paint the route pink! (Oops, that’s 11 words…I lose…)”

The Michigan 3-Day is coming up soon. What’s a typical day like for you these days? – “My typical day, at this point, is spent talking to friends and family who want to support their participants, contacting businesses to solicit in-kind donations for our walkers and crew, talking to participants who are interested in taking on a larger role within our ceremonies and camp show, and approaching neighborhoods and businesses along the route to encourage them to show their support as we walk by.”

What are 3 things that we didn’t know about you? – “1) I’m a science nerd. I have a bachelor’s degree in marine biology and a master’s in environmental science; 2) I’m also a huge geek. Talk Star Wars or Star Trek to me and I will be your new best friend; 3) In “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”, I am a 4.”

 

Gina Guerreso – Michigan Crew & Volunteer Coordinator

susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk blog meet the coaches michigan gina

Gina and her sweet little man

Describe your job in 10 words or fewer. – “Honored to work with amazing Michigan Crew Captains and Crew. OR Spreading joy and being supportive to the amazing Michigan Crew. (I couldn’t decide!)”

The Michigan 3-Day is coming up soon. What’s a typical day like for you these days? – “My days are jam packed as we get closer and closer to kicking off the 3-Day season in Michigan. On a typical day I have a growing pre-event ‘to do’ list and lots of communication with Crew Captains and Crew. I am also working to finalize certain parts of the All-Crew Kick-Off. I am also your girl for all questions related to host hotels and tenting (for all events, all participants) so it’s a big juggling act, but I am blessed to have a supportive network of co-workers and friends.”

What are 3 things that we didn’t know about you? – “1) I am a reality television junkie (Real Housewives of New Jersey anyone?); 2) I have worked on 3 different 3-Day events in past years: Arizona, Chicago and now Michigan; 3) I secretly love to dance and think it would be fun to be on Dancing with the Stars. Too bad I am not a professional dancer or a celebrity!”

 

The Michigan coaches are looking forward to seeing and meeting the fabulous walkers and crew members in just a few weeks. Seek them out and say hello!

 

Next week, we’ll introduce the Twin Cities coaches, so stay tuned!