Meet the Team!
We have an incredible group of leaders, trainers, co-leaders, and women who keep it all running smoothly.
We have been extremely fortunate to work with many amazing women to get the Wy'east Sisterhood off the ground. Huge thanks to: Jenn Love, Heather McGrath, Brooke Salisbury, Kate McElroy, Sarah Foote, Shadia Nagati, Jay Bowen, Anna Wetzel and Samara Davis. Also thanks to Janet Schmidt from REI, Amy Buglione from Skout Backcountry, Allison Bryan from Open Studio Collective and Britt Olsen and crew from ON Running.
Meet the Wy'east Sisterhood Leaders:
Sarah started running after college and spent a decade on pavement before her brother took her on her first trail run. She fell in love instantly and has spent the past couple years finding her place in the trail and ultra running community. She has now successfully run numerous ultra trail races up to 50 miles. Sarah's 2018 goals include the Avalon 50 miler in January, completing her Personal Training Certification (early 2018), circumnavigating and summiting both Mt Hood and Mt St Helens. Sarah is looking forward to seeing what she can accomplish personally in years to come and is passionate about training with and empowering other women to crush their own big goals.
Sarah lives in SE Portland with her husband and two young kids.
Growing up in southern California, Brooke loved sports and athletics from a young age, steadily increasing her passion for running over the years since. She ran her first marathon with two of her best friends post-college in Seattle, but it wasn't until moving to Portland in 2015 that she really took to trail running and soon further expanded the range of her physical pursuits to include ultra marathons, backpacking, skiing (both touring and nordic) and general outdoor adventuring.
Brooke thinks miles are always better when shared and is passionate about connecting women through the Wy'east Sisterhood. Find her at the Friday morning group runs as she trains up for her first 50 mile race in 2018!
Jenn's passion for running took her into the world of track and cross country during high school and college. Once the stress of competition wore her down, she oriented herself more toward running trails, and community/inner-personal development. She is an athlete ambassador liaison for Trail Butter, an aspiring writer, part time coach, fly fisherwoman, and dog mom to Jack and Juneau.
Her biggest accomplishment in trail running is finishing second woman at the 2016 Cascade Crest 100 endurance run. The trail running community is now her chosen family and she dedicates her time to supporting events and individuals who allow her to feel the most connected to this way of life she loves so much!
Anna is a lover of all things outdoors and so in 2016 she moved from Chicago to Portland to pursue her dreams of spending more time getting outside. Weekend trail getaways in the Midwest ignited a fire in her to integrate this not only into her weekend activities, but into her daily life.
As a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy at Bridgetown Physical Therapy in downtown Portland, Anna has a particular interest in the treatment of runners, as well as in health and wellness promotion. As a Road Runner Club of America (RRCA) running coach, she utilizes her knowledge from her exercise science and PT background to help women in the outdoor community achieve their goals while staying injury free!
Jodi has spent her life exploring the outdoors: an ecologist & landscape architect by trade, she served the Peace Corp in Guatemala, thru-hiked the PCT, and has guided adventures in the US and abroad. She is happiest with a backpack on, out exploring trails, and spends a majority of her time dreaming, planning and making trips happen for herself and others!
Passionate about removing barriers that prevent people from getting outside to explore and enjoy local wildlands, Jodi is the founder of local non-profit Outside Everyday. We are thrilled to partner with Jodi & Outside Everyday as they develop programs focused on expanding equitable access to outdoor adventures for women.
You will find Jodi leading social hikes and several upcoming Sisterhood micro-adventures.
Jay started running as a barefoot seven year old in South Africa, and continued that passion on the cross-country team throughout high school and college.
While traveling around the world she's had the opportunity to work on some of top sports and apparel brands, focusing on marketing, PR and events. She eventually made her way to Portland, Oregon where she currently resides and is now back to her favorite activities: running marathons and ultra-marathons, through mountains and in other challenging, beautiful terrain.
Despite having childhood asthma and experiencing numerous road blocks to an active outdoor lifestyle along the way, Shadia nevertheless she felt like she belonged in the outdoors. After running her first 5k in 2012, found Wy'East Wolfpack and became a part of the Wy'east family. Since then she's completed ultra marathons, done Grand Canyon's Rim to Rim to Rim, climbed mountains, and continued to dream of getting out and getting after it. Her biggest undertaking so far was a successful solo thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016.