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!
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.
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!
Keely is a professional trail runner for Nike and was a member of team USA. Recent accomplishments include a win and CR at Mt. Hood 50 mile, 1st place at TransRockies Run, and 4th place at CCC 101km through the Alps in France. Keely has a background in research and coaching and loves helping others reach their potential. You will often see her smiling, drinking coffee, or running and often wishing she could do all three things at the same time.
Alex was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition. She then attended The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where she completed her dietetic internship and earned her Masters of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition.
After graduation, she followed her dream of moving West and accepted a job in Bellingham, Washington as the corporate dietitian for a local supermarket chain. It was in Bellingham where she fell in love with the North Cascades and all they had to offer - skiing, climbing, trail running, and fastpacking. A year later, she and her husband Matt moved to Portland, Oregon, where Alex currently works for Evolution Healthcare and Fitness as their dietitian, specializing in sports nutrition. She offers nutrition consultation to local athletes of all levels to help them improve their performance and reach their goals.
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.