Nellie Knight Bradley

Program Manager

Nellie stays fit by dancing off beat . . . it’s a skill. Her favorite treat is homemade granola. After three years as a Wellness Integration Specialist at Bellwood Elementary and Ginter Park Elementary, Nellie has transitioned into Fit4Kids’ Program Manager.  As a regular yoga practitioner, Nellie is trained to teach yoga to children. Nellie has a BA from Vanderbilt with a dual major in Elementary Education and Child Studies. Prior to joining Fit4Kids, Nellie was a kindergarten teacher at Chimborazo Elementary School in Richmond.

Leigh Busby

Director of Development

Whether it’s hiking the Buttermilk trail, taking in live music at one of Richmond’s many festivals, or checking out the South of James farmer’s market, Leigh loves spending time outside.  Growing up, she was a track & field athlete, focusing on hurdles and pole vault, and values the role fitness and sports have played in her life and overall well-being.  Leigh graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and loves watching college basketball and showing her Tarheel pride!  Prior to joining Fit4Kids, she supported fundraising and community relations at YWCA Richmond and has been in human resources roles at several for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.  She’s also a new mom and has been known to proudly share photos and stories of her little one at the slightest urging!

Katie McTavish Daniel

Wellness Integration Specialist

Katie’s favorite physical activity is running- especially training for races with her sister. Her biggest running accomplishment is finishing the Marine Corp Marathon in 2012! Katie enjoys finding ways to make sweet treats healthy- like making banana ice cream by blending bananas, ice and water! Katie launched Wellness Integration at Holladay Elementary in September 2014. She’s passionate about helping children become healthier by volunteering for run clubs, coaching cheerleading, and teaching all students about nutrition. Katie earned a BS in Kinesiology with a concentration in Health and Physical Education. Prior to joining Fit4Kids, Katie was a Health and Physical Education teacher at John Rolfe Middle School.

Kayla-Brooke Dransfield

Program and Volunteer Coordinator

A born and raised Virginian, Kayla has recently returned to the state after graduating from West Virginia University with a BA in Anthropology. Being a mountaineer, Kayla’s favorite outdoor adventures include hiking, whether it’s close to home in the Blue Ridge Mountains or popular peaks along the Pacific Coast! Here in Richmond, she spends her free time exploring her new neighborhood and snacking on kale chips!

Tara FitzPatrick

 Safe Routes to School Coordinator

Born and raised in New Jersey, Tara moved to Virginia to pursue two degrees from Mary Washington, a B.A. in Geography, and an M.Ed. in Secondary Education. Though she ran for nearly 15 years it wasn’t until the birth of her son in 2013 that she decided it was time to move out of her comfort zone. She began running longer distances, completed her first half marathon in 2013, and continues to seek new challenges. As a pedestrian and person who bikes in the city, Tara strives to encourage others to join in the fun, while advocating for the infrastructure necessary to make the journey safer. Her Jersey roots always get her excited about tomato season in her garden. They make the best sauce for pizza on the grill!

Cynthia Piazza

Wellness Integration Specialist

Cynthia is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a double major in Elementary and Special Education and a concentration in Educational Policy.  She was honored as both Chesterfield County’s District Elementary Teacher of the Year and R.E.B. Finalist in 2011. Prior to joining Fit4Kids, Cynthia was the Title I math teacher at Harrowgate Elementary School in Chesterfield County.
Cynthia is launching the first Wellness Integration program in partnership with the John Randolph Foundation and Hopewell City Public Schools. She is passionate about having kids “Move and Learn”. Cynthia has completed 27 full marathons,  including Boston, Chicago, NYC and is setting her sights on Berlin next year.  Last Spring, she completed her 1st sprint Tri and is looking forward to fundraising for her RAGNAR team for Kids Run RVA this April! She can also be seen biking on the new Capital Trail with her husband.  Her favorite snack is pretzels because you can take them anywhere, but if asparagus were just as travel-friendly, she would be in heaven.

Bethany Brady Spalding

Coalition Coordinator

Bethany joined Fit4Kids in 2013 as the Coalition Coordinator for the Greater Richmond Coalition for Healthy Children. She has a knack for stirring things up in the kitchen and in the community. In Salt Lake City, she founded an innovative partnership to provide health care for refugees. In Washington DC, she established a mentoring program to improve graduation rates of inner-city students. Bethany and her daughter started a program to bring creative learning experiences to children living in the slums of Mumbai, India. And in Cape Town, South Africa, she helped build a health promotion partnership to reduce childhood infectious disease. Bethany has a Masters of Public Health from the University of London, a certificate in Nutrition from the University of Richmond, and a Bachelors in International Studies from Brigham Young University.

Mary Dunne Stewart

CEO

Mary’s favorite physical activity is biking the Capital Trail with her husband and two sons. Since joining Fit4Kids and learning how easy it is to grow your own food, Mary and her family love to eat the fresh zucchini, peaches, and peppers they grow at home. As the founding Executive Director, Mary leads Fit4Kids program development and implementation, fundraising, and strategic management. Mary has a long history of working to improve children’s futures through policy research and advocacy. Her past experience includes serving as the Policy Director of Voices for Virginia’s Children, the Associate Director of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, and teaching social justice and policy courses in the VCU School of Social Work. In 2009, Mary was selected as one of Style Weekly’s Top Forty Under Forty. She has a Masters of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary.

Jeff Suho

Wellness Integration Specialist

Jeff’s journey to wellness has led him to start up school based running clubs so he would have someone to help motivate him to work out during the week. It’s like running with 30+ mini personal trainers! To tackle the caloric side of things, he cooks up huge batches of chicken, butternut squash, and collards to have a quick meal ready at any point in the week. Even though this is Jeff’s first year doing Wellness Integration with Fit4Kids, he has already completed two years of Wellness Integration in the Williamsburg-James City County School District with SHIP (School Health Initiative Program). Jeff has taken his talents to Marguerite F. Christian Elementary School in Chesterfield County this year to support them on their path to wellness. Jeff earned his BS in Elementary Education from Penn State University (Bonus Fact- he was 1 of 12 Penn Staters who completed their student teaching across the pond in England!).

Jessica Sutton

Wellness Integration Specialist

Jessica graduated from Radford University with a BS in Dance Education and licensure in Elementary Education. Her interest in kinesiology and different learning styles has always pushed her to approach the classroom in a multi-sensory manor. She taught third grade for three years and first grade for seven years in Chesterfield County. Her love for teaching children of all ages with active and engaging lessons drew her to Fit4Kids. She is very excited to have the opportunity to spread her love for staying healthy with others.
Jessica stays fit by taking dance and yoga classes at the gym. She enjoys going on long walks with her husband and one-year-old. She is passionate about spending quality time being active with her son at some of their favorite places, Maymont and the Children’s Museum.
Jessica enjoys making homemade salsa and zucchini nachos for a treat. She loves all fruit, but thinks pineapple is the very best!