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 transitioned into the role of 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 Coordinator

A born and raised Virginian, Kayla returned to the state after graduating from West Virginia University in 2014 with a BA in Anthropology. Kayla first joined Fit4Kids as an Americorps VISTA in 2014 and was hired as their first-ever Program and Volunteer Coordinator in 2015. In 2017 Kayla transitioned into a new role, launching Fit4Kids’ newest program Game On Girl! 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 with her pup and snacking on trail mix!

 

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. She appreciates Richmond’s awesome music scene, and volunteers at her local art gallery and music venue. 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. She currently transports her kids to daycare and preschool by foot or bike on most days, and is excited that her older son is sharing her love of two-wheeled commuting. Tara also loves to garden, and her Jersey roots always get her excited about tomato season. Homegrown tomatoes 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. Her past 25+ years of teaching experience supports her passion of integrating academic standards with movement. Cynthia has completed 28 full marathons, including Boston, Chicago, NYC, Marine Corps and is setting her sights on Berlin in September. She completed her 1st sprint Tri on a dare and last spring her Kids Run RVA RAGNAR team raised $3,975.00 for the Richmond region kids running clubs! She can also be seen biking on the Capital Trail with her husband or running/biking in the OBX! Her favorite snack is pretzels because you can take them anywhere, and she loves to go anywhere!

 

Danyel Smith

Intern and Volunteer Coordinator

Danyel SmithDancing Danyel, is what she was lovingly called at her alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University. Dancing is one of Danyel’ favorite ways of releasing stress as well as staying fit, and you will frequently find her busting a move! She credits volunteering with Fit4kids for her passions and interests in food accessibility. Danyel received her Bachelor’s of Arts in African American Studies and Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from VCU. With that, Danyel is passionate about ensuring that all children are aware of the importance of proper nutrition.

 

 

 

 

Bethany Brady Spalding

Coalition Coordinator

Bethany finds joy cooking spicy dishes and exploring wild places with her husband and three fiery girls. She likes to stir things up in the kitchen and the community. Bethany has founded local programs to promote health and nutrition in the USA, India, and South Africa. She adores her current role at Fit4Kids, leading the Greater Richmond Coalition for Healthy Children–building partnerships and creating new initiatives to prevent childhood obesity in our region. Bethany has a Masters of Public Health from the University of London, but all of her valuable knowledge comes from playing with kids!

 

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. Mary was previously 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 led him to start school based running clubs so he would have someone to 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 meals.  Chicken, butternut squash, and collards are easy to reheat once they are prepped and portioned out.  Jeff is a seasoned veteran of Wellness Integration.  He had already completed two years of Wellness Integration in Williamsburg-James City County Schools with SHIP (School Health Initiative Program).  Jeff has helped guide Marguerite F. Christian Elementary School in Chesterfield County on their path to wellness.  Now he moves further south to work with A.P. Elementary School in Petersburg, VA.  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 taking walks with her husband and children. She is passionate about spending time with her son and daughter at some of their favorite places, Maymont and Metro Richmond Zoo.
Jessica enjoys making homemade salsa and zucchini nachos for a treat. She loves all fruit, but thinks pineapple is the very best!