Board of Directors

Judy Wexler

President

Judy is the founder of iRun4Life. Her love of running coupled with the rising trend of childhood obesity lead her to create iRun4Life in 2008. She started the non-competitive, after-school running program at her children’s elementary school—Bridge Valley in Furlong, PA. Her mission is to motivate young girls and boys to go outside and have fun exercising with their family and friends. She strongly believes that running and eating healthy help children focus better in school, and give them the self-confidence to challenge themselves in and out of school.

Judy has overseen the growth of iRun4Life which is now in 10 school districts in both PA and NJ.

Judy also writes grants for iRun4Life and has been awarded several running grants — Saucony’s Run for Good Grant,  New York Road Runner’s Event to Run Grant, Kids Run the Nation Grant, and Foundations Partnership in Youth Grant. Judy also started the iRun4Life’s Gives Back Program where iRun4Life affiliated schools fundraise for low-income schools in need of new exercise and recess equipment.

It is Judy’s goal to expand iRun4Life’s running program into as many elementary schools as possible so that all children have an opportunity to experience the joy of running and healthy nutrition.

Judy and her family live in Jamison, PA. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting at Franklin and Marshall College, and an MBA in marketing at Syracuse University. She has run many races including marathons and half marathons and enjoys sharing her love of exercise and healthy nutrition with her husband and two children.

Nikolai Derek

School Outreach Director

Nikolai joined iRun4Life in March 2019. He is now excited to be moving into the role of iRun4Life School Outreach Director. Nikolai is excited to work with many current and new iRun4Life schools as he supports the after school running programs and directors at each school. Nikolai has dedicated hundreds of hours to helping his community. He actively supports Autism Cares and Athletes Helping Athletes. Furthermore, he co-founded the PA Rush Thunder Program based in Doylestown. When he is not volunteering, Nikolai is an active entrepreneur having created many of his own companies. He can also be found coaching travel soccer, developing apps, and engaging in the start-up sector.

Nikolai looks forward to bringing his high-spirited attitude and work ethic as he helps the iRun4Life organization expand into more school districts. As the iRun4Life School Outreach Director, Nikolai will be an active member in all our runner communities. When not assisting iRun4Life schools, you will find Nikolai managing and developing the iRun4Life running app which can be found on both Apple and Google stores.

Heather Reynolds

Gives Back Coordinator

Fitness has always had a place in Heather’s life. She found strength, empowerment, and clarity in movement. Whether a run, a yoga class, or lifting heavy weights, movement was and is vital to her well-being. Her career started in advertising sales, yet she always desired to do more and make a bigger impact in people’s lives. In 2014, she pursued her passion and became a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise. Her career in the fitness industry was born! She was a Coach then Headcoach at Orangetheory Fitness Newtown for 5 years, Girls on the Run coach, founded Stronger Not Smaller, LLC, and is now currently coaching at Orangetheory Fitness Gwynedd.

Heather was introduced to iRun4Life in 2022 when her youngest son participated in the program at Cold Spring Elementary. Learning about the Gives Back program inspired her to get involved and was honored to be asked to become to next iRun4Life Gives Back Coordinator. She hopes to continue the tradition of helping students from low income schools stay active and healthy by providing their school with new and innovative physical education equipment.

As a coach, she has helped adults own their strength, step into their power, and find their confidence. Now she will have the opportunity to impact children in the same way.

Heather believes in working hard, playing hard, and resting hard! You’ll find her at Orangetheory Fitness, playing with her two boys, watching all things Bravo, or hanging with her husband.

Margot Bauer

Assistant Race Director

Margot joined iRun4Life in Feb. 2022 as the Assistant Race Director. She is excited to be part of such an amazing organization, and looks forward to assisting with the annual Kids Only 3K Race. 

Margot is a realtor with Keller Williams and loves helping families sell their homes or find their next dream house. She is also very involved in her children’s school, and is currently Chair of the Apparel Committee for their HSA. Margot holds a BS degree in Finance and Marketing from Lehigh University, and an Associate Diploma in Accounting from Northampton Community College.

Margot believes in always having a positive attitude, looking for the silver lining in all experiences, and that family is the most important thing in life. She is passionate about taking care of one’s health and nutrition, and works to instill these values in her children. She loves spending time with her family, volunteering in the community, and completing a hard jigsaw puzzle.

Tina Zarutskie

Administrative Assistant

Tina oversees the administrative and communications functions associated with the iRun4Life School Programs, and the annual 3K Race. She works closely with our founder, board members, school directors, and volunteers. Tina brings many years of administrative experience with a strong focus on organization, event planning and marketing communications.

Tina spent 27 years in the mortgage/finance industry working as division coordinator/executive assistant to a staff of 300+ local associates, as well as a large sales force located throughout the country. She was responsible for planning company events and created the employee engagement rewards and recognition programs. Most recently, Tina worked as an office assistant and bookkeeper for Matthew Rathgeb Painting.

Tina is happily married to her husband, Mike, and they share three incredible active and on-the-go daughters. Tina has volunteered for various after school activities for her girls.  She loves spending her summers on the beach in Ocean City, NJ, where she enjoys any kind of outdoor activity, especially long walks across the 9th Street bridge.  At home, she and her husband enjoy walking in Tyler Park with their yorkie-poo Teddy! Tina was born and raised in Philadelphia and resided in Bucks county since 2004. She is the tenth of eleven children.