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 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. This program gives the children confidence and enthusiasm 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.

She created the iRun4Life Director Program Information online documents which provide School Directors with essential information needed to organize and start iRun4Life's fun, noncompetitive running program. Judy also writes grants for iRun4Life and has been awarded two running grants — Saucony's Run for Good Grant, and New York Road Runner's Event to Run Grant. Judy also initiated and organized the iRun4Life's Gives Back Program where iRun4Life affiliated schools fundraise for a low income school in need of 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 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.


Dean Tomlinson
School Outreach Coordinator

Dean is an active volunteer with the iRun4Life after-school program at Cold Spring Elementary, where his children are active participants. Dean has seen the positive impact with his own children participating in iRun4Life and wants to share that experience with other children and schools. In addition to iRun4Life, Dean has spent the past four years volunteering for the Healthy Kids Running Series, a national and community-based non-profit running series.

After graduating from Temple University, Dean specialized in strategic media planning, public relations and consulting for various Philadelphia advertising agencies. Dean's professional experience will help support iRun4Life's mission to expand the program into elementary schools to educate the youth about health and fitness.

Dean resides in Doylestown, PA with his wife, three children, and a wonderful rescue dog. He shares his love of running and enthusiasm of healthy living with his family daily.


Yvette White
Gives Back Program Coordinator

Yvette White started out as a volunteer for the iRun4Life after-school program at Buckingham Elementary in 2014, as a newcomer to the area. This was a way to get involved in the school and meet other parents and her children's friends. She has been the director of the Buckingham  program for the last 2 years and is excited to be the Gives Back Coordinator.

Yvette worked as a chemical engineer for DuPont and ExxonMobil before deciding to stay at home with her children. She is also currently Co-President of the Buckingham Elementary PTO. 

Yvette resides in Doylestown with her husband and 3 children. 


Padmavathi Navaneethan
Treasurer

Padma joined iRun4Life as Treasurer in April 2019 after learning about it when her son joined his elementary school's iRun4Life program. In addition to volunteering as iRun4Life Treasurer, Padma is a financial analyst with a software company. Padma dove right in and worked hands-on planning for the iRun4Life Kids Only 3K Race and was awe-inspired to see the humongous effort needed to pull together an event such as this. Her participation and involvement in the race bolstered her decision to support and be a part of the iRun4life organization.

Padma moved to the US 19 years ago, and she graduated from MIT with an Engineering degree. Padma jointly owns "Engineering for Kids", an After-school/Summer Camp Educational Program designed for kids. Padma loves to mingle with kids and is a great people person. Her work experience is a perfect fit for financially managing our non-profit organization.

Padma lives in Warrington, PA with her husband and two children. Padma likes to indulge in reading whenever she has time and likes to travel.


Nikolai Derek
Secretary

Nikolai joined iRun4Life in March 2019. Nikolai has dedicated hundreds of hours in 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 can be found coaching two travel soccer teams at PA Rush where he has been coaching for over a year. Nikolai looks forward to bringing his high-spirited attitude and work ethic as he helps the iRun4Life organization grow into even more school districts.

Nikolai has previously substituted at many local elementary and middle schools and more recently worked in Autistic Support at Central Bucks High School East and coached the JV Boys team. When not working or volunteering, you will find Nikolai mountain biking, snowboarding or running a tough muddder race.


Caroline Jaroszewski
Administrative Assistant

Caroline joined iRun4Life as Administrative Assistant in January 2018. Her children participated in the iRun4Life program when they were students at Cold Spring Elementary School, and Caroline volunteered as a running coach. She has also been involved for last few years as a raffle basket donor for the Kids Only 3K race.

After graduating from Saint Joseph's University in 1993, Caroline worked for many years in the marketing and training fields at both LRP Publications and Johnson & Johnson. Before joining the iRun4Life team, Caroline was known locally as "the cake lady" at Cakes by Caroline. Caroline's business experience and skills will allow her to help iRun4Life continue to fulfill and to exceed its goals.

Caroline resides in Buckingham with her husband, daughter, son, and 3 rescue dogs. In her spare time, Caroline is on the Board of and volunteers with Almost Home Dog Rescue.


"Thank you for making me a better and faster runner."
– Kyle, 2nd grade


"You give us so much cheering power, I could do a whole mile!"
– Tara, 3rd grade


"Thanks for making running fun."
– Krissy, 5th grade


"This running program has given my son a new interest in life!"
– 4th grade parent


"Thank you for iRun4Life!"
– Jacob, 3rd grade


"The one who ran with my 5th grader complimented him on his stride and technique and then said he should "totally run track" at West."
– 5th grade parent


"You encouraged me to love running when I never did before…thank you!"
– Hailey, 4th grade


"Never quit. Get a lot of sleep. Drink water. Breathe! Pace yourself. Eat healthy!"
– Christian, 2nd grade


"She even turned down soda after dinner because she said she was in training!!"
– 5th grade parent


"I have never been happier that I took on a project."
– Coach Susan


"I love that you've helped instill a love of running into my boys!"
– 4th grade parent


I just wanted to reach out and say thank you to both of you again for everything you have done for Mifflin. The students were so excited and happy all day long. They all couldn't wait to get to the gym to try the new equipment. We cannot thank you enough.
Karly Houser, Physical Education Teacher, Thomas Mifflin School


We love the iRun4Life program. It is absolutely wonderful.
Mom of 2nd grader


"Thank you for doing something that made a difference in my kid."
– 6th grade parent


My kids did run from 2nd through 6th grade. We love the program. It is absolutely wonderful.
Cindy - Mom


"Thank you for a great time. I had fun running."
– Jack, 3rd grade


"That’s me in the picture winning the race! Thank you for helping me train."
– Egan, 6th grade


"I love the relays best. I have enjoyed 5 fun years."
– Caroline, 6th grade


"iRun4Life teaches people how to run and become healthier and more fit."
– Scott, 6th grade


"I had a lot of fun at iRun4Life."
– Hailey, 6th grade


“The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare”
– Juma Ikangaa