Nancy is president and founder of GO! St. Louis, which began in 2000. Throughout the past decade, she has guided the organization from an upstart marathon weekend event, to an organization that today is a year-round community wellness leader. Her vision to create a fitness weekend event that included activities for all ages and abilities, has helped the event expand since its inception. In addition, Nancy has created innovative programs and events that have received national acclaim, while inspiring thousands of people to get fit. Programs such as: Read, Right & Run Marathon®, Mature Mile and Mile-by-Mile Marathon, continue to support the organization’s overall mission.
Her past volunteer experiences include: Race Director for “Race For The Cure” and Overall Event Director for Senior Olympics. Now, Nancy trains young women to run at Girls, Inc. where she serves on the Board of Directors. In addition, Nancy is a member of the Govenor's Advisory Council for Health and Fitness and has received national and local recognition:
2008 Trailnet Healthy Living Award
2009 Women’s Running Magazine Trailblazer Award
2009 St Louis Business Journal Most Influential Business Women
2010 The St. Louis Jewish Hall of Fame inductee
2010 The Hellenic Spirit Foundation Athena Award
While continuously dedicating herself to helping others pursue better fitness, Nancy has also found time to complete six marathons and dozens of triathlons, including three Ironman competitions. Recently, she competed in the 2010 World Half Ironman Championships in Clearwater, Florida. She enjoys traveling to places where she can hike. She has completed the Milford Trek in New Zealand, the Mount Blanc Circuit in Europe, and in 2007 she fulfilled a dream by summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with her daughter, Elissa. Prior to starting GO! St. Louis, Nancy spent 20 years working in health care management in St. Louis. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and received a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University. She has been a teacher and social worker. E-mail Nancy at:
Director of Race Management
Brian joined the GO! staff as the Assistant Race Director in November 2007 and assumed the Race Director duties in June 2008. Prior to joining GO! St. Louis, Brian spent several years as a health and safety manager in the food service industry. He is responsible for coordinating race operations for the organization’s events and programs. Most notably the GO! St. Louis Family Fitness Weekend, where he strives to build on the annual tradition of providing a safe and quality event for more than 20,000 participants. In addition, he chairs the race operations committee, a dedicated group of volunteers, who help plan and coordinate the Marathon Weekend. Brian grew up in the hills of southwest Missouri and began his running career as a miler and half miler in middle school (he won his first race ever and was hooked). After running cross-country for Purdy High School he went on to run track and cross-county for Missouri Southern State University where he was a two-time All-American. Today, he continues to compete on a regional and national level. His meet his wife Margaret, also an All-American runner, whileon the team.They are the proud parents of a daughter, Lilian and a son, Lukas. When Brian isn't running, you can find him and his family spending time outdoors, camping and canoeing. he Lyons' make their home in South St. Louis City. E-mail Brian at:
Director of Development & Community Partnerships
Barbara Wilkinson became Director of Development and Community Partnerships in August 2011. She is responsible for sponsorships, fundraising and developing opportunities to encourage healthy lifestyles through local business, school and community engagement. Barb brings experience as a business executive, community leader and fundraising professional to GO! St. Louis. Her business career began at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company (now AT&T) where she held positions in accounting, information systems, investor relations, consumer marketing and community relations. As a community volunteer, she has applied her business management experience to non-profit board service. Leadership positions have included president and committee chairperson on a number of non-profit boards including Girls Incorporated of St. Louis, the YWCA and CharacterPLUS. She served on the St. Louis Local Organizing Committee for the Men’s (2005) and Women’s (2001 and 2008) NCAA Final Four tournaments, and chaired the community family event “March to the Arch.” Prior to joining GO! St. Louis, she was Director of Development for the College of Business Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Barb’s personal interests include golf; travel; St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Symphony. Although you might not see her running as an elite athlete in a marathon, she has spent her fair share of time staying active on local fields, courts and pools, and is inspired by the organization’s fitness mission. Email Barb at:
Director of Marketing & Communications
Jeff joined the GO! St. Louis staff in September 2007, after spending the previous four years as Director of Communications for the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Prior to the symphony, he spent 10-plus years with the St. Louis Blues (doing PR and marketing, not playing hockey!). Jeff handles all of the marketing, advertising and communication initiatives for the organization. In 2009, he was awarded the PR Person of the Year Award from CSPRC, which is a local organization for public relations and marketing professionals in the not-for-profit industry. His fitness resume includes a four-year track career (high hurdles, no distance) at Salem High School, in Salem, IL, followed by four years on the McKendree University soccer team. Jeff's favorite place to run isTorrey Pines State Park in San Diego, CA. He resides in University City, MO, enjoys spending time with his English bulldog “Brando”, and keeping up with University of Illinois sports. E-mail Jeff at:
Director of Support Services
Mona currently oversees the recruitment of all volunteers for GO! St. Louis events and programs. In addition, she oversees registration, neighborhood cheer zones, merchandise orders, and shares the duties of Health & Fitness Expo coordination. Mona actually began her career working with GO! St. Louis president Nancy Lieberman as an intern in 2000. After three years interning, while at Washington University, she joined the staff full-time and worked in operations and registration until 2005. In her years away from the Midwest, Mona worked as a Childcare & Program Director for two YMCAs doing youth program management and development. A long-time local runner, Mona loves the friendliness of our running community and of runners in general. She’s run six marathons, tried a few triathlons and is always looking for a new challenge! Mona, her husband Drew, and daughter Cecelia make their home in University City. E-mail Mona at:
Director of Youth Programs
Jesse joined the GO! St. Louis team as a key volunteer on the race operations crew in 2008. In April of 2011 he became the Director of Youth Programs and now oversees the Read, Right & Run Marathon program for students K-8, as well as the Students on the GO!, a program which trains high school students to complete a half marathon. He is passionate about motivating St. Louis’ youth to become more healthy and active, and ultimately seeks to help reduce the problem of childhood obesity in the bi-state region. Inspired by his younger brother running a marathon in 2006, Jesse completed his first 26.2-miler in the Spring of 2007 while he finished his MBA at Saint Louis University. Rather than pursuing a career in business, he became a personal trainer, completed 5 total marathons and is now setting his sights on finishing an Ironman. In November of 2008, he married his wife, Rosamar Gonzalez, who was a softball pitcher for SLU. The two enjoy being outdoors, spending time with friends, eating and cooking Mexican food (Jesse the eating, Rosie the cooking) and any occasion to wear cowboy boots (just Jesse). They have two cats that are brothers: Jake and Elwood. Email Jesse at:
Director of Special Events
Alison joined the GO! St. Louis staff in January 2013 and manages the GO! for a Cause charity program and the GO! St. Louis Mile-by-Mile Marathon™ corporate wellness program. A native of St. Louis, Alison has a background in the non-profit sector and has worked in numerous charitable organizations both in and out of St. Louis with roles in planning and implementing large-scale fundraising events and programs. While her background is in the Arts (she has a bachelor’s degree in Art History and a master’s degree in Arts Administration), Alison has found much satisfaction in working in mission-centered organizations, helping to make a difference in those served by the organizations. Alison’s current fitness routine is running after her two young children! She and her family currently reside in University City.
Office Manager/Registration & Data Management
Jan is the newest member of the staff and joined the GO! St. Louis team in July 2011. As Office Manager/Registration and Data Management Coordinator, she is responsible for handling all general inquiries, data entry and analysis for GO! St. Louis’ various events, and any other office related services that keep our workspace running efficiently. Jan came to us from the Center for Civic Education where she worked as a conference coordinator for over 24 years. She stays busy with her 6 children and 1 granddaughter and anxiously awaiting the birth of her second granddaughter. Jan enjoys walking her 2 boxers and French bulldog mix in her neighborhood in Bridgeton, MO. E-mail Jan at:
Health & Fitness Expo Coordinator
Karen joined GO! St. Louis is 2002. She and her capable team of committed volunteers coordinate registration and packet-pickup at the GO! St. Louis Health & Fitness Expo during marathon weekend and the Halloween 10K in October. She is responsible for overseeing more than 20,000 race participants pre-race experience by helping to distribute runner amenities, race bibs and answer any questions from participants before a race. In addition, Karen recruits and assists with race day vendor booths for both the Marathon Weekend and Halloween 10K.