ACTING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
A marathoner and triathlete, Sarah is a certified USAT race director with 25 years of professional nonprofit, sports, marketing, technology, sales, performance and operations experience. She was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Triathlon Business International. She is also the co-founder and former President of Race2Rebuild, a nonprofit endurance racing program founded by athletes to rebuild communities and bring families home after natural disasters, now headquartered in Washington DC as the official endurance sports program of Rebuilding Together and their 145 affiliates nationwide. Before she fell in love with endurance sports and creating change through sport, Sarah received her MFA in Theatre from the University of Delaware, acted on stages and in front of cameras in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, and taught acting and speech at the NY Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, Roosevelt University in Chicago and University of Colorado/Boulder. Sarah is honored to work with the extraordinary partner organizations and causes of the IRONMAN Foundation to help create positive, tangible impact in IRONMAN race communities through all our programming, including Team IMF, IMF in Service and Women For Tri.
SENIOR MANAGER, FUNDRAISING & DEVELOPMENT
Whitney joined The IRONMAN Foundation in January of 2014 and brings with her 6 years of event coordination experiences including 5 years of professional fundraising. She started her love for nonprofit work as the campaign coordinator for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training endurance fundraising program. While with Team in Training, she developed a comprehensive plan of operation for the Society’s highest grossing fundraising campaign. She developed skills in strategic planning, budgeting/forecasting, recruitment, and the development of marketing and sponsorship plans. Whitney then moved to The American Cancer Society where she managed the achievement of income performance targets for a 4-fold portfolio of Relay for Life Events. Whitney graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. degree in Exercise Science. As a triathlete and IRONMAN 70.3 finisher, she is excited to work with athletes as they add fundraising to their IRONMAN journey.
Morgan joins the IRONMAN Foundation as Program Coordinator. A runner, boxer and former soccer athlete, Morgan brings to our team 6+ years of operations, marketing, social media and sports event planning experience. Prior to joining the triathlon world, Morgan spent two years with the Tampa Bay Rays Marketing and Promotions team, planning and executing more than 350 grassroots events each season, assisting with the creation and execution of giveaways, on-field entertainment, the summer concert series and more. Most recently, Morgan ran all social media accounts for IMG Academy in Bradenton, where she monitored and oversaw all sports programs and captured all campus events through her lens. Morgan graduated with her B.S. in Sports Management and Marketing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Morgan is pumped to meet all our IMF athletes and to work with The IRONMAN Foundation’s fantastic partner organizations to positively impact all of our race communities! She completed her third half-marathon in February, will run a full in the fall of 2018 and plans on working her way up to the honor of completing an IRONMAN 70.3 and one-day an IRONMAN event!
MICHAEL LYNN SILLS
COMMUNITY RELATIONS MANAGER
After spending 9 years working on and overseeing the IRONMAN Athlete and Information Services team, Michael Lynn joins the IRONMAN Foundation as the Community Relations Manager. During the last several years, Michael Lynn was fortunate enough to work closely with athletes from around the globe, sharing in their journey to the start line. As each season passed, her desire to continue working with athletes grew but she knew that something was missing. Ultimately, Michael Lynn wanted to provide the same support she had been giving to the athletes back to the race communities that she had grown to know and love. Moving to the IRONMAN Foundation has provided her that opportunity and she is very much looking forward to leaving the IRONMAN Foundation legacy in each race communities, alongside the athletes that make it possible. Before joining IRONMAN, Michael Lynn earned her B.A. from the University of Tampa and has called Tampa her home since 2004; however, she will always be a Pennsylvanian at heart. On top of balancing being a working mom and wife, Michael Lynn is back to running and is currently training for her first half marathon in almost 3 years!
IMF ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Mikayla is entering her Senior year at The University of Tampa, and has been with the IRONMAN Foundation for 6 months. She is currently pursuing a B.S. in Sports Management and is expected to graduate in the Spring of 2019. Her love of sports came from playing softball for nine years, and now is pursuing a career in the field. Mikayla has a passion for non-profit work, with her experience with Habitat for Humanity, The American Cancer Society and Operation Smile. Mikayla has experience with marketing, advertising, coaching, and planning. At The University of Tampa, she is a part of SWOT (Sports Women of Tampa) where they support women who aspire to have careers in sport. Mikayla is a proud supporter of the New York Giants and New York Yankees! Mikayla is excited to join The IRONMAN Foundation to pursue her love for sports while getting the opportunity to also make an impact on many communities around the world.
IMF PROGRAMS INTERN
Kendall joins The IRONMAN Foundation as the Program’s Intern. Kendall is a senior at the University of Florida studying Business Management and is the Finance Chair on the executive board of TriGators, the University of Florida’s award-winning triathlon team. She has also served as the Race Director for TriGators and gained experience in planning and partnerships for the team’s biggest fundraising event. Kendall brings to the team knowledge of management, finance, marketing, ethics, and communications through her coursework. She started her love for endurance racing and giving back to nonprofits as a charity runner in the NYC Triathlon in 2016. Kendall is stoked to work with the amazing athletes of The IRONMAN Foundation and hopes to one day complete an IRONMAN race like them!