Grace brings nearly a decade of diverse experience in business development fundraising. She was in business development in the corporate sector for six years in Minneapolis, MN, and also volunteered as a fundraising co-chair leader for the American Cancer Society from 2010-2013. She made the decision to change her career focus to nonprofit work in 2013 because it directly aligned with her personal values; having personally experienced the struggles of having no home, Back on My Feet's mission speaks to her very deeply. Grace began her nonprofit career in community development and fundraising with Be The Match, the National Marrow Donor Registry. Recently she served as the Major Gifts and Corporate Philanthropy Officer at Active Minds, Inc.
She received her BA in Communications from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2013, and her AA degree in Business Administration in 2011. In her spare time, Grace loves being physically active and gives free sessions as a fitness coach for women who cannot afford trainers, as well as being a healthy lifestyle advocate, which she shares on her personal fitness blog. She strongly believes mental health is improved when one is in tune with their physical health. She has run 2 marathons along with many other races, loves weight training, kickboxing, Crossfit and Tabata and is a competitive athlete. She and her husband have rescued two dogs and enjoy many activites including long hikes with the pups, cooking, watching movies, traveling, wine and craft beer tasting, and being adventurous together.
Member Services Manager
Lainey joined the Back on My Feet Washington, DC staff in January 2018 as the chapter's Member Services Manager. She moved to the DC area in the summer of 2016 after graduating from Washington & Lee University. In her time at W&L, she honed her interest in community engagement and non-profit work in both her academic and personal pursuits. When she moved to DC, she began working on an ACT team at Pathways to Housing, serving individuals who are experiencing chronic homelessness and who also experience severe mental health challenges. This work allowed Lainey to become well-versed in DC's services and resources for those affected by homelessness. Lainey first learned about Back on My Feet through a fellow W&L alumnus and BoMF DC volunteer. As an avid runner, she was very excited by BoMF’s unique approach to combatting homeless. Now as a staff member, she is eager to dive into the BoMF community and get to know the members and volunteers.
Workforce Development Manager
Christine joined the DC Chapter in January 2018. Prior to joining the Back on My Feet Washington, DC staff, Christine served as the Member Services Manager for Back on My Feet Boston. Christine earned her Master's in Social Work at Boston College, where she focused on self-sufficiency for marginalized populations. When she graduated, Christine started working at a day shelter teaching a 14-week life skills and job readiness class to adults. She learned about Back on My Feet when the organization held an outreach session with her students. As an avid runner, Christine was instantly taken with the program and enjoyed hearing about the positive impact it had on her students who started running with BoMF after the session. When the opportunity arose to move to Washington, DC and fill the need as the chapter's new Workforce Development Manager, Christine jumped at the chance to move to a new city and grow the DC chapter's workforce program.