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 noncompetitive, 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. Running and eating healthy helps children focus better in school, and gives them 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 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.


Aesha Tahir
Running Program Coordinator

Aesha is the founder and head coach at Tone and Strengthen. She holds a Masters in Exercise Science from Concordia University. She has earned multiple credentials from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Athletics and Fitness Association of America, and other NCCA accredited fitness associations. She is a Certified Fitness Nutrition Coach, Performance Enhancement Specialist, and Corrective Exercise, specialist. She is USA Track & Field Level 1 coach. She is Yoga Alliance Certified RYT 200, yoga instructor. Aesha believes that living a life full of vitality requires a connection between mind, body, and soul.

Aesha is a Master Instructor for MadDogg Athletics, Spinning® program. She has certified many fitness enthusiasts as Spinning® instructors. She is a Marathon runner and youth running club coach. She loves working with kids. Aesha blends her knowledge and desire for running with her joy of coaching young runners. She is a public speaker and an author who likes sharing her knowledge and experiences with others.


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.


Naomi K Winters
Administrative Assistant

Naomi joined iRun4Life as an Administrative Assistant in February of 2021. Her 4 daughters participate in the iRun4Life program at Kutz Elementary, where Naomi is one of the school directors. In previous years, Naomi has coached her daughters' teams and volunteered at the 3K race.

After graduating from Penn State University in 2001, Naomi spent 10 years in the work force as an Environmental Engineer working first for the US Navy, then Trinity Consultants, and lastly for Merck. During that time, she also acquired an MBA from Rosemont College. Naomi stopped working full time after she had her second daughter and has since enjoyed several part-time responsibilities. She served as a Girl Scout Troop Leader for each of her daughters' troops and teaches various youth development classes at the YMCA.

Naomi resides in Doylestown with her husband, 4 daughters, and plethora of rescue pets. In her spare time, you can find Naomi running on the Doylestown Hike & Bike trail, swimming laps at the YMCA or her backyard pool, or adventure camping with her family.


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


"I thought that was the most fun I had this year."
– Melanie, 4th grade


"Running is fun with my family."
– Christopher ,5th grade


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


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


"You really made me feel like I accomplished something big. – as in running my first 5K!"
– Brooke, 4th grade


"Thanks for teaching us how to be the best runners that we can!"
– Elyse, 5th grade


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


"My son was really hesitant about joining and he ended up LOVING it."

Pine Run Mother


"My son was in your program a few years ago and now is on the high school track team."
– Proud parent


"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


"Thank you for teaching me how to do Burpees and making me strong."
– Aryan, 2nd grade


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


"Now I will always Run 4 Life!"
– Jake, 4th grade


"My son Danny is in autistic support and he just loves this running club - he fits in so nicely."
– 5th grade parent


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


"You made running very fun!"
– Grace, 5th grade


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


"You encouraged me to run my first race."
– Jennifer, 4th grade


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


“People who attempt the difficult often attain the impossible.”
– Anonymous