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.


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


"We have learned a lot of fun ways to get active and run."
– Nicole, 3rd grade


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


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


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


"Being in the program has improved my skill to run longer and faster in my sports."
– Mira, 6th grade


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


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


"My race time was 32:20!!"
– Ryan, 2nd grade


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


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


My daughter placed 2nd in 300 hurdles & 1st in 4x400 relays at Suburban One League Track & Field. She's going to districts next. It all started with iRun4Life! Thank you!
Mom


"My son did a triathlon this past Sunday and he was so proud it was amazing."
– 6th grade parent


"I enjoyed running every mile and loved to see my friends with a smile."
– Christina, 2nd grade


"Relax when you are running; most importantly eat healthy!"
– Molly, 4th grade


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


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


"I am proud to say I was involved in this program."
– Joshua, 5th grade


“The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.”
– Anonymous