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 two running grants — Saucony's Run for Good Grant, and New York Road Runner's Event to Run Grant. Judy also initiated and organized the iRun4Life's Gives Back Program where iRun4Life affiliated schools fundraise for a 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.


Padmavathi Navaneethan
Treasurer

Padma joined iRun4Life as Treasurer in April 2019 after learning about it when her son joined his elementary school's iRun4Life program. In addition to volunteering as iRun4Life Treasurer, Padma is a financial analyst with a software company. Padma dove right in and worked hands-on planning for the iRun4Life Kids Only 3K Race and was awe-inspired to see the humongous effort needed to pull together an event such as this. Her participation and involvement in the race bolstered her decision to support and be a part of the iRun4life organization.

Padma moved to the US 19 years ago, and she graduated from MIT with an Engineering degree. Padma jointly owns "Engineering for Kids", an After-school/Summer Camp Educational Program designed for kids. Padma loves to mingle with kids and is a great people person. Her work experience is a perfect fit for financially managing our non-profit organization.

Padma lives in Warrington, PA with her husband and two children. Padma likes to indulge in reading whenever she has time and likes to travel.


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.


Yvette White
Gives Back Program Coordinator

Yvette White started out as a volunteer for the iRun4Life after-school program at Buckingham Elementary in 2014, as a newcomer to the area. This was a way to get involved in the school and meet other parents and her children's friends. She has been the director of the Buckingham  program for the last 2 years and is excited to be the Gives Back Coordinator.

Yvette worked as a chemical engineer for DuPont and ExxonMobil before deciding to stay at home with her children. She is also currently Co-President of the Buckingham Elementary PTO. 

Yvette resides in Doylestown with her husband and 3 children. 


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.


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


"This running program has given my son a new interest in life!"
– 4th grade parent


"You really changed a lot of students' lives by showing them how to run."
– Jeff, 6th grade


"I have 45 miles and soon going to be 50."
– Jason, 2nd grade


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


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


"The most important part was we were running and having fun at the same time."
– Allison, 4th grade


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


"I've improved my 5K run time - I learned to pace myself."
– Mike, 6th grade


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


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


"That’s me in the picture winning the race! Thank you for helping me train."
– Egan, 6th grade


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


"Running is very good exercise."
– Jeremy, 2nd grade


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


"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


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

Pine Run Mother


My kids did run from 2nd through 6th grade. We love the program. It is absolutely wonderful.
Cindy - Mom


"iRun4Life made me a better runner."
– Allison, 4th grade


“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.”
– Les Brown