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Behind Our Special Needs Organization

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Ainsley is the daughter of Kim and Lori Rossiter. Kim, or ‘Rooster’, is a Major in the United States Marine Corps, currently stationed in Norfolk, VA. Born the middle of three children in 2003, Ainsley, was diagnosed with Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (INAD) just before turning four years of age. INAD is an extremely rare terminal illness that has slowly caused global paralysis. She has become progressively less responsive to stimulus in the last few years, but is still aggressively fighting her rapidly progressing illness, of which only there are less than twenty active cases of early-onset INAD known in the United States. Most children with this diagnosis pass on before reaching ten years of age, as there is no cure or treatment to help slow down this very progressive and terminal disease....

......When Ainsley went for her first jog during a local road race in 2008, she gave a radiant wind-induced smile that anyone would envy. In an instant, running provided the family with a therapeutic means to fight the devastation associated with learning and trying to live with the fact that sweet Ainsley had a terminal illness that would eventually take her to heaven in February of 2016.

Her smile on the race course, the positive energy surrounding the start line, the other Angel Athlete riders and Angel runners smiling from ear to ear, the togetherness of every member preparing to ‘roll with the wind’, the fearlessness of the athletes, the normalcy of the family, and the love everyone shares is a therapy like no other! This experience is now known as the first of 100 road races that Ainsley has completed, to include nearly 20 half-marathons, as well as the 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 Marine Corps Marathons in Washington D.C. Ainsley’s now 15 year old sister, Briley, joined her for 30 of these races and the family has discovered first-hand the therapeutic effects of these races…again, not only for Ainsley, but for her entire family and now for the entire Ainsley's Angels of America FAMILY!

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At Ainsley's Angels of America, we aim to ensure everyone can experience endurance events, Ainsley's Angels of America aims to build awareness about America's special needs community through inclusion in all aspects of life. Serving as advocates to providing education and participating as active members in local communities, we believe everyone deserves to be included.

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Kim "Rooster" Rossiter

Founder/President
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Major Kim "Rooster" Rossiter is retired US Marine with over two decades of enlisted and officer service in North Carolina, Washington DC, Virginia, California, Okinawa, Africa, Korea, Norway, and is a combat veteran of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  In addition to serving as the President of the Ainsley's Angels of America, he is also a special advisor to many other adaptive sports organizations across the country. He and Lori, his wife of over 20 years, hail from Lake Charles, LA, and are parents to Briley, Kamden, and the namesake for Ainsley's Angels, the late Ainsley Rossiter.

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Joe Orth

Executive Vice President
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Joe is a Marine Corps combat veteran. Joe met in Ainsley in 2008 when the Rossiter family moved to Virginia Beach where Major Rossiter and Joe served together. Joe got involved in running with Ainsley’s Angels in 2012 and has not looked back since and has completed over 100 inclusion races from 5Ks to ultra-marathons.  Joe has a passion for the Ainsley's Angels mission and loves traveling around the country, participating in endurance events with rider athletes.

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Kristine Seaward

Co-Founder/Mid South Regional Vice President
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Kristine is Ainsley's Nana, the Southwest Louisiana Ambassador, as well as, Mid-South Regional Vice President.  Kristine and her husband Darrell reside in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the birthplace of Ainsley's Angels with their two children, Christian and Madison.  Without speaking a single word, Ainsley has motivated me to do things I once never would have dreamed of.  A few words all of us at Ainsley's Angels live by, "life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but the number of moments that take our breath away."

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Tanya McGee

Senior Vice President of the Ainsley's Angels Ambassador Program
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Tanya is best known as Ainsley's "Nannie". Tanya has made it her life's work to help individuals live a satisfying, hopeful and contributing life. She has a master's degree in Clinical Psychology and serves as the Executive Director of Imperial Calcasieu Human Services Authority which provides administration, operations and management of all federally and state funded programs for mental health, addiction and developmental disabilities in SW Louisiana. She is married to Reagan McGee, and they have 3 children, Jimmy, Madelyn and Alivia.

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Shaun Evans, DPT

Senior Vice President of Education
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Shaun is a physical therapist residing in upstate NY with his wife Nichole and two sons, Shamus and Simon. Shaun is an experienced distance runner and finisher of over 40 marathon and ultramarathon events, as well as a newly developed triathlete.  He runs most of his miles with his son Shamus who was born with cerebral palsy. The duo created a mission which they dubbed Ainsley's Angels Power to Push; in 2015 they ran 3200 miles from Seattle to NYC and in 2017 they ran 1700 miles down the Mississippi River to gift running chairs and spread the mission of Ainsley's Angels.

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Chris Wood

Senior Vice President of Finance
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Chris is a 2004 graduate of Old Dominion University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Accounting. He has been in the field since 2004 but has been preparing taxes for over 18 years. His managerial background helped mold his client-focused, proactive approach to client business taxes in his tax practice, C. Wood & Co, LLC.  He is originally from Portsmouth, Rhode Island and moved to Virginia Beach in 1997 to pursue a career in the accounting industry.  He is married to his lovely wife, Sharon who is a teacher in Virginia Beach, and has 3 children, Anthony, Wilson, & Zachary, a daughter-in-law Chelsea and 2 beautiful grandchildren, Audrey and Anthony James Wood, Jr.  Chris is very active and enjoys the beach, coaching his kid’s baseball and football teams, martial arts, and running.

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Amanda Piccirilli-Hall

Senior Vice President of Marketing
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Amanda serves as the Senior Vice President of Marketing as well as the Southeast Pennsylvania Ambassador for Ainsley's Angels of America. Amanda is a marketing and communications professional living in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband Taylor and fur baby, Gatsby. She is currently a senior account executive with a Philadelphia-based Public Relations firm with more than 10 years of marketing, communications, graphic design and nonprofit experience. Amanda has been the Southeast Pennsylvania Ainsley’s Angels ambassador since November 2015 and was named the Senior Vice President of Marketing in November 2016. She is both a distance runner and triathlete – proud to spread the message of inclusion at each and every race.

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Tracie David

Senior Vice President of Administration
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Tracie has been involved with Ainsley's Angels since its inception in Southwest Louisiana in 2012. She is first cousin to Lori Rossiter, Ainsley's mom. Tracie has served as photographer for events in Southwest Louisiana and has also served as Ambassador of SWLA for one year before accepting the role of Senior VP of Administration.  Tracie and her husband Greg are parents to Dylan, Derek, and Devin and they all assist the SWLA ambassadorship in all aspects of race day when needed.  Their youngest son Devin has been running as an Angel Runner since 2013 at the young age of 8 1/2 and hopes to someday work at the National level of Ainsley's Angels of America.

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Laura Shuler

Vice President of Race Operations
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Laura currently serves as the Vice President of Race Operations as well as the Eastern Carolina Guardian Angel of Community Outreach. She has been with Ainsley's Angels since 2014 after signing her son Gavin up to be an Angel Rider. Prior to taking the on the role of Vice President of Race Operations she served as Local Ambassador in Eastern Carolina. Laura resides in Jacksonville, NC with her husband, USMC Major Kevin Shuler and their children Gavin, Carlee and Aubrey. Laura Also works from home as a Sr. Director for Thirty-One Gifts and serves in philanthropy on their Gives Care Council.

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Nichole Evans

Northeast Regional Vice President
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Nichole is a special education teacher in upstate NY. She has been a member of Ainsley's Angels of America since the spring of 2013. In addition to being the Northeast Regional Vice President for the organization, she is also the wife of Senior VP of Education, Shaun, and mother to Angel Rider Shamus and Angel Runner Simon, as well as lead support staff for the Ainsley's Angels Power to Push missions. She loves participating in Ainsley's Angels races, traveling to help spread the mission of inclusion and directing the Together We Shall 5K in her town in NY.

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Michelle Smith

Vice President OF Ambassador Development
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Michelle is an Early Childhood Special Educator with over 20 years experience in the Onslow Co. School system in Jacksonville, NC.  In addition to being the Mid-Atlantic Regional Vice President for Ainsley's Angels of America, she was also a founding member of the Ainsley's Angels in Eastern Carolina Ambassadorship, which formed in 2012.  Michelle continues to reside in Jacksonville, NC with her husband Kevin and their daughter Paige, who are also active members of the Ainsley's Angels family.

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Kristy High

Central Plains Regional Vice President
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Kristy is a special education teacher and has been teaching at the elementary school level for 19 years. Kristy became involved in Ainsley's Angels of America after her daughter Kendall Jade was matched with Rooster through a buddy support group on Facebook known as I Run 4 Michael. After witnessing first hand Kendall Jade's first race and the joy it brought the entire family, Kristy was hooked. She brought Ainsley's Angels to North Central Indiana in September of 2016 and has since accepted the role of Central Plains Regional Vice President. Kristy resides in Russiaville, IN with her husband Eric, and their children Haley, Kendall Jade, Donovan (AKA Angel Channel News), and Deklan, along with granddaughter Tiernii.

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Danny Bourgeois

Board Member
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Danny serves as a marketing executive for several banks at Affinity Bancshares Inc. He shares his expertise as an entrepreneur, marketer and endurance event manager. He has owned two marketing firms and several endurance events in addition to his work with dozens of small and large businesses in banking, gaming, hospitality, retail and travel/tourism. He and his teams have generated millions in local economic impact and funds raised for charities and non-profits. He resides in Marietta, Georgia with his wife Beth and two sons, Ross and Jack. He has one New York City and two Marine Corps marathons medals hanging in his office – the easiest one to earn and most fun was flying through Washington D.C. with Team Jena. 

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Robin Totsch

West Regional Vice President
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Robin is a retired US Marine, who is a Combat Veteran of both Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.  She began her journey with Ainsley's Angels in North Carolina before moving to Southern California where she became the Local Ambassador. In 2020, she became a Regional Vice President and has dedicated her heart to Ainsley's Angels. She is a certified High-Intensity Interval Training Trainer and Personal Trainer who has run in over 100 events across America with Ainsley's Angels. She is married to US Marine, Heath Totsch and together they have 5 kids. Casey, Dean, Ashley, Taylor, and Andrew.

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Chung Siedlecki

Board Member
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Chung is an active runner/triathlete, wife, mother, and grandmother.  She immigrated to the United States at the age of five, grew up in Philadelphia, and later served 34 years in the United States Air Force.  After she retired, she and her family joined Ainsley’s Angels of America in 2015.  They fundraised for a chariot and bibs so Team May Ling could participate in the Marine Corps Marathon together.  Later, Chung served as the local Ainsley’s Angels Ambassador in San Antonio, Texas, until the end of 2020.  She remains active in advocating for inclusion in Central Texas. 

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Lauren Bruce

Vice President of Community Impact
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Lauren "LB" Bruce serves as Local Ambassador for Ainsley's Angels in the Triad and Vice President of Community Impact. She earned an MPA from UNC Wilmington, where she was first introduced to the Ainsley’s Angels family. She was instantly hooked and has since completed countless races with Angel Riders from 5k to marathon and became Local Ambassador for Ainsley’s Angels in the Triad. You know she is teamed up with an Angel Rider if you can hear speakers playing their favorite songs on the course. LB lives in Greensboro, NC and works for Special Olympics North Carolina. In her spare time, she loves to hike, travel, bake dairy-free treats..

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Tanya McInerney

VP of literature
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Tanya Hernandez McInerney serves as the Vice President of Literature for Ainsley’s Angels of America.  She received her Master’s degree from Old Dominion University, and has worked as an Early Childhood Special educator for 20 years.  Working in an inclusion Preschool classroom has allowed Tanya to see the positive impacts inclusion has for children with disabilities.   She is also an RRCA certified running coach, and began running with Ainsley’s Angels in 2015.  Tanya was inspired to run the Marine Corps Marathon after watching a video about Ainsley and her family’s journey.  She resides in North Carolina with her family.  

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PJ Sapienza

GREAT LAKES REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT
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PJ is a Michigan native with a passion for incusion!  He is married with 3 kids, with the entire family helping in the local Ambassadorship in Southeast Michigan.  PJ has done everything from 5k’s to obstacle races to Marathons, with his favorite distance bring whatever is next.  PJ not only supports Ainsley's Angels but also volunteers with Special Olympics and is a running coach at the local running store. His Angel riders motivate him and he loves seeing how excited my riders are about being able to race and the friendships formed between riders, runners, and families.  I strive to make running, acceptance, and inclusion a part of more people’s lives.

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Scott Pergugia

Vice President of Special Projects
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