Mechelle Lewis Freeman
A Maryland native, Mechelle Lewis Freeman is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where she obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mass Communications. She was a member of the 2002 Women’s Outdoor Track & Field team who, brought the first National Championship in any sport to the university. Mechelle is a Track & Field 2007 Pan American Double Silver Medalist, 2007 World Champion, and 2008 Olympian. Her events included the 100 meters and the 4×100 meter relay. When off the track, Mechelle turns her focus to her career in brand and activation management for companies including Coca-Cola and Xerox and shares her Olympic journey through motivational speaking.
Founded in 2015, TrackGirlz ® LLC. was born after she realized how underutilized and unrecognized phenomenal world-class track and field women and girls were considered. Since then, Mechelle realized the impact of TrackGirlz could be greater as a nonprofit and teamed up with Jennifer Nash Forrester to bring this new direction to life.
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Born and raised in the Great Lone Star state, Kelcei Young has a Bachelor’s in English Literature from Abilene Christian University and a Masters in Journalism from the University of North Texas. This background allows Kelcei to be a great communicator who is able to build relationships and manage stakeholders.
She is a creative thinker and highly organized leader who is adept at quickly understanding complex problems and developing innovative solutions. With more than five years of experience in the corporate and non-profit world, Kelcei brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her work, from developing strategies to leading teams in execution.
Beyond her professional work, she is an avid cinephile who loves watching movies and dissecting what they mean on her film review podcast, Spoiler Alertz. When not in the office, you can find her at Target or enjoying some ice cream watching a movie at home.
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Before joining Trackgirlz, Jennifer impacted thousands of fitness enthusiasts through online fitness and nutrition training programs. Born and raised in Sacramento, CA, Jennifer began her athletic career at eight, competing in track and field. She later became a collegiate sprinter at the University of Washington. Today she balances being a wife, mother of three, and a business owner. Over the years, she has trained numerous student-athletes in a wide range of sports, including track and field, basketball, football, gymnastics, volleyball, soccer, and golf.
Her passion is to motivate women and girls to be their authentic selves and teach them how to lead healthy, active, and well-nourished lifestyles. She enjoys sharing her life lessons and experiences with the next generation so they can be inspired to achieve their dreams.
Jennifer’s commitment to promoting health and wellness and empowering women to live their best lives was recognized when she was named one of the honorees of the Women’s Running magazine Power Women of the Year in 2022. Her work has also been featured in numerous publications, including SHAPE, SELF, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Runners World.
Latoyia R. Williams
With over 20 years of experience in people management, nonprofits, and operations, Latoyia supports TrackGirlz by reviewing and evaluating business procedures and processes to ensure the company operates efficiently. She oversees all employee-related matters, including onboarding, benefits, employee engagement, and capacity building. Her critical attention to detail allows the team to deliver high-quality services consistently.
A southern Michigan native, Latoyia obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Michigan. Shortly after college, she left for New York City and, after a brief career in sales, switched gears to the nonprofit world. Latoyia earned her Master’s Degree in Public Affairs and Administration from Metropolitan College of New York and has worked in operations and administration for Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and KIPP Through College NYC & Dallas-Fort Worth. She most recently worked as the Chief of Staff for Mission Advancement in McKinney, TX.
Sasha Spencer Atwood
Sasha Spencer Atwood is the Director of External Affairs for TrackTown USA, Inc. Her experience in track and field and familiarity with the organizations that govern the sport position her well to foster relationships and maintain dialogue with major stakeholders, including USATF, IAAF, USOC, state government and many community partners. Sasha joined TrackTown in 2011 as the Director of Athlete Services, a focus she maintains in her current role.
She is a member of the team responsible for delivering the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Track & Field Olympic Team Trials and has played a meaningful role in the successful international bids for the 2014 IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships, the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships and the 2021 IAAF Track & Field World Championships.
In 2001, Sasha earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Georgetown, where she was a 3-time Big-East individual Champion and an 11-time NCAA All-American, as well as a member of the Big East Athlete Advisory Committee. In her time on the Hilltop, she was recognized with team captain and Most Valuable Student Athlete honors by the Hoya coaching staff. After completing her decorated collegiate career at Georgetown University, Sasha competed as a professional 800m runner for Nike from 2001-2008, where she ran on the international circuit, representing Team USA on several occasions. She was actively involved in USATF’s Athlete Advisory Council, serving as Women’s Middle Distance representative for two terms.
After her retirement as a professional track and field athlete, Sasha started Food 4 Fuel, a business that catered to the unique nutritional needs of professional athletes and Hollywood entertainers. Clients included Michael Johnson and Andre Smith of the Cincinnati Bengals, light middleweight boxing champion Vernon Forrest, and The Blind Side star Quinton Aaron. She went on to work in feature film production until her move to Oregon. Sasha and her husband are the loving parents of daughter Eden and son Major, who enjoy the adventures each day brings on their rural Oregon farm.
Sandra Farmer Patrick
One of the world’s best-ever women’s 400m hurdles, Sandra set an American Junior record of 58.90 in the 400m hurdles at age 14. Her collegiate competition for the University of Arizona and Cal State Los Angeles yielded a few high NCAA finishes. However, her career really took off in 1984 when she finished 8th at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles (57.15) for her native Jamaica. Moving on to compete for the U.S., some of her track and field career highlights in the 400m hurdles include a Silver medal at the 1992 Olympic Games, Gold medal at the 1989 World Cup (53.84), Gold medal at the 1992 World Cup, Silver medal at the 1993 World Championships (52.79), Silver medal at the 1987 Pan American Games (54.59) and Gold medal at the 1990 Goodwill Games (55.16).
During her career in track and field, Sandra obtained her B.A. in Industrial Psychology and M.S. in Healthcare Professions – Human Resources. Upon retirement in 2001, she devoted her energies as a full-time mother to her daughter Sierra Channel Patrick and son David–Marquis Patrick. She also served as the Chair of USA Track & Field’s Athletes Advisory Committee. In her role as Athlete’s Advisory Chair, she spent most of her time creating and implementing Athlete Service Programs for Elite Athletes, which included: Developing strategies to enhance relations and communications with athlete goals and performances, post-collegiate scholarship funds, and athlete support programs.
She currently resides in Texas with her family, where she is an HR Manager for Staffing and Recruiting for Seton Healthcare Family. Her passion for the sport continues today, as she spends time behind the scenes as USA Track & Field Athlete’s Advisory Committee Advisor, working in a sport where she can be effective and make a difference.
Jelanii Reed is a proven team leader and motivator with exceptional networking skills and negotiating capabilities. Jelanii is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Authentique Agency. With over 15 years of marketing and strategic planning experience, delivering proven go-to-market strategies and compelling programming for clients resulting in volume growth and enhanced brand perception for various consumer segments
She has event planning experience for celebrities and national brands, including brand positioning, communication strategies, designing marketing collateral, online web presence, community initiatives, sponsorship kits, and public relations outreach to meet strategic imperatives and business objectives.
Mikisha Freeman was hired as a Probation Officer by the D.C. Courts, Court Social Services Division (CSSD) in 2010. She was subsequently assigned to the UTURN Program, CSSD’s highest supervision program for juvenile offenders. She remained in the UTURN Program until 2016 when she was reassigned to the Southwest Satellite Office. Before her employment with the D.C. Courts, Ms. Freeman worked as a Certified Police Officer/ Probation and Parole Agent for the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services (SCDPPPS)- Orangeburg County from 2005-2009 and a Probation Officer for the Virginia Department of Corrections in 2010. While at SCDPPPS, she specialized in supervising sex offenders and earned the titles of South Carolina Department of Corrections Parole Officer of the Year, SCDPPPS Regional Agent of the Year, SCDPPPS Statewide Agent of the Year, and the Alston Wikes Society Mark Hart Agent of the Year.
Ms. Freeman has a B.A. in Psychology and an MBA. She was the County, Region, State, East Coast, National 400m Champion, and the University of South Carolina SEC and NCAA Champion.
Faith Rein Haslem
Faith is a former competitive track girl but always and forever a track girl at heart! Track and field have been a part of her life since she was eight years old, and her lifelong passion for the sport resulted in a full scholarship to the University of Florida, where she was an All-American sprinter and Academic All-American. Upon graduation, Faith continued to focus on her love of sports and worked as a producer for HBO’s Real Sports with host Bryant Gumbel. Faith currently resides in South Florida, where she’s a devoted wife to her husband, Udonis Haslem, and a sports mom to their two sons, Josiah and Elijah.
Simone brings to TrackGirlz not only the enthusiasm she’s developed from the sidelines of the track world, but skills sharpened on the front-lines of the marketing and advertising business. She started off, armed with a Marketing degree from Salem State University, by diving headfirst into NYC’s notoriously competitive agency world, first as an Account Executive at Young & Rubicam. Her experience later brought her to such disparate places as Crispin Porter + Bogusky (during some of their hottest years), CBS Interactive’s mobile sports department, and even Spike Lee’s own boutique DDB agency in her hometown of Brooklyn. But a common thread throughout Simone’s career is helping teams work their best, which she can still be found doing, day-in and day-out, as Senior Project Manager for Carnival Cruise Line’s in-house creative team. There she’s found something of a home helping reliably deliver serious business results to departments across the corporation, all in service to Carnival’s signature brand of vacation fun.