The new year is off to a great start for the RunningWorks team. We are expecting to make great accomplishments in 2019 and are excited to announce that we have a new Board of Directors. Meet the men and women who will guide and direct the vision, mission and activities of the organization.
Born and raised in Dusseldorf Germany, Danny Schwippert is the Global IT Infrastructure and Operations Director at Polypore International who moved to the United States in 2009. Danny recently graduated from Limestone College in Gaffney, SC, with his Master’s in Business Administration.
Before moving to the U.S., Danny worked for the German Workers Compensation as the Assistant IT Manager and Programmer. In that role he was responsible for all programming needs in and around the Workers Compensation needs, including its members and financial application.
An avid runner (mainly Marathon but sometimes longer distances) and planning to spice up his exercise regimen with some Swim/Bike/Run, Danny already signed up for his first race (70.3) in December 2019.
Danny got involved with RunningWorks in 2016 when he participated in a project that Provided IT Services and helped to setup the RunningWorks HQ. He joined the organization’s Board of Directors in 2018.
A catalyst for the Charlotte fitness community, Brian Mister founded the NoDa Brewing Run Club in 2012, which created athletic activities at Charlotte’s beverage hot spots. He is currently the Marketing Director for the Novant Health Charlotte Marathon as well as Run For Your Life. He joined the board in 2018.
Kimberly Zeitvogel is the vice president of finance at Millennium Advisors, a fixed income securities broker dealer. She joined Millennium Advisors in July 2018. Prior to joining Millennium, Kimberly served as the chief financial officer, from 2006 to 2018, of Chapter IV Investors, LLC, a private investment fund advisor that invested primarily in publicly traded equity securities. Prior to that, she was the chief financial officer of Patriarch Partners, a Wall Street structured finance firm from 2003-2006, held senior financial and accounting roles at Wachovia Securities, and began her career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen. She received a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Appalachian State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is a member of the advisory committee of the Charlotte CFO Leadership Council, an Isabella Santos Foundation Three Wish Circle member and was one of the inaugural RunningWorks Social Butterflies. Kimberly joined the board in 2018.
Laura Montemurro co-owns Atlantic Pinstriping & Atlantic Wraps with her husband Mike. The couple has two children, who also work in and are a major part of the family business.. Laura chooses to live her life with faith and gratitude and would like to make a positive difference in the community. She has been involved as a strong supporter of RunningWorks since 2012 and joined the organization’s Board of Directors in 2018.
Dr. Bill G. Kortesis
Past President of the NC Plastic Surgery Society, Dr. Bill G. Kortesis, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery as co-owner and partner at Hunstad Kortesis Bharti Cosmetic Surgery + MedSpa. With significant contributions to the field of plastic surgery, he has established himself as a talented and caring surgeon with a genuine desire to help others within the medical community and beyond. Dr. Kortesis mentors medical students and residents from UNC and Wake Forest and teaches fellows from the UNC Plastic Surgery Department. He also lectures at local, regional and national American Society of Plastic Surgeons meetings. Dr. Kortesis’ passion for giving back has taken him on mission trips to Bolivia with the Partners of the Americas to aid pediatric burn victims. Since treating patients in Bolivia, which afforded him the opportunity to aid pediatric patients with severe burn injuries, he was inspired to want to do more. As part of his efforts in the Carolinas, Dr. Kortesis joined the RunningWorks Board of Directors in 2018.
Dr. Gaurav Bharti
As a board certified plastic surgeon and co-owner and partner at Hunstad Kortesis Bharti Cosmetic Surgery + MedSpa, Dr. Bharti is all about helping people change their lives. “I am inspired every day that I have the honor of being a plastic surgeon,” he says. “My goal for every single patient is for them to be happy.” When he’s not busy at work, Dr. Bharti is out in the community working to make a difference in other ways. He mentors medical students, residents, and fellows from the UNC Plastic Surgery Department and Wake Forest University. He also lectures at local, regional, national and international plastic surgery meetings. He also gives his time to support local charities including the American Cancer Society and, of course, RunningWorks. As a long time supporter of the RW Family, Dr. Bharti joined the board in 2018.
Chad Crockford is a Charlotte attorney with a history of volunteering his time to provide legal representation to people in need who would otherwise be unable to afford his services. He is also an avid and accomplished runner. Chad joined the RunningWorks‘ Board of Directors in 2018.
Dr. Christopher Neuman
Chris Neuman is a board certified Emergency Physician and has lived in Charlotte for greater than 20 years. He has worked in local emergency rooms for many years, but now travels to underserved areas of the country to help those that otherwise would not receive care. He also teaches residents and medical students when he travels.
Dr. Neuman is an avid triathlete and has finished 3 Ironman events and a 50 mile trail run in Virginia. He is married to Kristin and has two children who often help out with RunningWorks’ events. They have been involved with RunningWorks since 2012. He and his family also travel for mission work through Bless Back Worldwide and Elevation Church. Dr. Neuman would like to become more involved with his charitable work in the Charlotte area.
Jessica Gathings is a longtime supporter and volunteer for the RunningWorks organization. She never hesitates to roll up her sleeves and do what needs to get done to advance the mission of the organization. Jessica joined the Board of Directors in 2018.
Stephen Vaughan joined the RunningWorks Team in 2017. He has proven to be a valuable asset offering encouragement and peer mentorship to his fellow teammates. Stephen has said his involvement in RunningWorks has been vital to leading a life of sobriety. “The joy I get in volunteering at races, and helping others, has been a godsend,” he said. “My fellow team members are like a family to me.” Stephen joined the board in 2018.