RunningWorks Staff

Meet the Team

Meredith Dolhare, Founder & Executive Director

RunningWorks Founder and Executive Director Meredith Dolhare is an accomplished athlete who knows firsthand that running works. Click here to learn more about Meredith and her story.

Matt Sharp, Chief Operating Officer

Matt Sharp joined RunningWorks in July of 2017 as the Chief Operating Officer. After thirteen years in the field of higher education, specifically in the area of student involvement, event planning, and leadership development, Matt was seeking a new challenge. Having spent many years volunteering with a local nonprofit, which uses the sport of soccer to impact social change, making the move to RunningWorks was a natural fit.

“Sports offer an amazing ability to break down personal and social barriers and create communities of trust and support. It is a privilege to be involved with RunningWorks, an organization that truly uses the sport of running to meet people where they are and help them achieve a better life for themselves, one stride at a time.”

3 things people might not know about me:

  • Grew up in Vermont. There aren’t too many Vermonters in the south!
  • Was lucky enough to attend the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.
  • Self-proclaimed “fun uncle” of two amazing nieces

Matthew Elliott, Program Director

Matthew Elliott is a professional track athlete specializing in the mile and 1500m distances. He has broken four minutes in the mile 11 times in his career, and has run a personal best of 3:36.6 in the 1500 (which equates to 3:53 for the mile). He has run 13:44 for the 5k, and was featured on the covers of both Runner’s World and Running Times within months of each other in 2014. He has finished fourth at both the USA Outdoor and USA Indoor Championships, and despite battling injury the last two years, Matt’s dream is to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Born and raised in Green Sea, South Carolina, Matt’s parents were his first cross country coaches all four years of high school, and instilled his love for teaching and running.

After receiving his Master’s of Science in Sport and Fitness at Winthrop University while running track in his extra year of eligibility (smashing five school records in the process), Matt joined The Palmetto School in Rock Hill, South Carolina to work with elementary school children in grades K-2 who have been placed in DSS custody due to abuse, abandonment and neglect in the home. Since moving back to Charlotte in 2015, he continues to work at The Palmetto School as their K-8 Physical Education teacher through their partnership with RunningWorks.org and serves year-round as an assistant coach for the Charlotte Country Day School Indoor and Outdoor Track and Cross Country teams.

3 things people might not know about me:

  • I sang in the choir all four years of high school and all four years of college.
  • I am not the best athlete in my family–my dad is a stud!
  • Hip-Hop and R&B are my favorite types of music.

Michaela Duckett, Housing & Marketing Director

Michaela Duckett is an award-winning journalist and editor who has spent the bulk of her career writing about a variety of social issues including education, poverty, economic disparities, and health. When she’s not writing about these issues, she’s passionate about giving back and making a difference where she can.

Before embarking on a fulltime career in journalism, Michaela worked with a local nonprofit agency serving adults living with developmental disabilities. She has also developed, coordinated and facilitated outreach programs designed to keep youth in school and off drugs. In addition, she has worked with a number of nonprofit agencies as a communications consultant to assist with marketing and generate copy for online and print publication.

In 2014, Michaela returned to the nonprofit world fulltime, to accept a position with RunningWorks. “I was drawn in by the cause and mission of the program,” she says. “It inspires me to know that what we do everyday is making an impact in our community and changing lives.”

3 things people might not know about me:

  • I was born and raised in NC
  • I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up.
  • I like spicy food.