Terence Gerchberg joined Back on My Feet New York City as Executive Director in August 2013. Prior, Terence was a volunteer with BoMF NYC's Team Bowery. He is known throughout the NYC running community, thanks to 13+ years of professionally training runners of all ages and abilities with companies like Terrier Tri, NIKE, and Lululemon. He sees his role as more of a motivator than a coach. Also, a veteran of 30+ marathons – including the past 14 NYC Marathons – as well as ultra marathons, triathlons, and the NYC Ironman, Terence was the running Ambassador for Lululemon and was selected to attend the Ambassador Summit in Vancouver, Canada.
“Running has brought me great fulfillment in life and it helped me overcome incredible setbacks, which is why I can wholeheartedly advocate for Back on My Feet's mission. It is an honor to be able to share the transformative power of running with BoMF’s members and sponsors, and it is both a personal and professional investment of mine to foster the growth of the BoMF community in NYC.”
Before coming to BoMF, Terence worked in New York City real estate sales and as a floor trader on Wall Street. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a concentration in Finance from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
Rachael joined Back on My Feet, NYC as the Program Coordinator in January of 2015 and was promoted to Program Director in July of 2015. Prior to joining BoMF, Rachael served in the U.S. Peace Corps, Philippines. Her main roles included facilitating community needs assessments in a disaster relocation village, teaching life skills to at-risk-youth through photography, fundraising and managing grants, and coordinating running clubs for youth and adults.
While in the Philippines, Rachael took her running to the next level as a way to de-stress and connect with the community. It was in the Philippines where Rachael ran her first ultramarathon, since then she ran the Back on My Feet in24 Urban Ultra (third place), Punta Cana Marathon (first place), and Rock the Ridge 50 Miler (first place).
Rachael received her B.A., summa cum laude, in 2011 in Psychology from St. Michael’s College, Vermont, and her master’s degree in Intercultural Youth and Family Development, with a concentration in Nonprofit Management, from the University of Montana in 2014.
Development and Marketing Manager
Deb Brown has served as the Development and Marketing Manager for Back on My Feet NYC since January 2015. She comes to BoMF with experience in development and fundraising, event planning, and communications for the not-for-profit sector and has worked for My Sisters’ Place NY and Reading is FUNdemantal Pittsburgh.
“I have always been passionate about social justice and the importance of safe communities and my work with Back on My Feet allows me to marry my love of fitness with my work.”
Deb graduated from University of Pittsburgh with her Bachelors of Arts in English Writing and Communications as well as a minor in English Literature and her Certification in Women’s Studies. Deb is a yoga lover and Back on My Feet runner who loves being loudest cheerleader at races.
Member Services Manager
Mariel Feigen joined Back on My Feet in August of 2015 after living and working abroad at a small education and community-based nonprofit organization in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Originally from Brooklyn, she moved with her family to Costa Rica at the age of eight, where she lived for almost seven years. She has also lived in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania (where she earned a degree in Psychology and Latin American studies in 2010); Providence, Rhode Island (for an AmeriCorps year of service); Lima, Peru; Asheboro, North Carolina; and on Block Island. The one constant throughout all this moving around was running.
After working as a teacher and caseworker with youth (ranging in age from kindergarden through high school) for four years, Mariel first worked with adults teaching ESL in Costa Rica. She also completed her first marathon as a fundraising event in Costa Rica running around the Arenal Volcano, officially cementing her passion for long-distance running, and has since completed a variety of half, full, and ultra-marathons.
Her favorite place to run in NYC is the Manhattan Bridge.
Kat is a Jesuit Volunteer who will serve as a Program Associate for BoMF for the 2017-2018 year. Kat is from Bainbridge Island, Washington and graduated in the spring of 2017 from Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas with a Biology major and Psychology minor. While at Lyon, she was actively involved with increasing recycling on campus, coordinating blood drives, and tutoring Spanish. Kat also played volleyball all four years and looks forward to the new challenge of running distance. Her goal is to complete her first marathon in the next year!
Development and Marketing Coordinator
Andrea Enfield is joining the Back on My Feet NYC team this year as the Development and Marketing Coordinator through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Fundraising and development is a passion that she has developed through internships with several organizations, such as the YMCA, American Cancer Society, and her alma mater, Gonzaga University. Andrea is excited to bring her passion and experience for this work and social justice to the Back on My Feet team and community.
Graduating from Gonzaga University in 2017, Andrea earned Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Political Science with minors in French and Entrepreneurial Leadership. Coming from the Seattle area, and living in Washington State her whole life, Andrea is looking forward to taking a new step with Back on My Feet in New York City. She cannot wait to build relationships with this amazing community through running and service.
Kathryn Derfler is joining Back on My Feet NYC this year as a NYC Civic Corps Member to serve as Volunteer Coordinator. She has lived in a variety of places, the most recent of which is Austin, Texas. Previously, she was a Communications Intern at the Center for Migration Studies. Kathryn obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Anthropology from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Science in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford.