Carrie Redmon has served as the Executive Director of the Achilles International Nashville Chapter for two years but has been a Volunteer Guide with the organization since its inception. Carrie spent 8 years at the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital serving as the Recreation Therapist where she would introduce many of the patients to new leisure pursuits and adaptive sports programs. When Achilles Nashville was born it was a natural fit for her! Carrie has such a passion for assisting those with different abilities and for encouraging people to maximize their potential. She is excited to be a part of such an amazing organization and hopes to continue reaching those in the Middle Tennessee area who may not be familiar with Achilles Nashville!
Amy has been involved with the Achilles Nashville Chapter since a few months after Achilles began. Her daughter who has cerebral palsy wanted to join this adaptive running group, and Amy thought it would be a great activity to do together. Running is a longtime love of Amy’s. Since then Amy has been involved in a variety of ways, from guiding athletes on weekly runs and racing events, to being on the planning committee for the annual Hope and Possibility Race®, to serving as Secretary of the Board. Amy is a Certified Level 1 Coach through the USATF and as such, coordinates the training plans for all the athletes, often traveling with them to out of town races (e.g., NYC, Fla). Amy received the Jim Rooney Award and was recognized as the Achilles International Volunteer of the Year in 2015 in NYC. Her background is in Special Education and Pediatric Rehabilitation. She is a longtime employee at Vanderbilt University in the Special Education Department. Aside from running, Amy loves spending time with her family, including her two grandsons!
Sara Solomon “Lizzy” has been coming to Achilles since August 2012. When Sara started Achilles, she used her reverse walker; she did 5ks where she was always the first to start and the last to finished, but she always had the most fun. About a year ago, Sara began training using the handcycle. She has blossomed using this form of movement, and just finished her first half marathon in Houston. Sara has received the Power to Inspire recognition through Fleet Feet Sports/Mizuno for the past two years by inspiring people with disabilities to become more active. She won the Athlete of the Year Award from the Tennessee Association of Blind Athletes in 2016. Sara studied Web Design and Business at Lipscomb University and Nashville State Community College and has served on the Achilles Hope & Possibility Race Committee. She has a passion for seeing people reach their full potential. She has recently taken on the Co-Assistant Director position and is excited about her new role with Achilles. Through this avenue, she hopes to reach even more people in the greater Nashville area.
Lena is excited to be joining Achilles as an intern. She is currently an occupational therapy student with Washington University in St. Louis, and is completing the experiential component of her program. She will be graduating in December of 2017. Lena has worked with adaptive sports in St. Louis, including teaching swimming, and working at a camp for individuals with cerebral palsy. She is so excited to come on board, and looks forward to helping individuals of all types of abilities achieve their dreams.