Get to know our Brand Ambassadors

Jessica Anderson

Jessica Anderson

    Jessica is a mother, a runner, a personal trainer, a billing/insurance coordinator for a dental practice, and just recently a wife to her best friend and running partner. Jessica started running when her personal life was difficult and as a way to escape, and it carried her through transitioning to being a single mom of 3 young girls. Jessica has now raced over 200 races since first running just 4.5 years ago, from 5k to 50k and doing 3-24 hour runs to date, completing 50 miles twice, and qualifying for Boston her 1st marathon.
“Running gives me the ability to be confident, free and most of all, the opportunities to support other runners. Running is something that most people start for their overall health, or maybe for weight loss or maybe just to see why all these crazy people do it in the first place, yet somehow along the way you fall in love with running, at least I know I did.”

    Kasandra Aulenbach

    Kasandra Aulenbach

        Kasandra is our local high school runner! She is a junior at Tabb High School and also attends the Governor’s School for Science and Technology for Computer Science.  She runs cross country and track & field for ‘Growing Runners Track Club’ where she specializes in distance events and the steeplechase.  Kasandra started running when she was 7 years old at a charity 5k and has been hooked on running since that race.  She has completed 2 half marathons, a 10k, an 8k, and numerous 5ks and track races.  She has been involved with Point 2 Running Company and Flat-Out Events through group runs and other events for 6 years now.  

        “I love the running community here in Hampton Roads and I hope to contribute to the community and help others through this program.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone and helping out at the group runs and local races!”

      Stanley Bryant

      Stanley Bryant

          Stan rediscovered his love for running, after a 20 year hiatus while serving in the United States Navy when he was diagnosed as pre-diabetic and high cholesterol.  “I didn’t like taking all those pills every day,” and with those words he took back to the pavement as a way to maintain his weight and increase his cardio activity.  Since then, he has managed to maintain a streak of running at least 1 mile a day for more than 1,000 days.

          Stan is currently employed by Newport News Shipbuilding, where he manages capital planning for the manufacturing and supply chain divisions.  Stan enjoys traveling, nature hikes and reading/watching science fiction.  More importantly, he loves spending time with his lovely wife Briana, of 10 years, and his three sons, Thomas (16), Stanley (14), and Johnathon (12).  His favorite race is the Game Day 10K because he gets a chance to show off his pride for his team, Carolina Panthers.

        Ryan Carroll

        Ryan Carroll

            Ryan began his running “career” as a prep at Western Branch High in Chesapeake, VA. He would go on to run collegiately at Barton College and East Carolina University. He would return to the Hampton Roads area where he now calls Portsmouth “home”. He currently coaches the Track and Cross Country teams at Western Branch High and is a Program Manager for a Government contractor, where his focus is environmental engineering support services for the Army Corp of Engineers. He enjoys his weekly “date nights” and annual trips to Sandbridge with his amazing wife of nearly ten years, Meagan.
        You will often find him running to and from cheering, gymnastics and dance events with his seven year old daughter, Taylor; or as Ryan says, “the best thing to ever happen to me”. His favorite race events are the Flat Out Events Virginia Running Festival’s Captains Challenge and the Chick-fil-A 5k/10k, where you will find him and the entire family. Papa Johns pizza is his go to pre race meal, and you can’t miss seeing him at the weekend races as he’s always wearing his Point 2 Running trucker cap and white sunglasses!

          Lindsey Ceniviva

          Lindsey Ceniviva

              Lindsey is from a big Italian family, that calls the lovely suburbs of Northeast Philadelphia, PA, home. Christopher Newport University brought her to the area, where she has now lived for 10 years. She was a Cheerleader and Biology student at CNU.
              Like many avid runners, Lindsey finds serenity in lacing up her shoes and hitting the pavement. Her love for running began when she was conditioning for Cheerleading (of all things). She has done numerous races from 5K’s to Marathons, from PA to VA. In 2015, she ran six Half Marathons in six months. Lindsey has completed two Marathons and is now training for her third.
              The discipline and camaraderie that constitute the running community is unlike any other. Lindsey would not be who she is today without the benefits and challenges of running. The support of her family, friends, and even strangers with funny signs on race day, are a huge part of what makes this sport so special. It always keeps her coming back for more!

            Amanda Halfpenny

            Amanda Halfpenny

                After a series of family medical issues which led to losing her mom and then a medical crisis with her son a few months later, Amanda Halfpenny started running just 6 years ago to reduce stress and ensure she would live a long happy life for her two, now teenage sons.
                An optimistic, outgoing person who believes in the support of the running community first hand- Amanda will be running her first marathon this year and is ready to run the race set before her! {if your goals don’t scare you, they’re not big enough!}
                Often found on local trails with her dog, Kieran, on a racecourse or with a local run group- she is always involved in some activity within the community whether it’s running, through a work organization, or supporting her boys, Robert and Ashton!

              Sika Henry

              Sika Henry

                  Sika Henry is  a triathlete and two-time One City Marathon winner. Sika is also a former collegiate high jumper and graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Economics. She lives in Newport News, VA, where she is an Analyst for Ferguson Enterprises. You can follow her race adventures on her blog  why-i-run.blogspot.com

                Nicole Laurin

                Nicole Laurin

                    Nicole is one of our newest ambassadors joining us for the 2017-18 year! Nicole rekindled her relationship with running in 2015 when she decided to run her first half marathon which happened to be the Massive Medal Half Marathon. Since then, she has completed 8 more half marathons. This past spring, Nicole ran 3 half marathons in 21 days.
                Nicole’s job as a nurse constantly reminds her how important and precious our health is. “Running is a great way for me to stay physically and mentally fit, two things I’m also very passionate about! Between juggling work, graduate school, and training for a marathon I stay pretty busy, but I am so thrilled to be an ambassador for Point 2 Running Company and Flat-Out Events! Any day I can share my love for running with someone else is a great day. In my spare time, when I’m not running, I like to spend time with my husband, friends, family, and rescue hounds.”  Other non-running things Nicole enjoys are all things food and coffee related!

                  Ken Mallory

                  Ken Mallory

                      Ken  is an 8th grade social studies teacher for Newport News, and started running as a way to get fit and stay that way.  He started training in the fall of 2015 and ran his first 5K in October with his wife, the Rugged Maniac, which was good enough to catch the bug.  He has run at least one race a month ever since, from 5K’s all the way to completing his first full marathon (Richmond) in 2016.

                      He really enjoys the friendship and camaraderie of the group runs, meeting new faces, and sharing his addiction with similar minded folks.  He “doesn’t mind spreading the bug either, and feels very fortunate that I get to serve for a second year as a brand ambassador for Flat-Out Events and Point 2 Running Company.”  When Ken is not out running (When is that?!?!) he is working in his wood shop, or spending time with his wife and 6 year-old daughter, doing something outdoors and fun!

                    Wayne Parfitt

                    Wayne Parfitt

                        “Parfitt, around here, football players are a dime a dozen. You need to be thinking about cross country”. With those words from a high school track coach, Wayne’s football career ended, and his distance running began. With the goal of running a marathon, Wayne ran three between age 18 and 19, including the Boston Marathon in 1984. Shortly after running cross country in his first year in college, he stopped running completely. It was no longer fun.
                        Jump ahead, nearly twenty-seven years, his son decided to run cross country in high school. Wayne began running with him. He began to run a few local 5ks and again, he found the “love” of running. Never wanting to run another marathon, his mindset and training began to change, as a close friend was training for his first 26.2.  Thirty years, to the month, between marathon 3 and 4, Wayne then found himself lined up for the Richmond Marathon. “Thank you, Coach Ruch, for seeing something in me, and pointing me in the right direction!”

                      Debbie Price

                      Debbie Price

                          You don’t have to be around Debbie very long to know how passionate she is about God, her family running and ice cream! Running to Debbie means more to her than just collecting medals or winning first in her age group.  It is her happy place.  A place where all is right with the world.  She considers every mile she GETS to run a blessing from God.
                         Debbie’s favorite run so far has been the ‘Virginia Run for the Fallen’- a 4 day run that started in Virginia Beach and ended in Arlington Cemetery. Debbie is currently training for the 2017 NYC marathon. This is her second year as Running/Brand ambassador. Debbie is a Certified Public Accountant and the owner of a local accounting and tax firm. She has been married to her husband, Bobby, for 36 years and they have 2 children and 2 grandchildren.

                        Matt Puckett

                        Matt Puckett

                            Matt is a two time ambassador that moved to the Hampton Roads area 10 years ago from Roanoke, VA with his wife Megan, so she could be closer to her family.  He is a graduate of Lynchburg College and has worked in the construction industry ever since.  He and his wife have two children (Cooper and Kendall) and love living here.  In 2013, Matt began to run to keep in shape.  He quickly realized his love of running and what a great community it was.  Since then he has ran in countless number of races and loves running into other runners at the group runs or out on weekend runs.
                            “The running community is such a diverse yet close community and I enjoy being a part to help other as they continue towards their goals.  I am excited and looking forward to the coming year as a returning ambassador for Point 2 and Flat-Out Events.”

                          Kevin Sadler

                          Kevin Sadler

                              Kevin is a lifelong resident of the peninsula and the service manager of a local automotive repair facility.  In December of 2014, Kevin decided to start walking the group runs with his wife, Barbara, so they would have more time together.  Kevin’s first race was the 2015 ‘Game Day 5k’ and since then has run numerous 5, 8 and 10k’s throughout the Hampton Roads area.  You can count on seeing him at the Monday night Point 2 and Wednesday night Flat-Out pub runs.  Kevin is also involved with Students Run the Streets, a non-profit through Flat-Out Events, as a running coach and mentor. He is currently training for his first half marathon.  When not running you can find him with his family of 5 children and 6 grandchildren.

                            Amie Singletary

                            Amie Singletary

                                Amie is a former Humanities instructor and attorney. When she decided to stay home with her two children, 3 and 2, she turned to road racing as an outlet for her competitive spirit. She has run and placed in her age division in several local 5K events. Amie is currently training for her first half-marathon and hopes to run her first full marathon in 2018.
                                Despite her competitive nature, she loves helping and learning from others as well as meeting other local runners. When she isn’t running, you can find Amie hiking with her family, at the gym lifting weights or working on the perfect running playlist!

                              Heidi Skipper

                              Heidi Skipper

                                  Heidi Skipper is a 40 year-old Orlando, Florida native and Disney lover who is married with two girls, ages 16 and 5.
                                  Heidi found a huge passion for running about 4 years ago after crossing the finish line at a local color run. She has participated in dozens of races since that significant day, and her favorite events are mud runs and the Chick-fil-A 10K.
                                  Heidi is also a founding member at Orangetheory Fitness in Newport News, where she has attended over 200 classes. She loves being a brand ambassador for Point 2 Running and Flat-Out Events because she wholeheartedly believes in the products and services both companies offer the public. She also has a devotion to support small businesses. Heidi is currently training for her first half-marathon, and her dream is to head “home” to Orlando one day to complete a full Disney Marathon.

                                Michele Vecchione

                                Michele Vecchione

                                    Michele was born and raised in Virginia Beach, but resides in Seaford. She and her husband, Ron, have two kids, 7 chickens, and a dog. She first got introduced to running by her friend, Linda Holmes. After she ran/ walked her first 5k she was hooked. She started signing up for more races and eventually ran her first half marathon. After running the 2017 OCM Relay, she watched one of her friends finish her first marathon and decided then that “I wanted to do that.” Michele signed up for the marathon training plan with Coach Ken and will be ready to run the One City Marathon in 2018!
                                    “Running has helped me make lifelong friends, help my kids meet new friends and helped me get back in shape. Running has changed my life!!”

                                  Glenn

                                  Owner

                                  Glenn is a local businessman and accountant who loves sports. He started walking and running several years ago and has completed several half marathons. Glenn is looking forward to serving the Peninsula community by giving residents a store that has what they need to reach their running and walking goals.

                                    Andrea

                                    General Manager

                                    After graduating with a degree in Biology in 2006 from ODU, Andrea found herself in the world of real estate and property management, working alongside her Dad, Glenn. Running became a fun hobby starting in 2007 when she started with a a simple 5k that led to countless longer distances and ever-evolving goals. When Point 2 opened in 2011, it only seemed natural for her to once again work with her Dad. She began managing the store in the fall of 2011 and came to realize that serving the runners and walkers on the Peninsula was a true passion. She takes great pride in the cast and crew that work alongside her and believes that at Point 2, there is something for everyone no matter where their fitness level is at. She resides in Newport News, with her husband, Lee daughter, Olivia and dog, Bentley.

                                      Dawn

                                      Assistant Store Manager

                                      After her mother passed away in 2011, Dawn decided to take up running after a twenty plus year break. She first started running to lose weight and has now lost over 70 pounds! Her first race was the Shamrock Half Marathon in 2013 and her goal that year was to just finish. Since then, she has run in many more races spanning various distances and finished her first full marathon, Marine Corp Marathon in October 2014 and is now training for her second Marine Corp Marathon and first Disney Marathon. Dawn is studying to become a registered nurse, and is a mom of three wonderful young adults. In June 2016, she got married (it’s never too late for second chances!) and you can find her and her husband running many local and out-of-town races together.

                                        Alan

                                        Group Run Coordinator

                                        Alan is a retired Naval Officer who grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and lived in numerous places during his career in the Navy.  He moved to the Hampton Roads area in 1994 where he has been ever since. He took up running in 2008 with his first race being the Virginia Beach Rock ‘n Roll half marathon.  Since then he has run eight full marathons, seventeen half marathons, two ultra-marathons, a 200 mile relay, and fourteen other races between five and ten kilometers. His yearly plan is to run a minimum of 2-3 halfs and one full with the full being outside of the U.S. until he has run a marathon on all seven continents.  Since 2012 he has run marathons in Ireland, Dubai, and Cape Town and completed his fifth continent by running the Antarctica marathon in March 2015.  Alan is in charge of the weekly Point 2 group runs where he loves to see runners of all ages and fitness levels. He is always looking for ways to improve these runs and is open to all suggestions. He especially enjoys working with new runners offering advice on all aspects of running.

                                          Steve

                                          Product and Training Specialist

                                          Steve grew up in Hampton and is retired from the Newport News Shipyard. He has been involved in sports his entire life, both as a player and coach. Steve has been active in the running community for about 30 years as a member of the Peninsula Track Club and has enjoyed the challenge of competition in many distances from 5k’s to marathons. At this stage of his running career 10 milers and half-marathons are his favorites. His passion for and knowledge of fitness and running are important attributes in helping others enjoy the sport as much as he does.

                                            Melissa

                                            Inventory Manager

                                            Melissa started running in 2014, although she was never very athletic as a young adult, because she wanted to cross “run a fun 5k” off her bucket list. She quickly fell in love with running, the mental challenge, the joy of accomplishing a goal, and the camaraderie and support of the running community. She not only completed her first 5k, but numerous others, as well as a few 8ks and 10ks, and in May 2015, she ran her first half marathon. She is now training for her first marathon, and who knows what will come next? You can usually find her and her husband running a race one or two weekends a month. Running has become a whole-family activity with her three children, who also enjoy running 5ks. Melissa is passionate about the way running can change a life, and enjoys sharing experiences and stories with others.

                                              Ken

                                              Assistant Manager, Technology Buyer

                                              While in college Ken was an avid rock climber and mountaineer, tackling some of the most technical routes in Virginia, West Virginia, and even out in the Rockies. After he graduated from Radford University with a BS in Geology in 2013 he moved back to Hampton and found that there was a void in his life, so he filled it with running. He dusted off an old pair of running shoes from high school and began running daily. Eventually he found himself in Point 2 picking out his first proper pair of running shoes, which is where he also learned about all the local running events. Since then he has completed numerous races from 5k’s to half marathons, and even his first marathon (Richmond in 2014). He has goals of completing numerous marathons, ultra marathons, and hopefully qualifying for Boston in the distant future.

                                                Jackie

                                                Events Manager, Community Liaison

                                                A basketball player all of her life, Jackie took up running in college as a way to stay in shape. Later convinced to join the cross country team, never having run over 4 miles, she took a chance. After three years of running at an NAIA school in California, she found herself having a natural knack for the sport leaving qualified for national meets all three years, holding school records, and the women’s team captain. Catching the runner’s ‘high’ Jackie ran the Modesto Marathon in 2015 and qualified for Boston. Shortly afterwards, she pursued her master’s degree in Seattle, while training and running the 2016 Eugene Marathon. Jackie met and married her best friend from the cross country team and moved to Virginia with him in June 2016. She is enthusiastic about trying new trails and joining group runs at Point 2 looking to make new friends! She hopes to pursue ultramarathons in the future with her husband as they continue to explore and adventure on the East Coast.

                                                  Lee

                                                  Running Consultant

                                                  Lee works at Point 2 on Saturdays both in the store, and at the group runs. He also helps with training, shoe clinic presentations, and website maintenance. He is married to Andrea Lehmkuhler and has been with the store since the very beginning. Lee began running in 2007 at the Chick-fil-A 5K. Since then, he has completed numerous races to include 13 half-marathons, 4 adventure races (2 Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder and Spartan), and most recently his first marathon (Disney). Lee is a 2006 graduate of Old Dominion University where he earned a degree in Business Administration. He is currently employed full time as an Investment Consultant at Scottrade.

                                                    Holden

                                                    Running Consultant

                                                    Holden Keegan is a Peninsula Catholic High School Cross Country and Track runner. He has been running since elementary school and loves the sport. After running mostly 5k races he plans to complete his first half marathon by graduation. He looks forward to learning about the local running community and hopes to meet new runners that will help him complete his goal and make new ones.

                                                      Barbara

                                                      Running Consultant

                                                      Barbara began her love of running in 2010 when one of her daughters challenged her with a Couch-2-5K program. Even though her first 5K race was in the heat of August, it hooked her. Many runs and races later, Barbara is still an active runner learning all she can about the sport. Barbara grew up in Connecticut, but calls Virginia home. She retired from The College of William and Mary and is married with five children and five grandchildren. She earned her B.S. from Christopher Newport University and M.Ed. from The College of William and Mary.

                                                        Stephanie

                                                        Running Consultant

                                                        Stephanie is a senior at Menchville High School, where she runs on the cross country and track teams. She began running 5K races in middle school, after some friends invited her to run with them. That is when she realized that she loved running, and that she had found her sport. Since then, she has run in several local 5K events, in addition to her races for school. She plans to run longer distance events in the future. Stephanie loves to be active – in addition to running she enjoys the challenges of cross-fit, and enjoys cooking and healthy eating. Stephanie is an outgoing people person who loves helping others, and is excited about meeting more local runners and learning from their experiences.

                                                          Emily

                                                          Running Consultant

                                                          Emily is an English teacher at Gloucester High School and a graduate of the College of William and Mary. Having been an avid soccer and field hockey player in high school, Emily was always very active but found it difficult to balance such activity when she first started working professionally. After a multi-year slump, Emily decided to make a change and went for a (very short) run on a spring day in 2012. After that, she gradually built up to running a 5k, a half marathon, and, after insisting that she would “never be that crazy,” she completed her first marathon in the Outer Banks in November 2013. Now she enjoys running a few local races annually or just enjoying a beautiful fall day by running the Noland Trail. Running has helped her rediscover her inner athlete, and, as such, she loves helping others with their goals as they run towards success.

                                                            Andy

                                                            Running Consultant

                                                            Andy is originally from Rochester, New York, and moved to Yorktown in May 2015. He currently is in school studying to become a physical therapist assistant. Andy played collegiate soccer at Nazareth College, and after graduation he became more involved in running and road biking. He has completed multiple runs and races, including a half marathon, a Tough Mudder, triathlons, duathlons, and even a century bike ride through the Finger Lakes region. Andy has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science, and has been working in the health industry in various capacities for the past few years. Andy loves encouraging and helping others to adopt a healthy lifestyle and reach their fitness goals.

                                                              Erin

                                                              Running Consultant

                                                              An athlete but never a runner while growing up, Erin decided to lace up and hit the streets when she was 18. She went from running 5ks to running a marathon with nothing in between! Erin hopes to help new runners by sharing what she’s learned over the past 13 years. She loves learning about their running goals, and also enjoys talking about training plans and nutrition.