Anne M. Mahlum is the Founder of Back on My Feet. Anne is responsible for the vision, strategy and national fundraising efforts for Back on My Feet as it expands across the country.
"Back on My Feet is my way of making positive change in the world."
Anne attended graduate school at American University where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Political Communications in 2003. Read more, visit Anne's website and follow Anne on Twitter @annemahlum.
Photo by: Steve Boyle Photo
Colleen F. Bowman
Chief Executive Officer
Colleen has been involved with Back on My Feet since 2007 when she began volunteering as a Team Leader for St. Johns and RWA in Philadelphia.
Colleen’s involvement grew in 2009 when she took the position of Treasurer for Back on My Feet’s National Board. She officially joined Back on My Feet staff in 2011 as CFO, bringing her expertise as a CPA and professional experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has had a chance to work through Back on My Feet’s growth from five chapters to 10 chapters nationally, has worked with all of our local advisory boards through changes and has helped to launch new campaigns, new online platforms and created an internal control structure for the organization.
With Colleen’s excitement about in taking on this prestigious role she passionately said, “I love coming in to work and getting the opportunity work with such talented individuals. I can’t wait to see where we can take Back on My Feet!"
Artistic & Program Director of Pivot, a Back on My Feet Initiative
Prior to joining Pivot in 2013, Jon worked on a variety of different projects. Some of Jon’s most notable accomplishments are working on television sets for the BBC, building sets and props for numerous theaters in the UK, and opening a marketing firm in Israel that worked with clients such as Kodak, Apple, and HP.
Jon is embarking on a new initiative with his wife Nikki – Pivot – capitalizing on his high level of fine craftsmanship plus expertise in the furniture creative arts and combining his desire to be involved in areas that have great social impact.
Jon earned certificate of Design in Furniture Design and Craft from London College of Furniture in the UK.
PIVOT, A Back on My Feet Initiative
Nikki joined Back on My Feet in 2013 as a consultant to Pivot, a Back on My Feet initiative. Prior to joining Back on My Feet Nikki developed the co’motion Group, a strategic alliance of 14 award-winning Israeli creative agencies.
Nikki’s agency work includes projects for Apple, HP, Lucent, and Pfizer, Abbott Labs and more.
Nikki, is a graduate of the Wizo School of Art in Haifa, Israel where she studied graphic design and advertising.
Senior Program Manager
Liz joined Back on My Feet in 2011 as a Senior Program Analyst. Liz’s major role is measuring the success of Back on My Feet’s Residential Members. Prior to joining Back on My Feet, Liz worked in the Research and Evaluation department at a Philadelphia nonprofit consultancy, Public/Private Ventures.
“I love running because you are totally in control. You decide how far you run, how fast you run and where you run. You own everything about the process—especially the success and feeling of accomplishment when you’ve run farther than you ever thought you could!”
Liz graduated from Bucknell University with a BA in Psychology and Spanish. She completed her master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State University, where she continues to work on her PhD.
Heather grew up in Philadelphia and remains a dedicated Philadelphia sports fan. Prior to joining Back on My Feet, Heather worked in the Office of the City Representative where she completed ceremonial documents and assisted in logistics and public relations for the City’s top events, including the Philadelphia Marathon and the Wawa Welcome America! festival. She is very family oriented and will laugh at any corny joke, such as: Marathon runners with bad footwear suffer the agony of defeat.
“Back on My Feet has provided me with the opportunity to combine both of my loves; helping others and the sport of running. I am proud to work for this benevolent organization and alongside others who remain dedicated to the Back on My Feet mission.”
Heather graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.
Abigail joined Back on My Feet in 2012 as the part-time Graphic Designer while finishing her Certificate in Graphic Design, with a focus in Emerging Practices at University of Pennsylvania. Now finished her Certificate she has become a full-time member of our National Staff! Prior to joining Back on My Feet, Abigail while living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn she designed and ran her own line of jewelry gaining worldwide press recognition and sales. Returning to Philadelphia in 2008 she has worked as a Graphic Designer for companies Urban Outfitters and Steven Starr Restaurants, as well as many freelance clients.
“I have found it rare that a graphic designer can say their work helps changes lives on a daily basis. Working at Back on My Feet I can say that I do and consider it an amazing gift.”
Abigail graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Communication Design, focus Graphic Design. She completed her Certificate in Graphic Design, with a focus in Emerging Practices at University of Pennsylvania spring 2013.
Chief Strategy & Operations Officer
Katy joined Back on My Feet in 2012, and brings over 10 years of experience in strategy development and operations management in both for profit and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining Back on My Feet, Katy worked at Accenture in their Strategy Practice with a focus on nonprofit clients. Her experience has given her an expertise in strategy development, project management, process improvement, and operating model design.
“I’m excited to be working for such a unique, dynamic and growing nonprofit organization,” said Katy. “I love working with the talented and dedicated staff and look forward to continuing and growing the success of BoMF in the years to come!”
Katy graduated from University of Leeds with a degree in Management Studies and French.
Marketing and Corporate Relations Coordinator
Casey joined Back on My Feet in 2011 as Assistant to the Founder and is excited to expand her role to the Corporate Relations and Communication team bringing her prior public relations and commutations knowledge as well as past experience executing Back on My Feet chapter launches and national events.
“Back on My Feet is a truly unique organization that shows you how something as simple as running can turn into something pretty powerful! It is an amazing experience to get to watch our Members transform through running.”
Casey graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor's degree in Communications.