Our story begins with another organization. In 2005, Michael Harlow founded Endorphin Fitness with the goal of impacting the lives of young people through fitness. Specializing in youth triathlon and run coaching, Endorphin Fitness grew rapidly and Michael became a leading national youth coach (2012 US Youth Triathlon Coach of the Year). With the goal of impacting young peoples’ lives foremost, Endorphin Fitness empowered their athletes with the phrase “Be More – Live Red.” This phrase means to give 100% to your training but then allow the lessons learned to make you better in the other areas of your lives (as a student, sibling, and friend). In 2017, Michael was struck with the impact Endorphin Fitness was having in the lives of young people but was unsettled that only well-off families were able to participate. He set out to change this, and Live Red Foundation was born!
Live Red Foundation empowers children in low-opportunity communities throughout Richmond, VA by teaching them life skills through free fitness programs. In 2021, we provided over 100 programs which reached over 5,500 children! We fund our programs through corporate sponsorships, individual donations, and through the proceeds from a series of youth run and multisport events. These events further our mission of empowering children and are critical to our fundraising efforts.
Board of Directors
Lenora Mariner was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. She earned a BS in Chemical Engineering degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and a MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, VA. She is currently employed at Estes Express Lines where she wears the title of Director, Employee Development and Training, Support. She is active in her church and enjoys participating in endurance sports. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and solving Suduko puzzles.
Allan Ng joins the Live Red Foundation Board for its explicit commitment to bringing the sport he loves—triathlon—to an often-overlooked population and/or unable to access or afford all the sport entails. Allan has built a career in hospitality, seeing firsthand the importance of diversity, inclusivity, and communication for team effectiveness, both in the restaurant and on the course. He is excited to use his skill set to advance the vital work of the foundation. Allan has been involved with Endorphin Fitness since he lives in Richmond, VA, in the early 2000s. He has remained committed to the group because of his love of the sport and the sense of community and camaraderie that Endorphin offered. Ng is excited by the opportunity to help ensure that the Endorphin community is available to the broader Richmond area it serves and welcomes the chance to see Endorphin morph into a true ambassador for triathlon as a tool for community connectedness and integration. Allan lives with his wife (Noelle), son (Henry), and corgi (Theo) in Arlington, VA; when he’s not racing around courses or restaurants, he enjoys a weekend at home with friends and family and whatever latest home project he has going on.
I am at my best when surrounded by those of us in pursuit of our dreams and asking “how can we get there?” I believe even in the most ambiguous and challenging situations there is a way to move closer to our aspirations. So I dive in with insatiable curiosity and leverage my gifts to discover pathways and methods to prove we can get there. I apply what I discover to coach, teach, and write so that others may gain clarity and confidence in their ability to achieve. I currently serve as the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Programs where I mentor and guide practitioners, design curriculum, teach entrepreneurship/leadership, and in partnership with the Ford Fund design and deliver the Henry Ford Entrepreneurship Academy in the Middle East, Africa, and US. I keep my entrepreneurship skills honed as a founder of several startups and have served as an appointed member of the Virginia Governor’s Council for Youth Entrepreneurship and currently sit on several community boards.
With over 20 years of senior level experience in philanthropy, Marilyn has worked with a range of organizations serving in executive positions including as Founding Principal at The Consulting Collaborative, a nonprofit consulting and advisory group and Chief Marketing and External Relations Officer at AllHealth Network, a community mental health organization in Denver Colorado serving over 18,000 clients through a comprehensive spectrum of care. As a passionate leader in non-profit strategy, Ms. Spinner designs and implements approaches to bring a larger audience and resource support to effective and purposeful organizations serving many populations in urban and rural communities. Her work has spanned from New York to Colorado offering advice and guidance and she is currently working as Chief Development and External Affairs Officer with The Adira Foundation, a newly formed organization focusing on supporting individuals with neurodegenerative diseases. Ms. Spinner earned a B.S. degree in Communications from Boston University and received her Master of Arts degree from Columbia University in New York. In addition to her professional leadership in the non-profit community, Marilyn advocates for access of mental health care and against stigma associated with mental health through associations both at a local and national levels, and also focuses efforts on working with organizations who actively engage in restoring lives of those who have been victimized by human trafficking.
Eric is a seasoned financial leader with over 25 years of experience in large, medium, and startup organizations focused on improving the profitability of the organization. He has extensive experience with business planning, strategy, financial analysis, and budgeting throughout his career.
Eric has a B.S. in Accounting from Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!) and an MBA from Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!). He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a certified Quickbooks Pro Advisor.
He recently coauthored a book ‘Misfit Champions – Making your Business Thrive in a Recession’ where he guides business owners on the financial keys to surviving and thriving in tough times.
Eric is also an accomplished triathlete having competed in over 80 triathlons including 3 Ironman distance triathlons. Eric lives in Richmond, Virginia and has been married to his wife Susan for 29 years. They have 2 wonderful children.
Parker Spencer (Tempe, AZ) is a USA Triathlon Level III Certified Coach and certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. He came to USA Triathlon from his alma mater, Liberty University, where he served as the head coach of the men’s swimming & diving, men & woman’s cycling, and men & woman’s triathlon teams while managing five assistant coaches and 74 athletes. In addition to his role at Liberty, Spencer held various positions with Endorphin Fitness from 2012-16 including as Director of Coach Operations, Head Coach of Adult Programs and Junior Elite High-Performance Draft Legal Coach. In his first two years as the Project Podium Head Coach his athletes had two World Cup top 5’s, six continental cup podiums (21 top 10 finishes), one junior continental championship podium, one Pan American Games qualifier, four Junior/U23 World Championship qualifiers and one Tokyo Olympic Test Event qualifier.
Yolanda Waymer Hall, MEd, CLC, is a native New Yorker who is a graduate of VCU. She holds a Master of Education degree in Guidance & School Counseling and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Her passion and purpose are to promote and empower healthy development and overall wellness in young people so they can live their best life on purpose. She currently serves as a Prevention Coordinator at Henrico Area Mental Health – Prevention Services, she is a Certified Life Coach who specializes in working with teens and young adults, and she brings with her, 16 years of experience as a Professional School Counselor. Yolanda organizes community-based afterschool programming for youth, parent education, community empowerment and trains educators and community groups on creating environments that promote wellness for youth. Additionally, she provides training in the areas of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Awareness, Mindfulness and Self-Care.
Peter grew up in Philadelphia learning about creativity from his parents who were artists and designers. After attending Virginia Commonwealth Universitystudying design, Peter worked in both Philadelphia and Richmond before launching his creative agency in 2004. The portfolio includes a diverse range of clients from Fortune 50 companies to small startups, as well as residential, retail and cultural institutions. In 2020, Peter joined Great Minds, PBC as Creative Director, helping to lead the creative vision within this quickly growing curriculum provider.
Education is a personal focus- in the past six years at VCU Arts, Peter has taught Freshman through Seniors from a variety of majors. The core philosophy of teaching is fostering prosperity of the next generation, advancing the possibilities of design thinking, and creative leadership.
Peter is a frequent public speaker, recently at Creative Mornings RVA, and has been a guest lecturer at Syracuse University, The Art Institute of Design, and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. As a fine artist, Peter works in a variety of media, and has been an exhibiting artist at 1708 Gallery’s Inlight (2015, 2017) and participated in the Monster Drawing Rally (2016-2018).
Peter is an outdoor enthusiast and spends free time big terrain mountain biking, rock climbing, or alpine hiking whenever possible. He and his wife Sally have three adventurous children, and live on a small farm in Hanover County, Virginia.
Michael Harlow wears a lot of hats. He is a husband, father to seven, leader of two local organizations, and an athlete. In 2005, Michael Harlow started Endorphin Fitness which prepares kids and adults of all levels for youth and adult triathlon and running events. Through Endorphin Fitness, Michael coached athletes at the highest level nationally and witnessed the impact of sports in the lives of young people. In 2018 though, Michael became unsettled with the fact that he was only working with kids from well-off families when ALL kids need fitness and what it teaches. In response, he started the Live Red Foundation. Live Red Foundation offers free fitness programs which teach core life skills to children in low-opportunity neighborhoods throughout Richmond.
Kayla Phillips moved to Richmond, Virginia in 2017 from Raleigh, North Carolina. Kayla has an extensive background in business management and community building. She loves seeing kids learn to challenge themselves and try new things, especially when they get to accomplish something they thought they couldn’t! Kayla enjoys yoga, rock climbing, and hiking. In their free time, you can often find Kayla, her husband, and two daughters at one of Virginia’s theme parks!
Adam Valentine was born and raised in Bronx, NY. He Graduated from Highland Springs High in Henrico, VA. Adam earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Shaw University located in Raleigh, N.C. He then went on to teach in North Carolina schools for 4 years before transitioning back to Richmond VA. During this transition he made a change to community programming by joining the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club as the Teen Education Coordinator. Now growing in this aspect he joins the Live Red Foundation. When he is not busy with programming Adam likes to spend his time with family, at the gym, and supporting the Denver Broncos as he is an avid football fan.