Our Warrior Team

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Roseann Dougherty
Executive Director

Roseann has been competing in triathlon for 14 years and has competed in several USAT National Competitions, 2002 Long Course Worlds Ibiza, Spain, 2003 Short Course Worlds Queenstown, NZ, and 2010 Ironman World Championship Kona, HI.

 During Roseann’s first season she met a woman named Kristen Adelman, who would change her life. Kristen and Roseann were training partners, but two months into their friendship, Kristen was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer.  Roseann became Kristen’s caregiver for the next 2 ½ years, using triathlon as vehicle to maintain physical and mental strength necessary to survive the journey. Kristen is now in complete remission, she has gone on to ride the Tour of Hope with Lance Armstrong in 2004 and has set a goal after treatment to run a marathon in every state. She has now completed a marathon in 42 States. Roseann and Kristen celebrated Kristen’s victory by competing in an Ironman race together. As a result of her journey with Kristen, Roseann is an oncology nurse at the University of Maryland Medical Center and Executive Director of Team Inspiration. Roseann is also a USAT Certified Coach and  RYT 200 Yoga Instructor.

 

Chris Blimmel
Chief Operating Officer

Chris has been working for a non-profit, 501(c)(3) agency since 1993. He understands the special challenges that a charitable organization faces, and looks forward to bringing creativity and innovation to the growth of Team Inspiration. Chris lost his mother and brother to cancer and so he feels a strong connection to cancer warriors and the mission of Team Inspiration. Currently, Chris is training for his first triathlon!!

 

Jessica Hensley
Creative Director

Jessica Hensley has been working in web design and development for non-profits for over 12 years through her company h2x multimedia, inc. She was introduced to Team Inspiration first-hand when Roseann cared for her at the University of Maryland during her two-year battle with AML, a form of leukemia. Jessica credits Team Inspiration with giving the tools she needed to face the challenges of treatment with hope, strength and optimism. She is honored to have the opportunity to give back to TI and help other cancer patients through this role. Outside of her creative endeavors, Jessica loves to bike, run, swim, do yoga and travel with her husband and two young sons, both future triathletes!

 

Aaron Lancaster
Budget Consultant/Fundraiser

Aaron brings his experience as the Senior Budget Analyst for The Office of the Chief Financial Officer for the District of Columbia Government. He is the proud father of three wonderful boys and a passionate triathlete who loves to inspire others. Aaron and his sons support Team Inspiration at events and races. Both his Mother and Father are Cancer survivors!

 

Jim Gross
Triathlon and Running Coach

Jim Gross has been competing in endurance races for over twenty years; everything from 5k running events to multi-day adventure races. He has been in the fitness industry as a personal trainer for over 15years and has coached high school cross country and track for 12 years. During the summer he conducts youth sports conditioning camps. Most recently he has become involved in training multisport athletes of all ages and skill levels. He brings all of his abilities as true fitness enthusiast with a broad spectrum of experience to Team Inspiration.

Heather Vanovich
Fundraiser

Heather has been running the east coast division of a national military nonprofit which also serves our deployed military since 2001. She races with Team Inspiration to bring positive energy and love to those who may not be able to race themselves and honor them in their fight. Her mission as a member of Team Inspiration is to let all cancer warriors know they do not walk alone and to honor and inspire those who continue to fight.

Bekah Imhoff
Special Projects

Bekah is an Oncology Certified Nurse at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center. She is involved in direct patient care and brings her expertise and commitment to provide patients with the best care and healing resources. She looks forward to bringing patients and families who are battling cancer together through Team Inspiration programs. She has recently been inspired by her patients to start training and competing in multisport activities with TI.

Mark Lash
Logistics and Financial Consultant
Christopher McKenna
Legal Consultant