Anne feels like she is cheating somehow by owning a store where she can share her passion for fitness and health everyday. She'll tell you it doesn't really feel like work. Having worked for Fleet Feet for 11 years, it was only natural that Anne become an owner. Originally from Atlanta, Anne moved to Tucson in 2010 from Madison, Wisconsin, where she worked for Fleet Feet Sports Madison for five years. She began as a part time staffer in Madison while attending graduate school, but soon left her PhD program to work full time because she loved working at Fleet Feet. She was thrilled to continue her work with Fleet Feet Tucson, starting as a part time staff member, eventually working as the General Manager of both locations. Purchasing the business from Jeanne and Pete Snell in the spring of 2016 was a dream come true. An avid runner and triathlete, Anne enjoys participating in everything from 5K runs to Ironman triathlons. Her passion is helping others reach their goals, so if you need some motivation, she'll be happy to offer encouragement and advice.
Hailing from the Boise, Idaho area, Matt began competing in triathlons in the late 80's, eventually finding that running was his true passion. Serving the last 20 years in the public service field, Matt has found his solace in running. The stresses of his job would melt away as the miles were put behind him. In 2008 Matt decided to run his first marathon and hasn't looked back since. Working at Fleet Feet is a dream come true, because it combines Matt's love of running and passion for helping others--the perfect combination for a recipe for happiness.
Amanda has always had a passion for helping people and for health and wellness, so coming to work for Fleet Feet Tucson is a great fit. After serving over seven years in the Air Force and teaching with TUSD for 10 years, Amanda brings her talents to our sales floor. In addition, Amanda coordinates our Community Kicks program, which provides footwear to those in need in our community. When not working and coaching one of Fleet Feet's training groups, Amanda enjoys running with friends and spending time with her dogs and cats, all of whom she rescued here in Tucson.
Rose loves running, and helping people. She previously worked as a nurse and then a regulator who helped protect consumers by overseeing regulation of many health professions in Colorado. After retiring and moving to Tucson in 2012, she adopted her therapy dog, Violet, and they enjoy visiting hospitals and nursing homes on the days she's not working at Fleet Feet. She has been running with the Fleet Feet Distance Training Group on the northwest side since its inception and enjoys her new role as a mentor for the group. Rose truly enjoys working with new and experienced runners and walkers and is eager to help them find a great fit, whether it be for shoes, apparel, bra or other essential accessories.
Valerie Hentig, Fit Specialist
Valerie found her way to Tucson from Western Michigan, and while she misses home from time to time, was happy to trade her snow shoes for trail running shoes. Having worked as a dental hygienist for over 20 years, Valerie wanted to share her passion for fitness and health with others, and working for Fleet Feet is the perfect fit! When not working, running, and hiking, Valerie stays busy taking care of her three boys (4 if you count her husband!). After a brief relocation to Michigan, Valerie and her family realized Tucson was calling their name and came back--lucky for all of us!
Carly Keim, Fit Specialist
Carly comes to us from the beaches of Florida, and we're hoping to turn her into a permanent desert dweller. She's traded in her wakeboard for trail shoes, and is getting familiar with mountains, rocks, and dirt. Carly is an experienced wildlife educator--which came in very handy one day when we had a lizard sneak into our back door. As an animal lover, Carly's favorite running partner is her dog, Turtle. In addition, Carly runs to raise awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in support of her nephew, Markie. Learn more about Duchenne MD and how you can help by visiting runforoursons.org.
Megs Lederer is making her second appearance as a Fit Specialist for Fleet Feet Tucson and we couldn't be happier. Originally from Memphis, TN, Megs worked for our store from 2006-2008. She also worked for Fleet Feet Knoxville for two years. After earning a master's degree and directing Team Racing for Veterans in Tennessee, Megs, her husband, daughter and two pups have returned to Tucson. A seasoned ultra and trail runner, her enthusiasm for all things fitness is quite contagious. She's currently enjoying the challenge of balancing life as a mom with working and running--to which we know many of you can relate. If you need encouragement for reaching your goals, look no further than Megs!
Bruce Rhoades, Fit Specialist, Footwear Buyer
Having worked nearly 30 years in the bicycle industry in Arizona, California and mostly Colorado, Bruce decided he needed a change, and the running industry caught his attention. Having admired Fleet Feet as company, he thought he’d give it a go. Bruce absolutely loves working with customers. Especially customers whom he can make smile, laugh, and most importantly, inform, educate, and achieve their fitness goals! A native Tucsonan, Bruce, his wife, Suzy, and four kiddos, are thrilled to be back in the Desert! Although the actual art of running is new to Bruce, he's already started crushing rocks on the trail and looks to improve everyday. Much to the dismay of his awesome co-workers, Bruce is a maniacal DODGER, BILLS, MAPLE LEAFS, and LAKERS fan. He enjoys riding his Cyclocross and Mountain bikes, as much family time as he can get, all things music, and of course running!
Suzie Tucker, Fit Specialist
We didn't have to look very far to find Suzie--her husband Matt works for us as well! She comes to Fleet Feet with a wealth of experience working in retail. Most recently, she worked at both Relax the Back locations here in Tucson. We thought it was only natural for her to apply her knowledge of anatomy and mechanics to the feet! When not working, Suzie enjoys spending time with Matt and their son, Vince and creating beautiful crafts.
Joel Willis, Fit Specialist
Joel joined the Fleet Feet family after retiring from the Air Force with twenty years of service. He enlisted into the military after graduating high school in his home state of Virginia, and has been on the move since. He considers himself lucky enough to have been stationed in multiple locations across the US, lived overseas for two years in South Korea, and traveled to seventy countries around the world. Joel and his wife/running partner Chhorvy recently moved from the rainy Pacific Northwest city of Portland, OR to our beautiful desert oasis, and both have fallen in love with the numerous trails, mountains, and diverse ecosystem of our surrounding areas. Joel sought out the Fleet Feet family specifically out of his desire to be a part of a team that holds his same values of excellence in the work we do and a commitment to our customers.
Kristen Morris, Fit Specialist
A busy mother of two young women, Kristen enjoyed her time as a customer so much that when an opportunity opened to become a staff member, she eagerly took the chance. We are so glad she did! When not working for Fleet Feet, Kristen is usually spending time with her family, trying to fit her workouts in (sound familiar, anyone?!). Kristen enjoys running many distances, and is currently running with our half-marathon group.