Meet our Staff

Our commitment to excellent service was rewarded recently when Fleet Feet Tucson was named as one of the Best Running Stores In America.  The 50 Best Running Stores were selected after a year of research and reporting that included feedback from more than 1,000 consumers and input from a team of store "raters" from the Franklin Resource Group, the sports industry's leading in-store merchandising company.  More than 200 stores were ranked on 20 aspects of the visit, from a prompt greeting to being thanked for the purchase. Stores were also rated on product knowledge, environment and community involvement.

But, all you really need to know before coming into Fleet Feet Tucson is that we are here to serve you.  So, whether you're walking, running, training, working out in the gym, or just want to be comfortable in your daily life, we're here for you.

Pete and Jeanne Snell, Fleet Feet Tucson owners, take pride in our commitment to provide outstanding customer service for every customer, every day.  Talk to us, tell us what will make a difference in your efforts to be active, and we will do our very best to meet your needs.  Stop in and let Pete, Jeanne and our outstanding staff help YOU run, walk and live a better life.

petePete Snell, Owner
Opening Fleet Feet Tucson was the realization of Pete's lifelong dream to own a business centered on helping people achieve their fitness goals. Whether it's running the roads and trails or competing in a triathlon, Pete is excited about sharing his passion for healthy living with the Tucson community. As a small business owner for the past 20 years, Pete understands how to make each individual customer's visit to Fleet Feet Tucson special. He treats everyone the same - like family! As RRCA certified distance coaches, Pete and his wife, Jeanne, lead the multiple training groups offered by Fleet Feet Tucson. When you stop by, ask for Pete, and let him know what YOU need to run, walk, and live a better life.

jeanneJeanne Snell, Owner
It's never been an option for Jeanne not to run. Next to her two boys--Zach and Kyle (and Pete of course)--there is nothing she loves more. Jeanne will be the first to tell you that it isn't always about how far or how long you run or walk that matters; it's about how regular exercise will make you look and feel better. She also knows first-hand how the wrong equipment can often lead to an unpleasant, if not injurious, experience. By opening Fleet Feet Tucson, Jeanne is able to do what she does best--teach people of all ages and abilities how to set and reach their fitness goals. Jeanne, a RRCA certified distance coach, has been helping new and experienced runners since the inception of Fleet Feet Tucson. Maybe its time to let her show you how you can reach yours, too!

Dan Garcia, Manager
Dan, a California native with an East Coast education, recently traded in his racing flats for a good pair of Arizona trail shoes. He'll tell you the transition from jamming along the Charles River and busy streets of Boston to the tranquil, yet rugged mountains of Tucson, has been great! Dan is a student of everything running--from training and racing to physiology and equipment. If you ask Dan what he enjoys most, though, he'll tell you it's helping people learn about their own running so they can better achieve their fitness goals.


Anne Stancil, Manager, Education and Medical Outreach Coordinator

Anne feels like she is cheating somehow by working in a place where she can share her passion for fitness and health everyday.  She'll tell you it doesn't really feel like work.  In fact, if she didn't work at Fleet Feet, she would probably be here every week anyway just to be around all of the great people.  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 here in Tucson.  An avid runner and triathlete, Anne enjoys participating in everything from 5K runs to Ironman triathlons.

kathyKathy Bauer, Fit Specialist, Shipping and Receiving
Parents usually inspire their children, but in Kathy’s case it was watching her daughter’s track meets that prompted her to put on running shoes. Kathy, a Tucson native, quickly found she enjoyed the simplicity and freedom running regularly gave her. Over time she’s made great friends through running groups and has pushed herself to new limits. A veteran of several marathons and over a dozen half marathons around the west, Kathy can recommend more that just great gear, but also great places to run.

 Zach Snell, Fit Specialist
Having worked for Fleet Feet in multiple capacities, Zach is thrilled to join our staff as a Fit Specialist. Having worked in shipping and receiving to accounting support, Zach has found his niche working on the sales floor with customers--we're sure you will agree! So, what does he do when he’s not at Fleet Feet? Aside from loving to workout (big surprise there, being the son of owners Pete and Jeanne), Zach is an accomplished musician.  While classically trained on piano, drums are his passion. Having completed music school in California, Zach enjoys participating in the Tucson music community, which includes giving drum lessons. Like his mother, he’s a natural born teacher.

Jan Stephenson, Fit Specialist

After a long career with the railroad – and many moves around the country – Jan and her husband retired to Tucson in 2009 and began their new life.  So, what does she do now that she has all this free time?  Travel and run, of course.  In fact, she’ll tell you that the two go hand-in-hand.  One of Jan’s favorite things to do is explore new cities on foot.  Running just gets her through the towns more quickly.  When she’s not traveling, Jan is working at Fleet Feet and competing in road races of all distances.  We first met her when she joined one of our training groups.  “Fleet Feet training inspired me to be a better runner and it made me want to help other people find joy in running.  Working at Fleet Feet is a dream come true.” 

RyanRyan Soriano, Fit Specialist

No stranger to an athletic lifestyle, Ryan was a strength and conditioning coach for Northern Arizona University while pursuing his degree in Exercise Physiology.  Advising athletes on biomechanics and nutrition is second nature to Ryan, and he gets the greatest satisfaction from helping people reach their goals.  In the future, Ryan plans to pursue his Phd. in Physiology or go on to medical school.  But for now, he is so thankful to call Fleet Feet home.  “I wanted to work here the minute I walked in as a customer.  The time they spent with me and the attentiveness to my needs blew me away.  That’s when I knew this was my chance to make a difference in people’s lives.”

ElsbethElsbeth Peterson, Fit Specialist

If you had asked Elsbeth a year ago if the map of her life would direct her to work for Fleet Feet Tucson, she probably wouldn't have believed you. It's ironic considering in her pervious career she made maps for a living in the defense industry. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Elsbeth found herself in the desert to attend the University of Arizona, and decided to make Tucson her home with her husband, Todd. A customer at Fleet Feet for many years, when the opportunity came to "cross the border" and become a staff member, she just couldn't pass it up. A runner and triathlete, Elsbeth is passionate about helping others find their inner-athlete and live a healthy lifestyle.                                                   


Matt Tucker, Fit Specialist

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. 


Danielle Gimblett, Fit Specialist

Before joining the Fleet Feet team, Danielle was a long-time customer and comes from a family of runners. Some of her earliest memories are of cheering on her dad and uncles from the sidelines of their races. Danielle recently returned to Tucson from five years in New York City, where she completed her first half marathon in Central Park. Happy to be home, Danielle is proud to work for a company devoted to helping people get and stay healthy, and which has inspired her to train for her first full marathon. 

 Ginger Farlee, Fit Specialist

A busy mom to 4 children, Ginger finds balance in life through running. Working at Fleet Feet allows her to share her passion for fitness with others. Ginger will tell all the moms out there that it can be tough to fit exercise in, but there’s always a way to find the time. Having been bitten by the marathon bug a few years ago, Ginger’s running has taken her to San Diego, Boston, and beyond. She’s excited to see where the road continues to take her.


Amanda Marchioni, Fit Specialist

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. 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 McCool, Fit Specialist

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.


Shannon Gaines, Marketing and Events

Shannon is thrilled to be a part of the Fleet Feet family because it's truly a perfect "fit" for her. It's like having a bunch of her favorite worlds collide - events, marketing, community relations, and of course....running! Shannon is responsible for promoting the Fleet Feet brand through events, charitable giving via non-profit partnerships and the sponsorship/donation program, as well as creating and executing other exciting marketing initiatives. Shannon is a Tucson native and graduated from the University of Arizona. You will always find her happy-go-lucky with her running shoes on, especially on a Saturday morning training run with the Fleet Feet marathon group. 


 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!