The leadership of Rachel's Walk of Love takes very seriously the mission of the foundation, and the trust placed in us by our contributors. Rachel's Walk of Love Foundation solemnly pledges to operate according to the highest ethical standards, and to use all donations solely for the purpose stated in our mission.
Rachel's Walk of Love Foundation pays no salaries to any of its officers, directors, coordinators, or team members. All donations go directly toward the purchase of shoes for impoverished children in our community and around the world.
Lisa Olson, President and Founder
Lisa is Rachel's mother, and President and Founder of Rachel's Walk of Love. Lisa holds a degree in International Business from Duke University, and has enjoyed a successful career in global banking.
Now a stay-at-home mom, Lisa is mother to Rebecca, age 14. An accomplished violinist, Lisa enjoys playing her violin in local concerts and serving in her church.
Inspired by her love for Rachel and the desire to help others in her memory, Lisa is passionate about Rachel's Walk of Love, and devotes much of her time to managing the foundation. It is her hope that through the gift of shoes, Rachel's legacy of loving and giving will bless many children in need.
Will Janisch, Director of Operations
A Chemical Engineer from the University of South Florida, Will has worked in Environmental Compliance for Motorola for the past 10 years. One of Will's greatest passions is finding ways to protect and conserve the earth's precious resources.
In his free time, Will loves spending time with the two loves of his life, his wife Brandi, and his daughter, Sage. He also enjoys competing on the Illinois Gladiator tennis circuit. Since 2012, Will has dedicated countless hours to Rachel's Walk of Love, and made invaluable contributions to the promotion and management of the foundation.
Sherry Myers, Rachel's 5K Marketing & Procurement
Sherry holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, and has enjoyed a successful twelve year career at UOP. During her time at UOP, Sherry travelled the globe extensively, and met her husband, David.
Now mother to Jacob, 9, and Erica, 8, Sherry is active in her church, volunteers at her children's school, and devotes hundreds of hours to Rachel's Walk of Love Foundation. Sherry is passionate about ensuring that Rachel's 5K is a fun and successful event for all, so that many more thousands of children in need will receive shoes.
Mary Mottonen, Event Coordinator
A graduate of Saint Mary of the Woods College, Mary worked in the field of Social Work for several years before starting a family with her husband, Scott. Now the proud mother of 6 children, Mary spends much of her time caring for her family and volunteering throughout the community.
Among her many contributions to Rachel's Walk of Love since 2011, Mary has helped launch several fundraisers, including our very first Rachel's 5K in 2012. Mary hopes that through the efforts of Rachel's Walk of Love, as many shoes as possible will reach children who would otherwise go barefoot.