Carrie Norry has spent the majority of her adult life wearing multiple hats in independent schools: math & science teacher, coach, advisor, outdoor education leader, curriculum coordinator, and technology specialist. Carrie is passionate about communities – creating them, developing them, and transforming them.
JUST TRYAN IT grew out of Carrie’s vision to create a community of young people, inspire them to make a difference, and unlock their potential to help others. Carrie has seen her own children (all 3 racers) develop compassion and come to understand that they have a personal responsibility to make the world better for others.
As a child, she was most proud of being able to ride a unicycle, a feat that she has been working on re-learning now.
Maureen is the Executive Director of JTI and a lifelong advocate for justice and equity. She has spent her career in the non-profit and education sectors creating and developing programs that advance opportunities for young people.
Maureen spent eight years as the Founding Executive Director of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (BLSYW) an innovative all girls public charter school in Baltimore. In addition, to her work in Baltimore, Maureen opened three Young Women’s Leadership Schools in New York City and launched the College Bound Initiative, a program that places full-time college counselors in New York City public schools. Both programs continue to educate
and empower over 5000 students each year.
Maureen is inspired by the work of JTI; supporting families fighting cancer, empowering young people to help others and confronting inequities in our healthcare system. As a leader and strategic thinker, Maureen knows that JTIs resources are precious and she is dedicated to working with our team and partners to maximize our support to families.
Maureen completed her first (and only) triathlon at the age of 30 with five friends she has had since elementary school. Her greatest accomplishment as a child was building and sustaining those friendships over a lifetime. Maureen enjoys running, cooking and spending time with her husband and eight-year-old twins, Thomas and Grace.
Eliza has spent her professional career in finance, and has worked with several organizations focusing on financial planning and analysis. For the past ten years, she has helped coordinate treasury and cash management at Development Alternatives.
Eliza first discovered JUST TRYAN IT as a spectator, when she would take her boys to Landon School to cheer on friends and other race participants. (Her oldest son has since completed two JTI triathlons of his own, and is anxious for his little brother to join him!) Eliza is proud that her sons have embraced JTI activity, and remains profoundly moved by the dedication of all young participants, who do so much for so many families wrestling with the challenges of childhood cancer.
Growing up, Eliza was active in multiple sports, including basketball and softball, and went on to play both field hockey and lacrosse in college. (After graduation, she tried to keep up with the youngsters by joining a club lacrosse team—for a time.) Her own positive experiences with sport led her to coach youth lacrosse in the DC area, an experience she found particularly rewarding as she tried to guarantee a healthy environment that would allow girls to discover the joys of teamwork, sportsmanship, and the experience of the game itself.
Tim Mooney (Moons) has spent the last eighteen years supporting children and families who are facing significant healthcare challenges. Whether raising funds for the programs of Division of Community Pediatrics at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, the children and families served by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC or kids and families battling childhood cancer who are served by the JUST TRYAN IT Fund – his passion is caring for children and their families impacted by childhood illness.
Moons has been involved with JUST TRYAN it since the beginning and feels like he is “coming home” as he assumes the role of Director of Philanthropy. He has been drawn to JTI since he first met Ryan during treatment at MedStar Georgetown. To make Ryan feel more comfortable about losing his hair during his chemo treatments, Moons pointed out that Ryan had nothing to worry about because he had just finished chemo himself, and his hair was growing back…to which Ryan replied, “Not so much, Moons!” Since then, Moons has been one of JTI’s biggest fans!
Jen Del Guercio has worked in health care management for over 20 years in a variety of roles ranging from business development, strategic planning, marketing, client services and technology. Jen has dedicated her career to improving the health care delivery system so patients and doctors can work together more effectively and efficiently. Currently, Jen works for a healthcare IT strategy consulting group and is rolling out an online application to help family caregivers organize and manage a loved one’s care at home.
Jen joined the Board in order to expand the reach of JUST TRYAN IT, including supporting families coping with childhood cancer, encouraging kids to be active and community-minded, and contributing in a meaningful way to the community.
Jen loves to run and competes frequently in half marathons and other races. In her younger days, Jen taught herself to ride a unicycle and captained her college lacrosse team.
Susan Matthews Apgood has been president and CEO of News Generation, a media relations agency, since graduating from business school in 1997.
In the Fall of 2015, she became a board member of JUST TRYAN IT, and works on the marketing and communication messaging for JTI. Susan loves JTI because she loves the spirit of competition and truly believes that in volunteering she gets much more than she gives. Two of her three sons have competed in the tri, and she loves instilling in them at a young age the importance of dedicating your time and talent to those in need.
She is active in professional societies of Public Relations Society of America and Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) having served for several years on the board of each. In 2012, she earned the award of Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County’s Business/School Partnership Award for her years of work with Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Bethesda, where her children attend.
Susan was the first Congressional page to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, an experience for which she will be eternally grateful. She earned her competitive spirit growing up as a competitive gymnast in her home state of New Jersey.
She earned her MBA in finance from American University and BA in economics from George Washington University. For fun, she competes in triathlons, long bike rides and half marathons.
Mollie Darby’s background is in interior Architecture. Mollie took 11 years off to raise 3 boys and is now back in the work world designing again!
JUST TRYAN IT is very near and dear to her heart because Ryan is her middle son. When Ryan was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009, an amazing group of women came together to support not just her family, but other families in similar situations. She LOVE’s what JUST TRYAN IT does and looks forward to what the future holds.
Mollie isn’t sure what her greatest accomplishment was as a child. She wishes that it had something like JUST TRYAN IT to compete in and to give back to. Maybe she would remember swimming, biking and running for a GREAT cause!
Caroline is a CPA and partner in Withum Smith+Brown’s Labor and Benefit Plan Practice Group.She lives in Montgomery County with her husband and two sons.
Caroline heard of JUST TRYAN IT from a colleague at the office and was intrigued.Her older son competed in his first (hopefully of many!) JUST TRYAN IT races in June of 2018, and was hooked.He is now anxiously awaiting his younger brother being old enough to compete, while simultaneously brainstorming how to expand his neighborhood lemonade stand to increase fundraising.
Caroline loves to run, has completed a marathon (something that had always been on her bucket list!) and is excitedly training for her first half marathon.Two of her great joys in life are seeing her two young boys begin to develop a love of sports and also learn to give back to their communities, which is why JUST TRYAN IT is so important to her.
Tammy Fox has worked in the technology industry since 1999. She is currently an engineering director at a private technology company. She is putting these skills to good use by serving as the Technology Leader for JUST TRYAN IT.
Tammy’s first interaction with JUST TRYAN IT was as a volunteer for the first race in Chapel Hill, NC. Seeing how the Triangle community came together to support an amazing cause has made her a lifelong supporter of JUST TRYAN IT.
As a child, Tammy loved to play tennis, board games, and video games as well as listen to music. She lives in Durham, NC with her 3 children and husband. In her spare time, Tammy loves to play tennis and travel with her family.
Christine Lynn is vice president, advertising and marketing communications for worldwide lodging franchisor Choice Hotels International, Inc. Prior to joining Choice, Christine served as vice president of Worldwide Marketing for the global stock exchange, NASDAQ.
Prior to joining NASDAQ in 2005, she was executive director of corporate communications and advertising at XO Communications, a national provider of broadband and telco communication services. Earlier in her career, she worked for Marriott International in a variety of marketing roles.
Ms. Lynn holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Maryland. She lives in Bethesda with her husband, two boys and two dogs. Christine loves to run and do spin classes, but has never tried a triathlon herself.
Tracy lives in Washington, DC. She is a lawyer and has worked for over 25 years in a variety of positions in the federal government.
While raising two great kids and working, she has also volunteered countless hours in the community — with her kids’ schools; an organization dedicated to providing meals and housing for D.C.’s homeless; an organization that distributes sporting equipment to children and teams in need; her neighborhood park; and her kids’ sports teams. Tracy is thrilled to have joined the JUST TRYAN IT Board after being inspired by her daughter’s successful completion of her first JUST TRYAN IT race in 2016.
Growing up, Tracy played soccer, ran cross country, and was an avid skier. Her more recent athletic accomplishment was successfully completing a trapeze class. But, she is more in awe of her kids who both play multiple sports. Needless to say, Tracy and her husband now spend their weekends watching their kids’ various sporting events and shuttling kids to their many practices.