Team Mission United: Kristi


3 Ironman Triathlons Kristi running
11 Marathons Completed, 2nd New York City Marathon 
Program Director 

Kristi is grateful to be on United Way of Long Island’s Team Mission United, raising funds for veterans and those affected by COVID-19 in her community. 

In 2020, the New York City Marathon was cancelled due to the pandemic. Despite this, Kristi remained committed to fundraising for her community during their time of need; she also participated in the 2020 virtual run hosted by United Way. This year, she’s ready to continue representing Team Mission United when she races in the 2021 New York City Marathon.  

Kristi works at the Association for Mental Health and Wellness, United Way’s longtime Mission United veterans and community partner. Through her job, Kristi has seen the hardships of these trying times directly impact her clients, including spikes in anxiety, isolation, and depression. 

She has also witnessed many veterans return from duty without receiving their proper recognition, making her Team Mission United efforts increasingly important. “Veterans sacrificed themselves for us,” says Kristi. “It is our duty to give back. We need to revere them for the heroes they are.”  

Kristi's commitment to improving the lives of others is the motivation for her to continue training and fundraising. Her campaign will directly support the Association for Mental Health and Wellness. 

Words of motivation from Kristi for her fellow Long Islanders: Support Kristi

“We need to be doing everything we can to take care of one another.” 

“There is great benefit to moving your body every day, both physically and mentally.” 

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