After taking a 25-year break from running in college, John Heveran decided it was time to get more serious about his health and his running. In 2013, he challenged himself to run his first marathon and made good on his personal promise, completing the Disney Marathon the following January. He has since run two more marathons – Portland and Chicago – and is extremely excited to cross the Boston Marathon off his bucket list.
A Board Member for Boston Partners in Education, John is honored to have the opportunity to run for an organization whose mission aligns with his family’s profound passion for education (his mother is a former teacher and school volunteer, his wife is a Boston Partners volunteer and his daughter is studying Urban Education at Michigan State University).
John couldn’t be more delighted and proud to represent the mission of Boston Partners and all the staff and volunteers that devote their time, creativity and energy into supporting the students, teachers and schools of the Boston Public Schools System. To learn more about John or to support his campaign, please visit his fundraising page.
A global nomad, William Thompson has spent much of his life and career working in international development – bouncing around Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Pacific. Currently based in Amman, Jordan, William is responsible for managing a project that seeks to improve the quality of vocational and technical education in different parts of the country.
Late to running, he started jogging in 2006 and ran his first marathon in 2010. Boston 2016 will be his fifth marathon and his second Boston Marathon.
A great believer in the power of education and service, William can think of no better organization to support than Boston Partners In Education. To learn more about William or to support his campaign, please visit his fundraising page.
The 2016 Boston Marathon will be Jordan Welu’s first marathon and the longest run of his life to date. A Rodman Ride participant for Boston Partners in Education in 2015, Jordan is honored to represent Team Boston Partners once again – this time by trading in his bike for running shoes.
Over the past five years, Jordan has developed a passion for running, completing 10+ miles each week for both fitness and health. His first formal race was the 2014 BolderBoulder 10K in Colorado, which he was thrilled to be able to run and finish with his son who was just seven at the time.
Jordan’s two children continue to inspire him. Both attend public elementary schools in the Boston area and he sees them benefit from extra mentoring at school and at home, making Boston Partners’ mission very tangible for him. A former academic mentor at Hyde-Addison Elementary School in Washington, DC, Jordan has witnessed how academic mentors inspire confidence and ignite a passion for learning. By running the 2016 Boston Marathon, he hopes to provide more resources to kids in the Boston Public Schools. To learn more about Jordan or to support his campaign, please visit his fundraising page.