Meet the Team

Above all else, Fleet Feet Sports Scottsdale is a family.

We are a collection of people who share two passions: one for being active, and one for helping others achieve their fitness goals. We hope to share that with you! We run the same roads and races. We have experienced the highs of achieving a goal, and the lows of trying to rebound from an injury. We exist to share that knowledge and wisdom with you, and welcome you to our family! No appointment is necessary to come in for a shoe fitting, but if you want to set up an appointment with an individual, just let us know! 

Linda des Groseilliers, Co-Owner

Grayhawk Resident, Linda des Groseilliers, serves the fitness community as the local co-owner of Fleet Feet Sports, Scottsdale.

Like many people, Linda began to run at about age one, and she has not stopped since. Growing up in an athletic family with three brothers, led Linda to a lifetime passion for sports and living a healthy lifestyle.

Linda later ran track in high school. She “specialized” in the quarter mile where she often came in dead last but with a giant smile on her face. It was there, as she slowly plodded around the track, that she first realized “running Is for everyone.”

Linda continued to run through her college days, while earning her degree in Chemistry/Biology. She has a special interest in body mechanics and kinesiology. The road of life took her to an eventual career in retail with her last adventure as a tenured Store Manager for Under Armour. She continues to run for fun, in races and all through the beautiful neighborhoods, tracks and mountains of Scottsdale. Whether long or short distances, she enjoys it all; and counts her happiest moments as the times she has inspired others to run and race with her.

To contact Linda, Please email Linda@FleetFeetScottsdale.com

 

Bill Galbraith, Co-Owner

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Bill has relocated from the East Coast now that his son and daughter are off to college. He is rapidly becoming more involved in the local running community and pursuing his passion for helping people to meet their goals, staying healthy, and most importantly, enjoy running...

Bill has an extensive background in running and track and field. He was NJ state champion in the intermediate hurdles and long jump and a high school All-American in the intermediate hurdles. He competed at the University of Virginia where he was All ACC and a national qualifier. He continues his involvement in running by coaching high school track at Bay View Academy and middle school cross country in his town.

Bill is the Head Coach of Track and Field at Notre Dame Prep as well as the Co-Head Coach of Cross Country. He also volunteers his time serving on the Board of the Phoenix Free Soles. 

In addition to his role at Fleet Feet Scottsdale, Bill is also the CFO of Fleet Feet Sports Maine Running.  Previously he was a Vice President of a major engineering company and then a CFO/partner of a successful real estate marketing company in Boston. To contact Bill, Please email Bill@FleetFeetScottsdale.com

Brian Whiton, Store Manager

Brian Whiton Fleet Feet Scottsdale

Brian, a native of Maine, began his career in specialty running while in high school.  What started as a summer job, quickly turned into a passion for inspiring others to live a healthy and active lifestyle. 

Growing up, Brian’s first love of running came from participating in summer and school track programs.  His primary track events included the 800 meters and the mile.  With other passions consuming most of his time during college, Brian’s running dwindled to a bare minimum.

Upon moving to Arizona, Brian has rekindled his love of running.  He has competed in numerous races over the last year, including some trail races.  With encouragement from his fiancé, friends and family, Brian trained and completed his first half marathon this past fall.

In addition to his roles at Fleet Feet Scottsdale, you will find Brian exploring new wine and chocolate combinations, attending local music concerts, as well as soaking up the Arizona sunshine.

Brian hopes to inspire and motivate others as well as being a resource in the Phoenix running community.

To make an appointment with Brian, please e-mail brian@fleetfeetscottsdale.com

 

Tim Paziora, Fit Specialist


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Hi my name is Tim Paziora, I am a New Jersey native who moved to Arizona in October of 2015.  I have been involved with running since 2004 and have competed at the middle school, high school, and collegiate levels.  I graduated from Ramapo College with an environmental science degree.  While there I competed in steeplechase and various other long distance events for the track and cross country teams.  Since moving to Arizona I have been enjoying trail running and mountain biking in the many surrounding parks and trail systems.  I love to help people get into the sport of running and provide training and injury advice to runners of all levels. To contact Tim, please email Tim@FleetFeetScottsdale.com

Lisa Rawlings, Fit Specialist

Lisa RawlingsOriginally from New York State, Lisa Rawlings has been running long distances for nearly 20 years.

Completing a marathon in each of the 50 States is at the top of her bucket list. 
Her passion for encouraging others to meet their running goals has led her to coach all ages--from middle school track to grandparents training for their first marathons! 
Having previously worked at a Fleet Feet in the South for several years, Lisa is thrilled to join the Fleet Feet Scottsdale team. Witnessing new runners develop a love for running and living a healthy, active lifestyle is so inspiring! 
When not teaching, coaching, or running, Lisa enjoys cycling, hiking, snow skiing, and movies. 

 

 Seasonal Teammates

Jake Sienko, Fit Specialist

Jake Sienko

Another Rhode Island native, having run at Bishop Hendrickson, Jake joined NE Distance in the Fall of 2015. He previously ran in nationally-recognized competitions for Columbia University, having been fortunate enough to represent the United States in the 2011 North American, Central American, and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Cross Country Championships. In the junior men’s 6-kilometer race, Jake recorded a 19:03 finish, good enough for 8th overall in the field and second for the American team. His career at Columbia was also marked by multiple appearances at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship meet.

Upon joining NE Distance, Jake didn’t miss a beat in qualifying for the US Olympic Marathon Trials after running a 1:04:35 half marathon at the 2015 USA Half Marathon Championships in Houston earlier in the year. He ended up running a respectable 2:30.14 at the Olympic Marathon Trials, finishing in 71st place.

Jake has ran all over the country and likens the Providence area to a smaller version of Eugene. In a Rhode Runner interview, Jake mentions that the NE Distance team along with the elite and collegiate runners in Providence create a “smaller running mecca” that can be overshadowed by larger communities. Nonetheless, it creates a perfect atmosphere to improve.

Henry Sterlin, Fit Specialist

Henry Sterlin

Another Dartmouth College graduate, Henry joined NE Distance in the fall of 2014. While at Dartmouth, Henry ran to All-New England status in cross country while also competing at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship meet his senior year. He also ran at the NCAA East Preliminary Meet on three occasions: all in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.

Henry chose to join NE Distance to hone his steeplechase skills while continuing to compete in cross country and sharpen his mile and 5,000 meter times on the track. In his first year with NE Distance, Henry stuck to his plan and left a remarkable impact, finishing 5th in the USATF New England Cross Country Championships. In 2015, he took home the USATF New England Cross Country title, winning in 30:16 at Franklin Park.

On the track, Henry has lowered his Mile PR down to 4:03.33 and nearly broke 8:00 in the 3,000 meter run, running 8:00.9 at the John Thomas Terrier Invitational at Boston University in 2016. Henry also claimed the 2015 USATF New England Indoor 3,000 meter crown. However, his steeplechase time has had the most improvement during his NE Distance career: he has cut off 17 seconds from his last 3,000 meter steeplechase with Dartmouth. His 8:39.27 run at a Princeton University meet just left him on the outside looking in for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. However, his progress has kept him motivated to continue training hard.

Henry has a lot of experience working with youth, either through peer mentoring or through Dartmouth’s Big Green Readers. He sees NE Distance as a way to continue to be able to reach his athletic goals while preparing for his career goal to become a teacher.

 

Aaron Dinzeo, Fit Specialist

Aaron, a 2015 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U), joined NE Distance in the winter of 2017. Under the guidance of Cal U coaches Daniel and Jacqueline Caulfield, Aaron was a 7-time All-American and was named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Track Athlete-of-the-Year in 2014. Aaron currently holds school records in the 5K, 10K, and Distance Medley Relay and his 10K PR of 28:40 is the record across all PSAC schools. Not one to slack off in the classroom, Aaron majored in Archaeology and Forensic Anthropology and was named Academic All-American 3 times during his college career.

After graduation, Aaron moved to Alamosa, Colorado to train at altitude with a professional training group. In his year there, he achieved a runner-up finish as the 2016 USATF Cross Country National Championships, which qualified him to run for the US at North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Cross Country Championships in Caraballeda, Venezuela.

Aaron looks forward to furthering himself as a competitive athlete, team member, and individual while at NE Distance. He is excited to share his knowledge and experience with a younger generation to embolden their love for running.

 

Katrina Spratford, Fit Specialist

 

Katie joined NE Distance in the fall of 2013 after an illustrious career at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania where she was an 8-time All-American. In 2012 she was the PSAC Women’s Cross Country Champion and a year later she was the 2013 Shippensburg Female Athlete of the Year. Katie graduated cum laude from Shippensburg in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and sought to continue post-collegiate racing.

Her time with the NE Distance team has been met with passion and commitment towards positively contributing back to the Providence community through her running. Despite being the only female member of the team, Katrina has made large strides in posting faster times than her collegiate days. She posted a Top Ten finish at the 2015 Mayor’s Cup Cross Country Championships, finishing in 4th place behind noted professionals Liz Costello and Mary Cain and Boston College runner Liv Westphal. Behind Westphal, Katie has also ran to a runner-up finish at the USATF New England Cross Country Championships at Franklin Park. While representing the team and Saucony, Katie has posted PRs in the 10,000 meter run (33:10.5) and the 5,000 meter run (16:08) at the Stanford Invitational and Adrian Martinez Classic respectively. She had also posted a PR in the Mile while winning the 2015 USATF New England Indoor Track & Field Championship (4:54.07).

Most recently, Katrina claimed an impressive 12th place at the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships in Tallahassee, FL. Her result qualified her to run for Team USA at the Great Edinburgh XC meet in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she placed 21st overall in a competitive field of British and European runners.

When not training, Katie is eager to be a role model for the children of Woonsocket, and to give back to the community she now calls her home. She has fully embraced the Woonsocket community and looks forward to the next cross country season

 

 


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