Running USA Staff






Dawna Stone, CEO

Dawna is a mom of two kids, the author of ten books, a certified health coach, motivational speaker and successful entrepreneur. Prior to launching and selling the award-winning national magazine, Women’s Running, and the nation’s largest Women’s Half Marathon Series, Dawna was a financial analyst for Wall Street investment bank Morgan Stanley, a strategy consultant for Deloitte Consulting, senior vice president of operations at, President of PR*Nutrition and chief marketing officer for a $700 million publicly traded company.

Dawna appears regularly on television and has appeared on the Today show, Martha, MSNBC, and morning news programs on NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox. She was the host of “Health and Fitness Talk” on Sirius Satellite Radio and had her own segment on Fox News called “Healthy Living with Dawna Stone.” Dawna is a highly sought-after speaker and has done engagements for Chobani, Disney, American Heart Association, Wharton Business School, WE TV, PGA Tour, Super Bowl Leadership Forum and many more. In 2005 Dawna appeared on and won The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. 

Dawna has an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA. She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband, two kids and two dogs. She can be reached at







 Christine Bowen, Vice President of Programming, Partnerships and Operations

Christine has been fortunate to combine her operational expertise with her passion for the sport to develop a career path she loves along the way. When she's not on the road at events around the world, she enjoys running and hiking herself. Having completed 8 marathons and 21 half marathons, these days she has been enjoying a more casual pace on the trails. In addition to her dedication to training, Christine travels often and immerses herself in local food and culture wherever she goes. Email Christine at or call her at 858-952-3269.







Leah Etling, Director of Marketing and Communications

Leah has been part of the Running USA team since 2009, when she was recruited to join the organization due to her talent for endurance sports journalism. She holds a master's degree from UC Berkeley and  is a lifelong runner who loves seeing how the sport can change participants' lives for the better.  She lives in Bend, Oregon and runs rural roads most days of the week.
Email Leah at or call her at 805.452.3365



Lisa Flannery, Billing and Accounting

A native of San Diego, Calif. with a Bachelors of Arts degree in accounting from the University of Phoenix, Lisa is a diverse accounting professional with over 25 years experience in commercial real estate, financial industry and construction.