The nonprofit that I started, Bel Inizio, means “Beautiful Beginning” in Italian. Our mission is to help disadvantaged individuals build confidence through fitness and nutrition. I started Bel Inizio after the death of my husband, and the bankruptcy of my employer, provided me an opportunity to dig deep and figure out how to survive. Ultimately, I realized that exercise, eating correctly, and accomplishing daily goals gave me the confidence to move forward day after day. It became my mission to pay this knowledge forward and now in our 11th year Bel Inizio has graduated 800+ women and men who live in shelters, helping them to not only cross the finish line of their first 5K but to face each day with confidence and resilience.
I lead Bel Inizio, run marathons, rescue dogs, and spend time with my precious 88 year-old mom. Oh, and I like a nice glass of wine from time to time.
Aside from the knowledge that your support is truly having an immediate impact on the lives of those who have been abused and are in recovery, you will receive probable tax deductions, recognition, and discounts to our events.
San Houston State University (BA), Texas Women's University (MFA), University of Texas Health Science Center Post Graduate work in Instructional Design), and Rice University (Leadership in Nonprofit Excellence program - graduated with Exemplary status).