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Meet the Team

Brandon Hough
Director

brandon-houghBrandon Hough is the Director of the Air Force Marathon team. Brandon oversees the budget, coordinates with on and off base partners, assists with contracts, and helps the team by removing roadblocks wherever they may appear.

Brandon graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2011 and was assigned to Wright-Patterson AFB as a contracting officer. While serving he obtained a Masters in Sports Administration from Xavier (go Musketeers!) and began to work races in his spare time. Upon separating from the Air Force in 2014 Brandon joined the running industry full time where he oversaw the operations of 20+ annual races in southern California to include but not limited to runDisney, Catalina Island Marathon, and the Anaheim Angels 5K. He moved back to Dayton, Ohio in 2017 to be with his wife and joined the AFM team in spring of 2018.

Brandon is a passionate runner who competed in high school, at the Air Force Academy, has run the AFM 3x in 2012, 2013, and 2016, and to this day still runs competitively. When he is not running he enjoys listening to music, backpacking, spending time with his wife, and playing with his Newfoundland (Poseidon), adopted mutt (Fam), and adopted cat (Forest).

 

Rachael McKinney
Assistant Director

rachael-mckinneyRachael McKinney is the Assistant Director of the Air Force Marathon. Rachael oversees much of the contracting process and handles the emergency management of the event as well as working closely with the logistics coordinator on the execution of the moving pieces.

Rachael began working with the Air Force Marathon in 2014 as the office administrator and has worked her way through being the Events Manager for a year and a half to now being the Assistant Director. She received a Race Director Certification through Road Runners Club of America in 2013 and enjoys running the half marathon distance for pleasure, not speed.

Rachael has an associates degree from Sinclair Community College in modern languages and global studies, and is currently studying at Wright State University for a bachelors in Spanish and International Studies. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, and doing non-profit mission work with the country of Colombia.

 

Jordan West
Logistics Coordinator

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Jordan West is the logistics coordinator for the Air Force Marathon. As the logistics coordinator, Jordan oversees and coordinates all the components of the course from traffic control plans to medical and hydration stations. He works closely with the different entities on base to bring this event together. Jordan also trains active duty personnel to provide security and safety at stations along the course on the day of the marathon.

His passion and involvement in the marathon began back in 2010 when he served on orders through the Air Force Reserve. The atmosphere and camaraderie on marathon day was so infectious that Jordan sought out a more permanent role with the marathon in 2015.

When not on the job, Jordan serves in the 87th Aerial Port Squadron at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He has been a part of the squadron for fifteen years and currently works in the passenger terminal section. He lives in Kettering with his wife, Libby, and golden retriever, Minnie. In his free time he likes to travel and spend time with friends and family.

 

Rachel Nipper
Volunteer Coordinator

Rachel-NipperRachel Nipper is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Air Force Marathon. Rachel assists with all aspects of volunteer recruitment, management, training, and retention. She also oversees both the Charity Partner and Corporate Running programs.

Previously, Rachel worked in Volunteer Services at a nonprofit in Florida before moving to Ohio. Rachel graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and comes to the team with an excitement to learn more about the running industry.

Rachel has been with the Air Force Marathon since 2019. In her free time, Rachel loves to bake, travel, and spend time with her dog, Kartoffel, and cat, Val.

 

Alexandra Hausfeld
Marketing Coordinator

alex-hausfeldAlex Hausfeld is the Marketing Coordinator for the Air Force Marathon. Alex oversees various marketing aspects such as social media, advertising, external communications, design, and website content.

Alex has worked in the marketing industry since graduating from Miami University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She began her career at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago before moving overseas where she worked for the 88th Force Support Squadron at Ramstein Air Base. Alex has been with the Air Force Marathon team since 2017 where she started in the sponsorship role before transitioning to the marketing role in 2019.

When she’s not on the job, she enjoys traveling and hiking with her husband, spending time with family and friends, and reading a good book at home.

 

Liz Shine
Sponsorship Coordinator

Liz-ShineLiz Shine is the Commercial Sponsorship Coordinator at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and is focused on helping align business and market needs by overseeing communication with sponsors and sponsorship strategy. As a result, her approach is very hands-on and she brings a high level of energy to her work.

Liz has spent the majority of her career in the tech industry, gaining experiences in areas such as event management, strategic partnerships, and negotiations. She takes pride in providing the best experience possible by ensuring the objectives of both parties are being achieved and value is added. Our sponsors are very important to us and Liz is dedicated to making the process as streamlined and seamless as possible.

While meeting stakeholder needs is her primary job function by day, Liz also enjoys reading, traveling, and interior design.

 


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