About

The Team

Executive Staff

  • Jed Cornforth
    Executive Director
    Jed Cornforth
    jed@beyondmonumental.org Read Bio

    Jed Cornforth was hired as Beyond Monumental’s Executive Director in February of 2017. Prior to leading Beyond Monumental, Jed served as the Director of Strategic Planning and Business Analysis at USA Football. As a key member of the leadership team, he served in several capacities to plan, drive revenue, control costs and increase operational efficiency.

    Prior to his work at USA Football, Jed was an integral part of the growth and development of Indianapolis-based USA Track & Field (USATF). During his 10+ year career there, he created the USATF Licensed Merchandise Program and launched their mobile marketing effort. Similarly, he led teams in operations, technology and web development.

    Having competed in hundreds of races, including several marathons and a 2006 Ironman Triathlon, Jed’s lifelong passion for running and endurance sports remains a constant motivator.

    ​Jed is a graduate of Hastings College (Nebraska) where he received a dual degree in economics and business administration. While at Hastings, Cornforth ran track and cross country and ultimately ran the marathon at the NAIA National Championships (2000).

    Jed, originally from Greeley, CO, and his wife Emily reside in Indianapolis and have two young children, Dylan and Elliet.

  • Casey Collins
    Community Outreach Manager
    Casey Collins
    casey@beyondmonumental.org Read Bio

    Casey joined Beyond Monumental in August of 2012 from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a volunteer assistant for men’s and women’s cross country and track programs. Prior to his time at PENN he was the graduate assistant for men’s and women’s cross country and track at Dakota Wesleyan University coaching the 800 to the marathon. In his three years at DWU he had 10 NAIA National Championship qualifiers, three top ten finishers, and coached an All American in the marathon.

    Casey has his B.S. in Journalism from Missouri State University and his M.A. – Education Educational Policy & Administration with a second concentration in Secondary Certification & Degree from Dakota Wesleyan University.

    Casey was a key influence on the creation of Monumental Kids Movement, a nine week youth running program that aims to educate elementary students on the importance of healthy, active living. The program has grown from one to twenty eight Indianapolis area schools in just three years.

    Contact Casey for information on Monumental Kids Movement, how to be part of our Run for a Cause program, neighborhood notifications and volunteer opportunities.

  • Lindsey Elliott
    Participant Relations Manager
    Lindsey Elliott
    lindsey@beyondmonumental.org Read Bio

    Lindsey is new to the Beyond Monumental team. She joins us from USA Football where she interned and started her professional career. At USA Football, she worked in the NFL FLAG department setting up new leagues and coordinating registration for youth flag football tournaments across the country.

    Her passion for events and customer relations began with her college internship at the 500 Festival where she assisted with the One America 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and IPL 500 Festival Parade. Born and raised in Lebanon, IN, Lindsey now lives in Indianapolis with her two Huskies, Charger and Charlie.

  • Neale Johantgen
    Event Operations Manager
    Neale Johantgen
    neale@beyondmonumental.org Read Bio

    Neale joined Beyond Monumental in August of 2016 after spending the previous seven years at USA Track & Field, where he worked in both the technology and events departments. He brings with him a diverse skill set and experiences gained from seven Outdoor National Championships, four Indoor National Championships, three Olympic Trials, and one World Indoor Championships.

    An Indianapolis native and lifelong Hoosier, Neale attended Indiana University – Bloomington, graduating with degrees in Marketing and Technology Management from the Kelley School of Business in 2009. By any measure, he is an extremely passionate sports fan and an extremely average athlete. He enjoys the Indianapolis food and drink scene, dogs, art and design, and Indy Film Fest. He spends his free time exploring the city and sharing all that it has to offer with others. He’s probably eating at Rook right now.

  • Rhiannon Johns
    Communications & Marketing Manager
    Rhiannon Johns
    rhi@beyondmonumental.org Read Bio

    Rhiannon comes to Beyond Monumental from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where she recently completed her Master’s degree in Mathematics. During her final year of graduate school, she taught undergraduate classes in the Mathematics Department while pursuing her goals as a professional athlete. In May of 2014 she won the Canadian Marathon Championships at the Ottawa Race weekend in her home province of Ontario, Canada. While at UAB Rhiannon was a standout athlete on the UAB Blazer’s Women’s Track and Cross-Country teams, earning multiple All-American and Academic All-American honors on the track. In 2013, she was named to Team Canada for the World University Games in Kazan, Russia where she raced the 10,000m.

    Rhiannon lives in Indianapolis with her husband Zach and two dogs, Archie and Mobi.

    Contact Rhiannon for information on social media content and the Monumental Blog.

  • Liz Navarre
    Strategic Partnerships Manager
    Liz Navarre
    liz@beyondmonumental.org Read Bio

    Liz joined the Beyond Monumental team in May 2018. She graduated from Purdue University in 2009 with a B.A. in Public Relations & Rhetorical Advocacy. Previously, Liz worked at the Indianapolis chapter of Back on My Feet, overseeing marketing and development. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for majority of her career. As an Indianapolis native, Liz is passionate about giving back to her local community and committed to making her community better for everyone.

    Liz is an avid runner and you can often spot her on the local running trails. Liz lives in Broad Ripple with her husband, Taylor and their dog, Moose. They love exploring Indy (with Moose in tow, of course) and trying all the new “hot spots” around town. `

  • Brooke Smith
    Controller
    Brooke Smith
    brooke@beyondmonumental.org Read Bio

    Brooke joined the Beyond Monumental team in June of 2017 as the part-time controller.  Brooke has over 25 years’ experience in finance and accounting working for central Indiana area companies such as Indiana Energy, ONEX Consulting, The Indianapolis Tennis Championships, and her family business, Smith Equity Partners.

    Brooke has had an active role in the Indianapolis community, volunteering for organizations such as The Children’s Museum Guild, School on Wheels, St. Thomas Aquinas Church & School, The Indianapolis Tennis Championships and The Women’s Fund.

    Although not a current runner, in prior years Brooke trained with Team in Training and completed the Dublin Marathon in 1997 as a race-walking participant; and then the Chicago Marathon in 1999 as a running participant.

    Brooke is originally from Indianapolis and attended Butler University where she received both her B.S. in Finance and an M.B.A. with a focus in accounting and leadership.  She lives in Indianapolis with her husband, four children and two dogs.

  • Don Carr
    Race Director
    Don Carr
    tuxbros@indy.rr.com Read Bio

    Don Carr of Tuxedo Brothers who has over 25 years of race management experience. Don is currently race director of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and the Komen Indianapolis Race for the Cure.

    Don has directed over 1,000 races of all distances. A few other notable events that Don directs each year are: Big Ten Hoops 5K, Outrun The Sun, Indianapolis Sprint Triathlon Series, Tri Indy, Freedom Run, Drumstick Dash and Jingle Bell Run.

    Don and his wife Robin live in Zionsville with their two sons Alex and Jackson their dog Luke and cat Pookie.

  • Matt Ebersole
    Elite Athlete Coordinator & Pace Team Coordinator
    Matt Ebersole
    elite@beyondmonumental.org Read Bio

    Matt Ebersole is the founder & coach of Personal Best Training. Matt has coached over 7,000 athletes since 1991 including thousands of beginners, hundreds of Boston Marathon qualifiers, and 7 Olympic Trials qualifiers. Coach Ebersole has served as the Beyond Monumental Elite Athlete and Pace Team Coordinator since 2013.

    Contact Matt for information on the Beyond Monumental Elite Athlete Program.