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.
Julie Brown joined the Beyond Monumental team in December 2020. She has more than twenty years of business event experience with non-profit organizations including Project Lead The Way, YMCA of the USA, and Visit Indy. She has built and led teams that deliver exceptional end-to-end event management with a focus on customer experience, continuous improvement, operational efficiency, and exceeding stakeholder expectations.
Julie was responsible for establishing the foundation for PLTW Summit, the organization’s annual conference, and helped lead the Training Operations transition, one of their largest and most impactful shifts to date. She served as an advisory committee member for YMCA Gymnastics and YMCA Swimming and Diving and provided support and event consulting for their national championship events.
Julie earned her B.S. in Communications from Purdue University. She joined her first track and field team in the 3rd grade and has enjoyed an active life since. You may find Julie and her husband Robert walking their dog around their Indy neighborhood when she’s not riding her Peloton or taking an online strength training or HIIT class. Their boys, Connor and Logan, are students at Indiana University in Bloomington.
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.
Sarah Rish joined the Beyond Monumental team in December 2020. Her love for mission-driven work started as a teenager when she began volunteering in her local Indy community. This passion grew and continued after college when she served with AmeriCorps VISTA, eventually leading her to her previous role with the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis.
She has honed her skills in volunteer management, sales, and marketing over the past 10+ years in the nonprofit sector. In her previous position, Sarah executed marketing strategies for three Downtown Indy YMCA branches and helped grow the areas of health & wellness programming, events, membership, and fundraising.
She graduated with a double major in Telecommunications and Communications & Culture from Indiana University – Bloomington in 2013. In her spare time, she enjoys indoor cycling, acrylic painting, board games, and Netflix marathons. Sarah lives in Indianapolis with her husband Nick, their dog Kaylee and four (yes, four) cats.
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 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 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.