The Team

Executive Staff

  • Jed Cornforth
    Executive Director
    Jed Cornforth
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    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.

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

    ​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.

  • Grace Baker
    Volunteer & Course Activation Specialist
    Grace Baker
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    Grace Baker joined Beyond Monumental in August 2022. Grace has spent the past 16 years in the hospitality industry in various capacities with a focus in restaurants, hotel sales, events, and beverage brand development + food & beverage marketing. Grace launched her career with White Lodging, working for 6 years in Downtown Indianapolis at the Indy Marriott Downtown and JW Marriott Indianapolis. Before joining Beyond Monumental, Grace worked at CWT Meetings & Events as Lead Global Supplier Manager where she led account management & business development for North America for their strategic partnerships with global hotel chains & DMC partners.

    Grace has a B.S. in Marketing from Ball State University and she uses her work as an outlet for some of her many ideas and enjoys finding creative solutions to complex problems all while having fun along the way. She enjoys working in diverse environments and has made some of the best of friends from her work relationships. Outside of work you will find Grace creating in the kitchen, home, and garden along with spending as much time outside with her dog Pedro, family, & friends.

  • Julie Brown
    Director of Operations & Consumer Experience
    Julie Brown
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    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 ever since. You may find Julie and her husband Robert walking their dog around their downtown Indy neighborhood when she’s not riding her Peloton or enjoying a strength training class.

  • Alyssa Burton
    Participant Relations & Registration Coordinator
    Alyssa Burton
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    Alyssa joined the Beyond Monumental team in September 2022. Before this, Alyssa was an intern at Beyond Monumental in 2019. Alyssa has run in various Beyond Monumental events in the past and she is a proud “middle of the pack” runner. Alyssa is enjoying being back in the running industry and working with the running community again. Her favorite part of race day is the contagious energy at the start line and watching people achieve their goals when they cross the finish line.

    Alyssa is currently finishing up her degree in Tourism, Event, and Sport Management at IUPUI. She is trying to figure out what her next steps will be and looking forward to what the future holds.

    When Alyssa is not working, she loves being outside and finding beautiful places to explore around Indiana. Alyssa loves challenging herself and always has a goal she’s working towards.

  • Mark Higdon
    Director of Marketing
    Mark Higdon
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    Mark Higdon joined the Beyond Monumental team in April 2022. He has more than thirty years of experience marketing both local and national brands, counting the Indiana Pacers, PGA Championship, College Football Playoffs, multiple NBA and NFL teams, and numerous non-profit organizations, including the U.S. Soccer Federation, Wounded Warrior Project, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Indiana High School Athletic Association, and Riley Children’s Foundation.

    Mark served as the Director of Marketing at Legends Global Merchandise before joining Beyond Monumental, where he oversaw eCommerce, event, and on-site retail marketing for over forty partners, driving unprecedented customer engagement and revenue growth. He started his marketing career at Three Sixty Group, an Indy-based advertising agency.

    Mark earned his B.S. in Telecommunications from Ball State University. He is a retired little league baseball coach and commissioner and is a former member of the Carmel Dad’s Club Board of Directors. Mark enjoys the outdoors, is a three-time Chili Cook-off Champion, and has quickly become the team’s go-to for restaurant recommendations.

  • Riley McCarthy
    Strategic Partnerships Manager
    Riley McCarthy
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    Riley McCarthy joined the Beyond Monumental team in June 2021. She has more than 15 years of experience in the sports and entertainment industry focusing on brand activation and fan engagement. Riley has a huge passion for bringing partnerships to life and has worked with brands such as INDYCAR, WWE, Susan G. Komen, and Make-A-Wish.

    Riley earned her B.A. in Sociology from Emory University and recently relocated to Indianapolis from Connecticut. She and her husband have a young son and enjoy living downtown.

    In her spare time, Riley is an avid golfer and needlepoint fanatic. While not yet a running enthusiast, she loves to be outdoors and you can often find Riley and her family walking and biking along the Cultural Trail.

  • Sydney Meyers
    Participant Relations Manager
    Sydney Meyers
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    Sydney Meyers joined the Beyond Monumental team in June 2021. Prior to Beyond Monumental, Sydney was the Manager of Marketing & TeamWork U at TeamWork Online. Sydney was directly responsible for marketing and managing premium services, events, and partner relations.

    Sydney graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and a minor in Spanish. While at Eastern Michigan, Sydney was a varsity member and captain of the cross country and track & field teams. She was a 3-time NCAA Cross Country qualifier, 3-time NCAA Track Regional qualifier, and a 6-time MAC event champion.

    Sydney also serves on the Board of Directors at USATF Indiana. Sydney is excited to continue combining her passions – the sport of running and the local Indy community.

  • Rob Mullett
    Events & Operations Manager
    Rob Mullett
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    Rob Mullett joined the Beyond Monumental team in August 2021. Before joining Beyond Monumental, Rob was an Event Manager at the Atlanta Track Club where he oversaw race operations for running and walking events, was an integral part of the operations for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and a number of Publix Atlanta Marathon events, and contributed to the development of a strategic plan for Youth.

    Rob grew up in Sussex, England, and competed for Lewes Athletics Club. He completed his undergraduate studies at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham. Rob earned a scholarship at Butler University where he became the first sub-four-minute miler in school history before graduating with a Master’s in Effective Teaching and Leadership.

    Rob’s athletic career was highlighted by representing Great Britain in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He set the course record for the CNO Financial Monumental 5K in 2015 and it’s still holding strong!

    Rob lives in Indianapolis with his partner, Lisa, and dog, Nala.

  • Brooke Smith
    Brooke Smith
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    Brooke Smith joined the Beyond Monumental team in June of 2017 as the part-time controller.  Brooke has over 25 years of 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.

    Brooke completed the Dublin Marathon in 1997 as a race-walking participant and finished 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.

  • Matt Ebersole
    Elite Athlete & Pace Team Coordinator
    Matt Ebersole
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    Matt Ebersole founded Personal Best Training in 1991 and has been the Beyond Monumental Elite Athlete and Pace Team Coordinator since 2013.

    Coach Matt Ebersole has worked with thousands of runners of all abilities and aspirations to help them run their first or best half and full marathons, win the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, qualify for the Boston Marathon, and qualify for the Olympic Trials. Matt’s coaching can help you get faster, pursue new challenges, or simply have more fun running.

  • Don Carr
    Race Director
    Don Carr
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    Don Carr is Race Director for the Indianapolis Monumental Mile and the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon.

    Don is President and co-owner of Tuxedo Brothers, an event management company that has managed more than 1,000 events since 1984. The Tuxedo Brothers team has more than 30 years of experience managing diverse events including walking and running races, triathlons, duathlons, and stair climbs.

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

  • Joel Sauer
    Race Director
    Joel Sauer
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    Joel Sauer is Race Director for the Indy Half Marathon at Fort Ben.

    Joel, the owner of Sauer Race Management, Inc., has 27 years of race management experience in addition to 33 years of project management experience at Eli Lilly and Company (retired 1/1/2022!).

    Joel founded the Indianapolis Marathon and Half Marathon at Fort Ben in 1996 and continues as Race Director of the event. Joel has measured over 120 courses for USATF Course Certification, including many marathon courses to make them Boston Qualifier events.

    Joel and his wife Kathy live in Lawrence near Fort Harrison State Park and have five adult children.