Founded in 2018, Equip Sports Performance started as an athletic training program for teens focused on strength, conditioning and injury reduction for both individual athletes and entire teams. In 2019, Equip became a California 501(c)(3) organization and moved beyond athletic performance training with a commitment to do more for our local community. We now support and offer a variety of social impact programs, primarily centered around health and wellness.
Katie was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin and earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. She previously served as a Sports Manager for US Sports Camps, overseeing all of the Nike Volleyball camps across the country. She has coached and volunteered for numerous youth sports organizations over the years, including basketball, soccer, lacrosse and ice hockey. She holds a certification from the University of Notre Dame in Nonprofit Leadership Principles, Fundraising Strategies and Effective Grant Proposal Writing. Katie and her husband, Jim, live in Novato with their three children: Teddy, Molly and Ben.
Brittanie leads our Equip outdoor activities and offerings. Britt’s experience outdoors and understanding of Mother Nature helps create big value for Outdoors participants. In 2017, Britt set off on a 5-month adventure hiking the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,650-mile trail from Mexico to Canada. Britt and a friend became the first American women to thru hike the Via Dinarica trail, an 800-mile trail that goes from Slovenia to Albania. Brittanie then headed to France and completed the Camino de Santiago, hiking across Spain to the ocean. Currently a trainer at CrossFit Novato and a surf instructor for Marin Outdoor Academy, Brittanie shares her love for the outdoors through organizing trips and spending time with others. Brittanie has a BA degree in Exercise Science, is CF Level 1 certified, CPR certified, and Wilderness First Aid Certified.
Stacey grew up in the South American country of Guyana. She is a proud mother raising her three children, while also studying to pursue a career in the noble field of nursing. Stacey believes the organizations that we are involved in should directly align with our values, and that our work will serve to remind us that we have more in common than we realize. Being an Equip Trustee allows her to live that mission, and enforces our vision that human connection, health and wellness are important ways to strengthen those ties. Through her commitment to Equip, Stacey hopes to bring more awareness to the challenges and needs of our community and advocate for finding meaningful solutions.
Andy is a retired teacher and school administrator. He has an undergraduate degree from UC Davis and holds a Masters in Educational Administration. Andy finds great joy in meeting and supporting others as we all navigate the speed and complexities of this great life. He’s particularly proud of Equip’s growing staff and community of clients becoming more and more interested in taking charge of their health. Andy formerly owned CrossFit Novato which provided the safe space to craft health and wellness programs for our community. Andy and his wife, Karen, live in Novato with their two daughters, Kali and Maddie.
Karen formerly served as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Restoration Hardware. Prior to that, she worked as an Audit Partner for Deloitte & Touche. She currently serves as a Board Member and Audit Committee Chair for Peloton Interactive and Sonos, Inc. She also serves on the Board of Clif Bar, Tory Burch and Collective Health. Karen loves to travel, CrossFit, trail running, basketball, her Peloton bike, spending time in nature and spending time with her family.
Emma Mesenburg has been running her own bookkeeping business for more than 15 years. She has enjoyed working with a wide variety of clients, including large and small service firms and product driven businesses. Emma is the former Finance Director for The Dailey Method, a franchising company locally headquartered in Fairfax, California. She enjoys working in an environment and with folks who support individuals, their wellness and continually connecting to a balanced mindset for better alignment in one's life, and a brighter sense of joy! She resides in Novato, California with her husband, Erich, and their three kids.
Tony Quan is currently the 5th Grade teacher for the Novato Unified School District's GATE (Gifted & Talented Education) program. Originally from Southern California, Tony grew up in Fullerton and has lived in the Bay Area for 7 years now. He is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where he received his teaching credential. He is currently working towards a graduate degree in Educational Leadership. Tony has been in public education for over 10 years and is an advocate and activist for social justice and equality in our schools and community. He enjoys working with kids on a daily basis and believes every child deserves access to a quality education and opportunities. In his limited free time, Tony enjoys being active. He can be found hiking, spending time with friends and family and tending to his ever-expanding collection of houseplants.