Suzanne Swift - Owner
I have been an avid runner for over 30 years. I've run 7 marathons, including 3 Boston Marathons, a couple of 50K's, a couple of Ironman, marathon swims and a ton of other things but who's counting? I'm originally from Houston, TX where I volunteered at many local events, served on the Houston Area Road Runners Board and worked for the Houston Marathon. I am the race director for the Ditto Landing 10K, The Halloween Run, Oak Park Challenge, Bridge Street Half Marathon, The Big Run, and the Running of the Bulls 5K. I have race directed over 100 races over the last 20 years. My passion is for helping other achieve their goals. I love Fleet Feet and can't see myself doing anything else.
Alan Taylor - Inventory Manager
From the moment I was born my life was surrounded by running. Growing up as Dink "Alan" Taylor Jr, I ran my first 5K at the age of 5 in Gadsden Alabama. You could always find me at the finish line of just about every ultra in the Southeast. Growing up we spent every weekend going to races, and that's what I thought everyone did. Now I'm almost 34 and running and the running culture is still a huge part of my life and I still love it. I've been with Fleet Feet for 16 years now, in the beginning I was the kid, but now I'm the second longest tenured staff member here. When I'm not here I'm usually traveling with my wife Sam and our two French bulldogs Gaston and Remy.
Kathy Youngren - Training Programs Director
I ran my very first race, the Marine Corp Marathon, in 1995. After running my third race ever, Strolling Jim 41.2 miler in Tennessee in 1996, I have been running races whenever possible; from 1 mile to 100 miles but I prefer ultramarathons. In July of 2009, by running for 33 hours and 39 minutes, I was 5th female overall at the Badwater Ultramarathon - 135 miles through Death Valley. In 2010 I got to run my dream race, the Spartathlon, a 153 mile race from Athens to Sparta, Greece by running 33 hours and 36 minutes. I have a law degree, a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice, and a Master's Degree in Education. My husband, Rob, and I have the two most wonderful dogs, Sparta and Tracks. I've been with Fleet Feet for over 3 years and love every minute of it!
Dianna Cioppi - Triathlon Training Director & Apparel Buyer
I enjoyed watching the Ironman Championships in Kona when I was young. I would think these athletes were on a level that I would never achieve. I joined Fleet Feet's marathon training group in 2010. This gave me the confidence I needed to start triathlons. In the last 10 years, I have completed six full Ironman races, nine half Ironman races, and many Olympic and sprint distances. I am a ITCA certified traithlon coach, certified Sports Nutrition Specialist, and certified lifeguard. With a family and three boys ages, twelve, fifteen, and seventeen; having time to fit in training can be challenging. It's my enthusiasm and determination that makes everything work.
Kevin Stegen - Footwear Buyer & General Manager, Huntsville
I am originally from Central Florida but have been in Huntsville for the better part of the last 20 years. For years, my wife Lauren asked me on her way out the door to run if I would like to join her. My answer was always emphatically, "nope." About five years ago, for no real reason, I decided to join her and haven't looked back since. Running has transformed my life. It has changed the way I think and allowed me to form some incredible friendships. I have been with Fleet Feet for 3 years. I enjoy helping folks find their favorite shoes and reach their goals. I have completed races of 100 miles, 74 miles, a few 50 miles and a handful of 50ks, and hope to keep pushing myself further!
Donna Ruiz - Essentials Buyer
I have been active all my life, but I didn’t really start running until 2012. A good friend introduced me to Fleet Feet to get good shoes, so when I moved to Huntsville, I knew exactly where I needed to go. Getting to work here part time in 2014 was like getting to work in a toy store! Since then, I’ve expanded my athletic interests to ultra-distances, trail running (but only in the fall/winter!), and triathlon, and gotten to know more wonderful people in town and more fun gear to explore. Other than helping people find their most comfortable shoe fit and keep them moving, my favorite part of being the Essentials Buyer for Fleet Feet Huntsville/Madison is discovering new “toys” to make the sport better. I’m always excited to learn about new gear!
Dana Sturges - General Manager, Madison
Graduated from UAH with a Business/Marketing degree. Originally started running back in High School in California for the Varsity track team doing the 800 and 1600, stopped running in college, and during 2020 found my love and passion for running again. Ever since I've taken on many challenges and training. My dad has also become my coach and he has helped me pursue my goals, while running along side me in most of my races! Completed my first 5k and 10k in 2021 and am excited in 2022 to conquer The Oak Barrel Half Marathon in April which will be my first half ever!
Jamie Morrow - Floor Manager, Huntsville
I’ve been at Fleet Feet for about three years. I’m a mom who likes (ok, maybe loves) to run. I also enjoy hiking, camping and stargazing…basically anything outdoors. When I’m not doing those with my son, you can find me mentoring some of our training groups.
Traci Gillespie - Business Development & Medical Outreach
I started running when I was 40 years old, in an effort to stay fit and sane. When I moved from our nation's capital to Huntsville, I knew only one person. To relieve some stress and to learn about my new home, I would go for runs around town. As I passed Fleet Feet Huntsville, there was a group of people, outside of the store, waiting to go running. They asked me to join them and I've been involved with Fleet Feet ever since. My first friends in town are still my running buddies from that day. Since then, I have trained, mentored and run with Fleet Feet groups for 5ks, 10ks, trail runs, half marathons and triathlons. I currently co-coach the TRI 101 program. I reside in Huntsville with my husband, Mike.
Lauren Stegen - Onboarding & Training Manager
Running has always been one of my favorite things to do, but it took on a whole new meaning when we moved to Huntsville and I started coming to fun runs and events at Fleet Feet. I joined my first training program in Summer of 2018 and have loved being a part of our running community ever since! Fleet Feet has helped me reach some big goals with running and I love helping others do the same. When not running or working at Fleet Feet, I enjoy playing trivia, going to concerts, and spending time with our 3 dogs.
May Gillespie - Marketing Director
When I started with Fleet Feet in October 2019 I had never been a runner, nor did I think I would ever be one. That quickly changed and my love for running has done nothing but grow over the last few years. It truly has turned into a lifestyle and I have loved being a part of the wonderful running community we have here in Huntsville. I am passionate about overall health & wellness and eventually want to be certified as a sports nutritionist to help athletes achieve their fitness goals. When I’m not at work I love spending time with friends and family, snuggling with my 2 kitties, & being active.
Skylor Taylor - Team Leader, Huntsville
Hey, I'm Skylor...I enjoy running trails and playing with my cats and husky. I ran my first 50K trail race when I was 17 years old. Exploring the woods solo is a ton of fun!
Danyy Paz - Team Leader, Madison
Josh Suiter - Team Leader, Huntsville
Hello, I am Josh. I'm one of the shift leaders at Fleet Feet Huntsville! I've been with Fleet Feet for around a year now and I love every second of it. In my free time I enjoy trail running!
Logan Roberts - Team Leader, Huntsville
I'm Logan from Scottsboro. I've been with Fleet Feet for about 2 years and I am a shift leader at the Huntsville store. I plan to do my first half marathon this fall!
Mitchell Cook - Team Leader, Huntsville
I have been an avid runner for over 10 years now. I currently run at the college level for the University of Alabama in Huntsville. I moved to Huntsville in 2019 and started working for Fleet Feet later that year. Fleet Feet has taught me the importance of having the correct items and support to help my running career excel! I now use that same knowledge and share it with others that come into the store to also help them excel as well. My current goal after college is to train more for triathlons and stay active! My hobbies include exploring the outdoors and just hanging out with friends!