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Sports Backers Announce Two New Additions to Staff

RICHMOND, VA – Sports Backers, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring residents from all corners of the Richmond region to live actively, is pleased to welcome new staff members Michelle Mertens and Chaz Coleman. Michelle will serve as Controller, while Chaz will serve as Kids Run RVA Program Manager.

Michelle Mertens – Controller

Michelle Mertens joins Sports Backers from KPMG in Richmond and will serve as the organization’s Controller, managing all aspects of budgeting and financials for events and programs. Michelle earned her undergraduate degree from Randolph-Macon College and received her Master’s degree in Accounting at UVA. To stay active she likes to run, walk, and take part in any of the various outdoor activities available in Richmond, and also enjoys playing volleyball at Richmond Volleyball Club.

Chaz Coleman – Kids Run RVA Program Manager

Chaz Coleman joins Sports Backers as Kids Run RVA Program Manager, where he’ll provide guidance and support to those involved in Sports Backers’ 70-plus Kids Run RVA run clubs taking place in schools and communities throughout Richmond. Chaz comes to Sports Backers from the University of Richmond where he was the football program’s Director of Operations. Chaz graduated from Saint Vincent College in Pennsylvania, and then received his Master’s degree at the VCU Center for Sport Leadership. Chaz is a native of Richmond and enjoys getting active by running, playing basketball, and lifting weights.