MEET THE COACHES
Coach Kelly Handel Williamson is a former professional triathlete with a range of impressive titles, including Ironman Texas 2014. Lucky for us, she is also one of our official Meat Fight and Project 13 coaches.
Coach Cathy Casey fell in love with running at age 7 and it sows. She’s had a career in coaching, with 18 years spent heading up SMU Track & Field and Cross Country and now at Rogue Running Austin. She still competes herself, with notable achievements in the Boston Marathon and Ironman Cozumel, which helps her guide our Meat Fight and MS Project 13 athletes to personal bests.
MEET OUR MEAT HIKE PROGRAM LEADER + NATIONAL BIKE TEAM CAPTAIN
When anyone has a question about Meat Fight bike or hike teams, Sarah has the answer. She’s finished many a Bike MS rides and led a team of Meat Hikers into and out of the Grand Canyon (yes, that one). When not captaining, you’ll find her pedaling to indie coffee shops or trying out the latest hiking gear in her backyard… and we count national parks as her backyard.
MEET OUR DIRECTEUR SPORTIF
With visions of finish lines and new kit designs dancing in his head, Jim provides the direction for all of Meat Fight’s big challenge dreams. A repeat Ironman, cycling phenom and braniac during his office hours at Google, Jim puts all of his talents together to envision major sport and donation goals and action-packed fun for Meat Fight. He’s also a fan of foreign language television and Euro-pop, which occasionally makes for interesting team playlist submissions.
MEET THE QUEEN OF MEAT
It’s all her fault. And we mean that in the best way! Alice Laussade is the one who started it all. She saw that a friendly barbecue competition in her backyard had a potential to become a fundraiser, and her funlathrophy goals just kept growing –as have her accolades. She’s a James Beard Award winning-write and Meat Fight’s badass CEO. Bike MS events have long been part of her family’s activities, and once Alice learned staying active can benefit those living with MS, incorporating cycling (and later, running) into Meat Fight efforts were natural next steps.
MEET OUR PRESIDENT + GENERAL COUNSEL
Mike Laussade serves as General Counsel of Meat Fight, Inc and has a day job as fund formation and venture capital lawyer at Jackson Walker L.L.P. in Dallas. Mike’s primary interest outside of work is reminding people that he twice won the pulled pork category at Meat Fight, back before it sold out and went corporate.
MEET THE VPS
Celeste and Mike Casey are the operations super squad. They provide the gourmet hand pies and CAD drawings that power Meat Fight’s volunteer teams and events, but those are just the highlights. From merch tables to volunteer assignments to negotiating logistics, the Caseys are behind-the-scenes superstars. On the scene? You’ll sometimes find them as Meat Santa and Mrs. Claus checking off the year’s Saucy and Dry brisket lists.