Ron Gephart, Keith Brown, John Howish (Keith in the middle, never ceases to amaze us with his fun, hilarious outfits at races... we love it!)
Name: Keith Brown
Running Shoe Size: 10
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Favorite Music: Everything! Classical to Van Morrison, Little Feat to The Rolling Stones.
Favorite Sports Team: All Cleveland teams, even during the continuing rough years!
One Hero: Dr. Bill Thomas out of New York, who started working with seniors and developed the Greenhouse Project, Eden Project, and continuing spin offs.
What brought you to BoMF:
I was a soccer player in high school and college, and saw BoMF as an opportunity to get back into shape, get my metabolism going at a faster rate, and lose weight. The other reason I came to BoMF was seeing the team every morning having fun and joking around, which I thought was something that could help with my recovery process.
I also know BoMF will help me quit smoking, which will make it easier to run, I’m just not ready yet!
What difference has BoMF made in your life:
It has opened doors, provided mental clarity and allowed connections to be made that wouldn’t happen in a regular recovery program. The timing of some of the opportunities I have been given, allowed me to get my health back up.
BoMF has been the most instrumental resource for me in a full recovery and getting back into the community. I will transition close to the facility to keep the friendships and connections I have gained.
What races have you ran with BoMF & what’s been your favororite:
Monumental Marathon 5K, Back on My Feet 42K Relay, Santa Hustle 5K and The Planet Adventure New Year’s Eve Masquerace 5K
The Back on My Feet 42K Relay was my favorite because it was unique and it was my first race!
Most memorable BoMF memory: True friendships
BHAG: (Big Hairy Audacious Goals – thanks Deb for this awesome question!)
- Find connection between Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Autism
- Own a Bed and Breakfast
- See the world
- Become an Indiana and US Lobbyist
Advice for new members: Don’t give up, never give up! It is easier than it looks and the longest journey starts with the first step! Also the SWAG is pretty cool!
What do you do in your spare time: Between school, work, and running there is little time left for anything! I do enjoy Turner Classic Movies, trying to keep up with current affairs, and of course running 5Ks!
Keith practiced Law for 28 years as a Public Defender, and now has a passion for helping the elderly, especially those afflicted with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. He also has a passion for holistic and spiritual healing. Keith is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from the Ashford University in Iowa. He would like to use this degree to create an alternative for seniors going to a typical nursing home facility.
Currently, Keith is employed with The Citizens Action Coalition where he visits communities in Indianapolis to ensure people are paying a fair price for their utilities and other government services.
“I have found Keith to be one of the most dedicated members of Team Progress House and thoroughly enjoy having him on the team.” said Program Director, Brian Meyer, “He is always ready with a kind word and a helping hand.”