Achilles International Inc.
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234 Boxmere Place
Nashville, TN 37215
Organization Details

Executive Director

Executive Director Ms Amy Harris
Term Start January 2018
Amy's Experience: Amy Harris is currently the Executive Director of the Achilles International Nashville chapter. Prior to accepting this part-time position, Amy was a Part-time Achilles Co-Assistant Director. She has been an active volunteer guide since the beginnings of Achilles back in 2012. Amy has served as team coach and she develops all the training plans for athletes. Amy is an avid runner who truly believes that running is a gift to be shared. She gets more personal satisfaction in running to help another athlete who might not be able to run otherwise without a guide. She has guided many of our athletes in 5K's, 10k's, half marathons, and marathons (guiding in the NYC Marathon 4 times to guide blind athletes, participating as a guide for a blind athlete in the California International Marathon, and serving as a sighted guide for the Boston Marathon). Amy has been both personally and professional involved in the disability community for over 25 years. She is the parent of a young adult daughter who has cerebral palsy. She is the Program Manager in the Special Education Department (IRIS Center) at Vanderbilt. Prior to the IRIS Center, she worked as the Director for Easter Seals Pediatric Rehabilitation for 6 years and the Director of the Susan Gray Early Intervention Center at Vanderbilt for 7 years before that. Amy's has great passion for each and every one of the athletes and guides in this amazing organization, and she hopes to continue to grow the chapter in the coming years. She works hard to help each athlete meet their own goals and needs.

Co-Executive Director

Co-Executive Director Ms. Sara Solomon
Term Start January 2018
Sara's Experience: Sara 'Lizzy' Solomon has been an Achilles Athlete since 2012 when she ran using a reverse walker. She now runs using a handcycle and recently finished her first half marathon. Lizzy maintains our website and keeps track of our Athletes and Volunteer Guides who come to train as well as the expenses for the Athletes and Guides. She also does the pairings of Athletes and Guides for our practices.

Senior Staff

Name Title
Mrs Sarah Hart USATF Coach
Mr. Wil Santi Professional Trainer


Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 500
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%

Plans & Policies

Does your organization have a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does your organization have a Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
When was the Strategic Plan adopted?
Does your organization have a Management Succession Plan? No
Does your organization have a Policy and Procedure Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Whistle Blower Policy?
Does the organization have a Document Destruction Policy?


Is there a formal evaluation for... Frequency (if applicable)
CEO/Executive Director Yes Quarterly
Senior Management N/A N/A
Non-Management N/A N/A


Affiliation Year
USA Track and Field 2012


Award / Recognition Organization Year
Agency of Distinction Award ARC Of Davidson County 2017
Certificate of Recognition Metropolitan Government, Office of the Mayor 2013
International Volunteer of the Year Achilles International 2016
Nominee Volunteer Year Catherine Strobel Awards Nomineee 2017
Proclamation by the Mayor Metropolitan Government, Office of the Mayor 2014
U.S. Paralympics Sports Club Nashville Civics Award Tennessee Association of Blind Athletes 2012

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Executive Director and Assistant Director divide up many of the tasks: facilitates all of the weekly runs and organizes all race day events, maintain our website and assist with marketing efforts and community outreach. John Lavey is now our current President of our Advisory Board. Senior Staff is comprised of our volunteers that have gone above their normal volunteer duties, and are providing services beyond guide running for Achilles Nashville. Senior staff all have coaches certification and have passed Safe Sport practices through the USATF.