Kevin McQuhae

Kevin McQuhae

Executive Director, Back on My Feet Greater Los Angeles

Kevin Kate McQuhae has over 15 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector, and a working knowledge of strategic planning, fundraising, corporate partnerships and volunteer/leadership management.

Prior to joining Back on My Feet, Kevin worked for an educational non-profit serving foster and incarcerated youth. Before that she was the Principal of Wellness in Motion, which provided worksite wellness services to various corporate clients. Most notably, Kevin spent a decade with the American Heart Association in various development roles. The majority of that time was spent working on a marathon endurance training program and fundraiser known as Train to End Stroke.

Kevin earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento and her MBA from the University of Denver, Colorado. Kevin prides herself on service excellence and has a passion for enhancing the lives of others.

Having completed: triathlons, marathons, 199-mile relays, and adventure races, Kevin understands the value of goal-setting, finish lines, and the power of community.

Eve Porinchak

Eve Porinchak

Development & Marketing Manager, Back on My Feet Greater Los Angeles

Eve joins Back on My Feet with endless enthusiasm because the mission combines three of her core passions in life – supporting the growing homeless population, mobilizing volunteers and raising money through creative marketing campaigns, and running and fitness. 

After graduating from UCLA, Eve developed a diverse professional background through working in medicine, social work, education, advocacy for the incarcerated, fine art, and publishing. Over the last decade, Eve has worked with nonprofit organizations Inside Out Writers, Corazon de Vida, and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) both in rolling up her sleeves work with disadvantaged youth and also in event planning and fundraising roles. Well versed in Los Angeles County resources available for homeless and at-risk populations, Eve has assisted in finding housing and job prospects for foster youth who aged out of the system and formerly incarcerated young adults.

A nonfiction author, Eve writes books featuring underrepresented youth, such as those born into gang life and unaccompanied minor immigrants. Her first book, One Cut - a haunting nonfiction story with a juvenile justice bent – launched Simon and Schuster’s new young adult true crime line SIMON TRUE in May 2017.

A lifelong runner, Eve has competed in dozens of half marathons and completed the L.A. marathon (slowly) several times.

Illah Schalles

Illah Schalles

Member Services Manager, Back on My Feet Greater Los Angeles

Illah joined Back on My Feet as a Volunteer in February 2015. In just a few months she became the Lead for Team US Vets in her hometown of Long Beach, bringing her smile and laughter to every early morning run. Although she is self admittedly not the fastest runner, she strives for constant improvement using running as a catalyst for growth in all areas of life. Illah believes that it is not merely the act of running itself, but the determination, discipline, and with Back on My Feet, the camaraderie, that allows for a redefinition of what we are capable of as runners, teammates, and as a community.

Illah is very excited to engage in this new role, supporting and continuing to grow Back on My Feet in our Greater Los Angeles community.

Mia Terracino

Mia Terracino

Program Coordinator, Back on My Feet Greater Los Angeles

Mia is the newest addition to the Greater Los Angeles program staff!  All the way from Newtown, CT, Mia is interning with Back on My Feet through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.  She recently graduated from Boston College, majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Hispanic Studies.  During her time in school, Mia spent a semester abroad in Ecuador and also became closely involved with Special Olympics!

Discovering her passion for running early in life, Mia has since come to realize the immense power that it can have both on physical and mental well-being.  She is inspired by Back on My Feet’s mission to build community through exercise, conversation and compassion, and could not be more excited to be joining the Back on My Feet team!