Jack Fultz Jack Fultz won the 1976 Boston Marathon with a time of 2:20:19. The temperature was nearly 100 degrees at the noon start time. Fultz qualified for three consecutive United States Olympic Trials marathons in 1972, 1976, and 1980 and set his personal best marathon of 2:11:17 at the 1978 Boston Marathon. Jack recently retired after 27 years as adjunct instructor of Sport Psychology at Tufts University.
Presently he is a fitness consultant, personal coach, and is Training Advisor and consultant to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Marathon and Running Programs.
John Ratey Best selling author John J. Ratey, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an internationally recognized expert in Neuropsychiatry. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles, and 11 books published in 15 languages, including the groundbreaking ADD-ADHD “Driven to Distraction” series with Ned Hallowell, MD. With the publication of "Spark-The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain," Dr. Ratey has established himself as one of the world's foremost authorities on the brain-fitness connection. His latest book, “Go Wild” explores how we can achieve optimal physical and mental health by getting in touch with our caveman roots, and how we can “re-wild” our lives.
Recognized by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America since 1997, Dr. Ratey was recently honored by the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society as the "2016 Outstanding Psychiatrist of the Year" for advancing the field. Dr. Ratey and his work are frequently profiled in the media, where he’s been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and NPR, as well as in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Washington Post, US News and World Report, Men’s Health, and other national publications.
Becca Pizzi is an American marathon runner from Belmont, Massachusetts. She is the first American woman to complete the World Marathon Challenge, a series of seven marathons on seven continents in seven consecutive days, for which she holds the current record. She finished each race well ahead of all the other four women runners, and ahead of nine of the eleven men competitors.
Becca started running at age six with her father, ran her first race that year and her first Boston Marathon at age seventeen. She had run it fifteen times by 2015, as well as 45 marathons in 27 states. After college, she started the Belmont Track Club.
Board of Directors
Michael Ferullo | President A Clinical Social Worker and Addiction Specialist in private practice in Brookline, "Coach" Mike has dedicated himself to his strong vision for the Boston Bulldogs since he founded the club back in 2008. Mike's personal and professional passion is helping others to find the kindhearted warriors within themselves through wellness and recovery. He continues to seek opportunities to expand the Bulldogs Club and broaden its impacts throughout the Greater Boston community.
Kristin MacDougall Sullivan | Clerk/Secretary Kristin, an early member of the Boston Bulldogs, is a runner and a lawyer who has brought her skills and her enthusiastic support to to the Club in a variety of ways. A graduate of University of Connecticut Law School, Kristin is Counsel for National Grid.
Drusilla Pratt-Otto | Treasurer Dru is a CPA (5 years at Price Waterhouse Coopers) with an MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Management. In her consulting practice, Dru provides interim and part-time Chief Financial Officer services to both for profit and not for profit entities. Dru is a resident of Brookline with twin 24 year old boys who both ran all three seasons and 4 years for Brookline High. As a result of their dedication, Dru became a regular runner, running with Liberty Athletic Club, the oldest women’s running club in the country. She is currently the President of that Club and has become a distance runner.
Alison Ballbach | Director Alison was a retail store manager of Marathon Sports when she first became involved with the Bulldogs. As a certified personal trainer and Pilates instructor Alison is well acquainted with the benefits of fitness and wellness and has been instrumental in the development of the Boston Bulldogs. Alison was co-race director for the inaugural Boston Bulldogs Run for Recovery in May 2016.
Sarah Cloud | Director Sarah is currently the Director of Social Work at Beth Israel Deaconess in Plymouth MA. Utilizing her MBA and an MSW, she has been instrumental in creating and contributing to numerous successful community collaborations to improve services and programs for a range of substance use and health services. Sarah has been a key partner in the development of the Boston Bulldogs South Shore and is an active member of the Club.
Brian Fitzgerald | Director After 18 years of service in athletic training at UMass Boston, Brian began serving as medical coordinator for some of the most prestigious athletic events in the area – including the US Figure Skating Championships, the American East Indoor Track and Field Championships, The New Balance Indoor Games, The BAA 10K and 5K Race, Cirque de Soleil, and The Boston Marathon. Brian currently works for Children's Hospital Boston where he serves as the athletic trainer/coordinator for a multitude of Boston Public Schools, is program coordinator of the Childrens Hospital Marino Lecture, the Female Athlete Symposium and the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo. He has served on the Massachusetts Board of Allied Health, Children's Sports Medicine Foundation and the Massachusetts Governor's Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Marcia Fowler | Director Marcia Fowler, former Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, is the CEO of Bournewood Health Systems which provides inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment for adults and adolescents. Marcia has extensive background and expertise in clinical programs and human service management in both the public and private sectors, including more than 18 years of service with DMH.
A lawyer and a clinician, Marcia is a committed advocate for adults, children, adolescents and families whose lives are affected by serious mental illness, emotional disturbance and chemical dependency. Her work in the human services sector includes experience in direct care and supervisory roles with agencies and organizations such as the Department of Developmental Disabilities, Fernald State School, New England Home for Little Wanderers, Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, the Foundation for Children with AIDS, and Polaris Healthcare Services.
Shelley Isaacson | Director A marketing professional with experience in the public and private sectors, Shelley has an MBA from Boston University and brings her extensive strategic planning, program management and marketing skills in public, nonprofit and private settings to the Bulldogs.
Lisa Yarussi | Director Lisa is currently Vice President of Human Resources for the New England Sports Network (NESN). A graduate of Leslie and Assumption Colleges, Lisa also completed the Harvard University Executive Education Program and has been an active and enthusiastic longstanding member of the Boston Bulldogs Running Club. Lisa is a performance driven human resources executive, linking HR initiatives to business strategy known for her strong work ethic, approachability, service excellence and ability to drive change.
Amy Doyle | Program Coordinator Amy joined the Bulldogs in September 2017 as the first Program Coordinator. A graduate of Boston University, Amy is currently enrolled in the dual Master's program for Social Work and Public Health at BU. Originally from upstate NY, Amy is a life-long runner who firmly believes that health and wellness should be incorporated into everyone's lifestyle. She is committed to advocating for underserved populations in the greater Boston community, especially those who are battling addiction or mental illness.