Our Game Changing Team
Meet Our Team
Phillip Howe (General Manager, Coach and Running Specialist)
Phillip joins us at Georgia Game Changers with an extensive management background primarily from the marine industry with skill sets consisting of project management, process control, product development, and team building. Phillip’s true passion is coaching, his sport of choice being wrestling. He is a Bronze Level USA Wrestling coach and previously served as GHSA Assistant Wrestling coach at Windsor Forest High School.
Phillip began coaching wrestling in 2008 after founding Coastal Athletic Association, then also known as Liberty County Recreational Center Wrestling. After leading that program for a number of years, Phillip then with the help of South Bryan Recreational Center, founded South Bryan Recreational Center Wrestling. Both programs have shown tremendous success with numerous state champions as well as national placers at multiple wrestling levels.
Phillip currently holds a Principles for Coaching Certification, Certification from the National Center for Sports and Safety and is studying with the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers to obtain personal trainer certification.
Phillip also enjoys fishing, collegiate football, track and field, and most of all supporting and training with his wife in her marathon and personal achievement endeavors. After working with some of the marine industry’s largest companies, Phillip is now looking to apply the skills of his past to the Game Changers future and continue to touch people’s lives in a positive, healthy environment as he implements positive change and growth in his own life by virtue of coaching others to their success.
Zach Fitzgerald (Richmond Hill Store Manager & Running Specialist)
Born in Middletown, OH, Zach Fitzgerald has been running since birth it seems. Zach attended Franklin High School in Franklin, OH where he ran track and cross country for 4 years before attending Miam University of Middletown where he played basketball for two years.
Zach has lived all over the Midwest and has over 16 year’s experience in the footwear business. His prior work experience includes managing stores for Finish Line, Just for Feet and Nike so footwear is in his blood.
Zach has resided in Richmond Hill since 2001 where he currently lives with his 2 children, Hannah and Nathan.
Running, Basketball are his favorite activities as well as coaching girl’s travel softball which he has done since 2008.
Marc Cameron (Savannah Store Manager & Running Specialist)
Marc joined the team at Georgia Game Changers in November of 2017 after relocating to Savannah from New Jersey. Marc’s “Game Changing” moment and beginnings in the world of running started with a health scare in 2014. Marc’s weight had ballooned to over 350 pounds, he was struggling with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and a shooting pain over his left eye. After consulting with his doctor, Marc decided to make a life changing decision. He underwent Gastric Sleeve surgery in June of 2014. The morning of the surgery he was 320 pounds and the doctor wanted him to get to 180 pounds in 12 to 14 months. Marc started slow with a walk / run program and got to 175 pounds in 10 months! He has consistently been running ever since, has run 3 half marathons, numerous 10k’s and 5k’s.
Prior to relocating to Savannah and joining our team, Marc managed a car service is his hometown. He was responsible for managing a field of 20 drivers each day, handled the payroll and repairs of all vehicles. Marc also coached college basketball at Ramapo College, a Division III institution in New Jersey where he served as Associate Head Coach
During his 10 year stint, Ramapo had an overall record of 155-70, won 6 regular season conference championships, 4 NJAC Tournament championships, while recruiting and coaching numerous All-Conference and All-American players.
Marc also enjoys watching pro and collegiate sports, spending time with family, especially his wife Kelly who he has been married to for 12 years, while also training for the various races he runs throughout the year. Marc is now looking to help others reach their running, health, and fitness lifestyle goals each and everyday! He leads our Wednesday Run Groups at our Downtown Savannah location and can be seen inside that store weekly from Wednesday’s to Sundays.
Anne Kearnes (Running Specialist)
Living the nomad life of a military spouse, Anne moved to the Savannah area in the summer of 2015. At Georgia Game Changers she now truly enjoys sharing her passion for running as well as educating others about health, fitness, and running in particular. Anne earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine and her Master’s degree in Media & Communications, pursuing both her love for sports and journalism. The German native already started running in elementary school – mainly cross-country and sprint distances.
It wasn’t until high school, when she realized how much fun running longer distances could be. Anne completed her first half-marathon in Berlin at the age 17, where she finished first in her age group. Since then, her enthusiasm for running continued to grow over the years: “There is nothing better than putting on a pair of running shoes, go out into nature, and just let your thoughts wander peacefully. Keep calm and run on!”
Hunter Scholle (Running Specialist)
Hunter, a Savannah native, moved to Richmond Hill in 2008. She attended Richmond Hill High School where she was active in JROTC and first fell in love with running. A member of the Raider and Drill Team, she found her passion in being active and setting goals. She left Richmond Hill in 2014 to attend Georgia Southern University while following her lifelong dream of joining the military.
After completion of her first year, she changed her plans and returned home to attend Armstrong State University and study Physical Therapy. Hunter is an avid weightlifter and runner. She enjoys working in an environment where she can educate others on health and fitness while continuing to grow her passion.
Tommy Carlson (Running Specialist)
Tommy is a local Richmond Hillian who was born and raised in Savannah. He enlisted right out of high school in the United States Marine Corps as a reservist and is currently working toward becoming an Officer and pilot for the Corps. From running and swimming, to biking and hiking, Tommy enjoys it all.
If it involves the outdoors, he has been there and done that. Coming from a long line of military family members, Tommy stays driven to excel in anything he does and puts his mind to.
Emma Thompson (Running Specialist)
Emma is a Savannah native. She graduated, magna cum laude, from Armstrong State University in 2014 with a bachelors in Health Sciences focusing in Human Performance and Fitness Management.
Emma has overcome a number of injuries and realizes how important it is to recover completely. This experience formed her passion for helping others overcome their injuries and getting back in the game.
Her knowledge and personal experiences drew her to GGCRC because they educate their customers about injuries and injury prevention.
Emma’s favorite activities include weight lifting, running, and yoga. She and her husband enjoy doing obstacle races, beach runs, and mud runs together. When she gets tired during a run she hums her favorite songs or recalls motivational quotes.
Nicole A. Ashburn
Nicole’s game changing journey began in 7th grade on the first day of cross country practice. What started as a way to stay in shape for basketball and soccer quickly became a new life passion. Nicole eventually earned a cross country and track scholarship to The Citadel. There she completed her bachelor’s degree in exercise science with a minor in biology. This Ohio native moved to the Savannah area in 2016 when her husband was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division at Ft. Stewart. A former employee of Big Dog Running Co. in Columbus, GA, she is not new to the running specialty store scene, and has experience as an Altra Running ambassador. Her favorite races are the mile and the 10k. She hopes to complete some marathons, triathlons, and ultra-marathons in her future as well. Her other hobbies include swimming, yoga, and hiking with her two dogs.”
Sandra M. Elliott, Founder & CEO
Transformation…My return to running
By Sandra Elliott
People run for so very many reasons—personal goals, weight loss, stress relief. These reasons are among my reasons for running as well. But sometimes, my reasons for running reach beyond those things, towards something more deeply personal. I run because I can.
This wasn’t always the case, and perhaps it is why running now means so much to me. I injured my back while mowing the lawn in 2002, and tried for two years to treat it conservatively, yet remain fully active. When the pain became overwhelming, I sought the care of a neurosurgeon, who confirmed that I did indeed need surgery.