Advisory Board

TRLS Advisory Board

The purpose of the TRLS Advisory Board is to provide advice and feedback to founder Kari Gormley and team. The renowned experts on the TRLS Advisory Board are all accomplished innovators in their fields who offer suggestions and differing perspectives to help improve the show’s integrity and quality.


Dr. Ratey

John J. Ratey, MD

John J. Ratey, MD, offers his expertise about how to live in this modern, crazy world and use the gift of running to live a life of total health and well-being.

He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and is an internationally recognized expert in Neuropsychiatry. He has published over sixty peer-reviewed articles and eleven books published in fourteen languages, including the groundbreaking Driven to Distraction, Answers to Distraction, and the Delivered from Distraction series with Ned Hallowell, MD.

Dr. Ratey has spent his career teaching and helping many audiences to understand how to take charge of their brains and focus on exercise as a tool, as well as making the complexities of neuroscience understandable and relevant. With the publication of Spark—The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, Dr. Ratey 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.

Dr. Ratey serves as an Adjunct Professor of Sport Science at the National Taiwan Sport University, Consultant to the Governor’s Council on Fitness and Sport for the State of California, Reebok-BOKS ambassador for Active Kids, Consultant to ANTA kids in China as well as sits on the Board of Directors for Sparking Life, whose mission is to transform America’s sedentary lifestyle and to improve children’s learning capacity.

Dr. Ratey has been recognized by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America since 1997, and his work is 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.



Melanie Curtis

Melanie Curtis is a life coach, professional skydiver (10,000 jumps, multiple world records), author, entrepreneur, world traveler, and spoof mini-movie maker. Melanie’s clients are like her… intense personalities, vibrant in their energy, fierce in their values, impeccable in their integrity, human and lovely in their emotions, and willing to do whatever it takes… when they know what it is. Clarifying direction is the beginning of “the work,” and an epic team adventure from breakdown to breakthrough, and beyond what our current mind can conjure in experience, achievement, and connection. As a lover of both Vermont and NYC, Melanie splits her time between the two to nurture her personal network and entrepreneurial pursuits. Melanie believes love and hilarity are the two most important things in life, in that order, and after taking a stand-up comedy class has that much more respect and appreciation for professional comedians.

Peter Shankman






Peter Shankman

Peter Shankman blames ADHD for most of his success. He’s best known for founding Help A Reporter Out (HARO) and as the founder and CEO of The Geek Factory, Inc. a boutique social media, marketing, and customer service strategy firm located in New York City.

He spends the majority of his time on the road, keynoting corporate events for clients including American Express, Sheraton, Saudi Aramco, Cisco, SAP, Sprint, The US Department of Defense, Walt Disney World and many more. In his little spare time he is a NASA Advisory Board member, angel investor in multiple start-ups, sub-­4 marathon runner, Ironman and B-­licensed skydiver.

A tweet of his was voted one of the top 10 Tweets of 2011 by ABC News and Twitter. He recently authored the bestselling book Zombie Loyalists: Using Great Service to Create Rabid Fans. He lives in New York City with his beautiful wife and daughter, and two psychotic cats.


Craig Caruso
Craig Caruso (aka “The App Man”) is an engineer by day and a developer by night. He is also a patent-pending inventor and investor. Craig is fueled by a passion for new technologies and helping brands achieve their visions.
An avid Starbucks fan, Craig spends his nights coding WordPress and iOS apps for clients, personal projects and projects that promote his hometown of Staten Island.In his spare time, he is a Yankees fan and Jets season ticket holder and loves spending time with his girlfriend, Liz King.
One of his baseball-oriented apps went viral and landed in the Top 10 in the App Store during launch, rivaling MLB’s existing app. Craig has multiple articles published about him and his expertise in technology in publications like the Staten Island Advance.
Craig lives in Staten Island, New York.

Appalachian Trail

Brent works with leaders to design futures worth fighting for. A partner at Fathom, he champions an approach to strategic planning, employee engagement, leadership succession and market differentiation that prioritizes people and relationships. As a result, his clients don’t simply plan their futures, they bring them to life through the energy of organization-wide involvement in, and commitment to, generating valuable businesses that matter.

Brent’s running career began in the spring of 2014, where he quickly learned to love, and enjoy the health benefits of the sport. In his first year, he lost 60 pounds, and was able to quickly overcome a heart procedure and return to running in a few short weeks. He now has four marathons under his belt, including Boston and NYC. He is an assistant marathon coach for Fleet Feet West Hartford, is a regular at local sprint triathlons and started running trails, completing his first ultra trail marathon, the renown TrapRock 50K in the spring of 2016. His sights are now set on his next ultra trail marathon, Cat’s Tail, in the Catskill Mountains and the 2017 Ironman in Lake Placid.

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