Our Team

Chances for Children relies heavily on volunteers from the community, and is an integral part of its team. While our staff is minimal, it is mighty with passion and experience. This combination makes for a powerful, impactful organization, and one that has visions of taking the program statewide and nationwide. Our team is a dedicated group working to combine their passion for running with their desire to improve the lives of the children of our community.

Janell Bolen, Executive Director

After working with “at-risk” children in education for over 10 years, Ms. Bolen was intrigued by the opportunity to “provide children a chance”. She has worked closely with the development of Chances for Children Arizona to create such opportunities. Ms. Bolen was also the Vice President of School Operations for Pinnacle Education, and has been closely involved with the Valley of the Sun Cycling Stage Race as the Co-Promoter in 1999-2000. She is an accomplished athlete, has participated in Ironman Hawaii, ITU Age Group Triathlon World Championships, and 2000 Olympic Trials-Cycling, and is the mother of twins born in 2005!

Susan Loken, Program Director - Team Chances

Susan Loken

Susan Loken is, among other things, a mother, elite runner, mentor, coach and an inspiration to many. She was born on July 28, 1963 and laced up her running shoes 35 years later with the goal of completing her first marathon. The rest is in the records. In the next four years, Loken minced her marathon time from sub four hours in the 1998 San Francisco Marathon to a sub three in the 2002 Grandma's Marathon. In 2005, she won the USA Masters Marathon Championship. In 2006 and 2007, she did it again. During those three years, she also captured three consecutive wins at the New York City MORE Marathon. Loken's elite times qualified her in the 2004 and 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. She is now sponsored by Sole Sports Running Zone.

Her newfound passion inspired her to instill a healthy lifestyle in others, and she is now the program director and lead coach for Chances for Children - Arizona. With these titles, Loken coaches others to success by leading fundraising running teams and developing programs for Arizona's less-fortunate youth. Loken has three sons, Michael, Taylor and Chris. Many are inspired by her story, but even more are inspired by her passionate, soulful lifestyle. Shis is also a USATF Certified Coach Level 1.

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Denise Arredondo, Project Manager - Team Fit Kids

Denise has been running since 2004 and has completed 8 marathons since. She has a love for running as it has changed her life in such a way. She recently said, "Running has made me feel like I can do anything that I set my mind to! I want to forever share the positive things it can do for adults and children alike." Denise recently graduated ASU with her Bachelor's degree in Non-Profit Management, and she manages our volunteer program, social media campaign, and fundraising.