Meet Our Team

Running On Air was founded by Mary Rose Kitlowski.  Mary and her only sibling, Rebekah, have a rare genetic disorder called Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD).  With 34% lung capacity, Mary uses supplemental oxgen.  She carries a six pound portable oxygen concentrator (POC).  She is a lung transplant candidate - which means she's approved for transplant but isn't on the transplant list yet.  Mary does races around the country to raise awareness.  Her first marathon was the NY Marathon on November 3, 2019.  Her husband Ed walked with her carrying the extra batteries for the POC.
Mary Rose Kitlowski
Founder
 Anne E. O’Donnell, MD is a professor of medicine at Georgetown University and chief of the division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital as well as the Nehemiah and Naomi Cohen Chair in Pulmonary Disease Research.
Having authored over 40 manuscripts, O’Donnell is an internationally recognized expert in bronchiectasis and respiratory infections. She has been a principal investigator on numerous clinical trials investigating new therapies for bronchiectasis and NTM infections.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Catholic University of America then went to Georgetown for medical school. Her postgraduate medical education, internal medicine residency and pulmonary diseases fellowship, were also completed at Georgetown. She served in the Air Force at Robert L. Thompson Strategic Hospital, Carswell Air Force Base, Texas, completed her service as a major, then joined Georgetown as a faculty member.

In addition to receiving numerous Georgetown awards, including the Michael J. Caruso Award, the Anatomy Department Award and the Georgetown Clinical Society Award, O’Donnell was also recognized with the prestigious Meritorious Service Award from the Air Force in 1991. O’Donnell is also a long standing member of the Mentored Patient Oriented Research review committee of the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
Anne E. O'Donnell, MD
Medical Advisor

Kemper Conwell
Prepress Designer and Advisor
As a relatively healthy and active fourth-grade teacher, Eli's interest in helping people to have easy access to supplemental oxygen is not immediately apparent. However, while she has dodged the bullet of needing supplemental oxygen, both of my parents have relied on it to prolong their lives. Her dad had agammaglobulinemia, a rare disease which affected his ability to fight off infections and which lead to such extensive scarring of his lungs that doctors performed a partial lobectomy. By the time he was in his late sixties, he required oxygen to do any type of strenuous activity. Within a decade, he needed to be on oxygen full-time up until his death two years ago. Meanwhile, her mother, who has severe scoliosis, ended up developing mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) infection likely due to the way the curvature of her spine created pockets in her lungs that were a breeding ground for disease. While she no longer shows signs of MAC, the damage to her lung function as well as her other health impairments have led her to need to be on supplemental oxygen for a minimum of 20 out of every 24 hours. 
Elizabeth Heinlen
Board Member
Ed is a retired teacher from Baltimore County.  He is active with the teacher's union, called TABCO-R, for Teacher's Association of Baltimore County - Retired.  
Ed is the bagpipe instructor at the US Naval Academy.  He has been playing the bagpipes for over 40 years.  He's played with many different bagpipe bands from grade 5 up to grade 1.  He also gives private lessons.
Ed Kitlowski
Board Member
Kathy Vaughn is a former copyeditor for the American Diabetes Association and currently works in international development with a focus on gender integration.  She holds a Masters in Public Policy and MBA from the University of Maryland College Park, and lives in Catonsville, Maryland.  Kathy has run with Mary in the 10k Over the Bay and other races in Maryland.
Kathryn Vaughn
Board Member