St. Augustine United, Inc is a 501c3 non-profit organization formed by four local women who care deeply about the community and wish to help other caring residents to aid local charities. The organization’s inaugural event, Feel the Love 5k, was to help a local single mother who is in desperate need of a heart transplant.

Our Team

Cristan Raz


Cristan is a hardworking, well connected lady with a huge heart. Cristan takes each new project at hand and really dives in to be successful in everything she does. She is exceedingly organized and articulate. Cristan brings her 18 years as a project manger in the hospitality industry to bear on every endeavor. When she gets involved in a project, there is no room for failure. She really gives it her all and force forward.

Cristan has personally seen the benefits of running and especially loves to be able to offer that opportunity to others, as well as, contribute to special causes.

Cristan has been running since 2010

Cristan is excited to be working with such a strong group of local ladies on the St. Augustine United Foundation.

Merit Lee

(Vice President)

Merit Lee, is the Founder and Creative Director of Digital Design Solutions a full-service, state-of-the-art web design and digital marketing firm and is committed to stay on top of the very latest design trends and technologies. Merit has been building lucrative internet companies for over 21 years. She combines her love of design and her talent for sales to create websites that are not only visually stimulating, but focus on usability and ROI. Her organizational skills and passion for her staff and her clients contributes to the on-going success of Digital Design Solutions.

After living in New York and San Francisco, Merit moved to Saint Augustine in 2013. She values the community she now calls home and is passionate about giving back thru Saint Augustine United. She is a boater and thanks to Cristan’s prodding has been running 5Ks since 2015.

Alice Brooky


Alice has been a member of the St Augustine community for 8 years. She brings 20+ years of accounting experience to the foundation. She has been doing strength training for the past 6 years and started running 5ks a year and half ago with her daughter. Alice has been married to her husband, Dave, for 36 years and is a grandmother to three boys.

Alice is excited to be involved in this project and have an impact on others.

Carrie Gainor


Carrie is a supply chain manager with twenty plus years’ experience. A great job opportunity brought her and her husband to St. Augustine in 2009. Charity work has always been a part of Carrie’s life so she is very excited to be able to give back to the St. Augustine community through the efforts of St. Augustine United.

Family, friends and a love of animals are her passions. Recently through Cristan & Merit’s prodding Carrie has also began to run 5K’s in 2016.