1. 2013 - Founder decided to realize her dream. The official logo was created.
  2. 2013 - Gathered Board of Directors for first official meeting.
  3. 2014 - Purchased Web Domains for Bottoms Up Organization and Gotta Run Events.
  4. 2015 - Started 501c3 paperwork to become federally recognized public charity.
  5. 2016 - Launched Bottoms Up Organization Website. Filed 501c3 paperwork. 
  6. 2018 - Re-filed 501c-3 paperwork and received 501c3 status.
  7. 2018 - Started planning our first Gotta Run Event.

Mark Herbick - Board Member
His entrepreneurial spirit and passion to help others grow their business will help us lead by example.

Dr. Jon J. Ernstoff - Board Member and CMO
Our Chief Medical Officer is a Yale graduate and has been in private practice for 30 years. He is currently Chief of Gastroenterology at Midstate Medical Center in Connecticut. 

Corporate Sponsorship

Our foundation is built on integrity, commitment, and a passion to raise awareness of IBD. We welcome corporations with the same values and determination to help us in our journey. 


There are many opportunities to help create candid conversations...at our events, at our office, or on the web. Find out how you can become a partner!

mission & vision

No need is too small and no voice is too quiet to be heard. We will devote the time and energy necessary to educate, advocate and support.

our leadership team

"BUO is the realization of a dream coming true. When I was a teenager, living with IBD, I felt alone. I didn't know how to discuss my disease with friends or family. I want a way for people to create and foster Candid Conversations™. You are not alone.

I've learned after 30 years that I control my body and that this disease will not control me but I will control this disease. Isn't it about time we all Live, Laugh, and Love Our Bottom!"

Dawn Zavalishin


BUO History

"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney

Our founder