is Honest Change.
“Novo Veritas will provide you will a pair of dynamic speakers. Betsy and Spencer bring a wonderful energy as well as tangible information to each group they present to. I am continually impressed by their relaxed manner, personality and their presentation that allows them to answer the hard questions. We have had them speak to two different groups who have appreciated their ability to be open, share experiences and challenges as well as answer many questions. We will definitely continue to use them with our groups.”
– Ms. Lee E. Letsch, Oregon FFA Executive Secretary
Meet the Team
Betsy and Spencer met in the spring of 2012 through a mutual friend at Oregon State University. Their relationship started when Spencer offered to coach Betsy in running and basic fitness. After several years of coach/ athlete partnership, Betsy continues to achieve significant milestones from running half-marathons to finishing her first 100 mile trail race.
The more they worked together and the more they shared their life histories they noticed similarities with their individual processes of change. They realized that their personal experiences motivated their mutual passion for endurance sports. This passion molded the bare bones of their idea to combine their two stories and spread a message of hope and encouragement to people across all walks of life that change is, indeed, possible if you work it every single day.
Spencer and Betsy began to be invited to various local speaking engagements. At the same time they were being contacted by individuals seeking accountability coaching who wanted help to get started on their own life changes. As a result, a fast-growing demand for the message of positive lifestyle changes with individuals, in companies and organizations across the Pacific Northwest and beyond has blossomed as well as individual coaching.
Co-Founder of Novo Veritas
Betsy Hartley fought with her weight her entire life. Being diagnosed as morbidly obese with Type 2 Diabetes at the age of 30 was not enough to prompt her to change her poor eating habits and inactive lifestyle. In the early 2000's she weighed close to 400 pounds and was taking three shots a day along with handful of other prescription medications.
In July 2011, she decided to change her life and reclaim her health. She started with a simple plan; eat less, move more. She started walking at local races with friends and it eventually left here with an intense desire to learn how to run on the local and scenic mountain trails. Betsy has finished multiple 50K and 50 mile races as well as completing her first 100 mile trail race in Fall of 2016. She continues to strive to run a bucket list of endurance races across the globe. A native Californian, she happily calls the Willamette Valley of Oregon her home. She is blessed with a job she loves, serving as the Director of External Relations for a state university. She volunteers for the American Diabetes Association and the Oregon FFA (Future Farmers of America).
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Co-Founder of Novo Veritas
On February 11, 2014, Spencer Newell decided that it was time for him to address his issues with excessive abuse of alcohol. Taking a day by day approach, Spencer continues to recover from alcoholism, keeping just “today” in mind. A process oriented individual, Spencer believes that change ultimately comes from within, not from an outside source or influence.
An avid endurance sports athlete, Spencer currently competes around the Western United States as an ultra-marathon runner over distances of 50 kilometers and beyond. In his downtime, he rides and races his road bike on the scenic roads of Oregon. Having resigned from a career-track job in the hospitality industry, Spencer seeks a life of his own, based on his passions for outdoor recreation and a health and wellness lifestyle. A Corvallis resident, Spencer participates on the Board of Directors of Community Outreach,Inc. He is also active as founder and director for the Vertebrata UltraRunning Team.
Follow Spencer's journey on his blog: