Running USA Board of Directors
 

Virginia Brophy Achman

Director
(Term through June 2017)

Iris Simpson Bush

Director
(Term through June 2017)

Mike Coleman

Vice President
(Term through June 2018)

 

Faron Kelley - run Disney

Faron Kelley

Director
(Term through June 2017)

Bryan Lively

Bryan Lively

Director
(Term through June 2018)

Jeff Matlow

Secretary

 

Steve Mazza

Director
(Term through June 2017)

Dimity McDowell

Director
(Term through June 2018)

Anthony Reed

Director
(Term through June 2017)

 

Beth Salinger

Director
(Term expires June 2017)

Mike Schmitz

Director
(Term expires June 2017)


Gary Schwake

President
(Term through June 2018)

 

Max Siegel

Director

Lonnie Somers

Lonnie Somers

Treasurer

Jack Staph

Director
(Term through June 2018)

 

 

Heidi Swartz

Director
(Term through June 2018)

 

Renee Washington

Renee Washington

Director

 

Stuart Weiss

Director
(Term through June 2018)

 

Matt West

Director
(Term through June 2018)
     
       

Running USA Board Members - Joe MorenoVirginia Brophy Achman

Director
(Term through June 2017)

Executive Director, Twin Cities in Motion

A past president of the Running USA Board of Directors, Virginia Brophy Achman has served as head of Twin Cities in Motion since 1999. She has extensive experience in finance, race operations, and sponsorship negotiation.She is part of the planning committee for the first National Marathon Safety and Security Summit, which will be held this year. Under her leadership, Twin Cities in Motion has been a committed sponsor of elite athlete development programs, and its marathon and 10 mile events have hosted multiple USA National Championships. Virginia continues to volunteer in support of Minnesota running events.
 

 

 

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Iris Simpson Bush

Iris Simpson Bush

Director
(Term through June 2017)

Executive Director, Flying Pig Marathon

Simpson-Bush has been involved with the Flying Pig Marathon since its planning stages, as a volunteer and board member before taking over the executive director’s job in 2002. Under Iris’ direction, the Marathon reached new highs in registration and corporate sponsorship, expanded the Victory Party, added a 10K and boasted ‘entertainment every mile’ in 2003. For 2004 she added a 5K fun run and in 2005 added the Half Marathon presented by National City. She and the Marathon were recognized by the Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau in 2004 with the Spirit award for contributions to Greater Cincinnati tourism.

Iris has established herself as one of the industry leaders in race event management.  Her management skills in directing such issues as crisis planning, growth in charitable services and ecologically responsible event management have many in the industry seeking her advice and counsel.  Under her leadership The Pig has developed a reputation for creativity and innovation.

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Mike Coleman

Vice President
(Term through June 2018)

Running USA Board Member, At-Large

Mike Coleman is CEO/President of TimingHQ, a national timing and registration management company. In Coleman’s tenure within the running industry he helped introduce Eventbrite to the endurance space by taking on the role of Head of Acquisitions, Endurance Sports for Eventbrite and previous to that served as Director of Strategic Accounts and Business Development at Active Network for over a decade.

Over the last 12 years, Mike has aided in the success of programs across all endurance sports, with an emphasis in the running community. From managing relationships with the top endurance industry national governing bodies and organizations to some of the most prestigious events in the world, he has actively worked with these organizations to help increase participation, manage their events and build communities.

Mike has had a lifelong passion for running ever since winning his first event at the young age of eight. He continued his passion through high school where he was undefeated his senior year in Track & Field, including winning four gold medals at his high school track meet. In college, he became an All American in Track & Field and today enjoys satisfying his competitive urge by participating in running events and triathlons.

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Faron KelleyRunning USA Board Members - Faron Kelley

Director
(Term through June 2017)

Marketing ESPN Wide World of Sports and runDisney

In 2006, Kelley ran his half marathon and was immediately hooked on the sport of running. He has gone on to run 9 more half marathons and 12 full marathons. As luck would have it, he became the head of marketing for Disney Sports, merging his personal and professional passions

During Kelley's time at Disney Sports, the company launched the runDisney brand, and introduced a number of new race weekends, including Princess Half Marathon, Tinker Bell Half Marathon, Wine & Dine Half Marathon, and the Tower of Terror 10- Miler. RunDisney is a brand focused on the belief that everyone can run, one that provides novice runners with the tools and support to make their running dreams come true.

 

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Bryan Lively - Crowdrise

Bryan Lively

Director
(Term through June 2018)

VP of Sales and Customer Success, Crowdrise

Bryan Lively is the Vice President of Sales & Customer Success at CrowdRise. CrowdRise is the platform that millions of people, charities, companies and celebrities use to give back.  People use the site to donate to and fundraise for the causes they’re passionate about. CrowdRise’s unique approach to making giving back fun and notable and cool and interesting creates a network effect that drives amazing awareness and, most importantly, revolutionary fundraising for thousands of organizations everyday.

Bryan is responsible for the growth strategy and leads both the inbound and outbound sales and account management teams all while ensuring that CrowdRise’s partners have the best experience ever on the platform.  Bryan has cultivated a customer experience that is unique and has proven long term customer loyalty.  He has been instrumental in CrowdRise’s vision and rapid growth since he joined the team in June of 2014. Bryan is innovative, strategic, customer minded and goal orientated. 

Bryan spent time with Moosejaw Mountaineering, J.Crew and Gap Inc.  He has always played a key role in developing teams, accelerating growth in both large and small retailers, building strong brands and creating customer loyalty.  Bryan studied at Michigan State University and earned a degree in Business Administration.  He prides himself on being balanced to truly enjoy everything that life has to offer.  Outside of the office, Bryan enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.   He also enjoys running all distances as well as cycling and yoga.

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Jeff Matlow

Secretary

Founder and CEO of I Am Athlete

Jeff Matlow is the founder and CEO of I Am Athlete, Inc, a leading provider of technology, database management, e-commerce and social networking solutions for the athletic market. Jeff guides the strategic growth and development of the organization and has led the company towards exceeding 400% yearly growth since its inception. Previously, Jeff was an Executive Marketer, including stints as CEO of Crank! Marketing and General Manager / SVP of Alloy, Inc, where he oversaw the development of strategic initiatives for such organizations as Citibank, Universal, Nike, Kellogg’s and eBay.

Jeff was also a member of the USA Triathlon Board of Directors from 2006-09 where he served as Treasurer and led the Marketing and Technology Committees. His initiatives led to over 300% growth in USAT’s investments.

Jeff is a member of the Running USA Marketing Committee and involved in developing Running USA’s Discover Running initiative. He is also a marathoner, Ironman triathlete and sports journalist.

 

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Steve Mazza

Director
(Term through June 2017)

Events.com

Steve Mazza is director of U.S. sales for Events.com and has worked in the software sector of the endurance sports industry since 1999. His passion for running started early - he  watched his father race in 5/10K events, and ran cross country and track & field in junior and senior high school. Mazza has held key positions in sales, marketing and business development at software companies that support the running industry.

 

 

 

 

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Dimity McDowell

Director
(Term through June 2018)

Co-Founder, Another Mother Runner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anthony ReedNick Curl

Director
(Term through June 2017)

Founder, National Black Marathoners Association

In 2004, Tony Reed co-founded the National Black Marathoners Association to attract more minority participants to the sport. His personal running career, in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle, began in 1974. Since then, he has logged tens of thousands of miles and hundreds of marathons, including a marathon event on every continent and in every U.S. state. He is the author of Running Shoes Are Cheaper Than Insulin: Marathon Adventures On All Seven Continents

 

 

 

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Beth Salinger

Director
(Term expires June 2017)

Hospital Hill Run Race Director

Beth Salinger has been the chairperson of the Running USA Membership Committee since January 2010, and in that time she helped to create new membership categories, helped to communicate and deliver membership benefits, and created member and non-member surveys to best understand the membership.

In July 2010, seeing that the Running USA Marketing Committee Chair was open, Ms. Salinger became the chair of that committee while remaining an active member on the Running USA Membership Committee. Although not a board member at the time, Ms. Salinger felt that it was important to get involved and support the goals of Running USA.

Ms. Salinger has been working in the running industry since 2001. She founded Endurance Marketing Inc in 2003, and has been the race director of Hospital Hill Run since 2007. During that time, she has grown the event by 237%. Over the years, Ms. Salinger has worked on hundreds of events from local 5Ks to larger national marathons, and she loves helping all athletes achieve their goals of crossing the finish line.

 

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Running USA Board Members - Mike SchmitzMike Schmitz

Director
(Term expires June 2017)

emediagroup

As a 2000 NCAA Cross Country All-American and University of Wisconsin-Platteville record holder in 10,000 meters and distance medley relay, Mike Schmitz has been actively participating in the sport of running from an early age.

Mike has been involved in the running industry since 2004 and he is currently an Event Media Customer Service Representative for emediagroup. Mike is a 12 year veteran of the print industry, 10 of those years being involved in sales and production of race bib numbers.  Before joining emediagroup, Mike served in the roles of President and Chief Running Officer of Electric City Printing.  Mike has a degree in Industrial Technology Management with Minors in Drafting/Product Design and Sales/Service from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

He was also the Volunteer Assistant Race Director for Spinx RunFest 2005-06.

Mike brings youth and working experience in the running industry, and he is still an active competitor, coming in second at Disney’s 2009 Tower of Terror 13K and completing the 2010 Boston Marathon.

 

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Gary Schwake

President
(Term through June 2018)

Vice President of Strategic Business Development, ACTIVE Network / Virtual Event Bags

Gary and his business partner Chris and started Virtual Race Bags as a result of their experience participating in, producing and sponsoring events. They've now been involved in the event / endurance industry in various capacities for more than a decade.  Virtual Race Bags works directly with events of all sizes, from ultra runs with 150 participants to large, national events with more than 50,000.  The company also works with National, Regional and Local brands that seek to reach event participants through sponsorship and other special programs.  Prior to Virtual Race Bags, Gary worked at Wells Fargo (Wachovia) for 10 years, predominantly in the Media & Communications Investment Banking Group.  He notes: "I was fortunate enough to work during the rise of digital, giving me the opportunity to observe how this transformation was impacting large public companies, small private companies, private equity and venture capital groups."

 

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Max Siegel

Director

CEO, USATF

Sports and entertainment executive Max Siegel became the fourth CEO of USA Track & Field on May 1, 2012. At USATF, Siegel quickly went to work on growing the USATF business. Since February, 2013, USATF has announced partnerships with The Hershey Company, Neustar, the University of Phoenix, Coach’s Eye, and a landmark deal with Nike.

Working in various executive capacities in the sports and entertainment fields over the last 20 years, Siegel’s track record has consistently been that of financial growth and competitive success.

He previously served as President of Global Operations at Dale Earnhardt Inc., where he sold tens of millions of dollars in sponsorship; and as Senior Vice President at Sony/BMG and as President of Zomba Gospel, Tommy Boy Gospel and Verity Records, where he led one of the most profitable divisions in the Sony BMG system. As a music executive, he increased top-line revenue and reduced expenses to yield unprecedented profit in the gospel industry. He also was part of the executive team overseeing the careers of stars such as Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Usher.

As the owner of Rev Racing, Siegel took NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program and advanced it from a fledging effort to add diversity to the sport into a competitive juggernaut on the racetrack.


Siegel is a former director on the boards of USA Track & Field and the USA Swimming Foundation. Additional Olympic-family experience includes work with USA Gymnastics, USA Skiing, USA Swimming and the Goodwill Games while he was an attorney with Indianapolis-based Baker & Daniels in the 1990s. In addition to representing sports figures such as Hall of Famers Reggie White and Tony Gwynn during their careers, he has created literary, television and film properties, including the 2010 BET Networks series, “Changing Lanes,” and the 2011 ESPN documentary, “Wendell Scott: A Race Story.” Scott was later selected as an inductee into the NASCAR Hall of Fame for 2015. Siegel also is the author of “Know What Makes Them Tick: How to Successfully Negotiate Almost Any Situation.”

The first African-American to graduate with honors from Notre Dame law school, Siegel is a native of Indianapolis.

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Lonnie Somers

Lonnie Somers
Treasurer

CEO & Founder, Fetal Hope Foundation; President, Hallucination Sports

Lonnie Somers has more than 15 years experience in various executive capacities. Somers serves as the Chairman and CEO of the Fetal Hope Foundation, a foundation the found after his own twin daughters were saved by having in-utero fetal surgery, that provides resources, education and support to families affected by fetal syndromes (some 800,000 pregnancies are affected in the U.S. each year). He has built a national comprehensive family-involved run/walk and family festival event (Race for Fetal Hope), which the event was recently selected as the “2009 Best 5K in Colorado”. Somers created the national race series from the ground up with little seed funding. In addition, he is well-versed in sponsorship sales and marketing.

Somers also is President of Hal Sports, a dedicated timing, scoring and consulting company. Somers' background includes being a licensed CPA, a partner in an investment banking consulting firm. Somers is a passionate runner with multiple marathons, ultras and numerous other races to his credit.

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Running USA Board Members - Jack StaphJack Staph

Director
(Term through June 2018)

Attorney, president/owner of Cleveland Marathon

Jack Staph is the president of the Cleveland Marathon, Inc., owner of the Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K. He is also the Executive Director of the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K. Mr. Staph is an attorney and counselor in private practice in Pepper Pike, Ohio, specializing in corporate, business and antitrust law. He is also a private investor and an executive in several companies throughout the country.

From 1972 to 1997, he served as senior vice president, secretary and general counsel for Revco, D.S., Inc. in Twinsburg, Ohio.

He has been involved with the Cleveland Marathon as Race Chairman for 30 years, has completed seven marathons, and been selected to the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame.

 

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Heidi Swartz

Heidi Swartz

Director
(Term through June 2018)

Executive Director, The Cowtown

Heidi Swartz is Executive Director of The Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth, Texas.  In its 39th year with over 26,000 participants and six races over the last weekend in February, The Cowtown Marathon has nearly tripled in size since 2004 under Swartz's direction.   In 2006, she created The Cowtown Marathon's associated non-profit organization, C.A.L.F. (Children's Activities for Life and Fitness), which provides over 5,000 disadvantaged children with greatly reduced entry in the race and free training equipment, including running shoes.

Actively involved in her city's health and prosperity, Swartz currently serves as secretary on the board of "FitWorth," the Mayor of Fort Worth's healthy living initiative, and the Marketing Advisory Board of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Heidi Swartz is also a successful and in-demand consultant for other race events in the DFW area, acting as an expert in race management and producing multiple events throughout the year.

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Renee Washington

Director

COO, USATF

An attorney with expertise in business affairs, contract negotiations, compliance issues and the nonprofit sector, Renee Chube Washington is Chief Operating Officer of USA Track & Field.

A Georgetown University Law graduate, Ms. Washington’s professional career began in government, working as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. While at the Department of Labor, Ms. Washington advanced to Deputy Associate General Counsel and Acting Associate General Counsel, leading a team of more than 20 attorneys. She previously worked for Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation and CICOA, a private, nonprofit agency advocate for the aged.
 
A past president of the Junior League of Indianapolis, her extensive work in social causes includes volunteering for Wishard Memorial Hospital’s Foundation Board; the Girl Scouts; American Cancer Society Guild; and numerous educational, cultural and political causes. Ms. Washington earned her undergraduate degree at Spelman College. She resides in Indianapolis.

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Stuart Weiss

Stuart Weiss

Director
(Term through June 2018)

Medical Director, New York Road Runners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Matt West

Matt West

Director
(Term through June 2018)

Senior VP of Operations, DMSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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