Running USA Committees

 

Standing committees as of June 2016. If you have any questions, please reach out to Running USA Director of Communications Scott Bush at scott@runningusa.org.

 

Audit, Budget and Finance Committee

Review and accept the annual audited statements, management letter, auditor letter and recommendations to the Board of Directors and to oversee the system of internal control of the corporation. Oversee the investments of the corporation and to advise the Board of Directors on investment matters.

Members: Gary Schwake, Jack Staph, Tony Reed

Staff: Rich Harshbarger

Chair: Lonnie Somers

 

Governance and Elections Committee

Provide on-going evaluation of the organization’s governance structure to ensure the most efficient ways to conduct business and establish accountability, to consult and mentor members serving in governance positions, to assume the nominating function and evaluation of the board, to review the bylaws periodically and initiate board training for newly elected directors. Conduct the annual process of director elections including the call for nominees, vetting the candidates, determine the election cycle, establish the vehicle for voting, tally the ballots, verify elected individuals are willing to serve and announce the results of voting.

Members: Iris Simpson, Renee Washington, Jack Staph, Brian Lively, Matt West, Virginia Brophy-Achman, Bill Roe, General Counsel, Gary Schwake

Staff: Rich Harshbarger

Chairs: Beth Salinger

 

Membership Committee

Grow Running USA by creating and implementing recruitment and retention programs to increase and maintain membership.

Members:  Mike Coleman, Mike Schmitz, Jeff Matlow, Steve Mazza, Matt Downin, Tracy Sunlund, Stuart Weiss, Heidi Swartz, Gary Schwake

Staff: Rich Harshbarger

Chair: Matt West

 

Awards Committee

Annually create and implement the process for selecting the Alan Steinfeld Development Award, youth award recipients, the Women’s Trailblazer and the Hall of Champions inductees and serve as ambassadors to the winners during the annual conference.

Members: Lonnie Somers, Dimity McDowell, Iris Simpson Bush, Jay Sutherland, Tracy Sundlun, Gary Schwake

Staff: Rich Harshbarger, Scott Bush, Christine Bowen

Co-Chairs: Bill Roe and Beth Salinger

 

Strategic Planning

Identify long-term goals and objectives for the organization and engage the committees to provide action steps in the fulfillment of the adopted strategic plan. Grow the sport of road and trail racing by providing a national platform that embraces the professional athlete and the youth to follow in their footsteps. Develop and implement pertinent and reliable news and research while evaluating such products and activities as potential revenue streams for the organization. Work with the Running USA staff to maintain the Social Media and Research Calendar.

Members: Jeff Matlow, Mike Coleman, Faron Kelley, Gary Schwake, Tracy Sundlun, Max Siegel, Virginia Brophy Achman, Stuart Weiss, Heidi Swartz, Brian Lively, Dimity McDowell

Staff: Rich Harshbarger

Co-Chairs: Lonnie Somers, Stan Brajer

 

Conference Committee

Plan and organize the Running USA conference(s).

Members: Doug Kaplan, Mike Riley, Mike Coleman, Donna Grogan, Dave McGillivray, Creigh Kelley, Beth Salinger, Danny Bourgeois, Matt West, Gary Schwake

Staff: All Staff

Chair: Christine Bowen

 

Fundraising Committee

Serve as a resource for philanthropically giving to the organization including silent and live auction item procurement.  Provide insightful recommendations for new sponsor targets. Enhance the organizations’ product line by developing new revenue streams.

Members: Faron Kelley, Iris Simpson Bush, Max Siegel, Steve Mazza, Gary Schwake

Staff: Rich Harshbarger

Chair: Bryan Lively

 

Compensation Committee

Members: Beth Salinger, Lonnie Somers, Jack Staph, Mike Schmitz, Mike Coleman, Gary Schwake

 

Technology Committee

Members: Mike Coleman, Lonnie Sommers, Jeff Matlow, Tony Reed, Gary Schwake

Staff: Rich Harshbarger, Leah Etling

Chair: Galen Burson

 

Education Committee

New ways to educate Running USA members with year-round content

Members: Renee Washington, Gary Schwake, Sarah Ratzlaff, Tony Reed, Mike Coleman, Matt Weiss, Lacie Whyte, Patrice Matamoros, Matt West, Stuart Weiss, Dimity McDowell

Staff: Scott Bush, Rich Harshbarger and Christine Bowen

Chair: Virginia Brophy Achman

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