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Board Members

President: Mike Johnson


• How long have you been running? Got the running bug over 40 years ago through a class at Indiana University which taught the importance of pace.
• How many years have you been in GVH and why did you join? I’ve been a GVH member for three years joining with the aim of finding like-minded people which to run and socialize when I moved to Davis.
• Favorite distance/event to run (5k, 10k, half, full, ultras)? I’ve done marathons in my early years but my recent passion is trail running and half marathons.
• Other non-running activities you enjoy doing? I’m a father of twin adult boys (one of which went to UCD), a grandfather to a beautiful 2 year old girl, and a great cattledog allows me to scratch her belly daily! I like most Jazz, reading mysteries, hazy IPA's, and sarcasm. I'm a recent golfer thanks to GVH's senior golf sub-group! And I work as an analyst for Raley's in the merchandising division. Running goal is to improve my super senior half marathon time while staying healthy!
• Why did you join the board? I joined the board to give back after enjoying the team perks at Lake Tahoe Relays and our GVH XC team.

Vice President: Sarah Kay



• How long have you been running? I've been running since I graduated from UCD in 2007. I wanted to stay in shape with a cheaper and more mobile sport than the crew I did while in college.
• How many years have you been in GVH and why did you join? I joined GVH in 2008--my boyfriend at the time had started running with the club and encouraged me to join. The relationship with him didn't last but my relationship with GVH has! :)
• Favorite distance/event to run (5k, 10k, half, full, ultras)? My favorite distance is a half marathon, although I enjoy the speed and excitement of 5ks and the strategy and challenge of marathons as well.
• Other non-running activities you enjoy doing? I love other outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and dog agility, but also enjoy more quiet, domestic pursuits: I am a voracious reader and obsessed with cooking and baking. I enjoy challenging myself with new recipes and techniques as well as with different genres or topics of literature.
• Any running-related goals you hope to achieve this year This year I hope to achieve a 40 minute 10k and a sub 3:15 marathon. Other than that I want to try new distances and possibly hit the trails more!
• Why did you join the board? GVH is a wonderful club and has been incredibly good to me. I wanted to take the opportunity to give back to the club that has meant so much to me.

Treasurer: Craighton Chin


• How long have you been running? I started running in 1970 to get in shape and cut weight for wrestling.
• How many years have you been in GVH and why did you join? Bob Gilbert and Bea invited me to join GVH while running the Davis Stampede in 2000.
• Favorite distance/event to run (5k, 10k, half, full, ultras)? 5k and XC. The speed hurts but I feel mostly recovered the next day. A marathon kills my knees for months.
• Other non-running activities you enjoy doing? Golf, skiing, biking, and work (surgery is still rewarding).
• Any running-related goals you hope to achieve this year? Be like LaBelle and avoid injury.
•Why did you join the board? Help Cristina, she has tremendous energy and heart.

Co-Secretary: Tara Steinmetz



• How long have you been running? 6 years.
• How many years have you been in GVH and why did you join? Just starting my second year in GVH. I love runners, the community, and how they help each other. Also, everything's better with training buddies!
• Favorite distance/event to run (5k, 10k, half, full, ultras)? It changes back and forth, but ultras have been winning of late - and pretty much anything on trails!
• Other non-running activities you enjoy doing? I love spending time with my dogs, CrossFit, watching movies with my friends, and trying delicious new beers.
• Any running-related goals you hope to achieve this year? I want another WS qualifier at Canyons 100KM, hopefully beating my time from last year in the process. I haven't set my fall goals yet, but a second 100-mile-run seems like a fun challenge. A more general goal is to improve speed and strength.
• Why did you join the board? I wanted to get more involved in the club, and to play more of a part in the great role GVH has in the running community here.

Co-Secretary: Steve Barton



• How long have you been running? I started running mid-way through high school, ran XC and track and college, and it's been a regular recreational activity since.
• How many years have you been in GVH and why did you join? 3+ years. I was working on the UC Davis campus, and I started meeting the GVH club for the group runs at Fleet Feet to meet some other runners in Davis and get some structure for my training and racing.
• Favorite distance/event to run (5k, 10k, half, full, ultras)? I really enjoy the Fall XC race series in Northern California that is organized by the Pacific Association of USATF. The races are typically about 4-6 miles. A couple of other favorite races are the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco and also the Dipsea trail race in Marin County. Both are about 12k.
• Other non-running activities you enjoy doing? Outdoor recreational activities: biking, hiking, golf, tennis, skiing, Ultimate.
• Any running-related goals you hope to achieve this year? Ideally, I would like to train for a marathon and qualify for Boston. I'm hoping to do the Dipsea race in June. I would like to do most of the Fall XC races.
• Why did you join the board? I've met a lot of nice people in the club, and it's fun to help organize events, so it seemed like a natural idea.

Member-at-large: Talyon Sortor

• How long have you been running? I have been running off and on since I was in junior high, but have only been serious about training for marathons in the last six years.
• How many years have you been in GVH and why did you join? I have been in GVH for a little over a year. I joined because a friend of mine told me if I wanted to improve my running and get faster I needed to join GVH. I also wanted to meet other runners in the community that would help motivate me to improve.
• Favorite distance/event to run (5k, 10k, half, full, ultras)? My favorite distance is the marathon due to the challenge of it. I have done seven marathons and each one was a unique challenge for me.
• Other non-running activities you enjoy doing? I enjoy just about anything in the mountains. I love to hike, backpack, bicycle, and sea kayak when I am not running.
• Any running-related goals you hope to achieve this year? My goals in the next year are to set a new PR when I run Boston and then focus more on trails and shorter distances to get ready for cross country season.
• Why did you join the board? I joined the board because I have gotten a lot from GVH and believe in helping out organizations I believe in, and who can say no to Cristina when she asks for help?

Member-at-large: Kelly Barber

Member-at-large: Steve Lynch

• How many years have you been in GVH and why did you join? 12 Years.
• Favorite distance/event to run (5k, 10k, half, full, ultras)? My favorite distance is the half marathon.
• Other non-running activities you enjoy doing? My other hobbies/passions include golf, sea kayaking, environmental issues and Saturday morning coffee with GVH.
• Any running-related goals you hope to achieve this year? My goal this year is to keep up with my adult kids on our 5-7 mile family runs.
• Why did you join the board? I joined the Board because GVH is a wonderful club with many smart people that provides many learning opportunities.

GVH Club Coach: Brendan Ward

XC Women's Team Captain: Joanie Siegler

XC Men's Open Team Captain: Ollie Ehlinger

XC Men's Senior, Super Senior and Master Team Captain: Craighton Chin

Race Statistician: Scott Martin

Newsletter Editor: Emily Cartwright

Group Trail Runs Lead: Annie Ciernia  

Pace Group Lead: Ernest Shimizu

Western States 100-mile Endurance Run aid-station coordinators: Ling-ru Chu, Bruce Labelle

Graphics/Webmaster: Steve Barton, Mark Felice