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Board Members

President: Cristina Ramirez
  • How long have you been running? 15 years
  • How many years have you been in GVH and why did you join? I joined GVH January 2012, so it’s been 5 awesome years. I joined GVH to meet more runners to train with for the 2013 Boston Marathon, and just to meet more people who share their crazy love for running as I always had. I've stayed because GVHers inspire me daily to get out there and keep running.
  •  Favorite distance/event to run (5k, 10k, half, full, ultras)? I really enjoy the marathon. I’m not a very fast runner, so I find that it is easier to train for a PR in a marathon than for anything shorter than the half. Now I'm starting to get the trail/ultra fever.
  •  Other non-running activities you enjoy doing?I really enjoy going hiking with Chris and our pups, Ranger and Shelby. I also enjoy binge watching my favorite shows on Netflix or Amazon or HBO Go, as well as reading a good book cover to cover, just got done with the new Harry Potter book. :)
  • Any running-related goals you hope to achieve this year? Complete at least one Ultra, my last attempt was a disaster, mainly due to poor training and low motivation. But this year I hope to get at least one more 50K under 6 hours done. Also, I would like to run 1 mile under 6 minutes before my 30th birthday in April. I haven't seen the sub-6 minute mile since I was 17!
  • Why did you join the board?  I enjoy being able to give back to the club. Last year was a very challenging year as a Board Member, but I learned a ton and I'm looking forward to continue to contribute to growth of the Club one more year as a Board Member.


Vice President:
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, avoid injury.
  • Why did you join the board?  Help Cristina, she has tremendous energy and heart.

Secretary: Tara Steinmetz

  • How long have you been running? 5 years
  • How many years have you been in GVH and why did you joinJust 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 yearI 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 boardI 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. 



Treasurer: Mike Johnson

  • How long have you been running? Got the running bug 40 years ago through an aerobics 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 two years joining with the aim of finding like-minded people which to run and socialize.
  • Favorite distance/event to run (5k, 10k, half, full, ultras)? I’ve done about 50 marathons over the years but my recent passion is trail running, varied distances.  I’ve enjoyed coaching budding marathoners individually and through USA Fit in San Diego.
  • Other non-running related things about you, that you would like to share? I’m single - a father of twin adult boys, one of which went to UCD (which incubated my life change to move to Davis).  I like most Jazz and Americana music, reading, mediation, craft brews, and sarcasm.  I'm a recent golfer thanks to GVH's senior club!  And I work as an analyst for Raley's in the merchandising division.
  •  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.


Members-at-large:


Co-Secretary: 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 sub 19-minute 5k, a 40 minute 10k and a sub 1:30 half. 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.

Co-Treasurer: Mark Felice
  • How long have you been running? I started running competitively my freshman year of high school, about 15 years ago, and continued through college. I kept running off and on after college, but I needed a group of people to keep me company and keep me motivated to train consistently.  
  • How many years have you been in GVH and why did you joinI joined GVH about 4 years ago, around the time I moved to Davis
  • Favorite distance/event to run (5k, 10k, half, full, ultras)? My favorite distance is the 1500m, but I also love running the PAUSATF cross-country circuit in the fall.
  • Any running-related goals you hope to achieve this year? My main goal for the year is to break 4 minutes in the 1500, but I’d like to get faster over all distances.
  • Why did you join the boardI joined the board this year, because I’ve enjoyed being a part of GVH the past few years and wanted to get more involved, and I’m looking forward to another great year!


Media/IT Lead: 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. 


GVH Club Coach: Brendan Ward


XC Women's Team Captain
Joannie 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 Captain
Annie Ciernia

Pace Group Captain
Ernest Shimizu

Western States-100 aid-station coordinators
Ling-ru Chu, Bruce Labelle 

Graphics/Webmaster
Steve Barton, Mark Felice