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 four 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 of varied distances 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 4 year old girl, and a great cattledog allows me to scratch her belly daily! I like most Jazz, reading mysteries, bitter IPA's, and sarcasm. I'm a fairly 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: 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? Tops is being a grandfather. 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.


Treasurer: Craighton Chin

• How long have you been running? I started running in 1970 to get in shape and cut weight for wrestling. Over the years, I have run with (not necessarily raced against) some running greats as Jim Ryun, Steve Prefontaine, Gerry Lindgren, Frank Shorter, and Rich McCann.

• How many years have you been in GVH and why did you join? Bob Gilbert and Bea Salazar invited me to join GVH while running the Davis Stampede in 2000. Our club needs to maintain that welcoming attitude and constant recruitment!

• 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). Hope to add grandfather this year.

• Any running-related goals you hope to achieve this year? Be like LaBelle and avoid injury.

•Why did you join the board? I was inspired by my high school alumni association, which has created an endowment large enough that teachers won't have to dip into their pockets for the little extras. I hope to guide the club's finances to keep the financial barriers to participation in club activities low.

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: Joachim Schnier

• How long have you been running? Started with age 27 after having been a heavy smoker, thought that life change was needed.

• How many years have you been in GVH and why did you join? I have been a member for 5 years. Since running is part of my life, I thought to join GVH, also to communicate with people who have a similar interest. I also enjoy the social side of being a club member.

• Favorite distance/event to run (5k, 10k, half, full, ultras)? I did marathons, when I was younger. Now I am only running on events with 5k, 10k and maximum 10 miles.

• Other non-running activities you enjoy doing? Living together with my wife and traveling to our home countries, Germany and Japan. My other interests other than running are acting and programming, reading a political journal.

• Why did you join the board? I joined the board, since A) I have more time than many other runners, since I am retired and B) to give something back.

Member-at-large: Kelly Barber

Member-at-large: Brigette Haddock

Member-at-large: Chris Tyson

Member-at-large: Scott Sambucci

• How long have you been running? Off and on for more than 20 years. I always ran in high school as part of soccer, but running first became a hobby in my post-college days as a post-work exercise routine. I did a few 5ks and 10ks, and a few shorter-distance triathlons in my early-to-mid 20s. In my mid-30s, running became a huge part of my life, first as part of my longer distance triathlon training, and now in my 40s, I almost exclusively run for exercise and racing.

• How many years have you been in GVH and why did you join? This is my 4th year in GVH. I joined because I had a couple of friends that were members, and I wanted a group to run with from time to time.

• Favorite distance/event to run (5k, 10k, half, full, ultras)? Ultras are my favorite distances to run, focusing mostly on 100s and 200s as my “A” races each year, along with a couple of 50ks as training and practice for longer races.

• Other non-running activities you enjoy doing? Outside of running, my lie is pretty much consumed with family – my wife and 7-year old son – and my work – I run a sales coaching company that works with startups and tech companies. On the family side, we like to travel on adventure trips (often around races) and long weekends. In the summers, we head to Portland to visit family.

• Why did you join the board? I joined the Board to help out the club and support its efforts. I was previously part of the Mad Cows Racing Board, and I know that a lot of small contributions from many people make a huge difference in making a club run well.

GVH Club Coach: Brendan Ward

XC Women's Team Captain: Joanie Siegler

XC Men's Open Team Captain: Jose Zaragoza

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

Race Statistician: Scott Martin

Newsletter Editor: Emily Cartwright

Group Trail Runs Lead: Kelly Barber

Pace Group Lead: Ernest Shimizu

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

Graphics/Webmaster: Steve Barton,