2020 General Membership and Election Meeting

The 2020 General Membership and Election Meeting will be held online Tuesday, June 23 at 6:30PM. See more details on the Facebook event page.

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2020-2021 Board of Directors Election

The election of the 2020-2021 New Orleans Track Club Board of Directors will be conducted online with voting open from Wednesday, June 17 through Monday, June 22. Email ballots have been sent to current members. If you have not received your ballot please contact elections@runNOTC.org. In addition paper ballots may be dropped off at the NOTC office Monday, June 22 from 9:00AM until 5:00PM.

Four officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) and nine Members At Large are to be elected. For more information, see Article XI – Nominations and Elections of the NOTC Bylaws.

Nominations for the 2020-2021 board are now closed. The candidates are listed below.

President

Casey Urschel

Casey Urschel

Casey has lived in New Orleans for 7 years, and has been a member of the NOTC Board of Directors for the last 5. He currently serves as President, and is running for re election for his second term. He is an avid runner, competing mostly in the ultramarathon distance, and trains with the Louisiana Ultra Runners. He has a finance and marketing degree from the University of Kentucky, and an MBA from the University of Louisville. Casey moved to New Orleans originally for a job opportunity, then eventually started his own business, Uptown Benefits, one year ago, consulting small businesses on health insurance and employee benefits. In his free time, you can find him cheering for the University of Kentucky football and basketball teams, or running through Audubon Park.

Vice President

Patrick Morrison

Patrick Morrison

It has been a pleasure to have been on the board for 2 years with the last spent as VP. As an avid participant in running, ultra and triathlon events all over the US, I try to bring to the NOTC best practices learned at these events. The goal to make the best event possible for our members. Some of my accomplishments include the introduction of the 6 pack deal, other multi-race packages, and until Covid took place the development of a multi-race medal combo. A priority of mine for 2020/2021 should I be selected to continue as VP is to get more medium distance (10K) races on the calendar. I enjoy serving on the board, working the events, and spending time with the members.

Secretary

Mike North

Mike North

Mike has been involved with the Club since 1989, participating in hundreds of Club events and races. Throughout the 90s, he also served as race director for numerous area multi-sport races, learning through first-hand experience the ins and outs of race organization and logistics.

Mike was elected to the Board for the first time in 2018 and served as Secretary last year. He's been been active on the Race Site/Safety and By-laws Committees (for better or worse he's also mostly responsible for the music at the races).

Mike worked for years in non-profit before becoming an attorney. He practiced in New Orleans for 17 years before being appointed a Federal Magistrate Judge in March 2014, a position he holds today.

Treasurer

Geoff Rose

Geoff Rose

Members At Large

Nine to be elected.

Kristen Braud

Kristen Braud

My name is Kristen Braud and I am running for NOTC board. I have been part of the New Orleans running community for several years. I enjoy participating in the NOTC races as well as volunteering and was a recipient of the 2016 Grand Prix award.

Pat Driscoll

Pat Driscoll

I want to continue to support the mission of the New Orleans Track Club by encouraging and inspiring those in our community to reach their fitness potential through running and walking.

A summary of my qualifications: Served as Member at Large on NOTC Board of Directors since 2011. Primary area of responsibility is Racewalking Coordinator. Conduct a minimum of two NOTC Racewalking Clinics annually since 2012. Meet one on one with individuals to give racewalking guidance as an NOTC community service. NOTC Race Committee member. Racewalking Committee Chair. USATF Association Level Certified Official (Racewalking Judge) and RRCA Level I Certified Coach. USATF SafeSport Certified and RRCA SafeSport Certified (Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, Public Law 115-126). Attended RRCA Annual Conventions – 2016 and 2020. Organized NOTC volunteers to work Crescent City Classic Water Stop Mile 3 each year since 2016 (2020 canceled). Completed 4 marathons and numerous half marathons as well as numerous shorter distance races since becoming a competitive racewalker in 2003. In support of post-race activities, completed course to obtain Louisiana Responsible Vendor Server Permit issued by the office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control. Regularly work several hours each month in the NOTC office performing pre-race administrative tasks.

Lori Gaston

Lori Gaston

My name is Lori Gaston and when not running around the Southshore or Northshore, I can be found working as a travel agent handling international and domestic travel for my clients. I am the single mother of two children, Aidan (age 17) and Mackenzie (age 13). I have been a New Orleans Track Club member since 2012, but running for over 24 years. I have run and volunteered in more than 50 5k's, 10k's, and other k's both locally and regionally with NOTC, Gulf Coast Running Club, Pine Belt Pacers, Youth Run NOLA, Girls on The Run, Move Ya Brass Krewe, and Q50 Races. I have run numerous half marathons and marathons, and ran my first ultramarathon last year. I am running for the NOTC Board of Directors for the 2020 - 2021 term. I am asking for your support as I wish to serve on the NOTC Board of Directors to demonstrate and encourage how running and walking with NOTC is accessible to both younger and older members of our local community.

Jason Joubert

Jason Joubert

As a life-long runner, I wanted to pass my love of running to my children by joining the New Orleans Track Club after I moved home in 2013. I enjoyed our racing community so much that I started volunteering for races, ran for the board of directors and have had the honor of serving our community on the by-laws, start/finish line setup, nomination and scholarship committees.

I ran track and cross country in high school and have passed that passion on to the next generation as an elementary cross-country coach. I recently earned a certification as an RRCA running coach and continue to push for ways to engage our youth in our sport. We have a lot of talent in our community, and I want to see our love for this sport pass on in order to grow and strengthen our organization. I also am an active member of F3 which helps promote physical activity, positive leadership as male role models and faith in our communities. I hope to continue to serve you.

Sylvia Kamp

Sylvia Kamp

I have been a runner since middle school. Ran for Centre College. Coached Division I XC/TF for 11 years and then working for the governing body of those sports here in NOLA for 5 years. Since I am not coaching I have loved serving on the NOTC board for the last few years to stay involved with the sport. I am the current Chair of the Bylaws Committee and also serve on the Scholarship Committee. I have been the most consistent person to enter data on the day of races since I joined. I have only missed a board meeting if work called me in.

Roy Lissarrague

Roy Lissarrague

I am running for NOTC board. I have been on the board for the past 2 years. I also run with Guidos on Tuesday nights and you can usually catch us on our long runs on Saturday morning. My goal for this year is to have some sort of program where we can help families who can't afford to run a race. We are all one running family and I look forward to growing that family.

Dickie Longo

Dickie Longo

Started running at age 10 on playground track team. Been a runner for 73 years. Started running races 23 years ago when I joined NOTC. Have won close to 400 races. Ran 55 races last year in 9 different states. Have run all over the world. In that running I have seen how good races are organized and also poor organized races. Think NOTC is one of best running clubs in any country. I could bring to board some little improvement suggestions. I also could offer some marketing ideas to hopefully grow our membership. I could base my Longo Scholarship Fund program there and promote the NOTC with my running saves lives giving. Background experience in management includes being the athletic director and coach at large high school in Indiana. Served as head basketball coach and staff instructor at Tulane University. Served as co-director of the Physical Fitness Institute of America. Promoted fitness program that was used by US astronauts and executives all over nation. Director of Running for Lifetime program. Am writing a book chronicling my life story and running journey. In book will include many NOTC members and their running stories.

Tony Margherio

Tony Margherio

I was born and raised in the very small town of Ladd, IL. I attended Western Illinois University for my undergraduate work and followed that up with earning my Master's from Illinois State University. I am currently in pursuit of another Master's degree from Tulane University. All my degrees are Sport Management related, where I have roughly 15 years of experience working in sports including minor league baseball, professional baseball, arena football and most recently Tulane University Athletes, where I have been the Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing over the last seven years. I have been involved with running since a young age, as my dad was involved with our local running club and directed numerous races in our community. I have served as a RD for race while in grad school. I started a local 5k for a class project, which included securing sponsorships, awards, hiring a timing company, etc.

I instantly fell in love with the running scene when I arrived in New Orleans in 2013 and quickly got involved in as many local races as I could get my hands (or feet) on. Since I have been in NOLA I have raced over 200+ races, with majority of those taking place right here in the city. I have focused more and more on ultra running over the last 4 years and I am interested in helping out the New Orleans Track Club in any capacity that I can. I want to give back to the group that got me so engaged in the NOLA running scene and look to encourage others to get involved, to spark their love of running or simply support the local running community.

Ashley Rosenberry

Ashley Rosenberry

My name is Ashley Rosenberry and I am the Training Manager for Taste Buds Management. I have been an avid runner since 2013, and have been running with Guido Sportif for the past 2 years. Before I started running, I spent 20 years of my life studying classical ballet. Once I made the decision to hang up my pointe shoes, I struggled to find something that I enjoyed as much as ballet. Fortunately, running has filled that void in my life. I have learned to love running as much as once loved ballet, and would be honored to be more active in the running community by serving in the NOTC. Thank you for your consideration!

Randy Schmidt

Randy Schmidt

I am Randy Schmidt and I am running for the NOTC board. I have been elected to the board the last 3 years and usually in charge of the finish line set up and pouring foam less beer. I have been running NOTC races since 1981 and hope to keep running them til.......... please vote for me to help the club move foward.

Amanda Tinney Villemarette

Amanda Tinney Villemarette

Amanda is currently serving as a Board Member of the New Orleans Track Club, and has done so for the past two years. Volunteering is her way to give back to our running community, as well a meeting and getting acquainted with all the members. She is qualified for the Member at Large position because she has an extensive background in event planning, as well as having served on the Board of Directors for March of Dimes Spotlight on Success. She is an active volunteer in the Junior League of New Orleans and an advocate for women's heart health for the American Heart Association. Amanda takes great pride in being a member and volunteer for the NOTC.

Joey Yanosky

Joey Yanosky

I am running for the board again, because I am part of the start finish line set up and break down crew of the NOTC. I have been on the board for one year now and have loved being apart of this organization more than just volunteering for races. I love to help wherever and whenever I can for this organization. I am also an active member of Guido Sportif. I love to run with the members of the track club and love the events that this club puts on. I have run a bunch of races and I am currently training for my first marathon. I hope that I will be elected again to continue to serve the members of the club and help put on races for the club as well.