2021 General Membership and Election Meeting

The 2021 General Membership and Election Meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 14 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 6254 Vicksburg St, in New Orleans. Doors open at 6:00 PM and the meeting should adjourn at 8:00 PM.

All NOTC Members in good standing are encouraged to attend. We will practice safety protocols for the health and wellness of members and attendees.

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2021-2022 Board of Directors Election

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.

Per NOTC bylaws, an election must take place. Because all positions are running uncontested, an optional paper ballot will be available at the live general membership meeting. If you choose to vote, please do so upon your arrival.

Nominations for the 2021-2022 board are now closed. The candidates are listed below.

President

Patrick Morrison

Patrick Morrison

It has been a pleasure to have been on the board for 4 years with the last 2 years 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. I enjoy serving on the board, working the events, and spending time with the members. 2 of my main goals are to enhance the member experience and reintroduce many of the programs the NOTC has moved away from in recent years.

Vice President

Roy Lissarrague

Roy Lissarrague

I am running for Vice President of the NOTC. I have been on the board for the past 5 years. I also run with Guidos on Tuesday nights and you can usually catch us on our long runs on Saturday morning. Growing up in New Orleans all my life, My parents came here from Cuba. I have enjoyed my time working with the track club and serving our community. 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.

Secretary

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 18) and Mackenzie (age 14). 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, marathons, and several ultramarathons. I am running for the NOTC Secretary position for the 2021-2022 term. I am asking for your support as I wish to serve on the NOTC Board of Directors, as Secretary, to demonstrate and encourage how running and walking with NOTC is accessible to both younger and older members of our local community.

Treasurer

Geoff Rose

Geoff Rose

I've been involved with the NOTC board for about 20 yrs. I feel giving back for many years of running/racing is the right thing to do. I want to see and work to make our club the best darn club ever. We certainly have the wherewithal to accomplish that. We on the board have a fiduciary responsibility to our members, to do the best we can. I'm looking forward to serving the NOTC in any way I can.

Members At Large

Nine to be elected.

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.

Summary of 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); RRCA Level I Certified Coach; organized two running and walking clinics in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 to promote fitness during the Covid pandemic; 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, 2019, and 2021; organized NOTC volunteers to work Crescent City Classic Water Stop Mile 3 each year since 2016 (2020 and 2021 virtual); 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.

Joey Yanosky

Joey Yanosky

I am running for the board again, because I am part of the start finish line setup and break down crew of the NOTC. I have been on the board for two years now and have loved being a part 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.

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.

J. J. Waguespack

J. J. Waguespack

I started running in the late 80's and have been a part of the NOTC since 1989. Served as Vice President and Editor of Footprints for 3 years '91 to '94, and with great assistance brought Footprints from a cut & paste magazine to a computer generated publication. I developed the Membership System and maintained the technical end of the system as a volunteer from '93 to 2012 when the NOTC went to an online system.

Served as volunteer Race director for Spillway for several years; served continuously on the NOTC board from 2010 to 2021 in either elected or appointed positions; served as primary race timer for the last 8 years since the NOTC went to chip timing; voted into the NOTC Hall of Fame; finished 9th in my AG at the 2018 Duathlon World Championships in Denmark.

Alan Rovira

Alan Rovira

Running is my passion and that passion runs deep. I would love to say that I have some great pedigree or come from a legacy of runners, but I only started running track in high school so that I could make some friends. Comradery is what originally attracted me to running and that is what makes me stick with it. I am the embodiment of the fact that people need people, like minded people, kindred minds. I have three kids who were basically raised on NOTC races and fun runs. In fact, my wife and I ran the Turkey Day race the day before our wedding (which was the front page featured article in the TP on Thanksgiving). To me, the NOTC has always been about friends, family and a good time.

I am looking to be elected to the Board of the NOTC after years of getting more out of the NOTC than I have put in. I have volunteered for quite a few early mornings with the NOTC, I have offered some advice as it pertains to safety of NOTC events, but now I really do want to do more for my club, and I am looking for support.

Sylvia Kamp

Sylvia Kamp

I have been a runner since middle school. Ran for Centre College. Coached Division I XC/TF for 12 years and then working for the governing body of those sports here in NOLA for 6 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.

Karah Lindbergh

Kara Lindbergh

I am a life-long resident of New Orleans. I went to LSU to study nutrition & dietetics & after LSU, I went on a quest for a Southwest adventure to the University of NM in Albuquerque for my dietetic internship. I moved back from my internship in 2004 then Hurricane Katrina happened & thus gained a passion for being a part of the rebirth of New Orleans post Katrina after being away for 3 years…. I started running NOTC & New Orleans area races in 2005/06 & thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many people over the years in the New Orleans running community. I am currently a Registered Dietitian in New Orleans, specializing in working with kidney patients on dialysis for almost 14 years with various companies over the years. I have a passion for running, triathlon, cycling & fitness & have participated in many races & triathlons, from short distance 5ks & sprints to marathons & Ironman distance triathlons over the past 15 years. I moved to Arizona for a short time for a great opportunity with my career in 2018-2019, then moved back to New Orleans excited to be home & unexpectedly the COVID pandemic hit a couple of short months later. Many of us persevered & made it through this challenging time... now I am excited to be a part of the rebirth of New Orleans once again post COVID, with a goal to work on my own fitness… & ready to join the New Orleans community & hopefully NOTC in the quest for running events to be back full force & get our #RUNNOLA ON AGAIN!

David A Cespedes

David A Cespedes

I am running for the NOTC board at Large as a better way to give back to a great organization. In the past, I have simply helped with races in an impromptu manner by lending a hand at the end of the events. Now my interest is to assist in a more committed manner as a member of the board.

I started running six (6) years ago looking to transition from decades of cycling. Dropping the bike and going on foot was not easy but with the encouragement, advice, and friendship of many NOTC members, I was able to slowly turn into a runner leading to the completion of a couple of marathons.

I am hoping to get elected to the NOTC Board to help continue the club's mission statement as well as help to recruit and support new members to the community, in the same manner, I was encouraged when first joining. So I ask for your support of my application as a board member-at-large with your vote.

Katelyn Fitzpatrick

Katelyn Fitzpatrick

My name is Katelyn Fitzpatrick, and I want to be a part of the NOTC board because I want to give back to the NOLA running community and help the future of the club. I grew up running and playing volleyball, and fitness continues to be a passion of mine. I play sand volleyball at White Sands in Elmwood, and I'm currently an active member of Guido Sportif and Mid City Run Club. I've learned so much about running from other members and have wanted to become more involved in the running community after joining these groups. I have run 5Ks to half marathons and hope to progress even more as a runner.

I have helped volunteer for NOTC races, and I have seen the hard work it takes to put a race together. Being part of the board would give me that opportunity to be a part of the hard work for an organization. I also want to encourage other runners and athletes of the New Orleans community to be a part of a group that's like family and help promote a healthy lifestyle.