The New Faces of the UVRC Board
By: Jim Burnett
RJ is one of our newest board members. He brings a big smile, enthusiasm and a willingness to evolve UVRC back into a fun and social running club now that COVID is fading into the rearview mirror. RJ is also in the process of transitioning into the club presidency in an effort to bring the younger generation into club leadership.
After stepping in to represent UVRC’s partner, Lebanon Recreation, Arts and Parks, for Paul Coats while he was on sabbatical leave, she has now fully assumed the roll as UVRC Treasurer and Lebanon RAP. Like RJ, Krissy is part of UVRC’s youth movement and brings boundless energy and fresh ideas for ways our club can can support Upper Valley running for runners of all ages.
When RJ becomes UVRC President, Matt will become VP. Matt is another new board member and is currently restructuring our Committees list. He has already started to send out invites for runners to volunteer for the committees of their choosing. Please consider volunteering as a committee member. While the UVRC website is currently undergoing changes and updates, you can contact Matt directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or continue to go to our website for details on committees (uppervalleyrunningclub.org).
Hannah has been the face of the Saturday Group Runs for a few years and has guided the activity through COVID. Hannah has recently joined the board and now that we are ready to restart in-person group runs looks forward to meeting runners at Colburn Park on Saturday mornings and post-run gatherings at Lucky’s Garage Cafe like we used to do. Look for Hannah’s announcement with details about restarting Saturday Group Runs.
While not a board member (yet), Keriann is one of our young Essential Contributors as the leader of our Couch to 5K Program (C25K). C25K is underway as I write and is our first program to get back to in-person mode. C25K is one of UVRC’s most successful programs since its inception about five years ago.
Tiff is serving her second term on the board and is the coordinator of the UVRC online apparel store through Top Stitch Embroidery. Tiff also volunteers on other committees.
Dorcas is UVRC Secretary and Tuesday Night Track (TNT) coach along with Tim Smith. Dorcas brings her expertise and experience as a three-time US Olympic Nordic Skier and longtime Hanover High School women’s cross country coach to help runners of all abilities to improve their running and racing.
Rebecca Stanfield McCown
Rebecca served on the board for two terms before taking over the coordination of UVRC’s Mt. Washington Road Race team of racers and volunteers.
Alex served on the board for two terms then became an Essential Contributor as the manager of the UVRC website, group emails and other technical matters.
Amanda served on the board for a term as social committee chairperson and co-editor of the newsletter before focusing on remodeling the UVRC website. While no longer officially on the board, Amanda continues to co-chair the newsletter and remains on hand to help with our website.
Tim served as UVRC president for two terms then turned his attention to coaching. Coach Tim and Dorcas lead TNT workouts and, during COVID, Tim kept us all busy with Lone Runner Challenges and virtual TNT training.
Geoff is one of UVRC’s founders, served three terms as President of the club and has been on the board since the club’s inception in 2011. He is the UVRC racing coordinator, including the Upper Valley Running Series and the New Hampshire Grand Prix Series. As you can see from his photo, Geoff is an able navigator.
I have served on the board for about seven years and as UVRC President for three and am now turning the reins over to our very capable fearless leader, RJ. I plan to spend most of my time with my family, including Mookie of course.