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2012 Recommended Slate of Officers and Directors

2012 Notice of the Annual Meeting of the RRCA Membership

All members of the RRCA in good standing as of March 1, 2012 are welcome and encouraged to attend the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Membership. Participation in the 2012 RRCA National Convention is not required in order to attend the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Membership.  The meeting will take place on March 16, 2012 at 3:15 PM (Central) at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee 38120. 

Report of the Nominating Committee

The following individuals represent the recommended slate of Officers and Directors from the nominations submitted for election to the RRCA Board of Directors.  These individuals have been interviewed and recommended by the Nominating Committee of Irv Newman (Chair), Mel Williams (RRCA member), Sue Brown-Nickerson (IN State Rep), Elizabeth Unislawski (RRCA member), and Don Kardong (past president).


David Cotter is a California native and is a fifty year resident of South Lake Tahoe, California. He has been running since 1990 and his passion is running the trails of the High Sierra within the Lake Tahoe Basin and the trails of Hawaii. David is the Immediate Past President of both the Tahoe Mountain Milers (Lake Tahoe) and Sagebrush Stompers (Carson City, Nevada) Running Club. David was appointed as the RRCA Nevada State Rep in 1998 and as the RRCA Northern California State Rep in 2002. In 2004 he served as the Convention Director for the RRCA National Convention and was awarded as the 2003 RRCA State Rep of the Year.  He is the race director for a variety of running events at Lake Tahoe including the Tahoe Rim Trail 50K/50M/100M Endurance Runs, which served as the RRCA National Ultra Championship from 2007 - 2011.  David has served two terms as RRCA Vice President beginning in 2008. David has served on numerous RRCA committees including chairing the Strategic Planning Task Force, the Fundraising Task Force, and the Executive Director Performance Review Committee.

Vice President

Mitch is very active with the Ann Arbor Track Club, where he has served as president since 2009 (vice president from 2004 to 2008) and as a board member and executive committee member since 2004. He writes a regular column for his club’s newsletter, The Streak. He is also a committee member of two mid-sized races in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Dexter-Ann Arbor Run and the Burns Park Run. He has also served two terms as the RRCA Central Region Director starting in 2008. In 2010, he was appointed by the Board to chair the RRCA Distance Running Hall of Fame Selection Committee. In 2011, he drafted the RRCA Member Accountability Process to address members that flagrantly disregard RRCA membership policies, which was adopted by the RRCA Board.  Mitch was recently was appointed to serve as the Masters Athlete Information Center Coordinator for USATF’s Masters Long Distance Running Committee. Mitch is a member of the Ann Arbor Track Club’s men’s masters 60+ team, which in 2011 won the USATF men’s masters 60+ grand prix national championship. Mitch is an attorney with the law firm Allotta, Farley & Widman Co. He graduated cum laude from Yale University with a major in economics. He received his Juris Doctor from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.


Dennis has been a certified public accountant for over thirty-five years and retired from practice in 2004. Dennis was appointed as the RRCA Treasurer in 2005 and was elected in 2006 to his first term as treasurer.  As a member of the Badgerland Striders since 1978, he has served in several leadership roles including the treasurer and president positions. He has chaired their finance committee and now continues to serve as a committee member. He was a race director for eleven years for an 800 participant race in his community. Dennis has completed ten marathons and two ultras in his thirty years of running. Dennis has been a long time supporter of the RRCA National Convention by attending thirteen out of the past fifteen conventions and he was on the organizing committee of the 2007 RRCA Convention hosted by the Alpine Runners of Lake Zurich. In addition, Dennis was the RRCA State Rep for Wisconsin. He has also been a member of the RRCA Audit Committee since 2005. Dennis graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee with a major in accounting. He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Eastern Region Director

Mark was in the Coast Guard for over twenty years and was highly decorated for his accomplishments in the field and behind a desk. He is currently a Compliance Officer and Auditor for the largest hospital system in Maine. Mark holds a bachelors degree from Regents College in New York. Mark is a member of the Maine Track Club where he has served as a board member-at-large, vice president and president. Mark is also the membership director of the MidCoast Triathlon club.  During his tenure as the Maine Track Club president, Mark has been noted for his organizational, communication, fund-raising and recruiting skill. Under his guidance, the Maine Track Club has donated over $500,000 to local charities and schools in Maine. Mark was elected to his first term as Eastern Region Director in 2008. Prior to his Board of Director duties, Mark served as the RRCA Maine State Representative.  He has also been a member of the RRCA Audit Committee and Executive Director Performance Review Committee for two years.  Mark has worked on numerous projects for the RRCA including updating the Guidelines for Safe Events, serving on the Fundraising Task Force, and more. Mark has also been a race director for over ten years and is a member of the Beach to Beacon 10k organizing committee. He has two children, and he has completed hundreds of races of all lengths including 43 marathons in his 50 state quest. He is training for his fifth Ironman Triathlon at Louisville this summer. Mark resides in Topsham Maine.

Central Region Director

Beth Onines is co-founder of the Alpine Runners of Lake Zurich, one the largest clubs in the Chicago area, and she has served as their president since 2001. She has served as the Race Director for the Alpine Races and has consulted many first time race directors over the past twenty years. Beth was the program director for the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) from 2000 to 2005. Beth also served on the CARA Board of Directors for a two-year term and has been a recipient of many CARA awards. An avid ultra-marathoner, Beth has been running for over 25 years and has run over 85 marathons, 11 of them in Chicago, and over 30 ultra-marathons with a personal best marathon of 3:22:12.  She is an active volunteer with the Chicago Marathon. Beth served two terms on the RRCA Board as the Central Region Director from 2004 to 2008.  She was the 2007 RRCA Convention chair for her club the Alpine Runners who organized the event in Chicago, IL.  Following her term on the RRCA Board, Beth was appointed as the State Rep for IL where she has served in that role from 2008 to 2012. Her skills and enthusiasm has helped thousands of novice and experienced runners reach their goals successfully.

Reminder: The RRCA will accept nominations for non-slate candidates that would like to be considered for election. The deadline for submitting non-slate nominations to the National Office is February 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM Eastern.  Email nominations to Jean Knaack at  An announcement of all nominees, the recommended slate of directors along with any additional non-slate candidates, will be shared with the membership including a 200 word or less biography for each candidate in advance of the Annual Meeting where the official election will take place.

Voting Assignment and Proxy Certification Instructions

The Bylaws of the RRCA allow for the assignment of a proxy vote for member clubs and events. If an RRCA member club or event is not sending their official voting representative (president, director, or owner) to the Annual Meeting of the Membership, then the voting rights of that club or event may be assigned to another authorized representative attending the meeting in person. That person must be qualified by being a member of either the same club or event or from another qualified club or event in good standing in the same state. In accordance with the RRCA bylaws, a proxy cannot be held for clubs or events from different states. To assign voting rights to a qualified proxy on behalf of a club or event member, the authorized representative must complete the Official 2012 Voting Rights Assignment to Recognized Proxy Holder Form. Each Appointed Proxy Holder must complete and submit the Membership and Residence Certification for Proxy Holders Forms in accordance with the instructions on the forms.  Download the Voting Assignment and Proxy Certification forms.

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