Report of the Nominating Committee
On behalf of the 20202 RRCA Nominating Committee, Kelly Richards (Chair) has provided this report in accordance with Article VIII(B)(1) of the By-Laws of the Road Runners Club of America. As a reminder, the RRCA bylaws were updated in 2017 outlining the Board will appoint the position and duties of Vice President from one of the three at-large directors or four regional directors serving on the Board at the first meeting following the election. The Nominating Committee (Kelly Richards - Past board member, Grattan Garby - VA State Rep, Brenda Groskinsky - KS State Rep, John Brust - Member club president) presents the following slate of recommended candidates for consideration at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Membership:
President –George Rehmet (New to this position)
Rehmet is a San Francisco native who currently lives in Daly City, California. He began running in 1981 with his high school cross country team. To date, he has run over 1,500 races, which includes over 150 marathons or ultras. Rehmet’s long-term goal is to run in all 50 states, and he is currently at 42 states. Rehmet was the RRCA State Rep from 1999 to 2004 and from 2008 to 2015, being the only person awarded Outstanding RRCA State Representative of the Year twice (2001 and 2009). Rehmet was elected Western Region Director in 2015 and was appointed RRCA Vice President in 2018. Rehmet currently belongs to the Pamakid Runners and Dolphin South End Running Club of San Francisco. He has served as volunteer and race director for his running clubs. For Pamakid Runners, he served on the board from 1999 to 2008. From 2014 to 2020, he was the co-race liaison for the San Francisco Half Marathon/10K/5K, which usually has over 7,500 participants. In addition, Rehmet has been the chairperson for the Para Athletes Committee for the Pacific Association of USATF from 2012 to 2015. In 2014, he was the meet director the US National Track and Field Paralympic Championship, which was held at the College of San Mateo. He is also a certified USATF official. George Rehmet has been a special education teacher since 1993 and currently teaches secondary students with mental health issues in a residential facility.
Treasurer –Barb Jewell (New)
Barbara Jewell has held leadership positions in both the Badgerland Striders and the Racine Area Running Club. She is currently the chairperson of the Finance Committee for the Badgerland Striders and also serves on the Road Race Committee. She is a past President, past Treasurer, and a past race director for the Racine Area Running Club. She became the RRCA Wisconsin State Representative in 2007 and has worked to increase the visibility of the RRCA in the state by growing the championship program, including several regional and national championship races over the years. In her role as a member of the RRCA Finance Committee over the last several years, she has had the opportunity to learn about the financial operations of the RRCA and to observe the excellent work done by two past RRCA treasurers. Barb retired in 2017 after a 40+ year career in accounting and finance and currently teaches accounting courses part-time at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She has a B.S. in Accounting and an MBA in Finance.
Central Region Director – Sue Brown-Nickerson (Incumbent)
Sue Brown-Nickerson, a lifetime resident of Northwest Indiana, and brings 25-years of leadership and board member experience to the RRCA. She is a lifetime member of the Calumet Region Striders where she served on their board of directors from 1995- 2005 and received the RRCA Outstanding Club President award in 2004, and the award for the RRCA Outstanding Youth Program Director in 2008. Sue served as RRCA Indiana State Representative from 2006-2014 and was recognized as the RRCA Outstanding State Representative in 2013. She has been serving as RRCA’s Central Director since 2014 and has also serving on various RRCA committees during her tenure. An avid runner, and both a USATF and a RRCA certified coach, Sue’s training and fitness involves less racing, more recreational running, and coaching. Her favorite program to coach is a summer youth running camp held in Northwest Indiana every year that introduces over a 100 kids to running and running fundamentals. She is passionate about the sport of running, and looks forward to her continued effort in supporting the mission, vision, and values of RRCA at the local, regional, and national level.
Eastern Region Director – Blaine Moore (Incumbent)
Blaine is a lifelong runner, member of many of the local clubs, a running coach, and race director for over a dozen races each year. He has raced at both the competitive and recreational level in distances as short as 1 mile and as long as 100 miles. He is familiar with every aspect of the running landscape from competitive and recreational running to organization and fundraising. His races have generated donations of over $65,000 to local and national nonprofits over the past 3 years. Blaine is an RRCA Certified Coach (2008), an RRCA Certified Race Director (2013), and served as the RRCA State Representative for Maine from 2010-2017. Blaine is also the co-chair of the Brunswick Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee in Brunswick, Maine, which advocates and works towards improving the bicycle and pedestrian networks. Professionally, he is CTO of J.J. Fast Publishing.
At Large Director - Samantha Collmar (New)
Samantha started running when she was a graduate student at Kent State University in 2013. She earned a Masters of Business Administration while completing 6 marathons. Since graduating she has completed 5 more marathons with another quickly approaching in Carmel, Indiana this Spring. Samantha became involved with the RRCA through their coaching certification program and is currently the RRCA’s Ohio State Representative. In this role she has expanded the engagement of clubs and events throughout the state and helped Dayton achieve Outstanding Runner Friendly Community of the Year in 2019. She is also currently working on completing the RRCA’s Race Director certification. Samantha served 6 years in the United States Army Reserves and shortly after her service she earned a Bachelors degree in Marketing. She has been married to Chris Collmar since 2012 and resides in Canal Fulton with their dog Lenny, band of cats, and flock of chickens. In May she will be traveling to Cambodia to complete her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training certification and hopes to integrate yoga into her current coaching protocol. Currently, Samantha serves as the Co-Event Director of Sippo Lake parkrun in Canton, OH and works part time at a busy Soft Tissue and Chiropractic office.
2019 RRCA Annual Report