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RRCA Leadership

The RRCA is an IRS 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization governed by a 9-person board of directors elected by the members at the Annual Meeting of the Membership. See the RRCA Bylaws and RRCA Structure for more details. The organization is managed through its National Office under the leadership of Executive Director Jean Knaack.

Executive Director: Jean Knaack

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President: George Rehmet -

Pamakid Runners - Daly City, CA

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. He 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). He was elected Western Region Director in 2015 and was appointed RRCA Vice President in 2018, and elected RRCA President in 2020.  Keep Reading

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Vice President: Lisa Rippe -

Northstar Running Club - Minneapolis, MN

Lisa has actively participated in the local running communities where she has lived.  She served as the RRCA State Representative for Kentucky from 2005-2007 and Minnesota from 2011-2018, where she remains an active member of the Northstar Running Club.  After becoming an RRCA certified coach in 2011, Lisa led marathon training at Lifetime Fitness. Over the last decade, she has had the pleasure of coaching adults to reach their running goals. She also paces at numerous events around the U.S. every year. She has completed over 100 marathons, including one in every US state and each of the seven continents. Lisa has over twenty years of experience in sales and marketing.

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Treasurer: Barb Jewell -

Badgerland Striders, WI

Barbara Jewell has held leadership positions in both the Badgerland Striders and the Racine Area Running Club. 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.  In her role as a member of the RRCA Finance Committee, she has had the opportunity to learn about the financial operations of the RRCA. Barb retired in 2017 after a 40+ year career in accounting. She has a B.S. in Accounting and an MBA in Finance.

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Secretary: Goody Tyler -

Tidewater Striders Norfolk, VA

Goody is a native “Norfolkian” although his Army career moved him a few times around the country including stints in Hawaii, Germany, and Afghanistan. He has been an active member of the Tidewater Striders for the past two decades and has served as the club’s Vice President. In addition to supporting his own club’s events, Goody manages a water station at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run and was the overall water station manager for the Freedom Half Marathon. He also served as the RRCA State Rep for Virginia from 2011-2018. His personal running exploits have taken him around the country and abroad many times. Goody retired in 2008 from a career as a Nurse Anesthetist, and as Major from the U.S. Army. He is a RRCA Certified Race Director, & Coach.


Eastern Region Director: Blaine Moore -

Maine Track Club - Portland, ME

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 from 1 mile to 100 miles. Blaine is an RRCA Certified Coach (2008), an RRCA Certified Race Director (2013), and served as the RRCA State Rep 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.


Southern Region Director: Betsy Boudreaux -

Bestbank Track Club Gretna, LA

Betsy has been a member of the New Orleans running community for over 15 years, having completed 19 marathons and countless half marathons, 10Ks, and 5Ks. She has completed seven 70.3 triathlons and her first full Ironman in 2012.  She is the local Community Relation Liaison for Rock 'n Roll New Orleans Marathon, Volunteer Coordinator for Best Damn Race New Orleans, and race committee member for the Crescent City Classic 10K. Betsy was the RRCA Louisiana State Rep from 2005-2019, and was named the 2011 RRCA Outstanding State Rep of the Year and 2019 H. Browning Ross Spirit of the RRCA Award winner.

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Central Region Director: Sue Brown-Nickerson -

Calumet Region Striders Griffith, IN

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 Rep. 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.


Western Region Director:  Stephen Wright -

Oregon Road Runners Club Portland, OR

Steve is a member of Oregon Road Runners Club (ORRC) where he currently serves as President.  He also leads a weekly training group hosted by ORRC.  He enjoys running the longer distances, with a preference to marathons and ultra-marathons. His running was put to the test when it proved to be the magic “pill” to recover from a serious TBI.  Steve has been a CEO, Marketing Director, small business start-up consultant and business owner.  He has served as the Oregon State Rep since 2016.


At-Large Director:  Samantha Collman -

Canton, OH

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. She became involved with the RRCA through the coaching certification program and has been the Ohio State Rep since 2016. 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 currently working on completing the RRCA’s Race Director certification. She served 6 years in the United States Army Reserves.

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