hailing from Cleveland, OH, is graduated from The Ohio State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Education and Sports Management. He earned his master’s degree in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University in 2015. He has experience locally working for the D.C. Bowl Committee Military Bowl in sponsorship fulfillment and growth, as well as working in membership/innovation for the National Restaurant Association. Michael is responsible for the day to day interactions with RRCA members. He counsels prospective members, handles insurance inquiries, maintains the RRCA's nonprofit group exemption list with the IRS, and manages the annual renewal process for members. He is a passionate lifetime Cleveland Cavaliers and Buckeye fan, attending games on a regular basis. He is a recreational basketball player and home cook in his spare time.
is the Program Coordinator for the RRCA. He comes to the RRCA from The Washington Post, where he served as a Community Editor, working to develop strategies and programs to improve the paper’s local internet presence. He has a strong interest in digital communications, social media, and web analytics and works hard to stay on top of the latest trends in each field. Smith has a background in sports communications, spending four years in Media Relations for the University of Pittsburgh’s Athletic Department in his hometown, where he authored profiles on future NFL players Dorin Dickerson, LaRod Stephens-Howling and LeSean McCoy. He earned his master’s degree at Georgetown in 2009 in Communication, Culture and Technology and his undergraduate degree from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY in American Culture. He is responsible for coordinating all activities related to RRCA programs including Championship events, Kids Run the Nation Program, Runner Friendly Community, National Awards, RUN@WORK Day, Race Director Certification, and much more.
completed her masters in Sports Industry Management at Georgetown University in 2014, and gained industry experience at a Washington, DC area sports nonprofit representing the charitable efforts of multiple professional sports teams. She has previously held corporate marketing and retail management positions, focusing on effective communication strategies and client relations practices to improve reach and grow communities. Erica is a Hokie through-and-through, earning bachelor’s degrees in Marketing Management and Spanish in 2005 from Virginia Tech. Erica Gminski is a middle-of-the-pack runner who has a love-hate relationship with training but desperately wants to grow her medal collection. Since embracing the sport in her late 20s, she has completed three ultramarathons, five marathons, seven half marathons, and a host of 5ks to 10-milers. Breaking in new running shoes and gear, cross training at the gym, traveling for races, and encouraging others to fall in love with the sport fill her time when she isn’t enjoying a rest day. Erica is responsible for all things Kids Run the Nation and growing the program nationally through outreach with members and through fundraising efforts. She will be embarking on an effort to evolve the program to encompass middle and high school runners as well. She also handles the administrative side of the Level I and Level II Coaching Certification programs, and is working to streamline processes and grow the courses' reach.
is an accomplished educator and runner that brings a wealth of experience to the RRCA coaching program. He is the Communications Mentor for the top-ranked McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona, where he has twice received Teacher of the Year honors. Additionally, he has co-authored two continuing education courses on how to coach runners, and he has written running-based articles that have been published in Running Times, Runners World and the New York Times. Randy is the current RRCA State Representative for Arizona and is the immediate past president of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners. A former 2:19 marathoner who competed in the 1996 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, Randy has a long history of coaching runners, including as the Program Director for Craftsbury Running Camps, the Arizona Coach for Team in Training, and The Workout Group in Tucson, Arizona. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), Randy credits his fellow Wesleyan alumni as inspiring him. Randy Accetta, Ph.D. has been hired as the Director of Coaching Education, tasked with updating and expanding the RRCA Coaching Certification program. Please refer to the coaching information pages about instructions for scheduling courses.
Brent Ayer is an Instructor for the RRCA’s Coaching Certification program. He has been active in the sport of running for over 50 years. He served on the RRCA Board of Directors from 1987 to 1990, again from 2004 to 2008, and was elected RRCA President from 2009 to 2012. Ayer was given a special President’s Award for Service in 1991 and again in 2006. He was a founding member of the Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club while still in college and club president from 2000-2003. Brent holds USATF Level I & Level II and USTFCCCA coaching certifications. He coached the Frederick Striders Youth Track & Field Club for 12 years. In 2003, he launched the Hood College Cross Country program followed by the Track & Field team and coached them for 13 years. He has been recognized as Maryland AAU Outstanding Track Coach and as the Hood College Coach of the Year. Brent has been selected to the Hood College, Frederick Community College and Frederick County (the Alvin G. Quinn Memorial) Athletic Halls of Fame. Brent holds an MBA and worked for over 30 years with several different Members of the United States House of Representatives. He and his wife Mary Catherine reside in Frederick, Maryland. They have three adult children.
Bobby Gessler, MD, FACS
is a Coaching Certification Instructor for the RRCA’s Coaching Certification program. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and obtained his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1983. Following this he completed his urological surgery training at Brown University and is a Board Certified urological surgeon in a group private practice in Columbia, Maryland. Currently he is a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical School and is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. Bobby has served as Chairman for the Department Of Urology of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Affiliated Howard County General Hospital for over 10 years. Dr Gessler is an RRCA Certified Coach and Instructor and has USATF Level I and Level II coaching certifications in the endurance and combined events respectively as well as being a certified Level I Course instructor for the USATF. For his athletes, he uses FMS studies and is an FMS certified evaluator. For the past 10 years, Bobby has been a coach of the Howard County Junior Striders program and is the Cross Country coach and assistant track coach for the Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore City. He also serves as program coordinator for an accomplished adult running group in Howard County Maryland affectionately known as “ Bobby’s Babes and Buds.” (photo coming soon)
Cari Setzler, DVM is a Coaching Certification Instructor for the RRCA’s Coaching Certification program. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at Aquinas College while earning All-American Honors 8 times and was national runner up in the indoor 1000 meters. In 2014 she was inducted into the Aquinas College Athletic Hall of Fame. Cari then continued on to Michigan State University where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree. She is RRCA level II certified, level II USATF endurance coach, level II USTAFFCA in sprints and hurdles as well as she is certified in running mechanics through Newton Running. In 2010, she co-founded Fast Finish coaching where she has helped athletes ranging from the first time 5k runner to the Olympic trials hopeful reach their goals. Cari also directed the Health Bridge Road Runners from 2009-2013 and was the assistant girls track and field coach at Johnsburg High School from 2009-2012. She practiced small animal medicine at The Animal Hospital of McHenry for 10 years while managing and directing marketing, sales, and inventory at The Running Depot in Crystal Lake, IL. She has recently joined the corporate sector as a Key Account Manager for Vetsource. Cari has written running based articles that have been published in Runners World, Running Times, Women’s Running, Chicago Athlete and New York Times. Cari and her husband Chris, dogs Watson and Crick, cat Domino, and horse Cascade now live in Harvard IL. In her spare time Cari enjoys using her ham radio license (N8LIG) and is a weather spotter, and working on her hobby farm. Her coaching philosophy: “Helping individuals become the best versions of themselves, using running as the vehicle, allowing for personal accountability.”