RRCA National Office Staff
CEO – Jean Knaack : 703-525-3890 : [email protected]
Jean Knaack is the Chief Executive Officer of the Road Runners Club of America where she has served in the role since 2005. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Nutrition. She earned a Master’s of Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from George Mason University. She has extensive skills in organizational and financial development, board and member relations, and program planning and implementation. She finished the inaugural Ironman Louisville (2007), Ironman France (2009), Ironman Coeur D’Alen (2010), and DNF’d Ironman Maryland (2017).
Membership Manager – Mike Webb : 703-525-3890 : [email protected]
Michael 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. Michael is responsible for the day-to-day interactions with RRCA members. He counsels prospective members, manages insurance inquiries, maintains the RRCA’s nonprofit group exemption list with the IRS, and manages the annual renewal process.
Youth and Coaching Program Manager – Erica Gminski : 703-525-3890 : [email protected] or [email protected]
Erica completed her Masters in Sports Industry Management at Georgetown University in 2014. She earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Marketing Management and Spanish in 2005 from Virginia Tech. Since embracing the sport in her late 20s, she has completed numerous ultramarathons, marathons, half marathons, and 5ks. Erica is responsible for all things Kids Run the Nation and she handles the administrative side of the Level I and Level II Coaching Certification program.
Program Manager – Andy Smith : 703-525-3890 : [email protected]
Andy has a background in sports communications. 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, Race Director Certification, Runner Friendly Community, National Running Awards, [email protected] Day, and much more.
Director of Coaching Education – Randy Accetta, PhD : [email protected]
Randy 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.
Cari 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 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.
Bobby 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. 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. F
Brent 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. 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. Brent holds an MBA and worked for over 30 years with several different Members of the United States House of Representatives.
Board of Directors
President: George Rehmet – Daly City, CA – [email protected]
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. He is a member of Pamakid Runners.
Vice President: Lisa Rippe – Minneapolis, MN – [email protected]
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.
Treasurer: Barb Jewell – Racine, WI – [email protected]
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.
Southern Region Director: Betsy Boudreaux – New Orleans, LA – [email protected]
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.
Eastern Region Director: Blaine Moore – Portland, ME – [email protected]
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.
Central Region Director: Sue Brown-Nickerson – Griffith, IN – [email protected]
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 – Portland, OR – [email protected]
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: Lional Adams – Charleston, SC – [email protected]
Lionel is an RRCA Level 1 Certified Coach with years of experience in racing distances from 10k to ultra marathons. Running has allowed him to see and experience parts of the country that he would not have seen otherwise. As a resident of Charleston, his home club is the Lowcountry’s Park Circle Pacers. He has been the RRCA South Carolina State Rep for several years. Professionally, Lionel is an employee of the Charleston VA Medical Center. He takes pride in being able to serve our nation’s heroes. As an avid Veterans advocate, he takes comfort in knowing that our freedom to run is protected daily by our brave Service members.
At-Large Director: Samantha Collmar – Canton, OH – [email protected]
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.
At-Large Director: Stephanie Davies – Belmont, CA – [email protected]
Stephanie is an avid marathoner and ultra-marathoner with over 35-years of experience in the sport. As an RRCA certified race director and RRCA Certified Coach, Stephanie has been instrumental in guiding new runners to the finish line, creating profitable events, and has even put her current hometown of Belmont, California on the map as an RRCA recognized Runner Friendly Community. Stephanie serves as the California State Rep – Coastal Area and serves on the RRCA Finance Committee. She is an active member of the Pacifica Runners and Belmont Runners.