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Club Leaders {2014}
Meaghan Jennison President
president@dctriclub.org »

A quasi-native Washingtonian (grew up in Silver Spring, MD), Meaghan went down to Carolina for undergrad (GO HEELS!!!), up to Boston for grad school, and landed right back where she started, except this time living on Capitol Hill. Meaghan joined DCT with the New Triathlete Class of 2012. She loved every second of it and dove in the deep end with registering for her first Ironman that summer. Meaghan completed Ironman Lake Placid in July of 2013. It was one of the best days of her life, and she's definitely doing another one...eventually :) When she's not training, Meaghan is probably trying to find the newest foodie hot spot in the city. That, or stuffing her face with the old reliable standby -- Baked and Wired cupcakes.


Niklaus Pleisch VP - Operations
vp@dctriclub.org »

Nik ventured into the sport of triathlon in 2007, but thanks to an injury and a deployment with the US Air Force, he didn't compete in his first triathlon until 2009 in San Luis Obispo, CA. After a couple seasons of Sprint and Olympic races, his wife Jodie (whose first triathlon season was in 2006), suggested stepping up to an Ironman. So Nik and Jodie completed their first Ironman together at Ironman Wisconsin on 9/11/11. Two 140.6s and three 70.3s later, Nik's favorite race is the half-iron distance.

Nik and Jodie attended the University of Michigan and lived in Georgia, California and Ohio before moving to the DC area and joining the DC Tri Club in 2012. He wanted a quick way to meet as many new people as possible, and thus joined the board as the Director of Membership the same year.

Nik's time commitment to triathlon has taken a step back since finishing Chesapeake Man last fall, as Jodie gave birth to their first child and future triathlete, Christian, on 11/2/12. Nik separated from the Air Force in 2010 and now owns the first branch of Transamerica Financial Advisors in the DC/Northern Virginia area.


Rachel Dolan VP - Secretary
secretary@dctriclub.org »

 Rachel has been a member of DCTri since 2011. After growing up a swimmer and getting into running after college - she figured 2 out of 3 wasn't bad and decided to give triathlons a shot. The triathlon bug bit hard and Rachel raced her first Ironman up in Lake Placid in 2013, loving it so much she decided to do another IM in 2014. You can likely find her at any given time at a master's swim practice, cycling at Hains Pt, running in Rock Creek or riding hills out in Potomac. 

 
New to the board this year, Rachel is excited to help increase DC Tri's presence in the community and interact more directly with members online and in person.

Bryan Frank VP - Finance
treasurer@dctriclub.org »

Bryan has been a member of the DC Triathlon Club since 2008. He was dragged to the NTP informational meeting by a friend who did not want to go by herself, whereupon he decided that it would be a fun challenge to do a triathlon. Completing his first Olympic distance triathlon on his mountain bike, he has been hooked on the sport ever since though it has taken a toll on his bank account. He has enjoyed the friendships and happy hours in the club so much that he decided to give back to the club and became an NTP Co-Leader in 2010. He became the Program Lead for NTP in 2011 and 2012 and ran the program with a proverbial Ironman fist. Bryan has also been the club volunteer contact for Nation’s Triathlon and the Washington DC Triathlon aid stations on the run course for the last four years.

As part of the 2013 and 2014 DC Triathlon Club Board of Directors, Bryan will serve in the roll of Director of Programs overseeing not just NTP, from where he started, but all of the other programs offered by the club including the Olympic Speed Program, Half Ironman Program, Ironman Program, Off-Season Spin Program, Masters Swim Program, and the DCTri/Snapple Elite team, on which he also competes as team member.

His 2014 race schedule includes: Rock n' Roll USA Half, the Boston and NYC marathons, ITU Chicago, Black Bear Half, Musselman Half, and a few other races here and there. 


Matt Ferguson Director, Club Programs
programs@dctriclub.org »

From childhood through college Matt played every team sport possible.  Though running played its part, it wasn't until a post-college run with a friend (16 miles along the San Diego coastline) that it became much more.  He was instantly hooked on distance running and triathlon was soon to follow.  Since then Matt has competed at every run distance from 5K to the Marathon and every triathlon distance from Sprint to the IronMan.  Current USAT All-American and former member of the US Duathlon National Team, Matt will be aiming for 70.3 and IronMan World Championships as well as strong efforts in London and Berlin to round out the Marathon Majors.

 
Matt has been an active member of the DC Tri Club since 2005.  He has long served as a coach, mentor, and volunteer for various club programs and events and looks forward to doing even more to help our athletes realize their full potential in his role as Director of Programs.

Rachel Gottfried Director, Club Racing
racedirector@dctriclub.org »

Growing up on the beach started Rachel's passion for outdoor sports. An avid cyclist, runner, skier, swimmer, you name it, Rachel has been involved in outdoor activity since she could walk. After hearing about a local triathlon, Rachel decided to give it a try and has not looked back since. Rachel has participated in Sprint and Olympic distance races and is looking forward to her first 70.3 distance in 2015.

Rachel has thrown herself into the DC Triathlon community and can often be seen at group rides, Masters swim practices, on the track for workouts, and enjoying the Club's happy hours.


Gabi Torres Director, Club Training
training@dctriclub.org »

Gabi tried out the sport of triathlon in 2009 after she bought her first road bike, but didn’t return to the sport until 2013 when she joined the DC Tri Club to participate in the ODSP Program. Since then she has immersed herself in the world of triathlons completing multiple sprint and Olympic distance races and her first half Ironman in June of 2014. So far Raleigh 70.3 was the best day of her life, but that might change after she takes on Ironman Louisville in August!

 
Gabi has enjoyed taking full advantage of everything the club has to offer from training swims, rides and runs, to the ODSP and Ironman programs, to participating in and volunteering at training races, weekends and bricnics, and of course club social events. She is excited to join the board and give back to the club. She joins the board as the Director of Club Training and is looking forward to overseeing the training ambassadors program, CUA swims, BricNics and training weekends.

Pablo Torres Director, Partnerships
partnerships@dctriclub.org »

 Pablo grew up as a competitive swimmer and tennis player in Costa Rica, national champion at both as a matter of fact! He participated in one triathlon in the 90s and another one in 2009, but it wasn't until 2013 that he fully embraced triathlons. He raced short courses in his first year and made the leap to the Ironman distance in 2014, with a respectable top 10% AG finish at IM Lousville. Pablo has been an active volunteer with the Club and decided to take his commitment to the Club to the next level by serving as the Director of Partnerships. He is married to Gabi Torres, who also serves on the Board, and thus together they may be the first married couple to serve on the Board! When triathlons are not on his mind, he is most likely thinking about his next fishing trip. Having lived in NC for many years (Tar Heel grad), Cape Hatteras is one of his favorite places to be.


Robin Myers Director, Volunteer Management
volunteer@dctriclub.org »

Robin joined the club in 2006 as a part of the New Triathlete Program (NTP). Right after she finished her program she left DC and moved out west where she continued to compete in triathlon for a couple years until she fell off the wagon. She was an avid runner before doing tris so after vegetating on the couch she decide to get back into running by signing up for the Goofy Challenge in Orlando (starting out with small races.) She moved back to DC in 2010 and decided to give triathlon another try. In 2013, Robin completed her first Half Ironman distance (Musselman) and now can't wait to sign up for a full (that will wait for awhile.) Robin was an active volunteer with the club in 2013. Along with volunteering at numerous events she was also a co-leader of the 2013 NTP program.

Robin is very excited to step into her next roll as Director of Volunteer Management.
 


Jen Hartz Director, Gear & Merchandise
gear@dctriclub.org »

Becky Hirselj Director, Membership Development
membership@dctriclub.org »

 Becky completed her first sprint and Olympic distance events in 2008, fell in love with the sport, and became a member of the club shortly thereafter.  In 2009 she completed her first half IronMan distance event, EagleMan, and swore that she’d never do a full distance race.  Five years later, she’s completed four IronMan events and has two on the schedule for this season.  Obviously she has nothing else to spend her time or money on!

 
Becky has had the opportunity of participating on the PeasantMan War Council for three of the last five years (as the volunteer director in 2011 and 2012 and the sponsorship director in 2014).  She also served as the High Cloud Foundation volunteer director in 2012.  This is her first time serving on the DC Tri Club Board.  Becky is looking forward to serving the club in the newly established role of Membership Development Director.   She looks forward to meeting and getting to know you all and helping the club become even better than it already is.
 
In the 2014 season Becky has competed/will be competing at:  Challenge Rimini (a half iron event), Eagleman HIM, IronMan Lake Placid, Age Group Nationals (Oly), IronGirl Columbia, Mont Tremblant World Championship (HIM), and IronMan Arizona.

Angela Norcross Director, Club Events
events@dctriclub.org »

After years of encouragement from friends, Angela joined the DC Tri Club in January 2013 and enrolled in NTP. She learned a lot from the program and valued the mentoring she received from club veterans and the encouragement and support of other NTPers. In her first year of triathlon, Angela competed in the sprint distances at Peasantman, Naylor's Beach and Tri for the Environment, and completed her first Oly at Nation's. She enjoyed volunteering and participating in club events including the Columbia Bric-nic, Splash 'n Dash, Battle of the Tri Clubs swim meet, training triathlons, Master's Swim, Spooky 5k/10k, the Holiday Lights run and the many happy hours. In 2014, she continued volunteering at various club events and raced Peasantman sprint, Chicago ITU, North East Triathlon, Nation's and Augusta Half Ironman.

As a member of DC Tri Club, Angela has enjoyed meeting new people who share similar interests and forming long-lasting friendships. She is excited to be the Director of Club Events and bring club members, old and new, together in 2014 and 2015.


Elizabeth Corona Director, Community Development & Outreach
community@dctriclub.org »

Elizabeth joined the DC Triathlon Club in 2011 when a friend convinced her to participate in the NTP program. She quickly found that multisport training was a great way to get back into shape after recovering from surgery and immediately fell in love with the sport. Initially she intended to stick to just sprint and olympic distance races, but by 2013 it didn't take much convincing to get her to sign up for and complete her first 70.3 (Musselman).

Since joining the Club, Elizabeth has increasingly sought out ways to give back to the community, such as by volunteering at events and cheering on Club members at various races. She joined the board in 2014 as the Director of Club Community Development and Outreach. In this capacity she will focus on advocating and building opportunities for under-represented segments of the Club and developing and managing an Advocacy agenda.


Justin Bauer Director, Web & Technology
web@dctriclub.org »

Justin completed his first triathlon in 2010 and struggled mightily through the event. Amazed that he survived, he was hooked on the sport and loves the challenge of trying to master all three disciplines. After attempting to train on his own during the 2010 season, he joined the DC Tri Club in 2011. He has completed the Half Ironman Program, Ironman Program, and Olympic Speed Distance Program. He has learned a vast amount from other members and the club's programs, and he is very grateful for the time others have given to the club. He looks forward to passing on knowledge and serving on the board. Justin assisted with the training ambassador program in 2013 and was elected to the board in 2014.

As the Director of Web & Technology, he is happy to handle any website or technical concerns.


Bryan Piacentini Director, Communications & Marketing
communications@dctriclub.org »

Bryan has been participating in triathlons since 2011 and a member of the club since 2012. With a background in swimming and soccer, his favorite leg is naturally the bike which he has devoted entirely too much money towards. Bryan’s favorite distance and season focus is the Olympic distance but he has been known to complete a 70.3 from time to time. Short-term race (life) goals include: building some speed, making some new DC Tri friends and learning what this pacing thing is all about.

 
After coaching with the Master’s program, Bryan is excited to start giving back to the club in a bigger way as Director of Communications & Marketing.

Adrienne Farfalla Executive Admin & Board Support
support@dctriclub.org »

Adrienne grew up in New York and has always been involved in team sports playing basketball and rugby. She decided to spice things up in 2013 by taking the Assistant Program Director position with DC Tri Club and program director position with ACHIEVE Kids Tri. "I wanted to experience a triathlon first hand if I was expecting the Achieve kids to compete, so I participated in my first triathlon this summer and I am ready for more!" Adrienne worked as an education and adventure director in Massachusetts before moving to DC last year. She loves nature and enjoys trail running.

Adrienne is happy to assist the board and the clubs members. If you are looking for support please email support@dctriclub.org.