PABLO TORRES, President
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 at IM Louisville. He has quickly ascended the ranks to the top of his age group. Pablo has been an active volunteer with the Club since he first joined and decided to take his commitment to the Club to the next level by serving as the Director of Partnerships in 2015, and stepping up to Presidency in November 2015. 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 to the NC Outer Banks.
NIK PLEISCH, VP – Operations
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. He has since been the Volunteer Coordinator and is now starting his second year as VP.
Nik’s time commitment to triathlon has taken a step back since finishing Chesapeake Man in 2012 and Rev3 Williamsburg in 2013, as Nik and Jodie have had 2 kids and future triathletes… Christian on 11/2/12 and Aliyah on 7/4/15. 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 – Membership & Secretary
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.
BRYAN FRANK, VP – Finance
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. After running NTP for 2 years, Bryan upgraded to the DC Triathlon Club Board of Directors where he took on the position of Director of Programs overseeing not just NTP 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. In 2015, Bryan decided to put his MBA skills to use and moved to a club officer roll as Treasurer monitoring the club’s finances and acquiring the nickname B$ (“B-Money”).
With regard to racing, Bryan competes on the DCTri/Snapple Elite team, so he is supposedly one of the fast people in the club. He has finished 5 Ironman triathlons including the World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. He has won one triathlon and come in second overall in another and racked up some age group wins and a few other accolades during his racing career. The 2016 racing season is still developing but so far includes Columbia Triathlon, Luray Triathlon, possibly SavageMan 70.0 and a few others throughout the year along with a few running races.
MATT FERGUSON, Dir. of Club Programs
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.
GABI TORRES, Dir. of Partnerships
Gabi joined the DC Tri Club board in 2014 as the Director of Training. Gabi returns to the board this year as the Director of Partnership where she is responsible for maintaining and establishing new partnerships with local, regional and national organizations and companies and enhance the DC Tri Club membership experience.
Gabi did her first triathlon in 2009, but did not immerse herself in the sport until 2013 when she joined the DC Tri Club to participate in the ODP Program. Since then she has raced across all distances, including her first Ironman in 2014! She loves being part of the board and the club and taking full advantage of all the training, educational and social events the club offers.
When not trying to chase down her much faster other half, Pablo, Gabi can be found daydreaming about her next trip to Curacao, the small island in the Caribbean that she’s from.
OPEN POSITION ON THE BOARD, Dir. of Club Events
Sean came to the world of triathlons as a casual runner with poor form. Having run since college, when he moved to DC a friend tried to convince him to run a local 10-miler, which he flatly refused. After persistent badgering he finally agreed to run the race. That race was the Annapolis 10-miler, and he has run it every year since as his favorite running race of the year. That same friend then tried to convince him to complete a triathlon a few years later as the latest interest of the friend. Knowing how much he enjoyed the A-10, Sean agreed, and completed his first Sprint triathlon in 2014. Since then he has raced in a variety of distances – including 70.3 – and is working up to completing his first 140.6 in the near future. He still has poor form despite the best efforts of the Half Ironman Program coaches.
Sean joined the Board in May 2016 to give back to the club. Having benefited from several of the clubs programs and social activities, he has long-valued the role the club plays in building community. With a belief that gear and merchandise are not only great branding tools for the club, but a way to build camaraderie among members, he is looking forward to advancing the strategic goals of the club through this position.
BECKY HIRSELJ, Dir. of Club Racing
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 Iron-distance event. Fast forward to the end of 2015, she’s completed seven IRONMAN events and has one on the schedule next season. Notably, Becky competed at the 2014 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in Mont Tremblant Quebec, Canada and at the USAT Age Group Championships in 2014 and 2015 (she’s qualified for 2016). 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) and will participate again this year. She also served as the High Cloud Foundation volunteer director in 2012. In June 2014 Becky became a DCTC board member serving the club in the newly established role of Membership Development Director. Becky now serves as the Director of Club Racing. She looks forward to meeting and getting to know you all and helping the club become even better than it already is.
In the 2016 season Becky will be competing at the Columbia Triathlon and IRONMAN Maryland.
PATRICK PANNETT, Dir. of Gear and Merchandise
A latecomer in life to the world of triathlon and running, Patrick did his first half-marathon in 2010 and joined DC Tri that year when he did his first triathlon – the SavageMan half-iron distance race at Deep Creek Lake. From there he followed his taste for long-distance racing and went on to ChesapeakeMan (in 2011, training via the inaugural DC Tri IM program) and Ironman Maryland, Ironman St. George, and Ironman Lake Placid. He ran the Boston marathon in 2013 and ’14. He enjoys trying new things – like the Gettysburg to D.C. relay and Garrett County Gran Fondo Diabolical Double (a climbing buffet, and is excited to share his experiences and looks forward to racing with everyone in 2017.
As a co-lead of the DC Tri Ironman and Half Ironman programs, he’s always excited to see others reach their goals and get started in the sport. A lifelong bike fanatic, Patrick subscribes to the N+1 philosophy – that there’s always room for one more bike.
ELIZABETH CORONA, Dir. of Community Development and Outreach
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.
TANIA GROLLMAN, Dir. of Volunteer Management
Tania joined the club in 2008 as part of the New Triathlete Program (NTP). With no exercise background, Tania decided to give a Marathon a shot at the age of 30. After running 6 Marathons, it was time to mix it up, so she decided a tri was the next worthy challenge. After completing her first tri, The New Jersey Olympic, she competed in Nation’s and then jumped in with both feet and completed Ironman Cozumel the following year. Although Tania will tell you that she doesn’t like to ride her bike, you can still see her out on the course with a smile on her face.
Since joining the club Tania has always volunteered whenever possible, but now she is honored to take on the roll as Director of Volunteer Management. She is hoping to provide a great experience for anyone who is racing or volunteering and looks forward to working with all Board members in providing volunteers where needed.
AMANDA MELILLO, Dir. of Training
Amanda grew up playing competitive sports and played field hockey through college. After college, she needed another sport to focus on. After hearing her Dad’s friend was going to do a sprint triathlon, she though, if he can do it, I can do it! So in the summer of 2004, she ran her first sprint triathlon in Cleveland Ohio. After that she was hooked an has been building up doing longer races over the years. In 2007, she ran her first 70.3 race and first marathon and in 2013, she ran her first Ironman in Louisville Kentucky. She joined the DC Tri Club shortly after moving to the area in 2010. Since then she has become more involved with the club. Amanda is excited to have joined the board and looking forward to serving as the Director of Training.
JUSTIN BAUER, Dir. of Web and Technology
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.
LIZ GLOMB, Dir. of Communications and Marketing
Liz joined the club in 2013 as she was trying to learn as much as possible about triathlon and figured joining a local club would be the best place to start. She completed her first triathlon in 2014 and joined the board shortly thereafter.
Liz started out as a runner in 2009 when she moved back to the DC area after living in Connecticut for 8 years coaching collegiate rowing. Since 2009 Liz has competed in 2 marathons and 14 half marathons. In her short triathlon career so far, she has completed numerous races including Colonial Beach Sprint, Giant Acorn Olympic, and Challenge Williamsburg Olympic. In 2016, Liz will be competing in her first 70.3 in Augusta in September (and is already stressing out about it).
When not working, training, or doing stuff for the DC Tri Club, Liz can be found trying to finish her master’s degree. What is this “free time” that everyone talks about?
As a member of the DC Tri Club board, Liz will be focusing on how to best communicate with club members and the community. She is always willing to say hello whether it is in person or through DC Tri’s Twitter of Facebook accounts. Liz also works on the weekly club newsletter.
ADRIENNE FARFALLA, Executive Admin and Board Support
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.