BRYAN FRANK, President
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”), and now serves as President.
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.
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 3 kids and future triathletes… Christian on 11/2/12, Aliyah on 7/4/15, and baby Eliana. Nik separated from the Air Force in 2010 and now owns the first branch of Transamerica Financial Advisors in the DC/Northern Virginia area.
LIZ GLOMB, VP – Membership & Secretary
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.
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?
JAN BAUER, VP – Finance
Triathlon hooked Jan in summer 2010, with a local Virginia sprint. Since then, Jan has grown as a triathlete completing Ironman Santa Rosa in summer 2017. DC Tri Club programs, members, leadership and elite team have been an integral part of Jan’s journey and overarching goal to be healthy. Jan is excited to give back to the club and fellow members as the club’s Treasurer.
MARGARET MORAL, Director of Programs
ROB READ, Director of Membership Development
Rob joined the DC Triathlon Club back in 2014 when he enrolled in the New Triathlete Program. Back in those days, even the thought of a Sprint Triathlon was scary. Through the program and training with fellow NTPers, Rob completed his first Olympic distance race that summer. Since then he has completed both the Olympic Speed Programs and Half Ironman Programs. Rob has been an active member of the club since he joined and in his capacity as a col-ead for the DCTC Cap Hill Group, has organized a number of events over the years. The social aspects of the Club have allowed for building strong friendships. Rob previously served the board as Director of Events and is now the Director of Membership Development.
NICHOLAS KAZMERSKI, Director of Partnerships
Nicholas joined DC Triathlon in 2012 after being transferred to DC from Florida, where he was working for the government during the financial crisis resolving problem banks. He completed his first triathlon in 2008 and has since competed in numerous running and multi-sport races, including several marathons and three full distance Ironman races. In the fall of 2016, he completed two Ironman races (Chattanooga and Louisville) back to back. Nicholas describes himself as an “avid runner and biker who occasionally swims.” His favorite training activity is the “Arlington Hill Ride” involving hill climbing in and around Arlington in the Spring and Summer months (Departs Tuesday @ 5:30 p.m. from the Spokes bicycle shop parking lot in Arlington). Nicholas also enjoys writing, playing guitar, and is known to perform open mic stand up comedy from time to time. Nicholas works as lawyer for the Federal government specializing in banking and financial services.
ETHAN LISH, Director of Club Events
Ethan joined the DC Triathlon Club back in 2008 when he enrolled in the New Triathlete Program. With the help of the NTP program, Ethan completed his first triathlon race that summer. Since then he has completed in a number of triathlon races. Ethan has been an active member of the club on and off since he joined. Ethan is excited to join the board as Director of Events and looks forward to organizing some great events.
RANDY SLIKKERS, Director of Club Racing
Randy came to the sport of triathlon in 2006. Having gained too much weight (and not one to hit the “dreadmill” and watch CNN) he decided a sprint triathlon was the way to go. As is the case with most triathletes, gear was the first step. So, after buying a $7 pair of Walmart goggles, a $70 hybrid Walmart bike (that was way too small for this 6’4” frame) and pair of old running shoes, it was “game on.” Having never done any pool swimming, he downloaded some instructions from the web, went to the local YMCA, watched the other people swimming for about 10-minutes, and jumped in. “Hey, how hard could it be, right?” The first clue that he may need to upgrade his gear came the morning of the triathlon where he was the only person without a wetsuit, which he soon found out was unfortunate given the temperature of Lake Michigan that day…..54-degrees! He crossed the finish line with a time that he now beats doing Olympic distance but was hooked none the less.
The next year, he was 50lbs lighter and had significantly upgraded his gear………….with a wetsuit bought from Dick’s Sporting Goods (that was not made for triathlon) and spent $20 on a 10-speed bike. He cut his time over half at the same race and decided it was time to get serious about triathlons. He also found out there was a special division for “big-guys” and started entering races in the Clydesdale division. Over the years, he has become passionate about helping Clydesdale’s and Athena’s and is trying to increase participation and the level of respect these folks deserve.
As his 50th birthday present to himself, he completed an Ironman and has since done 7-half-Ironman races. In total, Randy has done almost 75 triathlons. He has been a member of the DC Tri Club since 2017 and is new to the board this year. Randy has been in the nonprofit sector for over 3 decades and specializes in helping nonprofits grow and thrive.
PATRICK PANNETT, Director of Gear and Merchandise
A latecomer to 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’s completed the Boston marathon and enjoys trying new things – like the Gettysburg to D.C. relay and Garrett County Gran Fondo Diabolical Double.
After several years of recovery, he’ll be back to racing in 2019 and making sure that club members have an ever-improving selection of gear. Patrick subscribes to the N+1 philosophy – that there’s always room for one more bike.
JOYCE JONES, Director of Community Development and Outreach
Joyce is an alumnae of the club’s perennially popular New Triathlete Program – class of 2010. A self-professed otter, who learned to swim with her kids coaching her on deck, Joyce graduated from her first sprint race at the DC Triathlon, to completing two Ironman races in a year in Mont Tremblant and Maryland. She credits much of her success to the DCTC, which gave her access to great programs and introduced her to an incredibly supportive community of triathletes and life-long friends. In 2012, she banded together with a group of D.C. Tri members who live and train in Montgomery County to form the (infamous) MoCo Mafia. What started as a group of a few training buddies meeting up for rides in Rock Creek Park has grown to a club-recognized Community Group of 200+ members. In her capacity as Director of Community Development and Outreach her goals are to ensure that there is a place for everyone in the Club and to support the club’s connection to the greater triathlon community. Go DC Tri!
ALLISON NORDBERG, Director of Training
Allison found the DC Tri Club thanks to being in the right place at the right time during the Nation’s Triathlon expo. As an avid cycling fan, but not a “real cyclist” and a casual runner, Allison was drawn to triathlon for its variety. She completed the New Triathlete Program in 2012 and despite completing one of the hottest goal races on record, she was hooked on the sport. NTP had such an impact on her triathlon career that Allison returned as a co-leader for the 2013 and 2014 seasons and stepped into the program lead role for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. She then joined the board as the Director of Training. Outside of triathlon, Allison is a project manager at a local foundation.
JUSTIN BAUER, Director of Web and Technology
Justin completed his first triathlon in 2010 and has been hooked on the sport ever since. He 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 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.
DAVID JIANG, Director of Communications and Marketing
David has been a member of the club since 2014 when he joined the New Triathlete Program and was hooked. Back then, a sprint was scary and he was glad to survive his first race at Blackbear Triathlon. He was never a swimmer and credits a lot of the success to the Masters Swim program. He enjoys riding hills and can often be found roaming the hills of Rock Creek. When he’s not swimming, biking, or running, you can often find him on the courts playing tennis. Of the many social leagues and running groups that he’s tried, this has been the most fun and welcoming community and he hopes to give back to the club as the Director of Communications and Marketing.
TANIA GROLLMAN, Volunteer Coordinator
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. She served on the Board in 2016-2017 and now she serves as Volunteer Coordinator.
CYNTHIA STEELE, Administrative Assistant
Cynthia grew up in the DC area and was always active playing sports, but only discovered a love of running in her 30s whens she trained for a 5K, then a 15K, then a marathon. After that, she set a goal to do a triathlon, but started a different journey – having kids. Putting a triathlon on her bucket list, she finally did her first in 2013 when she turned 40 – Iron Girl Rocky Gap – and was immediately hooked! She joined the DC Tri Club the next year to become a part of the community, learn more about the sport, and meet people. Throughout her triathlon journey, Cynthia has lost 50 pounds and completed IRONMAN Lake Placid, 8 half iron distance races, many shorter races, and met an amazing community of triathletes in the process. As a co-leader of the Women’s Group, Cynthia loves to connect with other women interested in triathlon and support them in reaching their goals, especially working moms who are trying to fit in training with their busy lives.
Cynthia is happy to serve the club as the Administrative Assistant supporting the operations of the club and the board of directors, and can be reached at email@example.com.