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 (outgoing)
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.
JAN BAUER, VP – Finance (incoming)
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; she is taking the reigns from Bryan Frank as Club Treasurer.
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 Membership Development
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.
MEAGHAN JENNISON, Dir. of Partnerships
Meaghan joined the DC Triathlon Club in 2012 as part of the New Triathlete Program. She had just moved back to the DC area after graduate school and was looking for a new hobby and a way to make new friends, and the Club certainly delivered on both! Just after completing her first tri in the summer of 2012, Meaghan travelled up to Lake Placid with a couple other NTPers, volunteered at Ironman Lake Placid, and registered for the following year’s race. She finished her first Ironman in July 2013 and has been hooked on the ultra-endurance life ever since.
Meaghan is incredibly grateful to the club for the community it has offered her. She previously served on the board from 2014-2015, including as its President, and is excited to be back in its fold and giving back to the organization that has given so much to her. When Meaghan isn’t swim/bike/running, she is nose-deep in her law books, as she is a first year law student (hello early-career crisis!)
ROB READ, Dir. of Club Events
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 is excited to join the board as Director of Events and looks forward to organizing some great events.
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.
JOYCE JONES, Dir. 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 help folks feel connected to our tri community. Go DC Tri!
ALLISON NORDBERG, Dir. 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 is now looking forward to joining the board as the Director of Training. Outside of triathlon, Allison is a project manager at a local foundation.
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.
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.