2019 General Membership and Election Meeting

The 2019 General Membership and Election Meeting will be held Tuesday, June 18, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 6254 Vicksburg Street, in New Orleans. All members are encouraged to attend. Doors open at 6:00 PM; the meeting will come to order at 7:00 PM.

Bylaws Amendments

The New Orleans Track Club Board of Directors recommends the following updates to the current club bylaws. Review the proposed changes HERE, with the proposal to be voted on at the June 18, 2019 General Membership Meeting.

2019-2020 Board of Directors Election

Election of the 2019-2020 New Orleans Track Board of Directors will be held Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Four officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) and seven Members At Large are to be elected. For more information, see Article XI – Nominations and Elections of the NOTC Bylaws.

Nominations for the 2019-2020 board will be accepted through 5:00 PM Monday, June 3. Please submit interest and intentions by this deadline to nominations@runNOTC.org. Currently announced candidates are listed below.

President

Casey Urschel

Casey Urschel

Casey is currently the Vice President of the NOTC and has been on the board for 5 years. He is originally from Lexington, Kentucky, and has been very active with several running groups since moving to New Orleans – in particular Guidos, Happys, 5:20, Varsity, and Louisiana Ultra Runners. He has an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Kentucky and an MBA from the University of Louisville. Casey is a small business owner in the health insurance and benefits consulting field, and participates in various industry groups as well as the Chamber of Commerce. He is a certified running coach through Road Runners Club of America, and has participated in dozens of marathons and ultramarathons. Most of all, Casey enjoys being active in the running community in and around New Orleans and has a passion for the sport and for all of the friendships he's made along the way.

Vice President

Patrick Morrison

Patrick Morrison

I have been a member of the running/tri community for 10 years now and have participated in 100's of events all over the country from coast to coast. I have participated in both good and bad events and have learned what makes for a great event experience. I want to use this knowledge to continue to enhance our Members and Participants experience at our NOTC events. This past year as a Board Member has be truly rewarding and eye opening. I look forward to continuing to serve this great organization.

Secretary

Mike North

Mike North

Mike has been involved with the Club since 1989, participating in hundreds of Club events and races. Throughout the 90s, he also served as race director for numerous area multi-sport races, learning through first-hand experience the ins and outs of race organization and logistics. After a second neck surgery five years ago, Mike redirected his energy from running to volunteering at the races and has been doing so consistently at the Club's races for the last few years. Mike was elected to the Board for the first time last year and has been active on the Race Site/Safety and By-laws Committees (for better or worse he's also mostly responsible for the music at the races). Mike worked for years in non-profit before becoming an attorney. He practiced in New Orleans for 17 years before being appointed a Federal Magistrate Judge in March 2014, a position he holds today.

Treasurer

Geoff Rose

Geoff Rose

I've been on the NOTC board for about 20 yrs. in various capacities to 'give back' for my 30 yrs of running. I've always felt our duty as board members is to put the NOTC first. We have a great and successful club, that should do fine, well into the future.

Members At Large

Seven to be elected.

Mike Andrews

Mike Andrews

In 1976 I put on my first race for the Track Club, The Big One a 3 mile race. I fell in love with the Sport. In 1978-1979 I was Vice President and Race Director of the New Orleans Track Club. I was fortunate that this occurred during that magic time of the Boom! From 1979-2005 I averaged putting on over 30 Races a year, some of these included the Symphony Run, the TV 6 Great Riverboat Race, the Witches Moonlight Run, Walk the Beat and the first race across the Mississippi River Bridge. In addition to this I was President Of Southern Runner Sports and Publisher of Southern Runner Magazine (Regional Running Publication). In the last two years I have been fortunate to serve on the New Orleans Track Club Board of Directors.

Ebony Blackwell

Ebony Blackwell

Ebony is an avid runner of all distances, with a passion for youth development and community engagement. Ebony is a mother to a spirited young lady, doctoral student at University of New Orleans, and the Program Director of the local, sports-based youth development non-profit, Youth Run NOLA. When she is not parenting, writing her dissertation, or running with the YRN kids, you will find Ebony running miles all over the amazing city of New Orleans to train for Marathons. Ebony has a history of running since high school, but picked up distance running in 2015. Since then, Ebony has set a goal to run a marathon in all 50 states! In addition to running, Ebony is committed to encouraging diversity, ensuring equity and access in all aspects of health and wellness, and serving as a role model to the people in our community to promote an active and healthy lifestyle.

Pat Driscoll

Pat Driscoll

I want to continue to support the mission of the New Orleans Track Club by encouraging and inspiring those in our community to reach their fitness potential through walking and running. A summary of my qualifications include: Served as Member at Large on NOTC Board of Directors since 2011. Primary area of responsibility is Racewalking Coordinator. Conduct a minimum of two NOTC Racewalking Clinics annually since 2012. Meet one on one with individuals to give racewalking guidance as an NOTC community service. NOTC Race Committee member. Racewalking Committee Chair. USATF Association Level Certified Official (Racewalking Judge) and RRCA Level I Certified Coach. USATF SafeSport Certified and RRCA SafeSport Certified (Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, Public Law 115-126). Attended RRCA Annual Conventions – 2016 and 2019. Organized NOTC volunteers to work Shamrockin' Run Guinness Challenge Stop Number 4 (3 years). Organize NOTC volunteers to work Crescent City Classic Water Stop Mile 3 each year since 2016.

Lori Gaston

Lori Gaston

When not running around the Southshore or Northshore, I can be found working as a travel agent handling international and domestic travel for my clients. I am the single mother of two children, Aidan (age 16) and Mackenzie (age 12). I have been a New Orleans Track Club member since 2012, but running for over 23 years. I have run and volunteered in more than 50 5k's, 10k's, and other k's both locally and regionally with NOTC, Gulf Coast Running Club, Pine Belt Pacers, Youth Run NOLA, Girls on The Run, Move Ya Brass Krewe, and Q50 Races. I have run numerous half marathons and marathons, with the most recent being the TCS New York City Marathon 2018, for OutRun 38, a charity organization that promotes awareness and support for those with Cystic Fibrosis. I am running for the NOTC Board of Directors for the 2019-20 term and ask for your support as I wish to serve on the NOTC Board of Directors to demonstrate and encourage how running and walking with NOTC is accessible to both younger and older members of our local community.

Jason Joubert

Jason Joubert

As a life-long runner, I wanted to pass my love of running to my children by joining the New Orleans Track Club after I moved home in 2013. I enjoyed our racing community so much that I started volunteering for races, ran for the board of directors and have had the honor of serving our community on the by-laws, start/finish line setup, nomination and scholarship committees. I ran track and cross country in high school and have passed that passion on to the next generation as an elementary cross-country coach. I recently earned a certification as an RRCA running coach and continue to push for ways to engage our youth in our sport. We have a lot of talent in our community and I want to see our love for this sport pass on in order to grow and strengthen our organization. I hope to continue to serve you.

Sylvia Kamp

Sylvia Kamp

I've been a runner since I can remember. After competing in college, I got into NCAA Division I coaching. After 10 years, I moved to the administrative side of collegiate running. I was a founding board member, and Treasurer, of Rock Recovery, a non-profit tackling eating disorders. When the President of NOTC approached me about running for their BOD, I thought it was a great fit at the time and stepped down from the other. For 3 years, I have served on the Scholarship, Sponsorship and Bylaws Committees. I am currently Chairperson of the Bylaws Committee. On race-day I am the one entering race-day entries so you may not recognize my face! I wish to serve another year because I am passionate for the sport. I will continue to work on getting more diversity in members and getting high schoolers involved.

Roy Lissarrague

Roy Lissarrague

I have been a member of the New Orleans Track Club for many years. I have been running for years completing numerous 5 & 10ks over 35 half-marathons and 9 full marathons. This year I am running my first 50K. I'm also involved with the MS150 ride where we raise money for MS. I participate in many run groups throughout the city such as Guidos & Varsity Run Group. I am a level 1 running coach, which I enjoy assisting runners develop a plan whether it's a 5K to a marathon. Last year I was asked about running for Board and decided to do it. I was fortunate to get elected as a Member at Large. I never really realized the work that it takes to put on a race. I've learned a lot this past year and have really enjoyed working with all our volunteers. I look forward to getting your vote and working with our team again for another year.

Jim Marsalis

Jim Marsalis

Jim has been running for over a half century and has been an NOTC member for more than forty years. He coached high school track and cross country for about twenty-five years. He has fulfilled a wide variety of roles within the club, which include entering and processing Footprint race results, coordinating split timing for the MGM, serving as a board member, and putting on track and cross country meets. He originated the club's Hall of Fame as well as computer use for elections. The Blue Doo Run for prostate cancer research was his brainchild. The NOTC has recognized him with an award for Outstanding Youth program Developer. His two primary goals as a board member will be to get all copies of Footprints in a searchable digital format and to restore the NOTC's commitment to developmental track events.

Randy Schmidt

Randy Schmidt

I have been on the New Orleans Track Club board for the past 2 years, and I have been running NOTC races since 1979.

Rob Stevens

Rob Stevens

I was appointed to the board last year. At the races, over the last year my primary focus has been (learning) the timing system. Outside of the events, I chair the scholarship committee and participate in the sponsorship committee. I have been running most of my life. I ran competitively in high school (cross country and track and AAU) and college, and I have run road races and relays across the country. Over the years, this club has given me the opportunity to connect with friends that embrace healthy living. I believe in the mission of this club, and I enjoy giving my time back to promote it and this community.

Amanda Tinney Villemarette

Amanda Tinney Villemarette

I am currently an Appointed Board Member of the New Orleans Track Club. I serve as chairperson of the Club Merchandise Committee. I also serve on the Race Premium and Sponsorship Committees. I like volunteering because it is a way to give back to our running community. I also enjoy meeting all our members. I believe I'm qualified for the Member at Large position because I have an extensive background in event planning and have served on the Board of Directors for March of Dimes Spotlight on Success. I am also an active volunteer of the Junior League of New Orleans and an advocate for women's heart health for the American Heart Association. Although I've only been a member for 3 years, I take great pride in being a volunteer for the NOTC. If elected, I will work towards securing sponsorships and making club merchandise available to members.

Joey Yanosky

Joey Yanosky

I am running for the board, because I am part of the start finish line set up and break down crew of the NOTC. I love to help wherever and whenever I can for this organization. I am also an active member of Guido Sportif. I have been running on and off for years now and joining the track club has made me serious about my running. I have run a bunch of races and I am training for my first half marathon in October. I enjoy being part of the track club and enjoy volunteering for this organization as well.