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Staff & Board

Peter Delaney Peter
Executive Director

Peter came to RunVermont team in May, 2009 after 28 years at Smugglers’ Notch Resort in a wide variety of positions. Born and bred in upstate New York, he attended college at State University of New York at Cortland, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation. Peter’s first involvement with RunVermont was as a replacement runner on a co-worker’s family team in the marathon. That led to volunteer service with several RunVermont events before assuming the role of Executive Director. For fun, Peter loves to travel, bike, ski and fish.


Joe ConnellyJoe
Director of Race Operations

Joe thinks he started on staff at RunVermont in 2004… but he’s truly been involved in some aspect with the Vermont City Marathon since the beginning. He was on the far periphery of the group who originally started VCM, but trained with them Wednesdays, ran the original course with Gordon MacFarland (first VCM Executive Director) in 1988 to test it out. He ran the marathon in 1989 (2:54-pr) and worked registration and results in 1990. He volunteered as a Course Captain in 1992, ran again in 1993 (3:18), worked at Waterfront Park as set up volunteer in 1994, joined the Race Committee as Waterfront Park Coordinator 1995-2000, then served on the Race Committee/Staff as Technical Coordinator-Parks from 2001-2004. We’re pretty sure he was finally given a desk with an official title of Technical Director around 2004. As Director of Race Operations Joe is in charge of just about every aspect of the course, from planning and permitting, to course layout, design, support services, aid stations & fluids, relay exchange zones, Invited Runners and our Preferred Corral program… you name it, Joe does it. He can tell at exactly what .001 degree of a mile the course changes even the slightest of elevation. When he’s not working at RunVermont he is the Men’s Cross Country Coach at Saint Michael’s College. When he’s not working one of those jobs, Joe enjoys outdoor sports such as cross country skiing, running, biking, hiking, and golf and indoor sports like squash, pinball, crossword puzzles and Scrabble.


Michelle DowMichelle
Race Operations Manager/Director of Youth Programs

Michelle subbed in for a RunVermont employee in 2017 as Race Operations Manager. Clearly we saw a good thing, because in the fall of that year we asked Michelle to stay on as an employee. As Race Operations Manager, Michelle is in charge of all race finish line parties (whoohoo!) except for the marathon. For the marathon, she manages the first 13.1 miles, all Aid Stations and Relay Exchange Zones. As Director of Youth Programs, Michelle heads up the Mini Milers, Mini Marathon and the Junior Miles Programs. Her favorite thing (not!) is helping manage all the inventory in the three RunVermont trailers. Michelle is always willing to do almost anything asked of her, she's RunVermont's go-to-girl.

Prior to her role at RunVermont, Michelle ran in several VCM's as part of both 3-5 person and 2-person relay teams. She also has tackled races such as the Spartan Race in Killington, GoRuck Challenge, Jay Peak Challenge and lots of 5k and 10k races. Plus her one and only marathon in Corning, NY. 


 

Chuck Spear
Registration and Volunteer Director

Chuck joined the staff at RunVermont in August 2015. His duties include managing the registration process and pretty much doing what anyone else 

Chuck

needs (i.e. tells) him to do! He has a varied background, having worked in both technical and business development positions, including managing projects, organizing events and researching markets. A life-long runner, Chuck initially became involved with RunVermont in 2009 as a runner on a three-person relay team. Chuck grew up in Portland, Maine and has an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University and a BS in Physics from Tufts. He enjoys running, biking, snowshoeing, poetry, and hopes one day to play the banjo without causing his dog to howl.

 


 

Event Staff

Kim Lord
Sport & Fitness EXPO Director

Jon Floyd
VCM Course Technical Director


RunVermont Board of Directors

Cheryl AleyCheryl

Cheryl joined the RunVermont Board in the summer of 2011. Cheryl, her husband Ray and their two children have been volunteers for at least 25 years. Cheryl remembers bringing her (now almost adult) children as babies to the RunVermont office to help with bulk mailings, filing or whatever else was needed. When her children were a little older Cheryl joined the RunVermont staff to be the Sport and Fitness Director for several years. 

The Aley family owned and operated restaurants in upstate New York. Cheryl is currently the women’s cross-country coach at Colchester High School. She is thrilled that now she and her husband, Ray will be spending six of the winter months in Loveland, Colorado. She loves to run (of course) and do ANYTHING outside!

Beth Anderson

Beth joined the RunVermont Board in 2017. She has always been impressed by the events and programs that the organization delivers and was excited to work with that team as well as to give back to the organization and the running community.  

Beth recently left her position at the City of Burlington to lead the local nonprofit Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL).  Outside of work, Beth is the Chair of the COTS Board, a runner with her dog and friends, she enjoys hiking, is training to become a Barre instructor, is an avid reader, and especially loves exploring the many small towns across the state.

Chris BernierChris B

Chris became a RunVermont Board member in 2019 because “any time the words run and Vermont come together, I want in.” His two favorite things! Chris has participated in numerous RunVermont events and appreciates having the ability to serve on the board to broaden the organization’s impact.  

Chris is the Director of Major Gifts for UVM Athletics. When not cheering on the Catamounts, he’s spending as much time with family as possible. This usually involves running, mountains, snow and music. 

Kelly ByersKelly B.

Kelly joined the RunVermont Board in 2017. He joined because he was interested in becoming more involved as he had raced in many RunVermont races over the years.

Kelly helps run his second-generation family business, Leonardo’s Pizza, with locations in both Vermont and Maine. He enjoys spending time with his family as well. He likes being outside as much as possible regardless of the seasons. He enjoys running year round, but you will never find him on a treadmill….ever. Treadmills only exist indoors.

Scott CarpenterScott

Scott was on the RunVermont Board originally 1992-2005. Then again in 2014-15. The gap needs some explaining for what it is worth …so see below.

Scott was originally asked by John Scheer to join the board when he was Executive Director as he was a friend of John’s and lunch time running buddy and knew other Board members. He had run in the event several times before and was hooked. Scott also just moved back to Vermont in 1991 and started working at Bank of Vermont, now KeyBank. As a board member and KeyBank employee, he was part of many of the sponsorship contracts.  He remained on the Board until becoming KeyBank’s District President in 2005. He went back on the board around 2014-15 after I moved over to Peoples United. 

Outside of the RunVermont Board (and work), he is on other Boards, most notably Chair of board of Champlain College. Now incapacitated from running, he loves to bike, hike, ski, do anything outdoors and chase his three kids around where they now live. 

Sam DavisSam

Sam joined the RunVermont Board in 2016. He has been a marathon coach for RunVermont since 2005, so when approached to join the Board, it made sense!

Sam volunteers at many athletic events, including the Mini Marathon, serving also on the Youth Program Committee. As a USA Track & Field certified coach, Sam provides consultation for runners of all ages and ability, including his Marathon 201 and Half Marathon participants. His quiet enthusiasm is motivating to kids and adults alike. He also continues to run and race himself, just "at a much slower pace."

Heather HennessyHeather

Heather joined the RunVermont Board 2019. She joined because she loves running – it’s her stress relief and bonding time with friends. She also has a strong belief  in the mission of Run Vermont.  In addition, Heather has participated in the VT City Marathon (usually the half) for many years and her daughter loved the Mini Milers program.   

Heather works at Fuse, a marketing agency focused on authentic brand experiences for teens and young adults and lead the digital communications team, which encompasses social media, digital, earned media and more traditional PR.  In addition, she is an adjunct at Champlain College teaching in the Communications and Creative Media Department.  Besides running, she also loves snowboarding, yoga and staying active. Heather’s fun is often family time as she has two young children.

Mike KanarickMike Kan.

Mike joined the RunVermont board in 2012 while serving as Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger’s Chief of Staff. He joined with the goal of helping to facilitate the many partnerships between RunVermont and the various City departments that ensure a successful marathon weekend. 

Mike serves the City of Burlington as Manager of Customer Care, Communications, and Energy Services at Burlington Electric Department (BED). He is responsible for the customer service, call center, education, community engagement, communications, government affairs, and energy efficiency areas of BED. Mike has enjoyed his 25+ years of work primarily as a public servant in both city and state government, as a nonprofit executive director, as a political campaign staffer (in Vermont, his home state of New Jersey, and Alabama), and as a federal prosecutor. Mike graduated from Dartmouth College and Fordham Law School. 

Mike enjoys running, whether it be with his morning running buddies or through the streets of Burlington during the People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon, skiing, hiking, and, most of all, watching his three children’s sporting, theater, and musical events. Mike lives with his children and wife in Shelburne, Vermont.

Mike KennedyMike Kennedy

Mike joined the RunVermont Board in 2019 for two reasons: he loves to run.  But, more importantly, he has long been a big fan of RunVermont and all that it does to promote running and support the local running community. He viewed it as an opportunity to give back or pay forward all that folks associated with RunVermont have done for him.

For work, Mike is a lawyer.  His job is attorney ethics. He also just completed 11 years on the Vermont Bar Association's Board of Managers, including a term as president.  In addition, he coaches middle school basketball in South Burlington.  A few years ago, he retired after 16 years as the SBHS varsity coach. Apparently, he just couldn’t get enough!  For fun, Mike enjoys lots of things, especially anything that includes travel and a race to run.  

Michell LanglaisMichell

Michell joined the RunVermont Board in 2019, but her interest first piqued when she volunteered and experienced firsthand (cutting up hundreds of oranges and bananas) how many volunteers, staff, and community members it takes to host this large, community wide event. She found it mind-blowing to see all the moving pieces before, during and after the race.  Additionally, she wanted to get involved because she believed our community needs events such as Vermont City Marathon and feel her talents and experiences can help keep it sustainable.

Michell is a native of Vermont and has been with Westport Hospitality since 2002, serving as Vice President of Sales for their portfolio of hotels.  She is an active board member of the United Way of Northwest Vermont, co-founded Women’s United, and serves on the Board of Trustees for Mercy Connections.  Michell is also an exercise enthusiast and works out and/or runs daily.  Over the years, Michell has run in the Vermont City Marathon as both a marathon and half-marathon participant.  She is a mother to two adult children, Connor and Stephanie, and resides in Colchester, Vermont with her two dogs, Eli and Zena.

Seth LaskerSeth

Seth joined the RunVermont Board in 2015. He had been involved with the marathon since the early 1990's through his work at the Burlington Fire Dept. He wanted to be a resource for the Board and to be able to assist with future emergency planning. 

Outside of Runvermont Seth works as an Emergency Management Coordinator for the Town of Colchester, for fun he and his wife travel and spend as much time as possible boating on Lake Champlain in the summer.

Will McNultyWill

Will joined the RunVermont Board in January 2017.  Prior to joining the board he spent five years on the Youth Running Committee. Running is the simplest form of play and he was drawn to the idea of sharing his passion for play with the children of our community. Will was honored to be considered for the Board and joined because of the way that RunVermont and the Vermont City Marathon brings our amazing community together. Play and community are at the core of what it means to him to be human. 

Will’s favorite thing to do is to spend time with his wife, Katrieva, and dog Ayla. In addition to running, he enjoys racing triathlons around New England. He is lucky to work at Dealer.com where he coaches software engineering teams on making values-based decisions while empowering them to challenge the status quo. 

Randy SargentRandy

Randy first joined the RunVermont Board in the fall of 1988. At that time, he had just moved back to Vermont and was looking for ways to connect with the community, both personally and professionally. He was running competitively at that time and wanted to see what was involved in producing a marathon, having done only some volunteering at local 5ks. He must have had a good first experience, as he has served as the dinosaur in the Board room for nearly all of the years since. 

Randy is a CPA and is the Audit & Accounting partner at JMM & Associates in Colchester, Vermont where he specializes in providing services to nonprofit organizations. He He was recently recycled to once again be the Board Treasurer and also serves as the Treasurer of his local church, is and as the Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Vermont Society of CPAs.

For fun, since he can’t run anymore, his hobbies include travel, golf in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter.

Kathy SchirlingKathy

Kathy joined the RunVermont Board in 2015. She works for People’s United Bank as the marketing and community services director and has worked for the bank for 30 years. Although she has not run the marathon, she and her team at People’s spend the entire weekend “running” around making the most of their title sponsorship. Kathy enjoys marathon weekend and working with the small, but very mighty team at RunVermont as well as the board, that put on such an incredible event.

Outside of work, Kathy does enjoy running with her husband and spending time with her children. Kathy is also on the board of Sara Holbrook Community Center and volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington, Lund and the Humane Society of Chittenden County. 

Elzy WickElzy

Elzy joined the RunVermont Board in 2012. She joined the Board because she is an avid runner and loves the Vermont City Marathon and other events that RunVermont organizes in the community. She also became a Mini Milers (formerly Ready, Set, Run) leader at her children's elementary school and saw the value of helping kids to think about running and to form healthy habits at a young age. She was honored to be asked to join the Board as it is a great way to combine Her passion for running and community involvement.

Elzy is mom to three active boys and a community volunteer.  She enjoys running, playing tennis, yoga, skiing, hiking, paddle boarding and pretty much all forms of fitness. She also loves to cook and travel.  She currently sits on three other Boards of local organizations:  King Street Center, Music-COMP and the Burlington Football Club (BFC).  She is also in the process of studying to get her license to enter the world of real estate.  

 

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