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2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 
The ten SVTC Board of Directors are elected by our members every year.  Elections are held in November and all positions are open for nomination. The Board is always looking for enthusiastic and motivated people to help SVTC continue to be a great club for multi-sport athletes.
 

MONTHLY BOARD OF DIRECTOR'S MEETING

The SVTC Board of Directors formally meet in the evenings on the third Monday of each month. These meetings are open to club members who wish to listen in on items discussed on the agenda. Any member wishing to attend should contact the BoD for the exact time, location and date of each meeting as we occasionally need to reschedule it.
 
If you interested in running for a BoD position or be a committee member, lease contact any of the Board members at info@svtriclub.org
 
 
 
 

Carin LeVine
President
 

In 2009, Carin LeVine won a lottery entry to the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon.  By the time she crossed the finish line, she knew she was in love with the sport.  Carin has passionately served on SVTC's Board for ten consecutive years.  For the first three years she served as our Vice President and has been our President for the last seven years.

In addition to devoting much time and energy to leading our club, Carin is the owner of and attorney at LeVine Law Offices and recently founded AthleteLaw.com which was inspired by her tenure with SVTC.  Her services include helping athletes and coaches to secure their future through estate planning and legal advice on business transactions.

 
 

 

 
Chris Lowrie
Vice President



Now entering his 5th season as a serious triathlete, Chris has accomplished a fair amount in just a few years as a triathlete. Although his background is originally swimming- swimming and water polo competitively through high school, and recreationally through college and after; he has also developed a passion for running. Over the past 10+ years Chris has developed from a 5k-10k runner to half marathon/marathon distance running. With that background, in just his second season of serious triathlon racing Chris completed two full distance Ironman events: IM Lake Tahoe and IM Arizona. That was followed up with competing in the inaugural IM Vineman the following season. Overall, he has completed 15+ triathlons since starting with Wildflower’s Olympic course as his first triathlon.

Outside of competing in and training for triathlons, Chris is an applications engineer for Intel Corporation. He is an avid sports fan and spends much time watching Bay Area sports teams with his favorites being the San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors. He also is a long time musician and plays bass guitar in a couple projects in the rest of his spare time. This will be his 4th full year with SVTC and 2nd as Vice President of the club. 

 

 
Kyle Welch
Secretary
 
Kyle is a charter member of SVTC, joining when the club formed in 1998.  He joined the Board as the Sponsorship Chairperson in 2008 and has since toggled back and forth between the Sponsorship and the Vice President roles.  From SVTC's roots, Kyle has played a part in molding this club into what it is today.

As a 18 year triathlon veteran; Kyle is one of the most accomplished triathletes in our club and in the country.  A few of his accolades include: 2016 ITU Short Distance World Champion - gold medal, 2016 USA Triathlon Long Distance National Champion - gold medal, 2014 ITU Long Distance World Champion - gold medal; 2014 ITU Short Distance World Championship - silver medal;  2013 USA Triathlon Age Group Sprint National Champion - gold medal; 2013 Olympic Distance Age Group National Championship - bronze medal; 2013 USA Triathlon Long Distance National Champion - gold medal; 2012 USA Triathlon Master's Athlete of the Year - honorable mention;  2011 ITU Short Distance World Champion - gold medal; 2011 ITU Long Distance World Championship - silver medal; 2010 ITU Short Distance World Championship - bronze medal; 2010 Asia Pacific IM 70.3 Champion - gold medal; and 2006 USA Triathlon Age Group Olympic Distance National Champion.  It will come as no surprise that Kyle has been voted by our members, for several years, as our "Male Athlete of the Year".

When not running around in a bathing suit, Kyle works full-time as a sales executive at GLOBAL FOUNDRIES. Apart from that he enjoys volunteer work and serves as a Commissioner for the Sunnyvale Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission, founder and board member for his neighborhood association, board member for the Palo Alto Run Club, and event planner for Wipeout-Cancer Sports Day for Charity and the Silicon Valley Kids' Triathlon. He enjoys sports and outdoor activities, Japanese language study, raising chickens, and travel.  
 
 
 
 
Minel Diaz
Treasurer

 
Minel is an ultra runner who tries to tri!  She has completed over 35 running races over the last 11 years at distances ranging from 5 to 100 kilometers!  She started participating in short-distance triathlons as a way to cross-train for her running.  In 2014, she was encouraged by her friends at SVTC to train for her first half-ironman distance.  The following year she was voted by her peers as SVTC's "Rookie of the Year"!  Minel found a good fit with SVTC; she developed good friendships and received a lot of support while she was learning how to bike and swim.

Prior to serving on the Board, Minel offered her professional expertise as a CPA and Internal Audit Manager, to be the accountant for our Silicon Valley Kids' Triathlon.  In 2014, she was recruited to be our Treasurer.

 
 
Edward Torres
Coaching Director

In 2013, Ed weighed 280 pounds and could only ponder the idea of triathlons from the desk of his high tech job. Two years later and after receiving a dare from his wife to finally get serious, he took action. Without even knowing how to swim, he found a coach and then purchased a used, 25 pound steel road bike to officially start his triathlon career. 


He's now an enthusiastic participant and supporter of triathlons and, although at that same desk, he has dropped 90 pounds and completed over 12 races including Pacific Grove,  Half Moon Bay, and California International Triathlon. When not in work meetings or doing quantitative analysis, he's regularly found at the pool, leading club rides or running trails. 




Henry Phan
Social Director
 

Henry was introduced to sport at 7, playing soccer. 
He explored other sports such as basketball, rugby, and weight training with friends. Forward a number of years, Henry began the path to become a strength and conditioning coach. He wishes to bring his former experience in fitness into triathlon and help others to see their strengths to do incredible things

 

Joseph Aziz
Sponsorship Director
 



 
 
Christina Minasi
Volunteers
 
 
 
 
Six years ago, Christina joined SVTC because she wanted to meet new friends at track who she could run with on the weekends. Not only did Christina find new training buddies, she was encouraged by her peers to add swimming and biking to her repertoire. Now in her six triathlon season, Christina has met and continues to meet some great friends through SVTC who support her while swimming, biking and running.  Christina spends a lot of her time tri-ing and loves to organize fun member led workouts.  In fact she takes “fun member led workout” to a whole new level, organizing “train-cations” in Portland, Hawaii and Spain. This year, Christina is looking forward to a “race-cation” in Mexico with her tri-peeps.

This is Christina's third year in a row serving as our Volunteer’s Director. From 2012 - 2013, Christina served as our Treasurer, a role she is expertly qualified for as a Partner and CPA at BDO, LLP.

 
 


Jimmy Dworkin
Membership
 
Jimmy is a seasoned veteran who has been racing triathlons for 21 years.  His first triathlon experience was in 1995 when he ran the third leg of the Vineman triathlon as part of a relay team.  Jimmy was hooked ever since and completed his first solo triathlon, the Wildflower long course, the following year in 1996.  He has raced Wildflower every year since and has completed over 200 races to date.
 
Jimmy has been member of SVTC since 2005 and this is his first year serving on the Board as our Memberships Director.  During the off-season, Jimmy leads our SVTC Thursday night spin and core workout.  He enjoys being a part of the triathlon community where he has met many great people.  He is married with 2 kids, a dog and a cat.  

 
Marie Hughes
Communications
 
A long, long time ago, Marie was couch surfing when she came across a broadcast of the Ironman World Championships. When the field jumped into the water and swam 2.4 miles, she thought "that looks like fun." When they hopped on the bike and rode 112 miles, she thought "that looks like fun, too." But when the announcer said "and now they're going to run a marathon, she said "that's insane. I'll never do that!" Little did she know that in 2008 she would sign up for her first triathlon, a Sprint tri. At the time, she was in the process of losing significant amounts of weight and wanted something to motivate her to stay on track. At the time, she didn't even own a bike! Little did she know that this would lead to a lifelong addiction to endurance sports.

She has since raced two of those "insane" Ironmans, four Half-ironmans and too many Sprints, Olympcs, Aquabikes, Duathlons and Aquathlons to count. From 2015 to 2017, she has made the world team in Aqualthon and attended Worlds two times where she didn't come in last either time! She was also voted SVTC's "Most Inspirational" for 2010.

This is Marie's second stint on the Board. She previously served as the club's Social Director for 2.5 terms.
 

 

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