2018 Board of Directors

2019 Board of Directors

LIZ DAVIS | PRESIDENT

In June of 2015 - I decided to do my first triathlon. I didn't train, borrowed a kit from my coworker, had just put clipless pedals on my bike the night before, and I did it. Finishing the race was the best feeling... I couldn't wait to do another! I then signed up for the Marin Olympic Tri and again did not really train. When I decided my new goal was a Half Ironman I knew I should train a bit more, and that's when I discovered GGTC. I have now completed 6+ Half Ironmans and many other races over the years. My 2019 race season will include the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon, Ironman Victoria 70.3, Escape from Alcatraz for the Michael J. Fox Foundation, IRONMAN Arizona, and many others!

I was born in San Francisco and raised in Marin. When I'm not training, I love spending time with family & friends. I work in Project Management for Sephora HQ and enjoy skiing, rock climbing, dancing (especially country line dancing), yoga, cooking, eating, and going to the wine country!

One of the main reasons I joined GGTC was to meet people to swim with at Aquatic Park, but I ended up meeting an amazing group of friends that I love to train and hang out with! Don't hesitate to reach out if you want to train, get coffee, or have suggestions for the club.

JEN PROCTOR | VICE PRESIDENT

I dipped my toes into triathlons in 2014 when I completed my first tri doing the "Tri for Fun" sprint triathlon with a friend. I had virtually no training and no clue how a triathlon worked. I borrowed a friend's mountain bike that was two sizes too small and asked around in transition where on my swimsuit I was supposed to pin my number.

I've come a long way since that first triathlon and joined GGTC in January 2016. In June of 2016, I had joined the Oly Training Program where I met some amazing friends and had a chance to get to know more people in the club in a smaller, more intimate setting. By the end of 2016 I was on the board as the Volunteer Director, which I did for two years, and now I'm excited to be back again as the Vice President.

Since joining GGTC, and with the encouragement of all my teammates, I've completed two IRONMAN 70.3 and six Olympic distance triathlons. As Vice President, I'm excited to have the chance to continue to work with all the training programs as well as our incredible Ambassador Team. I love all that GGTC has to offer and I'm excited to once again be on the board for 2019.

KRISTINE BANKS-SMITH | TREASURER

I moved to America from the land down under 3 years ago, and I brought with me one suitcase and my bike. I went to several different riding groups’ rides, but the strength and depth of Athlete’s at GGTC is what first attracted me….. and the social side is what locked me in. Since then my closest friends, my SF family are members of GGTC.

When not on the bike, in the pool or running around… so my spare time, I work with startups providing outsourced CFO services before they have the need of a full time CFO; so as your Treasurer your money is in good hands.

I had a big injury mid-2017, and a second surgery following September 2017, so I finally raced Santa Cruz in 2018, but have big plans on the Olympic distance circuit 2019.

ALEX KAZ | SECRETARY

I’m a recent transplant to San Francisco, most recently from Washington, DC, but I’m originally from Siberia (really), with stints in Baltimore, NYC, Boston, and Beijing along the way.

In the spring of 2013, I had an opportunity to run the Boston Marathon. The only thing was, I had literally never done any running before – no 5K races, no treadmills, truly zip. I showed up for my grad school team’s first training run, and that morning I powered through ten miles. Even though I couldn’t walk properly for at least a week afterward, and though it may not have been the smartest decision I’ve ever made, I made it through. And I haven’t stopped since.

Now, 9 marathons, 3 ultramarathons, and 4 Ironmans later, I’m still at it. I’m looking forward to trying some awesome new races with GGTC here on the West Coast. Currently on my 2019 race calendar are Ironman Santa Rosa, Wildflower, and Escape from Alcatraz.

DOMINIQUE MCGOWAN | MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR

When I joined GGTC in the fall of 2017, I had no triathlon experience. I hadn't ridden a bike or been in a pool in 10+ years. I showed up to my first track practice in yoga pants and a pajama top (still my running uniform) knowing no one. That day was the beginning of an awesome adventure. The friends I made through GGTC and Women For Tri helped me find a bike, lent me a wetsuit, and drove me to early morning practices. Teammates told me stories of the fabled "Training Weekend" and took me with them to races where we cheered (and playfully heckled) our fellow triathletes. When I qualified for the 70.3 Ironman World Championships eight months later, GGTC was there too. They pulled me into their travel crew and raced side by side with me. I ended this season sitting on a beach in South Africa with GGTC wondering how I got so lucky.

GGTC is a place where anyone can be a triathlete. It's good people. And new challenges. And delicious post-swim tacos. This club has become my family. I want to create the conditions for others to find their place in this community as well. As your Membership Director, that is my top priority. If you have ideas, feedback, or questions, drop me a line! I'm here to make sure the GGTC magic is present in every member's experience.

KIMI UEDA | SOCIAL DIRECTOR

Prior to triathlon, I was an avid runner and soccer player until a knee injury sidelined my soccer recreational soccer career. I was forced to the pool for cardio so I decided why not tri? Because I had several friends in GGTC, it was only natural that I join. My first triathlon was 2017 Santa Cruz Oly where I crashed my bike, but somehow managed to finish the race. And despite that, I’m still racing! GGTC has been a life changer for me. I’ve always had friends, but since joining GGTC, I now have a SF family!

In my spare time, I’m a mother of two avid soccer players (6 and 10 years) - yes, you can call me a soccer mom - who are avid fans of GGTC. I’m also a medical science liaison for a pharma company which helps financially support my tri addiction.

This year I’m racing Wildflower long course, Monte Rio Oly, IM Santa Rosa 70.3 (or Coeur d’Alene) and IM Mount Tremblant. I might also throw in a tri or two in Santa Cruz (my favorite course) if timing permits. It’s going to be a busy year!

JUDITH BOSCHINI | COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

I stumbled into triathlon in 2016, thinking it will be fun to try. Since I had no clue of what I was doing, I joined GGTC and the Oly program and was immediately hooked. It was amazing to find amazing coaches and friends. It was also very nice and exciting to discover I had an athletic side I didn’t know about! When not training, I run a French immersion preschool.

This year, I plan on racing a few Olympics as this is what I’m better at (Napa, Oakland, Malibu...) and already signed up for Oceanside 70.3 and Hawaii 70.3. If I’m lucky, I would love to be able to qualify again for the 70.3 world championship and represent GGTC in my hometown, Nice.

CHARLES MCCULLOUGH | SPONSORSHIP DIRECTOR

In 2015, I decided to stop thinking about triathlon and actually go for it. With five weeks of ‘training’, a bike I bought off Craigslist, and some running shoes I picked up at Target, I got off the couch and showed up for the Oakland Sprint Triathlon. My two objectives were to finish and survive, although my parents still think I’m going to be eaten by a whale! Through that process, I was introduced to GGTC and got hooked on the sport at the same time.

In 2016, I joined GGTC and found an amazing community of people who are equally as generous as they are ambitious. Since joining, I have completed two half marathons, five Olympic distance triathlons and four sprint distance triathlons. 2018 has the first 70.3 Half Ironman on the schedule to go along with three Olympics and of course the baseline race, Oakland Sprint Triathlon. If I’m not racing, I am likely cheering on our teammates at the GGTC station! Hope to see you on the course!

Originally I hail from North Carolina with stints in Boston and Los Angeles. I enjoy cooking, smooth jazz, basketball, skiing and long walks on the beach at sunset. By day, I’m a mild-mannered business development executive. By night, I’m looking for a high stakes game of Hold ‘em or Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots.


CHRIS COONEY | GEAR DIRECTOR

In 2015 I got into triathlon as a way to challenge myself both mentally and physically. I conquered my fear of open water swimming, completing the Alcatraz crossing and other open water swims.

When I'm not training I'm busy running a bakery in the Outer Sunset, I love to snowboard, camp and travel as much as I can.

While on brief hiatus from the sport, I plan on participating in a handful of shorter distance triathlons and cycling events.

HANNAH BATES | BIKE DIRECTOR

In my first triathlon in 2016, after congratulating myself for not crashing during the most challenging portion of the ride: eating a gel and not gagging (pro tip - don’t try gels for the first time during a tri), I bonked so badly on the run that an 81-year old ran with me for the last 5k. Somehow I managed to get hooked on this exercise thing and since moving from Australia in 2017, was peer pressured into doing my first 70.3 (Wildflower). In 2019 I hope to do a couple of tris, trail running races and some bike crits.

I initially joined GGTC to offset my love of food but quickly came to realize it is a genuinely fantastic community. I am grateful to have found a group of people who love accepting challenges as much as I do.

When I’m not wearing sweat-covered lycra, I work on developing my legendary Microsoft Excel skills, eating Susie Cakes, accepting challenges, camping, imposing Vegemite on unassuming non-Australians and trying to get people to ride bikes more.


JELLE VANHORENBEKE | RUN DIRECTOR

I have a background in martial arts, competing through my first two years in college. An injury, workload and occasional beers kept me away from it. Years (and a couple pounds) later, I started running to get back in shape. After finishing my first marathon, some of my friends talked me into signing up for my first half Ironman, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

I joined GGTC shortly after I moved to SF. I was part of the ambassador team for the last two years. This is my first year on the board and I'm very excited about it.

This year I'm racing Oceanside 70.3, Santa Rosa Marathon and Ironman Arizona.

STEPHANIE CARNES | SWIM DIRECTOR

I joined GGTC in 2013. I have been the 2015 and 2016 GGTC swim director. Swimming has connected me to competition and, gave me access to coaches/ athletes at all levels. Through GGTC, I have successfully conquered my fear of open water swim and discovered a passion for it. My vision has been to bridge training between pool and open water swimming.

I have worked with pools and coaching staff to develop triathlon specific training and encouraged club participation in local swim meets during triathlon off-season to continue speed work and promote team camaraderie. I’ve promoted more frequent swim clinics geared towards speed and technique and created partnerships with open water swim agencies for club Alcatraz swims.


CRAIG MACLELLAN | VOLUNTEER DIRECTOR

I moved to San Francisco at the start of January a keen cyclist and an OK-runner. I joined GGTC for two reasons – to find something to focus my efforts on outside of work and to meet people in the Bay Area (making new friends in your 30s is HARD!). Although I only joined the club in July 2018, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I feel in the best shape ever and have made a fantastic group of friends.

When I’m not swimming, cycling or running, my day job in PR keeps me busy. And if I’m not there, I’m can be found cultivating my vast Scotch Whisky collection, entertaining visitors from Scotland or sampling the best food and drink in the Bay Area with my husband (and fellow GGTC member), Brett.

So far this year, I’m signed up for the Wildflower Olympic Distance race and my first half Ironman in Whistler this July.

ROB BALUCAS | WEB DIRECTOR

My first triathlon was the Malibu Nautica Triathlon Olympic Distance with an ocean swim and I was completely unprepared. It took me over an hour to complete just the swim. I was so angry about it I trained solely in Aquatic Park and the next year I cut my swim time in half. I joined GGTC to become more technically proficient at the sport and found a fantastic group of friends with the same interests and goals.

In 2019 I plan on Oceanside 70.3 IRONMAN, Oakland Tri, Nautica Malibu Tri, Escape From Alcatraz Tri, CAF San Diego Triathlon Challenge, LA Marathon, Two Cities Marathon, BORP Revolution Ride, and the Sea Otter Classic. In real life I’m the Chief Creative Catalyst & Founder of babaLucas Creative, an online branding and website design firm.

In my spare time I like to cook, walk my dog, geek out over GoT, and good design + continue to inspire both challenged athletes as well as able-bodied athletes through my blog and speaking.


SAM GAGER | EX OFFICIO

I joined GGTC in 2011, within days of moving to San Francisco. Since then my undying love of GGTC and the sport of triathlon has been a focal point in my life. Over the years GGTC has been like a family for me. I have built some of the best relationships of my life through the club and will continue to do so.

When I started in Triathlon almost a decade ago, in my first race I was last out of the water, overrode the bike course and suffered through the run. I would say with time I’ve learned to manage my racing a little better thanks to the coaches involved with GGTC, though I have yet to put together the perfect race, if that’s even possible.

During my time as a member of GGTC, I’ve served 4 years on the board as President (two terms), Vice President, and Bike Director (favorite role). I’ve also completed 6 Ironmans (2x Lake Tahoe, Cozumel, Whistler, Mont Tremblant & Florida), over a dozen 70.3s, over a dozen Olympics and a few Sprints (sprints are too hard).

I am always happy to chat triathlon, GGTC, and many other topics of the day -- so do not hesitate to ask. Looking forward to a great 2018 for GGTC.

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