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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

All Board of Directors members are volunteers and voted in by our members. Positions are up for nomination annually, with final elections held each November. If you are interested in a position or would like to nominate a member for a position, please contact info@svtriclub.org.

The SVTC Board of Directors meetings are typically held on the third Monday of each month. These meetings are open to all club members who are interested in listening in on items discussed on the agenda. Members who wish to attend should contact a member of the board for the exact date, time, and location of each meeting.

The board is always looking for enthusiastic people to help SVTC continue to be a great club for multi-sport athletes! 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.

 
 
 
 

Edward Torres
President
 

In 2013, Ed was over-weight 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 about his health, 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. 

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

 
 

 

 
Kyle Welch
Vice President



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 held various positions since that time. From SVTC's roots, Kyle has played a part in molding this club into what it is today.

Some of Kyle achievements in triathlon 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. 

When not running around in a bathing suit, Kyle works full-time as a sales executive at Marvell Semiconductor. He also enjoys volunteer work for a variety of athletic and community organizations in the Bay Area. He enjoys sports and outdoor activities, Japanese language study, raising chickens, and travel.
 

 
Kim Clarno
Secretary
 
Kim did her first sprint triathlon in 2012, shortly after joining SVTC to learn how to swim in open water.  She graduated to an Olympic Distance triathlon a few years later and decided it was long and tiring, so she's now a sprint specialist.  Kim is a great workout partner for your "easy" days, and she can often be found running on the trails at Rancho San Antonio, biking in the hills nearby, or swimming in Santa Cruz.


 
 
Patrick Lai
Treasurer

 
More to come! 


 
 
Jérôme Guionnet
Coaching Director

Jérôme started Triathlon with SVTC NTTS in Jan 2017. Before that he was exercising to stay healthy, biking (with his 20 years old road bike), running, hiking, surfing, skiing, and snowboarding. He found an amazing community with SVTC and got hooked. He has been doing 5 to 6 races per year. He podiumed the first year in Tri Santa Cruz, with an entry-level carbon bike, as the strong guys from his age group were not there! He then did 3 half ironmans before finally doing one he was happy with. The first one, the swim was shortened due to fog, the second one he had a mechanical problem with his bike. Finally, in the 3rd one his persistence and efforts paid off! 


2019 was an amazing year for him as he qualified for Ironman 70.3 world championship for the first time. He did his first Ironman, got onto the podium (3rd place) and went to the 70.3 world championship in France, where he is from. SVTC gave him a lot so he joined the BoD to give back to and support this great team, so do not hesitate to bug him with any questions. 


When he is not training for a triathlon, he is working as a software engineer. As a family, his wife and daughter, they enjoy being outdoors for scuba diving, paddle boarding or hiking, they also love cooking and traveling for vacations or now racecations! 





Veronika Spalekova 
Social Director
 

Veronika started with triathlons when she moved to California in 2014. While she enjoys participating in shorter distance races,  her goal for 2020 is to race at IM Arizona!  Veronika is a USAT Level 1 Coach, Masters Coach Level 3, and an Adult Learn to Swim instructor.  She works as an aquatics manager at Cupertino Hills Swim and Racquet Club, and she is also a personal trainer for EXOS at Google.  

Veronika's involvement with SVTC is extensive as she is not only the Social Director but also a coach for our New to the Sport (NTTS).

 

Joseph Aziz
Sponsorship Director
More to come!



 
 
Christina Minasi
Membership Director
 
 
 
 
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 seventh 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, Spain, and 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.
 
Lilian 


Lilian Iskandar
Volunteer Director

Originally from the east coast, Lilian and her family (husband and 2 children) moved out to Silicon Valley in 2014. Her triathlon career was only in the early stages, as she had just done 2 olympic distance races months after taking a swim class at a local YMCA and borrowing a bike.  Upon joining SVTC, Lilian added structure to her training through coach Garry's team SVTC plan and improved her game tremendously.  Her achievements today include landing several podium spots at local races, attaining several IM 70.3 and IM 140.6 medals, and qualifying for the Boston Marathon and ITU World Championship for standard triathlon.  It's safe to say that Lilian is a homegrown product of SVTC.  As your Volunteer Director, she is excited and eager to give back to the community that has given her so much.  

 
Lindsay Hiken
Communications Director
More to come!
 
 

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