Meet the Board

These are the current Board of Directors for the Fort Collins Running Club. Board nominations and elections occur every September. Click here for information on how to contact us.

[Archive of past board members]

Connie DeMercurio, President

I have been running for almost 30 years, completing a 50K, 32 marathons and many, many (lost count) half marathons. I have served on the FCRC Board in the past: one year as Treasurer and two years as President. I love working with new runners who are motivated to improve and start racing. I worked with a legally blind runner for about five years, taking him from his first half-marathon through seven full marathons. My passion for running has been passed down to my children. My son, Nate has completed a number of marathons, a 50-mile race and is a five-time-finisher Ironman triathlete. My daughter, Marissa completed her first 50-mile race last year and has also run a number of full and half marathons.

It’s so exciting to see how the club has grown since I originally joined the board in 2010. The membership has gone from 100 to 700 and growing!

Katie Quatrano, Vice President

Katie Quatrano and husbandI was lucky enough to move to Fort Collins in 2006 to work as a veterinary epidemiologist. In 2010, I joined the Running Club to start training for my first half marathon. As a member of the club, I’ve now run over 25 half marathons. I came up with concept of Running U after my second child was born and I needed motivation to get moving! Running U has proven instrumental helping runners of all abilities meet their individual goals. I was honored by several club members as being recognized as one of Northern Colorado’s Superwomen in 2015 and hope that the momentum of Running U can continue!

Cathy Kechter, Treasurer

Cathy KechterI moved to Fort Collins from Nebraska to finish up my college degree at CSU. I have been running
since I was 12 years old. When I’m not running, I’m with my husband, two dogs, and two almost-grown boys hiking, paddleboarding or golfing.

Greg Smith, Secretary

Greg SmithMy wife Renae and I moved from the Green Mountains of Vermont to the tall mountains of Colorado in November 2012. When a coworker back east heard we were moving to Fort Collins, he said he spent a week here once and that people seemed so happy. Everywhere you looked somebody was running or biking. It’s all true and we absolutely love it here!

Felix Wong, Webmaster

felix-wong-bismarck-marathon-2012.jpgI am a mechanical engineer and aficionado of anything on wheels. When not doing manic engineering or maintaining the website for the FCRC, I enjoy crazy-long bike rides, traveling the world, and running of course! In the past I have done Ironman triathlons and ultramarathons, but nowadays mainly do FCRC Tortoise & Hare races. A lifetime goal is to run a marathon in every state.

Andy Auer, member-at-large

adny-auer-2016I’m a new member of the Fort Collins Running Club Board this year, but I’ve been running with the club for around three years, ever since I moved to Fort Collins from southern California. I‘m a senior at CSU—in spring 2017, I will graduate with a BS in geology and a minor in history. My pronouns are they/them/theirs, and I love dogs. In my free time, away from school and work, I enjoy running, reading, and knitting.

Dan Berlin, member-At-Large

Dan Berlin
I moved to Fort Collins in 2007 from the New York City metro area and started running two years later. Being a vision impaired runner, I discovered the generosity of our local running community when I signed up for my first half marathon. It is now my intent to help promote an inviting and vibrant running community in our hometown. One of my greatest pleasures is sharing the joy of running with my two rapidly growing children, and I have almost convinced my wife and dogs to join us.

Kate Schulte, member-at-large

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I have been running since I was a teenager and I now enjoy running and racing with all three of my kids, two dogs, and one husband. I also compete in triathlons and duathlons, but love that you can almost always go for a run! I occasionally race with an Athletes in Tandem participant and love being able to share the joy of running with those who cannot run alone. When I am not playing outside, I work as a health coach empowering others to move towards a healthier lifestyle. If you see a woman running in south Fort Collins with a golden retriever and a brindled boxer mix, it is probably me, so say hi!

Ken Banwart, member-at-large

ken-banwart-2016I am a graduate of CSU and Realtor in Fort Collins for over 20 years. I have been a member of the FCRC for three years, with two of them spent helping out on the board. I also have a daughter named Morgan.

Tom Schipper, member-at-large

Tom SchipperI’ve been running for about 30 years and am over 60 years old. For almost the first half of my running career, running was secondary to other activities such as cycling, racquetball and volleyball. In 1996, I was asked by fellow FCRC club members if I would like to join them for the Seattle Marathon. I knew I had to hang the bike up at least for that year when I said yes.

For years, I had thought about running a full marathon but didn’t want to make the same mistake I did for my first half marathon by not properly training. In the first half marathon, I had never run anything longer than a 10k even in training until the weekend before the race. I ran 11 laps of a 1.3-mile park loop trail in Greeley where I lived at the time.

I’ve been on the FCRC board since 1996. My favorite distance is the half marathon. At a half earlier this year, someone asked me how many I had run and I couldn’t come up with a top-of-my-head figure, but suspect it’s in the triple digits. I enjoy helping out new runners.

Committees

Race Sponsorships: Ken Banwart (lead), Connie DeMercurio, Wendi Sloane

Race Management: Cathy Ketcher (lead), Tom Schipper, Greg Smith

Social: Connie DeMercurio, Felix Wong

Running U: Andy Auer (lead), Katie Quatrano

Volunteer Coordinator: Steve Hulen

Paid Positions

FCRC Administrative Coordinator: Katie Hardy

katie-hardyHello FCRC! I like so many others started running to stay in shape. I’ve been running since junior high and love that no matter where I go, my running shoes are always close by. I graduated form University of Utah with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science with emphasis in Fitness Leadership. I am inspired when people adopt active lifestyles and see the positive changes in their lives. I’ve worked in Run Specialty for over six years and can’t get enough of working with runners. My favorite part of running is that it never gets easy and it requires discipline to train for races and push yourself.