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Meet the Rocky Mountain Region Council

 

Dana Willett
(Chair; Communications)
Phone: 816-797-4228
Email: dwillett.usat.rmr@gmail.com

As a Triathlete, Dana Willett came to the sport later in life. In 2007 at age 42 she started with the goal of running a 5k without walking. She did not know how to swim or own a bike. She completed her first sprint triathlon (pool swim) in September, 2007. Now entering her seventh season, she has completed over 75 sprint, Olympic, half Ironman and full Ironman triathlons, in addition to scores of foot races (including 6 marathons), aquathlons and duathlons. She has landed on the podium several times, qualified for both 5150 and USAT national championships year over year, and has qualified for both New York City and Boston marathons. She was honored with a USAT All American title for 2013. Her passion for the sport has led her to numerous volunteer and leadership roles, including coaching for local youth triathlon teams. Coached by Craig Howie and Howie Endurance Project (HEP), Willett is a partner and editor for 303Triathlon.com, an online news source for the state of Colorado, whose mission is to serve all multisport athletes in the region, with a focus on building and supporting the triathlon community.

"This is a natural extension of my professional and athletic careers, and it would be a great honor to further support triathlon’s governing body," Willett said. "In addition to a terrific amount of enthusiasm and energy, my flexible work schedule as an independent entity allows me to take on a volunteer role like this.

"I am committed to this sport not only as an athlete, but because I believe it provides opportunities for health, wellness, and community for every level of athlete."

 

Dan Frost
(Vice Chair)
Phone: 805-832-7857
Email: iflyea6bs@yahoo.com

I have been a member of USAT since 1999, including three years as an elite athlete member (2006-2008). My current membership is valid through March 2016. During my 15-years of membership, I have had the opportunity to participate in virtually every facet of the sport and the triathlon industry across the country and the world. This includes:

Age group athlete
Multiple USAT All-American, Team USA member at the ITU Triathlon World Championships, three-time Kona Ironman finisher and have raced from Florida to Washington State, Hawaii to New York, and in Europe.

Elite athlete
I earned my elite card at age 37 and competed in draft-legal events in Europe as well as the New York City and Wildflower Triathlons.

Coach
I have been USAT Level 1 certified since 2011, head-coached the Pepperdine University triathlon club for one season and currently coach collegiate and age-group athletes through my coaching business. I have also been certified by the American Swimming Coaches Association.

Administrator
I was an active member of the USAT Hearings and Appeals committee for three years, a founding officer of the Monterey Military Triathlon Team, and past vice-president of the Rincon Triathlon Club. I was also a member of U.S. Masters Swimming’s national board of directors and a regional president within USMS.

Race official
I am currently certified by ITU (Level 1 technical official) and USAT (Level 3 race official), have served as a USAT head referee at the Nautica Malibu Triathlon, and have officiated at three ITU world championship events. I will be officiating at the WTS events in Chicago (2014 and 2015) and Edmonton (2014).

Event manager
I currently help direct the annual U.S. Armed Forces triathlon (age group and draft-legal championship events) and was the head swimming meet director and manager at the U.S. Naval Academy for four seasons. My ITU officiating, by nature, includes a race management component.

 
Chris Bowerbank

Chris Bowerbank
(Chair: Utah)
Phone: 805-832-2614
Email: chris.bowerbank.utah@gmail.com

Chris Bowerbank is a former USA Triathlon Level II Certified Race Director and was the co-founder of TriUtah. Chris has served on the RMR since 2005, including Chair (2011-2014), representative for Utah and Race Director liaison. He has produced over 100 events, including numerous RMR Regional Championships. He currently is focusing on special projects including age group drug testing and race director self-officiating.


 

Jonathan D. Mason
(Collegiate)
Phone: 831-747-4261
Email: mace@mpmultisport.com

After I spent a decade plus receiving from USAT and Triathlon as an Age Group Athlete, I continue on the quest to give back. I will continue the awesome task of coaching Colorado State University and MP Multisport athletes, but would love to share my leadership expertise from 15 years of being an officer in the United States Air Force in contributing to something larger in the multisport community and this is the logical next step. Creating things from the ground up, team building and large organizational structure, I feel, are my strengths. We have seen overwhelming success in northern Colorado this past spring with the start of the NoCo Triathlon Club and that is just another avenue of spreading the amazing multisport culture to athletes everywhere. I find it also very rewarding working with the 18-25 year old demographic in multisport and would be honored to be the Rocky Mountain Region Collegiate Sports Representative. I am currently working with USAT in bringing Triathlon to the NCAA ranks, attended the USAT NCAA Coaches Summit in Tempe, Ariz., and am in discussions with the Colorado State University Athletic Department on the correct avenue to take locally. My assistant coach, Justin Freyermuth, is heavily involved in other collegiate clubs across the nation in providing much needed support and coaching to this fast growing group of high-caliber and athlete. 

 

Jeremy Trembly
(Race Directors)
Phone: 303-653-2013
Email: jayrt333@gmail.com

 

Will Murray
(Clubs)
Phone: 303-550-4974
Email: will@willmurraycompany.com

I have been participating in triathlons for 13 years, twice a USAT All American Honorable Mention and a five-time Ironman finisher. I’ve also co-authored with Craig Howie The Four Pillars of Triathlon: Vital Mental Conditioning for Endurance Athletes, volunteer frequently at races and giving mental conditioning seminars.  I’m part of the Boulder Triathlon Club mentor program and coach for Kids That Tri, a youth development non-profit www.kidsthattri.org

I’m interested in serving on the council especially in the area of clubs and membership, to try to engage more triathletes in the full array of benefits of USAT membership. Many triathletes are looking for a sense of community, opportunity to learn and a chance to be around other like-minded, positive people who represent the triathlon community. Clubs are a great benefit to these people, as is membership in USAT. While there are one million triathletes who will race in the U.S. this year, there are fewer than 200,000 USAT members. A major strategic initiative of USAT is to increase membership and bring more benefits to its members. I’d like to help with that, primarily through working with clubs.

I have 34 years experience in non-profit management and coaching, have an active triathlon coaching business and have expertise in project management, organizational design, board management, non-profit marketing and human resources and non-profit financial management, as well as fundraising.

 

Suzanne Martin
(Treasurer; Women's)
Phone: 801-718-6782
Email: suz.57@hotmail.com

My first triathlon was in May 2010. It was a novice distance pool tri and I was hooked after that. I had never been much of an athletic person but had started working out and losing weight a couple years prior. I fell in love with triathlon partly because of the community of people. I also found that even though I had never been much of a swimmer or cyclist that this was a sport in which I could learn as I competed. After several years of mostly sprint distances and a couple of Olympic distance, I hired a coach and jumped this year into the half and full iron distance triathlons. I say it every time I talk about triathlons that I love this sport. So much so that this year I completed the USAT Level I coaching certification. I want to share it with everyone. I feel that everyone can compete, no matter their age or ability. I work with several athletes who are preparing for their first half iron distance in the fall.

I am interested in serving on the Council to learn from others and to give back to a sport that has given me so much. I bring my enthusiasm for the sport and my ability to communicate and relate to others. I have no conflicts of interest. I do work full time but the commitment requirements work well with my schedule. I look forward to being able participate in any capacity but perhaps the Women’s Committee or Age Groupers would be where I would be best.

 
 

James Webster
(Duathlon, Youth/Junior)
Phone: 505-319-8642
Email: websterjfr@msn.com

I have been involved in endurance sports for the better part of 25 years. I competed in high school and college in cross country and track with personal bests of 14:35 for 5k and 30:10 for 10k. After college, I was still interested in competing and was in limbo as to which direction I should go when a college coach introduced me to a cycling team owner and I began in earnest to pursue cycling. After two years, I went from a category 5 to a category 1 cyclist and then obtained my UCI elite license. I competed with several domestic elite teams, raced in Mexico, Belgium and Spain with regional teams, and have won state championships in road racing and time trials. After ten years of pretty much full time racing, I backed off and moved to Albuquerque to finish my master’s and buy a house. I turned back to my first love of running, and soon after was doing triathlons and duathlons. I have had great success with shorter distance races, winning and being top three overall in numerous races, and the past two years have turned towards 70.3 and 140.6 distance races to really test my limits as an athlete.

I feel I can contribute in numerous ways as a regional representative. First and foremost I understand competition and what a commitment and lifestyle it is to be successful. I think that translates into a good mediator with athletes because I have been there in the trenches competing and training and know what they are going through. I have directed road races and criteriums with one of my former teams, so I know the struggles that race directors go through in obtaining sponsors and keeping athletes happy and coming back to the races. I also had a USAT triathlon club for two years, so I am familiar with the paperwork and amount of energy necessary to run a successful club here in New Mexico. Outside of my management career, I am currently a NSCA strength coach, and work with numerous high school and adult athletes to assist with sports performance and injury prevention. 

Lastly I am very detail oriented, a great networker, and am not afraid to ask for what I want when I am pursuing a goal or task. I would prefer to work in the areas of focus of race director relations, duathlons and youth talent I.D. I think from personal observations and experiences in New Mexico, there is a ton of room for improvement in the communication between R.D.’s in order to have a better developed race calendar with less piggy backing of multiple races on the same weekend. It would also be great to have dialogue with R.D.’s as to grow the sport from the youth level with discounted/free entries, clinics, a regional junior team, and things along that avenue.

 
 

Jessica Roising
(Paratriathlon)
Phone: 735-649-3991
Email: jessr@discovernac.org

Jess Hilton Roising, Competition & Programmatic Events Manager, joined National Ability Center in 2009 as a summer staff member for the Equestrian Program Camp Giddy Up. It was here she developed a passion for teaching adaptive lessons and providing competitive experiences for individuals of all abilities. Mrs. Roising has been in the role of Competition Program and Programmatic Events Manager for the last two years, focusing on developing a world class and innovative training programs, camps, clinics and competitions for athletes looking to compete in both Special Olympic and Paralympic Sport.  

BA, State University of New York at Geneseo. P.A.T.H. Int’l Registered Instructor, P.A.T.H. Recognized Mentor.

 

Warner Smith
(Annual Membership)
Phone: 303-564-9345
Email: warnersmith3rd@gmail.com

My journey into the sport of triathlon started in 2013 when I was volunteering for the Boulder Sunset Triathlon. I was so amazed at the athletes competing in a sport where they have to swim, bike and run. Being only a runner at the time, I felt it was time for a new challenge in my life. So I decided to enter the sport of triathlon. My coach was thrilled to start my training plan. He found me a great first triathlon he felt would be best suited for me. So I was registered for The Boulder Sprint Triathlon, the event was held on June 1, 2014. Competing in that race was so amazing and after crossing the finish line I was hooked. I did another triathlon – Tri Rock Colorado last July 20, 2014 and now my plans are to do more triathlons but my main goal for next year is IM Boulder 70.3 in Boulder, Colorado.

I do not have previous USAT leadership experience, but I’m a 21 year member of The Colorado Army National Guard. My current rank is Sergeant First Class. In my unit I’m a platoon sergeant who leads and trains 40 soldiers each month. As an athlete, I’m currently starting my second year as a Colfax Marathon Race Ambassador where I help promote getting runners registered for Colorado’s best marathon event weekend. Before applying for this council seat I did confer with the Colfax Organization staff about this position and it was determined that there would be no conflict of interest in serving on this council.

My interest in serving on this council is to help USAT RMR membership grow and to also give back to the sport I love. My strength I feel is in the ability to help lead and organize volunteers who will go to racing events, visit Tri-Clubs plus use other forms of communication to reach out to our racing community in an effort to explain to them the benefits of an annual membership vs a one day membership which seems to be the popular thing to do. By converting these one day memberships into annual memberships will help RMR grow which I know is the goal.

 
  Gerard Hubbard
(Regional Assistant)
Phone: 561-376-5972
Email: gerard@bighornrocks.com

 

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