Board of Directors

2021 KARC Board of Directors

KARC

Lillian Wanjagi
President

Yvonne Prevallet
Treasurer

Jana Daniels

Secretary

Club Officers

President

Lillian Wanjagi – Lillian is a charter member and served on the board as a Director in 2019 and 2020. Lillian has been running since her first run on the Couch to 5K app in September 2014. Eight weeks later she ran her first official race, the Thanksgiving Katy YMCA Turkey Dash 5K. She has been hooked since then. Lillian loves signing up for races – which she does often. Lillian says that races provide the discipline and motivation she needs to run all year long. She ran so many races that one of her New Year resolutions was to race LESS – LOL. So far, Lillian has run 10 full marathons, 23+ half marathons and countless races of other distances. Her favorite race distance is the half marathon.  Lillian likes to talk about all things running on her instagram page where you can follow her @slowkenyanrunner

 

Vice-President

Paul van Helmond – Paul served on the board as a Director since 2019. Paul has been running on and off since he was a youngster. Paul ran (recreational) track in his native The Netherlands in college and then picked running back up when he was in Texas in the late 90’s. Paul ran his first marathon in 1997 with Houston FIT. Since moving back to Texas in 2016, Paul joined KARC and he has run several half marathons and one full marathon since. Paul loves the running community, its supportive character and its no-whining, mind-over-matter attitude.  Paul works at an engineering company in downtown Houston, is married and has three sons, all in college.

Treasurer

Yvonne Prevallet – Yvonne served on the board as Treasurer in 2020 and as a Director in 2019. Yvonne has enjoyed serving on the board and getting to know more of the runners of KARC. She enjoys walking, casual biking and cheering on her runner husband Craig, even though 2020 has made most of the cheering virtual.  She loves the inclusiveness of the club that supports each other and even welcomes a non-runner. Like everyone else she is looking forward to when we can all hang out together in person again with a group bigger than 10 people. Yvonne is retired after 30 years in upstream oil and gas where she held a multitude of roles in engineering and finance, so she really does like tracking the numbers.

Secretary

Jana Daniels – Jana has served on the board as Secretary for 2 years. She comes from a running family and has been around track and field for as long as she can remember. She was bitten by the distance running bug when she moved to Sacramento in 2008 with her husband and they joined a local running club. While in California Jana competed in numerous road races including several half marathons but never made the jump to the full marathon. Jana moved back to Houston in 2012 and joined KatyFit and in 2013 she ran her first marathon. Jana loves meeting new people in the running community and helping support those around her in their running goals.  Running is a family event for the Daniels family and Jana can often be found running on the bayou with her husband and her three children.

 
Directors-at-Large

Adam Rittweger – Adam considers himself a recreational runner and is one of KARC’s newer members. He started running 6+ years ago to improve his personal health and attributes this to his success of losing over 40 lbs. Since then he has completed multiple 5k, 10k races, and one half marathon. In Feb. of 2019 he completed his first marathon and looks to more in the future. Adam enjoys the comradery that running brings and meeting new people. He comes from over two decades of hands-on experience as a Firefighter/EMT in the surrounding area. He has also transitioned into Real Estate by becoming a Realtor. Adam has over 5+ years of experience in Real Estate and is currently working with CB&A, Realtors. He has a wonderful wife and two children (One Boy, One Girl) that he considers his best running partners.

Arturo Reyes – Arturo started running to pursue some health benefits in 2012 with KatyFit with a group called Blue/Greens!! Their coaches were Mike Masse and Rick Bozanich. He completed his first marathon in January of 2013 with a 4:56 time and has run every Houston Marathon since then. Arturo finished his 8th Houston Marathon this past January 2020 finally being able to break the 4 hr barrier with a 3:46! This was his 9th marathon overall since he also ran Marine Corps Marathon in DC in 2016. Arturo has also done many half marathons, 30Ks, 25Ks, 10 Ks and has been part of a team running the Texas Independence Relay and the Ragnar Relay Race. Arturo is a charter member of KARC and believes it has generated an amazing running community in the Katy area. Arturo enjoys running groups and long running conversations. He loves to pace friends in their races, adding some tunes and fun to every aspect of running. Arturo is originally from Mexico but has lived in the Katy area since 2007. He is married to Ana, who is the love of his life, and has two amazing kids, Diego, 13, and Amelia, 10.

Beverly Marshall – Beverly has been a member of KARC since a year after its inception. Prior to that she had been in KatyFit for a number of years. She is an avid walker, although she prefers to think of herself as a ‘runner’ because it sounds better! She is the pace group leader for the Bobcats. She is also a member of the Texas Beef Team. Beverly has completed two half marathons, along with a countless number of 10 & 5K’s. Beverly has also served for the past three years as KARC’s representative as the Captain of one of the refueling stations for the Chevron Houston Marathon. Beverly has been a Realtor for the past 10 years and is currently with Realm Real Estate Professionals.

Brad Luo - During most of Brad’s adult life, running was something that he “ran” away from. When he turned 40, his teenage daughter outran him, by a large margin, in a casual “race you” challenge. That’s when he realized that life is really more than just work. For better health and balance, Brad picked up running and joined KARC at the season opening social event on July 20, 2019. Moments after joining KARC, Brad won the grand prize of $100 gift card, and he has been hooked by KARC ever since. Gaining a PR of more than 45 minutes at the 2020 Chevron Houston Marathon after merely one season of training with the Cougars and Falcons, Brad is now a true believer of the consistent training plan and support made available by KARC and its members. Throughout much of 2020, running with KARC members has become not only a way to cope with the social isolation caused by COVID-19 but also an opportunity to accomplish personal breakthroughs (best 5K and fastest mile, for example). Brad is forever thankful for the benefits brought by KARC – discipline, accountability, friendship, and humility.  Brad, his wife, and two daughters (an Aggie and a Taylor High School senior) live in Katy. When not running, Brad practices real estate law in the Galleria area.       

 

 

Carl Mountford – Carl has been a KARC member since 2018. Despite confessing to hating running when he was at school in England, Carl took up running in 2015 to help manage work stress. When working in drilling and completions for a major oil and gas company he’s been able to run on work trips in places as far apart as Alaska, Aberdeen and Azerbaijan and running has developed into his number one hobby. Now most of his running is done in Katy and he’s found the friends he’s made in the local running community to be a new ‘family’ after retiring. Carl has run 8 marathons and 18 half marathons, the first full distance being San Antonio in 2016. His current goal is to try to qualify for Boston and he needs to shave about 5 mins off the PR to get it done! Carl is also a rabid-nutjob-supporter of Liverpool Football Club and is a on a mission to brainwash his 2 girls – in WoodCreek Elementary and WoodCreek JH- into being fellow supporters!

Paul van Helmond
Vice-President

Arturo Reyes
Director 

Beverly Marshall
Director 

Carl Mountford
Director 

Brad Luo
Director 

Adam Rittweger
Director