Board of Directors
2019 KARC Board of Directors
Mike is a founding member and has served 3 years as President of KARC. He has been an avid runner for over two decades. He had been involved in a marathon training group for 9 years with 7 years coaching experience prior to his involvement with KARC. Mike is a longtime member of HARRA and has run many road races in and away from Houston – even one adventure race and one triathlon. His interests are in building and supporting a local running community through fun club activities, involvement in running related organizations, and other volunteer opportunities. Finishing his corporate career in September 2015 as Intellectual Property Director for a Houston-based chemical company, Mike devotes his working hours to Club organization and activities.
Rick is one of the founding members of the club and has served as Vice President for the past 3 years. His primary responsibilities involve membership and training. He has been an active runner for many years. He ran his first marathon in 1984 (Houston) and since then has completed 15 additional marathons (including Boston, New York, Chicago and Big Sur) and nearly 30 half marathons. He was a KatyFit coach for several years for both their 5K and marathon training programs. In addition, he volunteered as a coach/mentor for the Katy Students Run (KSR) program for 7 years. He enjoys destination races where he has the opportunity to travel and run with family and friends. Rick retired from BP in 2009 after a long and successful career focused on exploration, technology and strategic planning.
Gary has served as the KARC Treasurer for 3 years. He has been involved in the area running scene since 2010 and was a member of Katy FIT from 2011 - 2016 with the last two years as an assistant coach for the Blue/Green group. His interest is to promote the health aspects of running and support other runners to attain their goals in a fun and friendly environment. Gary is currently employed as vice president and chief accounting officer and has extensive experience directing international and corporate accounting functions. He is a certified public accountant and a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Jana has served on the board as Secretary in 2018. 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.
Kim is a founding member and has served on the board for 2 years as Secretary and 1 year as Director-at-Large. She started running in 2006 when she joined Katy Fit. She fell in love with the sport and has been running ever since. She’s been involved with many running clubs in Houston including The Tornados, Houston Striders and most recently Bayou City Road Runners. She’s also put together winning teams for relay races such as TIR and Beach to Bay. Kim has participated in 6 marathons and numerous half marathons among many other smaller distances as well. Her goal is to someday run the Boston Marathon. Kim hopes to share her love of running with others and have fun together
Jenn started running in 1995 with Run On! and DAR in Dallas. In 2013 she joined Katy Fit and subsequently KARC. Jenn has participated in 7 marathons and several half marathons. She loves the social aspect of running and has met many of her close friends on long runs. Inspired by other KARC members, she intends to run for at least 25 more years. Jenn is a Mortgage Loan Officer with Guild Mortgage in Katy. Her 12 year old son Henry plans to join KARC in the future.
Yvonne enjoys walking and many of her best friends are runners including her husband, Craig. She has learned about the sport from Craig's marathons, her son Julian’s high school cross country experience and Gabe's triathlon training. She joined KARC since she found she was always hanging out with them anyway and loves the inclusiveness of the club. Yvonne has recently retired after 30 years in upstream oil and gas where she held roles in engineering, finance and most recently VP of investment governance.
Lillian is a new-ish runner. Her first run on the Couch to 5K app was 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 in 2017 (20+ races) that one of her 2018 New Year resolutions was to race LESS – LOL. So far, Lillian has run 6 full marathons, 16 half marathons and countless races of other distances. Her favorite race distance is the half marathon. Lillian lives in Cross Creek Ranch. Since it felt like way out there in the boondocks, in 2016 while training for her first full marathon, she started coordinating the 5@5 (5 miles
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 and only (for now) Houston marathon in 1997 with Houston FIT. Since moving back to Texas in 2014, Paul joined KARC and he has run several half marathons since. Paul loves the running community, its supportive character and its no-whining, mind-over-matter attitude. Paul works at an engineering contractor in the Energy Corridor, is married and has three sons, two in college and a third one at Katy Taylor HS.