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Students Run Chicago is completely volunteer-run. Our Board of Directors is made up of enthusiastic runners who not only serve as coaches and mentors to students, but also work hard to raise money, schedule training runs, organize programs, and engage with the larger running community.

The Board's commitment to youth comes from a diverse background of individuals who are parents, teachers, coaches, and professionals of all kinds. You'll find them working throughout the Chicagoland area and running regularly on the lakefront path. 


Some of SRC's Board during an off-season run at the lakefront.

Chad Kasler
Barney Rupp
Aida Sanchez
Marco Galvan (Executive Director)

Marco has been working in the electric power industry as a licensed Professional Engineer for the past 12 years. He moved to Chicago from San Luis Potosi, Mexico when he was 11 years old. Marco is Teo and Leo’s dad, and is thankful for Jamie’s patience and support and for staying home alone with Teo and Leo every Saturday morning during marathon training season. 

Jessica Garcia
Regin Igloria
Tania Kuhl
Kimberly Soriano (Treasurer)
Ellen Morris
William Morris
Jerry Rosenthal
Terry Rosenthal
Steven Rak

Steve has been volunteering/mentoring with students in this age group for 20 years. He's also been a runner for 20 years. Six years ago, he was looking for new opportunities and SRC was a logical choice for him to match up running and mentoring.


“Look good for the cameras” (the five most important words in running)."

Kim has been working in healthcare for the past 12 years on a Mother Baby unit as well as training staff on electronic health record software. When she applied to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for the first time, the most she had ever run was a 5K. She told herself if she got in, she'd figure it out. If she didn’t, there would always be next year. She got in and crossed that finish line. Here she is, a few years later, still running and a member of a supportive and encouraging group/family, SRC.

"Take chances and challenge yourself."

Will is a chemist and is originally from England. He started running 10 years ago while he was in graduate school in Los Angeles. Within the first year he started running, he ran several races, including the L.A. Marathon. Will continued to run after moving to Chicago, where he found SRC. Will enjoys helping the students with the challenges they face while training. 


"Everyday is a running day!

You can go for a run wherever you are!"

Ellen is a lawyer and an avid runner. She has enjoyed running since she was a kid, but started running longer distances and participating in races while in graduate school. She feeds off the SRC energy, loves seeing the students achieve goals, and loves how running positively impacts the community. 

"I am the best version of myself when I am training. Running makes everything better."

Tania was a Case Manager for the Medicaid population in Chicago for five years. She is currently a stay at home parent to her loving children Penelope and Kingston. She completed her first marathon 5 years ago with SRC as a mentor and since then it has changed the way she views the world. It helped put so many fears aside including motherhood.


"You will see the world in a different light once you cross that finish line."

Aída is former lawyer turned bilingual elementary school teacher. She began running in college, to stay healthy and for fun.  She ran her first 5K in 2000, and has progressed to 10Ks, 10 milers, half marathons and 3 marathons to date.  She enjoys mentoring students and loves how they inspire her and each other with their ambition, perseverance and camaraderie.

"You’ve got this. You can do it, just keep going."

After earning an MBA from Chicago Booth School of Business, Barney spent the next 40 years as a retail merchandising executive with three different national retailers. Now retired, Barney's focus is on expanding the reach of Students Run Chicago and also teaching English as a Second Language at Oakton Community College. Having completed over 20 marathons and served for eight years as a Chicago Area Runners Association marathon training Group Leader, Barney is having fun supporting Chicago high school students in achieving difficult running goals and developing into contributing adults.

"I’ve never met a runner who is a bad person.  Do only good, kind people start running…or does running make people good and kind?"

Chad is originally from Michigan, and moved to the city of Chicago in 2013. That same year, he signed up for his first marathon with little knowledge of what he was getting himself into. He completed the race, and has run every Chicago marathon since. Before coming to Chicago, Chad coached middle school track and cross country. This experience helped him understand the benefits that running brings to youth. Chad believes in the mission of Students Run Chicago and knew that he wanted to be a part of a program that provides opportunities to Chicago’s youth. Chad currently works in the banking industry, focusing on compliance and anti-money laundering. On his free time, Chad likes to work on cars and motorcycles, travel, and eat ice cream.

" decision so far."

Jerry is a long-time runner who completed his first marathon in 1982.  He is a running enthusiast and is committed to spreading the joy of exercise to young and old alike. Jerry works in the health insurance industry and finds time outside work to pursue other interests like architecture, bicycling, and travel. 

"This good mood and happy face brought to you by RUNNING!!"

Regin is a visual artist, educator, and arts administrator who also founded and directs a community bookbinding organization, North Branch Projects. He has worked with high school students mostly as a drawing instructor, but spent several summers training and running  with them as well. He considers running to be directly related to his ongoing art research, and produces work about the human condition. Training is just like any creative endeavor, and he writes about art and athleticism in his blog, Best of Seven.

"There’s a reason why FUN rhymes with RUN."

Terry is a software consultant specializing in law office software and works throughout the Chicago area. Terry moved to the city in 2011 and was searching for a “community." After participating in various run groups, she discovered the strength and friendship of the Chicago running community. Terry joined Students Run Chicago as a founding mentor and discovered what it feels like to be part of an organization that makes a difference in kids’ lives. The experience with SRC has changed her life and opened her eyes to a world she never could have seen.

"Running reduces aging … Don’t stop!


Jessica is a high school science teacher, cross country coach, and track coach. Her running story started when she took up running as a recreational activity in the 8th grade and she has not stopped since. She has worked with mentoring and running programs throughout the city of Chicago and decided to commit her full energy to developing Students Run Chicago.

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SRC participating in the annual Half Marathon relay hosted by the November Project

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