Staff / Leadership

CARA operates with a staff of full and part-time persons, along with a member-led Board of Directors, program site coordinators and 100's of volunteer leaders. 

Please, direct general inquiries to To speak to a CARA staff member, please call 312-666-9836 and make a selection from the menu. CARA is located at the following address:

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Chicago Area Runners Association
1100 W. Cermak Rd. #231
Chicago, IL 60608
(Visiting CARA? Directions HERE)


Greg Hipp (e-mail)
Executive Director
Tim Bradley (e-mail)
Director, Training Programs (Coach)
Declan Murray (e-mail)
Director, Partnerships
Jillian Andrada (e-mail)
Sr. Program Manager
Jim Akita (e-mail)
Program Manager
Tori Capozziello (e-mail)
Program Manager / Communications & Marketing
Ainslie Horras (e-mail)
Operations Coordinator


Other Support Personnel

Greg Itahara
Graphic Design
Janice Brinke


Board of Directors

If you need to make contact with a board member please e-mail

Kerl LaJuene
President / Executive Committee
Jill Ciminillo
Vice-President / Executive Committee
Chris Hennessy
Past-President / Executive Committee
Gina Magsombol
Secretary / Executive Committee
Tom Klimmeck
Treasurer / Executive Committee
Michael Butts
Board Member
Wendy Davis
Board Member
Darren DeMatoff
Board Member
Erika Edmonson
Board Member
Dr. Phillip Skiba
Board Member
Jeff Zidell
Board Member


Coaching Staff

If you need to make contact with a coach please e-mail

Tim Bradley
Director of Training & Coach
Bill Leach
Ashley Lucas
Ainslie Horras


Training Program Site Coordinators

If you need to make contact with a site coordinator please e-mail

Betsy Balgooyen-Keller
Lakeshore East / Downtown Training
Tim Bradley
Boston Performance Training
Brian Cloutier
Lincoln Park Training
Jacob Gaddie Montrose Training
Michelle Gallagher Schaumburg Training
Darren DeMatoff
Montrose Training
Keith Kijek
Niles Training
Jim Laubsted
Wheaton Training
Beth Levy
Niles Training
Jim Murphy
Darien Training
Sean Murphy
Lincoln Park Training
Tera O'Malley Morton Arboretum Training
David Rovani
Montrose Training
Christine Stearns-Muender
Libertyville Training
Joe Werner
Oak Forest Training
Lori Wright Morton Arboretum Training


'Go Run Program Leadership

If you need to make contact with a site coordinator please e-mail

Chris Carson
George Meija
Evelyn Cato
Charles Lee
Jorge Arellano


Race Committee

If you need to make contact with the race committee please e-mail

Erika Edmonson
Nick Bensen
Committee Member
Lance Caldwell
Committee Member
Scott Mangum
Committee Member
Lionel Montenegro
Committee Member
Doug Pearson
Committee Member, Club Scoring
Brian Sweney Committee Member
Steffen Uhrich Committee Member
Jeff West
Individual Scorer