Meet Our Board Members

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Our Board Members

Daniel Vasquez

Chair

Daniel Vasquez is a calm and confident leader who cares. Daniel has over 15 years experience in management within the business and nonprofit sectors. After 11 years in banking, Daniel shifted his energies to the finance and operations side of the social sector, holding leadership positions within Latino Issues Forum, Rockwood Leadership Institute and Legal Assistance for Seniors.

Tod Verdock

Board Vice Chair and co-Founder

Tod Vedock is the Founder of Running for a Better Oakland. He is also involved with several other Oakland non-profits which include Operation Hope, Red Cross, and Habitat for Humanity, among others. Tod enjoys sharing his appreciation for volunteering, running and business with his two young daughters.

Christine Chapon

Board Member & Coach

Christine has formed a great love of running and is now devoted to contributing to the community and coaching youth. She is a certified USA-TF Level 2 and RRCA marathon coach and has coached Piedmont Middle School Track & Cross-Country since 2010 and Piedmont HS track since 2011; currently, she is also the coach for Run 365.

Andria Eguia

Board member

As a public interest lawyer, Andria has devoted her professional career to advocating for underserved communities by offering them an experience built on trust and safety. She carries those skills over to RBO as a youth run mentor and Board member. Andria has been volunteering with RBO since she became an Oakland resident in 2016, and joined our Board in 2017. Not only is she an attorney and an RBO volunteer, but she is also an accomplished trail runner. Andria has completed several long-distance ultra runs, such as Scena’s Skyline 50K and Run Woodstock’s Peace, Love and 50 Miles. She is an avid runner who you can spot at times out building community with multiple groups in the East Bay, including the East Bay Beer Runners, November Project Oakland, and Nuun. Andria comes to us from the Midwest, where she continues to offer her family a strong female role model and is a mentor to her five nieces.

George Manning

Board member

Outside of work he enjoys training for and completing ultra-marathons, triathlons and bicycle events. He is passionate about mentoring, coaching and running with youth from Running for a Better Oakland, as well as running larger dogs from the Oakland SPCA, tutoring children and helping with after school homework, and teaching adult literacy at Alameda Reads.

Martha Seller

Treasurer

For 9 years, Martha served as a Trustee on the Head-Royce Board, finishing her tenure June 2017. In her years on the Board, she ran a task force on Financial Sustainability, headed a review of the Finance and Operations office, served as Treasurer and Secretary, served on the Head Search committee, the Trustee Committee, the Investments Committee, the Strategic Plan Committee and headed the Facilities Committee.

Sarah Smith

Board Member

Sarah Lavender Smith is a running coach, writer and mother of two teens who has lived in the East Bay for two decades. Her nonprofit board experience includes nine years as a trustee for an independent high school in Southern California, where she led the Development Committee and oversaw annual giving, capital campaigns and constituent relations. For several years in the mid 2000s, Sarah volunteered for the group Students Run Oakland, and she also has been an assistant coach for the Piedmont Middle School cross country team.

Ramon Valle

Board member

Emily Van Loon

Board member

Emily believes deeply in the ability of running to cultivate confidence, boost self-esteem, and build community. She moved to Oakland in 2011 from her hometown of Detroit, Michigan and has worked hard to put down roots in the East Bay; her communities consist of RBO, where she’s been volunteering as a K-5 coach since 2014, as well as the Downtown Oakland YMCA and Transports running group.