President -  Craig Mitchelldyer

In April of 2013 I was 350 lbs and could't walk around the block with becoming short of breath. It was that spring that I began a "couch to 5K" program and ran my first 5K a couple of months later. I never thought I would be able to do a triathlon, but learned very quickly that this sport is a sport for all. In September of 2013 I completed my first race down in San Diego. I was hooked. I did another race a month (and 75 lbs lighter) later and joined the Portland Triathlon Club at the kick off meeting in 2014. Since then I have completed 30+ tris including my first 70.3 in Victoria in 2015.

I am an editorial and commercial photographer in Portland specializing in sports and corporate clients. I shoot photos of athletes and people in ties as well as weddings and other various things. I am the team photographer for the Portland Timbers MLS team and mainly shoot for magazines and newspapers/wire services around the country. I have two kids ages ten and six. Nothing makes me happier than approaching the finish line of a race and seeing my family cheering me on. Both my kids also did their first kids triathlons this summer!

 

Vice President - Stephanie Carlson:

Stephanie Carlson has been a member of the Portland Triathlon Club since 2011.  After discovering a slight addiction to triathlon, she felt that the PTC was the best club to help her become involved in the community.  Her leadership experience in the club involves being active on the Mock Tri planning committee and acting race director for the event in 2014.  Stephanie works for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as the local chapter Executive Director.  Through her work, she has much experience working with volunteers, fundraising and managing boards.  Stephanie has completed many races that include half/full marathons, triathlons, Ironman Canada and ultra distance events.

 

Treasurer - Sean McBurney:

I have been a club member since 2012 and have been competing in triathlons since 2005.  I have done over 50 triathlons ranging from sprints to 70.3.  I enjoy the 70.3 distance the most, but have mainly been racing sprints and olympic distances the last two years to spend more time with the growing family.  This year I will be lucky enough to represent the USA at the ITU Sprint World Championships in Chicago.  I was a founding member of the Pittsburgh Triathlon Club and served as a board member and sponsorship chair for three years before moving to Portland.  I know that running a large triathlon club requires a large amount of work behind the scenes.  It is really this behind the scenes work that makes the club great.  I want to help keep the PTC one of the best club's in the country and work with other members to see how we can best serve all of the local tri community.

 

Secretary - James Bauman:

Like so many others in the triathlon community, I joined the multi-sport lifestyle as an adult 7 seven years ago. I was inspired to do an Ironman when living in Spokane and observing Ironman Coeur d’Alene. I could not believe all the body types and ages competing and finishing what I believed to be such a challenging endeavor. The next day, I signed up for the next Ironman Coeur d’Alene, even though, the only swim stroke I knew was the dog paddle. After a year of swim lessons, lots of research, training, and being scared out of my mind, I too became an Ironman. I’ve since competed in 3 Ironman’s and over 20 half Ironman’s all over the country.

In 2010, I was relocated to Atlanta where I began training at a USAT Certified Performance Training Center, under the guidance of Matt Russ, USAT Level 3 coach. During my time in Atlanta, I trained, was mentored, and ultimately become a Level 1 triathlon coach at the USAT Certified Performance Center.

In 2012, I moved to Portland and began getting involved with the triathlon community by coaching a TNT Cycling and Triathlon team. I’ve also founded and coach the USAT High Performance Youth and Junior team located in Portland called, Strive.

My interest in becoming a board member to the Portland Triathlon Club is to assist the triathlon community grow in the Portland area.   I’ve had the opportunity to be part of a thriving triathlon community in the Southeast and involved in a competitive club team in Spokane that had their growth influenced by Ironman Coeur d’Alene.   I believe I can bring ideas to the club to help generate growth.

 

Joel Gaff:

Born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan, Joel moved to Portland about two years ago, and joined the Portland Triathlon Club shortly after his arrival. Joel has been a runner for most of his life, and was introduced to triathlon by his older sisters when he was in middle school. It wasn't until he was in graduate school at Michigan State University, however, that he really got into triathlon.  He joined the Triathlon Club at Michigan State, did a few sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, and worked his way up to his first Ironman triathlon shortly after graduation. He just finished his fifth Ironman this past September in Chattanooga.

Joel is is formally trained as a Spanish teacher, but has spent the last 8 years building and operating an event management and timing company, called Endurance Evolution. He now spends every day planning triathlons, running, and cycling races. Joel has volunteered at the Hagg Lake Open Water Swim & Paddle Board Races the past two years, in charge of the timing and results for all races..

Joel has served on various boards in the past, including the 100+ member Hagerty Cycling Team in Michigan, and is now looking forward to the opportunity to help the Portland Triathlon Club continue to be a welcome place for beginners and seasoned triathletes alike. 

Joel lives in Northeast Portland with his wife, Laura, and their dog, Puff Daddy.

 

Lindsey Newman:

Hi everyone, I'm Lindsey and I'm a recent addition to the triathlon community! I joined the Portland Triathlon club last January after testing out the waters of the Saturday morning swim sessions. I jumped in head first and raced my first ever sprint at beaver freezer, then I realized that the Olympic distance was do-able so I tested it out at the mock tri, (first ever open water swim), Hagg Lake was my first official Olympic and i also did Best in the West because who doesn't want a faster time? Its safe to say I'm hooked on the sport and looking forward to training for a 70.3 next! 
I'm hoping that my newness to the sport can help bring fresh ideas to the board. I'd really like to focus on bringing new people into the sport of triathlon and bridging some of the barriers to entry for people who are hesitant (like me last year). I have lots of ideas for marketing our awesome sport and am hoping that I can help be a sounding board and a go getter for many of the Tri Clubs goals.

This last year with the club has been incredible and I look forward to training towards new accomplishments with all of you!

 

Phil Anderson:

I have been involved in triathlons since 1995 when I completed my first Olympic tri at Blue lake. Seven Ironman races and almost 250 triathlons later I still enjoy racing and competing (although at shorter distances!)

I was a board member for the Gecko Tri Club for 7 years before it merged with the Portland Tri club several years ago. I know how much work it takes "behind the scenes" to run a large club of 450 members. 


I will be retiring later this year and am planning to become more involved in volunteer work and would like to do this as board member of a great tri club. 

 

Immediate Past President -  Jon Bero

Jon is a founding member of the club, president for the second time in 2016. Besides having tree trunk thighs and a great attitude, Jon has helped introduce many athletes to the sport. Jon finished his first Ironman IM Coeur d'Alene in 2012, in 2016 he finished Ironman Wisconsin.