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  Biographies - Advisory Board

Lindsay Hyatt Barr
Lindsay is also a featured elite athlete for Running School introductory assemblies. At Placer High School in Auburn, California, Lindsay became the only middle distance runner in the 90-year history of the California State Championships to win her event – the 800 meters – four years in a row. Lindsay was a three-time national high school champion in the 800 meters and valedictorian at Placer. At Stanford University, Lindsay earned All-American honors, a NCAA championship on Stanford’s indoor distance medley relay team and set a new school record at the indoor 800 meters. She represented the United States at the World Junior Championships in 1998. At the University of Tennessee, Lindsay earned All-American honors, and another NCAA championship on the Lady Vol’s indoor distance medley relay team, setting a new school record.

Lindsay graduated from Stanford in 2003 with a BA in American Studies and received a Masters degree from the University of Tennessee’s graduate sports management program in 2005. Lindsay enjoys working with and motivating children thru sports. She has long assisted in her mother Jan’s kindergarten class at Skyridge School in Auburn. Lindsay continues her association with the Stanford Athletic Department today, working in Development. Lindsay is married to Chris Barr and they live in Auburn, California.

Martin Brauns
Martin is the retired Chairman and CEO of Interwoven, Inc., a Silicon Valley software company lauded for being the “world’s fastest growing technology company” with a three-year sales growth rate of 719% from 1998-2000. In managing this booming enterprise during the torrid pace of the boom, Martin served as a role model for effective work/life balance. His progressive philosophies inspired a flexible, empowering, fitness-minded culture at Interwoven that received worldwide media attention. Martin supported a unique and comprehensive employee wellness program implemented by Brad Kearns, a partnership with Tour de France great Lance Armstrong to motivate employees and a sponsorship of a local triathlon series that prompted dozens of Interwoven employees to train for and complete their first such event.

Martin is a passionate endurance athlete, having completed numerous ironman triathlons as well as the Hawaii Ultraman. This three-day ultradistance triathlon is generally regarded as the most grueling multisport competition on earth: a 6-mile swim/90 mile bike day one; a 171-mile bike day two; and a 52.4-mile double marathon run on day three. Martin is believed to be the only athlete ever to attempt, let alone, complete this event, in his first year of participating in the sport! Martin is also a competitive sailor, with a victory in the prestigious 2,100-mile Pacific Cup race in 2004 (San Francisco to Hawaii) to his credit.

Pamela Crown
Pam taught elementary school for eight years in grade ranging from second through sixth, including several years at our partner school, Cambridge Heights Elementary School in Citrus Heights, California. Pam is the former Executive Director of the Sacramento chapter of Girls On The Run, a national nonprofit organization devoted to improving the fitness and self-esteem of girls ages eight through thirteen through running. In addition to her executive role, Pam has coached numerous Girls on the Run groups in their twelve-week program that culminates with their participation in five kilometer running event.

Pam has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno and a B.S. in Education from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. A passionate endurance athlete, Pam has completed numerous marathons and triathlons. She currently lives in San Francisco, California, where she works in event production - producing endurance athletic events, organizing group training programs for adult marathoners, youth group running programs for goal events, a support network for various organizations devoted to youth fitness and fitness/endurance training seminars.

Dr. Rudy Dressendorfer, PhD, RPT
Rudy is a one of North America’s leading researchers on the physiological and medical consequences of overtraining in endurance sports. Rudy has worked for over 25 years with children and adults with cardiovascular diseases as a certified exercise program director specializing in pediatric exercise cardiology. He has taught at UC Davis, New Mexico Highlands University and University of Alberta, Canada, where he currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Exercise Physiology, doing research in sports medicine.

Rudy has been a collegiate cross country coach and currently offers individualized coaching for endurance athletes. Rudy is among the nation’s elite amateur triathletes, winning the 2006 Californiaman Half Ironman and placing 10th at the prestigious Ironman Canada in his age division. In addition to his scholarly work, Rudy is a licensed physical therapist focused on athletic injury prevention and rehabilitation. Rudy lives in Penryn, California.  

Glenn Goodstein - Glenn is the Founder and President of GSG Capital Advisors LLC, an investment management firm launched in 1995. GSG Capital Advisors LLC is also the General Partner of Mercury Partners LP, an investment partnership founded in 1997. Glenn has been in the investment management business since 1992 after beginning his business career with ADP (NYSE - ADP) in 1985.

In addition to long-time board membership with Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, Glenn is also a board member of Horses in the Hood LA, which sends children from Watts and other inner-city areas of LA to a week-long horse camp in the Santa Monica mountains. Glenn is also currently a board member of The Mexico Equity and Income Fund (NYSE - MXE). Glenn graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor's degree in Economics in 1985.

Glenn has a lifelong interest in sports, both as an athlete and fan.  He played basketball for an LA City Championship team at Taft High School and currently enjoys golf, yoga, and mountain climbing. In 2007, he climbed Mt. Shuksan, a 9,127' glaciated peak in Washington's North Cascades National Park as part of the Summit for Someone project. The project raises funds for Big City Mountaineers, a non-profit organization providing mentoring and guided wilderness experiences to at-risk urban teenage youth. Glenn lives in Carlsbad, CA with his wife Laura and children, Grant, Annie, and Hallie.

Dr. Kathleen Kearns
Dr. Kathleen Kearns, a family practice physician who delivers babies, works primarily with impoverished residents of Stanislaus County, California. She works both at Emanuel Medical Center and at the rural county clinics in Turlock and Hughson, California. Kathleen emphasizes prevention and education about healthy eating, exercise and lifestyle habits with her patients. She has hosted a call-in health show on a local Spanish language radio station and written a health and medical advice column in the Turlock Journal.

Kathleen graduated near the top of her class from Yale University in 1992 with a B.A. in Anthropology. She graduated from UC San Francisco School of Medicine in 1997 and completed her family practice residency at the Natividad Medical Clinic in Salinas, again working primarily with Spanish-speaking patients. Kathleen has completed marathons and ultra-distance bike rides. She lives in Turlock with her partner Ruth McLeod, Ruth’s three children - Spencer, Lex and Satchel, three cats and two dogs.

Cecelia Kouma
Cecelia is the Managing Director of Playwrights Project in San Diego, California, a non-profit organization devoted to teaching students in grades 3-12 to write their own plays and experience the power of language, creativity and communication.  Students are led through an eight week on-campus playwriting course, culminating in a performance of selected scripts by professional actors. Cecelia oversees the organization of actors and theater professionals who work with designated partner schools. With an organizational model quite similar to Running School, Cecelia offers valuable logistics support and insight from her years of experience delivering programming to schoolchildren. Cecelia has a BFA degree in Theatre, with an emphasis in Acting, from UC Santa Barbara. She is married to Jeff King and they live in Carlsbad, California with their two children, Corey and Cassie.

Ross Porter
Ross Porter, is an author, teacher, and Founder and Executive Director of Stillpoint Resources, a non-profit counseling center in Woodland Hills, California. Stillpoint offers healing to families in crisis through counseling services and educational outreach. Ross received his B.A. at the University of California, Santa Barbara and his M.Div. (Theology) and Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) from Fuller Theological Seminary. Ross’s acclaimed books offer thoughtful commentary and guidance on topics like a Christian integrative approach to the Seven Deadly Sins (To Kindle a Fire); reflections on raising their first born son John Michael, who has Down Syndrome (Hidden Graces: Meditations on God, Life, and a Very Special Boy - co-authored with his wife); and offering a practical guide for families to build spiritual and psychological health (Building Outstanding Families: A Seven Step Christian Plan).     

Ross’s background includes work at LAC/USC Psychiatric Hospital and the VA Medical Center, Sepulveda. He has taught at the high school, college, and graduate school levels, and has extensive experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups. In addition, Dr. Porter writes and presents workshops and seminars on issues dealing with psychology and spirituality. He is married to Jennifer, who serves as the Director of Development for Stillpoint. They live in West Hills, California with their four children: John Michael, Austin, Dillon and Annie. 

Stephen K. Robinson, Esq.
Stephen Robinson is a senior associate attorney at Payne&Fears LLC, a California law firm specializing in business litigation, labor and employment law, and business transactions. Stephen was previously a Founder and Executive Director of the Wealth and Poverty Research Center, a non-profit organization devoted to research and public education regarding the widening gap between wealthy and poor. He offers valuable pro-bono guidance for Running School on all matters legal and corporate.

Stephen earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Stanford Law School where he was an editor and Executive Board member for the Stanford Technology Law Review, and earned his B.S. degree in Political Science at State University of New York at Brockport. Stephen is an avid triathlete. He lives in San Francisco with his fiancee Rebecca.

Dr. Clay Sherman, Ph.D.
Dr. Clay Sherman is an Associate Professor in the division of Kinesiology and Health Sciences at California State University, Fullerton. He has extensive experience in both hands-on youth athletic coaching and high level academic research on effective teaching and coaching of youth. Clay’s major research and professional interests relate to increasing the effectiveness of both school-based and non-school based physical activity programs for children. He is especially interested in assisting others in the design and implementation of enjoyable and exciting physical activity programs that result in lifelong physical activity participants. Recently, Dr. Sherman has worked closely with the YMCA, the Boys’ and Girls’ Club, and several youth sport agencies in accomplishing these goals.

Clay received a B.S. in Psychology (1987, CSU Northridge), an M.A. in Physical Education (1994, San Diego State University), and a Ph.D. in Exercise and Sport Science (1998, University of Utah). Clay has published in physical education, coaching, and sport psychology journals with a particular interest in psycho-educational approaches to teaching children and youth preventative mental skills through the medium of sport and physical activity.    

Clay coached age group swimmers in Mammoth Lakes for six year and served as a caseworker, counselor and ski instructor for youth on probation. Clay is currently engaged in community-based research evaluating the effectiveness of a mentor-training program to better prepare volunteer youth sport coaches. Clay’s recent research has also investigated attitudes and experiences of volunteer youth sport coaches and parents on coaching certification and parental codes of conduct; and curriculum development and program evaluation of paraprofessional-led youth physical activity programs in after-school settings. Clay is a former high school baseball player and professional triathlete with over fifty triathlon finishes to his credit. He is married to Debbie and they have two children, Jack and Luke. They live in Fullerton, where Clay is often found in the local parks facilitating random and spontaneous high-energy games for Jack, Luke and all interested kids.

Superintendent Tom Torlakson
Tom represented California’s 7th Senate District, which includes most of Contra Costa County, for two terms. In 2010, he was elected to the position of California Superintendent of Public Schools. Tom is one of the greatest champions of health and fitness causes at our state Capitol and believes in the power of exercise to transform lives. Tom is an avid runner, cyclist and triathlete, former champion high school distance runner and long time running coach for Antioch high schools. He is the Founder and Chairperson of the California Task Force on Youth and Workplace Wellness, a group seeking to raise the profile of health and fitness in the state’s public schools and workplaces. Tom also initiated California Fitness Month to promote physical fitness and healthier living. Fitness Month includes health fairs and organized activities to promote a fit work force at the state Capitol, as well the awarding of commendations to California’s fitness leaders. Tom is the author of SB559, a physical education bill that will tighten requirements to ensure that high school students receive appropriate amounts of physical education. SB559 will also provide for much needed professional development of physical education teachers.

Tom served as Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus, whose members are committed to taking bold action to protect the lives - and well-being - of real people, and to preserve those qualities that have made California a special place to live. Basic principles include a first-class public education, affordable homes, decent wages, and less traffic congestion.

Tom’s public service career has included many years as a schoolteacher and high school running coach in Antioch, California, service on the Antioch City Council, the Contra Costa City Council and sixteen years on the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors. He is currently serving his second Senate term, which he was re-elected to without opposition in 2004. Tom earned a B.A. in History in 1971, a Life Secondary Teaching Credential, and an M.A. in Education in 1977 from UC-Berkeley. Tom lives in Antioch and has two daughters: Tamara, who graduated from UC Santa Cruz and works with him to improve the education of California's students, and Tiffany, who is a UC Berkeley graduate.

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