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 Board of Directors Biographies

Brad Kearns, President and Executive Director
Brad conceived of the Running School program and formed the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in January of 2007 in Auburn, California. In his nine-year career as a professional triathlete, Brad was a two-time national champion and #3-ranked professional in the world. As a youth runner, Brad was a California State High School Championships finalist in the mile run, and competed on the NCAA Division I cross-country team at UC Santa Barbara.

Brad has been a noted author, speaker and coach in the fitness and corporate world for two decades. Brad has co-produced the Skyridge Elementary School Olympics program for the past four years, assists with the annual school Jog-A-Thon and weekly with primary grade P.E. classes. His new Skyridge Morning Mile program, where students begin their day with a ten-minute run before going to class, was featured on KCRA Channel 3’s morning news program. Brad has coached youth soccer and basketball in Auburn for five years and produces the Auburn Triathlon each May. This event attracts over 600 participants, including some of the world’s top professionals, and is lauded as the most difficult half-ironman race in the world.

Brad has authored numerous books on health, fitness and athletics, including two motivational books, about Lance Armstrong and Tiger Woods, and how you can apply their champion attitude and behavior qualities to your own peak performance goals. From 1999-2002, Brad delivered a unique employee peak performance program to the Silicon Valley software company Interwoven, Inc., which was lauded in worldwide media as defining the cutting edge of corporate employee wellness. Brad graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1985 with an honors degree in Business/Economics and minors in running injuries and surfing. Brad lives in Auburn and is married to Tracy. They have two elementary school aged children, Jack and Maria.

Brad’s role is to oversee the organization as Executive Director – creating school and sponsor partnerships, creating content for marketing, promotional, web and program curriculum and managing boards, staff and coaches. Furthermore, Brad has a hands-on role with all program children, serving as a Head Coach at each school and hosting the introductory assemblies. Read his Personal Note about the philosophy and inspiration for the Running School program.

Dr. Ray Sidney, Ph.D., Vice President
Ray is the President and Owner of Big George Ventures LLC , the premier eco-friendly real estate developer in Carson Valley, Nevada, and title sponsor of Running Schoo. Ray attended Caltech and Harvard, and he received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1991 from Harvard. He then entered the graduate program in mathematics at MIT, where he specialized in cryptography and received a PhD in 1995.

After he finished school, Ray worked as a security expert and software engineer at RSA Labs and D.E.Shaw & Co., among other companies. At the start of 1999, he began work as the second software engineer at Google, Inc., which then occupied half a house in Menlo Park, California.

In 2004, Ray moved to the Lake Tahoe area in Nevada. He has since started several real estate investment ventures and been involved with various companies—Covia Labs, Hemedex, Edison2, Commuter Cars, and more—as an investor, board member, and/or advisor. He is also on the Vision Circle of the X PRIZE Foundation. He is passionate about the environment and education, particularly math and science education.

In his spare time, Ray enjoys a variety of sports, including pretty much every winter sport and every sport that feels like a winter sport. He is widely recognized as the most skilled wake surfer in the greater Lake Tahoe region, and is particularly adept at canine companion wakesurfing. Ray enjoys delivering unsolicited corrections to spelling and grammer via email, verbally, USPS or via expedited carrier.

Kevin Pedrotti, Secretary
Kevin is the founder and principal of JKPedrotti., Inc., a government relations firm in Sacramento, California. In nearly three decades of experience at the state capitol, Kevin has handled legislative, political and regulatory affairs for numerous clients. Kevin often champions the cause of healthy, fit lifestyles for Californians, including serving on the California Association of Hospitals’ management team for grassroots organization and for health-related ballot propositions. A Public Administration graduate of California State University at Chico, Kevin is an accomplished marathon runner and Ironman triathlete. His triathlon record and his national caliber 2:33 marathon time caused a Sacramento newspaper to anoint Kevin “Sacramento’s Fittest Lobbyist.”

Kevin played an instrumental role in the formation of the joint assembly California Task Force on Youth and Workplace Wellness, which influences legislation and public policy on critical issues such as physical fitness and nutritional health in California’s schools and workplaces. Kevin is married to Janet and they live in Fair Oaks, California with their young son Max.

Bob Powers, Treasurer
Bob is the managing partner of Granite Electrical Supply, Inc. in Sacramento, California. He has been in the wholesale electrical supply business for over 20 years in the Sacramento area. Bob is a lifelong athlete - he starred in track and basketball at Los Altos, California High School and played basketball at Foothill College in Los Altos. He has completed numerous triathlons, ultra-marathon runs and bike rides. Bob, a competitive golfer, won the 1996 Northern California Speed Golf championships with a stunning round of 81 in 53 minutes on the difficult championship course of Twelve Bridges in Lincoln, California.

In 1988, Bob received national recognition for designing and completing a personal endurance challenge to raise funds for charity. Over the summer, he bicycled 2,000 miles, supporting pledges from numerous corporate and individual sponsors. Bob has organized numerous golf tournaments to raise funds for charitable causes in Northern California. Bob attended Foothill College in Los Altos and received an Associate of Arts degree in 1986. He lives in Auburn and is married to Debbie, one of California top dressage competitors. They have a college-age son, Dillon.

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