Staff / Leadership

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


Please director general inquiries to or call 312-666-9836. CARA is located at the following address:

Chicago Area Runners Association
549 W. Randolph St, Suite 704
Chicago, IL 60661
Greg Hipp (e-mail | 312-262-7831)
Executive Director
Leah Bohr (e-mail | 312-262-7833)
Director of Training
Alona Banai (e-mail | 312-262-7830)
Director of Partnerships
Erika Kooda* (e-mail | 312-262-7836)
Organizational and Membership Manager (Temp)
Tom Cuffe (e-mail | 312-666-9836)
CARA Coach
Howard Kambara (e-mail | 312-666-9836)
'Go Run Program Coordinator
Scott Erwin (e-mail | 312-666-9836)
Race Certification Coordinator
Greg Itahara (e-mail)
Apparel and Graphic Design Consultant
Janice Brinke (e-mail| 312-666-9836)

*Astrid Grimes, Organizational and Membership Manager will be on leave beginning 3/1, Erika Kooda will be temporarily serving as Organizational and Membership Manager during this time.


Board of Directors

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

Chris Hennessy
President / Executive Committee
Kerl LaJeune
Vice-President / Executive Committee
Anne Baker
Past President / Executive Committee
Matt DeBruin
Treasurer / Executive Committee
Betsey Madden
Secretary / Executive Committee
Tom Klimmeck
Executive Committee
Rob Chenoweth
Board Member
Jill Ciminillo
Board Member
Gina Magsombol
Board Member
William McKeever
Board Member
Dr. Phillip Skiba
Board Member
Kimberley Stedman
Board Member


Training Program Site Coordinators

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

Betsy Balgooyen-Keller Downtown Training
Bob Belusko Montrose Training
Emily Bergadon Schaumburg Training
Leah Bohr Boston Performance Training
Tom Cuffe Speed Training / Morton Training
Darren DeMatoff Montrose Training
Amy Dykstra Palos Training
Keith Kijek Niles Training
Carrie Joy-Lash
Waveland Training
Amanda Kowolski Schaumburg Training
Jimmy Kowolski Schaumburg Training
Jim Laubsted Wheaton Training
Beth Levy Niles Training
Dan Majka Palos Training
Kim Maves Montrose Training
Tom Moran Montrose Training
Jim Murphy Darien Training
Bill Pierce Libertyville Training
Oscar Valencia Waveland Training
Joe Werner Oak Forest Training
Danielle Wheeler Montrose  Training


'Go Run Site Coordinators

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

Chris Carson 'Go Run Warren Park
Nick Schneighert 'Go Run Humboldt Park
Patricia Scheighert 'Go Run Humboldt Park
Open 'Go Run Washington Park


Race Committee

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

Rob Chenoweth Chair
Nick Bensen Corporate Circuit Liaison
Guy Nickelson Clydesdale / Athena Liaison
Beth Onines Club Liaison
Ed Packel Stats and Scoring
Doug Pearson Club Scoring
Kimberley Stedman Club Liaison
Jeff West Individual Scorer
Robert Wiegand Individual Liaison