President: Ben Sommers
Ben Sommers became SGLTG’s President in Jan 2016 and has been involved in the group since early on when it was formed in 2013. “I have been involved in endurance sports (marathons) since 2010 and triathlon specifically since 2013, when the Seattle Green Lake Triathlon Group was formed. My love for the sport and the group led me to run for office in 2016 at which point I was elected as President. I have completed 10 triathlons, including two full Ironman races in 2015 (Taiwan and Arizona) with a third full scheduled for 2017 in Cozumel. This year I was also able to race a Half Iron distance in Havana, Cuba which was an incredible experience. While I am by no means an expert on triathlon I love the sport and wish to share that feeling with others by creating an atmosphere of inclusiveness and support. Once of my most cherished memories was watching one of my friends complete his first Ironman. The look of joy on his face was incredible and I would like to see everyone experience that feeling whether it’s in a Sprint, Olympic, or other distance triathlon! Welcome to the Seattle Green Lake Triathlon Group, come Tri with us!”
Vice President: Amy Yeh
Amy Yeh became SGLTG’s Vice President in Jan 2017. Amy has been part of the Seattle Green Lake Triathlon since the beginning.
Treasurer: Connie Hull
Connie Hull became SGLTG’s Treasurer in Jan 2016. Connie has been involved in SGLTG since early on in the team’s formation. She has dedicated several hours to putting on swims at Green Lake and the Madison Pool, helps lead the sprint distance rides throughout the triathlon season, has manned the SGLTG booths/tents at several races including Seafair, Lake Meredian, and Issaquah Triathlon. She has run several of the Race Previews each year, and shares a tremendous amount of knowledge to new or newer triathletes on how to do transitions, how to prepare for race day, to get through their first, second open water swims, and etc. Connie is an owner of a small growing business which brings to us a great amount of knowledge to fulfill this Treasury position. We are very thankful to have Connie’s time and dedication!
Yvonne became SGLTG’s Secretary in Jan 2017.
Event Coordinator: Lara Nield
Lara Nield became SGLTG’s Event Coordinator in Jan 2016. She has been a proud SGLTG member since 2014. She loves our team, and wants nothing more than to see it continue to grow and thrive. She has a passion for helping people improve their lives by becoming active, and especially loves meeting people who have little or no triathlon experience and helping them realize that any distance of triathlon is within their reach. Her vision for our team is to create an organized and well managed activities schedule, increase team camaraderie, create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all triathletes at any skill level, and most of all, HAVE FUN!
Community Outreach Committee Chair: Elizabeth Kennedy
Elizabeth Kennedy became the SGLTG Community Outreach Chair in January of 2016 and has been involved with the group since 2014. She has organized race discounts, event volunteers and last year’s team participation with the Seattle Children’s Hospital Big Wheels of Hope fundraising campaign.
Elizabeth’s background is in nonprofit management. She holds certificates in project management, nonprofit management and human resources management from the University of Washington and an undergraduate degree from Trinity College Dublin. Elizabeth found a love for running and cycling in Dublin, which is where she first heard about triathlon.
Elizabeth was raised in Kailua, Oahu and remembers being inspired by the annual hype around the World Championships in Kona. She has completed 25 Sprint triathlons, 11 distance swims, and 6 running events since 2010. She joined the Seattle Green Lake Running Group in 2012 and has a passion for supporting athletes new to the sport in gaining confidence and experience, overcoming apprehension and reaching their goals. She supports the team in its outreach to the community at large, twice organizing a SGLTG volunteer presence at the Meredith Matthews YMCA Annual Indoor Triathlon.
Sponsorship & Business Development Committee Chair: Wismar Medina
Born and raised in between Spain and Venezuela, Wismar is a father of 2 young adults (Melissa 17, Cesar 19), who has worked in the IT industry for over 25 years, lived in 10 cities around the world, with a deep passion for people and life. He currently work for Microsoft with governments around the world. He loves Triathlons and has been racing since 2012. “I’ve been an active member of SGLTG since 2015 and have already benefited from the warmth, care, friendship and passion of its members. Most importantly, I’ve witness many achieve what they thought unthinkable thanks to the support of this group. In my humble opinion, that’s what this sport (and life) is all about. It is an honor to lend my professional skills and experience to help this group continue delivering on its mission.”