March 9, 2018
Dear USATF Southern California Members,
It has been over a month since I was elected as Interim President of USATF Southern California Association (SCA) by our Board of Directors. I am happy to report that the support and enthusiasm among our Board and members has created powerful momentum moving this Association forward.
I would like to start with a brief introduction of myself and my background. I come to Southern California Association as a USATF member for over 25 years and have been serving as your Treasurer since 2016. I bring both legal and business experience to my current role serving our Association in finance and operations. As a participant in our sport, I have over 35 years of athletic experience as a competitive athlete in high school, college, open elite and now at the Masters level. I was a mid distance collegiate athlete at the University of Texas at Austin and then Villanova University. Post collegiately, I represented Asics and then competed with Nike at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in the 800m/1500m. Locally, I have competed with two elite clubs – the former VS Athletics T.C. and now the Janes Elite Racing Team.
I have set an ambitious agenda for the future goals of this Association. In the next few months, I pledge to strive for success in all activities for our membership, clubs, committees, officials and our SCA Board. I will work to be inclusive and engage all members. My philosophy is to take a hands-on approach in our team-environment, promote communications, transparency and corroboration among our membership, and our Standing Sports and Administrative Committees. I will continue to support our Committee Chairs in executing their roles and duties, pursuant to our Bylaws. Most importantly, I will continue to listen and learn from our constituents in all disciplines of our sport – Cross County, Track & Field, Mountain Ultra Trail, Long Distance Running, Race Walking, and Officials.
I look forward to hearing from you throughout the year and encourage you to reach out to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime. I am excited to meet some of you in person in the near future.
Christine Gentile, Interim President
USATF Southern California Association