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DAVE DESCHENES
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Dave is the Executive Director of The IRONMAN Foundation. Dave joined The IRONMAN Foundation in 2011 after serving as the Managing Director of the Prostate Cancer Foundation from 2010-2011 where he was responsible, and oversaw, $1M of funds for their fundraising program. Previously, Dave worked for Franklin Templeton Investments for 14 years. Dave worked in a variety of roles from Director of Marketing to Global Key Accounts Manager, with an overall asset base of over $17B. Dave strives to be a dynamic and integrative leader who leverages the power of sport to grow business and impact society. While in his role of Executive Director, Dave has led The IRONMAN Foundation to achieve its mission by implementing thought-based leadership, organizational and business strategy, nonprofit compliance, financial planning, program management, marketing innovation, community engagement, social media outreach, and exceptional team management.

WHITNEY STALOCH
SENIOR MANAGER, FUNDRAISING & DEVELOPMENT

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Whitney joined The IRONMAN Foundation in January of 2014 and brings with her 6 years of event coordination experiences including 5 years of professional fundraising. She started her love for nonprofit work as the campaign coordinator for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training endurance fundraising program. While with Team in Training, she developed a comprehensive plan of operation for the Society’s highest grossing fundraising campaign. She developed skills in strategic planning, budgeting/forecasting, recruitment, and the development of marketing and sponsorship plans. Whitney then moved to The American Cancer Society where she managed the achievement of income performance targets for a 4-fold portfolio of Relay for Life Events. Whitney graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. degree in Exercise Science. As a triathlete and IRONMAN 70.3 finisher, she is excited to work with athletes as they add fundraising to their IRONMAN journey.

SARAH HARTMANN
COMMUNITY RELATIONS MANAGER

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Sarah joins the IRONMAN Foundation as Community Relations Manager. A marathoner and triathlete, Sarah is a certified USAT race director with 15+ years of professional nonprofit, marketing, technology, sales and operations experience. She is also the co-founder and former President of Race2Rebuild, a nonprofit endurance racing program founded by athletes to rebuild communities and bring families home after natural disasters, now headquartered in Washington DC as the official endurance sports program of Rebuilding Together and their 145 affiliates nationwide. Before she fell in love with endurance sports and creating change through sport, Sarah received her MFA in Theatre from the University of Delaware, acted on stages and in front of cameras in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, and taught acting and speech at the NY Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, Roosevelt University in Chicago and University of Colorado/Boulder. Sarah is honored to work with the extraordinary partner organizations and causes of The IRONMAN Foundation to help create positive, tangible impact in IRONMAN race communities.

JULIANNE NEWMAN
FUNDRAISING PROGRAMS SPECIALIST

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Julianne joined The IRONMAN Foundation team as Program Coordinator after graduating from Texas A&M University in May of 2015 with a Bachelors in Sports Management and a minor in Business Administration. After a semester-long internship with The IRONMAN Foundation, she knew she had found a place where she could truly help make a difference and have a positive impact on the lives of the IRONMAN athletes, as well as the communities The IRONMAN Foundation serves. As a Dean’s list student and recipient of the Inaugural Texas A&M University Kevin Sumlin Diversity Award, Julianne spent her time at Texas A&M working hard to excel scholastically, as well as play a vital role in implementing strategies to help create a culture of positivity and a climate of diversity on the college campus. During her time at Texas A&M, she was also a member of the Texas A&M Triathlon Team, one of the largest and most successful collegiate triathlon programs in the nation, as was a leading officer for two of those years, where she helped lead the team to National Championship Qualifications. Julianne is also a 3x IRONMAN 70.3 finisher, 2013 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship competitor, and 2014 IRONMAN Maryland finisher.

RACHEL KOLLAR
ATHLETE ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR

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Rachel joins The IRONMAN Foundation team as the Athlete Engagement Coordinator and representative of Women For Tri. A Los Angeles native, Rachel’s interest in nonprofit work was sparked during her previous position as an Audio Description Writer for Deluxe Media Services, where she scripted description tracks for the visually impaired. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Puget Sound and her M.F.A. in Screenwriting at California State Northridge. After leaving California in pursuit of a career where she could make a positive impact in a more hands-on way, Rachel jumped at the opportunity to work with Women For Tri, an IRONMAN Foundation and Life Time Fitness initiative to bring more women into triathlon. Rachel comes from a family of triathletes and plans to compete in her first triathlon next year.

ERIKA LARSEN
IMF PROGRAMS INTERN

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Erika has recently become a part of the IRONMAN Foundation team as a Foundation Programs Intern during her last semester at Syracuse University, where she will be receiving her Bachelors in Sport Management in May. Throughout her 4 years at SU, Erika has gained a plethora of experience from a variety of different areas within the sport industry. She has worked for IMG where she immersed herself in the sponsorships of SU Athletics, interned in the Game Day Operations department at the Syracuse Crunch, and spent long days & nights in the Carrier Dome working as a changeover crewmember for the wide array of sporting events and concerts that come to Syracuse every year. While maintaining a spot on the Dean’s List throughout her undergrad career, Erika spent a substantial amount of her extracurricular time with the Sport Management Club on campus. Since its origination 12 years ago, the student-ran club has raised over $200,000 – the most raised by any student organization in SU history, at their annual sports charity auction held in the Carrier Dome. All of the proceeds are given back to local nonprofits in the Syracuse community, thus allowing the members of the SPM Club to make a significant change in the Syracuse community. After seeing the impact she and her peers have made in central New York, Erika brings to IRONMAN a passion to give back to communities and enrich people’s lives. She is excited to work with the IRONMAN Foundation and have a role in creating a lasting impact within the IRONMAN race communities.