Meet the Board of Directors
Brian Pessolano – President
I found a love for running late in life. In 2016 I decided to work on my health and set a goal to run my first half which ended up being the Blue & Gray Half. After that I had caught the bug and in 2017 ran my first full at Marine Corps.
I have 3 grown kids and live in Stafford. I work as a contractor with the Marine Corps.
I have some big shoes to fill as president and hope I can guide the club to grow and improve.
Vic Barthelemy – Vice President
I truly enjoy running and the benefits I receive from a healthier lifestyle. I started running at age 55 because of a challenge from my superior at work. I fell in love with running and been running ever since. I have accomplished things that I would never would have thought possible, running many marathons including the New City Marathon and 120th Boston Marathon. I have also accomplished running at least a Half Marathon in all 50 states. All these were made possible by the support from my wife and running family.
I moved to the Fredericksburg area in 2016 and joined FARC in 2018. FARC has been the connection I needed to continue to enjoy and improve my running. To me running is more than just putting one foot in front of the other, it’s the family you build around running. I came to my first Saturday Group Run and felt a true sense of family. It was not long and I knew this was the group I needed to belong to.
I hope to be able to run for a long time and continue to support the running community of Fredericksburg for as long as I live here. – Running the Good Race –
Sara Gilliam – secretary
Hello! I have been a member of the Fredericksburg Area Running Club since 2008, shortly after moving to Stafford. I began running at a young age, as my father who was an avid runner, “volunteered” me to join the middle school cross country team. Running soon became my passion and a part of my life. I have truly enjoyed all of the experiences and friendships that running has brought me over the years.
I enjoy running races of all distances and completed my first marathon in 2009. I became hooked and continued to complete over 20 total marathons. My favorites were Boston, Revel Las Vegas and NYC! I love to spend time with my husband Greg, our four daughters, and two dogs. I work as a Logistics Analyst and also enjoy spending time outdoors, cooking, reading, and visiting with family and friends. FARC is a wonderful part of the Fredericksburg community and we look forward to running with you!
howard thomas – treasurer
Bio in the works
Hey Y’all! My name is Sam it’s nice to meet you!
I was Born and raised in Michigan, and after college I decided to move to Virginia to have an adventure! I have been a runner for the past 9 years, been running with FARC for the past 5, and I’ve been on the Board for 2. In FARC I am the coordinator for the welcome to runners runs, run the FARC Facebook site, and the assistant social director for our club!
My running goals are to run a half marathon in all 50 states. I’ve done 13 so far! I also really want to do the Runners World Weekend too!
I can’t run without… Goodr glasses, great friends, a good sports bra, my camelback (if it’s over 10 miles), and some tunes to keep us going!
Hello everyone! It is an honor to be part of FARC which I joined in 2007. I was asked to join the Board of Director in 2010, I humbly accepted. Thank you for your trust! FARC is a part of me. My entire family, now just my husband and I (we are empty nesters) enjoy the camaraderie and great sportsmanship within the club. We made many friends and love being part of the running community. In my role as Director I serve on several committees and assist where ever I can to benefit our club and to hopefully grow the love of running and club membership.
Running is my passion and part of my life since childhood. I have completed several marathons, one of them is Boston and explored sprint triathlons. My true love is the marathon distance which I couldn’t have accomplished without my FARC family.
My other loves are my husband David and my kids; my job at the Marine Corps Marathon Organization, travelling and dancing.
I have been a member of FARC for over 14 years. Love the friends and running partners I have met along the way! I enjoy competing in the Grand Prix Series but also am working on completing a marathon in every state. I am up to 26 states as of 2019. I love a good mud run, ocr, inflatable or other themed race and relays. I compete in triathlons and am a member of TriFred. I am a Biologist and enjoy line dancing and live music when I am not spending time with my four adult children. I am teaching my significant other, Scot all about the recreational side of running and he is teaching me strength training and patience. My best friends are runners or soon will be 😉
Bio in the works
Will Triplett – newsletter
I have been a member of FARC since 2015 when I moved back to the Fredericksburg area for the third and final time for my final tour in the Pentagon. Originally from Baltimore, I found the area great to settle in for the long haul as we raised our daughter here (off and on) for the past 21 years, and it is close to home and a plethora of relatives that live in the DMV. I am a retired naval officer who now works as a consultant in the pharmaceutical industry. I really picked up the sport of running while stationed in Everett, Washington and became a member of a running group out there. So when we moved back to the area, I was happy to find FARC and meet such warm and inviting people who are a pleasure to be around and who share the same passion. It is my high honor to be your newsletter editor and I hope to keep you informed and entertained as we embark on this new chapter.
Honorary Board Member
The bestest most kindest person ever!