NOVA Board Profiles


President, 2018 - Greg Swiatocha

NOVA President Greg Swiatocha began his running career in 8th grade cross country when one of his classmates told him he was fast and should run track. Little did he know, cross-country was not the same as track . . . and he was not fast. After demonstrating his prowess in the middle school mile (10:30), he decided to continue his success in high school cross-country (5K). He went undefeated in 9th grade against the "saggin' wagon," eventually chipping his 5K down to 27:30. However, very hard work, consistency, perseverance (and perhaps stubbornness) are key to running success. Fast forward years later and Greg went on to run Division I Track and Cross-Country at Lafayette College. Following a few post-collegiate years spent running the New York track racing scene, where he achieved an all-time PR in the 800m, Greg moved to the DC area in 2013. He has continued his running career with NOVA, where he served as Membership Coordinator and now President. He hopes a few more all-time PRs are in the books for him and plans to focus on the 10-mile and above distances.

PRs: 800 - 1:58.09, 1500 - 3:59.47, 3K - 9:05, 5K - 15:49, 10K - 32:25, 10Mile - 55:51 , 1/2 Marathon - 1:13:40, Marathon - 2:44:21

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Vice President, 2018
Lindsey Swansen

Lindsey Swansen started running in 2014. She ran her first half marathon and got hooked on running. She ran her first marathon in fall 2015 and fell in love with the marathon distance.

Lindsey joined NOVA in 2017 in an effort to improve on her marathon PR. She PRed not once, but twice, first beating her previous PR by 22 minutes at the Wineglass Marathon, running 3:25 and then following it up with a breakthrough 3:18 at Richmond Marathon only a few weeks later. In one year, through lots of hard work and a strong spirit, Lindsey set personal records at every race distance from 5k to Marathon.

Lindsey is passionate about yoga and meditation, cooking/eating/baking a whole foods plant based diet, and doing home renovation projects. In her spare time, she enjoys boating, hiking in the mountains, and laying in the sun on the beach.

PPRs: 5K - 21:07, 10K - 45:57, 10 Mile - 1:15, 1/2 Marathon - 1:44, Marathon - 3:18

Treasurer, 2018 - Mike Naff

Mike Naff started running in 2005, training for his first marathon, and quickly got hooked on running. He joined NOVA in 2009 in the hopes of bringing his marathon times down closer to 3:00. In the very first Fall season, Coach Jerry and the NOVA gang helped Mike shave 13 minutes off his marathon time, helping to make him better and faster each consecutive year.

At 45, last year was Mike's best year ever, with 26 races and 6 personal bests, from 5K to the marathon. He broke 18 minutes in the 5K, 60 minutes in the 10 miler (2 long-time goals) and recently broke the 3 hour mark at the Holualoa Tucson Marathon. Mike is typically a marathoner, doing at least 3 per year, but likes to run all distances, road and trail, and even obstacle races. He is looking forward to another great year with NOVA!

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Membership Coordinator, 2018
Erin Swiatocha

Erin Swiatocha joined NOVA Running Club in 2009 and the NOVA board in 2012, serving as Social Media Coordinator. She then took the reins from Justin Buenaflor and served as NOVA President from 2013-2016. Starting in 2017, she now serves as Membership Coordinator. During her tenure as President, the club grew from a size of 27 active members to 130; membership now includes a wide range of runners, from top post-collegiate runners, elite Masters, recreational, family, and beginning runners, and is now frequently a top ranked winner in the open competition of local DC races.

A multiple time Maryland State Champion while a track runner at Annapolis High School, Erin went on to compete in four years of varsity cross country and track at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg VA. She transitioned to long distance running after college, completing three Boston Marathons from 2013-2015, with a personal best time of 3:08:24 in 2015. During that period, as part of a phase of “serial racing,” Erin completed 79 races in three years, including 30 in 2013 and 31 in 2014. She brought her half PR to 1:25:23 in 2015 and full marathon time to 3:08:01 in 2016. She has twice ranked in the Top Ten All RunWashington rankings, in 2014 and 2015.

Erin is an RRCA certified running coach and currently coaches several NOVA athletes on an individual basis.

PRs: 800M - 2:15.2, 1500 - 4:40.3, Mile - 5:03, 5K - 18:25, 10K - 38:40, Five Mile - 31:01, 10 Mile - 64:11, Half Marathon - 1:25:23, Marathon - 3:08:01
Webmaster/Gear Coordinator 2018 - Nene Reed

Webmaster &
Gear Coordinator, 2018
Nene Reed

Nene Reed was a sprinter and long/triple jumper on the indoor and outdoor track teams for three years at Herndon High school. After not running for almost 16 years and never running anything longer than a mile, he started running (again) in 2013. Nene joined NOVA in 2014 in an effort to improve his 5k, 10 mile and half marathon race times. In the subsequent 12 months he PRed every distance and now looks to continue improving while making a contribution to the strong NOVA team.

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Communications and Social Media Coordinator 2018 - Mark Lent

Communications and Social Media Coordinator 2018
Mark Lent

Mark Lent discovered his love of running in the fall of 2014 after signing up for the Navy 5 Miler. He subsequently worked his way up to completing his first marathon the following spring (Rock and Roll DC '15). Mark joined NOVA in the summer of of 2016 with the desire to become a stronger runner.

With the help and encouragement of his NOVA teammates, he has learned to become a more consistent and disciplined runner, lowering his PRs across distances ranging from 5K to Marathon. Perhaps the biggest rewards he has earned at NOVA are an increased enjoyment of the sport of running and a belief that his biggest days as a runner are still to come.

Mark enjoys hiking (especially in the Rockies), reading, mindfulness (and learning to embrace a mindful approach to running), yoga, and cooking at home.

Newsletter Coordinator, 2018
Indrajit Das

Indrajit Das came to the United States as a grad student from India and started running about 6-7 years ago by joining NOVA Running Club. During his time with the club, Das has learned a lot from the other NOVA members, found some great friends in the process, while steadily improving his race times.

PRs: 5K - 20:44, 5 mile - 34:00, 10K - 43:37, 10 mile - 1:10:44

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Special Events Coordinator, 2018 - Robbie Brusso

Special Events Coordinator, 2018
Robbie Brusso

Robbie played soccer throughout high school and skipped out on playing in college for no easily defensible reason. Fast forward to a long graduate school career and he found that he needed an outlet for all of that time spent in a lab/classroom/library. Robbie was more interested in triathlons at first, swearing he would stick to short distances because he didn’t understand, “why anyone would ever run a marathon.” Unlike a lot of the NOVA team, he ran his first 5k at the adolescent age of 24 (21:55). Somewhere in that time-frame, he started seeking out more running-only races. His racing career was put on a self-imposed hold in 2012 after a disastrous finish of the DC Rock and Roll marathon to focus solely on completing his dissertation. Even the most miserable workout is better than sitting behind a computer, typing a dissertation after you have already put in a full day’s work – so he begrudgingly created the barrier. After completing his dissertation and joining NOVA in mid-2016, he thought he would never get back to his previous level of fitness. However, the NOVA support, hard work, dedication, and coaching paid off! The following year was by far his best running year yet, capping the season off with a 1:22:02 at the Richmond half and 3:00:41 at the California International Marathon.

PRs: 5k – 17:55, 10k – 37:55, 10 Mile – 1:01:39, ½ Marathon – 1:22:02, Marathon – 3:00:41
Member At Large, 2018 - Eric Naglich

Member At Large, 2018
Eric Naglich

Eric Naglich’s start in running began in 2013 when he was coerced into running a half marathon by his girlfriend at the end of grad school. It was a fun experience that he thought would be a one-time thing. Then he found out that one of his professors beat him by approximately one minute, and that couldn’t stand. A few months after the race, Eric moved to the DC area for a job and joined NOVA to get faster and make friends in a new town. Both worked out very well, and he now enjoys running more than he ever thought he would. He has completed more than 25 races since joining NOVA. His 2018 goal is to run a half marathon 13.1 minutes faster than his first race.

PRs: 5K - 21:20, 5 mile – 35:24, 10 mile – 1:11:57, Half marathon – 1:37:37

Resources/Fundraising Coordinator, 2018
Andrea Hamlen-Ridgely

Andrea Hamlen-Ridgely started running in 2003, after joining the University of Mary Washington (then Mary Washington College) cross country team. Having never even run a 5K before, her running performances were unimpressive, so she decided she was better suited for recreational running than competition.

In 2009, Andrea signed up for her first half marathon, which renewed her interest in training and racing. Since joining NOVA in December 2016, she has seen time drops in all race distances and has made a lot of new friends (friends who don’t think she is crazy for running 20 miles through the snow). As a true distance runner, Andrea excels in the marathon (PR 3:16:18), but she is striving to improve her times in the 5K (PR 20:35) and half marathon (PR 1:34:12).

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