Vin Lananna is the President of TrackTown USA. He also currently serves as the Associate Athletic Director for Olympic Development at the University of Oregon and as the President of USA Track & Field, the National Governing Body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. He was also named head coach of the U.S. men’s track and field team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where Team USA brought home a record number of medals.
He welcomed the International Association of Athletics Federations, the world governing body for track and field, to this country by hosting the highly acclaimed 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene and the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland. These highly acclaimed events laid the groundwork for the successful bid to bring the 2021 IAAF World Championships to U.S. soil for the first time in history.
One of the world’s foremost visionaries in the sport of track and field, Lananna has had a long and storied career that has seen unprecedented success as a coach, administrator, organizer and leader. Lananna has worked tirelessly to grow the sport of track and field in this country by creating a supportive environment for elite athletic performances, promoting community health and fitness initiatives, engaging youth with numerous learning and competitive opportunities, and establishing leading practices in hosting sustainable sporting events.
Michael Reilly graduated from Stanford University in 1993, where he earned a degree in Symbolic Systems and specialized in the study of artificial intelligence. While at Stanford he ran both cross country and track, concentrating on the 3000-meter steeplechase.
Michael received NCAA All-Academic honors in cross country and started his professional role in the sport of track and field immediately upon graduation. He embarked on a ten-year career at Stanford, serving at times as the program’s Director of Operations and as an Assistant Coach of Track & Field and Cross Country. In that span, his skills as an event organizer were formed and he served as the Competition Director for both the 2002 and 2003 USA Championships.
Michael was Associate Athletic Director at Oberlin College in Ohio from 2003–2005. From 2005–2011 he was an Assistant Athletic Director for the University of Oregon, coordinating all of the track & field program’s administrative efforts, especially the home meets. He was the Competition Director for the 2008 Olympic Trials, the 2009 and 2011 USA Championships and the 2010 NCAA Championships.
In August 2011, he left TrackTown to join the London 2012 Organizing Committee, where he oversaw operational planning for 7 training venues for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
In November 2012 he returned to Eugene to become CEO of TrackTown USA, Inc.
Curtis joined TrackTown USA in September of 2013 after a 35-year career as a sports journalist. His primary duties are setting and guiding communication strategies, managing and coordinating all aspects of media relations, and creating compelling content for the organization’s website, social media platforms and other publications before and during TrackTown USA’s major events and initiatives.
Curtis moved to Oregon in the summer of 1978 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin. He worked at the Wisconsin State Journal, Newport News-Times and Coos Bay World before landing at The Register-Guard in Eugene for 27 years. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Jesse Abramson Award for excellence in track and field journalism by the Track and Field Writers of America. An avid reader and music aficionado, he enjoys spending time with family, friends and his dog, Inca. His favorite outdoor pursuits are biking, hiking and camping.
Jeannine Erving came to TrackTown USA via The Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, where she was the Director of Membership in charge of member services for 1,300 companies. Prior to the Eugene Chamber, she held an administrative role for the Downtown Eugene Rotarians and owned and operated Oregon Nannies placing professionals in homes on the East Coast. Jeannine is a graduate of the University of Oregon and holds a Masters in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University. Her varied background brings both business and customer service experience to her role as an Executive Administrator for TrackTown USA. Jeannine’s family are avid Duck fans, including a son at Sheldon High School and a daughter who will play soccer beginning in the fall of 2017 at the University of Oregon. In her spare time, she loves tennis, travel, and following her family to various sporting events.
Jessi has been with TrackTown USA since March 2015. She began as the Assistant to the President, and has since transitioned into her current role as Director of Strategic Communications. Jessi received her B.A.’s in English and Political Science from the University of Minnesota. She also holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She was an athlete, captain, and volunteer coach for the Golden Gophers track & field team during her time there. Jessi is obsessed with her dogs to an unreasonable degree.
John has been with TrackTown USA since 2014. As the Director of Business Operations, he manages the day-to-day financial operations, risk management and trademark and intellectual properties.
John is a graduate of the University of Oregon where he competed for the track & field program. After college, John competed in the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. With his days of competing behind him, John lives in Eugene with his wife Molly, daughter Reagan, son Carter, and pug Gordon.
Lindsay joined TrackTown USA in the winter of 2015 and played a key role in the marketing, branding and in-stadium look of the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships, U.S. Olympic Trials, and the inaugural TrackTown Summer Series. She now oversees the look and feel program, promotions and activations.
A native of Springboro, Ohio, Lindsay earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications – Public Relations with a minor in Marketing from Morehead State University in Kentucky, where she was a member of the cross country and track and field teams, earning the Academic Medal of Honor three years in a row. Before joining TrackTown USA, she worked as a Marketing Coordinator at the Papé Group. Outside of work, Lindsay enjoys running, spoiling her nephew, and hitting the snooze button.
Sasha brought her experience as an elite athlete to the TrackTown USA team as the Director of Athlete Services when she joined as the company was forming in 2011. In her current role as the Director of External Affairs Sasha works to establish and advance relationships with athletes, governing bodies, government entities, public, private, and community agencies.
A 12-time NCAA All-American 400m and 800m runner while at Georgetown University, Sasha continued running for Nike professionally until 2008. After retiring she started Food for Fuel, a nutrition consulting and personal chef business working with NFL athletes and on feature films including The Blind Side. She continues to enjoy cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband Luke and children Eden, 5 and Major, 3.
David graduated from Indiana University in 2008, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. He then went on to earn his master’s degree in Sports Leadership from Duquesne University in 2012.
David served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer in the US Army, where he advised General Officers, coordinated protective services with the Secret Service and State Department, and commanded the unit responsible for the protection of the White House and the Pentagon. While in the Army, he became a Senior Demonstrated Logistician and earn the Bronze Star for his actions in Afghanistan.
After the Army, David has been involved in program and project management at Deloitte as Senior Consultant. At Deloitte, David advised the federal government on strategy and operations, primarily around organizational transformation.
David joined TrackTown USA in April 2017.