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.
Sawyer was originally with TrackTown USA for the whirlwind of a year when hosting the House of Track, US Indoors, 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships, 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships, and 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials where he was the volunteer workforce coordinator. He now continues to do volunteer workforce but has moved into an Event Coordinator role looking toward the future of track & field.
Sawyer is a 2015 graduate of the University of Connecticut in Allied Health as well as Environmental Science. Moving back to Oregon in 2017, Sawyer is in the process of receiving a Masters in Sport Management from the University of Connecticut where he was the Assistant Coach for the Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Team for the 2016-2017 season. He enjoys triathlons, anything outside, and photography.
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.
Born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, Kelsey graduated from the University of Oregon in 2012 with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, and Spanish, with a concentration in Sports Business. Upon graduation she moved to San Diego where she has worked as the Event Coordinator for the San Diego Half Marathon, Marketing Coordinator for Aztec Sports Properties at San Diego State University, and Event Manager at Integrated Sports Marketing.
Currently, after joining the TrackTown USA team in 2015, Kelsey now serves as TrackTown USA’s Event Coordinator, handling all Event Operations.
Josh graduated from the University of Oregon in 2012, where he earned a degree in Business Administration focusing on Sports Marketing with a minor in Graphic Design. After graduating, Josh began working at Nike Inc. as a Social Media Specialist in the running department where he created an impactful consumer experience through social media. In 2015, Josh developed footwear with Nike’s Tennis team. This involved communicating project status between Nike and Asia as well as organizing and archiving of all sample footwear.
In 2016, he returned to his hometown of Eugene, Oregon and joined TrackTown USA as the Digital Communications Coordinator. His primary responsibilities include coordinating the company’s social media accounts as well as managing the company’s website. Josh enjoys eating burritos and spending time with his beautiful wife, Laura, and two dogs.
Becky has been with TrackTown USA since the inception of the company. She worked as an Event Coordinator for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, before moving into her current role as the Director of Staff & Client Services, in which she oversees Human Resources, Client Services, LOC Services and Workforce Operations.
Becky is a 2003 graduate of UC Santa Barbara. Before moving to Eugene in 2010, she worked as a sports journalist and freelance writer for 10 years in Southern California and received her MFA in Creative Writing in 2009. She enjoys gardening, surfing, paddleboarding, and listening to jazz with her husband Michael.
Grant joined TrackTown USA following the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. Grant currently serves as an Event Coordinator and oversees many of the operational aspects of the TrackTown Summer Series and NCAA Outdoor Championships. Prior to joining TrackTown USA, he served as a lead volunteer assisting with the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships and 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships.
Grant is a 2016 graduate of the University of Oregon. While at Oregon, he served as head student-manager for the track and field program which won multiple national titles. In his spare time, Grant enjoys supporting the Oregon Ducks athletic programs and exploring Oregon’s great outdoors.
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.
Alex started with TrackTown USA in 2012 after spending 18 months with the University of Oregon track and field team as the assistant director of operations. He served as a project manager for the 2013 and 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships. Alex’s current role is the Director of Strategic Partnerships in which he works with various corporations to further TrackTown USA’s mission. Alex graduated from the University of Oregon in 2011 with a degree in business administration. He is an avid Duck fan and enjoys hiking and exercising with his beautiful wife Sarah.
Colleen is leading the planning process for the 2021 IAAF World Championships after having led the Venues & Infrastructure team for TrackTown USA events in 2015 and 2016. Her experience in planning and delivering world-class events includes the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver, two World Championships, two U.S. Olympic Trials, four USA Championships, and three NCAA Championships.
Captain of the College of William & Mary track and field team, Colleen received her master’s in Sport Administration from UNC Chapel Hill, where she also competed for the ACC champion Tar Heels. She enjoys exploring Oregon via road, trail, river, or wave.