RBO Board

Peter Gertler

Peter is a returning RBO Board Member, and served on the initial Board during RBO’s first year.  Peter is a 25 year resident Oakland and has run its streets and trails almost every week of those years.  He has trained with RBO in several seasons and ran the Oakland Half Marathon with amazing group of students in 2014.   Peter is Director, Global Consulting for Autodesk and travels the world but always enjoys coming home to run in his favorite city of Oakland. In addition to running, you can also find Peter kayaking in the Oakland Estuary or riding his bike in and around Oakland.

Christine Chapon

Christine Chapon is a former molecular biologist who was born and raised in France where she had an aversion to running as a child. Since then, Christine has formed a great love of running and is now devoted to contributing to the community and coaching youth. She is a certified USA-TF Level 2 and RRCA marathon coach and has coached Piedmont Middle School Track & Cross-Country since 2010 and Piedmont HS track since 2011; currently, she is also the coach for Run 365. Christine was previously the volunteer coordinator for Students Run Oakland from 2003 – 2010, and she now also serves as volunteer coordinator for the SF North Face Endurance Trail Challenge and Oakland Running Festival.

Howard Nathel

Howard shares his enthusiasm for outdoor activities and science with children in Oakland through his volunteer work with the Office of Parks and Recreation and OUSD’s West Oakland STEM Corridor. He has been an active board and advisory member of several bay area nonprofits. Howard has been a volunteer with RBO since the organizations inception bringing the opportunity to children of West Oakland.

Dan Ross

Dan Ross is Channel Manager at Apple, Inc. In his free time, Dan trains and races as a competitive age-group triathlete. Dan is passionate about sharing the positive physical and mental benefits of structured activity and can be seen guiding visually-impaired runners to the finish line of half to full marathons. He lives in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco with his wife and their dogs, Ace and Boogie.

Jen Vedock, Treasurer

Jen is the Treasurer of Running for a Better Oakland and an avid runner and cyclist. She is also showing her two daughters through example, that running is fun and easy to incorporate into everyday life.  Professionally, Jen is the Customer Marketing Manager at Boardwalk Frozen Treats.

Tod Vedock, Board Chair and Founder

Tod Vedock is the Founder of Running for a Better Oakland. He is also involved with several other Oakland non-profits which include Operation Hope, Red Cross, and Habitat for Humanity, among others. Life after selling two telecommunications businesses includes running his property business GIV LLC, local politics including a Mayoral Transition Council role, and recreation which resulted in assisting with the introduction of the Oakland Running Festival.  Tod enjoys sharing his appreciation for volunteering, running and business with his two young daughters.

Nancy Philippine, Executive Director and Secretary

See Nancy's Bio here.


All members of the Board of Directors with the exception of the Executive Director are independent, voting members. 
No Board Director receives compensation for work performed solely as a Board member, or as payment to serve on the Board. 
All organizing documents and financial statements are available to the public upon request.