RBO Board

Peter Gertler, Board Chair

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.

Daniel Vasquez, Treasurer

Daniel Vasquez is a calm and confident leader who cares.  Daniel has over 15 years experience in management within the business and nonprofit sectors.  After 11 years in banking, Daniel shifted his energies to the finance and operations side of the social sector, holding leadership positions within Latino Issues Forum, Rockwood Leadership Institute and Legal Assistance for Seniors. Daniel has a great passion for youth work, expressed through his time as the Operations Manager at Beyond Emancipation, and through his volunteer service with Running for a Better Oakland and Puente. Daniel is currently the Executive Director of Brothers on the Rise, an Oakland based non-profit working with boys and young men of color, which he joined in 2016. A proud Oakland resident, Daniel holds his B.A. in Business Administration from San Jose State. 


Jen Vedock, co-Founder

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 Vice Chair and co-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.


Interested in Joining the RBO Board?

Becoming a RBO Board member is the ultimate volunteer position. Our board members have a passion for RBO ’s mission and its work, and they regularly attend monthly board meetings as well as participate in RBO fall and spring programs and annual events. Board members participate on at least one board committee and help with the fundraising for the organization, as well as making a monetary contribution each fiscal year. If you are interested in becoming a board member, please contact Executive Director Nancy Philippine or Board President Peter Gertler to learn more.


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.