Knigi Glee, Program Coordinator

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Knigi is a Growth Marketer for profit and non-profit organizations, who began running long distance races in college. Knigi holds a BA in Psychology and MBA in Marketing and has 10+ years of experience serving clients achieve their operational goals.

Knigi’s passion for running has led her to races in New York City, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Oakland. During one of Knigi’s many races throughout Oakland, she noticed and admired RBO’s positive involvement with Oakland youth and was determined to be a part of it.

She is extremely excited to join the RBO family and looking forward to supporting RBO’s mission to encourage healthy youth development and community involvement utilizing running as a foundation to achieving many goals in life!

Christine Chapon, Head Coach

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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.

Christine 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 also coaches track with 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.

Christine cherishes her races with the kids who run with RBO more than any of her own personal records!

Christine can be reached at christine@rboakland.org.

 

Emily Van Loon, Coach (Grades K-5)

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Emily is an urban planner and affordable housing professional who started running as a way to train for other sports she was involved in as a kid. Running has now long been at center stage in her athletic pursuits, and she’s dedicated to sharing her love of the sport with RBO participants. 

 

Emily got involved with RBO in 2014 after seeing the group, loud and proud in their signature yellow shirts, while she was out for a run around Lake Merritt. She’s a firm believer in the ability of running to cultivate confidence, boost self-esteem, and build community. Emily is looking forward to many more RBO seasons to come! 

 

Jeff Pomrenke, Coach (Grades 5-12)

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Jeff, originally from Atlanta, currently works as a performance analyst for the Controller’s Office of the City and County of San Francisco. Jeff has been a runner for over a decade, and has participated in track and field, cross country, and triathlons. He has been the lead organizer for two 5k running events and now continues to share the sport with others in the community through RBO.

Since 2015, Jeff has volunteered with RBO and he believes that there is no better activity than running to help kids discover and unleash their inner confidence. He enjoys running with RBO participants from the first day of practice all the way to the finish line!