Nancy Philippine, Executive Director

Nancy, originally from France, came to the US in her twenties to work on Video Games. She loves to explore new challenges and though she started running only a few years ago, she has always enjoyed outdoors activities. When Nancy is not running in the hills of Oakland or around the lake, you can find her swimming, hiking in our beautiful East Bay parks or rollerblading at Point Isabel.

Nancy and her family, including 4 children, live in Oakland.  Building on her professional and family experience, she is passionate about helping others develop a healthy lifestyle to balance the stress of school, work, exercise, and RBO’s mission.  In her words, “running is an approachable sport, all you need is a pair of shoes and discipline, and the earlier you start the greater the impact to your life and others.”

Nancy has been an RBO volunteer for the past couple of seasons working the Saturday registration table and other activities. Through her volunteer roles she has developed a personal relationship with RBO’s community of students, parents, and volunteers and is moved by their dedication and hard work.  In her words, “the students show so much happiness when they realize how far they can run and are anxious to learn from their mentors.”

Nancy can be reached at

Christine Chapon, Head Coach


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


Emily Van Loon, Coach (Grades K-5)

Emily Van Loon

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)

Jeff Poremke

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!