2016 BTC Board Member Elections are Here!


BTC 2016 Elections

2015 is rapidly coming to a close and this makes it BTC Board Member Election time! The current board is thrilled to see the enthusiasm this year as we have a number of interested individuals running!

A BTC Board seat  position lasts two years. Current board members are listed below along with their designation and status. Currently we have 10 people running for a total of six open positions. There is a total of 11 board seats.

6 Slots Currently Electing for:

  • Jennifer Bell – Term Ends 2015:Running for 2016/17
  • Derek Bell – Term Ends 2015:Not Running for 2016/17
  • Keith Burtis – Term Ends 2015:Running for 2016/17
  • Charlie Watson – Term Ends 2015:Not Running for 2016/17
  • Lisa Trapasso – Term Ends 2015:Running for 2016/17
  • Joe Drees – Term Ends 2015:Not Running for 2016/17

5 Slots Filled Through 2016:

  • Gary Randolph
  • Sharon Winiewicz
  • Joe Pautler
  • George Hackford
  • Heather McIntyre

Because we had so many folks nominated we created a bio page for each individual. Click on the images of each nominee below and it will take you to their bio page to learn more. Keep an eye out in your email as we will be sending everyone a ballot to make their choices for the 2016 board.


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Bryan Dever

bryan deverMy name is Bryan Dever, I’m 32 years old and I am married  to my beautiful wife Nicole and I have a  4 year old son, Maxwell . We currently live in Lancaster NY . I work at Ingram micro as a sales rep in our Professional AV division. I can be kind of a huge nerd when it comes to technology, and I used to do graphic design work on the side. I originally got into triathlons back in 2009 on a dare from my wife’s friend who had done the musselman sprint a few times, and said that I couldn’t beat her. I had a great time and was hooked. I love that success in this sport is tied directly to the hard work you put into it, but the number one reason I participate is that I really enjoy the people I have met in this sport.

unnamed-1If elected, I can definitely work to help support the BTC with anything that is brought in front of me, I have a very  particular set of skills, skills that I have acquired over a very long career.  Skills that make me a nightmare for problems. If you elect me now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you.


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Joe Levesque

Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 3.10.53 PMMy name is Joseph (Joe) Levesque and I am running for a position on the Buffalo Triathlon Club (BTC) Board of Directors. My wife’s name is Cathy. We both are into fitness. She just completed her first bodybuilding competition. I just completed the 2015 Lake Placid Ironman. I volunteer with several organizations, such as my church, school board of education, Police Unity Tour, local snowmobile club, and the American Legion. I believe it is important for people to be involved in their communities. I find that volunteering is a way to give back to an organizations that has helped me in so many ways.

The BTC has helped me achieve my goal of finishing the Ironman. They were there during training sessions, support, and cheering during the events. The BTC is more than just a bunch of athletes; it is family to me. Cathy and I do not have any family in the Western New York area; the BTC has helped fill that void. I take pride in being a member of the club and I am proud to wear our club clothing not only at sporting events, but around town as well.

So, why should you elect me? As you can see from my photograph above; I am just an average guy. I was having fun completing the Ironman and BTC was an instrumental part of my smile. So, I want to help ensure that our club stays viable for future athletes in the years to come. I want to help anyone who is beginning their quest of completing a triathlon with club training locations and support during their training. I want to cultivate our young athletes who are our club’s future. These are just a few of the reasons why you should elect me as a member of the BTC Board of Directors. Thank You

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Karla Sommers

GOTR 2014My name is Karla Sommers. I have been a BTC member since 2013. While I have done a few triathlons, I would still consider myself new to the sport. I started running in 2012 and jumped on the triathlon training 2013. I never thought I would ever be a triathlete. In 2008 I broke my neck. I shattered my C1 vertebrae. Needless to say, the injury changed my life. I now take nothing for granted. I am thankful every day for what I can do and what I have been able to accomplish. Before the injury I was active but not necessarily an athlete. Now, I am in the best shape of my life and live every moment to the fullest.

In 2013 I started with sprints and have worked my way up to completing 2 half Iron distance triathlons in 2015. I have never let the injury stop me. Triathlon has even become a family affair. My husband is registered for Ironman Lake Placid in 2016 and my children have done several kids triathlon.

RFR 2015When I joined the BTC I was scared. I didn’t know what to expect or even if I belonged. Could I do what was expected as a triathlete? I soon learned the only expectation was fun and I can do fun. The scared feeling was instantly gone. The overwhelming support and care from each and every member of the club was overwhelming. The friendships made and the knowledge gained will never be lost. The rally cries and pictures and high fives make any struggle on the course easier to deal with. I am looking ahead to complete an Ironman in the next few years. I can honestly say that without the advice and support of this family that would not even be a thought. My plan as a board member is to keep that support going and to do the best I can to provide to others what was and continues to be provided to me. I plan to contribute as much as I can to this great club.

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Lisa Trapasso

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I have had the pleasure of being able to serve on the Buffalo Triathlon Club Board for 4 years now and hoping to have the opportunity to serve again for 2016-18. I have loved the Buffalo Triathlon Club since becoming a member in 2009. Our members are second to none, making what the club is today, over 500+ members strong.

Serving on the Board for the past two terms has been so amazingly rewarding. From behind the scenes planning to watch our efforts unfold to seeing the members enjoying it all (the best part) …I have been able to meet so many wonderful people on this journey who share the love of the sport and

Club like I do. From the board members, welcoming new members, reconnecting with ongoing members, getting sponsors and meeting supporters … it never ceases to amaze me what a community we have and that I am able to be a part of!! It has been such a privilege to serve since 2011 and I hope you will give me the privilege to serve again for you and a Club that is like no other.

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Jim Herbert

11014908_10205678542219111_5206334632458984606_n 2My name is Jim Herbert and I’m running for a position of board member of theBuffalo Triathlon Club.  While I’ve only been a member a short time I’ve made many great friends, learned a great deal about the sport, but most importantly had a lot of fun in the process.  All the rumors about this club are true, the members are welcoming, supportive and certifiable nut jobs, which means I fit right in.

I joined the club to learn from experienced racers, which this club has a treasure trove of, and to help out in areas I may be able to offer something.  The club doesn’t run on its own, it requires the work of dedicated individuals who many times put the club before their own interests.  I’d like to be one of those individuals. I’m friendly, energetic, hard working and always willing to lend a hand when and where needed.  If elected I would like to help out with the weekly open water swims and southtown bricks, help with managing our club tents and whatever needs another set of hands.

Thank you for your consideration.

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Erin Sheehan

10463046_10100786763686495_2028118348346799429_nI have been a member of the BTC since 2012. I am a Special Education Teacher at Olmsted at Kensington. as well as a Swimming and Volleyball coach. I have been into running since 2005. It was June of 2012 that someone mentioned to me something about the sport of triathlon and I have been hooked ever since. I am very passionate about the sport as well as The BTC. 

I take part in a variety of races from sprints, to 5k’s, to marathons and full distances. I completed my first Ironman in 2014 and plan to do Lake Placid in 2016 (and am already looking into where to go in 2017, and 2018). I try and volunteer at as many events and races as I can each season and am always willing to help anyone who needs it.

I find that this sport and this club gives me  motivation, drive, and spirit and wish to instill these feelings on new members like others have done for me. Thank you to those who nominated me for the board and to all members for considering me as an addition to the Board of such a fantastic club!

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Amy Benedict

I am a lawyer by trade and have been a member of the club since 2007. I started attending all the bricks and became active in the club in 2008. I love that we are always actively seeking new members. That it does not matter how fast or how slow you are, it is about the love of the sport.

During my time in the club I have tried things that terrify me and achieved things that I never thought were possible.  I don’t think I would have ever completed an Ironman without the awesome support of this club. I’d like to be a board member to help pass on the awesome support and encouragement I have gotten from this club. I have truly learned to conquer my fears and I’d like to help as many people as I can do the same.

Keith Burtis

Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 5.22.33 PMI’ve been a BTC member for 5 years now and have been a board member for the past three. In addition to maintaining a board seat I am also the Northtown Brick Master along with George Hackford, Joe Pautler and Rob Leary. As a very busy Dad and now grandfather I truly enjoy giving back to the community at large. As you might be able to tell by the picture – BTC has been a huge blessing in my life and I look forward to serving everyone through the next two years!

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