2022 nominees for Charlotte Running Club Board

Here are this year's nominees for the Charlotte Running Club Board elections.

Casey Cline

Amy Cronin

Deb Dandro

Katie Howard

Allen Jacobs

Art McDonald

Philip Sanford

The voting poll will be open until Saturday June 25th when the four nominees with the most votes will be given a seat on the Board. Please check out the submissions below before voting. The newly elected board members will be announced Saturday June 25th at the CRC Summer Social @ Protagonist SouthEnd from 6pm - 8pm.

Only active members of the Charlotte Running Club are allowed to submit votes for the Board.

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Casey Cline


As a Charlotte native, avid runner in the community and proud member of the Charlotte Running Club, nothing brings Casey more joy than inspiring our city to run, explore and get active.

Casey has served as a Charlotte Marathon ambassador for 4 years, charity runner and coach for Girls on the Run of Charlotte, has organized and successfully held a “Kids Fun Run” at the Stratford Richardson YMCA, hosts a free community track workout every Tuesday ("Track Tuesday"), is a certified RRCA running coach and currently serves an active board member at the Stratford Richardson YMCA.

As a registered Landscape Architect, Casey advocates for active design by encouraging active infrastructure such as greenways, bike lanes and placemaking communities in our city.

Casey’s passions for running, active design as well as a drive to build a strong running community in Charlotte, make her a fantastic board candidate. She will work hard to continue the success and development of the Charlotte Running Club through her passion and drive to unite and strengthen the Charlotte community together through running.

Amy Cronin


Eight years ago after a hard fought struggle to get back on my feet, I found my greatest passion, my stress reliever, my confidence builder, and my inner retreat. Ironically I was finally on my way to getting healthy and strong when I caught the running bug, and ever since the first day that I ran a mile it became my wonder drug.

Throughout the past eight years I have completed 5 marathons, many races, and countless miles, and along the way I have experienced the highs, the lows, the tears, sweat, and smiles. I have had the privilege of being a Let Me Run Coach to many young boys, as well as coaching track at South Charlotte Middle School has been one of many running joys. But for me the love of running is in the small victories of the constant daily grind, the inner battle that I experience between my physical obstacles and the power of my mind. Most importantly throughout my running journey I have been blessed beyond measure, because I have gained an entire community of friends that I truly treasure. Many of these friends are members of this club that I would love to serve, so please vote for me to join the board if it’s an honor that you believe I deserve.

Deb Dandro

I began running in 2013 as a way to lose weight and add fitness to what had become a sedentary corporate lifestyle. What I did not expect was the awesome running family that I gained in the process.

As a mid to back-of-the-packer who has learned a lot the hard way, I've completed a 50 Miler, a 50K, seven Marathons, at least 40 Half Marathons, and numerous other races of shorter distances. My most prized achievement was my streak of running at least a mile every day for 788 days (thanks to knee surgery I did not get the comma).

If I'm not racing, I also enjoy volunteering at races. I was an ambassador for NoDa Run Club and am currently one of several group leaders at Primal Belmont Run Club and Flying Biscuit Run Club. Throughout all of this, I enjoy encouraging others no matter their speed, documenting my adventures in photographs, promoting running events, and just spending time running with friends.

Katie Howard


Hi! I joined CRC when I moved to Charlotte in 2012 from Austin, TX. The potential opportunity to help the Board plan & implement club activities and continue to help foster a strong & healthy community by inspiring people to move humbles me. Professionally, I’m the Regional Sales Manager for a global athletic brand whose purpose is to “ignite bold change and propel people forward.” In addition to my day to day, I’m involved in our diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI), sustainability, and innovation efforts including helping to create & lead a companywide ‘shark tank’ event. I am proud to be aligned with my company and would be devoted to helping continue CRC’s work to welcome, build, & empower an inclusive, diverse, thoughtful, and inspiring active community in Charlotte.

Upon encouragement from my local run specialty store & the Dallas Running Club, I decided to train for my first marathon with a bold and inspiring group of runners. It seemed like a lofty goal at the time, having just hung up my college track sprint spikes. But 5x Boston Marathon finishes, 2x Ironman finishes, 8 address changes, and countless friendships and experiences later, I am thankful for the sense of community I have for all the cities I have lived in and those that I continue to visit thanks to support by local running clubs and run & outdoor specialty stores. I’d love to help continue the mission of the Charlotte Running Club by serving on the Board.

These days, you will find me also enjoying walking, trail running, and even getting back on the track. I recently dusted off my track spikes and competed in USATF Masters Indoor Track meets. I’d love help encourage CRC members to train and participate. Sprinting has many benefits beyond physical ones, such as building perseverance, mental wellbeing, and teamwork.

Allen Jacobs


Running is an important part of my life and the Charlotte Running Club has enhanced that experience both socially and learning from highly knowledgeable runners. As I move into retirement this year it would be an honor to contribute my years of management consulting, sales & marketing (and running!) expertise on the CRC Board.

Art McDonald


Although I ran to stay in shape for various sports for most of my life, I did not take up serious running until 2014. Since then, I have done about 25,000 miles. I have completed numerous races of varying distances, including eleven marathons and, most recently, a 213-mile event.

I run because I love it, and to set an example, especially for the next generations in my family, by showing that age (next year I will be in the 70-74 age group) should not be a deterrent to accepting physical challenges. The exercise I get and the friends I have made keep me young.

Running has gotten me involved with the Charlotte Running Club, both as a participant and in supporting running in the Charlotte area. In addition to running with several groups each week, I have paced numerous races and am coaching a Let Me Run group.

When I retired in 2015 from a 41-year career in business (I am a CPA), people warned that I would be bored. They were wrong; running has been wonderful. With each year I get more and more involved and take on more and more demanding challenges. I look forward to doing even more to support and promote running in the Charlotte community.

Philip Sanford


As a leader in the running community in Charlotte, it would be an honor to continue to serve on the board of the Charlotte Running Club. In addition to serving on the board, I am the Local Event Director for the Get Your Rear In Gear 5k, a coach for Let Me Run, and the director of the Triple C Beer Runners. This year, I worked with Charlotte Center City Partners and Charlotte Running Club to start a monthly weekend group run in South End. My passion for running and building the running community led me to earning my RRCA coaching certification and in 2020, I began Team Sanford, a training program and a weekly running newsletter. I am looking forward to using my experience and community building to improve the experience for all runners in the Charlotte region.

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