Want to get more involved with JUST TRYAN IT? We are looking for new board members to help with fundraising and strategic planning. If you have experience in those areas, or if you are a survivor of childhood cancer, and you would like to apply to serve on the board, please contact Tracy.
Susan Matthews Apgood has been president and CEO of News Generation, a media relations agency, since graduating from business school in 1997.
In the Fall of 2015, she became a board member of JUST TRYAN IT, and works on the marketing and communication messaging for JTI. Susan loves JTI because she loves the spirit of competition and truly believes that in volunteering she gets much more than she gives. Two of her three sons have competed in the tri, and she loves instilling in them at a young age the importance of dedicating your time and talent to those in need.
She is active in professional societies of Public Relations Society of America and Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) having served for several years on the board of each. In 2012, she earned the award of Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County’s Business/School Partnership Award for her years of work with Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Bethesda, where her children attend.
Susan was the first Congressional page to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, an experience for which she will be eternally grateful. She earned her competitive spirit growing up as a competitive gymnast in her home state of New Jersey.
She earned her MBA in finance from American University and BA in economics from George Washington University. For fun, she competes in triathlons, long bike rides and half marathons.
Eliza has spent her professional career in finance, and has worked with several organizations focusing on financial planning and analysis. For the past ten years, she has helped coordinate treasury and cash management at Development Alternatives.
Eliza first discovered JUST TRYAN IT as a spectator, when she would take her boys to Landon School to cheer on friends and other race participants. (Her oldest son has since completed two JTI triathlons of his own, and is anxious for his little brother to join him!) Eliza is proud that her sons have embraced JTI activity, and remains profoundly moved by the dedication of all young participants, who do so much for so many families wrestling with the challenges of childhood cancer.
Growing up, Eliza was active in multiple sports, including basketball and softball, and went on to play both field hockey and lacrosse in college. (After graduation, she tried to keep up with the youngsters by joining a club lacrosse team—for a time.) Her own positive experiences with sport led her to coach youth lacrosse in the DC area, an experience she found particularly rewarding as she tried to guarantee a healthy environment that would allow girls to discover the joys of teamwork, sportsmanship, and the experience of the game itself.
Dana Cruz is an avid runner and reader and shares these passions with her husband and three children. By trade she is a realtor and started her real estate career in 2004. Dana took ten years off to raise her three children and nephew and is back helping her clients sell and buy homes while continuing to raise her children. Dana feels fortunate to have the opportunity to help friends – and sometimes strangers who become friends – buy their forever home and start them on their journey to build their foundation and their village….just as she and her husband have done.
Empathy is a character trait that Dana and her husband aim to instill in their children, and one of the reasons Dana wanted to get involved with JUST TRYAN IT. JTI fosters empathy in their racers, as they gain a glimpse into the lives and hardships of young children fighting cancer.
As a child and teenager Dana was just about as un-athletic as one could be. However a few years post college she started running with a new roommate who had moved in, and much to Dana’s dismay this roommate would run alone after sunset. Out of concern, she would accompany the roommate in her nightly runs and Dana caught the running bug, and hasn’t stopped running since.
Mollie Darby’s background is in interior Architecture. Mollie took 11 years off to raise 3 boys and is now back in the work world designing again!
JUST TRYAN IT is very near and dear to her heart because Ryan is her middle son. When Ryan was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009, an amazing group of women came together to support not just her family, but other families in similar situations. She LOVE’s what JUST TRYAN IT does and looks forward to what the future holds.
Mollie isn’t sure what her greatest accomplishment was as a child. She wishes that it had something like JUST TRYAN IT to compete in and to give back to. Maybe she would remember swimming, biking and running for a GREAT cause!
Warren Eng is an anesthesiologist, caring for Montgomery County patients since 2007. He continues to take great pride in meeting families during a stressful time in their lives, and helping shepherd their loved one through a difficult part of their healthcare.
While training in Pediatrics at UNC-Chapel Hill, Warren saw firsthand the tremendous emotional, financial, and time stressors a new cancer diagnosis can impose on the entire family. He is enthusiastic about JUST TRYAN IT’s goal of helping these families alleviate some of these burdens during such a difficult time.
Warren hasn’t met a sport he hasn’t liked – soccer, tennis, golf, skiing, running, and swimming (though proficiency may be another thing). He and his wife Cynthia are hoping to pass on their son & daughter their love of sports and the life lessons they can impart. Some of their greatest joys have come from coaching them at soccer and officiating their swim meets – and someday watching their JUST TRYAN IT races!
Jen Del Guercio has worked in health care management for over 20 years in a variety of roles ranging from business development, strategic planning, marketing, client services and technology. Jen has dedicated her career to improving the health care delivery system so patients and doctors can work together more effectively and efficiently. Currently, Jen works for a healthcare IT strategy consulting group and is rolling out an online application to help family caregivers organize and manage a loved one’s care at home.
Jen joined the Board in order to expand the reach of JUST TRYAN IT, including supporting families coping with childhood cancer, encouraging kids to be active and community-minded, and contributing in a meaningful way to the community.
Jen loves to run and competes frequently in half marathons and other races. In her younger days, Jen taught herself to ride a unicycle and captained her college lacrosse team.
Lisa Hamman is a mutual fund attorney. She started her career at Fidelity Investments in Boston then moved to Washington DC to work at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Lisa now works at the Investment Company Institute, a trade association for mutual funds.
Lisa is proud to have been a part of JUST TRYAN IT since its inception. Both of her kids are racers and her husband’s company, AdvisorShares, is a sponsor. JUST TRYAN IT has taught her kids so much about how they can make a difference in their community. It is truly magical to watch these kids raise money to help other children who are not as fortunate as they are and to watch them complete a triathlon at such a young age.
Lisa’s proudest childhood accomplishment was when she won the best athlete award in camp as an eight year old. Lisa’s athletic achievements have gone downhill from there, but the glory was nice while it lasted!
Caroline is a CPA and partner in Withum Smith+Brown’s Labor and Benefit Plan Practice Group. She lives in Montgomery County with her husband and two sons.
Caroline heard of JUST TRYAN IT from a colleague at the office and was intrigued. Her older son competed in his first (hopefully of many!) JUST TRYAN IT races in June of 2018, and was hooked. He is now anxiously awaiting his younger brother being old enough to compete, while simultaneously brainstorming how to expand his neighborhood lemonade stand to increase fundraising.
Caroline loves to run, has completed a marathon (something that had always been on her bucket list!) and is excitedly training for her first half marathon. Two of her great joys in life are seeing her two young boys begin to develop a love of sports and also learn to give back to their communities, which is why JUST TRYAN IT is so important to her.
Christine Lynn is vice president, advertising and marketing communications for worldwide lodging franchisor Choice Hotels International, Inc. Prior to joining Choice, Christine served as vice president of Worldwide Marketing for the global stock exchange, NASDAQ.
Prior to joining NASDAQ in 2005, she was executive director of corporate communications and advertising at XO Communications, a national provider of broadband and telco communication services. Earlier in her career, she worked for Marriott International in a variety of marketing roles.
Ms. Lynn holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Maryland. She lives in Bethesda with her husband, two boys and two dogs. Christine loves to run and do spin classes, but has never tried a triathlon herself.
Tim Moore is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. Drawing upon 25 years of wealth management experience, he provides holistic advice to high net worth client families in the areas of strategic and tactical asset allocation, portfolio implementation, investment policy, diversification strategies for concentrated positions, wealth transfer and charitable planning strategies.
JUST TRYAN IT appeals to Tim for three main reasons:
1) Any family, regardless of circumstances, can be impacted by cancer. JUST TRYAN IT relieves a financial burden for families that are helping their loved one battle cancer;
2) JUST TRYAN IT teaches children about philanthropy and helping others through fundraising for the annual kids triathlon; and
3) Triathlons are a passion of his and he loves seeing the smiles on the faces of the young racers as they successfully complete the JUST TRYAN IT kids triathlon!
Tim was the first member of his family to graduate from college (which he paid for himself)!
Carrie Norry has spent the majority of her adult life wearing multiple hats in independent schools: math & science teacher, coach, advisor, outdoor education leader, curriculum coordinator, and technology specialist. Carrie is passionate about communities – creating them, developing them, and transforming them.
JUST TRYAN IT grew out of Carrie’s vision to create a community of young people, inspire them to make a difference, and unlock their potential to help others. Carrie has seen her own children (all 3 racers) develop compassion and come to understand that they have a personal responsibility to make the world better for others.
As a child, she was most proud of being able to ride a unicycle, a feat that she has been working on re-learning now.
Tracy lives in Washington, DC. She is a lawyer and has worked for over 25 years in a variety of positions in the federal government.
While raising two great kids and working, she has also volunteered countless hours in the community — with her kids’ schools; an organization dedicated to providing meals and housing for D.C.’s homeless; an organization that distributes sporting equipment to children and teams in need; her neighborhood park; and her kids’ sports teams. Tracy is thrilled to have joined the JUST TRYAN IT Board after being inspired by her daughter’s successful completion of her first JUST TRYAN IT race in 2016.
Growing up, Tracy played soccer, ran cross country, and was an avid skier. Her more recent athletic accomplishment was successfully completing a trapeze class. But, she is more in awe of her kids who both play multiple sports. Needless to say, Tracy and her husband now spend their weekends watching their kids’ various sporting events and shuttling kids to their many practices.
Sarah Barton Thomas is entering her 18th year in education where she has been a music teacher, technology teacher, cross country coach, middle school and now elementary school principal at Trinity School in Atlanta. She grew up in Maryland and fell in love with JUST TRYAN IT when she worked at Norwood School. She served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Bethesda race with her right hand man, Ken Caputo.
We are grateful to the past service of the following individuals: