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Board Co-Chair: Judi Caron
Board Co-Chair: Linda Frankenbach – CEO, Life 180, fitsmi.com
Secretary: Laurie Gordon – Attorney and Freelance Project Consultant
Treasurer: Adeline Neubert – Plus Coaching
Immediate Past Chairman: Lisa Valentine – Independent Media Consultant
Kathleen King – Tate’s Bake Shop
Sarah Piampiano – Professional Long Course Triathlete
Anne Starobin – Global Head, Executive & Leadership Development & Assessment at AIG
David Powers – Professional Triathlete
Judi Caron, Board Co-Chair
Judi grew up in Los Angeles. After travelling extensively in her 20’s, she settling in France, married and raised three children. She was primarily a full time mother and did some marketing for her husband’s food manufacturing business. She moved to New York City in 2000, looking to find the next chapter in her life. She worked for 5 years in various capacities at a non-profit organization called Independent Curators International and created a life around Contemporary Art about which she is passionate. She was a Board member of two organizations, French American Cultural Exchange and Julia Mandle Performance (serving as President for 3 years). She sponsored and mentored a Bronx High School student for 4 years through Student Sponsor Partnership (now in college), and found this her most rewarding experience. Judi discovered the power of the experience of triathlon through participation in Danskin Triathlons.
Linda Frankenbach, Board Co-Chair
Linda Frankenbach has more than 25 years of senior executive experience in television and new media. She has held senior roles in product management, sales, marketing and business development with Home Box Office, Time Warner Cable and Cablevision and is passionate about the creation and early stages of new businesses. At HBO/Time Warner, Linda worked on the teams that created and launched HBO, Cinemax, Comedy Central and Court TV. In recent years, Linda founded fitsmi Inc. to help overweight teen girls and the parents of children struggling with their weight by providing live online coaching and community support.
Linda has served as a member of the Bronxville, New York Board of Education and of the board of The Women’s Campaign Fund (WCF). She is currently a member of the board of She Should Run (SSR) whose mission is to motivate qualified women to run for elected office. Linda also serves as the vice -chair of the board of i-tri. Ms Frankenbach holds a BA from Princeton University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She resides in Bridgehampton, NY and NYC with her husband Hendrik Kranenburg. She is proudly the mother of 2 twenty- somethings who, of course, live in Brooklyn.
Laurie Gordon, Secretary
Laurie Gordon is a graduate of the Georgetown Law School and the University of Delaware. She worked as a corporate lawyer in New York City and, for nearly two decades, worked in executive positions in the field of online publishing and content development, including as co-founder of the website fertilityauthority.com. She currently works for the Concerned Citizens of Montauk, an environmental non-profit in Montauk, New York.
Laurie and her husband, Ken Johnson, live in Bridgehampton with their two teenage daughters. Laurie is an active member of the East End Community and has been involved with the Children’s Museum of the East End, the Bridgehampton Library, the Ross School and the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church.
While never encouraged to play sports as a child, Laurie took up running in law school in her twenties. She completed the New York City Marathon in 1996 and her first triathlon shortly thereafter. Both experiences convinced her that the training and mental preparation required for racing would work miracles for at-risk teenage girls. She is thrilled to serve on i-tri’s Board.
Lisa Valentine, Immediate Past Chairman
Lisa is President of the Hagedorn Foundation, which supports and promotes Social Equity through grant-making. Seasonally, she is also an ocean lifeguard with the elite Jones Beach Lifeguard Corps. She has been certified as a USA Triathlon Category 3 Race Official.
A true detail person, Lisa strives to bring something new and fresh to every project she manages, to the delight of her grantees, clients and associates. On the personal side, Lisa is an accomplished age group Triathlete and Masters Swimmer since 1988, competing often in multi-sport events. She is also a ride leader for the Huntington Bike Club, Brickwell Multisports and Multi-Club Cyclists. Lisa serves as a union shop steward for the Jones Beach Lifeguard Corps, and as a member of the Communications Advisory Council of North Shore Child and Family Guidance.
Born and raised on Southampton’s North Sea Farm, Kathleen King has always been self-sufficient. At age eleven, hoping to make enough money to buy her own school clothes, she sold small batches of her chocolate chip cookies to the neighbors from a fold-out card table on her parents’ farmstead. Meticulously baked by hand using the freshest ingredients including real butter, her chocolate chip cookie was a neighborhood sensation. Soon Kathleen was selling more cookies than her father was selling eggs, and Tate’s Bake Shop was just around the corner.
Nearly three decades later, Kathleen King continues to raise the bar in the baking industry. Her award-winning cookies are now sold at over 16,000 gourmet retailers throughout the United States and on her robust e-bakery, tatesbakeshop.com. King’s Southampton bakery — Tate’s Bake Shop – is the recipient of multiple best bakery awards and is regarded as a “must-visit” Hamptons’ destination.
In 2012, she released Baking for Friends, the highly anticipated follow-up cookbook to The Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook (2005, St. Martin’s Press, foreword by Ina Garten). In 2015, Kathleen sold 80% of the company and continues to maintain an active role in product development.
Sarah Piampiano is professional long course triathlete, competing all over the world in half Ironman and Ironman distance races. She is a 3x Ironman 70.3 Champion and 2x Ironman Champion. At both the 2015 and 2016 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii she placed 7th, ending the 2016 season ranked 3rd in the world in the Ironman rankings. She has a half Ironman PR of 4:11 and an Ironman PR of 8:58, and is considered one of the top cyclists and runners in the sport. She holds bike course records at The New Orleans 70.3 and Galveston 70.3 and has an Ironman marathon run PR of 3:00:12.
Prior to turning professional in 2012, Sarah was an Investment Banker, working in Mergers & Acquisitions in New York City with Morgan Stanley and then HSBC Securities. She worked with large multi-national consumer brands companies such as Kraft, Hormel and Coca-Cola, to help them expand into emerging markets. Her focus was on China, Mexico, Brazil and Asia-Pacific.
In 2015 Sarah launched The Habit Project (www.thehabitproject.net) – an online community geared towards helping inspire and support positive habit changes. The website was inspired by Sarah’s own journey from an over-worked banker and smoker with little life balance to the athlete she is today. The idea behind The Habit Project is recognizing everyone has bad habits and it only takes a simple, yet often unknown and highly individual trigger to help inspire positive habit change.
Sports has always been an integral part of Sarah’s life. As a child, Sarah was a nationally ranked runner, placing 8th at the USATF National cross country championships. Her Sophomore year of high-school she won the Maine State cross country championships, before attending a ski academy in Vermont (Stratton Mountain School) to focus her energies on downhill ski racing.
Sarah holds a BA from Colby College where she double-majored in Biology and Economics. In college she was a 3-season athlete, competing in cross country, downhill ski racing and track. She was the captain of her cross country team her senior year of college.
David Powers lives in East Hampton with his wife and three daughters and works part-time as a consultant in the private equity industry. David is an avid triathlete having competed in triathlons since 2002. David competes in many of the local triathlons and has been the men’s overall winner of the RJA Mighty Montauk Triathlon three times and the Montauk Lighthouse Sprint Triathlon two times. He has also qualified for and competed in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. In 2013, the Old Montauk Athletic Club (OMAC) named David as its athlete of the year. Prior to his interest in triathlons, David was a swimmer and was a Masters National Champion in backstroke events.
David’s oldest daughter, Alden, who is a Freshman at East Hampton High School, plays soccer and basketball, and runs competitively. She has also competed in the Hampton’s Youth Triathlon.
David received Bachelors of Arts Degrees from Amherst College in both Mathematics and Economics. While at Amherst, David was named NCAA All-American in swimming and All-Division in water polo.