About

Empowering girls.
Transforming lives.

i-tri focuses on working with middle-school girls because research shows that the largest drop in self-esteem occurs during early adolescence. 69% of elementary school-aged girls reported being “happy the way I am.” That figure plummets to 29% for high school girls.

i-tri girls learn to believe in themselves, and that can change everything. Along the journey to the finish line of a youth distance triathlon, our girls discover that they are capable, strong and brave. They make connections that show them that while they are unique, they’re definitely not alone. Side by side, with new friends, i-tri girls learn to go inward to find their own strengths and to help others find theirs. i-tri girls are not triathletes. Rather, we use the sport of triathlon to give them a goal that is seemingly impossible, that is overwhelming and scary. And then we give them the physical and mental tools to achieve that goal.

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i-tri is free.

All equipment, training and transportation are provided for free to every girl because we believe personal circumstances should not hold any girl back from reaching her potential. That makes i-tri different. It isn’t about where you come from. It’s about where you are going. No one has to ask for a scholarship or a favor, and we empower our girls to help themselves, as they participate in fundraising throughout the year.

The Results

How do you prove that a girls empowerment program really works? From the beginning of our program to the triathlon, our most recent group of program graduates showed measurable improvement. Self confidence, self awareness, perseverance and interest in sports all increased significantly!

  • Self-efficacy increased 25%
  • Leadership skills increased 17%
  • Problem solving skills increased 25%
  • 94% commit to seeing things all the way through
  • 89% plan to participate in sports as an adult
  • 89% are very interested in playing sports
  • 86% enjoy exercise
  • 86% feel confident about their body
  • 90% feel that their body is getting healthier
  • 98% keep trying until they reach their goals

In research published in the Journal of Early Adolescence (Vol 39.3), the i-tri program was shown to contribute significantly to the executive function of program participants, which leads to enhanced science scores. Self-control, Cognitive Regulation (controlling distractions) and Metacognition (awareness of one’s own thoughts) all improved and are all characteristics known to increase academic performance.

Theresa Roden

”If I had had this experience when I was 12, I would have been a different, more confident woman.”

Theresa Roden

Theresa Roden, i-tri Founder AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

When Theresa Roden completed a triathlon in 2005, the experience was emotionally transformative. Would it be possible, she wondered, to lead a group of adolescent girls on a similar journey to the finish line of a youth distance triathlon? (Her own daughter was 12 at the time.) Inspired by her experience, she decided to bring the benefits of visualization, affirmations, nutrition and the active lifestyle that the sport of triathlon gave her, to girls who could really benefit. With a degree in education, tremendous tenacity, a commitment to her dream, and a supportive hard-working team, Roden launched i-tri in 2010. The original pilot program consisted of 8 Middle School girls at Springs School in East Hampton, NY. By 2019, Theresa’s vision has grown to serve over 700 girls from 10 school districts and continues to guide us as we prepare for a National Expansion!

Our Board

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Judi Caron

Board Co-Chair Judi Caron grew up in Los Angeles. After travelling extensively in Europe and Latin America in her 20’s, she settled in France where she married and raised three children. Primarily a full time mother, she also worked in marketing for a food manufacturing business. She moved to New York City in 2000 and worked in a non-profit organization called Independent Curators International, helping to produce art books and serving as registrar. She served on the Boards of two organizations, French American Cultural Exchange, FACE, and Julia Mandle Performance serving as President for 3 years. She volunteered for several years in a Women’s Homeless Shelter, Partnership for the Homeless, and also 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 2 Danskin Triathlons and joined the Board of i-tri in 2015 when she moved full time to Sag Harbor. She has 6 grandchildren under age 7!

Linda Frankenbach

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.

Adeline Horner Neubert

Adeline Horner Neubert

Board Treasurer Adeline Horner Neubert Board Treasurer Adeline is a seasoned executive with a diverse background and a proven track record in global businesses. She combines her strong people skills, international financial services foundation, human capital and community engagement expertise with a track record of achieving results. Adeline is a business owner and entrepreneur who has lived and/or worked in five countries. She is recognized for her skills in global leadership development, executive search, political and economic risk assessment, and fundraising strategy.

Adeline’s primary focus is as a trusted advisor in the area of human capital. She delivers leading-edge solutions via customized executive coaching and leadership development services. She believes that to advance one’s career, a business professional must leverage his or her talent and personality to differentiate themselves in an increasingly challenging corporate environment. Adeline capitalizes on her 20+ years of leadership and management experience to help enhance her client’s professional skill set.

Adeline joined Citibank in 1985 in New York and then in Europe, focusing on marketing and cross border and political risk. She advised Citibank’s senior management on their business offerings and strategy in Israel and former Yugoslavia. After leaving Citibank in 1991, she worked independently with large multinational companies developing and implementing their business strategies in former Yugoslavia. In 1993 Adeline joined Spencer Stuart, an international Executive Search firm, supporting senior level financial sector searches in German speaking markets. As of 2006, Adeline has worked for various non-profit organizations in the area of financial and fundraising strategy, board development and board facilitation. In 2008, Adeline added to her consulting practice, executive and team coaching and leadership development and training.

Adeline served the Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE) since 1999 in a variety of capacities including: member of the Board of Trustees and Treasurer, head of Finance and Strategic Planning committee and fundraiser and since 2015 as a Trustee Emiratis.

In 2015 Adeline joined the board of i-tri, an organization that uses the sport of triathlon and the power of teambuilding, mentorship and relationship building to empower middle school age girls and help them develop lifelong habits and behaviors that promote healthy mental and physical health. Adeline is the Board of Trustees Treasurer and co-chair of the organizations Strategic Planning and Expansion Committee.

Adeline is a member of the Georgetown University Wall Street Alliance Board and Co-chair for Fundraising Georgetown Class of 1985. From 2000-2010, She has also served on two School Boards.

Adeline holds a B.S. in Foreign Service and International Finance and Commerce from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She also holds executive and team coaching credentials from the Neuroleadership Insitute and The International Coaching Federation. She speaks fluent German. Presently, she resides in Sagaponack, New York.

Anne Starobin

Anne Starobin

Board Secretary For more than 30 years, Anne Starobin held senior executive positions in Talent Management, Leadership Development and Executive Coaching at Prudential Financial, UBS Financial Services and AIG Insurance. Anne worked directly with CEOs and Executive Leaders to implement Talent Review Processes, Succession Planning and a culture of coaching and leadership.

During her tenure at AIG, Anne established the groundbreaking Executive Women’s Leadership Program and the very first Leadership Programs for people from underrepresented groups.

Throughout Anne’s career, she dedicated herself to the mentoring future executive-level leaders with particular focus on young women. She initiated mentoring circles for women and for being the business sponsor for Women’s Employee Resource Groups.

Anne founded her own business, serving as an executive coach and facilitator of teambuilding and strategy sessions, leadership development programs, and consultative sales training programs.

Anne holds a degree from Syracuse University, a M.A. from New York University and an M. Ed from Columbia University. Her home is East Hampton where she lives with her husband and her dog, Cinnamon, and occasionally is joined by her 22 year-old daughter who is college junior majoring in psychology.

Jackie Corso

Board Member Jackie Corso has more than 30 years senior and C-level executive experience primarily in the fashion industry. Her expertise is in brand building, product design and sourcing, merchandising, sales and business development. In positions with Talbots, New York and Company (a Limited division), CEO of Nine West Accessories, she traveled the world researching fashion trends, developing new products around them, and sourcing the products to drive a profitable business. Jackie has always had the passion of an entrepreneur combined with the fiscal discipline of a strategic leader, and is equally adept in mature multi-billion dollar companies as well as early stage ventures.

Jackie applied her product development and business acumen to the tech industry as well as VP/GM of Nook Digital Accessories. Mentoring and developing young people was always an important part of every leadership position Jackie has held. She was inspired by a fifth grade teacher she had who influenced her in pursuing her dream of becoming a buyer in the fashion industry.

Now in her second career, Jackie is enjoying time in the wine industry which has been a passion for years. She holds the Advanced Certificate w/Merit from the WSET and is currently a WSET Diploma candidate.

Jackie served on the Professional Advisory Board of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis for many years, as well as the Business Advisory Council of Miami University of Ohio, her alma mater.

Laurie Gordon

Board Member Laurie Gordon is a graduate of 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 online publishing and content development fields, including as co-founder of the website fertilityauthority.com. She owns and operates Long Pond Management, LLC, a full-service estate management company serving the Hamptons.

Laurie has lived full-time in Bridgehampton since 2005. She has two daughters who both graduated from Sag Harbor’s Pierson High School and were very involved in sports and school programs. Evan attends Cornell University and Charlotte goes to Duke and is on the Field Hockey team.

While never encouraged to play sports as a child, Laurie began running in her twenties. She ran the New York City Marathon in 1996, the Block Island Triathlon in 2008, and the Bridgehampton Half Marathon in 2014. These experiences convinced her that the training and mental preparation required for racing would work miracles for adolescent girls.

Since 2008, Laurie has served on i-tri’s Board of Directors. A sports enthusiast herself, you’ll find her outside horseback riding or walking her rescue dog, McGuire. She is an avid reader, theater buff and active member of the East End Community.

Cindy Lenkiewicz

Board Member Cindy Lenkiewicz grew up in Buffalo, New York. She earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Buffalo School of Law and a B.S. in Accounting, magna cum laude, from Ithaca College. She began her legal career as a corporate attorney at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York City. For over the past two decades, she has worked as a corporate governance attorney in the financial services industry for various companies. She has held her current position as Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of New York Life Insurance Company since October 2005, where she has responsibility for the planning, organization and documentation of the Company’s Committee and Board meetings and advises on corporate governance matters.

While never participating in any sports in school, other than cheerleading, Cindy took up running in her late twenties. She challenged herself and achieved what seemed to be an unattainable goal of completing her first New York City Marathon in 1997. She was inspired and went on to complete 9 additional marathons in various destinations, such as Paris, France and Anchorage, Alaska. For a number of these marathons she raised money for the Leukemia Society through its Team in Training program.

Cindy is passionate about adventure travel and also enjoys skiing, hiking, kayaking, and biking. Combining these interests, she has travelled the world extensively, including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro; trekking the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu; hiking in Nepal, Patagonia and Norway; biking in Europe, Asia, and the Americas; and exploring various wonders of the world. Cindy embodies the Hans Christian Andersen quote “To Travel is to Live,” and believes that her wanderlust has provided her the opportunity to broaden her perspective in so many ways.

Cindy and her husband, David Polek, live in New York City and Southampton, New York. Cindy joined the i-tri Board in June 2019. Continuing the legacy of her family and moved by their community service, Cindy wanted to volunteer in her local Hamptons community and lend her corporate expertise and detail-oriented organizational skills to a non-profit where she is enthusiastic about the mission. She is looking forward to a rewarding experience empowering, inspiring and mentoring adolescent girl.

Natalia Perzela

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, Ph.D

Board Member Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, Ph.D. is a historian of contemporary American politics and culture and is currently writing a book on American fitness culture, FIT NATION: How America Embraced Exercise As The Government Abandoned It (under contract with University of Chicago Press). She is the author of Classroom Wars: Language, Sex, and the Making of Modern Political Culture (Oxford 2015), co-host of Past Present Podcast, the creator and host of a soon-to-be-released History Channel web series, a frequent media guest expert, speaker at universities and conferences, and contributor to national and local news outlets including the Washington Post, Slate, and Well+Good. Natalia is Associate Professor of History at The New School, a co-founder of wellness education program Healthclass 2.0 and a Premiere Leader of intenSati. A former public school teacher, she has also run three marathons and is a passionate believer in expanding access to the transformational power of movement. She holds a B.A. from Columbia and a master’s and Ph.D. from Stanford and is based in New York City, where she lives with her husband and two children.

David

David Powers

Board Member 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 several backstroke events. 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. David’s oldest daughter, Alden, who is a Senior at East Hampton High School, plays soccer and basketball, and runs competitively. She has also competed in the Hampton’s Youth Triathlon, directed by i-tri. David joined the Board of i-tri in 2016 and is a member of the Finance Committee

Terri Rauch

Terri Rauch

Board Member Dr. Terri Rauch has been a chiropractor serving the East End of Long Island for over 30 years. She has been an advocate for young girls for her entire career. She was the first women on the East Hampton Little League Board bringing the younger girls into the program.

She served as Board President of the Greater East Hampton Education Foundation and is longstanding member of the LVIS (Ladies Village Improvement Society). Terri credits her father for empowering her along with her four sisters long before anyone ever thought that it was important. She feels that i-tri was her next natural step to honor her dad and empower more young girls! Terri lives in East Hampton, NY with her husband and two children.

Liz Vail

Liz Vail

Board Member Liz was raised in Southampton and resides there with her husband and three children. She is an attorney with the law firm of Farrell Fritz based in Water Mill. Liz represents clients in land use and development applications before municipal boards, including zoning and planning boards in towns and villages in Suffolk county. She also represents clients in state and district courts in connection with their litigated matters. Liz serves as Counsel to the Village of Sag Harbor Zoning Board of Appeals and to the Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board. Before joining Farrell Fritz, Liz was the Town Attorney for the Town of East Hampton. She also previously served as an Assistant Town Attorney for the Town of Southampton (2005 to 2013) and as Assistant District Attorney for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office (2002 to 2005).

Lisa Valentine

Board Member Lisa Valentine is Successor Donor Advisor to the Horace and Amy Hagedorn Fund at The New York Community Trust, which supports and promotes Social Equity through grant-making. Seasonally, she is also an ocean lifeguard boatswain officer with the elite Jones Beach Lifeguard Corps on Long Island, New York. 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 and associates. On the personal side, Lisa is an accomplished age group Triathlete and Masters Swimmer since 1988, competing in multi-sport events. She is also a ride leader for the Suffolk Bicycle Riders Association, Mineola Bicycle Club, 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.

Our Staff

Cindy Morris

Cindy Morris

COO Cindy Morris has been part of the i-tri team since 2011. As our Chief Operating Officer, she loves supporting our girls from behind the scenes. Her love of i-tri comes from her own love of her children and community, but also from her belief that empowering girls means having a world full of empowered women, who can shape our political, cultural, social and economic future.  As an activist, business owner, and mother, Cindy carries that personal mission into her work with i-tri and other nonprofits and community organizations throughout Long Island.

Besides being our COO, Cindy owns The Benson Agency, volunteers with programs fighting anti-semitism, and is a mom to two boys, Ben and Jax. Beyond all of this, though, Cindy claims to be our oldest i-tri girls, as this program has taught her so many skills and lessons that she brings with her every day.

Jennifer Fowkes

Jennifer Fowkes

Development and Event Manager Jennifer comes to i-tri as our Development and Events Manager. She has spent many years fundraising and planning events for community organizations on the east end of Long Island, including OMAC (Old Montauk Athletic Club), East Hampton Youth Basketball and Football, the Amagansett School PTA, the East Hampton Middle School PTA , Most Holy Trinity Church, and Stella Maris School. She was on the board of the Bonac Booster Club, and currently sits on the Site-Based Committee at the East Hampton Middle School.

Encouraged by her three teenaged children, Jennifer competed in her first sprint triathlon in 2018, at age 50. Standing at the edge of the water with hundreds of other swimmers, she questioned whether or not she could do it. Encouraged by a friend, she dove in and did it. The fact that the i-tri girls are given the opportunity to train for and complete a triathlon in middle school is amazing. Jennifer feels so lucky to be a part of this mission and to help i-tri reach its goals of empowering more young girls to set and reach their goals.

Jennifer lives in Amagansett with her husband Bill, her daughter Mimi, and her son Liam. Her oldest son, Ryan is studying at George Washington University.

Sharon McCobb

Athletic Director Sharon McCobb is a lifelong athlete who finally found her calling. Ten years ago, she sold her business and became a personal trainer. She trains all age groups but was extremely lucky when she had the chance to get involved in two youth programs. The first was coaching the local swim team where she met some amazing young athletes, and the second was becoming the athletic director for a grant funded program called “healthy kids”. Somewhat like the i-tri program it worked on teaching the kids about physical activity and nutrition, and had an art therapist that did projects with the kids to help with their self-esteem.

She moved on to train the young athletes she had coached on the swim team to do their first triathlon. Most of the kids trained that first year are still with Sharon. Out of that program she had the idea that a youth triathlon was needed in the area. Kids wanted to get involved but were finding that the races were too long. Then along came Theresa Roden with her i-tri program. In order for Theresa’s program to go forward she needed to have the youth distance triathlon in place. Together, Sharon and Theresa organized the race and Theresa launched i-tri. Sharon was thrilled when she was asked to become the trainer for the program.

The i-tri program is the perfect combination of teaching all the things needed to race; physical activity, nutrition and confidence. What makes the program successful is the final goal of performing in a triathlon. A triathlon encompasses three lifelong sports. One can always swim, bike, and/or run!!

Alyssa Channin

Alyssa Channin

Program Manager Alyssa Channin graduated from Long Island University C.W Post with a degree in Marketing. When she started training after college, she couldn’t run a mile without walking; now she runs half marathons. Training has made her stronger physically, but more importantly, mentally. Pushing her body to the limit has given her the mindset that there is no limit. She now knows, and stresses to the i-tri girls, that the only thing that limits us is our fears. Working for i-tri is a dream come true for her. She considers herself lucky that she gets to see the i-tri girls’ transformations both in the classroom and at practice. Watching the girls cross the finish line with big smiles on their faces was one of her proudest moments. During her free time Alyssa enjoys training for her own races, hanging out with friends and family, and practicing her new “i-tri dance moves”.

Jill Raynor

Jill Raynor

Program Leader Jill Raynor has benefited her whole life from a supportive community, and from older female role models on Eastern Long Island who’ve encouraged her in her athletic pursuits. As a result, she never questioned if she was or could be an athlete, and it is important to her to champion similar opportunities for young girls today. Jill reflects on her excitement for new adventures as being rooted in her physical activity. “It’s what makes me feel good. It’s what makes me confident. It’s what motivates me to eat healthy and drink water. And it’s been the cornerstone of my social network.” She counts herself fortunate to have been able to follow in the early years after Title IX knowing that she could try anything that interested her. This gave her the confidence to go to camps, play sports at the collegiate level, and continue to challenge herself as an adult both recreationally and professionally.

Jill has made her career in physical activity. She holds a dual BS in Movement & Sports Studies, and Psychology from Springfield College, and a Masters in Physical Education from Hofstra University, as well as extensive continuing education certifications from the American Red Cross. She earned tenure as a Physical Education Teacher, has taught swimming for 20 years and biking for 10 years. She has completed numerous half marathons, ranks in the top 5 field hockey officials in Suffolk County, and serves on the volunteer boards of both the Water Mill Community Club and Southampton Town Aquatics and Recreation.

Hailey P. London

Hailey P. London

Nutritionist Hailey P. London MS, RD, The Nutrition Dragon, provides inventive workshops for families, schools and children on making healthy food choices; simply, easily and affordably. In addition, she is the Health and Wellness Educator at Ross School in East Hampton NY, assisting in the develop one of the most innovative and celebrated local and organic school food program in the world. The Nutrition Dragon, also provides gardening, nutrition and culinary education for Project Most’s, Springs Seedlings Program at Springs School and the i-tri Girls inspirational Triathlon program, now in ten local schools. Hailey London (Nutrition Dragon) is a contributing author and childhood nutrition expert for “Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children” with world renowned school lunch expert, Ann Cooper, as well as a former research author for Joy Bauer, globally recognized celebrity Dietitian. She has received awards from The NY State Assembly for bridging the gap between schools and farms and for excellence in Nutrition Education.

Natalie Sisco New

Natalie Sisco

Program Leader Natalie Sisco was an elementary educator for 10 years before becoming a part of i-tri. In 2008, she traveled to Berlin, Germany where she taught 3rd grade at an International school for 2 years. While overseas, she completed her first marathon and has been an avid runner ever since.

Natalie is so excited to be a Program Leader for i-tri! She loves seeing the girls reach their potential through hard work and determination.

She lives in Southampton with her husband Ken, stepson Jem and son Ryan.

During her free time, Natalie loves going to the beach with her family.

Amanda Foscolo

Amanda Foscolo

Coach Amanda Foscolo (Husslein) is a lifelong swimmer who has been a part of i-tri since 2009. Amanda was born into a family of lifeguards, competitive swimmers, and outdoor enthusiasts. She grew up spending many of her childhood days in pools and adventuring throughout the bays and ocean beaches all over Long Island. Amanda swam high school varsity for 8th-12th grade collecting numerous awards, including acting as team captain and assistant coach during her Junior & Senior years at LaSalle Military Academy. At age fourteen she began teaching at the original Saf-T-Swim swim school location in Bayshore, NY where her mother worked. It was there and then that she developed a passion for working with swimmers of all abilities, especially timid non-swimmers. Adapted aquatics, infants, adults with extreme fear, and coaching the competitive swim team soon became her specialty. She was first certified as an ocean lifeguard at the age of sixteen for the town of Ocean Beach on Fire Island. Over the years she has been certified in pool, bay, ocean, boat, kayak, Jet Ski, and Ice rescue. Since her first open water race in 2008, Amanda has grown into an Ultra Marathon Competitive swimmer and travels nationally & internationally with her fifteen year old daughter Sierra Davidson (an i-tri Alumni & Coach) to compete in distances as great as 20K. She is a confident leader with a heart of gold and determination that never quits.

Daniela Medaglia

Coach Daniela Medaglia graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Psychology. She has done competitive dance and gymnastics her whole life, but had never participated in any sort of race before graduating college. Finding new training styles and setting new goals for herself has reignited her love for fitness, and made her feel capable of accomplishing things she never thought she could. When she is not working with i-tri, Daniela works in a kindergarten classroom, along with coaching dance and gymnastics. She has always had a passion for sharing things she’s learned with younger kids, and being able to share her new motivation for staying active with the i-tri girls is a dream come true.

Diane O’Donnell

Diane O’Donnell

Coach Diane O’Donnell was born in New York, New York, but has lived on the East End of Long Island since she was 7 years old. She loves i-tri, because when she spends time with these girls she sees herself. Diane did not participate in any organized athletics, other than gym class, until she was 27 years old. She was encouraged to run by her husband, Bill, who was a lifelong runner, but never thought she would come to enjoy running and other sports as much as she has.

Diane is married and a mother of four; three girls and one boy, all grown and out of the house. The children grew up as athletes, and continue to exercise, and sometimes compete. This is one of her proudest accomplishments: her children.

In Diane’s own athletic career, some highlights are running 14 marathons, including 6 NYC Marathons, 2 Boston Marathons, with a PR of 3:29:26 set at NYC in 1991, as a masters athlete. She has run numerous triathlons, beginning in 1983 with the then Mighty Hamptons, 1.5 mile swim, 25 mile bike, 10 mile run. Since then Diane has lost count of the number of races she’s participated in, but also did two Half-Ironman triathlons, as well as off road triathlon, duathlon, running, orienteering and adventure races.

At present, she coaches girls’ running at East Hampton High School, a position she has held for 24 years. Some of her proudest moments come when meeting girls she hasn’t seen since they graduated high school who come back to say they are still running. This is a lifetime accomplishment.

Diane is also a volunteer EMT-CC, with the East Hampton Village Ambulance.

Kelly Roesel

Coach Kelly Roesel has been teaching swimming at all levels for the past 28 years and has taught high school science/special education on the East End for the past 22 years. This past year she was instrumental in the creation of our “Science of Triathlon Curriculum.” Before having children, she was also the assistant coach for the girls Varsity track team where she teaches.

While a lifelong runner and swimmer, Kelly began her triathlon career in 2012 competing in the Turbo Tri, a past fundraiser for the i-tri program. She is currently training to compete in her first half Ironman this upcoming tri season.

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