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About the Team

The Geist Half Marathon is one of the most scenic, challenging, and best-supported half marathons in the country. The Geist Half Marathon Inc. is an Indiana non-profit corporation organized to inspire health and wellness in the children in and around the Geist Reservoir community of Indianapolis, Indiana. We believe healthy bodies contribute to healthy minds, and healthy minds result in improved student outcomes and stronger communities. Working closely with runners, walkers, and our sponsors, the Geist Half Marathon raises funds to benefit wellness and fitness programs implemented within our local schools.

The St.Vincent Geist Half Marathon school program is one aspect of our annual event we are most proud of. Last year, over 1,800 students competed in the actual race. Another 75,000 students were directly impacted thanks to the programs we were able to support through the generosity of our volunteers, competitors, and local sponsors. We are working to build upon this success in an effort to grow our impact on these vital programs, the overall health of our community, and the total number of students we directly and indirectly serve, support, and build into. To date, the Geist Half Marathon, Inc. has donated over $400,000 to Geist area schools.

Geist Team

Arin Aldrich

Arin is in her first year working with the Geist Half Marathon as school coordinator.  She is currently living in the Geist area and enjoys being a part of this race allowing her to take even more pride and joy in the community she lives in.  Arin is also a certified personal trainer, a fitness nutrition specialist, and lastly a runner!

Robert Lopez

Robert has worked in various roles with the Geist team since 2017. He currently owns analytics for sales and marketing, participant communications and packet pickup, and he built and maintains the website. A lifelong runner, Robert has completed 100+ half marathons, 300+ marathons, and 100+ ultramarathons... including multiple 100 milers and one 150 miler. He is tired.

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Meet the Board

Mike Napariu

Mike is our current president of the board and is an avid sports fan especially when it comes to IU, the Pacers, the Colts, and the St. Louis Cardinals.  Mike has been on the board since the second year of the Geist Half Marathon and appreciates the mission and the effect this race has on the community.  Prior to Geist, Mike served as board chair of the Carmel Chamber in addition to the Ronald McDonald House and Boys & Girls Club of Indianapolis.  Mike is a longtime supporter of the 500 festival as well as Boy Scouts.  A graduate from IU’s Kelly School of Business with a degree in accounting, Mike currently works in commercial real estate for REI Real Estate Services.  He is also a CPA and CCIM.  Lastly, Mike is an Eagle Scout and a graduate of the SKL Leadership Series.

Tom Britt

Tom is one of the original founders of the Geist Half Marathon which was founded back in 2007.  Tom has served many roles during his tenure including the race’s first President, Vice President, Executive Director, and now is currently serving as an executive board member.  If you have ever been a sponsor over the years, you have most likely interfaced with Tom at some point in time.  Tom has been a resident of Geist for 20 years now and is the Publisher/Founder of the Geist Magazine which is part of the TownePost Network of hyper local magazines around Indianapolis.

Jim Verona

Jim has been associated with the Geist Half Marathon since before its second race. As one of our board members, he oversees the aid stations/water stops. Jim also plays a vital role with volunteers as he helps organize, train, and coordinate to make sure all understand their roles in providing support for the Geist Half. Jim is not a runner, however his wife is; thus he understands the benefits of running and wellness and what this race brings to our school community and its kids.

Cinde Ransom

Cinde has been a board member with the Geist Half Marathon since 2013.  Her passion consists of promoting and leading a healthy lifestyle.  Cinde is a life-long athlete, playing four years of varsity soccer and tennis throughout high school. Currently, Cinde loves spending her time encouraging fitness throughout her community via coaching soccer as well as cross country, participating on race teams to raise money for local charities, and volunteering with the Geist Half Marathon board.  Cinde is a CPA for Eli Lilly and Company, as well as a member of the Grace Church – Fishers Community.  Currently, she lives in Fishers with her husband and two boys.

Marvin Brown

Marvin is a CPA and partner with BKD, LLP.  He helps his clients with tax and business consulting.  Marvin is a board member and also takes on the task as Treasurer for the Geist Half Marathon.  This will be his 5th year in that roll which allows him to ensure Geist Half is running effectively and to ensure sound financial measurable.

Karen Russell

Karen has been involved with the Geist Half for many years and serves as the Finish Line Food Manager on race day. She volunteered in the school system for many years supporting both students and faculty.  The transition to the Geist Half was an extension of her eagerness to continue supporting the local community. She says the best part of race day is seeing the smiles of all the participants (especially the students) as they cross the finish line to pick up their medals! Distributing funds generated from the race back to the schools is equally rewarding in helping support students in their overall well-being and development. 

 

Karen also volunteers on the Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability and the March Disability Awareness Committee.  She and her husband Tim have two children and enjoy supporting Fishers area events.

Michael Wilhelm

As one of our board members, Michael in in charge of managing our kid’s zones.  He is an avid runner and truly believes in inspiring health and wellness in Indianapolis area children.  When he is not focused on the Geist Half Marathon, Michael serves his time as an elder law attorney.  He is a graduate of Xavier University (B.S.,2001) and Indiana University Robert H McKinney School of Law. (J.D., Summa Cum Laude, 2004)

Stacy Fletcher

As a board member and Director of Community Relations Director for the Geist Half Marathon, Stacy provides reminders to area residents and businesses to ensure they are aware of the impact traffic flow may have on the day of the event.  Stacy also helps people achieve their goals in health and sports performance by providing education in food choices and supplements while giving continuous encouragement.  Stacy gets adequate value out of her job because it allows her to see people take back their own life with progress towards a healthier future.

Vangie Sison

Vangie started her advertising career in radio working for companies like Clear Channel (now iHeart Radio) before transitioning to digital media in the late 90s. Today, Vangie is the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Client Services for Symphony Talent, a global brand and ad agency with headquarters in New York City. Originally from Terre Haute, Vangie earned her BS degree in Marketing and Advertising from Indiana State University. An avid runner, a yoga enthusiast, and a movie critic wannabe, Vangie has been a Geist resident since 2001.

Dr. Grant Nesbit

Dr. Grant Nesbit is a leader in educational administration, currently serving as the Director of Operations for the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township. The northeast Indianapolis school district serves 16,000+ students. 

Prior to moving to the district-wide position, Nesbit served as the Athletic Director at Lawrence North High School. Ten of the school’s fourteen IHSAA State Championships came during his tenure, and in 2006, Lawrence North became Indiana’s first National Champion in Boys Basketball. In 2009 Lawrence North won its first State Championship in a girls sport. 

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