Current Executive Officers
Josh Roane, President
Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Josh Roane dabbled in sports throughout school. He tried wrestling, football, and baseball, but nothing really caught on. Finally, at age 34, when he and his wife-to-be signed up for the Turkey Trot 5k in Purcellville, Virginia, he started his running legacy. After a few other 5k races, he met his first Steeplechaser at an 8k race in DC. Being introduced to the Steeplechasers led him to bigger and more challenging paths such as obstacle course racing and endurance trail running. Josh has completed Spartan races, zombie runs, several half marathons, and many variations in between. In 2018 Josh completed the RRCA Level I Coaching Certification with the hopes of teaching others about his passion for running. When not on the streets or trails, Josh enjoys hiking and traveling with his wife, Syble, and two kids, Andrew and Avery.
Casii Dodd, Vice President
Growing up, running was the last thing on Casii’s mind. Her sport was speed reading. After her 40th birthday, she decided to try running a 5K. In fact, it was the Frederick Women’s Distance Festival. Hooked on seeking out new goals, she joined the inaugural Women’s Distance Training group and has been involved since, most recently as a coach, giving back to a program she loves. Running is a family affair for Casii, with all 3 adult children and husband Tim often road and trail running, racing and volunteering for local races together. Her last goal race saw her exceed the 50 mile distance slowly and steadily, which means the rest of the family has some catching up to do!
Crystal Tressler has a passion for road running and loves to find new and interesting routes. She began running casually at age 27 as a way to prepare for the 30-mile Avon walk. For several years, she continued running off and on between children being born, working full-time, and life happening. In 2013, Crystal joined the Steeplechasers as a participant in the Women’s Distance Festival 5k training program. The friendships that developed following the training were the catalyst for longer distances and more time shared with good friends. With the continued support and training from the Steeplechasers, she ran her first half marathon the next year and the Marine Corps Marathon in 2018. Crystal joined the coaching team in 2017 and is an RRCA Certified Level I Running Coach. When not running on the road, she is running after her 3 young children or volunteering.
Although Heidi Novak enjoyed keeping active with exercise classes at the gym, she didn’t start running until the age of 40. When the school she was working at put on a 5k, she joined some moms doing a Couch to 5k program to prepare. She got first place female (it was a small race) and learned about the Steeplechasers from Mark Lawrence who was working the finish line. She joined the Steeplechasers and participated in the Half Marathon Training Program the following spring. She completed several half marathons and, in 2016 completed her first marathon. The support and knowledge she gained from the training programs coaches inspired her to become a running coach. In 2017 she became an RRCA Level I Certified Coach, hoping to inspire others to love running as much as she does, and to help them set and achieve their goals. As the FSRC Social Committee Chair, Heidi plans monthly happy hours and other gatherings, as well as the Annual Banquet and Summer Picnic. When she isn’t running or hanging out with her running friends, Heidi teaches at a Montessori school and is a teacher trainer at a Montessori Training Center.