Candidate Statements

Jillian Paxton

I am honored that someone has nominated me as a candidate for the President. I will bring the same level of positivity, determination, and encouragement that I bring to every event that I have participated in. My hope is to continue to bring the same level of inclusivity that TTPDX showed me when I started. I will listen to our team’s needs and encourage the board to work as one team to meet them.

Sebastian Pastore

Esteemed team members: I have nominated myself for a second term on the Board mainly because I believe the initiatives I was part of on the Board over the past two years have been instrumental in refreshing the team’s membership and financial base, resulting in a stronger and more diverse team that is in a much more financially secure position. As a Board we have also been able to make substantial progress cleaning up lingering administrative issues such as legacy banking relationships, state filings, and (pending) our federal tax filings.

I would simply like to continue that work in the spirit of promotion of the team and sport.

Nicole Ferriter

Hi TTPDX, My name is Nicole Ferriter (also Nicole Baker, also Nicole Baker-Ferriter because changing your last name after you get married is such a hassle!) I’ve been on Tri Team for about 3 years now and have served on the board for two years. I’m running for re-election for a member at large position because I want to continue giving back to this community that has been so welcoming and giving to me! My background is in marketing and advertising, and I would love to use this skill set to continue to grow and maintain the tight-knit TTPDX community we have built, along with facilitating relationships with our team partners and organizations. While triathlon is a solo sport, our community at TTPDX is what makes training and racing so much fun and I would be honored to continue on the board again in 2021!

Abbie Peterman

I have eleven seasons of experience encouraging people in endurance sports, as a long time volunteer with Team In Training. I am a skilled writer and work well with others. I want to make people feel they belong to Tri Team PDX the same way people made me feel completing my virtual sprint Aquathon last week. Especially during Covid, it is so important for people to feel they are part of a community, set and reach goals, and get some endorphins in the process.

Jamie Rogers Rodas

I’m Jamie Rogers Rodas and I’m asking to earn an opportunity to be a part of the TTPDX board and the reason why I’m doing this are several. I’m honored to be nominated and I will share with you my excitement and humble approach to not only being part of this amazing organization but some goals and qualities about myself so you can make the appropriate choice.

I’m a triathlete, I absolutely love the sport of triathlon and I love being part of this team. I started running in 2002 and started doing sprint triathlons in 2008; I have overcome my huge fear of open water and became an Ironman in November 2019 completing Ironman Arizona.
I’m encouraging, dedicated, organized, and imperfect. I’m part of this team to continue learning about this sport, bettering myself, building community and encourage others as we all work together towards our goals. I appreciate the incredible camaraderie, the inclusivity of this team, and working towards a Tri Team that will actively engage our beautiful communities of color, LGBTQ+, and everyone; no matter our color, religion, background, we ALL bring value.

I love people, I love being positive and bringing our team together in small ways and in bigger ways such as joining the Equity Team. I’m here to listen to everyone and be an advocate for our teammates; TriTeamPDX is innovative and I’m excited to help drive towards our continued success. I’m here to be part of the issues that might come up within our team and bringing in voices from the team to make sure everyone is heard and making the best choices for the entire team and community. I look forward to meeting more and more members of our team and remembering that we are all human, we are all in this thing called life together and with communication, respect, listening, and empathy, we can do so much together.

Suja Shyam

I’m Suja Shyam and have been a member of TriteamPDX for just one year. I love the community this team is building and have been so grateful for group activities during COVID. As a lifelong athlete, I focused on running in my teens and 20s. I love many sports, including mountain biking, mountaineering, and white water kayaking, though I tried triathlon for the first time just in 2019.

What I loved most about triathlon was getting together with fellow athletes for group rides and workouts. I’m interested in being on the board because I’d love to give back to this community and to help cultivate our group.

I come from a background of working in teams and as a solopreneur have a broadbase of skills. I would be excited to offer my efforts and skills to support the group.

I live with my partner, Ben, in NE Portland and outside of adventures and triathlon, I love yoga, spending time with friends and family, and organizing community events.

Karen Mularski

I first dipped my toes into triathlon for the first time about 3 years ago and more seriously so in the fall of 2019, doing solo training and following training plans found online, learning through trial and error and via podcasts and blogs. I have been a member of TTPDX coming on about one year. And wow, what a year! I was delighted to join running series, group bike rides, and swim series which made training both more productive, and orders of magnitudes more fun. This group of kind, welcoming, and inclusive (and talented!) athletes is something special. I would be honored to give something back to a group who I feel have truly made this past year not only survivable, but full of laughter, joy, and growth. My vision for TTPDX is to continue to grow our membership to include athletes of every age, background, and ability; to continue to provide accessible, frequent, and varied group workouts and training opportunities; and to explore the possibilities of service to the community-at-large, as athletes.

Hello TRI Team!

It’s the time of year to elect the TTPDX Board for 2021! We have 4 current board members who have completed 1 year of service on the board and are excited to continue into 2021 (Nic Surgnier, Adam Peterson, Emily Lighthipe & Shelly Caldwell). Terms are generally a minimum one-year with the option of renewing for a second year without standing for election. We have 2 board members re-running for a minimum of one year (Sebastian Pastore & Nicole Ferriter). We are seeking a new President and at least 2 additional at-large members, with the potential of adding an additional at-large member if there is enough interest bringing the board to at least 9, and potentially 10.

Please Consider Nominating Yourself, or Other People for Our Board!

Please indicate the position that you are nominating the person for (President or general board member). Please also feel free to nominate someone for both President and general board member. If you would like any more information about the board and its functioning, please reach out at or fill out the form below.

Being On The Board

What is my commitment?
We meet (currently virtually) once a month, on the first Wednesday between 7 - 8:30. We ask you do not miss more than 2 meetings in a year if you get accepted to the board. Occasionally we reschedule if conflicts arise - and we understand sometimes missing a meeting can not be helped. We're flexible is basically what we are saying 🙂

What Do In Get As A Board Member?
Board members receive a year FREE membership and 50% off any coached or paid sessions throughout the year.

Do I Have To Be A Long-Time Member or Triathlete Extraordinaire To Be On The Board?
No you do not! In fact, we encourage new members and triathletes/multi-sport athletes of any level. We currently have a great mix of  brand-new & veteran members on the board.
We would LOVE to have a more diverse board!
We are putting a lot of effort into diversity and need to ensure our board can represent that.

Skill-Sets We Are Looking For?
Anyone with an opinion on how to continue improving TRI Team PDX and the motivation to put ideas into action! We are also looking specifically for the following skills - CPA or accounting experience, Writers, Social Media experience, Volunteer Coordinator and especially Run leaders and Ride leaders.


Gathering Nominations

  1. Any member can nominate themselves or another member for the President position as well as the at-large member positions. You can nominate the same person for both President and general board members. There is a 10 day period for the nominations. The nomination period will run 10/5-10/16
  2. We will contact the nominated individuals to determine whether they accept the nomination and want to stand for votes. So feel free to nominate members you think would be great for the board even if they haven’t expressed interest - we will double check with them first before including them in the final elections!
  3. We will send out another email with the link to the voting site.
  4. We will vote the week of October 26 and new board members will be announced November 4

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