Club Leadership

MCRRC’s Board of Directors invite any club member to the monthly board meeting, normally held on the first or second Thursday evening of each month at various locations. Please let the board know if you would like to make a presentation at one of the meetings, so that time can be found in an upcoming agenda.

Bio Picture - AZAshley Zuraf, Executive Director
Ashley joined MCRRC in 2003 to train for her first marathon (a decision hastily made after finishing a single 5K). Over the years, she has held many key positions in the club such as Race Director, Team Captain and training program coach.  She is also former member of the MCRRC Board of Directors.  Ashley’s most important role is being a mom to two active boys, shuttling them to karate, basketball and baseball while making it a point to never miss a WWE pay-per-view event.  If that all weren’t enough, she is an expert classroom mom, Vice President of the PTA, t-ball team manager and volunteer bookkeeper for All Shepherd Rescue.  Ashley enjoys finding time (ha!) to ride her Peloton, go for the occasional leisurely “jog” and train her German Shepherd, Mo, who you may recognize as the Official Spokesdog of the Parks Half Marathon.

Brad Stewart
Brad began running to reach triathlon finish lines.  Being composed solely of lengthy, slow-twitch muscles, he has since evolved to longer distance racing.  He is an Ironman who ran his first marathon in 1996, and is a coach and runner with MCRRC’s Experienced Marathon Program (XMP).  Brad also coached with MCRRC’s Winter Advanced Marathon Training (AMT) Program. When not running, Brad is the Chief Executive Officer of a biotechnology company, the Chair of Maryland Life Sciences and the Vice Chair of the Maryland Tech Council.

Brian Murphy
Vice President

Brian started running in 2007 as a way to get in shape. He quickly fell in love with everything about it – especially the community aspect. Brian has been a member of MCRRC since moving to Montgomery County in 2013, and most often you can find him at the Wednesday night track workouts, Ken-Gar Sunday’s as the long run coordinator, Pub runs, or at one of the many road or cross country races in the club running or volunteering. He is also a member of the club’s competitive racing team trying to balance his love of racing with training properly for those races from 1 mile to the marathon.

Ashish Gupta
Ashish started running in 2007 with the Cherry Blossom 10M, and from there on has been running a marathon a year (roughly). He realized how much he depends on others to train and run, and particularly appreciates MCRRC and our FTM program. Ashish has volunteered for Pikes Peek and Parks Half consistently over the last decade. More recently he has been running trails, which he capped with the Stone Mill 50M in the time of COVID. Other than running, he often geeks out on running technology such as power meters, run analytics, road and indoor cycling.

Sherene Sepehri
Sherene joined MCRRC in 2014 because she wanted to try training with a group. After spending a summer running through heat, hills, and humidity with the Experienced Marathon Program (XMP), she was hooked. Since then, she’s run with several different MCRRC programs, including Advanced Marathon Training and Winter Trails. She‘s also a regular at the Thursday morning Kemp Mill runs. When not running, Sherene works as an attorney at a public health agency. She lives in Silver Spring with her husband, son, and dog, Elvis.

Elliott A. Alman
Member at Large

Elliott is an attorney practicing in Montgomery County, MD for more than thirty years. His practice encompasses family law and domestic relations, personal injury, medical negligence, and wills and estates. He practices with one of his sons at Alman & Alman, LLC. Elliott has been Chair of the Family Law Section of the American Association for Justice and served on their Leadership Council. He has been named on the “Super Lawyer” list for Family Law in Maryland and the District of Columbia and has appeared on WUSA Channel 9. Elliott has devoted a significant amount of time to community, non-profit, and charitable causes. He was a member of the Board of On Our Own of Montgomery County, which assisted individuals with mental health challenges and served on the Board of Advisors of Critters for the Cure, an organization striving to improve the experience and quality of life for women battling breast and gynecological cancers. Elliott was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the California Breast Cancer Research Program in 2009 for his efforts to raise research funds for running the San Francisco Marathon. He has also been an Advisor to the Olney Farmers and Artists Market. Elliott is an avid runner and has completed twenty marathons. He has been a pace group coach for the FTM Program for 17 years.

Jim Dahlem
Member at Large

Jim joined MCRRC in 2012 when he moved to the DC area. Jim loves the running community and all of the supportive camaraderie that comes with it.  Jim and his wife Colleen are both active in the club taking part in many races as runners or volunteers, along with participating in some of the training programs and free drop in runs that the club offers.  In fact, they have met many friends through these activities with the club. Jim is also on the club’s competitive racing team and is trying to defy age by attempting to set PRs as he gets older.

Jane Heinrichs
Member at Large

Jane began running as a baby lawyer at a government agency. She fell in love with the sport and has been a member of MCRRC since 2011. Her first experience with the club was with the Winter Half-Marathon Program. Since then, she has run with Speed Development, the First Time Marathon Program, Spring Intro to Trails, Winter Trails, Advanced Marathon Training, and the Experienced Marathon Program (XMP). Jane is a RRCA certified running coach, and when she is not running around Montgomery County, works as an attorney in the asset management industry. She lives in Chevy Chase with her husband, sons Jonah and Noah, daughter Ella, and her best canine running buddy, Dasher.

Deb Levy
Member at Large

A native of Montgomery County and a 2nd-generation Washingtonian, Deb began running in 1985 for fun and entered her first 10K (the Turkey Chase) in 1991. A few years later, she bet a co-worker that she could complete a marathon, which she did in 1998 – the Marine Corp Marathon. Deb is still waiting to collect her winnings. After a hiatus from running in 2004 to get married and start a family, Deb was certified to instruct spin classes before returning to running in the 2011 Turkey Chase. After falling in love with running all over again, she decided to train for the Rock n’ Roll Half-Marathon in DC. Following a dare from her husband to train for another marathon, Deb found MCRRC and the First Time Marathon Program. Since then, she has trained with FTM, XMP, Speed Development, the Winter Half AND Marathon programs. Deb has completed 23 marathons including 9 Marine Corps Marathons, is an RRCA Level-1 Certified Coach, and a coach for Girls on the Run. Her favorite race is the Rehoboth Marathon, as Delaware is her second home. Deb enjoys the social aspects of running and loves that the club draws in members from all over the country and from all walks of life. When not running and listening to others’ stories, Deb is a mortgage lender and spends her time chasing after her husband, teenaged daughters, and crazy Labrador retrievers.

Rob Palmer
Member at Large

Rob has been a member of MCRRC since 2004 and has since lost count of the number of events that he has raced and/or volunteered with the club. He has participated in both the Championship Series and the Cross-Country Series for many years and has raced every distance between 1 and 50 miles. He spent several summers training with XMP and has family members who have participated in the various other MCRRC training programs. A member of the Competitive Racing Team since 2017, he continues his pursuit of PRs while enjoying the camaraderie of friends made through his time with the club.  Rob lives in Silver Spring with his wife Susan, also a club member, and works at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.