The Buffalo Chips board of directors is elected every January and generally meets on the first Tuesday of the month after the Chips’ speed workout at the Boy Scout headquarters offices on Commerce Circle in Sacramento.
The current members are:
Arnold Utterback, President
A Chip since 1991 and a Board member since 2009. As race director of our cross country event at Willow Hills in Folsom, Arnold helped the Chips bring competitive XC at the Open and Master level back to the Sacramento area. Along with XC and road racing, from the mile through the marathon, he has been known to put on a pair of spikes and compete on the track as a national medalist in the steeplechase. He may not be the fastest runner, but as a super-senior it’s more about showing up and having a good time.
Steve Davis, Vice President
Steve was a casual runner in his 20s and early 30s but took a 10-year hiatus from running before training for and finishing his first-ever race, the Shamrock’n Half Marathon, in 2007. Once bitten by the running bug, he’s been running ever since, and he ultimately decided to join the Buffalo Chips. Steve mostly races at distances of 5K to half marathon, with two marathons under his belt so far. Some day he would like to run an ultramarathon. Steve is an attorney and father of three children.
| Tony Smith, Treasurer
Tony has enjoyed running from short distances up to 50 miles. The Davis Mile was a surprising experience, as he didn’t think a one-miler would be that much fun to watch
Chris Malanab, Member-At-Large
Chris was born, raised and currently lives in Sacramento, CA. A soccer coach by day and marathon / fitness junkie by night, he is the founder of Malenab Soccer and currently Executive Director of Coerver Cal North, LLC. Christopher took a chance while in college to start his own soccer training company while finishing his degree with a Bachelors in Sociology at CSU Sacramento. Soccer has allowed Christopher to explore and travel the world, having coached games and instructed camps in 9 different countries. He has completed 11 marathons and 17 half marathons. When he isn’t on a soccer field or running he is busy blogging on his website (www.
|Abe Underwood, Buffalo Chip Historian/Equipment Coordinator
Abe is the founder of the Chips and has been around the club since it started in 1974 with seven members. He also created the Buffalo Stampede 10 Mile Run and the Jedediah Smith Ultras. Abe has participated in races from 1 mile to 100 miles and continues to show up at races when the mood strikes him. He hopes to keep running and helping out at BC events as long as he can stay up on all fours.
|Kendra Bridges, Membership Coordinator
Kendra never ran more than a mile until after college, when a roommate asked her to join in a 5k. Since that didn’t kill her, she decided to start running and quickly became addicted. After a few years of racing shorter distances, Kendra ran her first marathon in 2010 (CIM), and fell in love with the distance. In addition to two CIMs, she has run the Napa, Rome, and San Francisco marathons. When she isn’t running, Kendra can be found rock climbing and blogging about fitness, food and sustainability at kbrunning.blogspot.com.
|Jennifer Rousseve, Newspaper Editor
Jennifer joined the Chips in the mid-1980s as a spry little thing, shortly after starting her running career. Over twenty-five years later, she is still an active member of the club, even if she is not as spry or active a runner as she was once. Currently serving as Enquirer editor, Jennifer has participated on the board as Scribe, Vice High Dungeress, and co-director of the Buffalo Stampede.
|Genevieve Clavier, Volunteer Coordinator
Gen moved to Sacramento in 2005 and became a Buffalo Chips member in 2008. “Joining the Chips has been one of the best things I’ve done for myself. Through the Club, I’ve made great friends and really look forward to the group training. This may sound simplistic, but truly, being part of the Chips makes me happy. It’s an honor to be elected to the Board and as the Volunteer Coordinator, my goal is to make sure that our members are well informed, appreciated, and enjoy the experience.
|Mark Lantz, Member-At-Large
|Maggie Ward, Chips Apparel and Social Events
For the past few years Maggie has enjoyed her association with the Chips, having run many races, ranging from 5 K’s to marathons. When she is not running, Maggie has enjoyed being a volunteer at Chip events; her favorite is working at the Susan B. Anthony race. Like many of her fellow Chips, Maggie plans to keep running until her body gives out. Currently, Maggie is the coordinator for Chips social events and apparel.
|John Blue, Race Director and Member-At-Large
John Blue has been running since 1976 when he and a friend were trying to impress some girls that were visiting a neighbor in his hometown of Santa Rosa, California. Unfortunately, the site of John and his friend repeatedly running past the house while wearing cut-offs and knee-high tube socks did not produce the desired effect. Even though this didn’t lead to a love affair with a girl visiting from Nebraska, it did lead to a love affair with running. While the tube socks and cut-offs have come and gone, John has been running in Sacramento since moving there in 1981. In that time, he’s raced every distance from 800 meters to 100 miles. He joined the Buffalo Chips in 2000 and has served as a Board member for six years. John also runs the local running news website www.Sacramentorunning.com.
|Carol Parise, Race Director and Member-At-Large
Carol has been a member of the Buffalo Chips since 1987. She was the Race Director of the Buffalo Stampede from 1995-1997 and has been the Race Director of the Susan B. Anthony Women’s 5k since 2004. She races 5k through 1/2s and cross country. Carol also competes in triathlons and time trials in the summer months.
|Kynan Matz, Race Director and Member-At-Large
After avoiding any kind of exercise for the first 25 years of his life, Kynan took up running in 2009 to accompany his wife in training for a marathon. He soon caught the bug and has been exploring how running can enhance life ever since, mostly intrigued by increasingly longer distances. His favorite place to be is in the forest, hopping over rocks and creeks, splashing in puddles with good friends and making new ones.
Laura Matz, Webmaster
In 2009 Laura began running and enjoys being involved in all facets of the Sacramento running scene. When she’s not running the Chips’ website, she is setting her sights on running in new places and at new distances.
Teddy Morris, Scribe
I became a runner because I am basically just a simple guy and all of the other sports seemed too complex for me. Look at golf–you have to try to figure out the right club, iron or putter to use. Bicycling is not much better when dealing with all of those different sprockets and gear combinations. Tennis or bowling? Who knows how to keep score in either of those sports—not me. But with running, all you need to do is put on your shoes, head out the door, and go forward. It doesn’t get any easier than that!
July 4th 5-miler
Susan B. Anthony
Willow Hills Cross Country 5K