Board of Directors
The Dare2tri Board is a group of passionate individuals who want to make a difference by helping those with physical disabilities, visual impairments, and blindness realize their potential through the sport of triathlon. Board members provide vision and direction for Dare2tri that enables us to work with athletes with disabilities at every level to teach skills and support them in achieving their goals from the first ever swim, bike or run, all the way up to the elite athletes who are standing atop podiums around the world. Dare2tri is a vital source of support, inspiration, and transformation offering a growing number of individuals the opportunity to positively change the course of their life. Board members believe in Dare2tri’s mission and in the power of sports and its ability to influence and change the outcomes of one’s life.
Our mission: Our mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments by building confidence, community, health and wellness through swimming, biking and running.
Our vision: To serve as the premier model for paratriathlon programs across the world.
MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SCOTT EISEN / BOARD MEMBER
A cyclist who is moved by the Dare2tri mission, Scott began his affiliation with Dare2tri in 2016 as a camp sponsor. Scott is the President of Ideal, a corrugated packaging and display producer based in Chicago, Illinois. With facilities in Illinois, Ohio and California, Ideal is one of the largest independent display and packaging companies in the U.S.
Prior to joining ldeal in 2000, Scott served as Vice President of Corporate Development for Classified Ventures, a joint venture among the nation’s largest media companies that focuses on online classifieds. Here, he was responsible for the company’s merger and acquisition strategy as well as governance of its newspaper affiliate network. Prior to that, Scott spent five years as a corporate and securities lawyer, first at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw and later at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella.
Scott serves on the board of directors of Reverb.com, the largest online marketplace for music gear, and the board of advisors of United Displaycraft, a permanent display manufacturer. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.
RUBEN FIGUERES / BOARD MEMBER
Ruben is the Founder of the Alario Group, an advertising agency specialized in the Hispanic market. He has also been an advisor regarding the Hispanic vote for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and President Barack Obama during their election campaigns.
He is also the president of Bikety, the main bike servicing company in Chicago, which manages the bike rooms of most high rises in the city and provides on site repair services for their residents.
On his free time Ruben is an avid cyclist and swimmer, who used to compete at the Elite level in triathlons all over the world.
DIANA HELT / BOARD SECRETARY
Diana is a non-profit professional who has worked to provide physical activity, health and wellness programming to individuals with physical and visual disabilities. Diana currently serves as the Grants and Program Evaluation Director at Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association and she is responsible for gathering and disseminating data related to the impact that sport participation has on individuals with physical disabilities.
In addition to her professional skills, Diana is also a paratriathlete in the PT1 (wheelchair) category. She has raced nationally and internationally and was part of the Team USA’s World Championships Team in 2012 and 2013 and has been a Dare2tri Elite Team member from 2012 to 2014.
CRISTINA LAMBERT / BOARD MEMBER
Cristina is a Senior Recruiter at McKinsey & Company, specializing in the recruitment of experienced professionals to the global management consulting firm. Prior to joining McKinsey, Cristina served in a variety of recruiting leadership roles across finance and accounting in the U.S. and Hong Kong.
Cristina was a Division I swimmer at The College of William & Mary. She has competed in more than 75 triathlons since 2002, including representing Team USA at the 2018 Age Group World Championships in Australia. Her first exposure to Dare2tri was while competing at Leon's Triathlon in 2017. She was profoundly inspired by the stories and successes of the athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments and eager to support their quest for athletic and personal achievement.
Passionate about overall health and wellness, Cristina is a certified health coach. She also volunteers with StepUp, a national organization which supports high school girls in under-resourced communities fulfill their potential and join the next generation of professional women leaders. Cristina also spends several weeks a year on active adventure trips around the world.
ALEC LITOWITZ / BOARD CHAIR EMERITUS
Alec Litowitz is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Magnetar Capital, a leading asset management firm based in Evanston, Illinois.
Alec graduated from MIT with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Anthropology. He went on to receive a JD and MBA from University of Chicago. An avid athlete, Alec was the first squash player at MIT to be named All-American and, in 2004, he completed the Hawaii Ironman triathlon in just over 12 hours.
Alec discovered Dare2tri after his teenage son, who is also a triathlete, met a swimmer with a disability and wanted to do something to help. Together, Alec and his son researched organizations and discovered Dare2tri in their own backyard.
Serving on the Board of Dare2tri allows Alec the opportunity to blend his passions for business management and athletics. He works closely with the staff and board to position Dare2tri to be the nation's leading organization that encourages and enables athletes with disabilities of all ages and ability levels to compete in single events and paratriathlons.
MARK MULLER / BOARD MEMBER
With a 40-year family history in the Automobile Retail Sales Industry, Mark joined the family business in 2011 and is the owner/operator of six franchises, including Muller Subaru in Highland Park, IL.
Previously, Mark spent his career at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and worked on the trading floor for 26 years. He still maintains his Exchange Membership but no longer trades. Mark earned his BA in Political Science from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he played football and lacrosse.
Mark met Dare2tri Executive Director and Cofounder, Keri Serota, early on in both Dare2tri’s and Muller Subaru’s history and quickly became a supporter and sponsor to the Multisport Clinic at Illinois Bone and Joint.
KAREN TAMLEY / BOARD MEMBER
Karen Tamley was named Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) in March of 2005 by Richard M. Daley and reappointed by Mayor Rahm Emaunel in May of 2011. MOPD promotes full inclusion of people with all types of disabilities and strives to make Chicago the most accessible city in the nation.
In her role as Commissioner, Karen leads numerous disability policy and accessibility compliance initiatives in key areas such as transportation, city infrastructure, emergency preparedness, housing, schools and technology. She also oversees the delivery of independent living services such as in-home supports, home accessibility modifications, amplified phones, and employment readiness to thousands of Chicagoans with disabilities. She serves as the City’s representative regarding disability related policy on a number of boards and committees, including the Pace Board of Directors, the region’s Paratransit service provider.
Karen is passionate about the mission of Dare2tri because it promotes opportunities for individuals with disabilities of all ages - from the beginner who may just want to participate for fun and recreation, to the elite athlete competing on a national or world stage. Both Karen and her daughter, who also has a disability, have benefited from the programs offered by Dare2tri. She is honored to be part of a successfully growing and nationally recognized paratriathlon club in the Chicago region.
RON WEINERT / BOARD CHAIR
Ron’s passions include supporting those with special needs, promoting a healthy life style, and coaching and participating in triathlons. Has been active with Dare2tri and Great Lake Adaptive Sports, Assoc. and has completed multiple Ironman races.
A Pharmacist by trade, Ron was VP at Walgreens for 10 years. His extensive experience included, but wasn’t limited to, establishing new business ventures (launched Walgreens.com and their web presence) reviewing legal documents, developing physician outreach programs and recruiting physicians for Accountable Care. Ron was key in establishing Walgreens employee resource group INCLUDE which has pushed to make their stores, corporate facilities and their place of employment inclusive.