Board of Directors

Officers

Greg Cephus

Greg Cephus

President

After a lifetime competing in contact sports ( football, Lacrosse, K1 Kickboxing) and more recent Obstacle Course Racing, Greg decided that after years of being on the fence it was time to train and test his endurance in the sport of triathlon. After taking the advice of current Tridawgs member Melorie Poteat he joined the Tridawgs in 2017 and completed his first sprint distance triathlon in August 2017 at Medford Lakes. “Joining the Tridawgs was one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time and it feels good being surrounded by a Head Coach and team of bad ass men and women who by their actions and commitment to the sport of triathlon push you to be a better athlete”
Dave Anshen

Dave Anshen

Vice President

(pictured with wife Tish)
“As a Tri Dawg since 2009, I enjoy the sense of community we have as a team (a.k.a. my extended family). I can not say enough great things about the support we provide each other and the encouragement we share…regardless of whether you are a podium regular or a casual beginner. I am so glad my wife taught me how to swim when I was 38 years old…and there is nothing quite like our Tri-Dawg tailgates. On a personal note, I have traveled to more than 35 countries and always find local runners and triathletes (in every country) that are willing to share advice. However, there is still nothing like our club! Tish and I enjoy traveling, hiking and being ’empty nesters’ with two adult children.”
Michelle Wang

Michelle Wang

Treasurer

Michelle completed her first triathlon with a lot of support from the DAWGS in 2011, and has been an honorary social member since the “early days”.  Since her first race, Michelle has been working to improve her swimming and biking and staying off the injured list. Aquabike are her favorite race type even though technically it’s not a triathlon!   What she lacks in physical fitness she makes up for in managing the team’s finances, hosting impromptu training weekends, and obnoxious cheering.
Kristin Lepley

Kristin Lepley

Secretary

Kristin is a current resident of Newark, DE and works full time as a Product Manager at Bank of America. She was a collegiate distance swimmer and wanted to find an activity that joined her love of swimming and a sense of being on a team. Kristin joined the Tri-Dawgs in 2011 and has participated in numerous Triathlons, Aquabikes, Half Marathons, 10K’s and 5K Ocean Swims. In her free time, Kristin is a group fitness instructor at several of the local gyms in Delaware and teaches up to 13 classes a week in various disciplines (Indoor Cycling, Body Pump, Core, Sprint, and RPM).
Maria Sawczuk

Maria Sawczuk

Whip

Growing up as the kid picked last in gym class, Maria never aspired to be an athlete. But when a friend was diagnosed with (and later lost his battle to) leukemia, Maria hopped on her hybrid and started pedaling to complete a century ride (100 miles) with Team in Training. She caught the cycling bug, and later decided she’d try a triathlon. Her first tri in 2014 was certainly an experience (10 minute T1, anyone?) but she crossed the finish line, in last place by a good half hour, exhausted, and with only one thought in her head – “I’m sure I can do better next time!”

Maria has been racing aquabike since an injury in late 2015 sidelined her running (or what she loosely called running). She now champions the sport with a hearty “Swim, Bike, Done, Baby!” and loves how the multisport community, and especially the Tri-Dawgs, embrace all abilities. Can’t swim? Try a duathlon! Only run when being chased? Try an aquabike! But get out there and TRI!

When Maria’s not training, she earns her entry fees by practicing law, representing debtors and creditors in corporate bankruptcy cases. She lives in New Castle, DE with her two dogs and two bikes.

At Large Members

Glenn "Coach" Moore

Glenn "Coach" Moore

Preston's March Coordinator

(pictured with Marianne Moore)

Glenn was a founding father of the Tri-Dawgs back in 2006. He has been coaching swimming for over 40 years. He was a six time Delaware high school coach of the year during his tenure at McKean High School where he won a state championship and ten consecutive conference titles. He coached 10 All American and 28 state champions at McKean.

Glenn has always been a long distance runner and has completed ten marathons. He started doing triathlons over 25 years ago and after a 20 year hiatus took up the sport again in 2013. He has competed in all distances from sprint to full Ironman.

He is married to and coaches Marianne, a perennial All American and three time Kona participant. He and Marianne have three children and five grandchildren. Glenn is a graduate of University of Delaware and is a retired history teacher.

Margaret Lafashia

Margaret Lafashia

(pictured with husband Vince)

Along with Coach Glenn Moore, Margaret LaFashia was the other half of the duo that formed the Tri-Dawgs in 2006. The Tri-Dawgs as described by Margaret “is a family, we support each other and have a lot of fun!”

She started her athletic career at Temple University as a scholarship athlete on the Women’s Crew team and continued her athletic career by completing over 20 marathons including qualifying for Boston 12 times.  She got into triathlons to “mix it up” from running and has competed at all distances from sprints to Ironman’s. Her greatest accomplishment is qualifying for and competing in Kona, Hawaii in 2009 and most recently qualifying to compete in Kona again in 2020.

Margaret has an MBA from Temple University and a Nursing degree from the University of Delaware.  She currently works for Nemours A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital.

When Margaret is not training for something she can be found with husbnd Vince, cooking and trying new recipes, walking the trails of Delaware or enjoying a nice glass of wine in Cape May NJ with their dogs Faith, Finn and Pepper.

Melorie Poteat

Melorie Poteat

Diversity Chair

“My first contact with triathlon came by way of training for my first and only marathon. Friends and I decided to complete a duathlon as cross training. Going on simultaneously was a triathlon. We decided next year that we would do the triathlon .. I just had to learn how to swim first. Which was easier said than done!”

Wesley Stafford

Wesley Stafford

(pictured with girlfriend Michelle)
Wes is a longtime distance runner, cyclist and general fitness rat, but is newer to triathlon. Wes has competed in the New York, Chicago and Boston marathons and many shorter road races as well as numerous century and metric century rides. As a new triathlete, Wes joined the Tri-Dawgs to learn more about the sport and also for the encouraging, supportive environment the group provides. Wes is the current President of the Pike Creek Valley Running Club and past President of the White Clay Bicycle Club. Professionally Wes works for J P Morgan Chase as a risk manager. Wes is also a United States Marine Corp veteran and lifelong Delawarean.

Richard Szymanski

Richard Szymanski

Urban Bike Coordinator

(pictured with wife Tricia)
Rich was influenced by a few of his fellow Rebel Runners to get involved in the sport of triathlon. He says he jumped in at the last minute and it was a great decision! When he’s not training or racing? “Couch master …” he says.
Mark Wise

Mark Wise

Preston's March Liaison

(pictured with wife Amy)
“My early athletic career revolved around football.  I played for a perennial national power in Louisville, Kentucky – Trinity High School – where I was a member of back to back state championship teams.  After high school I played at Hanover College and made All-Conference Honors my sophomore year.  After that season, after reaching 275 pounds, I decided to retire.  A short stint in weight lifting and I then moved on to running to lose weight.

“In 1982 I was watching “Wide World of Sports” and saw a segment on the Ironman. It showed Julie Moss crawling across the finish line and I thought – “that would be cool to try!”  Shortly afterwards I suffered a running injury which sidelined me from running and cycling so I asked the Dr. what I could do?  “You could try swimming”  (first attempt didn’t go well!) And so it began.

“I completed my first triathlon in 1987 and moved up distances until 1991 when I completed my 1st Ironman. To date I have completed 21 Ironman distance races including 3 at the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.  When I was racing consistently in Tri- Fed sanctioned races I garnered All- American and All-American Honorable mention status.

“I supplement my triathlon training with gravel and mountain biking. I live in Wilmington with my wife/training partner/trainer/advisor/ supervisor and our two rescues Molly and Beans.  I currently work for Delaware State Parks – coordinating volunteer activities in Alapocas / Wilmington / Bellevue and Fox Point State Parks.  I am also on the Board of Directors for Preston’s March.”

Darlise DiMatteo

Darlise DiMatteo

Buddy Program Coordinator

“I started running as a way to reduce my stress. That led to running marathons. Training for marathons led to injuries. I learned to swim and took up cycling as ways to cross-train through those down times. With aptitude in all three disciplines, I tried a sprint tri and was hooked. If I’m not training I’m usually working, I love my job!”
Alison McCann

Alison McCann

Sponsor Liaison

(pictured with her family)
Alison started running 9 years ago and continued to progress into racing. In March 2017, she completed her first marathon and 7 weeks later completed her second. Spring 2020 will be her second Boston Marathon. This past season she started triathalons and fell in love. From sprint to olympic to HIM, she is hooked. When not training or racing, Alison spends time with my family, which includes 2 very active kids.
Kristi Siner

Kristi Siner

(pictured with husband Ryan)
Kristi found the sport of Triathlon when she started dating TriDawg Member Ryan Lowe in 2014.  She and her dog, Koji, had a blast cheering Ryan on as he competed in races around Delaware and Maryland.  By 2017, she decided that she wanted in on this crazy sport herself!  Kristi’s first race was the 2017 Tri-It and it didn’t go as planned…she didn’t even make it out of the park on her bike and went down in the gravel and left Lums Pond on crutches.

Not to be deterred, she immediately signed up for the 2018 race, bought a new bike (because N+1), named her bike Miranda and it was game on.  She and Miranda completed quite a few races at the sprint distance in 2018.  2019 did not go as planned, with a wash out and some injuries, and 2020…yikes.  She loves being a part of such an amazing and supportive club and she is excited to be part of the Board!

When she isn’t training, Kristi enjoys spending time with her family and dogs.  She also enjoys cooking and eating all the food.  If you need to find her for any reason, try the pool deck at Hockessin Athletic Club where she lifeguards and teaches Red Cross Lifeguard Certification classes.  Her goals for the upcoming season are remaining injury free, looking badass in her spandex and convincing Bobby Steppi to race.

Leslie Neff

Leslie Neff

(center, pictured with Marianne Moore and Margaret Lafashia)
Leslie grew up playing competitive sports in high school and was a Cycling Instructor and HIIT Group Exercise coach at her local YMCA when she was asked by a friend to sign up for her first triathlon. She never looked back. Despite not having a background in swimming when she entered her first multi-sport racing event in 2010, Leslie worked extremely hard over the years to become a competitive triathlete – she quickly went from completing two sprints and an Olympic distance in her first year of competition into a 70.3 and 140.6 in her second and third years respectively. Leslie joined the Tri-Dawgs in 2016 and this was one of the best decisions. Not only did she join the best team she made ever lasting friendships!