Running for Fun, Running for Health, Running for Life!

Executive Board

President: Bob Dio - - A veteran runner and still having fun. Bob serves as the coordinator for the Lake Park Fitness 5K Series and the Newton Hill Cross Country 5K Series, and is a mainstay of the CMS Weekly 5K.

Vice President: Jen Graves - - Will run any distance for beer! Often found running in the middle of the pack, or on the streets at 5:00 am, Jen is also known for her "chronic volunteering problem".

Treasurer: Karen Lemerise - If you ever have a question, Karen has the answer! No one can run a registration table or balance the checkbook like she can, and she has shepherded many members through their Boston Marathon experience.

Membership Secretary: JoAnne Bedard - - JoAnne is a hardworking and dedicated runner who's always willing to support other runners in their endeavors. She is a slower runner and always enjoys the conversations she has on the roads!

Clerk: Keri Hoenig - Keri believes that the BEST day of the year is Boston Marathon Monday! She is always up to engage in a fun dog or cat tale.

Member at Large: Linda Luthman

Member at Large: Stu Kravitz - Outgoing, wild, and happy guy. Longtime director of the Devin Kravitz Memorial 5K on Labor Day weekend.

Member at Large: Shilpa Ananthakrishnan - Shilpa only began running in April of 2013. She made her first appearance at the CMS Weekly 5Ks after stumbling upon them online, but soon enough discovered her passion for distance running. Lured by the promise of a shiny medal, she ran her first half marathon, but full marathon fever descended quickly and Shilpa ran her first marathon in Manchester, NH in the Fall of 2013. At that race she met Katherine Switzer, who had become an inspirational figure for Shilpa. That next winter, Shilpa struggled with her training, and her marathon the following spring in Rhode Island did not go as well. She keeps the medal she received on her nightstand to remind her about the perils of undertraining. Not long after that race, Shilpa became pregnant with her second child, and thought she might be done with long distance running for good. But once again, 5Ks just weren't enough, and she completed the full 21 miles on the CMS Boston 2017 Rehersal Run and soon thereafter achieved her marathon PR in New Jersey. Shilpa is proud to be a slow and social runner, and is grateful to CMS for connecting her with so many other wonderful runners. She is also a scientist by day, a mom and wife, and is exploring her newly discovered love and talent for painting. Often seen on the streets of Worcester out for a 5am training run, Shilpa says to look her up if you want to run before the sun rises. See you on the road!

Member at Large: Jenny McKenzie

Member at Large: Pamela Palmer

Timing and Scoring: Jeff Kristoff

Webmaster: Kim Gordon - - A newcomer to running and to CMS, Kim joined the club a full year before she had the courage to show up to a local trail run. Within 9 months of that fateful day, she went from inconsistent training and struggling to complete a 5K to finishing a tough Maine Coast Marathon in a Nor'easter. A native of Rutland, she has come to love training in the coldest months of winter and on the biggest hills she can find. (One reason why Stu's 30K is by far her favorite race!) She is currently trying to keep her streak of New England Mountain Racing Circuit races going. You can often find Kim and her honestly disturbing number of crock pots at the Holden Pub Runs, or volunteering at local races while unironically wearing a fanny pack (it's practical!) Her other interests include hiking, camping, kayaking, yoga, and curling.


Coach Al Halper Head Coach - Coach Al Halper has been coaching adult runners regularly for a variety of race distances, including the Marathon, for over 20 years. Al worked with runners at Assumption College training for the Boston Marathon as “Rena’s Run” and trained runners associated with the National Stroke Association who were running a marathon to fundraise for the organization. An accomplished runner and former XC/trackman at Rutgers University, originally from of Middletown, NY, Al draws his knowledge from personal experience and 42 years of coaching along with being a student of the sport, continually staying atop of what is current within the sport.

He has been the head coach for CMS since 2006 organizing group runs and speed workouts during the year. He has developed for CMS, specific training programs at a variety of distances. A respected lecturer at camps and clinics, Halper, known for his expertise, provides a wealth of knowledge regarding training programs, functional training, speed, speed endurance training, strength training, and form analysis. Halper has also done graduate work in sports medicine giving him a background in injury prevention and rehab including an expertise in hydrotraining and therapy. Read Coach Al's Full Bio

Barbara McManus CMS Women's Racing Team Coordinator and CMS Club Contact for the USATF (USA Track and Field Associate) - Barbara has been running for over 30 years and has been a member of CMS for about 25 years. She has run 40 marathons and 1 50K, winning 6 marathons and 1 50k, and was a member of the CMS Team that won the Team Competition at the Boston Marathon in 2008. She has placed in the top 10 in the National Mountain Championships at Mt. Washington twice. Her marathon PR is 2:50:37. She has been a coach with CMS, Becker College, and SPCC Middle School.

Tim Murphy Track Coach - Tim Murphy has coached running teams since 1975. His first position was with Dr. Patrick O'Connor at South High School in Worcester for fifteen seasons of girls cross-country, indoor and outdoor track. In the summer of 1980 he accepted his first head coaching position for the Worcester Parks and Recreation Department Youth Track Program. In the spring of 1981 he joined head coach Bill O'Connor for two seasons of boys outdoor track, and one year later he was hired as the assistant cross-country coach, recording an 18-4 season. More recently he has been privately coaching Adam Malek, a former 5,000 meter N.E. Champion and a N.E. Grand Prix Cross Country champ. In 2014, Adam recorded a 1:10:00 half marathon at the World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen Denmark while battling food poisoning. Coach Murphy took over the CMS Summer Track Workouts in 2017, which are free to all members and are held at the Wachusett Regional High School track in Holden, MA at 6:00 PM every Wednesday.

Jim Pawlicki CMS Men's Racing Team Coordinator – Jim graduated from Salem State College running Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track. The 1996 MASCAC Cross Country Champion has since run in 10 marathons with a personal best of 2:33:35 at the 1997 Ocean State Marathon. Still competing as a master’s runner, he encourages and promotes team participation at the local, New England, and National levels.

Please use the link at the bottom of this page if you need to contact a board member that does not have contact information listed next to their name. 

Central Mass Striders
P.O. Box 922
Worcester, MA 01613-0922