Board of Directors
Omer Idriss Abdulrahman
With a smile that is as contagious as his stories, Omer brings a genuine passion for others to our Board.
A Sudanese refugee, Omer chose to turn to running to ground himself and motivate his daily pursuits here in the United States. Omer has run countless local races in Raleigh, and is the elite race coordinator for the races put on by Raleigh’s local running store, Runologie. Omer travels up to Connecticut every year to race in some of the competitive 5ks there including the West Hartford 5k and the Newington Road Race.
Omer is a huge asset to the Raleigh community serving in so many local areas and always offering a helping hand for others.
Omer Idriss is also a skilled Disc Jockey, and in his spare time helps with music selections and stylings for various events.
Jessica Hofheimer currently lives in Raleigh with her husband Robert, her three kids, and their dog.
As a running coach, Pilates teacher, and active member of the running community, Jess loves to share her passions to help others discover their own strengths and possibilities. She is also a RRCA certified running coach and owner of Pace of Me, coaching runners of a variety of abilities and experience levels for the last 9 years.
Jessica has been teaching Pilates for 8 years as a certified, comprehensive Peak Pilates teacher, and is currently teaching private lessons at Evolve Movement in Raleigh.
A passionate distance runner, Jessica has completed 20 marathons so far. She has qualified for Boston several times, and has run it 3 times, including her PR. At age 42 she believes that she still has her best running ahead of her.
Jessica has been a Coach for Saucony’s, “26 Strong” program, along with a few running clubs in the DC area. She currently holds several brand ambassadorships/partnerships, and over the years has written for or been featured/quoted in Runner’s World, Women’s Running Magazine and Competitor Running.
David Jones, MD
Dr. David T. Jones, originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, has been with The Bone and Joint Surgery Clinic since 2006 after he and his family moved from New Orleans in the wake of hurricane Katrina.
Dr. Jones trained at LSU New Orleans in Orthopaedic Surgery and began private practice there in 1998. He moved briefly to Boston in 2002 to complete additional training in trauma and minimally invasive surgery at Harvard.
After returning to New Orleans, he served as the team physician for New Orleans’ only professional soccer team and helped care for professional hockey, baseball, as well as numerous sports teams from the middle school to college level.
Dr. Jones is currently one of the team physicians/advisors for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team and is an active member and past Chairman of the Sports Medicine Committee for US Sailing. Dr. Jones understands many athletes on a personal level, as he played soccer in college, in Europe, and for a professional team in the USISL. He is also a national champion in sailing. His approach involves individual attention, conservative treatment if possible, and the latest techniques and skills if surgery is required.
Dr. Jones has served as Chairman of Orthopaedics and Chairman of Surgery at two hospitals in New Orleans and has served as Chairman of Orthopaedics at Rex Hospital.
He also serves as an ongoing educational consultant and instructor for other Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Pat Price is a lifelong runner and advocate for the sport. He is one of the Co-Founders of Sir Walter Running, which produces the Sir Walter Miler, the Pop Up Miles series, Pop Up Cross Country at Dix Park, the Rocket Mile, the Raleigh RunDown Downhill Mile, the Summer of Miles podcast, and the Postrun brand.
Sir Walter Running has been monumental for the growth of Raleigh’s running community. Since 2014, the Sir Walter Miler has brought in elite runners and olympians to compete in the one mile track race. Starting as an attempt for long-time friend Sandy Roberts to break 4 minutes in the mile in 2013, the race has since transformed into a pinnacle race for the professional running world and the Raleigh running community.
Pat graduated from UNC Chapel Hill. He is now a Senior Mortgage Banker with Movement Mortgage and is married with one daughter.
Elizabeth Pagano, DC, is a local chiropractor and founder of the nOg Run Club. Dr. Pagano grew up in Summersville, WV and received her undergraduate degree from Penn State University.
After receiving her Doctorate in Chiropractic from Sherman College of Chiropractic and graduating valedictorian of her class, Dr. Pagano moved to Raleigh and co-founded the Chiropractic Café with her husband Rick Florez, DC. Dr. Pagano has her advance certification in the Graston Technique, an instrument-assisted soft tissue treatment that brings pain relief and improved function to patients who have been injured during their activities. She has been practicing in North Raleigh since 2008.
Dr. Pagano founded the nOg Run Club, a 501(C)3 nonprofit, in 2008. The organization has been running every Monday since inception and produces three annual races, the St. Paddy’s 4 Miler, the World’s Largest Flip Flop 1K, and the Oktoberfest 4 Miler. The nOg Run club has a strong charitable aspect, raising over $600,000 in the first 10-years in existence. Dr. Pagano was recognized as the Tar Heel of the Week in August 2018 in recognition of the significant contributions by the club.
In addition to running, Dr. Pagano has been Crossfitting since 2008, is an avid scuba diver, and is the proud parent of her dog, Chase.
Chris Seaton has been part of the NC State Track and Cross Country staff for the past 16 years, first as a graduate assistant for three years and then an assistant coach working with the men’s and women’s distance runners over the last 13 years. During his time on staff, Chris has helped guide the men and women to eight ACC Cross Country titles, 24 NCAA Championship appearances, of which 5 were top-10 finishes, and individually has worked with over 40 All-Americans.
In addition to his coaching and recruiting responsibilities with the Wolfpack Track and Cross Country program, Chris is the meet director for the Raleigh Relays, one of the east coast’s largest collegiate track meets. He also oversees three of the most prominent high school cross country events in the southeast each fall that are hosted at the WakeMed Park in Cary, NC.
A runner since he was 12, Chris competed in college first as a member of the Virginia Tech Track and Cross Country teams and then finished his eligibility at NC State, where he was cross country All-American. Chris competed post-collegiately and was a 2008 Marathon Olympic Trials qualifier.