Monica Huff, President

Monica is a founding member of the Athens Road Runners and previously served for 3 years as a member-at-large on the ARR board. She also has considerable other board experience: Tyanna Foundation Board for ~10 years, YWCO Board for 3 years, Strong Girls Board for 2 years, and Leadership Athens Alumni Board for 3 years. In addition, she has considerable leadership and facilitation training.

Jarrod Call, Vice President

Jarrod joined the board in 2021 and has been especially active in trail running activities offered by ARR. He is an associate professor of kinesiology at UGA and teaches a course on the philosophy of running for freshmen. He also mentors his two young daughters who are becoming amazing trail runners.

Nina Santus, Secretary

Nina has been an ARR member since 2013!! She is a lifelong runner, beginning when she was only 8 years old and accompanying her Dad. In her 20’s she began running Marathons, and in her 30’s Ultra Marathons! Her favorite running events include anything that gets her feet on the trails. Nina’s message to the ARR community is: “ARR is supportive to all! Many folks are down and have stopped running with the stress and challenges of 2020 and now 2021. I want to remind everyone we are out here and we are running. I don’t care about your pace, I’ll run with you, come run with me.” 


Nate Nibbelink, Treasurer

Nate ran competitively in high school, but with other priorities in college, a family by age 23, grad school, and life… he didn’t overcome the inertia to get back into running until age 47. In fall 2016, Nate attended a memorial run for a PhD student he had taught. Her inspiring story combined with a painful, breathless three miles, led him to make a commitment right then and there, to take better care of himself so he could better take care of others. Nate says the b

Emily Noble, Past President

Emily Noble

Emily and her family moved to Athens in 2019 to take a faculty position at UGA. As an avid runner who has moved around as an adult, she understands the importance of a healthy, active, and welcoming running community. She been actively involved as a volunteer team leader in several running non-profit organizations, including Back On My Feet, and the Twin Cities Marathon Association. She was a founding member and served on the board of the non-profit organization Runners For Recovery. She began running marathons in her early 20’s after college. Her favorite races in town are the Milledge Mile and of course the AthHalf!

Steve Follin, Board Member

Steve is a new member to the board. He was on the board of a Toastmasters Chapter in Atlanta for 3 years and president for two. He also served as the president of an Atlanta-based software users group for four years nad president of a software vendor’s international users group for four years.

As a professional management consultant for more than 25 years, his clients were startups, non-profits, and everything up to Fortune 50 companies. 


Esther Van der Knaap, Board Member

Esther is new to the board this year. She has previously served on a rowing club board. She runs a research lab with staff, undergrads, grad students and post docs, which requires leadership skills and ability to manage a large budget. 

Blake Hartis, Board Member

Blake moved from Lithonia to Athens as a teenager 25 years ago — he’s practically an Athens native. As a local realtor, he loves helping people find their ideal home to create meaningful memories with loved ones. He joined ARR several years ago to keep fit, motivated and push himself to new levels. Blake joined the ARR Board in 2020. His favorite race is the Peachtree 10K. A few years ago he signed up for an Ironman distance triathlon, but then had to take swimming lessons!

Dennis Revell, Board Member

Dennis is a long-time ARR member but will be new to the board. However, he currently serves on a Condo Association Board in Florida and has served on quite a few other boards, both professional and social. He also was elected to the Athens Clarke County School Board. He currently is on the AthHalf race committee.