Matt Wong, Co-Founder, Vice President
Matt co-founded the Dashing Whippets with Rich in May 2009. Matt grew up in Connecticut and graduated with a BA in Economics at Trinity College in Hartford, CT in 2000 and an MPA from the University of Connecticut in 2006. Matt has been running since joining his high school cross country team his sophomore year. He then had an admittedly mediocre cross country and track career at Trinity. Since being with the team, Matt has completed 3 marathons with a 2:57:24 PR at the 2013 Boston Marathon and many other races, including a 4:48 mile at the 2015 Fifth Avenue Mile and a 1:18:40 half marathon in the 2016 NYC Half Marathon. Matt lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn with his wife and twin daughters.
Rich Hsieh Co-Founder, President
Rich co-founded the Dashing Whippets back in May 2009. He currently works as Lead Software Engineer at Meetup.com. Rich grew up in Massachusetts and graduated with a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Brown University. Since being with the team, he’s completed 5 marathons (PR 3:15) and 4 triathlons. He now resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn where you can find him hosting runs in Prospect Park or hanging out at a local ramen or craft beer joint.
Amy Smitherman, Treasurer
Amy has been a member of Dashing Whippets since 2009. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Alabama and business and a graduate degree in Non Profit Management from Yale University, and is now working as the Director of Finance for Homes for the Homeless. Although Amy can be found most days running around the city, she can also be found at home with her dog Oreo or at a local bar watching Alabama Football.
Blaise Chow, Secretary
A graduate of the University of Rochester and Brooklyn Law School, Blaise is a partner at the law firm Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley. Blaise concentrates his practice in directors and officers liability and employment law. A member since August 2010, Blaise thinks about one day qualifying for the Boston Marathon (current PR is 3:29).
Henrietta has been a Whippet since early 2012. She started running as cross-training for rowing while at Oxford University, where she later dabbled in triathlons. When she moved to New York, she started purely focusing on running and racing. Her favorite distance is the half marathon, and she ran a 1:26 PR at that distance in September 2013. Henrietta manages corporate communications strategies for tech companies.
Jonathan Park joined the Dashing Whippets in August 2014 so he could become faster than his dog, Monty. Now he’s too fast and has to leave Monty home during workouts. He attended Vassar College and Fordham Law School and is now a litigator. Jonathan lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with his wife, Alia, who won’t let him hang his race medals on the wall.
Kevin Ghim joined the Dashing Whippets in October ’11. He as a BS in Biology from Gordon College and currently works at Mozilla as a Product Manager trying to figure out interesting things to do with data and personalization. Kevin has run two marathons with his PR of 4:23 coming from Harrisburg Marathon in 2012. He hopes to belong to the sub-4 club someday.
Michael Alcamo has been a Dashing Whippet since March 2013. He is a graduate of Princeton University and NYU Law School, and works in finance. Michael’s running career began with high school winter track in Suffolk County. In February 1982, he set the Walt Whitman High School record for the 1600 meter walk at 8:06, a record that has withstood the test of time, partially because the event is rarely included in competition. More recently, Michael has competed in 40 triathlons, with podium finishes in six. He has qualified for USAT national championships three times. In his age group nationally, he ranks 134th at the Olympic distance, and 94th at the sprint distance.
Terrence McGovern became a Dashing Whippet in January of 2013. He currently works as Head of Delivery Management at Kaplan Test Prep. Despite his title, he is not a doula; his team builds Kaplan’s online learning platform. Terrence grew up in Connecticut and graduated with a BA in English from Harvard University, where he ran cross country and track. His favorite distance is the 5k. He now resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn with his wife, daughter, son, and a “Bleacher Creatures” 14-inch doll of Jeremy Lin.