Jacquii started running with the Whippets in 2015 shortly after moving to NYC from Sydney, Australia. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy and a MBA, which she puts to use as Vice President for Global Client Onboarding at American Express. When she’s not hanging out with the 9+ pace group on Manhattan Long Runs, you’ll find Jacquii cruising around Central Park or at the East River Park Track. She likes all distances, especially the Marathon, and she’s working towards completing all six World Marathon Majors.
Anthony Amato Treasurer
Anthony joined the Dashing Whippets in 2016. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he started running at the age of 40 with his dog, Pandora. Anthony has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a master’s degree in Real Estate Development. He can usually be found at most Central Park workouts, Manhattan long runs, and other social events.
Jeremy joined the Whippets in 2016 and also serves as a Central Park training run captain. He holds a BA in Psychology from Vassar College and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Oxford. When not avoiding Harlem Hill on tempo runs, Jeremy works at the UAE Mission to the United Nations. He enjoys competing in all distances, though he’s partial to the Marathon (PR 2:24:00) where he currently holds an IAAF world ranking.
Stephanie Diacovo Vice President
Jen joined the Whippets in 2018, and lives in the Upper East Side. An NYU alum and current Senior Program Coordinator at NYU Langone, she’s a loyal east coaster from New England. When she’s not running Randall’s Island loops, Jen is finding other ways to stay active outside as an avid rock climber, skier, and hiker. While she has a love-hate relationship with 26.2, Jen’s favorite distances are the half marathon and the mile!
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.
Laziza grew up in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She holds a Masters’s Degree from UPEC, France in Development Economics and International Project Management. Later Laziza pursued studying fine art and she is currently both an energy efficiency consultant and an environmental visual artist. Laziza started casually running in Montreal during lunch breaks and when she moved to New York for the second time she joined whippets in 2018.
After she ran her first marathon in 2019 (NYC) in 3:53:00 she was determined to qualify for Boston. The great energy of the team helped her run her second marathon (also NYC) with a 3:29:30 qualifying time. The addictive energy of Boston and New York City marathons makes this race distance her favorite. Her best race so far in terms of performance is the Bronx 10 miler.
Laziza lives in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn with her husband Pete.
Sarah Tobin Secretary
Sarah joined the Dashing Whippets in 2011. British born and raised, she moved to Brooklyn with her husband and two small children 23 years ago. Sarah discovered the joys of running in her 40’s and became increasingly competitive. Being the oldest female Whippet at that time, she started recruiting fellow Masters Women, formed the Women’s 50+ Whippets and set about winning team points. She’s now setting her running ambitions on winning those Women’s 60+ team points! Her career has gone from journalist, TV Producer and, in more recent years, building (& selling) a successful tech company.
Matt Wong, Co-Founder
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 4 marathons, but mostly concentrates on shorter races, with PRs of 4:40 at the 2017 Fifth Avenue Mile, 17:15 5000 meters at a Thursday Night at the Races meet at the Armory, 22:56 at the Race to Deliver 4M, and 1:18:40 half marathon in the 2016 NYC Half Marathon. Matt lives in Gowanus, Brooklyn with his wife and twin daughters.