USA Triathlon Foundation Names Robert McKeown and Brenda Smith to Board of Trustees

By USA Triathlon | Aug. 20, 2019, 6:46 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The USA Triathlon Foundation today announced Robert McKeown and Brenda Smith as the newest members of its Board of Trustees. In addition, Gabriela Gallegos has been added to the Board of Trustees as the Foundation’s liaison to the USA Triathlon Board of Directors.

McKeown (Long Island, N.Y.) is a lifelong educator in the public-school system on Long Island. He is also the President and CEO of South Shore TRI Coach, a triathlon coaching business. He is a passionate multisport athlete, multi-time IRONMAN finisher and triathlon coach. Over the last 10-plus years, Mr. McKeown has raised more than $1.5 million to support a variety of charitable initiatives, including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Children’s Tumor Foundation, the IRONMAN Foundation and Hurricane Sandy relief. He is an expert in fundraising initiatives and community giveback through the philanthropy and CRS programs of South Shore TRI Coach. 

Smith (Lake Placid, N.Y.) has been a practicing attorney since 1997, and brings valuable expertise in human resources, sports law and collegiate Title IX compliance. In addition, she has more than 20 years of experience in sexual harassment awareness and prevention training. Smith is a longtime endurance athlete, ultra-marathoner and 14-time IRONMAN finisher. She is passionate about the Olympic and Paralympic Movement, as well as giving back through triathlon.   

“The USA Triathlon Foundation is proud to welcome Mr. McKeown and Ms. Smith to its Board of Trustees,” said John Cassimatis, President of the USA Triathlon Foundation Board of Trustees. “Both of these volunteer leaders bring a wealth of professional expertise to the table in various areas. Just as importantly, their love for multisport and its community will go a long way toward advancing the Foundation’s mission — which is to support and promote triathlon and to open pathways to triathlon for all, especially those for whom it might not otherwise be possible.”

Gallegos (El Paso, Texas), the South Central Region representative on the USA Triathlon Board of Directors, will serve as the Foundation’s liaison to the USA Triathlon board. Gallegos is a USA Triathlon-certified race director and youth race director, attorney and entrepreneur. She is the president, founder and race director of Race El Paso, which puts on the popular women’s-only Mighty Mujer Triathlon. She is focused on expanding opportunities in triathlon for women and racial and ethnic minorities, and she has served on USA Triathlon’s Strategic Planning Committee since 2017.

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About the USA Triathlon Foundation
The USA Triathlon Foundation was created in 2014 by the USA Triathlon Board of Directors as an independent tax-exempt 501(c)(3) entity. Under the leadership of its Trustees and Committee members, the Foundation serves as a means to create a healthier America through triathlon and seeks to transform lives by opening up new pathways to the sport for all, especially those who are otherwise underserved. The USA Triathlon Foundation operates with the belief that every child should have the chance to participate, every paratriathlete should have the opportunity to compete, and every aspiring elite athlete should be able to chase his or her Olympic dream. Since the Foundation’s inception, more than $2.4 million has been provided to worthy causes and organizations that support its mission. Donations to the USA Triathlon Foundation ensure America's youth are introduced to the benefits and fun of a multisport lifestyle, athletes with disabilities receive the training, support and gear to be able to participate and excel, and the best aspiring young athletes have a chance to pursue their Olympic Dreams. Visit to learn more and donate today.

About USA Triathlon

USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 events and connects with more than 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work at the grassroots level with athletes, coaches, and race directors — as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation — USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).