LeClaire, Gunsalus and Morse Move into Leadership Roles for International Event
THOMPSON, Conn. (August 24, 2017) – The 2017 KMC Cross Fest is pleased to announce the promotion of Press Officer Lauren LeClaire to the position of Deputy Director of Marketing Communications. LeClaire’s appointment marks the first of several changes to the 2017 KMC Cross Fest team.
LeClaire has served as press officer and communications coordinator since 2015, assisting with the event’s transition to the Thompson Speedway last year. As both a bike racer and a communications professional, her work has been critical to the planning of the 2017 event.
“Lauren’s performance over the last two years as our press officer made it only natural to make her part of our management team,” said Marketing Communications Director Glenn Stilwell. “She has gone above and beyond for me and the organization and I’m proud to have her as my deputy.”
“I’m thrilled to take on a more involved role,” added LeClaire. “I grew up not far from Thompson Speedway so working on this event has been really special for me. To help create an event of this caliber in the ‘quiet corner’ of Connecticut is truly a unique experience.”
Another member of the core KMC Cross Fest staff who has shifted into a new role is Mark Gunsalus. Formerly a volunteer coordinator for the event in 2016, Gunsalus will serve as the new athlete services coordinator. “Mark Gunsalus is one of the few people that loves this track for both cars and bicycles,” said event co-founder Richard Fries. “He has been instrumental in the transition to the Thompson Speedway. But he also is passionate about ensuring that all athletes have a great experience at the KMC Cross Fest. This is literally his backyard.” Gunsalus will act as a liaison between elite athletes and the event leading up to the race weekend as well as on site.
Filling in the gap for Gunsalus as he moves on from his role as volunteer coordinator is Trish Morse. Morse previously served as the awards coordinator for the event. While she will still be guiding the awards process and her replacement, Julie Carroll, she has taken on the volunteer coordinator role with great enthusiasm.
“Since Trish first became involved with the event in Providence she has been a key member of our team,” said Programs Director Patrick Goguen. “Putting on an event is all about the great people around you that are dedicated to their part. Trish has been one of those great people over the last few years. From managing club row and parking in Providence to planning and directing all the podium and award ceremonies in Thompson she has done everything asked of her with a smile and has always exceeded expectations.”
The KMC Cross Fest volunteer signup will be available in the coming days. For more information on volunteering or to contact Trish Morse click here.