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Our Team

No one is more experienced on the roads and trails than our staff. We've managed races with participants in the hundreds and in the thousands. Together we've participated in thousands and thousands of races as runners ourselves, and been directing them for over 70 years combined. Three of our staff have been Race Directors themselves, and all of us love this sport.

Leverage our experience and equipment to take your event to the next level. Learn more about our services, or the races that we host ourselves. Give us a call at (508) 565-8045. If we're not available, please leave a message. Let's face it, we're probably out running...

Jason Paganelli
Founder & President

Jason "Jay" Paganelli is an RRCA Certified Race Director who has designed and managed races throughout the country for over a decade. From award-winning state championships to charity runs for some of the largest non-profits in the world, these races have been featured in Men's Health Magazine, Ultrarunner, and many others.  With over 25 years as a runner himself, he's competed in everything from 5k to

100+ miles, having secured

3rd place in the USATF Northeastern

Regional Ultra-Running Championships. 

John Santillo

John Santillo has run THOUSANDS of races. You read that right. THOUSANDS. He's race-directed his own, in addition to toeing the line himself practically every weekend, for decades, around the country. John has multiple marathons under his belt, and is currently the Race Director for the Common Fence Point 5 Miler in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. John is a proud member of the Rhode Island Road Runners. 

Brian Beausoleil

Brian Beausoleil has been a competitive runner for over 30 years, and has run over a thousand races, including 50+ marathons. He has continually given back to the sport, serving as Race Director for the Warren Substance Abuse 5k, the Hangover Classic, the Cross Country in the Park series and many others. He has served on the race management side of the sport for over 3 decades.

Rosalind Stearns
Runner & Client Services

Roz Stearns started running as an adult when she decided to go for her first marathon in 2010. Shortly after that, she found herself on the business side of the industry and has been there ever since. Over the years she has worked with hundreds of events in every facet of  race management and feels incredibly lucky to have found a way to combine her passion for running with a rewarding career. 

Steven Blais
MC & Operations

Bio coming soon.

Jon Packer
Photo & Operations

Jon Packer is a runner himself, having conquered many races from 5k to half marathon. As the owner of Jonathan Packer Photography, Jon also graces True North Running Company with his immense talent for capturing our races and our athletes with his beautiful images. Whether it's a action shot of an athlete or a scenic landscape image that shares the beauty of one of the courses, his work tells the story of our races.

Robert Paganelli

Bob Paganelli is a life-long active living and health enthusiast. He is an accomplished public speaker, past committee chair of a major Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau Arbitrator and former U.S. patent holder. He has been on the management side of road races for 12 years.

Fernando Mendonca

Fernando Mendonca has run for most of his life, but only started competing on the road race scene in the past 15 years. Since doing so he's racked up age group wins, and most notably, took home the Cross Country State Master's Championship Title during the 2012 Season in his home state of Rhode Island! Fernando has been on the race management side of the sport for 12 years.

Justin Teixeira
Medical Director

Justin Teixeira is a Firefighter & Paramedic at the LIttle Compton Fire Department in Little Compton, Rhode Island. Justin joined the True North Running Company team 5 years ago, helping runners on the sidelines as our on-site EMT. He's now served as the Medical Director for over a dozens races, from 5k to 24-hour ultra-marathon, and provided operational support from local races to state championships. 

Dom Dellamano
Jaryd Charlebois

Dom Dellamano has been involved in the running community for a decade, competing in and after high school. While he did not run for a collegiate NCAA team, he still competed in unattached races and has great experience with almost all forms of racing. Being a jack-of-all-trades and with vast event management experience, you can find him anywhere on the course, making sure the races are running smoothly. Dom has been on the management side of races for over 5 years. 

Jaryd Charlebois has been running for most of his life and for the last 5 years has been toeing the line at trail races around New England. Also an avid long distance hiker he enjoys traveling around the country to explore different trails. When he's not running he works as a pediatric occupational therapy assistant in his local community. Jaryd is a proud veteran and loves finding common values within the running community. 

Roger Mason

Roger Mason brings us over 10 years of ultra-running crew experience, having served in an athlete-support role in 24-hour races throughout New England. Roger has a vast background in youth football, and brings an enthusiasm for competition to our start/finish lines that is contagious to our athletes and staff alike. Roger has been on the management side of road races for 12 years now. 

Stephen Smith
In Memory 

Stephen was not only a passionate runner himself, but also a dedicated volunteer with an extensive history of supporting thousands of runners throughout the years. He approached his roles in race support and logistics with unwavering commitment, always prioritizing the experience of the runners above all else.  Stephen could always be found warmly greeting our participants in the parking lot or at aid stations, sharing his positivity with everyone he encountered. Stephen's legacy of selflessness and genuine care for the running community will forever be remembered and deeply missed. 

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