Meet the Team

Take a minute to meet our awesome crew!

Rhonda Roman (email)

Store Owner

Owner Rhonda Roman has been fitting running shoes since 1996. She started fitting shoes when she was 16! (kidding).  During the rare moments Rhonda is away from her first baby, Fleet Feet Santa Rosa, she is home parenting her second and third children, Madeline and Avery.  During her spare time, she enjoys long trail runs in Annadel State Park.

Melody Karpinski (email)

Marketing & Inventory Manager

Melody picked up her first pair of running shoes at Fleet Feet Sports during her freshman cross-country season. She competed in cross-country and track in high school and at SRJC, and received her B.A. in journalism in 2011 from Point Loma University in San Diego. She joined the Fleet Feet team in 2012, and serves as the marketing manager at the Santa Rosa store. She recently completed three half marathons and her first marathon, and coaches for Montgomery and Rincon Valley Christian's cross-country & track teams. She also enjoys writing for the Fleet Feet Sports blog and the Press Democrat. 


Patrick Temple (email)

Training Group Director & Outfitter
Patrick T. joined the Fleet Feet coaching staff in 2013 and has been working in the store since 2014. 
  
A runner since high school, Patrick has competed at every distance from the 100 meters to the marathon, his favorite being the half marathon.  He is the Fleet Feet Santa Rosa marathon and speedwork coach, and assists with coaching the shorter distances and trail groups. He loves working with runners looking to improve their strength, speed and commitment to the sport, and helping participants complete distances they never thought possible.
 
When not running, Patrick parents his daughter and his hobbies include photography and reading.

Kathleen Daly (email)

Training Groups Coach

Kathleen was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She tried running, but never really enjoyed it. In 2004, things changed. She quit smoking, started running and joined Team in Training in 2004 to run a half marathon. She thought she was too old to run a full marathon, but the training worked and she ran a half in October and a full marathon in December 2004. She has since ran nine marathons and 30+ half marathons. Becoming a runner has been a life changing experience for her.  

Kathleen became an assistant coach in 2007 and coached five seasons with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program. She also served as an assistant coach for Fleet Feet’s 5K and 10K groups in 2007 and 2008 and a half marathon group in 2009. She became head coach of Fleet Feet’s training groups in 2011. She loves being a coach and helping people meet their goals. 

Kathleen is also a certified running coach through Road Runners Club of America, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and RX Running.

Suzanne Eraldi (email)

Inventory Manager & Outfitter

Suzanne has been at Fleet Feet Santa Rosa for nine years during which time she has worked as a fitter, an assistant coach and the watchful tracker of the socks and Superfeet insoles.

She also works as a musician and music teacher in the area. Trail running is really her escape of choice... She's the one in the Fleet Feet Shirt and hat that goes up hill really slowly just so that she can have the fun of bombing back down again.

See you on the trails!  

Marina Davies (email)

Outreach Development Coordinator & Outfitter

My name is Marina and I'm a graduate student at USF. I'm currently studying Environmental Management, which explains my love for nature. I previously studied at Sonoma State and have been working with Fleet Feet since my undergrad. During my free time I enjoy hiking, scuba diving, and spending time with dogs. 

Josh Palmgren (email)

Outfitter

My name is Josh Palmgren. I fell in love with running during my first track season my junior year in high school. I ran 2 seasons of cross-country and one season of track at Santa Rosa Junior College. I am finishing up my prerequisites for nursing school with hopes to attend SRJC's nursing program or a state school. I have been on staff at Fleet Feet Santa Rosa for over 3 years and have loved every moment of it. Other than running, my hobbies include photography, helping out with the store's social media output, finding the newest and hottest beats, and hanging out with my favorite co-worker, Patrick Temple!

Josh Pine (email)

Outfitter

Hi, I’m Josh Pine. Running (or should I say distance running) is my passion. I graduated from Montgomery High School where I ran cross country and track for three years. I currently am an assistant coach for cross country and track at Montgomery, and will compete for SRJC in track this spring. In school, I plan to major in history. P.S. I like memes.

Taylor Rewick(email)

Outfitter

Hi, my name is Taylor. I grew up in Vacaville, CA. I ran cross country and track up until I worked at the Fleet Feet in vacaville for two years. I now attend Sonoma State University as a junior and am studying Business Finance and Wine Business. I started working at Fleet Feet Santa Rosa my Sophomore year of college. I enjoy the beach, the gym, and the occasional run.

Jillian Van Riper(email)

Outfitter

Hi there my name is Jillian but I go by Jill. I have worked at Fleet Feet Santa Rosa for about 8 months now and have loved every moment of it. I play soccer for SRJC and attend SSU. I am the only person on the staff team who has red hair! In my free I like hanging out with friends and being in the amazing outdoors.

Joe Ruiz

Outfitter

Hi, I was born in Long Beach, CA and raised in a town called Downey. I moved to Roseland when I was little and pretty much grew up here. I graduated from Piner High School, where I ran for 3 years. I also ran for one year at SRJC. After that, I joined the Army and came back to Santa Rosa because I'm a reservist.

Andrew Magdaleno(email)

Outfitter

Hi there, my name is Andrew. I have been working at Fleet Feet Santa Rosa for about three months now. I run cross country and track for SRJC; mainly focusing on the 1500m. I play the guitar, am bilingual, and my favorite musician is Prince. 

Erin McCullough(email)

Outfitter

Bio coming soon

Jacob Williams

Outfitter

Bio coming soon

Colton Swinth

Outfitter

Hi, I'm Colton Swinth. I started working at Fleet Feet December of 2018 because I wanted to give back to the awesome running community of Santa Rosa. I was born in Santa Rosa and have never left, I love it. I picked up running at Rincon Valley Middle School with such a passion and have never dropped the interest. I am currently a Junior at Maria Carrillo High School as a distance runner, running both cross country and track. I run all year around with my best friends, rain or shine. I am looking to run Division 1 cross country and track in college. 

Boston

Greeter

Boston is our store greeter.  He is the most lovable lab of all time.

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