A Group of People Passionate About Health

Dedicated to solving the healthcare crisis one step at a time

Gerry Martin- President

Gerry Martin has been a passionate supporter, fundraiser, instructor and mentor to thousands of healthy active families .

  • Past Board Member and fundraiser for the Downtown YMCA
  • Co-Director of the Downtown YMCA Corporate Fitness Programs for 18 years.
  • Co-Race Director of the YMCA Breakers Ten-Mile Run
  • Co-Director of the YMCA Family Fitness Camp
  • Assistant to Deepak Chopra
  • Executive Assistant for Children’s Author/Illustrator, Dr. Theodore Seuss Geisel
  • Exercise/Running/Aerobic/Senior Fitness Class instructor for 30 years.

Richard Muscio- Secretary

Co-founder of the O’side Turkey Trot and the Move Your Feet Before You Eat Foundation®, Richard is an avid marathon runner and baseball player. Richard is on the Board of Trustees of the National Steinbeck Center Museum in Salinas. Richard’s CPA firm – Friedman, Brannen, LLP, was San Diego’s first CPA firm to specialize in estate planning and design of intra-family gifting programs.  Currently, Richard is a private trustee and charitable gift planning consultant. A member of the advisory team for The Center for Wealth & Legacy.

Gary Nessim- Treasurer

Gary is President of HomeLife Village Realtors and one of the founding sponsors of the O’side Turkey Trot. HomeLife Village Realtors has been recognized as one of the top HomeLife franchises in the United States. Gary is currently serving on the Rancho Carrillo Board, Village Merchants Association Board. He served as a past president of the Carlsbad Historical Society, member of the of the Community Resource Center- Carlsbad advisory board and beach erosion committee. He has been a member of the League of Women Voters since 1991. Gary has been a recreational runner, biker and tennis player for over 40 years.

Kathy Kinane- Executive Director

President of Kinane Events and Founder of the O’side Turkey Trot, Kathy has been involved with sports and fitness for over 30 years. The Former Head Women’s Track Coach at UCSB, Kathy has a MA in Exercise Physiology and is Certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Fitness Instructor. She has been recognized by Competitor Magazine and Race Director of the year in 2000. OC Metro Magazine recognized her as Top 25 Hot People in Orange County and Woman Trailblazer by Running USA in 2016 . Kinane Events has managed over 215 events and raised over $28 million dollars for the community since 1992.

Roger Martin- Board Member

Roger Martin spent 38 years with the YMCA where he was known as “Mr. Cardiovascular Fitness” for many years. A pioneer in the San Diego Running community, he was the founder of the YMCA Breakers 10 Miler and the Resolution Day Run.  He was a driving force for the San Diego Senior Olympics where he served a Board Member and Volleyball Commissioner.  Roger has completed 25 marathons and is the former Associate Executive Director of the San Diego Downtown YMCA. Roger was recognized for a lifetime achievement award by the YMCA and served on the President Council on Fitness.

Ruben Sandoval- Board Member

Retired Oceanside Police Department and Ruben has been an elite long distance runner for over 20 years. Ruben is the captain of the OPD Baker to Vegas Relay and has been an integral leader in finding solutions to the challenges that face the youth of Oceanside.

Carl Brandt- Board Member

After working five years in early childhood education after graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 1972, Carl moved to San Diego and in conjunction with a partner opened a specialty running store in Mission Beach in 1977. Throughout the 39-year involvement with the store(s) he focused on being involved with high school track and field and cross-country.  He has been active in running events as a participant, race director and sponsor for the past four decades. In 2012 he was inducted into the Independent Running Retailer Association Hall of Fame and awarded the Lifetime achievement award by the San Diego Track Club in 2016 for his personal and professional contributions to the running community.

David Brahms- Board Member

Brigadier General David M. Brahms retired from the Marine Corps on September 1, 1988. He was presented the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as Director, Judge Advocate Division, Headquarters, United States Marine Corps, Washington, D.C., from September 1985 through August 1988 upon his retirement.

General Brahms was born in New York City and grew up in Newton, Mass. He graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Psychology (cum laude) in 1959 and from Harvard Law School with a LLB (law) in 1962. He joined the Platoon Leaders Class in April 1961 while a second year law student. In September 1961, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He remained in an inactive duty status until January 1963, when he commenced officer training at The Basic School, Quantico, Va. 

After completing that program he received his basic training in military law at the Naval Justice School, Newport, R.I. 

He then reported for duty to the 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C., where he served as a trial counsel a defense counsel, legal assistance officer, and a review officer during the period November 1963 to June 1965. In April 1964 he was sent to the Dominican Republic, where he served as the deputy staff legal of finer to the Marine forces deployed to respond to the “Dominican Crisis.” 

In June 1965, he was transferred to Headquarters, 14th Naval District where he served for three years as a trial counsel, defense counsel and legal assistance officer. During this tour he was promoted to the grade of captain. 

Thereafter he was a student at the Army Judge Advocate General’s School career course. While there he was promoted to the grade of major. In May 1969, he was designated the distinguished graduate in his class. 

Ordered overseas in July 1969, he reported to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, then located in DaNang, Republic of Vietnam. He served there for one year as the deputy staff judge advocate. 

Following this service, he was assigned to the Marine Corps Supply Depot, Albany, Ga. He served as staff judge advocate of that command for two years. 

During July 1972, he reported to the Office of the Director, Judge Advocate Division, Headquarters Marine Corps Washington, D.C., to assume duties as the Head, Research and Policy Branch, and later as the Special Assistant to the Director and OIC Marine Corps Special Court-Martial Judiciary. 

From July 1976 to August 1977, he attended the National Law Center, George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the Marine Corps Special Education Program. In September 1977 he was awarded a Master of Laws in law, psychiatry and criminology with highest honors. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel during this period. 

Returning to Headquarters Marine Corps, he again served as the Head, Research and Policy Branch, Judge Advocate Division, until his transfer to Okinawa in May 1979. There he served as the Staff Judge Advocate, 3d Marine Division. 

In July 1980, General Brahms reassumed the position of Head, Research and Policy Branch, Judge Advocate Division at Headquarters Marine Corps. After selection to colonel in February 1981, he became the Deputy Director of that division. 

He was transferred to Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Calif., in September 1983, where he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, Staff Judge Advocate until February 1985, when he was assigned duty as the Chief of Staff, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Calif. While serving in this capacity, he was selected for promotion to brigadier general in February 1985. He was advanced to brigadier general on July 25, 1985 and assumed duty as the Director, Judge Advocate Division, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C., and Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps on Sept. 30, 1985. General Brahms served in this assignment until his retirement from the Marine Corps on September 1, 1988.

His personal decorations include: the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” and the Meritorious Service Medal with bronze star in lieu of a second award. 
 
Subsequent to retirement from active service, he commenced the private practice of law concentrating in the area of military law.  He continues to practice in that specialized field. He is frequently called upon to render opinions/comment upon military issues. Among the areas of interest are events at the Guantanamo prison, torture and various military justice cases.
 
He is an active member of Mission Readiness, a member of the board of directors of the American Combat Veterans of War (ACVOW), Archi’s Acres, and he Boys Republic. He has been a vocal advocate for combat veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and for military sexual assault victims. 
 
His running history began in high school, as a varsity middle distance runner, continued  at Harvard and flourished while an active duty Marine. 13 Marathons, two at Boston and at every shorter distance race he could find, including 24-hour relays. It is fair to say running and physical fitness are his passion.

Jennifer Topzand- Board Member

Currently the Director of Marketing for Pacific Marine Credit Union and member of the Move Your Feet Before You Eat! Running Club and mother of a young runner. Jennifer’s roots in North County include graduating from Vista High School and obtaining her BA in Business from CSUSM. Prior to joining PMCU and being promoted to Director of Marketing, Jennifer was a top aide to former Oceanside City Council Member (now Assemblyman) Rocky Chavez.

Jennifer is often found running or walking with family and friends at local trails, the Relay for Life or the PMCU O’side Turkey Trot. Jennifer’s passion for the community has running has helped propel the O’side Trot to be recognized by Runner’s World Magazine as one the top trots in the country.

Trish Halsey Munroe- Board Member

Trish is a civic volunteer, a retired USCG attorney, and a Colonel, USMC (Ret) (TBS “Molly Marine” and Honor Grad’.) She has Meritorious Civilian Awards from the US Secretary of Transportation and from the Secretary of the Army, for her legal advice while in the Pentagon and in drafting federal codes. She was appointed as a Judge Pro Temp. Volunteer career includes: UCLA Alumni Association; California Western School of Law (President of the Alumni Association and awarded Alumni of the Year); American Bar Association (wrote education portions of ABA report on the rights of service members); Women’s Resource Center (Board of Directors and 1st conference regarding DV within DoD while assigned to 1st MAR DIV– later testifying in Congress regarding the program she initiated); SD Lawyers Club Human Trafficking Collaborative; Employer Support of the Guard And Reserve (Calif State Ombudsman); and National Military Families Association. She last served on the Board of Directors for the League of Women Voters of California.

Trish grew up in a labor union family in Norwalk, CA, Before graduating UCLA, she was a high school AP student, with a scholarship to travel around the world with the “Semester at Sea.”

At the USMC marathon in 1976, Trish qualified for the Boston Marathon, with a time that also placed her in the top 80 women in the USA. Today, everyone in Trish’s family runs, & each Thanksgiving they “Move Their Feet Before They Eat” — previously placing 1st in her age division for Oceanside, and last year placing 6th in her division, with each of her grandchildren also placing 6th in their respective divisions.

Tierra Murguia- Program Manager

Tierra (pronounced Tera) joined the Foundation in August 2014 as the new program manager. Tierra is focused on grant writing and expanding the running programs at local schools in North County. Tierra earned her bachelors from UCSD and her MBA from Johns Hopkins University. Tierra enjoys being active in sports and currently resides in Oceanside with her husband and their dog Biscuit.

Colleen Soto-Director of Outreach-Volunteer

An Oceanside resident since 1981, Colleen has been teaching Sports Medicine, fitness, dance and running at local schools and studios for 36 years. She is currently a teacher of Senior Fitness at Mira Costa College and coordinating the foundation’s outreach to the local schools and senior centers.  She received her degrees in Dance and Physical Education from CSULB and UCI in Sports Medicine.