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Youngstown Marathon Foundation Board

Mark Lipinsky

Race Director 












Mark has worked in running specialty at Second Sole since 2007. 

He is responsible for the course design/logistics

of the Youngstown Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K.

The first race he directed was the Run Ytown 10-Miler in 2013. 

In the fall of 2020, he also created the Mahoning Valley XC Series,

which included 18 cross country races for middle/high school runners. 


Dr. Nicole Ranttila

President, Marketing Director &

Director of Ambassadors



Nicole was a 2018 Youngstown Marathon Ambassador.
She is an avid Mill Creek Park runner 
and has completed five marathons.
Nicole has over 50 half marathons under her belt and counting.
She created the Ranttila Scholarship Foundation to provide scholarships to college bound students. She is also on the board of Dylan's House, which aims to provide housing for adults with disabilities. She is a psychologist and active community volunteer and speaker. Nicole also teaches yoga, spinning and barre. 

Candace Madden

Vice President


Candace is the Grant Manager/Panerathon Coordinator at Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley.  She is a 2019 Boston Marathon Qualifier, she’s participated in eight marathons and countless half marathons to date.  Candace is a classically trained pianist and volunteers her time to play at the Hospice House for staff and patients.  Candace loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, and support our local community.

Beth Hepfner



Beth is a distance walker completing numerous races with varying distances from 2 miles to a full marathon. She has walked 19 half marathons and  at the age of 60 successfully finished a full marathon. She now has her sights on walking 50k. She served as Ambassador for the Youngtown Marathon for 3 years focusing on recruiting walkers and continues to "Shout Youngstown." Beth retired from Cadence Care network after serving 23 years as Director of Finance.

Jenna Kifer

Secretary & Volunteer Coordinator

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Jenna is the HR director at Cadence Care Network, a local nonprofit providing behavioral health services to children and families in the community. Jenna also serves on the Western Reserve Chapter-SHRM board, an organization committed serving Human Resources in the Mahoning Valley. Jenna began her running career in 2016 and enjoys the half marathon distance. She achieved her fastest paces at the 2022 Youngstown Marathon 5K. She joined the board in 2023 at Volunteer Coordinator. 

Steve Hixson

Board Member

Steve has enjoyed being a Youngstown Marathon board member since 2017. As the owner of Second Sole since 1981, he has branched out and opened seven additional stores in Ohio and one in Cranberry, PA. Running has always been his passion. He ran for Liberty High School (cross country state champions in 1975), continued to run track and cross country for Ohio State and has completed eight marathons.

Lisa Resnick

Board Member

Lisa is the Founder/CEO of Dandelion-Inc and Dandelion Properties. Both companies are all about lifting people up to achieve their goals. Lisa started running later in life. Her goal was to run a 5k on her 35th birthday, and now, ten years later she has finished ten half marathons, three Ragnar relays, four marathons, and one 50K. Being part of the community is very important to Lisa, who is on the Animal Charity of Ohio Board, and the Vice President of the Board at OH WOW. She firmly believes you can do anything you want to, as long as you have passion, drive, and supportive people around you.

Youngstown Marathon Foundation Team Leaders


Christina Toth

Pacer Coordinator

Scott Denham

USATF Course Certification

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