The Coaches

Kevin Morris – Organizer/Head Coach

Kevin has been a runner for many years and joined East Bay Fit in 2007 to train for his first full marathon. Since then he has run many more marathons, ultra marathons, and completed triathlons of all distance from sprint to full Ironman. Kevin is now the Organizer for East Bay Fit; hoping to help others achieve their running goals. Kevin is a RRCA Certified Running Coach, a USA Triathlon Level 1 Certified Coach, a VDOT O₂ Certified Distance Running Coach, and a proud member of Marathon Maniacs and ORCAS Open Water Swim Club.

Becca Lopez – Head Coach

Becca joined USA FIT in 2015 with the hopes to complete a half marathon. New to running, she found a fantastic community in the program and benefited from the expertise of the group. With the support of the USA FIT East Bay, Becca has gone on to complete several half marathons and her first marathon. Finding joy and a deep appreciation for running, Becca has set her sights on ultra distances. She looks forward to sharing her passion and helping others to keep moving forward.

Joy Chau – Head Coach

Joy trained with East Bay Fit (first known as Danville Fit) in 2004 for her first marathon, The San Francisco Marathon. Over the years she has served as an assistant coach, head coach, and co-organizer. Joy is a veteran of 9 marathons, including CIM, Big Sur and Boston. She has run numerous half marathons and other races and is proud to have been a Legacy Runner for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon. She’s back this season as a coach for the half marathon group. Joy looks forward to sharing her love of running with others, supporting them in their journey to a marathon and half marathon finish, and having fun in the process.

Chris Stawski – Head Coach

Chris joined USA Fit East Bay in 2015. He grew up playing sports but didn’t find long distance running until he joined the group. Chris’ favorite distance is the half marathon and would love to run in all of the National Park races. What Chris likes most about running is getting outside, breathing the fresh air and, afterwards, enjoying a post-run beer.      

Patti Montenegro – Assistant Coach

One of Patti’s goals was to run a half marathon so she joined USA Fit for the 2015 season. Being relatively new to running, she sought a program wherein there was accountability, consistency, motivation and most of all the guidance from seasoned coaches. Fast forward Patti has since run eight half marathons and numerous 10k and 5k races. Enjoying how running has enhanced her life, she would like to help others achieve their own goals by assisting in our training progams.

Michele Block – Assistant Coach

Michele returned to running (after a 15 year hiatus!) in 2015 while training to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.  After a successful summit to the roof of Africa, she joined USA Fit East Bay for the 2016 season with the goal of running a half marathon.  Though she had never completed more than a 3 mile run prior to joining the group, she met her goal and completed the 2016 San Francisco Half Marathon.  Michele attributes her running success to the coaches and fellow runners of USA Fit East Bay as she would not be where she is today without its great training program.  She is honored to be an assistant coach for the 2018 season and she hopes to inspire runners out on the trails.

Grant Guerra – Assistant Coach

Grant started running at the gym. Having tired of treadmills, he began to venture outdoors on the streets and trails around Danville. Running outdoors brought a new set of challenges, dealing with the weather and varying terrain. Gradually he built up his endurance and started running 10K’s and half marathons. He had been training on his own, and while he considered taking on a full marathon, he found that distance a bit daunting. He heard about USA Fit’s training program but was not sure it was the right fit for him. He found the weekly long runs with the coaches and fellow runners to be energizing and actually made the training easier. He has been with the program since 2008 and joined the coaching staff three years ago. He looks forward to training for a full marathon this Summer.

Dr. Tomilyn Thornberry – Associate Coach

Dr. Thornberry will participate with USA Fit East Bay at various times throughout the training season to provide knowledge and expertise in running.   She is a USATF Certified Coach and currently coaches track and cross-country at Foothill High in Pleasanton.   Dr. Thornberry understands and values addressing areas of dysfunctional movement to help the body heal itself and prevent or overcome injuries that keep us from feeling and performing our best. As a chiropractor and a coach, Dr. Thornberry believes in listening to and educating her patients and athletes in a way that promotes lasting lifestyle changes that resonate for each individual. She loves sharing her passion, enthusiasm,  and clinical mindset  by empowering others to proactively become stronger and healthier so that they can pursue their goals with fewer injuries and more joy!