National Board of Directors

The Pentathlon Institute National Board of Directors volunteer their time to serve on the Board.  This board, made up of people from around the United States who are or have been involved as Educators at All Levels, Administrators, Directors, PTA Members, Business Owners, Financial Advisors, Program Manager, Insurance Agent, Politicians, and Lawyers.  Each year this board meets in Indianapolis, IN at the National Headquarters to review the year and make suggestions and plans for the future to better meet the needs of Pentathletes and their communities.

Current Board of Directors

John del Regato Originator


Mary Gilfeather President


René LeBlanc VP


Kathy Flemming


Tad Davis


Laura Dodds

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Chris Greig


Jeff Lovelace


Matthew Strzynski

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Dr. John C. del Regato

President of Pentathlon Insitute, Inc. since 1985
Originator of Mathematics Pentathlon games
Founding Member of Pentathlon Institute, Inc.

Involved in Mathematics Pentathlon Since
In 1977 I began to research various formats or what I call frameworks for games. In 1978 I began in earnest to design the set of games now known as the Mathematics Pentathlon Games. The first tournament using these games was held in 1979 in honor of the International Year of the Child.

What roles have you played in Mathematics Pentathlon?
Game designer and editor. Mathematics Supervisor, Game Leader, Division Director, Center Director, and assistant to the National Director.

Why are you involved in Mathematics Pentathlon?
I believe students need a challenging active participation in mathematical concepts and skills. Properly designed games can do this while stimulating a growth in strategic thinking.

Dr. Mary Gilfeather

Vice President, Pentathlon Insitute since
Co-National Director, Mathematics Pentathlon

Involved in Mathematics Pentathlon Since

What roles have you played in Mathematics Pentathlon?
My first role was as a 4th-5th grade classroom teacher. This was my first year teaching and I was one of 3 educators to implement the Mathematics Pentathlon games and send students to the First Mathematics Pentathlon Academic Tournament in 1979.

Since then I have served as a math staff development consultant and workshop presenter for school districts nationwide. I have also presented this program to numerous national and state professional conferences for over 20 years. Since 1989 I have worked full time for the Pentathlon Institute. My responsibilities include: scheduling, coordinating and conducting, and standardizing National Math Pentathlon Academic Tournaments; writing publications including Adventures in Problem Solving Books I and II and Investigation Exercises Books I and II that connect the Math Pentathlon games with curriculum and assessment as well as national and state standards; updating and clarifying Math Pentathlon Game Manuals; maintaining quality and price control with vendors for all Math Pentathlon materials; and promoting the Math Pentathlon Program nationwide.

Why are you involved in Mathematics Pentathlon?
My experience with this program so fundamentally affected my beliefs about how students learn mathematics that I pursued and received my doctorate in 1989 at Indiana University in curriculum and instruction and mathematics education. My dissertation used the Math Pentathlon games as an integral part of my research and affirmed many of the tenets underlying the basis of this program. These principles include: 1) students best develop meaningful learning of math concepts and relationships when taught in a conceptual manner using appropriate physical and pictorial models; 2) spatial reasoning is a key factor in students development of problem-solving skills; and 3) students self-esteem is enhanced when they feel confident about their conceptual understanding of math and their ability to use a variety of strategies to resolve problems that undergo change. This, in turn, affects students’ achievement in mathematics in the classroom and real life.

Thirty years later, I am still amazed at how the Math Pentathlon Program fundamentally affects the lives of students of all ages. By involving the entire educational community, this program including the Annual National Mathematics Pentathlon Academic Tournaments, motivates student of varying abilities and learning styles to enjoy math and spend more time learning it. What a joy and privilege it has been to be a part of this program that facilitates students being better problem-solvers and enjoying this process with family and friends!

Rene LeBlanc

Member of Pentathlon Institute National Board of Directors
Associate National Director Pentathlon Institue
Member and Presenter, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Former Principal, Maplewood Elementary School, Austin Independent School District
Educational Professional Since 1986: Austin ISD ~ Elementary/Middle School/Administration, Texas State University, Center for Professional Development and Technology, Educational Institute Accreditation Review

Involved in Mathematics Pentathlon Since

What roles have you played in Mathematics Pentathlon?
Back in the mid 1990’s I used the Mathematics Pentathlon program to bring elementary campuses together with different populations so students and parents would have exposure and get to know one another in a cooperative/academic setting before attending middle school. We saw what a great success this was and eventually brought it to other schools in and around Austin. The program grew into what is now one of the largest centers in the United States. I volunteered for many years as a supervisor, teacher, trainer, game leader, score keeper, and director. Currently my role with the institute is codirector at the national level. This is a rewarding role and I truly enjoy working with the teachers, parents, administrators and the wide variety of communities.

Why are you involved in Mathematics Pentathlon?
As a past school principal I know how important it is to bring quality problem-solving experiences to all of the students. What is equally important is the meshing of teachers and parents working together for the common good of the child. The Mathematics Pentathlon Program meets both of these important qualifications and MUCH MORE. Students learn to work together in a learning environment that includes sharing ideas, discussing strategies, working with respect in group situations, learning how to deal with differences, learning how to be reflective in decision making, etc. As for a math program K-7 I can not say enough about the use of different manipulatives used in the learning process and the strong connections with the Problem Solving Books and Excercises Binders.

Mary Kathleen Fleming

Secretary of the Pentathlon Board of Directors
Teacher (11 years)
Principal (32 years)
Curriculum Committee – Archdiocese of Indianapolis Art, Music and Physical Education
Board of Education Commission – Archdiocese of Indianapolis
Treasure of Arch Principal’s Association
Archdiocesan Youth Ministry Commission
Textbook Adoption Committees for Archdiocese Science and Reading
Indianapolis Zoo – Education Commission
Children’s Museum – Advisory Commission
State of Indiana Technology Workshop
National Catholic Education Association – Principal’s Academy
Franklin College – North Central Accreditation Commission
Urban Parish Cooperative Commission

Involved in Mathematics Pentathlon Since?

What roles have you played in Mathematics Pentathlon?
I was key in helping the National Directors of the Pentathlon Institute get started in the Indianapolis area by providing space for them to host meetings, workshops and run their business.  Through the years I have attended and gotten many people to attend their hands on workshops.  By attending the workshops, leaders in my school and the area became Math Pentathlon club directors and even started after school clubs so students and parents could be more involved in learning.  With the support of our PTO and other PTOs in the area we were able to better fund the program and reach more students and staff members.  One of the highlights of my year is helping at the tournaments where so many families and schools come together to test their skills and learn life lessons.

Why are you involved in Mathematics Pentathlon?
I am a firm believer in the goals and procedures that Dr. Del Regato and Dr Gilfeather have instilled in students.  Students went from hating math to loving it!  Most learned for the first time that math has a concrete, pictorial basis in every operation.  They had previously thought of math as a computational skill only.  This awakened them to procedures involving logic and spatial reasoning, Many have become high school math teachers.  One girl even became a  professor and did her thesis on tessellations, a skill learned in  the kindergarten and first grade games, Hex.  Students put away fears of their inferior ability in math and found the games fun little realizing all the skills they were learning.  They frequently came back and told me they did better in high school because of the proficiencies they had learned through the Pentathlon Institute.  To me they were the best educational tool available for preparing students for a true understanding of math.

Chris Greig

State Representative, Michigan’s 37th District (Farmington/Farmington Hills)
Vice Chair, Women’s Progressive Legislative Caucus
Former Executive Director, Farmington/Farmington Hills Education Foundation
Past President, Farmington Area PTA Council
Former Membership Chair, Michigan Parent Teacher Association (MPTA)
Former Business Software Application Consultant

Member, Pentathlon Institute National Board of Directors
Member, Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimist Club
Member, American Association of University Women
Member, Southeast Michigan Tennis Association
Member, Farmington Pledge for Success
Member and Lector, St Gerald Church
BA, University of Notre Dame

Involved in Mathematics Pentathlon Since

What roles have you played in Mathematics Pentathlon?
I started coaching in 2001 when my youngest son was in first grade. Since then, I have led both elementary and middle school Mathematics Pentathlon school programs and have coached at all levels. I have also served as Game Leader for all divisions. I have also had the pleasure to serve as a MPOS trainer and to assist the Division II tournament directors in the Michigan Center.

Why are you involved in Mathematics Pentathlon?
Math is a wonderful bridge between students and adults. And what could be a more fun way to improve in mathematics than by playing math games? The Mathematics Pentathlon program has inspired countless students to look more closely at mathematics – to go beyond the basics of memorization. All three of my sons participated in Mathematics Pentathlon. As a coach, I was able to introduce the program to hundreds of new participants so they could benefit as much as my own children have. Coaching and assisting with the clubs have also been fantastic means for involving more parents in the schools. My work bringing PTA and Mathematics Pentathlon together has substantially strengthened both programs in my district’s schools.

Jeff Lovelace

Director of Product Launch Managment
Enterprise Information Services
Eli Lilly and Company

Member, Pentathlon Institute National Board of Directors
Member, Project Management Institute
Member, East 91st Christian Church

Involved in Mathematics Pentathlon Since

What roles have you played in Mathematics Pentathlon?
I started out as a game supervisor in the Division IV national tournament and eventually moved to be a game leader for Division III. Throughout the years, I’ve been involved with officiating games, fostering good sportmanship, encouraging children, rallying the crowd during the post tournament recognition events and making sure every child knows they are a winner by participating in the national tournaments.

Why are you involved in Mathematics Pentathlon?
I was introduced to the Pentathlon Institute in 1989 by a Statistician who worked at Eli Lilly and Company. Given my degrees in Math and Computer Science along with Eli Lilly’s mission in the ‘pursuit of scientific excellence’, I began my relationship with the Pentathlon Institute. I started out as a volunteer and have grown my relationship to serve on the Pentathlon’s National Board of Directors.

I believe the Pentathlon Institute has made an important and significant impact on not only our Indianapolis community, but communities across the nation. Over the years, I have personally seen the impact the Pentathlon Institute has had not only on central Indiana, but the organization has grown to serve communitites in Michigan, Georgia, Texas, Ohio and others across the nation. In total, the Pentathlon Institute has directly affected over 30,000 children and indirectly affected a much larger number through the institute’s training programs for teachers and administrators.

Matthew R. Strzynski, Esq.

Member of Pentathlon Institute National Board of Directors
Lawyer representing businesses and individuals and helping them find solutions to all their legal needs

Involved in Mathematics Pentathlon Since

What roles have you played in Mathematics Pentathlon?
I have played many roles with the Pentathlon at both West Clay Elementary and Creekside Middle School. I originally began as an assistant to the club leader and volunteered as a Game Monitor. Slowly I increased my participation, and now have been the club instructor for Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4, and have served as a Game Leader at the various tournaments around Indianapolis.

Why are you involved in Mathematics Pentathlon?
My involvement is actually rather selfish. I really enjoy playing board games with my own children. And when I learned about this club, I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to play games that were challenging, and at the same time introduce my kids to some other children who enjoyed math-based activities. Additionally, my kids all participate in athletics, and I wanted to make sure they added activities outside of sports. Finally, now that it has been nearly a decade of involvement, I just really enjoy the program. The school supports the club, the parents are great to work with, and it is rewarding working with the children and watching them move up the various divisions.

Frank W. Davis

Member of Pentathlon Institute National Board of Directors
Facilities Manager, Bristol Brewing Company, Colorado Springs
Party Owner, Valentine Jewelers, Colorado Springs
Former Attorney

Involved in Mathematics Pentathlon Since
Board Member Since 1999

Colorado College, BA 1967
University of Denver, JD 1970

What roles have you played in Mathematics Pentathlon?
As an active member of the board I work with the planning and development of the Institutes work.

Why are you involved in Mathematics Pentathlon?
To support the ongoing work of the founders. I strongly believe that the United States is falling behind in the basics of education, especially math. We do not emphasize enough its value to our lives and its necessity in competing locally and in our global economy. We have to do more and this organization actually accomplishes it. It needs to be implemented on a national basis, step by step. My goal is to see this program being implemented and effectively used throughout the United States and beyond.

Laura J. Dodds

Executive Director – TechPoint Foundation for Youth

Indiana Girls Collaborative Chambions Board Member
City of Indianapolis VEX Robotics Championship Advisory Board Member
IU School of Informatics & Computing-Indianapolis iDEW Advisory Board Member
Women & Hi Tech Coach
VEX IQ Robotics, Sidener Academy

Involved in Mathematics Pentathlon Since
Board Member Since 2012

What roles have you played in Mathematics Pentathlon?
I began in a supporting role when my twins got connected in 2012 as 2nd graders. After watching my kids build confidence in math through participation, I became committed to making sure they had the opportunity to continue participating throughout their educational careers. In 2014, I took over the Division III team at our school, and coached a team of 12 Pentathaletes. In addition, my role at TechPoint Foundation for Youth has allowed me to help start additional teams throughout Indianapolis. Today, our Foundation remains committed to connecting Mathematics Pentathlon programming to local schools by finding volunteer coaches and purchasing the games for new teams in low-income schools.

Why are you involved in Mathematics Pentathlon?
I believe Math Pentathlon teaches core math concepts in fun, creative ways that ultimately inspires kids to not only love learning math, but also to feel confident in their math abilities.


Past Member of Board of Directors

Tribute to Dave Brown

It is with a very heavy heart that I must share with all of you that Dave Brown died on August 21, 2016 after a long battle with cancer.  He meant the world to us and we will miss him on so many levels.  We went all the way back to 1984, just a year after John and I moved to Indy and when we were teaching at Butler University.  He joined our Board very shortly thereafter serving for over 30 years.  Words can not describe what a wonderful man he was.  We will honor him on our Board of Director’s Meeting on Friday, December 2, 2016.

David C. Brown, 74, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016.

He was born Nov. 5, 1941, to Cardin Brown and Edith Tinney Brown in Pennsylvania. He married Betsy Trent Brown on July 12, 1997, and she survives him. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army who served during the Vietnam War. He received a Bronze Star for his service. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science in Pennsylvania. Mr. Brown served as an accountant during his time in the Army. He was a certified public accountant at the firm he owned, Brown, Kingry CPA, for several years beginning in 1987. He built his business through longterm relationships with his clients. He previously worked at George S. Olive & Co. until September 1978. He also taught at Butler University years ago.

Mr. Brown was a member of the Indiana CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for over 40 years. He was a longtime board member of Walker Career Center and the Pentathlon Institute.

David enjoyed playing golf, boating and cooking. He was an avid Indianapolis Colts fan and season ticket holder. Most of all, David loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.