Board of Directors

RTCA Leadership

The RTCA Board of Directors is comprised of men and women with a heart for God and a passion for serving the workers in the horse racing industry. Many of them have personal ties to the equine world and each of them serves faithfully in their local chaplaincies. The Board consists of an Executive Committee of four officers and five elected representatives from key groups within the organization.

  • Elliott walden

    President

    Elliott Walden, president and CEO of WinStar Farm, has been involved with RTCA for several years, including working closely with both the KY and NY Chaplaincies. Elliott uses his platform as a well-respected figure in the Thoroughbred racing industry to expand awareness and promote the ministry of RTCA and our Chaplains.

  • Rich Gimmel

    Vice President

    Rich Gimmel is the owner and chairman of Atlas Machine and Supply, Inc., a fourth-generation family industrial machinery manufacturer. He currently serves as the Executive Director for the Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy (KY-RTC) whose network of chaplains and volunteers serve four tracks in the state. Along with his wife Angie, Rich currently lives and serves in Louisville, KY. Rich's heart for service is evidenced by his heavy involvement in organizations with missions bent toward helping the citizens of Jefferson County and Central Kentucky including the KY-RTC, KY Board of Education, and the Global Church Missions Team of his local church.

  • Darrell Winter

    treasurer

    Darrell has spent the past seventeen years as the Senior Chaplain at Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico during which time the Lord has grown the ministry in size and influence. Darrell received the Lord at age thirteen at a summer camp in Minnesota, after which he chose to live with his uncle who headed up a ministry there. He remained active as a "staff kid" until going off to college and then entering the business world. Darrell spent the next twenty years owning two businesses and working for a fortune 500 company before retiring to Ruidoso. Darrell believes that his mission work as a teenager and his business background were both God's preparation to give him the unique skill set to do His good work.

  • Humberto Chavez

    Secretary

    Humberto was born in Mexico City and later came to New York, where he lives with Karen, his wife of sixteen years, and their sons David, Johnathan, and Lukas. Together they have a passion for empowering others to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that will eventually help them to become better workers, spouses, and parents.

    Since being called to full time ministry in 2003, Humberto has served as the official Chaplain for the New York Racing Association (NYRA). Humberto and his team of volunteers with the New York Race Track Chaplaincy (NYRTC) provide ministry and programming for the workers at Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga race tracks. Chaplain Humberto ministers and advocates on behalf of the stable workers, horse racing staff, jockeys, trainers and the surrounding communities.

  • Dwight Brown

    Chaplains' Representative

    Dwight is the chaplain at Evangeline Downs Race Track and the surrounding training centers. He and his wife Angelic live and serve in Opelousas, LA along with their three children Dentzel, Delynsha, and Destini. Dwight loves that he has the unique opportunity of being a spiritual leader at the same track where he grew up as a “backside brat”. Dwight’s background includes twenty years training horses at Evangeline Downs, twelve years as an ordained minister, and a career in law enforcement with the Opelousas Police Department, giving him a wide range of skills and experiences to draw upon while doing the Lord’s work on and off the track.

  • Jody Parmenter

    Council Presidents' Representative

    With her father being a jockey and her grandfather a trainer, Jody grew up on the tracks in the Pacific Northwest. This gave her a love for the people on the track, so it was a natural progression that when her friendship with the Chaplain at Emerald Downs led to her own profession of faith in Christ that Jody would then join him in serving and sharing the gospel with these people who had become her family. Jody and her husband Keith have been blessed with a family that includes three children, seven grandchildren, two retired thoroughbreds and three quarter horses. Jody serves on the council at Emerald Downs Backstretch Chapel in Auburn, WA.

  • Allyn mann

    racing industry representative

    The Director of the Animal Health Division of Luitpold Animal Health, Allyn has dedicated the past 29 years to the equine health industry.

  • Arnitha (Arnie) Frazee

    Region directors' Representative

    When Arnie first came to Guthrie, Oklahoma, she had no idea what God was up to. She and her husband Larry had been uprooted from the place where they had raised their family for thirty years, leaving behind a large extended family and lifelong friends. It didn’t take long for the Lord to reveal their purpose in Guthrie: Remington Park Race Track Chaplaincy. Arnie and Larry have had the blessing of being used by God at Remington Park for over twenty years. Together they have three sons and three daughters-in-love who have blessed them with five grandsons and two granddaughters.

  • Karen Chavez

    Women's ministry representative

    Karen serves alongside her husband Humberto at the New York Rack Track Chaplaincy, where she coordinates the Women's Ministry program. Karen has a passion for empowering women to strengthen themselves, their families, and their communities through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.