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Members List

How to Apply to become part of the Wyoming Governor's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports

Jeff Grant, Cheyenne
Cheyenne City Parks and Recreation

Jeff has been on the Council for three years. He is a Recreation Specialist for the City of Cheyenne and programs all of the youth sports. He has been involved in sports and fitness all of his life. He has a B.S. in Recreation Administration and has his M.S. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. He has been married 19 years to his best friend Julie. They have two boys; Kaleb (16) who has his Black Belt and Kyle (12) who plays for the Cheyenne All Star Baseball team. In his spare time Jeff enjoys traveling with his family and watching his boys play and compete in activities. He and his whole family are die hard HUSKER fans.


Katrina Lorenzen, Casper
Katrina Lorenzen is the Student Wellness Coordinator for Natrona County School District and a member of Wyoming Action for Healthy Kids, WAHPHERD (Wyoming Association for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance), and AAPHERD (American Association for Health Physical Education). She serves on NCSD Goal #4 team (Safe, Healthy People) and is in the Leadership Casper class for 2010. Katrina was selected to serve as a community coach for the ACHIEVE Healthier Communities Grant that the City of Casper Parks and Recreation Department received this year. She taught aerobics for 16 years and was a personal trainer for 10 years. Katrina enjoys walking, hiking, golfing, and helping others believe in Wellness. She loves spending time with her family which includes 3 beautiful children and a wonderful husband.

Nancy Raso Eklund, Council Co-Chair, Green River
Nancy has been with School District #2 in Green River for 39 years as a health, physical education teacher in Green River, WY. Nancy has been nationally recognized for her teaching methods and was the 1996 National AAHPERD Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year as well as honored by Disney in 1996 as one of the 36 teacher honorees of the American Teacher Awards nationally televised show. She has presented nationally and internationally for fitness education programs as well as on education methods for instruction for appropriate health and physical education instruction and heart rate technology. She has received numerous honors for her leadership and passion for the profession. Under her leadership and influence she has served as the Wyoming Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance’s Executive Director for nearly 20 years. Nancy serves on district and national committees for SHAPE America (former AAHPERD) as well as committees for American Heart Association, Fuel Up To Play 60 and Action for Healthy Kids. Nancy has also been involved with writing curriculum and position papers for SHAPE America on fitness education.

Most recently she has served as School District #2’s grant director for the Physical Education for Progress (PEP) federally funded grant. Nancy’s desire to make a difference in the lives of today’s students has made her a recognized voice to team with the many programs in our country to affect change for the health of youth in schools and communities across our country.


Ranae Pape
Ranae resides in the small rural community Daniel on her husband’s family ranch. Ranae is a long time member of Sublette County.  She has spent numerous hours volunteering in her community to promote fitness and create a lifestyle of being healthy from the inside out. Ranae is a CrossFit Level 1 coach, and Endurance coach. She has competed in many run/row 5k and 10K’s, and half marathons as well as Power Lifting meets and Crossfit competitions throughout Wyoming and surrounding states. She enjoys hiking, snow shoeing, and being outside on her husband’s ranch. Ranae is a big Nebraska Husker and Wyoming Cowboy football fan and enjoys all aspects of sports and competition.

Ranae strives on learning about physical fitness and goes outside normal avenues of learning to gain knowledge. Her biggest belief is not to be tied to one type of training, but to empower herself with knowledge from all aspects of training and physical fitness.

Ranae works for the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming, where the mission of the organization is wellness throughout Wyoming. She loves her work helping the community and residents and has gained an outlet of connections throughout the State of Wyoming for wellness, fitness, and education.


J.Carlo Cannel
Mr. Cannell is a graduate of Phillips Academy ’81 and Princeton University ’85 where he was a Senior Writer at The Daily Princetonian and Chairman of the oldest college magazine in the United States, The Princeton Tiger.

He is the youngest son of Peter B. Cannell, who founded the investment advisory firm, Peter B. Cannell & Co. and is the youngest grandson of Ferdinand Eberstadt, founder of F. Eberstadt & Co. Mr. Cannell launched his first investment partnership, Tonga Partners, L.P., in July 1992.

In his free time, Mr. Cannell is an outdoor enthusiast, his favorite activities being skiing, swimming, surfing and cycling. He can oft be found on the pistes of Grand Targhee near his Alta, Wyoming house. He’s been a member of a non-wetsuit open water swim club since 1985 and also enjoys membership with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (Jackson, Wyoming) and the Union Club (New York). He hopes to soon compete in the Tour de Wyoming.


Christina Spindler
Christina Spindler spent more time as a kid taking medications than running around, due to severe asthma and multiple allergies. Thanks to advances in the medication, she's making up for lost time! Christina is an avid runner and biker. Her bike adventures have taken her all the way across the states of Nebraska and Iowa, but she most enjoys her daily bike commutes. Her family, including husband, Sam, and son, Thomas, enjoys being active by enjoying the great outdoors of Wyoming. Christina holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Wyoming and a MBA from Norwich University and works as a professional engineer for WYDOT. She actively seeks to encourage those who aren't physically active to find the best fit to get them moving.


Ken Yamada
Ken Yamada is currently employed as the Director of Tennis Operations at the Cheyenne Country Club in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Prior tohisarrival in Cheyenne he served as Head Tennis Professional at the Scottsbluff Country Club.His tennis teaching and playing background began inOrange County, California; where he taught at the Park & Rec and Private Club level.

He is currently serving his 2ndterm as a WYOTA Board member and chairs their Diversity and Board and Volunteer Development Committees.He authored and helped implement the WYOTA Code of Ethics, and more recently the WYOTA Membership Drive Worksheet.He has served on various committees for the Nebraska Tennis Association, and theMo.Valleyand So Cal Sections.He was a certified Mo. Valley Clinician.

Currently he is Vice-Chairman of the ITA’s newly created Volunteer Committee and he serves on their Multicultural Participation Committee.He has worked with the Cheyenne Tennis Association in training their volunteers for their Tennis in the Schools Program.He founded the Western Nebraska Tennis Patrons and started their first NJTL Chapter.

In Scottsbluff he coached a Nebraska State Boys Singles Champion and worked with many Juniors who went on to play at the collegiate level.He has taught adults from beginner through tournament player in private and group settings.His teaching philosophy is based on traditional stroke production while embracing modern trends of movement and exercise science.

He is tested and certified at the Professional level of the PTR and is working towards the Master Professional designation.He is a graduate of theUniversityofDenver, with a BSBA Degree in Finance.In the 1980’s managed and operated the family irrigated farm and feedlot west of Scottsbluff in theMitchellValleyarea, while still playing and teaching.

His goal is to leave tennis at the Cheyenne Country Club and the state ofWyomingin better shape than when he arrived.Off the court he likes to cook and watch really bad reality television.He is trying to master the golf swing and is plotting out a way to travel to Africa where he can float the ZambeziRiverwith his camera.He can be reached at 307-637-2221 or yamada@cheyennecountryclub.com


Shawn Powell
Shawn Powell, Ph.D., ABPP, is currently serving as the Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs at Casper College. He is a Co-Director of the Wyoming State Games. Shawn holds a Doctorate in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Administrative Leadership. He is a licensed psychologist and is board certified in school psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. Shawn is a Past President of the American Academy of School Psychology, Wyoming Psychological Association, and Wyoming School Psychology Association. Shawn retired from the Wyoming Air National Guard with 30 years of military service. He holds the rank of sixth degree black belt and is a long distance runner. 


Veronica Pedersen
Veronica is a Cheyenne resident since 2003, mom to Jesse Frank age 5, MSW, wellness coach, and community liaison for Magellan Wraparound. Loves hiking, yoga, and naps.


Michele Carter
Michele Carter has over 16 years of experience working in worksite wellness and community recreation for counties, cities and school districts in Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. Michele holds a BS in Recreation with an emphasis in Exercise Science and will graduate with her MS in Organizational Management in August of 2017. Michele is a certified USA Triathlon Coach, Health Coach (ACE), Personal Trainer (ACSM) and has won worksite wellness awards from WELCOA and American Heart Association. Michele currently heads the Worksite Wellness Coalition for Converse County and works with businesses to implement or enhance their worksite wellness program. Michele enjoys racing in triathlons, spending time outdoors with her family, and has a love for learning.


Kristin Lee
Kristin Lee lives and works in Cheyenne. She believes in physical fitness as a key to well being. Governor Mead appointed Kristin to the Board March 2017.