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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, 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, Council Co-Chair
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. Ranae is continually increasing her fitness education portfolio with multiple courses that will help enhance her personal and community training opportunities. Those additional courses include anatomy for the athlete, programming and nutrition.

Ranae 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 believe that fitness should resemble consistency, intensity, nutrition and a daily greater mindset.

Ranae works in her community with non-profit prevention work. Her passion includes suicide prevention as well as alcohol, tobacco, drug and other measures of health prevention and wellness needs. 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. When Ranae travels for work or pleasure, you will see her stopping into gyms all over the state to train and connect with Wyoming’s fitness community.

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.

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.

Michele Bolkovatz
Michele Bolkovatz is currently the Vice President of Marketing at Blue Federal Credit Union, Wyoming’s largest credit union with almost $900 million in assets and serving over 78,000 members world-wide. While working at Blue FCU for the almost 25 years, Michele has earned Credit Union Executive Society (CUES) Certified Senior Executive and Certified Marketing Executive status.

In addition, Michele recently earned her Credit Union Business Development Professional designation with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). Michele was born and raised in Anaconda, Montana and is a graduate from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business. Cheyenne has become home for the Bolkovatz family for the past 24 years. Michele currently serves on the United Way of Laramie County Board where the Bolkovatz family are Co-Chairs for the 2016-2017 United Way Campaign. In addition, Michele serves on the Junior Leadership of Laramie County Steering Committee; After School for Kids (ASK) Board of Directors, Cheyenne Frontier Day (CFD) Old West Museum Board of Directors; CFD Hall of Fame Steering Committee.

Michele and her husband of 25 years, Rich, have 21-year old identical twin daughters, Mariah and Mikala. Michele and her family value friends, family, freedom and the quality of life and community spirit Cheyenne is known for.

As a family they enjoy camping, snow/ water skiing, and hiking. An avid runner, Michele has participated in numerous races throughout the United States including running the New York City Marathon five times.

Michele and her family believe that being part of the Cheyenne community for over twenty years has been a blessing where they have met amazing people and look forward to being part of this community for years to come.

Jerimiah L. Rieman, Cheyenne

Jerimiah serves Governor Matthew H. Mead coordinating the ENDOW - Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming – Initiative, an effort to develop a long-term strategy to diversify Wyoming’s economy. He has served in the Governor’s Office since 2011.

Jerimiah graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism in 2001. While at CSU, he studied at Lincoln University in New Zealand and completed an independent study in Alaska. The fifth-generation Wyoming native, Jerimiah is also a 2009 graduate of Leadership Wyoming.

Jerimiah enjoys skiing, mountain biking and Wyoming’s great outdoors. He and his wife Kristen are the proud parents of identical twin boys Boden and Potter.

Andrew Zook
Andrew began training with weights in 1994 and competed in his first bodybuilding competition in 1997, earning the title of Mr. High School Wyoming, taking the overall championship. During the next four years he competed in a number of other bodybuilding competitions earning a spot in the NPC Nationals. Shifting his focus he decided to compete in his first powerlifting competition in 2002. After that he was locked in on powerlifting. Over the next decade, Andrew continued to compete and eventually Qualified for USPA World powerlifting meet in 2013 and again in 2014 placing 2nd and earning an elite classification.

Andrew opened Wyoming Athlete Development (WAD) in 2011 because of his passion to pass on the importance of strength and conditioning to Wyoming’s youth. He went on to gain many certifications including, The Cooper Institute Personal Trainer certification, Law Enforcement Fitness Specialist and Certified Powerlifting Coach Practitioner certification. He was also awarded the Governor’s excellence in Fitness and Sports and is also a sitting board member of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and sports.

Because of his passion, Andrew has coached athletes of many disciplines including law enforcement, Navy SEALS, football, volleyball, hockey, track, basketball and wrestling to name a few. He always strives to make others better and is focused to make Wyoming a stronger state.