Leaders

IMG_1256LIFE Runners Advisory Board:
Bishop Paprocki (IL):  National LIFE Runners Team Chaplain.
* Jeff Grabosky (DC):  author of Running with God across America.
Lindsey Bachman (MO):  attorney, Vitae Foundation and PRC boards.
Kathryn Lopez (DC):  editor-at-large of National Review Online.
Royce Hood (IL):  attorney, founder Maria News and Law of Life Summit.
Dr. Kevin Vost (IL):  faith/fitness author, radio/TV guest.

LIFE Runners Officers:  bios below
* Operations:  Dr. Jeff Pauls (IL)
Devotions:  Dr. Rich Reich (CO)
Membership:  Paul Westendorf (SD)
Chapters:  Sharla Cloutier (NY)
* Communications:  Anne Carmichael (MO)
Jerseys/Gear:  Kris Pauls (MO)
* Relay:  Jeff Pauls (IL), Dr. Tracy Glass (TX), David Dorpinghaus (ND)
* Finance:  Scott Casmer (CO)
Fundraising:  Rob Rysavy (CA)

LIFE Runners Board of Directors (8):  Dr. Pat Castle, Dr. Jeff Pauls, Anne Carmichael, Dr. Rich Reich, Rob Rysavy, Paul Westendorf, Scott Casmer, Dr. Tracy Glass

Dr. Pat Castle:  president, coach, co-founder.  Pat is a catalyst and unifying force for Pro-Life throughout our culture (science, education, athletics, church) – All In Christ!  He is blessed with wife Angi and daughters Paige and Grace.  He grew up in Sioux Falls, SD.  After graduating from the Air Force Academy in 1993, his military service was in TX, CA, CO, Turkey, IL, SD.  In 2014, Pat retired as a LtCol medical support squadron commander at Ellsworth AFB, SD and began serving as the national Vitae Foundation pres/CEO.  He earned analytical chemistry degrees from the U of IL (MS 1994, PhD 2005).  Pat was a bioenvironmental engineer (8 yrs) and an Air Force Academy associate professor of chemistry (7 yrs).  He attended the National Defense University’s Weapons of Mass Destruction-prevention program for leaders (2008-2010) and the Notre Dame Vita Institute for human life ministry leaders (2011).  Pat served with the Academy’s Center for Character & Leadership Development (2008-2009) and led the development of the Dean’s model Ethics Across the Curriculum program (1997-2000). Pat is rooted in the Catholic Christian faith and actively ecumenical with other denominations (article).  He is a member of the Knights of Columbus (since 1992).  His ministry leadership includes founding two Bible study groups; 6 yrs with youth education and retreat programs; 10 yrs with Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA); Engaged Encounter; LIFE Group Devotions (co-founded 2007); and the National LIFE Runners Team (co-founded 2008).  LIFE Runners raises Pro-Life prayers, awareness and funds A-Cross America.  Near the finish of the 2006 Pikes Peak Ascent, Pat was deeply inspired by a miraculous encounter with St. Padre Pio.  With 17 marathons, his best finishes include the 2007 Marine Corps (2:53), 2008 Pikes Peak (17th), 2008 Chicago (2:54), 2009 Boston (2:59), 2009 Great Wall of China (2nd, 45 countries), 2010 STL (2:59) and 2010 Sioux Falls (7th), 2011 Kansas City (25th), 2013 Mankato (3:02).  Pat is the 2010 Scott AFB Athlete of the Yr (out of 4,250).  From 2012-2014, he was the Rapid City CareNet board president.  Pat co-founded the national Law of Life Summit (2012).  License plate holder, “I VOTE PRO-LIFE.”  Articles and speaking, including 2012 March for Life2012 EWTN TV, 2013 Knights Columbia.  pat@LIFErunners.orgFB page. Heb 12:1.

IMG_2159Dr. Jeff Pauls:  vice president – operations.  Jeff has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ forged in the Holy Eucharist. He is passionately Pro-Life and prayerfully united to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Jeff and Amy started their life together in 1993 as high school sweethearts with their wedding vows joyously given on August 8, 1998. They are blessed with two daughters, Lauren (2007) and Kendall (2009). Jeff’s Catholic ministry began at Truman State University where he was a leader in Students for Life, the Newman Center and local Parish School of Religion program. Since beginning his career as a teacher in 1998, Jeff has taught and coached every level of student from 5th grade through post-graduate and recently completed his Ph.D. in Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is a member of St. Alban Roe Parish in Wildwood, MO.  A Knight of Columbus since 2007, Jeff is a charter member of St. Peter’s Cathedral Council (Belleville, IL), founded in 2013, and current member of St. Alban Roe Council.  Jeff handles operations for the LIFE Runners and serves as a coordinator of the March for Life 5K and A-Cross America Relay.  He has been featured on EWTN radio: At Home with Jim and Joy (17 Jun 2013, 10 Sep 2013) and St. Joseph Radio Presents (15 Sep 2012, 20 Oct 2012), in the Knights of Columbus Columbia magazine and the St. Louis Archdiocese Review.  He and his Dad (who has run 81 marathons) began their marathon career together in 1996 at the St. Louis Olympiad Marathon. He is a prayerful witness at the two St. Louis-area abortion mills. 2 Tm 4:3-7 jeffp@LIFErunners.org.
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fam-150x150Anne Carmichael:  vice president – communications. 
Anne has been working to make abortion unthinkable for over 35 years.  She is a vice president for the Vitae Foundation and has raised more than $3 million for their life-saving work.  In 2009 she spearheaded an aggressive billboard campaign there directing pregnant women in need to local centers offering free support services.  That life-saving campaign has just finished its 5th year and has saved hundreds of  babies in Greater KC area.  As the first executive director for Missouri Right to Life, Anne increased the public’s awareness of the issue through heavy emphasis on public relations and worked to elect pro life candidates while managing operations for them and the Missouri Right to Life Education Fund.  She’s a past lobbyist and grassroots organizer for the Missouri Catholic Conference.  While there, she played a lead role in the passage of the partial-birth abortion legislation including the successful override of the Governor’s veto – which was only the 7th in Missouri’s history.  Anne serves on the National LIFE Runners board of directors (VP of Communications) and is a LIFE Runners Devotions author.  She has finished six half’s and 1 full marathon with them. Anne earned a B.S. in business management from William Woods University (summa cum laude) and is a life-long member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Jefferson City.  She has been married to her husband Jim for 30 years they have 3 children.  She writes for her blog, Running for Life and manages social media for Vitae  She’s been honored by several organizations including Zonta International; International Biographical Centre; Marquis Who’s Who; and Outstanding Young Woman of America. FB pageanne@liferunners.org.
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Rich-Erica-Reich-150x150Dr. Rich Reich:  vice president – secretary, co-founder. Rich is a Lt Col serving as Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Deputy for Budget and Laboratory Operations of the Chemistry Department at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.  He has served 18 years as a chemical research officer in the Air Force with experience in the fields of energetic materials, combustion science, mass spectrometry, and radiochemistry.  He earned a BS in Chemistry and BA in German from the University of Arizona in 1995.  He also earned an MS (2001) and a PhD (2010) in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Florida.  Rich and his wife, Erica, have been married since 1997.  Rich is an active member of the Knights of Columbus (since 2006, former Grand Knight), focusing much of his energy on pro-life activities.  In 2009, he led his Knights of Columbus council in raising funds for a crisis pregnancy center ultrasound machine, through the Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative.  Rich enjoys long distance running (co-founded LIFE Runners), surf fishing, water sports, listening to Christian music (especially Third Day), and studying Catholic apologetics. “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves” James 1:22.  rich@LIFErunners.org.

5775_1188225067722_7426711_nRob Rysavy:  vice president – fundraising.
  Rob is a Colonel at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, CA.  Since his graduation from the United States Air Force Academy in 1990, he has been in various flying and space-related positions.  Rob is a lifelong Catholic, husband to the amazing Michelle and father to Alexandra, Robert, Mark, Elizabeth, Mary and Katharine.  He grew up in South Dakota, spending 12 years in the Sioux Falls Catholic school system and graduating from O’Gorman High School (thanks Mom and Dad).  Rob is a member of the Knights of Columbus (since 1995), is a Cursillista (de Colores!), has led Bible Studies, taught youth Christian Formation, been active in Boy Scouts, has coached multiple youth sports for all ages Pre-K through high school, and was a member of the St. Mary’s High School Board of Directors prior to his move from Colorado Springs to Riverside.  Rob loves being with his incredible family, all of whom are proof that God gives us much more than we deserve.  He is a LIFE Runner who also enjoys backpacking, triathlons, and cycling.  Rob is a reader, and he likes explaining to people why he is a “single-issue” (Life!) voter. “Then the boy’s father cried out, “I do believe, help my unbelief” Mark 9:24.  rob@LIFErunners.org.
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1017578_10151509469123882_268997455_nPaul Westendorf:  membership coordinator.  Paul works for a financial and technology services organization in Sioux Falls, SD.  Paul’s pro-life foundation story is similar to many people in that it was developed by his surroundings. Paul’s hometown is the rural community of Wagner, SD.  He grew up in a strong Christian surrounding as a member of St. John’s Catholic Church there.  Many First Friday Masses and religious education classes were attended at St John’s.  Additional LIFE influences came from Paul’s mom as she was a nurse her whole career and another close relative who was a founding member of the South Dakota Right to Life back in 1973.  He was on the Alpha Center 5K committee in 2012 and helped add a running portion into their fund raising event.  He assisted in organizing the Sioux Falls and O’Gorman chapter runners to fill in relay legs for the South Dakota portion of the 1st Annual LIFE Runners “A-Cross the Country Relay for Pro-Life” event of which he ran over 30 miles.  He also assisted in coordinating the 4,000-mile Relay finish line events that took place on March 24, 2013 (Palm Sunday) at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls, SD.  Paul’s family includes wife Jacquie (25 wonderful years), and two sons Ryan and Micah who are both in the Sioux Falls Catholic School system.

Scott-and-GirlsScott Casmer:  finance officer.  Scott gained an interest in the Pro-Life movement while studying to become Catholic in 1998. As part of the men’s formation group that eventually led to the inception of the LIFE Runners, he has been involved since the beginning. Scott grew up in Southern California, where he lived until he graduated from college and moved to Atlanta for graduate school. He earned multiple degrees in engineering and business before moving to Colorado Springs in 1997, where he currently works in national defense and serves as the Colorado Springs LIFE Runners Chapter leader. While in college, Scott met his wonderful future bride, Susan, and got married in 1997. They’ve been blessed with two daughters who bring joy to each day. The whole family enjoys running in the thin air of Colorado. Scott has found that the half marathon is his ideal race for year-round training and competition. He also enjoys playing and coaching soccer, hiking, camping, dirtbiking, and fishing. James 1:12

Scott-and-GirlsDr. Tracy Glass:  relay assistant director.  Tracy is an obstetrician/gynecologist in Abilene, Texas. Before earning her medical degree, Dr. Glass distinguished herself academically earning degrees in Anthropology, Microbiology, and a Master’s degree in Cell Biology. She has received numerous teaching awards and her research contributions have been published in several major scientific journals including Brain Research and the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. She is a member of the AAPLOG (American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists) and is actively involved in medical missionary work. She enjoys sharing her faith and talents with those in need and considers it one of the greatest gifts of service she could offer another. She is married to Greg Glass and they have three children: Payson, Morgan, and Keelan. When time permits, they enjoy spending time outdoors, running, camping, hiking or competing in triathlons. Tracy has completed numerous half marathons, but only one full marathon (The Great Wall of China marathon). She has participated in many triathlons including the Hawaii Half-Ironman. Her greatest running accomplishment: watching my 6 year old cross the finish line of her first half marathon, all in the name of LIFE!