LIFE Runners Advisory Board:
* Bishop Paprocki (IL): National LIFE Runners Team Chaplain.
* Anne Carmichael (MO): vice president with the Vitae Foundation.
* Jeff Grabosky (MD): ran across America to encourage prayer.
* Royce Hood (IL): attorney, founder Maria News and Law of Life Summit
* Dr. Kevin Vost (IL): faith/fitness author, radio/TV guest.
* Kathryn Lopez (DC): editor-at-large of National Review Online.
* Lindsey Bachman (MO): attorney, parish Respect Life coordinator.
LIFE Runners Officers:
* Authors: Dr. Rich Reich, Rob Rysavy, Steve Castle, Jeff Pauls, Rosemary Bernth, Shane Kapler, Dr. Pat Castle
* LIFE Group Devotions Operations: Jeff Pauls (IL)
* Guest Authors Scheduling: Dr. Pat Castle (SD)
* A-Cross the Country Relay: Jeff Grabosky (MD)
* Communications: Anne Carmichael (MO) and Sue Peters (SD)
* LIFE Runners Chapters: Paul Westendorf (SD)
* Fundraising: Rob Rysavy (CA) and Tony Spader (SD)
* Finance: Steve Castle (MN) and Scott Casmer (CO)
* Jerseys/Gear: Kris Pauls (MO)
LIFE Runners Board of Directors:
Pat is a catalyst and unifying force…for Pro-Life! 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. Pat is now a LtCol medical support squadron commander at Ellsworth AFB, SD (Black Hills). He was blessed to unite with Angi in the Sacrament of Marriage in 1994. They teamed up with God to welcome their daughters Paige (2000) and Grace (2003). Pat earned analytical chemistry degrees from the U of IL (MS 1994, PhD 2005). He attended the National Defense Univ WMD-prevention program for leaders (2008-2010) and the Notre Dame Vita Institute for human life ministry leaders (2011). His Air Force service was split between bioenvironmental engineering and teaching chemistry at the AF Academy (associate professor). Pat led the development of the Dean’s model Ethics Across the Curriculum program (1997-2000) and served with the Academy’s Center for Character & Leadership Development (2008-2009). Pat is tethered to the Catholic Christian faith but actively ecumenical (article). He is a member of the Knights of Columbus (since 1992). In addition to the LIFE Group Devotions (est 2007), his ministry leadership includes 6 yrs with Bible study groups (founded Christians In Action, co-founded Chemists for Christ, led Incirlik Catholic Men of the Chapel); 6 yrs with youth education and retreat programs; 8 yrs with Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA); and 2 yrs with Engaged Encounter. Pat is the co-founder and coach for the National LIFE Runners Team (est 2008) that raises Pro-Life prayers, awareness and funds while training for marathons and an annual A-Cross the Country Relay (Knights Columbia). Near the finish of the 2006 Pikes Peak Ascent, Pat was deeply inspired by a miraculous encounter with St. Padre Pio. With 16 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). Pat is the 2010 Scott AFB Athlete of the Yr (out of 4,250). Pat is the Rapid City CareNet board president and a national Vitae Foundation board member (2012). He co-founded the national Law of Life Summit (2012). License plate holder: I VOTE PRO-LIFE. Speaking/Articles/Radio, including 2012 March for Life and 2012 EWTN TV. pat@LIFErunners.org. Friend Me on FB. Heb 12:1-2.
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 is currently an adjunct professor and doctoral student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is a member of St. Peter’s Cathedral in Belleville, IL where he serves on the Faith Formation, Liturgy, and Respect Life committees, volunteers as religion teacher at Cathedral Grade School and helps with the early childhood Sunday school program. A Knight of Columbus since 2007, Jeff is the coordinator for his council’s pro-life Eternal Flame program as well as a prayerful witness at the two St. Louis-area abortion mills. Jeff handles operations for the LIFE Group Devotions and is the Belleville (IL) LIFE Runners Chapter leader. He and his Dad (who has run more than 70 marathons) began their marathon career together in 1996 at the St. Louis Olympiad Marathon. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me’” Jn 14:6. jeffp@LIFErunners.org
Steve Castle was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD. He graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration from Augustana College (2004). Following nine years in management and business consulting and 4 years as Business Manager of Our Lady of Victory in Fergus Falls, MN (2009-2013) Steve is now Chief Operations Officer for Synstelien Community Services in Fergus Falls, MN (2013 – present). Steve met Jesus and his future wife on the same providential weekend in April 1992 at a Search for Christian Maturity retreat in Aberdeen, SD. Seven years later, after being called to and later from the seminary, Steve married his best friend and high school sweetheart, Tina, in January of 1999. They are blessed with four beautiful children; Brianna, Mary, Samuel, and Sarah and sadly, four miscarried babies, their little angels in heaven. Since 2001 Steve has been a member of the Knights of Columbus. Ministry experience includes Search Retreats and founding advisory board member of Sioux Falls Search, and three years with Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). He attended the Notre Dame Vita Institute for human life ministry leaders (2012). Presently, he splits his time in his parish as a Core Member for the Lifeteen program and helps with Koinonia and Residents Encounter Christ retreats. Steve is a regular Friday author for the LIFE Group Devotions and a LIFE Runner who has competed in three marathons, the 2007 Monumental Challenge, 2008 Chicago, and 2009 Minneapolis to raise pro-life awareness. He enjoys singing praise & worship songs, being in the great outdoors, and teaching the Catholic faith. “Rejoice in Hope, Be Patient Under Trial, Persevere in Prayer” Rom 12:12. steve@LIFErunners.org..
Rich is a LtCol stationed at Patrick AFB, FL. He is a chemical research officer 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 Knight 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.
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.