Leaders

IMG_1256LIFE Runners Advisory Board:
Bishop Paprocki (IL):  National LIFE Runners Team Chaplain
* Kathryn Lopez (NY):  editor-at-large of National Review Online
* Royce Hood (IL):  attorney, co-founder Law of Life Summit
Dr. Kevin Vost (IL):  faith/fitness author, radio/TV guest

LIFE Runners Officers:
Devotions:  Dr. Rich Reich (CO)
* Communications:  Anne Carmichael (MO), Sharla Cloutier (NY)
Membership:  Paul Westendorf (SD)
* Relay:  Jeff Grabosky (MO)
* Finance:  Scott Casmer (CO)
* International:  Karen Patnaude (Fiji Islands)
Fundraising:  Dr. Pat Castle (MO)

LIFE Runners Board of Directors (8):  Dr. Pat Castle, Dr. Rich Reich, Anne Carmichael, Paul Westendorf, Jeff Grabosky, Scott Casmer, Karen Patnaude, Sharla Cloutier.

Dr. Pat Castle (2008):  president, coach, co-founder.  Pat is an inspiring catalyst and unifying force for Pro-Life throughout our culture – faith, science, education, athletics.  Pat is a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus and actively ecumenical (article).  Near the finish of the 2006 Pikes Peak Ascent race, Pat had a miraculous encounter with St. Padre Pio which inspired the formation of LIFE Runners.  Pat has directed youth retreats, Engaged Encounter weekends, and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults programs; co-founded the national Law of Life Summit; served as Rapid City Care Net board chairman; led the Vitae Foundation; and is now serving as a Sidewalk Advocates for Life program advisor.  His license plate holder, “VOTE PRO-LIFE.”  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.  He earned MS and PhD analytical chemistry degrees from the U of IL at Urbana.  Pat was a bioenvironmental engineer and an Air Force Academy associate professor of chemistry.  He was part of the National Defense University’s Weapons of Mass Destruction prevention program and the Notre Dame Vita Institute for Pro-Life leaders.  Pat advised the AF Academy’s Center for Character Development and designed the Dean’s ethics program.  In 2014, he retired as a Lt Col medical support commander.  With 18 marathons, some of Pat’s great races were the 2007 Marine Corps (2:53), 2008 Pikes Peak (17th), 2009 Boston (2:59), 2009 Great Wall of China (2nd, 45 countries), 2013 Mankato (3:02).  Vast Press list with EWTN TVKnights Columbia, March for Life, etc. Heb 12:1. FBpat@liferunners.org
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Rich-Erica-Reich-150x150Dr. Rich Reich (2008):  vice president – devotions, 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

fam-150x150Anne Carmichael (2013): vice president – communications. Anne has been working to make abortion unthinkable for over 35 years. She is Chief Operating Officer for the Vitae Foundation and has raised more than $3.5 million for their life-saving work.  Going back almost 3 decades, Anne served as the first executive director for Missouri Right to Life, increasing the public’s awareness of the issue and worked to elect pro life candidates.  In the case of the 1986 U.S. Senate elections, she helped lead a grassroots effort to defeat the pro-abortion candidate by focusing in on democratic strongholds which resulted in the only republican to win an open seat in the country that year.   She’s a past lobbyist for the Missouri Catholic Conference and 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 and the first time in the U. S. that a Governor was over-ridden by his own party. Anne is an advisory board member for Aid for Women, Chicago’s largest network of support for pregnant women in need and serves on the National LIFE Runners board of directors (VP of Communications) and is a LIFE Runners Devotions author. She has finished six halfs and one 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, and 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. Phil 4:13. FB page. anne@liferunners.org. 

1017578_10151509469123882_268997455_nPaul Westendorf (2013):  membership director.  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. Jer 1:5. paulw@liferunners.org

jeffgJeff Grabosky (2013):   relay director.  Jeff grew up in New Jersey and earned Finance and Theology degrees at the University of Notre Dame. In 2011, he completed a solo and unsupported 3,700-mile run across America. During this journey, Jeff ran while praying for intentions people sent him from all over the world. He became only the 23rd person to cross the country in this manner and is just the 43rd person to complete an ocean to ocean run, finishing with one of the longest routes in history while averaging more than 30 miles a day over the four-month journey. His book, Running with God Across America, was published in 2012 and details his prayerful journey. Jeff worked in the insurance and running specialty industries before his current role as Director of Operations for the Vitae Foundation. He currently lives in Jefferson City, Missouri with his wife, Mary, and two children.  jeffg@liferunners.org

Scott-and-GirlsScott Casmer (2013):  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@liferunners.org

untitledKaren Patnaude (2015):  international coordinator.  Karen loves being a stay at home wife and mother as it affords her to be able to spend time caring for their miracle daughter, Ella Mae.  Her husband Ryan, gave his career as a pilot to God many years ago and they have since been blessed with the opportunity to travel the world.  Karen describes her twenties along the lines of a “prodigal son”. After many years of trying to do things her own way, she experienced powerful redemption and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Since then she joyfully returned to the Lord and has been dedicated to serve God in whatever way possible. God called her heart to the mission of LIFE Runners in 2012 when she saw a few members at the Run Crazy Horse half marathon.  That moment changed her life forever.  Since that time, Karen has been all in for LIFE and was given the opportunity to grow and lead the Rapid City Chapter under her mentor, Dr. Patrick Castle. From there, God called her family back out into the world, to Fiji. Despite not knowing what God had planned they faithfully moved.  Shortly after arriving, Karen started a self sustaining chapter of LIFE Runners. Not only is that chapter already one of the largest it is also empowering women and families in Fiji while giving the Unborn a voice.  For Karen, LIFE Runners is the ministry that God has placed on her heart. Her deep desire is to see LIFE Runners in every country worldwide. She hopes that God will use her to help further this vision. Karen has participated in many 5k’s, 10k’s, and a few half-marathons. She believes that running is a gift from God and does not take it for granted.  Karen is active in the church and is always willing to serve in whatever way God calls her.  Her family enjoys camping, fishing, and lazy days on the boat exploring the reefs of Fiji.  She is excited to see what God has planned next, and her family is committed to serve the Lord in everything they do.  Heb 12:1.  karen@liferunners.org

Sharla Cloutier (2014):  communications assistant.  Sharla serves the Vitae Foundation as East Region Director, using media to build up a culture of life and direct abortion-vulnerable women to local pregnancy help. Prior to starting with Vitae in 2014, Sharla worked as a management consultant for Accenture, helping clients with strategic sourcing and cost efficiency in Detroit, Tallahassee, Boston, and New York City. She ran her first marathon, 2014 Air Force, to support women and children vulnerable to abortion. Sharla attended the 2014 Notre Dame Vita Institute for pro-life leaders. She volunteers with the Sisters of Life, including at their Love and Life Site at World Youth Day Madrid in 2011. Sharla serves as a youth catechist and respect life coordinator at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Manhattan, assistant chapter leader for New York City LIFE Runners, and contributor to LIFE Runners Devotions. Sharla received a BSE in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University in 2007, along with a certificate in Finance and a certificate in Engineering and Management Systems. She played four years of NCAA Division I golf and was a three-time All-Ivy League honoree. In 2006 she won the Florida Women’s State Golf Association Stroke Play Championship and the Collegiate Players Tour Championship, and she has made three holes-in-one. Sharla grew up in Niceville, Florida, and completed the International Baccalaureate program at Niceville High School in 2003. Sharla is blessed with parents Jim and Joan and younger siblings Christa, Renée, and Chase. The Cloutier family represents LIFE Runners in New York, Florida, Alabama, Ohio, and England. They love going to church, volunteering, traveling, and playing golf together. 1 Jn 4:16. sharla@liferunners.org