Faces_of_ChristLIFE Runners Officers:
Devotions:  Dr. Rich Reich (CO)
Membership:  Paul Westendorf (SD)
* Relay:  Jeff Grabosky (MO), TD Dorrell (KS), Nelson De Los Santos (TX)
* Finance:  Scott Casmer (CO)
* International:  Karen Patnaude (Fiji Islands)
* Healing:  Grant Fenske (LA)
Fundraising:  Dr. Pat Castle (MO)

LIFE Runners Board of Directors:  

10623595_10202525677008674_1539272931961274333_oDr. Pat Castle (2008):  president, 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 Knight and actively ecumenical (article).  Near the finish of the 2006 Pikes Peak Ascent race, Pat had a miraculous encounter with St. Padre Pio who inspired the formation of LIFE Runners.  Pat has directed youth retreats, Engaged Encounter weekends, and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program; 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 and led the ethics curriculum.  In 2014 he retired as a Lt Col, medical facility deputy 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).  Press/Speakers List with EWTN TVKnights Columbia, March for Life, etc. Heb 12:1. FBpat@liferunners.org
Rich-Erica-Reich-150x150Dr. Rich Reich (2008):  vice president, 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

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/missions coordinator.  Karen loves being a stay at home wife and mother to spend time caring for their miracle daughter, Ella Mae.  Her husband Ryan, gave his career as a pilot to God, and they have since been blessed with the opportunity to travel the world.  God called Karen to the mission in 2012 when she saw LIFE Runners at the Run Crazy Horse half marathon.  Karen led the Rapid City Chapter under her mentor, Dr. Patrick Castle. From there, God called her family to Fiji. 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. Karen has raced 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.  Her family is committed to serve the Lord in everything they do.  Heb 12:1.  karen@liferunners.org

2014-04-20 14.30.11Grant Fenske (2015):  healing ministry coordinator.  In 2011 Grant started a LIFE Runners chapter in Lafayette, Louisiana. His goal in life is to spread the peace and love of our Lord through prayer and humility. Grant is in his second year of study to become a Third Order Dominican.  He is a fourth degree Knight of Columbus who has a strong devotion to the Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration. Grant has experienced numerous encounters with Christ in his international travels. He has lead retreats for Christ Renews His Parish. For eight years Grant hosted a program on Radio Maria called “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” that was broadcast throughout LA.  Grant graduated from Saint John’s Prep High School in Condado, Puerto Rico. He graduated from the University of Southwest Louisiana in 1986 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Personnel Management. Grant worked for 3M Company for 25 years, and then started a company in Houma, LA where he resides. He helps organize races that support Pro-Life efforts.  Grant is thankful to be running again after nearly dying of a rare bacteria that attacked his heart. Grant sees the National LIFE Runners Team as a family joined with the life-saving mission of sharing The Good News with love and compassion.  grant@liferunners.org

1380620_217170968450238_719259336_nT.D. Dorrell (2015):  relay assistant.  TD has been married to Michael for 32 years and is a stay-at-home mom since “retiring” from Hallmark Corp to raise a family. They have 6 children and a granddaughter. TD qualified for Boston in both of her marathons and has raced several half-marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks. Listening to Catholic radio while running country roads in rural Kansas in 2012, she heard an interview with Dr. Pat Castle, LIFE Runners president and co-founder. She instantly felt a newfound, God-driven purpose to her running. She sprinted home and immediately joined LIFE Runners and eventually started a chapter in Johnson County KS. Shortly after, she had 3 surgeries on her foot in a little over a year which brought her running to a screeching halt. But through it all she realized it wasn’t the running that was important—running was the avenue which led to her Pro-Life devotion. She participates in 40 Days for Life and regularly prays at Planned Parenthood for those mothers, fathers and families who feel they have no choice when faced with an unplanned pregnancy (Phil 4:13) and healing for those who have made the choice to terminate a pregnancy (Psalm 51). Since joining LIFE Runners, she has attended several national LR events and feels that being with her LIFE Runner teammates is like being with family. God first, Life always, teammates forever!!  td@liferunners.org