Leaders

IMG_1256LIFE Runners Advisory Board:
Bishop Paprocki (IL):  National LIFE Runners Team Chaplain
* Jeff Grabosky (VA):  author of “Running with God across America”
Lindsey Bachman (MO):  attorney, Vitae Foundation and PHC boards
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:
* Operations:  Dr. Jeff Pauls (IL), Karen Patnaude (Fiji Islands)
Devotions:  Dr. Rich Reich (CO)
Membership:  Paul Westendorf (SD)
Chapters:  Sharla Cloutier (NY)
* Communications:  Anne Carmichael (MO)
Gear:  Kris/Bill Pauls (MO)
* Relay:  Dr. Jeff Pauls (IL), Dr. Tracy Glass (TX)
* Finance:  Scott Casmer (CO)
Fundraising:

LIFE Runners Board of Directors (6):  bios below.  Dr. Jeff Pauls, Dr. Rich Reich, Paul Westendorf, Sharla Cloutier, Scott Casmer, Dr. Tracy Glass, Dr. Pat Castle (advisor)

Dr. Pat Castle:  coach, co-founder.  Pat is a catalyst and unifying force for Pro-Life throughout our culture (science, education, athletics, church) – now serving as the president of the national Vitae Foundation.  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 Runners 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) and is a Sidewalk Advocates for Life program advisor (2014).  License plate holder, “I VOTE PRO-LIFE.”  Articles and speaking, including 2012 March for Life2012 EWTN TV, 2013 Knights Columbia. Heb 12:1. FB pagepat@liferunners.org 

Dr. Jeff Pauls:  vice president – operations.  Jeff has a personal and public relationship with Jesus Christ forged in the Holy Eucharist. He is passionately Pro-Life and prayerfully united to Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Joseph. 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 Council #12022.  Jeff handles operations for the LIFE Runners and serves as a coordinator of the March for Life 5K and A-Cross America Relay.   He and his Dad (who has run 86 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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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
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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. Jer 1:5. paulw@liferunners.org

Sharla Cloutier:  chapters coordinator.  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

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:  women’s health advisor.  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!