Team Chocolate Milk
Meet Team Chocolate Milk for the United Dairy Industry of Michigan! These athletes are passionate about nutrition and fitness and recover with chocolate milk after hard training sessions. Make sure you look for them at your next race!
Heather Calkin is a Bay City-based project manager by day, yoga teacher by night (and early morning). She also teaches Pure Barre. Leading a healthy and active lifestyle has always been a passion of and utmost importance to Heather. She balances her busy schedule with taking time for herself each day, usually in the form of some kind of physical activity. With running specifically, she found that she can really turn off her thoughts, quiet her mind, and truly be present when she’s outside running, no music and the wind in her hair. When she’s not working or teaching, you can find her chasing balls on the tennis court or running the trails and open roads of the Great Lakes Bay Region with her four-legged partner in crime, Luke Skybarker.
Jennifer Cornell is an Ann Arbor-based marketing communications consultant. She’s also a certified personal trainer and kettlebell coach. For fitness, Jenn runs, and does CrossFit and kettlebell classes.
She’s completed two marathons and numerous half marathons, 10k, and 5k races.
Mara Cook Greatorex
Mara Cook Greatorex is a Fitness Coach specializing in CrossFit, HIIT and Indoor Cycling in the Ann Arbor area. When she is not helping people get healthier, she is a mom of two (mostly) awesome kids.
Although working out to stay in shape is a huge motivating factor for her, she loves to work toward goals. Training for races help her stay on track. Mara has run three marathons, several half marathons, countless 10ks and 5ks and is currently working on getting back into triathlons. In her spare time she enjoys reading and napping.
Michelle Coss is the events director for the Michigan Fitness Foundation and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness Health and Sports. She is also the race director for the Fifth Third Capital City River Run. Michelle completed her first half marathon in 2007 and has been an avid runner since. Over the following years, she completed two full marathons and countless half marathons. Michelle has a ten-year-old daughter who started Cross Country this year and is enjoying having a new running partner. In her spare time, she also enjoys golfing with her husband Alex.
Jill DeLong is a 13 year employee of Kellogg Company and a lifelong Michigan resident. She received her BS in Sociology from Lake Superior State University and Masters Public Administration from Northern Michigan University. She applies strong analytical skills to help drive business decisions for Kellogg’s wholesome snacks portfolio. When not working, Jill enjoys traveling with friends and volunteering with the Battle Creek branch of Kalamazoo Area Runners. Jill and her husband enjoy the outdoors and like to spend time hiking, fishing and sight-seeing in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Jill began running in college and has ran 2 marathons, almost 20 half marathons and countless number of 10K and 5K races.
Derek DiGiovanni has been a passionate physical educator for twenty years that not only teaches the importance of physical fitness but also teaches the importance of making nutritious food choices. He also proves to be an excellent role model for his students and athletes by living his life the way he teaches his students to hopefully live theirs. Derek has competed in over a hundred running races, triathlons, and adventure races; including the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii and the Boston Marathon. He has coached athletes in cross-country, swimming, track, baseball, basketball, and soccer. He is married with three children who are also extremely active in sports.
Stacey From CBS Radio
Stacey DuFord, heard on 104.3 WOMC’s Bobby & Stacey Morning Show, is a multi-tasking Detroit media veteran. She is a writer, actress, author of two children’s books, and mother of two. Stacey has worked as a stand-up comic, weather reporter, and advice columnist for teen girls. She grew up in Mt. Morris, Michigan and graduated from Albion College with a BA in English. She spends her free time visiting her daughter at college, volunteering at her son’s high school, attending a Book Club and Writer’s Group, and advocating for scholarship students in Pontiac. Stacey has worked in radio and TV in Detroit for over 20 years! Stacey also enjoys running in 5k races for charity, reading, writing, and admits to being addicted to some “very embarrassing reality TV.”
Cortney helps oversee Fuel Up to Play 60 and Michigan Model programs in Michigan’s K-12 schools, educating teachers about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity for their students and their community. Cortney received her bachelor’s degree in science with a focus on health promotion from Arizona State University. She also completed her master’s degree in public health from The University of Michigan and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). She spends much of her spare time coaching at the varsity level in the Ann Arbor area and serving as chapter advisor of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority at the University of Michigan. Cortney also enjoys training for triathlons and spending time up north.
As a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, Melissa manages and leverages partnerships with sporting teams, arenas, high schools, universities, and races. She is also responsible for seeking out new opportunities to increase chocolate milk sales, including providing more extensive, in-depth nutrition education to athletes. Melissa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from The Ohio State University, a Master of Science degree in nutrition from Eastern Michigan University, and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, hanging out in the gym, and participating in races.
Lindsay and her husband Dean live in South Haven, Michigan with their 3 boys Enzo, Ciro, and Caspian. Lindsay competed on the Eastern Michigan University Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field team for 4 years. She is a triathlete and high school cross country and track & field coach. Coaching is Lindsay’s passion as well as promoting proper nutrition to athletes which plays an essential part in athlete successes. Lindsay just recently competed in USA Triathlon Nationals in Omaha, Nebraska and competed well to earn a spot on Team USA in 2017 for the ITU Rotterdam, Netherlands World Championships. She enjoys spending time with her family, coaching, training for competition, reading, and cooking.
Sheryl is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with extensive experience in management, wellness and clinical nutrition. She’s filmed over 100 media segments for WZZM, Fox17, WoodTV and WGVU on nutrition in the news, grocery shopping tips and simple recipe swaps to support a healthier lifestyle. Sheryl hosts a successful blog, thedietitiansdigest.com and multiple media accounts that focus on good nutrition and product reviews. She enjoys helping companies create healthier work environments and helping individuals reach their weight, sports and wellness goals.
Ashley is a millennial, wife, mom and a dairy farmer. Ashley, her husband, Eric, and daughter Calli live on the dairy farmer she grew up on. As the 3rd generation on the family farm Ashley and her husband are the caretakers of the animals and the farm.
In addition to farming Ashley loves reading, blogging, cooking, and beauty, home DIY and training for 5k races.
Jennifer Melchi is an Ann Arbor based freelance graphic designer, artist and mom. She has always been involved in sports, including competitive swimming, soccer and running. Currently she enjoys CrossFit, and competes throughout the year and annually in the CrossFit Open. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband Mark, their two boys, and two dogs!
Since David Queen started running in 2000, he’s run 12 marathons and two ultra marathons. The Ann Arbor-based athlete juggles running with being a dad of two and his career as a quality manager at Nissan Technical Center North America. David, who’s a father of two, also coaches youth soccer.
In the last year, he achieved a personal record on his 5k, and ran three marathons.
Gertie van den Goor
Gertie van den Goor and her husband Geert are passionate about dairy farming and producing safe, affordable and wholesome milk for consumers – so passionate in fact that in 1999 they moved to dairy-friendly Michigan from the Netherlands where they operate a small dairy farm. Today, Gertie, Geert, and a team of hard-working employees care for a herd of 3,000 dairy cows at Goma Dairy Farm in Marlette. If not working at the farm Gertie loves to quilt, cook and read. She started running 3 years ago after having some heart problems. “When I started, I could not run from the backdoor to the mailbox but now I like to run 3 times a week 4 miles and a few races each year. I love being outside and have that time to myself to think about things and I am in a better shape than I ever have been.”
Carla and her husband Kris own Evergreen Dairy in St Johns, Michigan. She is the sixth generation to be farming on her family’s farm. Carla blogs about the farm at Truth or Dairy, goes into the schools to teach about farming, and enjoys giving tours. In 2014, Carla was named as the Face of Farming and Ranching by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, and she is active in Michigan Milk Producers Association, Common Ground, and local politics. The couple is raising three sons – twins Ty and Cole, and their younger brother Max. Carla loves running, biking, swimming, and being outdoors. She has competed in all sorts of races, from triathlons to a marathon to agricultural-based obstacle races. Her favorite races are 5Ks, because her sons can run them with her.